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Education news: Establishing Positive Habits

It is the right time of year for you and your children to establish positive habits, says Simon Severino, Headmaster at Alleyn’s Junior School. September has come around again; the nights will begin to draw in, and the cycle of the school year begins afresh. Whether your child is new to school or moving up through the age groups (Year 5 already – how did that happen?), now is the perfect time to consider how to introduce or refine positive habits before the daily schedule glides into autopilot. A relaxed start is a positive start A consistent routine is a great help, and preparation is key. Activities such as packing school bags the evening before can help the morning run smoothly. Ensuring your child arrives on time to school, without rushing, provides a relaxed start that can have a very positive knock-on impact for the rest of the day. Establish a precedent for homework Encourage your children to write down their homework as accurately as possible, and do check their homework/contact books every day. Keeping …

The Charter School East Dulwich – Big Lottery Awards to All

Students, Staff and Parents of The Charter School East Dulwich, a new secondary school serving the communities of South Camberwell and East Dulwich, are celebrating receiving a grant of over £9,000 from the Big Lottery Awards for All Scheme. When the school opened its temporary premises on Southampton Way, the existing playground was an uninviting and barren place. It was very quickly identified as a priority to improve the facilities for the hundreds of young students who would be using it over the next 2 years. With the help of the newly formed school fundraising committee, committed parents Beth Follini and Natasha Soares worked together to draft the bid to Big Lottery supported by the school. After several months of writing and re-writing, the bid was submitted and we were delighted to find out we were successful in being awarded a grant to fund a range of sports equipment, a container garden and an outdoor mural that can all be moved to the school’s permanent site on East Dulwich Grove. Students will benefit from healthier …

East Dulwich Student Showcased his Talents at DLD College London Art Exhibition

East Dulwich student Eddy Pearson showcased his creativity at the annual Art Exhibition hosted in DLD College London’s stunning atrium. Eddy, (19), has recently completed his Art Foundation Programme at the Westminster Bridge based college and passed with a distinction. The artist showcased a collection of intricate and colourful paintings which generated a great deal of interest from guests who enjoyed an evening filled with fine art, cheese and wine. A variety of mediums were on display throughout the college which included photographs, paintings, drawings and 3D projects. Eddy, who will be attending Glasgow School of Art to study for a Fine Art degree commented: “This full-time course has allowed me to develop my skills and ideas in a highly independent and creative way, beyond my A-Level Art training. I now feel I have developed my skills, ideas and understanding so that I will be really prepared for my Fine Art Degree studies when they start in September.” Principal Rachel Borland commented: “Eddy has shown us he has an eye for creating thought provoking but …

Sydenham High Symposium celebrates modern relevance of the Humanities

Famous authors and poets joined forces with eminent university lecturers and politicians at Sydenham High School GDST on Thursday 22 June, to celebrate the fundamental value and modern relevance of studying the Humanities at the first Sydenham Symposium. Over 70 senior school pupils from Blackheath High, St Olave’s in Orpington, Bishop Thomas Grant in Streatham, Dulwich College and Elmgreen School West Norwood, as well as from Sydenham High, took part in the day of workshops and talks to celebrate the value of Humanities subjects and to demonstrate what areas of study and careers they can lead to post-GCSE. The Sydenham Symposium: A Humanities Festival was opened by Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood. Ms Hayes, who is a geographer, told the audience of pupils from year 10 to year 12 that the Humanities provide vital perspective on our increasingly complex world, whether we are looking to examine the motivations of past leaders, the interactions between physical and human geography or the reasons for a particular ethical standpoint.  They enable us to move forward by learning …

The Great Wall of Stillness!

The Reception Team at Stillness Infants School in Brockley had been researching ideas for the outside space and wanted to make something bright and colourful for the children. The area is an extension of the classroom and as such any images needed to complement the curriculum clearly defining each learning space. We decided to create individual panels that would provide backdrops for the topics covered throughout the year. A rainbow scene for ‘Once upon a Tale’ a unit that covers traditional fairy tales, a map of the World for our unit on travel ‘On the Move’ treasure maps and landscapes of London for role play etc, which was 48 meres in length. We had a limited budget to work with so wanted to be able to spend as much of the money we had on equipment, costumes and learning resources for the children.  Brock, father of Olive in Red class offered to help and organised with two other Dads, Neil and Lawrence to paint the scenes on the wall for us. Before the walls could …