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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 …

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 …