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August Magazines Out Now!

Our August magazines are being distributed today.  Each magazine (SE21, SE22 & SE23) is available to read as a flipzine on the right of this page.  Please do free free to share them with your friends and family. We know more and more businesses have now either opened or given the go-ahead to open, which is great news for the area.  The #eatouttohelpout scheme goes live on Monday 3 August and we have details of who is taking part in the area.  Click here. All our regular columnist have contributed to our August issues including Suzanne James working wonders with peaches.  Garden Talk with Janine Winlaw talks about plants adapted to climate change.  Leanne Spencer talks about exercise snacking.  Becca Teers has written a very interesting article on the cure for procrastination!  Pets Corner with Leonie St Clair highlights the lockdown and separation issues for pets and their owners. This is just a selection of what is in store for you in our community magazines.  Please do take time to look at our advertisers.  They …

Oakfield Prep School bids farewell to the wonderful Mrs Davey

You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that after 40-plus-some years in a profession you’d more or less seen it all. What a strange time it is then for Oakfield Prep School to say goodbye, at the end of this term, to one of its most treasured and longest-serving staff, Jill Davey. She has been a teacher here for 42 years, and like Oakfield itself, has truly become part of the fabric of the community and Dulwich life. Even in the midst of this pandemic-interrupted swansong Jill remains as astute, child-focused and overwhelmingly positive as ever; “This has been the most unusual year but when the children came back after lockdown, they came in, washed their hands, stood for a while, looked around the classroom, re-engaged with their environment and then just got on with their activities.” They have clearly learned something from Jill who seems to blend non-stop enthusiasm with an insatiable work ethic: “This period has helped me to think about the next stage in my life. I’ve been on a crazy rollercoaster of …

Oakfield Prep School release video in tribute to the NHS’s ‘Heroes in Blue’

We have all been taking part in clapping every Thursday to show our support for the bravery and dedication of NHS and frontline workers at this time. Over the last few weeks Oakfield Preparatory School in West Dulwich decided to go one step further and recorded an original song, ‘Heroes in Blue’, in tribute to all NHS staff. The video for the song, which you can find on their YouTube channel, was written, recorded and filmed entirely in lockdown. It features Oakfield staff, pupils and their families singing, dancing and dressing-up as part of the moving singalong. Mr Sam Howes, Oakfield’s Director of Music and writer of ‘Heroes in Blue’, said, “We wanted to do something to demonstrate our appreciation for all that frontline workers are doing to help those in need, and hopefully bring these real-life heroes some much-needed cheer. We hope this song reaches as many of them as possible” Mrs Moyra Thompson, Head of Oakfield Prep School, is in awe of the solidarity and community spirit, “Oakfield has always been a warm, …

How to Deal with Your Emotions and Stay Calm and Positive

It’s human nature to not want to feel pain (emotional or physical pain) and this is why we often prefer to ‘bottle up’ negative emotions rather than feeling them and expressing them. Another aspect of this is that many of us have grown up without being shown how to express our emotions in a healthy way and so we can become afraid of them. We’re scared of a bad reaction or confrontation when we do say how we feel. We may also have learnt to believe certain emotions are ‘wrong’, such as anger, fear, dissapointment, sadness or jelousy. The truth is these emotions are natural and normal and they just need acknowledging (even just to yourself) to become ‘unstuck’, allowing you to release them and feel better. What happens to suppressed emotions? We push our feelings down but by doing this they don’t go away. They sit beneath the surface and can affect us negatively in different ways. Our emotions are held in the subconscious part of the mind: the part that is not under …

Jeremy Deller launches online Thinking About lecture series

Jeremy Deller launches online Thinking About lecture series for Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership students Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller, artist Lisa Milroy, and historian and writer Iain MacGregor are amongst the speakers lined up for Thinking About, a series of live weekly lectures with Q&As aimed at students in Years 11, 12 and 13. Guests from the Arts, Sciences and Humanities will all set out to give exclusive insights into their professional lives. In the inaugural talk on 12 May, Jeremy Deller will be ‘Thinking About’ his role as an artist and an observer of people and events. As he looks at the world from his window – the title he’s given his talk, referencing one of his earliest art works – he proves himself to be adept at weaving together high and low culture, the popular and the rarefied. An alumnus of Dulwich College, Jeremy Deller will revisit his past, look at current events and delve into a number of possible futures. Thinking About has been organised and curated by Dulwich College, an independent …