Schools Update

EventsOlympic silver medalist Iwan Thomas dropped in to Stanley Primary School to present an award to head of PE James Watson for outstanding sporting performance in 2011.

Iwan gave an inspiring talk to the school children and afterwards held a track and field masterclass covering the principles of running, jumping and throwing.

Watson said of the day: “Meeting Iwan was a fantastic experience that our pupils will never forget. He delivered a captivating and inspirational assembly as well as a very honest and insightful Q&A session.. It was a wonderful opportunity for the school to work with the Aviva Athletics Academy and showcase how brilliant and inclusive their scheme of work is and how it is developing our very talented athletes.

Proposals for a new free school in Twickenham have now progressed to the next stage of the Free School application process. On May 15th the group of parents behind this proposal will be interviewed by DfE officials.

As well as bagging many trophies this year, the year 6 boys team from Collis Primary School have trounced opposition in The Southern NPower Kids Cup regional final, scoring 33 goals and conceding just one and are now thrilled that they will play at Wembley for the League 1 playoff final on 26th May.

The Tumble cafe on The Causeway has been granted permission as has a new nursery on the high street (opposite Nova Fortuny) despite concerns from neighbours about lack of parking or dedicated dropping-off spaces.

If you have children could benefit from extra tuition on popular school subjects, Kumon should be able to help. The study centre provides maths and English programmes for students of all ages and abilities – the Teddington branch of Kumon is based at Teddington Baptist Church (Church Road).

Kumon helps your child study these subjects by working at a pace tailored to their individual needs, develop invaluable study skills and concentration establish a positive attitude to study. Kumon’s long-term focus provides children with the self-assurance and the transferable self-learning skills to realise their potential throughout school and life.

The hugely popular Theatrebugs workshops are coming to Teddington this summer. Theatrebugs hosts classes for children age 3.5-8yrs to help them improve their confidence and communication skills through drama and play, increasing the vocabulary and concentration but whilst having so much fun that they won’t notice that they’re leaning!

Theatrebugs provides extracurricular activity for your nurseries and schools as well as magical children’s birthday parties. Established in 2005 by two LAMDA graduates as a means for children to learn through play, Theatrebugs carefully designs each adventure to ignite your child’s imagination and allow their confidence to bloom.

Theatrebugs will be running our Summer course ‘The Animal Games’ at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Langham Road from 13th – 17th August 9:30-12:30, and anyone who is interested can find out details on their website or by phoning 0800 9755290.

Also based at the Baptist Church is Messy Mittens where theme based projects are held every Thursday to encourage fun, creativity and gentle learning through play for 2-4 year olds. Their aim is to bring something fresh and fun to pre-school classes in Teddington and for your little ones to experience messy fun without you having to tidy up afterwards!

Messy Mitten’s trained Early Years teacher is a great way to introduce your child to becoming a little more independent and focused on structured activities by taking part in “splodgy, sticky fun”! Onsite is room to park your buggies.

Incidentally if your pushchair or pram gets a puncture, just a reminder that Moore’s Cycles (based in Kingston Road Teddington, Twickenham and Isleworth) can fix these and also have spare tyres for popular brands in stock if needed.

This year’s Richmond Borough In Bloom season is hotting up – the winners of the local school’s poster competition have been chosen with the overall winner Chloe Booth from Waldegrave School for girls with this colourful design.

Suggested colours for the posters as well as this year’s hanging basket and garden displays were colours of gold, purple, crimson and white to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee year.

Ebay (based in Richmond) also sponsor a schools project to engage pupils in imaginative and practical gardening projects at their schools.

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