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St Martin’s celebrates ninety years in SW2

Established in 1699 by St Martin’s church in Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls is preparing to celebrate 90 years of being located in Tulse Hill. Silwood House, an impressive Grade 2 listed building was purchased and in 1928 Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York (later the Queen Mother) officially opened the school in its new site.  Among those present was the then Vicar of St Martin’s, Dick Sheppard. We are celebrating 90 years of being located in Tulse Hill and will be having a special service at our founding church, St Martin-in-the-Fields on 23 May 2018.  We have been educating girls for 318 years and welcome you to visit our school at any time.   SaveSave

Education news: Playing Out

Nicola Price, teacher in charge of Forest School at Alleyn’s Junior School, talks about the benefits of unstructured play outdoors. As a child of the 70s I had the experience of ‘playing out’ with a group of neighbouring children. We spent days exploring, building, and experimenting – always working together and keeping an eye out for the younger ones. We made ramps for bike jumping, a proper raft to fish from, and climbed trees to imitate birds and experience a bird’s eye view. We would often be out all day without interruption or adult direction, only stopping for lunch. These days children can miss out on the benefits of active learning in the environment; time spent listening, looking closely, thinking, imagining, problem-solving, risk-taking, team work and perseverance. Forest School is doing much to bridge this gap for children, offering them time for child-led activities in the natural environment. Your children might have a Forest School session at their school or nursery but do not despair if they don’t. You can foster the resilient, confident, independent …

Ben Jones, Director of Science at Alleyn’s, tells us how to introduce our children to astronomy

Stephen Hawking once said that ‘to confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit,’ and all must agree that there is little more mind-bogglingly wonderful than thinking about the scale, structure and order of the universe. So what better way of exciting our children about Science – and indeed perhaps even what it means to be human – than by introducing them to Astronomy? Here are some ideas on how we can encourage and feed curiosity: Birthday stars When we look into space we are looking back in time. While light travels very fast, given the scale of the universe, it can take many years for light to travel from stars to us. This means that there are stars that emitted the light we see today, in the year we were born! Use this site to find such a star Toilet paper solar system Even our modest solar system is huge with a scale that is difficult to imagine. And this is where toilet paper comes in. Using several rolls …

Dulwich runners selected for Southwark after medal haul in regional cross country

12 Girls from James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) will represent their borough in the London Cross Country championship after winning four gold and two bronze medals in the Southwark Schools race on 22nd February. In total, 20 girls from JAGS took on runners from schools across Southwark at Alleyn’s School over a distance of three kilometres. Phoebe Bowen and Annabella Bailey both came away with the gold medals in the Year 8 and Year 7 races respectively; they were joined on the podiums by Louise Maignan (Year 8) and Ivanna Tymczyszyn (Year 7) who picked up the bronze medals in the same races. These four individual medalists and eight of their teammates will now head on to the London Schools Athletics Association’s cross country championship on 6th March at Avery Hill after being selected for the team that will compete for Southwark. There were two further gold medal successes on the day for JAGS as the combined times of all the runners from the Years 7 and 8 races saw them celebrate winning the team …

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 – …