NEWS Edge Grove School hosts charity fun run event Edge Grove School hosts charity

Thompson are all set to take part in this year’s LondonMarathon on 28 April and were keen to give their fundraising an extra boost ahead of the big day.

Making use of the beautiful surroundings of Edge Grove Park, registered participants had the choice to run in either the 800m, 1,500m, or 2km races in aid of the four teacher’s chosen charities including Herts Community Foundation (Edge Grove’s local partner charity), RNLI and Headlines, MacMillan andWaves.

Staff, parents and p school, Edge Grove,

as well as family members of upils from independent prep

the local community in Radlett, were grateful for the beautiful spring sunshine last weekend as nearly 200 people turned out for the school’s first ever charity fun run. The special event was organised to raise money for a variety of charities that are being supported by the school’s London Marathon participants for 2019.

Headmaster of Edge Grove Ben Evans, along with teachersMr E glinton,Miss Bonnick andMiss

Overwhelmed by the positive energy of the pupils, parents and staff, Ben Evans spoke about the day: “The sun came out along with the ice- cream van and our first ever charity fun run was a huge success.We were also reminded yet again of how lucky we are to be part of Edge Grove and what a special place it is. The afternoon was organised by my wife Alex Evans, partly to raise money for the various charities that we marathon runners are supporting, but also to bring families from the local community together for an enjoyable event while exercising in the fresh air.” The event raised over £800 for the charities. Next stop: The LondonMarathon. ww ty fun run event

Future First broadens work horizons of state school students in areas of disadvantage

reas of disadvantage

models. The alumni volunteers will provide employability workshops, networking

opportunities and advise on the skills needed to succeed in working life.

The education charity Future First has been awarded a fourth round of government funding to extend its work improving the career ambition and employability skills of state school students in areas of social disadvantage.

The money from The Careers and Enterprise Company will give 25,800 students in 85 state schools and colleges nationwide multiple

encounters with the fast changing world of work by linking them with former students in work or

The new funding of £279,000 will extend Future First’s existing work in the government’s 12 opportunity areas to other regions of low social mobility, and where careers advice is lacking, including East Sussex, Leeds,Medway, Leicester, Lancashire, the North East and theWest of England.

Future First research shows alumni can transform students’ motivation by acting as relatable role models grounded in the community, showing current students that ‘peopl e like me’

A school play with a difference A school playwith a diff

Pupils from Queen’s Park Primary School recently staged a school play with a difference at Theatre Royal Brighton. They performed Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner, adapted for young actors by CarlMiller as part of the National Theatre’s Let’s Play programme.

The Year 5 pupils were involved in every aspect of planning and cre ating this year’s end of term play, including set design, costumes, lighting, sound, special effects, make-up and stage management. The children also wrote invitations and designed programmes.

Queen’s Park Primary school were invited by Theatre Royal Brighton to perform their Let’s Play production on the stage in front of other local

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schools. The pupils have created a high energy adventure tale of friendship, honesty, justice with ongoing support from National Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton.

Let’s Play is a new programme from the National Theatre that provides everything that teachers need to make an outstanding piece of theatre whilst supporting them to embed the arts and creativity into all aspects of teaching and learning. Schools signed up to the programme can send up to four teachers on a theatre making course led by professional theatre artists and get access to specially commissioned scripts, musical scores and backing tracks for original songs as well as curriculum-linked teaching resources. The


can succeed. The scheme aims to sign up 8,500 volunteer alumni in a diverse range of fields for assemblies and workshops, work experience and intensive world at work days which will broaden students’ work horizons and motivate them to engage in their own learning.

Future First broaro denswork horizons of state school students in are higher education who can act as inspirational role

Matt Lent, Chief Executive of Future First said, ‘Students cannot be what they cannot see. It is essential to open students’ eyes to the breadth of work opportunities available. Alumni who have a similar background, perhaps even sat in the same seats, have a transformative effect in broadening the horizons and raising the aspirations of youn g people. ’

programme inspires creative learning across the curriculum and aims to bring together the whole school community. April 2019 2019

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