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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 …

Rosemead Prep – Inspiring Brilliant Futures

What a highly successful and inspiring term had at Rosemead Prep this Autumn! Whether it be artistic, sporting or dramatic, there have been fabulous opportunities to participate and excel across both regional and national arenas. Recently children from the school have scooped two national awards at the Independent School Association (ISA) Art competition, after achieving much recognition at regional level. They also had around 80 children take part in the Beckenham Festival as part of their Speech and Drama curriculum, with all gaining Merits or Honours, 11 children being awarded medals in the various age groups. And in the sporting arena they have yet again surpassed their stature. Having been successfully shortlisted in the top 3 for the ISA Award for Outstanding Sport, children then went on a spree of National qualification and representation. The U11 Football team reached the ISA National finals for the second year running, finishing second in London South. They took 11 swimmers through to the ISA National Swimming Gala at the London Aquatic Centre, after another record breaking showing at …

MyBand Holiday and Weekend Music Course

MyBand, at Alleyn’s School is a holiday Song-Writing, Playing, Performing and Recording Course for young people aged 11 – 18 years. The course has been successfully running for 6 years. It provides a wonderful opportunity for singer songwriters and aspiring young musicians to create, form bands, and explore different music genres, from Rock, Pop, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop. There are no boundaries. The course culminates with a recording, filming and performance day. A new MyBand Monthly weekend course started in September, 2018. It provides students with regular, bespoke sessions and the opportunity to play at a more advanced level. The first term proved a real success. Alleyn’s wonderful Music School has proved to be an ideal environment for music making. Creativity is at the heart of what the school offers students. Over the year’s young people have come from schools such as Dulwich College Jags, City of London for Boys, Tunbridge Wells, Emmanuel and UCS. Manager of MyBand, Marcel Pusey, is a composer and educator. His Awarding Winning company Bassistry Music, employs musicians and …

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 …