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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 wanted to create something bright and colourful on the wall of the children’s outdoor learning space. 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. We chose 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’ and treasure maps and landscapes of London for general role-play. The area to be covered was 48 metres 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 …

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 …

Dulwich: A College, a Gallery and a Nation’s appreciation of Art

In 2019 Dulwich College will celebrate its 400th anniversary. To mark this milestone the College has created a lecture series, each reflecting an aspect of the College’s life and history. The series has been named after one of the College’s most influential Old Alleynians. This is the eighth lecture in the series and will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017, 6.30-9pm, Dulwich College. In Conversation: Dr Gabriele Finaldi OA and Director of the National Gallery with Dr Xavier Bray, former Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery and now Director of The Wallace Collection. The evening will be chaired by Jennifer Scott, the new Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary of opening to the public. Dr Gabriele Finaldi left Dulwich College in 1984. He studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute. After working at the National Gallery, 1992-2002, he was appointed Deputy Director for Collections and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. He became Director of the National Gallery in 2015. Dr Xavier Bray became Director of the Wallace …

Sydenham High School D’Art 2017 show opens

Sydenham High’s 130th birthday celebrations continue this week with the launch of this year’s D’Art creative exhibition. Showcasing the very best of the school’s talented artists and designers, the acclaimed annual school exhibition will feature A level and GCSE exam pieces as well as work from Year 3 at Junior School. Praised by the Managing Director of Conran and Partners for demonstrating exceptional creativity and originality, the annual show features artworks in a variety of media plus many 3D pieces that would not look out of place in a West End design store. The show will be officially opened by new Headmistress Mrs Katharine Woodcock and this year’s guest of honour: Rachel D’Cruze, Managing Director of Sydenham Arts, on Monday 22 May at a Private View evening for students, parents, staff and specially invited guests. It will then play host to creative workshop sessions for students and exam moderation till Thursday 25 May. Sydenham High has been a patron of Sydenham Arts since 2015 and the school has already collaborated with them on a number of projects, the …