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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 …

Education news: Texts that Tempt

Mandy Reid, Librarian at Alleyn’s Junior School tells us how to encourage a love of reading in our children. “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” (Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss) This promise captures perfectly the potential a story can offer a child; a journey that will fire the imagination and introduce weird and wonderful worlds. For many of us there can be no greater pleasure than sitting down with a good book, but we cannot assume our children feel the same way. Some may enjoy reading passionately but others may feel daunted; if we can get them off to a good start, reading can become a lifelong pleasure. Finding Inspiration Encourage children of any age to explore a wide range of books. Your local library is a great place to find a huge array of books. Your child might choose anything from a picture book or a quick read to a graphic novel or a classic. Reluctant readers may find listening to audio books …

New music centre set to honour Ralph Vaughan Williams

A new music venue in East Dulwich will be named after the celebrated composer who taught music in the area in the early twentieth century. Officially opening in September, the new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) will provide the school and local community with complete facilities for music of all genres from orchestral and choral through to contemporary bands and soloists. The vast Vaughan Williams Auditorium will be the centre piece with capacity to seat audiences of 500 people and providing state of the art, professional lighting and sound equipment. There will also be ample space for performers to rehearse ahead of their shows with 15 practice rooms. Hugh Cobbe, Director of the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust which was set up by the composer’s widow Ursula to promote his work, said: “Ralph Vaughan Williams once said that music enables people to see past facts to the very essence of things in a way which science cannot do. He would have been delighted that the new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s …