We take a look at what’s going on in the world of education in November.
Dulwich Prep in Cranbrook had a surprise visitor to their assembly after pupil Eleanor Aung won an Alice in Wonderland themed national short story competition. The White Rabbit came to present her with her prizes courtesy of Macmillan, who were celebrating 150 years since Lewis Carroll’s seminal novel was published.
Eleanor was rewarded for her winning entry with a hamper of books for herself and more for the school library. Her story, Alice Through The Picture Frame, was highly commended by the judges for its imagination and storytelling knack.
Goudhurst’s Bethany School has teamed up with West Malling business E2W to develop the Enabling Futures programme for Year 12 pupils, designed to help them select, secure and succeed in their future careers.
“It is important that students are encouraged to fulfil their full academic potential as well as prepare for their futures,” says Mark Freed, CEO of E2W. “Our programme is designed to educate students on their choices post A-level and to help and support them while they make the choice that is right for them. The programme also develops key employability skills and prepares them for the ever-changing world beyond education.”
World Cup Wonder
Rugby World Cup fever ran high at The Judd School in Tonbridge when Saracens player Juan Figallo visited the school.
Arranged by Sanlam, the Sevenoaks-based wealth manager and Saracens sponsor, the Argentine international spent four hours training boys of all ages in scrummaging and defence techniques.
“I had a fantastic day working with the children and enjoyed seeing what they were capable of, whatever their age or level. There was certainly some budding talent,” says Figallo, who also played at the 2011 World Cup. “It was definitely a difficult session but they worked through it and rose to the challenge – their enthusiasm and energy was fantastic.”
Mayfield School welcomed two porky additions to their roster – a pair of piglets! Enthusiastically received by the 20 girls that make up ‘Pig Club’, the weaners will be reared by the girls under the supervision of local farmer Jonathan Bobbett. Pig Club will learn about ethical food production, basic pig husbandry, and how farming methods have changed to meet mass production demands.
Paul Christian, Head of Lower School and Pig Club’s architect, says, “The focus is on rearing happy and healthy pigs, as well as – further down the line – the marketing and selling of the meat.”