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James Allen’s Girls’ School Opens New Community Music Centre

Last month saw the official opening of a new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) in East Dulwich. The two opening concerts featured performers from both the school and the local community and were attended by special guest Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and actor Toby Jones who compered one of the two concerts.   As well as featuring world premieres composed by three JAGS pupils past and present, the concerts also showcased two bespoke works composed by JAGS Director of Music, Peter Gritton – one A Very Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra played by the JAGS Festival Orchestra, the other a work for orchestra and choir depicting an imaginary journey from Earth To Mars. Some members of the community got to roll massive dice to determine which sections were to be performed in this perilous journey! In the week leading up to the opening, JAGS pupils from 4-18 years were able to participate in a range of musical performances in and around the centre culminating in a celebration of …

Emin, Gormley, Opie and Hume create £40 original artwork to raise funds for The Charter School North Dulwich

It’s a lucky dip with an astonishing difference. For only £40, art lovers could walk away with an original Tracey Emin as a leading South London academy school launches an innovative project to raise much needed cash as it, along with most state schools, faces a funding crisis over the next few years. Thirty of the best art students from The Charter School North Dulwich, will get the opportunity to be exhibited and then sold alongside art greats including Tracey Emin, Sir Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and Gary Hume as well as a plethora of talented local artists at the Secret Charter art sale on Monday 15th October, 2018 at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Secret Charter initiative aims to sell over 500 postcard-sized pieces of original art at £40 a piece and in the process raise a substantial sum for The Charter School’s art department. A significant number of artists taking part, exhibited at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The Charter School North Dulwich is an outstanding, inclusive state secondary school in South London, …

Education news: Fostering Independence

It is never too soon to begin developing children’s life skills, writes Katherine Beith, Year 6 teacher at Alleyn’s Junior School and mother of three. Here are some thoughts on how to support your child’s growing independence: Get organised for school Involve your children in packing their school bags and make sure they do this the night before. Help them understand the consequences of leaving their homework behind or forgetting their instrument or PE kit. Resist the temptation to deliver forgotten items to their school – they are more likely to remember for themselves the next time if they have felt the consequences of forgetting this time! Go sightseeing There is so much to see and do in London so take every opportunity to expand your child’s mind and their horizons. Use public transport whenever you can. Ask them to plan the route on the bus or tube and to talk you through the journey before you leave; when they make the transition to travelling without you, they will be confident using a variety of …

Alleyn’s boys and girls celebrate record breaking exam results

Pupils at leading co-educational school Alleyn’s have received a bumper set of GCSE and A-Level results and broken school records. Year 11 pupils and staff have reacted with understandable delight to the results, which come during a year of transition away from the A*-G grading system and towards a new 9-1 scale. 73% of all grades awarded were at A*, 9 or 8 92% of all grades awarded were at A*or A, 9, 8 or 7 99% of all grades awarded were at A*, A or B, 9, 8, 7 or 6 Over half of all grades were at the new numerical level 9 75 individual pupils gained 9 or more A*, 9 or 8 grades An impressive 97 individual pupils, from a cohort of 145, received all A*or A, 9, 8 or 7 grades The breath-taking results come hot on the heels of Alleyn’s sixth-formers achieving one of their highest ever A* hauls in the recently published 2018 A level results. Such successes continue to uphold the School’s reputation for exceptional attainment, even in …

International Success for Dulwich Student

Dulwich resident and DLD College London student, Tia Nasir is celebrating global success following a charitable challenge in association with renowned organisation, Deutsche Bank. Tia (16), competed against 800 Deutsche Bank employees from all over the world in a ‘24-hour global hackathon’. Working around the clock, competitors designed a ground-breaking app for Cure Leukaemia to aid the lives of patients. The determined student from the Westminster Bridge-based college was a team member of ‘She Hacks’, the only full female team in the competition. Comprising of eight members the group competed against eight other teams in the UK, and further sides from India, Germany, Romania, Hong Kong, US, Russia and Singapore. After a demanding 24 hours, Tia presented her team’s innovative app design to the UK division where they were announced winners of the regional competition. She then presented the completed project to other groups worldwide on a live feed, which saw Tia and her ambitious team crowned winners of the overall global prize. Saqib Safdar, Head of eLearning at DLD College London commented: “Tia is an exceptional, dedicated student …