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Education news: Acting Up

According to the Oxford Student’s Dictionary, the word ‘Drama’ relates to an exciting or emotional series of events. Bryony Foley and Becky Manning, Drama teachers at Alleyn’s Junior School, tell us about the benefits of Drama for children and how to get your child involved. The benefits Drama helps children explore feelings, make sense of events, and encourages empathy, collaboration, and teamwork. This helps to increase a child’s confidence and self-belief – all while having fun. Encouraging the young ones Remember that a love of performance often starts with the dressing up box and you are your child’s first audience and play-mate. Help them to make the most of it: Read to your child and tell them stories to ignite their imagination. Have fun with role-play. Taking on the role of a character in a story will help your child gain insight into what they are reading and connect it to the real world. Role-play can also be a powerful tool to prepare for real life situations, like a first day at school. Use puppets: Puppets …

Local parents get active… to get kids active

With the aim of inspiring pupils to get active and of funding new fitness facilities at the new Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, a peloton of parents and other amateur cyclists left the playground on Saturday morning and rode to the pebbled beach of Brighton. Recent news linking childhood obesity and diabetes, along with the endeavours of the 20-strong group, continues to attract strong support from local businesses and sponsors. The team have smashed their initial sponsorship target and with a bit of additional help might top £8,000; money earmarked by the school for valuable fitness facilities for pupils. To help them over the line, readers can support their efforts by donating here. Whilst sending off the riders at 07:30 on Saturday, Principal Jo Conduit said: “Thank-you to everyone for raising an amazing sum of money but more importantly for being active, inspiring role models. We all have a duty to our children to develop those important life-long habits.” She added, “The stats about childhood obesity are widely known and don’t need repeating.” Many of …

James Allen’s Girls’ School Opens New Community Music Centre

Last month saw the official opening of a new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) in East Dulwich. The two opening concerts featured performers from both the school and the local community and were attended by special guest Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and actor Toby Jones who compered one of the two concerts.   As well as featuring world premieres composed by three JAGS pupils past and present, the concerts also showcased two bespoke works composed by JAGS Director of Music, Peter Gritton – one A Very Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra played by the JAGS Festival Orchestra, the other a work for orchestra and choir depicting an imaginary journey from Earth To Mars. Some members of the community got to roll massive dice to determine which sections were to be performed in this perilous journey! In the week leading up to the opening, JAGS pupils from 4-18 years were able to participate in a range of musical performances in and around the centre culminating in a celebration of …

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 …