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Education News: Positive Nutrition for Life

James Sharp, Head of Food and Nutrition at Alleyn’s School, talks about teaching young people the importance of healthy eating. Statistics from Public Health England state that nearly two thirds of adults and a third of 10 -11 year olds are overweight and we know that young people are becoming overweight earlier and staying overweight longer. The eating habits our children form now can last well into adult life and have profound and long term effects on their future health, so developing healthy attitudes to nutrition while they are young is fundamental to maintaining their emotional, physical and academic well-being. Bring food prep to life Schools can teach how good food choices have a positive effect on physical and mental health but research shows that nutrition education is most effective when it includes hands-on food preparation, i.e. children who receive practical lessons, at home as well as school, eat more fruit and vegetables. Cooking skills help children make healthy choices at all stages in life, but clubs, trips, competitions and family meals also have a …

Little Santas dash through Dulwich Park for Ugandan schoolchildren

Pupils from James Allen’s Preparatory School dressed up as Santas, elves and reindeers to round off a fortnight of fundraising that brought in over £2000 for children in Africa. The 40 JAPS pupils and their parents ran around the park several times in aid of Ugandan charity Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD), which runs a free school for children whose families could not otherwise afford to give them an education. Over the Christmas period the girls have raised £1800 for the school in Bwaise, the largest and poorest slum in the Ugandan capital Kampala. Other activities included selling Christmas cards, setting up a make shift hair salon in the school and a sale of handmade snowmen and Christmas angels by pupil Leona that brought in £200. The JAPS pupils also made up over 200 pencil cases with much needed stationery which have now been sent to the children in Bwaise. In addition to supporting AFFCAD, JAPS’s girls have raised £350 for Ebola orphans by selling their own hand made Christmas decorations. More information …

Dulwich hockey players get training from Olympic gold medallist

Olympic hockey star Hollie Webb gave students at James Allen’s Girls’ School an insight to how she reached the pinnacle of her sport before taking to the pitch with the school squads. Hollie, who scored the Gold medal winning penalty in the final against The Netherlands at the Rio Olympics spent yesterday in East Dulwich to pass on some of her skills to hockey stars of the future.  At the start of the day she spoke to all students at assembly where she talked about her journey to Rio 2016 and the ethos of the Team GB Hockey team that led them to gold medal glory. She spent the rest of the day on the astro turf, putting the school’s hockey squads through their paces with some of Team GB’s training drills. The girls also had the chance to ask about her experience in Rio and get her tips on how to reach the highest level in the sport. At the end of each training session, Hollie rewarded the players for their hard work by …

Holocaust survivor talks to Dulwich schoolgirls about challenging hate and prejudice

On Wednesday, students from James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) heard the moving testimony of Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman who also gave her message of hope for eliminating intolerance. Freda Wineman, 94, spoke to the students about her ordeal of being captured by the Nazis and held in four concentration camps, including Auschwitz where her mother and brother were sent straight to the gas chamber. Mrs Wineman told how she was selected to work, sorting through the belongings of those who had been murdered, then later being forced to dig trenches for mass graves. The students then heard how she was transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she suffered illness and starvation in the appalling conditions as well as abuse by the guards. She explained how the lessons of the Holocaust are still relevant today: “We need to understand what happened. To see the underlying causes of hatred and to learn from them. My hope and prayer is that telling our stories will strengthen you, especially the young people, to challenge prejudice wherever it raises its ugly …

Dulwich runners storm into national cross country final

Runners from James Allen’s Girls’ School have qualified for the National Cross Country Cup final after double victory in the South East qualifying round. Cross Country runners from James Allen’s Girls’ School took on schools from across the South East in the regional qualifier for the 2017 National Cross Country Cup and finished first in the individual and team standings. Phoebe Bowen shot to victory in the Under 13s race finishing in front of more than 100 of her rivals. She was also part of the overall winning team with her team mates, Annabella Bailey, Ivana Tymczyszyn, Gaby Stein, Daisy Pickering, Phoebe Bowen and Louise Maignan. The six girls will now head to the national finals in Sevenoaks on 25th November. The competition, organised by the English Schools Athletics Association, took place on 11th November and was run over a distance of 2.5 Kilometres. Phoebe also competes for the Herne Hill Harriers and her victory adds to the first places she took last month in the Run Southwark schools race and the Surrey League cross country …