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The Charter School East Dulwich – Big Lottery Awards to All

Students, Staff and Parents of The Charter School East Dulwich, a new secondary school serving the communities of South Camberwell and East Dulwich, are celebrating receiving a grant of over £9,000 from the Big Lottery Awards for All Scheme. When the school opened its temporary premises on Southampton Way, the existing playground was an uninviting and barren place. It was very quickly identified as a priority to improve the facilities for the hundreds of young students who would be using it over the next 2 years. With the help of the newly formed school fundraising committee, committed parents Beth Follini and Natasha Soares worked together to draft the bid to Big Lottery supported by the school. After several months of writing and re-writing, the bid was submitted and we were delighted to find out we were successful in being awarded a grant to fund a range of sports equipment, a container garden and an outdoor mural that can all be moved to the school’s permanent site on East Dulwich Grove. Students will benefit from healthier …

Sydenham High Symposium celebrates modern relevance of the Humanities

Famous authors and poets joined forces with eminent university lecturers and politicians at Sydenham High School GDST on Thursday 22 June, to celebrate the fundamental value and modern relevance of studying the Humanities at the first Sydenham Symposium. Over 70 senior school pupils from Blackheath High, St Olave’s in Orpington, Bishop Thomas Grant in Streatham, Dulwich College and Elmgreen School West Norwood, as well as from Sydenham High, took part in the day of workshops and talks to celebrate the value of Humanities subjects and to demonstrate what areas of study and careers they can lead to post-GCSE. The Sydenham Symposium: A Humanities Festival was opened by Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood. Ms Hayes, who is a geographer, told the audience of pupils from year 10 to year 12 that the Humanities provide vital perspective on our increasingly complex world, whether we are looking to examine the motivations of past leaders, the interactions between physical and human geography or the reasons for a particular ethical standpoint.  They enable us to move forward by learning …

The East Dulwich Literary Festival 2017: FEAST!

Once again Harris Girls’ Academy is celebrating the literary arts with opportunities open to our local community, including performances, readings and talks from 10th-21st July. The theme for 2017 is Feast, with many of the scheduled events focusing on food in literature and the exploration of culture and identity through food. This year all of our public events will be run in partnership with the Ivy House, our local Community led Inn on Stuart Road and all of the scheduled events, except the pub quiz are free entry. Students will be taking part in a range of activities linked to the theme throughout the week including a big lunch; a pop-up bookshop; talks from local authors and performances from visiting theatre companies. Join us for an enriching week of events; we look forward to seeing you!   Monday 17th July 19.30 Spark London: Story Telling Driven by the principals of community, authenticity and sharing, storytelling nights have been popping up across London and one of the most popular is Spark. Every week Spark hold nights …

The Great Wall of Stillness!

The Reception Team at Stillness Infants School in Brockley had been researching ideas for the outside space and wanted to make something bright and colourful for the children. The area is an extension of the classroom and as such any images needed to complement the curriculum clearly defining each learning space. We decided to create individual panels that would provide backdrops for the topics covered throughout the year. A rainbow scene for ‘Once upon a Tale’ a unit that covers traditional fairy tales, a map of the World for our unit on travel ‘On the Move’ treasure maps and landscapes of London for role play etc, which was 48 meres in length. We had a limited budget to work with so wanted to be able to spend as much of the money we had on equipment, costumes and learning resources for the children.  Brock, father of Olive in Red class offered to help and organised with two other Dads, Neil and Lawrence to paint the scenes on the wall for us. Before the walls could …

Education News: Exciting Science

Ben Jones, Director of Science at Alleyn’s, on how to use the Scientific Method to encourage and feed children’s curiosity. It has become a mantra within the Alleyn’s science department that our aim is to encourage and to feed curiosity. But what makes our job as science teachers so enjoyable is that children are born curious. It stands to reason, therefore, that exciting children about science at home should be simple. Give your child a slinky spring and that should keep them occupied for the day and lead them to a complete understanding of the cosmos! Or not. A starting point when considering how to excite our children in science may well be to refer to the birth of modern science itself, and the development of the scientific method. So, in the style of Francis Bacon, here are some top tips: Encourage questions The scientific method starts when you ask a question about something that you observe, so listen to your child’s questions about the world around them and encourage them to ask more. Encourage …