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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 …

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 …