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Mother’s Day Portrait Competition

Award winning Dulwich based stores, the dulwich trader, ed and tomlinsons will once again be running their hugely popular Mother’s Day Portrait Competition. Open to children from Reception to Year 6 at a number of participating local schools, the competition asks children to submit portraits of their mothers or important people in their lives. First run by the dulwich trader over 15 years ago, the competition encourages interaction between local schools, parents and businesses. The only requirement is that the entries should be bold, bright and beautiful. Last year the competition really captured the imagination of local children and the dulwich trader stores were swamped with well over 400 fantastic entries from 14 local schools, panicking mothers and schools were still dropping off masterpieces well past the deadline. Once again the judging panel will include award-winning portrait artist and former Dulwich Hamlet student, Julie Bennett (www.juliebennett.co.uk). Julie has been blown away by the creativity, effort, talent and passion on show in previous years. Ranging from poster paint to sculpture and taking in everything between – …

The Foundation Schools’ Concert: Britten’s War Requiem

Over 500 pupils, parents and friends of Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) will perform together on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall. The three Foundation Schools: Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will come together on 19 February 2018, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War and pay tribute to their pupils and staff who selflessly served their country between 1914 and 1918. The Schools will perform Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, War Requiem, at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, where they will be joined by internationally recognised soloists Jane Irwin (soprano), Robin Tritschler (tenor) and Philip Tebb (baritone). The concert will be conducted by the three Schools’ Directors of Music, Mr Chris Dearmer, Mr Richard Mayo and Mr Peter Gritton, and will also include Herbert Howells’ Elegy for viola and strings. Composed as personal tribute to a fellow student at the Royal College of Music who was killed in the Great War, Howells’ poignant piece makes a fitting companion to Britten’s work. The Heads of the schools, …

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 …