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All Children are Artists

Sally Reynolds, Head of Art at Alleyn’s, tells us how to encourage our children’s artistic development. Why is Art so good for us? Art has a unique place in the human psyche; combining both the intellectual and emotional faculties. Engaging in the creative process can be a deeply personal and rewarding one in which art allows a space for reflection and for making sense of the world. “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso Making art is serious play and is an important expressive outlet for children, giving them the freedom to experiment, develop their imagination, and providing fun and relaxation. For teenagers, it is a tool they can use to explore their own identity and interests, often making work about personal and social issues they feel strongly about. Art also encourages independence and critical awareness, with children from GCSE level onwards becoming used to researching and directing their own projects. Developing your child’s interest in Art London is a brilliant city for children …

Education news: Acting Up

According to the Oxford Student’s Dictionary, the word ‘Drama’ relates to an exciting or emotional series of events. Bryony Foley and Becky Manning, Drama teachers at Alleyn’s Junior School, tell us about the benefits of Drama for children and how to get your child involved. The benefits Drama helps children explore feelings, make sense of events, and encourages empathy, collaboration, and teamwork. This helps to increase a child’s confidence and self-belief – all while having fun. Encouraging the young ones Remember that a love of performance often starts with the dressing up box and you are your child’s first audience and play-mate. Help them to make the most of it: Read to your child and tell them stories to ignite their imagination. Have fun with role-play. Taking on the role of a character in a story will help your child gain insight into what they are reading and connect it to the real world. Role-play can also be a powerful tool to prepare for real life situations, like a first day at school. Use puppets: Puppets …

Local parents get active… to get kids active

With the aim of inspiring pupils to get active and of funding new fitness facilities at the new Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, a peloton of parents and other amateur cyclists left the playground on Saturday morning and rode to the pebbled beach of Brighton. Recent news linking childhood obesity and diabetes, along with the endeavours of the 20-strong group, continues to attract strong support from local businesses and sponsors. The team have smashed their initial sponsorship target and with a bit of additional help might top £8,000; money earmarked by the school for valuable fitness facilities for pupils. To help them over the line, readers can support their efforts by donating here. Whilst sending off the riders at 07:30 on Saturday, Principal Jo Conduit said: “Thank-you to everyone for raising an amazing sum of money but more importantly for being active, inspiring role models. We all have a duty to our children to develop those important life-long habits.” She added, “The stats about childhood obesity are widely known and don’t need repeating.” Many of …

James Allen’s Girls’ School Opens New Community Music Centre

Last month saw the official opening of a new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) in East Dulwich. The two opening concerts featured performers from both the school and the local community and were attended by special guest Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and actor Toby Jones who compered one of the two concerts.   As well as featuring world premieres composed by three JAGS pupils past and present, the concerts also showcased two bespoke works composed by JAGS Director of Music, Peter Gritton – one A Very Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra played by the JAGS Festival Orchestra, the other a work for orchestra and choir depicting an imaginary journey from Earth To Mars. Some members of the community got to roll massive dice to determine which sections were to be performed in this perilous journey! In the week leading up to the opening, JAGS pupils from 4-18 years were able to participate in a range of musical performances in and around the centre culminating in a celebration of …

Emin, Gormley, Opie and Hume create £40 original artwork to raise funds for The Charter School North Dulwich

It’s a lucky dip with an astonishing difference. For only £40, art lovers could walk away with an original Tracey Emin as a leading South London academy school launches an innovative project to raise much needed cash as it, along with most state schools, faces a funding crisis over the next few years. Thirty of the best art students from The Charter School North Dulwich, will get the opportunity to be exhibited and then sold alongside art greats including Tracey Emin, Sir Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and Gary Hume as well as a plethora of talented local artists at the Secret Charter art sale on Monday 15th October, 2018 at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Secret Charter initiative aims to sell over 500 postcard-sized pieces of original art at £40 a piece and in the process raise a substantial sum for The Charter School’s art department. A significant number of artists taking part, exhibited at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The Charter School North Dulwich is an outstanding, inclusive state secondary school in South London, …