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Education news: Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Richard Alldrick, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Co-ordinator at Alleyn’s, tells us how to help our children get the benefits of being outdoors. Having seen countless children through their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards over the last 20 years, Richard is a keen advocate of the scheme. Apart from its focus on volunteering and skills, it also gets young people into the great outdoors, which is especially valuable and healthy for our London-based children. We all know that getting active and being outside is good for our physical and mental health and many parents are keen to reduce screen time and encourage socialising – away from social media. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is run by many schools and youth groups but there are plenty of other ways to get your child active outdoors – and the great news is that many of them are low-cost orfree. Get them while they are young Young children generally gravitate to all things natural. You can nurture this innate interest from a young age, with …

Alleyn’s Girls become ISFA National Champions!

Alleyn’s girls 1st XI footballers became the U18 Independent Schools Football Association Smith’s Construction National Cup Champions for the first time in the School’s history! After a strong season and an excellent performance in the semi-finals which took the team through to the National Cup Final for the second consecutive year, the girls made the journey to Bisham Abbey where they would face Oakham School who saw off favourites ACS Cobham in their own semi-final. It was clear from the kick-off that the Alleyn’s side was on the way to achieving something special. They produced a purposeful and determined performance; pressing hard all over the pitch, countering aggressively. Despite carrying a threat, Oakham could not cope with the pace that Alleyn’s set. When they broke through the lines, any attack was quickly snuffed out by Eleanor (Y12) who was composed and confident between the sticks. Elisabeth (Y12) scored an impressive hat-trick and when Oakham rallied to pull one back, Captain Honor (Y13) produced a spectacular strike to restore her team’s three goal lead. When Elisabeth latched onto …

Education news: Computer Whizz Kids

Robert Payne, teacher of ICT at Alleyn’s, on how to bring on our child’s knowledge of ICT. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin) Knowledge and experience of using computer systems is important in an ever-changing information society. Our children use a variety of computer-based technologies ranging from tablets, phones and games consoles and while they often seem to teach themselves some of the core computing skills, it is important to encourage them to use these tools effectively, creatively and most importantly, safely. Here are a few ways that may help to develop ICT knowledge in older primary school age children up into the early years of secondary school. Computer literacy Children can develop their creative skills through software applications, and if you follow your child’s particular interests in choosing how they do this they will engage fully. They might choose to design animated stories, games or scientific simulation using software such as Scratch, remix music using GarageBand, or use PowerPoint to create animated presentations …

A record breaking year at Rosemead Prep School & Nursery

It gives me great pleasure to announce the final offers from this year’s 11+ Senior School Entrance results. We are extremely proud to say that this year is the best set of results on record for number of offers and also for the number of scholarship offers. Our Year 6 pupils have once again excelled and have gained places at some of the area’s most prestigious schools. There is a great range of schools that have offered places to our pupils, showing how far and wide the consideration of Senior schools has become. With 190 offers across the year group (which is more than 3 per pupil), the children have achieved great things through a balance of outstanding teaching, hard work, commitment to opportunity and willingness to explore new experiences.  The number of scholarships awarded is truly astounding and again a new record for Rosemead this year. Ranging from Music, Sport, Art and Drama, as well as an extremely high number of Academic awards, these 67 scholarships really do show how we are providing for, …

Plastic Free Charter

The Charter School North Dulwich is a coeducational, non-selective school in the London Borough of Southwark with over 1,200 pupils The school aims to be free of single-use plastic by 2021. Good progress has already been made; for example, the school’s caterers are now using compostable packaging for almost everything – bottled water is the main exception. Currently, around 600 plastic bottles are purchased at school every day, adding up to over 100,000 every year. The next step is to stop selling bottled water and replace single-use plastic water bottles with reusable bottles that pupils can fill themselves from new water stations providing fresh, chilled water. The school currently has only a small number of water fountains which are dilapidated and in need of upgrading. The pipework that serves the fountains is old and rusty, leaving the water from the fountains tainted with a metallic taste. The Friends of Charter School North Dulwich are campaigning to raise funds for the new water stations, which will provide fresh, chilled water – and to provide reusable bottles …