Friday, 28 September 2012

Local authors help school raise funds for seriously ill children

On Friday, Tavistock and Summerhill School in Lindfield was buzzing with Mathildas, Big Friendly Giants, Willy Wonkas, and Twits for Dahlicious Dress Up Day, a charity fancy dress fundraiser for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Local authors Dr Robert Hodgkinson (Henry and the Alphabet Spaghetti) and Alison Milford (A Children’s History of Sussex and writer for the Oxford Reading Tree) and former parent, Marilyn Bradley judged the fancy dress competition. Afterwards there was special Dahl themed quiz and lunch.

This was the culmination of a week of activities to celebrate 30 years of Roald Dahl's BFG.
On Monday the children took part in a live pod cast featuring author Michael Rosen (Roald Dahl’s biographer), Quentin Blake - the illustrator who bought all of Roald Dahl’s characters to life and David Walliams - reading the dream chapter from the BFG dressed as the Big Friendly Giant himself. The children voted for their favourite Roald Dahl characters and their suggestions were sent in to the pod cast team before the event. As the BFG is a dream weaver, following the podcast, the children described their favourite dreams.

 Fantastically fabulous fun!” commented the Head, Andy Giles, “This is a great opportunity to enthuse the children to about reading, have fun and help children less fortunate than themselves”

Sporting success for St Nicholas’ pupils

Three pupils at St Nicholas’ School, Church Crookham, have been recognised at a high level for their sporting talents recently.

Isabel Cockayne, a Year 8 pupil at St Nicholas’ School, has been selected to play for the county’s Under-14 netball squad.

Keen cricketers Rebecca and Siobhan Merriman, Year 11 pupils at St Nicholas’ School, recently received awards at their local cricket club, Odiham and Greywell. Rebecca received the award for the ‘Most Improved Under-16 Girls’ Cricketer’, and Siobhan was the ‘Under-16 Girls’ Batsman of the Year’. Both Games Captains at St Nicholas’, Rebecca and Siobhan run the school’s thriving cricket club. 

We are very proud of the achievements of our talented sportswomen,’ said Mrs Annette Whatmough, St Nicholas’ School’s Headmistress. ‘They show great dedication to their sport and we very much appreciate the example they set to fellow pupils.’

For more information please contact Clare Longfield, St Nicholas School, Redfields Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire GU52 0RF 01252 850 121,

Thursday, 27 September 2012

St Columba's Open Day - St Alban's 6th October 2012

We are a Catholic, independent day school for boys. We provide a broad, high quality education from age 4 to 18 and have boys in the College from a wide variety of religious traditions. We aim for each boy to achieve ‘his own best standard’.

At each phase of education, Prep and Senior, we nurture the key Columban qualities of ‘courage, courtesy and compassion’. We strive for academic excellence whilst realising that it is whole person education that best prepares boys for the world and workplace of tomorrow. As a school under the trusteeship of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, we recognise that moral and spiritual qualities are equally important in that roundness of character.

St Columba’s is known for its strong community values. We work in close partnership with parents to provide the supportive care and challenge for our boys which enable them to flourish. Through a Columban education your son will discover much about himself and also about the contribution he can make to society at large. This quality of compassionate service is borne out in the College motto of ‘Cor ad Cor Loquitur’ – heart speaking to heart.

Our community is vibrant and our students are the best evidence of what a Columban education can produce. Having browsed our web site, we would encourage you to arrange to come for a visit to see the College in action.

For more information call 01727 855185 or contact

Monday, 24 September 2012

Green Babies Event - 27th September - Dana Centre, London

Your baby may have tiny feet but it leaves a large carbon foot print and can have a considerable environmental impact.

What can we do to make that footprint smaller? Are ‘green’ products really all that eco friendly? Is organic food really worth the price tag? 

Green Babies have brought together environmental experts with wide range of knowledge for you to talk to about the complex issues around green parenting.

Join them with your tiny tots, and they will provide distracting activities so you can enjoy an in depth discussion with their eco experts.

How easy is it for the average mum to be a green parent? Can you care about your baby and the environment in a way that’s easy and inexpensive?

The Science Museum is tackling these issues head on as part of its Climate Changing programme, with a Green Babies’ event on 27 September.

·         A look at celebrity green parents:
  • This January 2012, Jessica Alba launched her new e-commerce, eco-friendly and non-toxic baby product company in January 2012 and has released ‘The Honest life’ guide to Green Parenting
  • Halle Berry reportedly spent nearly $60,000 to create a sustainable nursery, which features everything from organic bed sheets to cotton-stuffed toys that are completely chemical- and pesticide-free.
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey chose cloth nappies
  • Daryl Hannah says: “Turn off the TV, go for a hike, move to a smaller house, get solar power, don't poison your kids, pets and yourself by using toxic cleaning products -- choose biodegradable, non-toxic ones, plant an organic garden and shop at your local farmers' market -- it's fun for the whole family."

Friday, 21 September 2012

Local schools given chance to win an £80,000 classroom!

One school will win a stylish and permanent 30-pupil classroom from Clearspace Buildings’ Evolve Programme

Local schools struggling for space are being given a chance to win an £80,000 classroom that’s big enough for 30 students.

The national competition is being run by the leading education magazine and website TES in conjunction with Clearspace Buildings, a UK developer, designer, manufacturer and installer of timber frame and modular timber structures.

Open to all UK primary and secondary schools in the area, the competition is being launched on Friday 21st September 2012 and entry is via either or . Schools are simply required to explain in no more than 300 words why their school deserves a new learning space. The competition closes on Friday 20th November 2012

Six shortlisted schools will be selected in December and, following a public vote, the winning school will be announced in January with construction of the stylish new building as early as Easter 2013.

As well as construction of the classroom Clearspace Buildings will undertake all necessary planning and building permissions, groundwork and construction and internal finishing, including flooring, lighting and power points.

“We’ve been covering education in Britain for more than 100 years and organised many competitions for teachers, but we’ve never been involved in giving away a school building before,” said Gerard Kelly, TES editor.

“Schools can be squeezed for space, especially if they are popular or in areas with rising birth rates. But creating new classrooms can be incredibly hard as schools budgets are tightening, and planning and construction are often expensive,” he added.

Explaining the rationale behind the high value giveaway, Scott Horner, Managing Director of Northumberland-based Clearspace Buildings, said: “We’re hugely proud of the Evolve Programme. TES is the most widely read and subscribed website and magazine for teachers and schools and therefore the ultimate vehicle to promote this unique and timely classroom giveaway.”

The population boom has already pushed many primary schools to ‘breaking point’ and forced town halls to draw up emergency plans to teach children in disused shops and warehouses. New figures from the Department for Education have shown the number of pupils in state schools is expected to rise to 7,950,000 by the end of the decade – 935,000 more than now.

This will mean that instead of one or two classes in each year group, there are plans for some schools to have up to six form groups in each year, which will leave many schools struggling for additional space.

Clearspace Buildings has created a ground-breaking range of beautiful Red Cedar Wood clad, permanent, quick to construct and cost-effective specifically targeted at schools. All buildings are specifically designed to suit a school’s needs and are multi-functional and adaptable.

Known as the Evolve Programme, the buildings are inspirational learning spaces designed to challenge traditional methods of creating additional classroom space - usually with grey, lifeless temporary buildings.

Unlike the traditional blue and grey temporary buildings, Clearspace Buildings’ FSC-certified timber-framed structures are stylishly designed with Western Red Cedar cladding and contemporary high performance powder-coated aluminium frame glazing. Inside, the buildings are light and airy with solid oak floors to create stimulating learning environments.

Bespoke designed and ranging in size from 50m² - 1500m², Clearspace Buildings’ structures are manufactured and designed in the UK and can be sited virtually anywhere and constructed on or off site where space is of a premium.

To cope with the accommodation demands for increased pupil numberstThe Department for Education is relaxing building regulations so that new schools can occupy a smaller space - secondary schools by 15% and primary schools by 5%.

To enter the competition or learn more about Clearspace Buildings’ Evolve Programme visit