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  • King’s Ely – Christmas Foodbank Collection

    BOXES and boxes of edible goodies have been donated to Ely Foodbank in time for Christmas thanks to community-spirited King’s Ely students, families and members of staff. The ‘Twelve Charitable Days of Christmas’ initiative was spearheaded by King’s Ely Junior and pupils in each of the school’s Houses were encouraged to bring in three different items of food and/or drink which could then be donated to the local foodbank. From Christmas puddings to stuffing mix and tins of custard to...

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  • Downside School – Education for Sustainable Development

    Downside School, based in Stratton-on-the-Fosse near Bath, represented the UK at the Asia-Europe Foundation Conference last month in Tokyo. 1,700 schools from across Asia, Europe and Oceania applied for a chance to present at the policy-making event, which focussed on Educational Sustainable Development (ESD) and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the classroom. The conference was attended by 51 countries in Asia, Europe and Oceania, as well as businesses, professionals and experts in the field of education and more...

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  • St Swithun's cross country

    St Swithun’s hosts Hampshire Schools Athletic Association Inter School Cross Country competition

    On 26 November St Swithun’s School welcomed almost 700 runners from 35 different schools across the county to the Hampshire Schools Athletic Association Inter School Cross Country Championships. The course, through the school grounds, took in the leafy surroundings of the South Downs National Park in challenging weather conditions. Each school provided a team of runners whose collective finishing positions contributed to their overall ranking. Year nine athletes from St Swithun’s finished in 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 18th and 20th place...

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  • Dauntsey’s tall ship

    Dauntsey’s Jolie Brise wins the ASTO Small Ships Race

    Florence, a Sixth Former from Dauntsey’s, who helped crew the ship, said: “It was an amazing opportunity to participate in this event.  I had done a couple of longer cruises around Norway and Denmark on Jolie Brise but this was my first chance to be in an official race. “On the morning of the race, we finished preparations and headed to the start line.  It was magical to see all the boats sailing alongside each other and so inspiring to...

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  • Taunton Swimming Relay Winner

    Taunton School Swimming Team win National Championships

    Seventeen pupils from Taunton School travelled to the London Aquatics Centre to represent the South West in the English Schools’ Swimming Association National Relay competition. Six relay teams had qualified for National Finals following the Regional Finals in October. The Taunton School Junior Girls’ team took part in the Medley Relay competing against several schools including local rivals Millfield School and Kelly College. After a strong qualification, the team excelled in the final to be crowned English Schools National U13...

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  • Maidwell Hall

    Maidwell Hall fundraiser 2018/2019 achieved an amazing £32,500

    School Readers were overjoyed with the amount we raised, saying: “Thanks to Maidwell Hall 2,166 children will get reading support for a whole year, and as a result each of them will have much greater chances in life”. Robert Lankester, Headmaster of Maidwell Hall said “This fantastic total of money is down to the excellent fundraising efforts of our staff, parents and pupils who worked together over the course of the year. It is no small feat, including a sponsored...

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  • Lucy Worsley

    Godolphin impressive line-up for Literary Festival

    A captive audience at Godolphin welcomed impressive line-up of authors for Literary Festival .. She did not disappoint, and her witty, exuberant delivery revealed the humanity and quirkiness of her subject. The audience was a mix of all ages and a testament to Lucy Worsley's talent at making history accessible; many of the questions came from the young who had clearly listened to every word and still wanted to know more.  Lucy had a message of encouragement for one who asked about...

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  • TESSERA – THE DOWNSIDE ACADEMIC JOURNAL

    Academic study in schools has increasingly been reduced to utility – knowledge and training in skills for personal success and material prosperity. At Downside we consciously resist this utilitarian approach and the intention of Tessera is to celebrate intellectual exploration and discovery for their own sake. The implication of the title (a tessera is a mosaic tile) is that each piece of work stands as a separate entity, but makes a vital and unique contribution to the overall picture. It...

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  • Alice Edwards

    Prize for talented King’s Ely Photography student, Alice Edwards

    Alice Edwards, who is in Year 11 at King’s Ely Senior, won the top prize in this year’s ‘Pauline’s Swamp Photography Competition’ with her striking and meaningful image, ‘Grass from the Ground’. Antonio Longo, Head of Photography at King’s Ely Senior, said: “Alice has created a fantastic photograph which captures the essence of her rural surroundings. She should be very proud of her achievement. Alice has chosen ‘Street Photography’ as her GCSE Photography Sustained Project for her coursework, which she...

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  • Linda Salway, Chair of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership

    Community awards for Partnership lead

    Linda collected the award at the Eastbourne and District Community Awards 2019 on behalf of the 15,000 or so pupils that the ESP represents, and the many education leaders that dedicate themselves to ensuring the award-winning partnership blossoms. Founded in 2014, the ESP is now made up of 13 schools (Bexhill Academy, the Causeway School, the Cavendish School, the Eastbourne Academy, Eastbourne College, East Sussex College, Gildredge House, Hailsham Community College, Ratton School, Seaford Head School, St Catherine’s College, St...

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