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Pupils from South Malling School in Lewes swapped the classroom for the great outdoors last Thursday [11 July] to help plant 11 native trees on South Downs Road. The trees were provided by River Oaks Homes as part of its Southdowns Park development; a regeneration project of 101 homes and apartments opposite Malling Fields.

The Year Three students worked in small teams to plant the native lime trees, alongside staff from River Oaks Homes and local gardener, Charlie Harrison “The Flora Man”. After been given an educational speech by Charlie, the students aged between 7-8 years were shown how to plant the trees, which now sit along South Downs Road. Each pupil was able to hang a small copper tag self-engraved with their owns names, so they can revisit their tree anytime.

Maxine Hunt, Outdoor Learning Coordinator and teacher at South Malling Primary and Nursery School, said: “The children loved the experience of planting trees, they could not wait to share what they had learnt with the rest of their class. Trees are a great natural teaching resource and the children will be able to watch them grow for years to come.”

Oliver Charmak, Director of River Oaks Homes, said: “We had a great time with the South Malling pupils who loved helping to plant the trees. They asked lots of questions, and it was great to see their enthusiasm.

“We planted these native trees alongside South Downs Road to create a sustainable landscape that blends with the natural surroundings and provides a wildlife sanctuary for the new development and its residents. I want to thank staff and pupils at South Malling School for their help, and hard work on helping to plant these vital trees.”

The development, which will include 74 apartments, 22 houses and 150m2 of commercial space, is on the corner of Southdown Road and Meyhew Way in Lewes, East Sussex. It will offer a range of high-quality, modern homes to meet the needs of local people and create an overall increase in biodiversity, thanks to its extensive landscaping and green plans.

By guest blogger, Helen Lami, Director of Academic Summer.

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the UK will be feeling the pressure as they sit their final GCSE and A-Level exams. It can be an extremely tense period. A recent poll carried out by the National Education Union found more than two thirds of teachers say their school or college is having to provide significantly more support to students due to mental health issue than five years ago, with 81 percent blaming this increase on the pressure of tests and exams.

So, for parents worried about the impact this stress will be having on their own child, what can they do to help relieve the tension? Here are my five tips for bringing harmony to the exam period.

Is your child getting enough sleep?

The temptation for young people fretting over upcoming exams is to stay up late every night revising. This is entirely counter-productive and could be harming your child’s mental health. Simple steps to help your child get enough sleep are cutting out caffeinated drinks in the evening, eating a healthy dinner before 7pm and stopping all revising two hours before going to bed. If possible, studying should also be avoided in your child’s bedroom – a place that should be exclusively for relaxation and sleep.

Don’t forget the fun

As the old saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy so make sure your child gets regular opportunities to switch off and relax. You could even splash out on a spa day mid-way through exams and pay for your child to have a massage as a reward. If that’s out of your price range, then why not just go swimming together for a couple of hours each weekend, one of the best exercises there is for controlling anxiety.

Are you being too pushy?

Most parents want their child to do the very best they can but it’s important that you don’t push them too hard and pile on more pressure at this late stage. Be available and be helpful but, ultimately, revising for exams and getting a good grade is your child’s responsibility. GCSEs and A-Levels are a perfect opportunity for young people to learn the value of self-reliance and hard work. Getting through exams on their own merits will also do wonders for your child’s self-esteem.

Consider mindfulness

Stress is a fact of life but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer our children ways to better control it. Mindfulness meditation is a brilliant way to relieve anxiety and has been proven to be particularly effective during exam times. There are countless resources online to show you the basics of this type of meditation, something which can be picked up almost immediately and takes as little as 15 minutes per day. Best of all, it can be done together so both you and your child share in the relaxation. It will also give your child a valuable tool for self-calming in other stressful situations.

Don’t make exams the be all and end all

Encourage your child to talk openly about the stress their feeling and remind them that, whilst it’s important they do the best they can, exams aren’t the be all and end all. They help us to understand what we’re good at and what we aren’t. If you get a disappointing grade for maths, well, you might not be destined to be a mathematician, and that’s not the end of the world. It’s a process of self-discovery and it helps us to understand both our strengths and our weaknesses. 

A presentation of a £26,500 cheque to Chailey Heritage Foundation marked the culmination of a phenomenal year’s fundraising by pupils and staff at Cumnor House Sussex in Danehill.

From l-r : Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director at Chailey Heritage Foundation; Jo Bushrod, parent at Cumnor House Sussex; Emma P, head girl; Seb B, head boy; Christian Heinrich, Headmaster & Belinda Heinrich from Cumnor House Sussex

The money raised by Cumnor House Sussex will be added to Chailey Heritage Foundation’s £3.1m Appeal, launched in Autumn 2016, to replace an ageing 1950’s Assembly Hall with a modern, purpose-built indoor Sports and Activity Centre.  The new D.R.E.A.M. Centre will allow young people, all of whom are in wheelchairs, to play indoor sport, take part in drama and musical performances, develop their balance through rebound therapy, learn to drive a powered wheelchair, and broaden their horizons through a state of the art 4D immersive experience zone.

“Every year we select a Charity that is close to the hearts of the Cumnor community and embark on a concerted fundraising campaign to raise as much money as we can for the School’s chosen charity,” comments Belinda, wife of headmaster, Christian Heinrich.  “Our major fundraising event is the annual Christmas Fayre that I organise with a committee of Cumnor parents.  It is an eagerly anticipated community and school event that is always well attended and attracts a wide array of stallholders selling Christmas presents and festive produce.”

Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director at Chailey Heritage Foundation said, “We are enormously grateful to Cumnor House Sussex for their tremendous support and we thank the whole community involved in raising such a significant sum of money for our charity.  With the support of another generous donor, the money raised by Cumnor House Sussex has been matched pound for pound, bringing the total raised for our Appeal to date to £3,040,000 – so we are incredibly close to our final £3.1m target.”

For find out more about Cumnor House Sussex visit : www.cumnor.co.uk and about Chailey Heritage Foundation visit : https://www.chf.org.uk/.

Two bursary places covering the full cost of a child’s education for ten years, from the age of 8 to 18, are available to children who currently attend state primary school.  The 100% bursaries on offer at Cumnor House Sussex from the age of 8 to 13 continue at one of Cumnor’s thirteen independent senior school partners from the age of 13 to 18 – thereby supporting each child to the end of their school life.

The two bursaries offered each year are means-tested and are awarded to children who excel academically or show particular potential in art, drama, music or sport.   The bursaries are means-tested and children must be about to start Year 4 in September 2018.  The deadline for applications is 30th April 2018.  

The selection process involves completing a means-tested Bursary and Registration form.  Children will then be invited to attend an ‘experience day’ at Cumnor during which they will be interviewed, undergo some academic tests and be given the opportunity to show their talent, as appropriate, in art, music, drama or sport.   The parent or parents will be visited with a view to ensuring that on-going support is in place for the whole family and places will be offered depending on the particular degree of promise shown by each child.

Anyone interested in looking into this opportunity is encouraged to contact Cecilia Desmond, Registrar on: 01825 792 006 or [email protected].  To find out more about Cumnor House Sussex visit our website: www.cumnor.co.uk.

For further information contact Olivia Henley, Development Officer at Cumnor House Sussex on 01825 790347 or 07941 804277.

Towner Art Gallery is teaming up with Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival to take their Annual Schools Exhibition on the road. The gallery’s much loved exhibition is one of the UK’s largest displays of children’s artwork and this year more than 1,500 children from 32 schools in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas have taken part in free workshops with carnival artists Same Sky.

Speaking about Towner’s participation in the carnival, its president Stephen Lloyd said: “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Towner as partners in this year’s Sunshine Carnival. Their passion for community work matches both what our Carnival stands for and also mirrors this year’s carnival theme: Our Community – Our World. The support they will bring in encouraging and enabling local schools to take part is also a real plus. Now into our sixth year, having the Towner Art Gallery on board as a partner illustrates just how popular and successful the event has become and demonstrates its significance in the town’s events calendar.”

Children at Polegate Primary School with their artwork for Eastbourne Carnival

Children at Polegate Primary School with their artwork for Eastbourne Carnival

Drawing ideas from Eric Ravilious, a key artist within the Towner collection, the project has looked at friendship including the role of tea parties and ceremonies inspired by Six Cups: Designs for Wedgewood (1937). This links into both this year’s carnival theme and the gallery’s upcoming exhibition Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship which opens on the day of the carnival.

The artwork made by the children will be displayed in Towner’s section of the carnival procession, which takes place on Saturday 27th May at the earlier start time of 2pm and will follow the established route down Eastbourne’s seafront from Western Lawns to Princes Park.

Towner’s Head of Learning Marina Castledine said:  “It has been a delight to work with so many schools. The art created is a credit to all the children, teachers and artists. We can’t wait to take to the streets!”

More information on the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival and details of how to join in can be found at www.eastbournecarnival.co.uk