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700,000 copies of The Bumblebear to be gifted to school starters in England as part of BookTrust’s Time to Read campaign

Monday 8th May– Families across the country will be following Norman the bear’s adventure at Bee School this Autumn when BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, delivers 700,000 copies of children’s picture book The Bumblebear (Random House) to every reception age child in England.

This amusing and colourful picture book, written by Nadia Shireen, is being delivered to schools throughout the Autumn term as part of BookTrust’s Time to Read campaign. Time to Read originally launched in September 2016, encouraging parents and carers of primary school aged children to keep reading with their children – even once they’ve learned to read.

BookTrust Chief Executive Diana Gerald said: “Finding the time to read together as a family can have dramatic effects on a child’s wellbeing and development. Children are more likely to read if they love books, and they’re more likely to love books if families have fun reading together anytime and anywhere.

“We are delighted every primary school starter in England will have their own copy of Nadia Shireen’s brilliant book The Bumblebear to take home and treasure with their family as part of the Time to Read Campaign.  It is a playful book, with an endearing tale about friendship and loyalty which we hope every child across the country can enjoy and learn from.”

The Bumblebear was selected for BookTrust by an independent panel of experts and practitioners, who work with reception-aged children. It was the unanimous favourite with the panel for its quality of storytelling, relatable school setting and its ability to be read aloud in a lively manner. But most importantly, it sends a lovely message of inclusivity with a well-resolved fallible element.

Nadia Shireen, author of The Bumblebear said: “I am so happy and honoured that BookTrust have selected The Bumblebear for their excellent Time to Read campaign. Booktrust is fantastic at turning kids into readers and, crucially, they reach those kids who can’t access books so easily. I hope reading about Norman’s adventures at Bee School raises a chuckle or two, but mainly I’m delighted that so many children will be forced to own one of my books – whether they like it or not!”

Children across England will start to get The Bumblebear at school from September onwards. The book will be delivered inside a special Time to Read package to take home. Inside the pack is a helpful message for parents and carers about the importance of shared reading.

Andrea MacDonald, Editorial Director, Penguin Random House Children’s Picture Books said: “We are thrilled that Nadia Shireen’s The Bumblebear will be reaching so many children across the UK, and to be working with Booktrust to support this wonderful campaign. The book’s message of acceptance and forgiveness, and its joyful celebration of school life mean that it is perfect for children starting reception – and not only that but Nadia’s trademark humour and sense of fun make it a laugh-out-loud experience fit to inspire a lifelong love of reading.”

ADOPTION services run by Parents And Children Together (PACT) have again been rated as outstanding following an Ofsted inspection in March.

PACT’s Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said she was “absolutely delighted” that the agency had retained the outstanding rating it was first awarded in 2014.

She added: “I’m thrilled that Ofsted has recognised all our achievements as an adoption agency by again awarding PACT the top grade. It is incredibly hard to gain an outstanding rating and to retain this for a second inspection is even more of an achievement. I am immensely proud of all our staff and volunteers who each contribute to our excellent organisation and have worked together as a team to achieve such an amazing result.”

PACT is one of the UK’s leading independent adoption agencies, placing 87 children with 62 families through its adoption services last year.

The inspection report says that PACT provides an “impressive service” to children and their adoptive families and that “Its main strengths are of note and worthy of dissemination across the sector”.

“Children placed with PACT adopters are deemed the ‘harder to place’ children, who may have been waiting for some time for a family. When considering the complexity of children’s needs, placements are highly successful with a relatively low pre-order disruption rate. Children, despite their complex needs, live in safe, stable and secure homes with parents who are totally committed to supporting them throughout their lives.

“The experience and progress most of these children make is impressive and demonstrates the agency’s exceptional quality of practice.”

It adds: “The agency recognises that successful linking, matching and introductions are key to the success of placements. The excellent arrangements for family finding ensure that children across the country, including brothers and sisters and harder to place children, may secure adoptive placements with PACT adopters. The efforts put into family finding are highly effective.”

The report concludes that “prospective adopters are extremely well equipped to deal with the emotional turmoil that is often displayed through their child’s behaviour.”

“Children are supported to come to terms with their disruptive backgrounds and the losses they have experienced in their lives.”

The report also emphasises the support that PACT offers to its adoptive families, which ranges from a 24-hour duty service that families can access in an emergency to family fun days held for adoptive families to get together. It highlights the work that experienced adopters, known as Adopter Champions, undertake for PACT, as well as the more focused therapeutic support which is available through its Strengthening Families Team and FACTS service.

“The arrangements for supporting placements are of the highest quality and there is an impressive range of informal and formal support services available on an individual and group basis. Support has stabilised placements and prevented family breakdowns.”

The inspector also praises PACT’s inclusive recruitment criteria and how people enquiring about adoption feel valued and welcomed. She describes how adopters who have used the agency have recommended its services to other people interested in adoption.

Shirley Elliott, PACT’s Head of Adoption, said: “I’m really pleased that Ofsted praised us for these aspects of our work. I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to ensure that we are consistently delivering an outstanding quality of service to all adoptive families.”

Jan Fishwick added: “This is a great success and I am confident that we have made a difference to the lives of many children and families. I would like to thank everyone across the wider PACT community for their continued support as we move forward.”

The full inspection report can be viewed on our website at http://pactcharity.org/about-us/ofsted-inspection

About PACT:

 PACT has been building and strengthening families since 1911 through its community projects across the Thames Valley and as an independent adoption charity in London and the south.

PACT’s community projects include Alana House – an award-winning community service for vulnerable women – and Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) which supports children affected by domestic abuse. In 2016, 190 women accessed Alana House in Reading and West Berkshire for groups, courses, drop-ins and one-to-one support, and the BB4K project supported 86 children and their non-abusing parent over the year.

PACT helps find forever families for the 2,060* children waiting to be adopted in England. PACT’s adoption services were judged to be “outstanding” at an inspection by Ofsted in January 2014. (*Figures from CoramBAAF http://corambaaf.org.uk/res/statengland)

PACT operates award-winning therapeutic services called FACTS (Family And Children Therapeutic Support) – a range of bespoke services to support adopted children and their families. In 2016 more than 1,000 hours of post placement support were received by PACT families. Services include creative play therapy, life story work, counselling, clinical psychology and homeopathy. FACTS was voted “Voluntary Adoption Service of the Year” in the BAAF National Adoption Week Awards 2013.

PACT is one of the leading adoption charities in the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) in terms of placing more children with loving families. In 2016/17 PACT placed 87 children with 62 PACT families through its adoption services.

 

Ashley Jensen has donned her wellies in a bid to encourage nurseries, early years groups, families and children up and down the country to take part in Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children.

The actress, best known for her roles in the television series Ugly Betty, Extras and Catastrophe, has taken part in her own Muddy Puddle Walk to encourage the nation to sign up and jump in muddy puddles, like Peppa Pig, for a worthy cause.

The brand-new fundraiser has been launched by Save the Children in partnership with Entertainment One’s (eOne) Peppa Pig. By taking part in a Muddy Puddle Walk between 8 and 14 May 2017, participants are encouraged to explore the world around them, splash in muddy puddles and raise money to help Save the Children give every last child the chance to learn, play and grow up healthy and happy.

Ashley Jensen, Save the Children Ambassador, says: “I’m encouraging everyone to get outside, come rain or shine, and help raise much needed funds for Save the Children. It’s so easy to take part and it’s the perfect excuse to explore the outdoors with your little ones! By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children you can help the world’s most vulnerable children have a brighter future. I’ve seen the charity’s work first hand so know what a difference it makes. I’m proud to do my bit to help raise awareness and funds.”

Ashley has supported Save the Children’s vital work since 2011 and has visited the charity’s projects in India, Tanzania and Greece.

Sign up your nursery or family now at MuddyPuddleWalk.org to get your free Muddy Puddle Fundraising Pack, full of fundraising ideas and tips for great walks and activities indoors and out – including free Peppa stickers and Save the Children balloons too.

There are lots of easy ways to raise money on your Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children. The free fundraising pack is full of great activities and fundraising ideas, so you can choose which option will work best for you and your children. Your little ones can get sponsored to walk or splash in puddles at the park, or they can simply donate to join your muddy puddle walk. You can even top up your total by baking and selling Muddy Puddle cupcakes!

Up to half a million children to learn outside on Outdoor Classroom Day on May 18th 2017

 School children across the UK will join thousands of other schools all over the world to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day- a global initiative that encourages teachers to take lessons outside.

Outdoor Classroom Day will be celebrated across the world in as many as 52 countries on May 18th 2017, with the aim of getting over half a million children learning and playing outside of their classroom.

The initiative is being led globally by Project Dirt with the help of the charity Learning through Landscapes, that will lead the campaign in the UK & ROI.

If you’re a parent, you can sign up – and communicate the importance of outdoor learning directly to your child’s school with downloadable letters and posters and tips on how to support them. This year’s campaign aims to deliver the message to more schools, more children and more communities than ever before, with a record number of lessons being taught on the day in various countries around the world.

Outdoor Classroom Day, now an annual event, is designed to raise awareness of the fact that the outdoors is not just good for health and wellbeing, it also has strong links to improved attention and concentration, increased productivity and learning, better behaviour, and more positive teacher/pupil relationships.

Juno Hollyhock, Chief Executive at Learning through Landscapes explains, “The real aim of Outdoor Classroom Day is to inspire the world by letting children and teachers experience the true benefits of outdoor learning and play. No matter where you are in the world, learning outdoors will help children focus, it will boost their creativity and enhance their imagination -and it’s also more fun! Whether its maths, music, science, art, drama or a language- being outdoors makes lessons truly memorable- and adds to the enjoyment of childhood.”

To inspire schools to participate, organisers of Outdoor Classroom Day have made a vast number of free materials and resources available, to encourage teachers and schools in various ways. Put together by industry professionals, working together for the first time to promote this initiative, these resources will inspire, encourage and provide a safe and supportive framework for schools to teach outside.

Parents, teachers and schools can get involved simply by going online and signing up on the Outdoor Classroom Day website, where they can access everything they need. Whether its outdoor lesson ideas, resources to encourage others to get involved, or guidance on making outdoor learning and play part of everyday life in their school.

Everything parents and teachers need can be found at:  www.outdoorclassroomday.org.uk

  • The Superhero Series is the only mass-participation sports series dedicated to the everyday superhero – the UK’s 12 million people with disabilities[1] – and their friends and families
  • Launched by Paralympian Sophia Warner and supported by celebrity Team Captains: Sophie Christiansen, Kadeena Cox, Dave Henson, JJ Chalmers, Sophie Morgan, Anne Dickins and Megan Giglia
  • Team Captains are calling on the public to join their team for the Celebrity Superhero Tri, one of several sporting challenges designed to inspire people to have a go

Today, Tuesday 15 November, a host of Paralympic gold medallists helped launch the Superhero Series, the UK’s only mass-participation sports series for everyday superheroes. Sophia Warner, Marc Woods, and Team Captains Sophie Christiansen, JJ Chalmers, Sophie Morgan, Anne Dickins and Megan Giglia attended the launch event at Beany Green in Paddington and called on the public to sign up and get involved in this unique event.

Leveraging the inspiration of the fantastic Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the 64 gold medals won by ParalympicsGB, the Superhero Series aims to increase disability sport participation at all levels by removing restrictive rules and regulations imposed by mass-participation events. Team Captains will be taking on one stage of the Celebrity Superhero Tri (150m swim, 3k bike, 1k push/run) and are calling out to the nation (disabled and non-disabled) to complete their relay team. To enter the competition, simply head to www.superheroseries.co.uk and tell us in your own words why you should be picked for a Celebrity Superhero’s team and which stage of the triathlon you’d like to do.

Big, bold and gusty, Superhero Series gives total beginners through to elite athletes the chance to find their inner superpower and achieve an inspirational goal. The debut event is on 19 August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor.

Alongside the Celebrity Superhero Tri, the debut event will hold three triathlon challenges over three distances. Participants don’t have to take on all three stages, opening up four popular sports.

Three ways to take part:

  • Team up – do one stage each. Unite with family and friends (disabled and non-disabled) to share the work and the fun.
  • Grab a Sidekick – a world 1st! This a unique chance for a Sidekick (a Superhero helper) to tow a friend or loved one in the water and push or pull them around the bike & push/run stages.
  • Fly solo – for those who want to take on all three triathlon stages. Everyone entering a solo event must consider themselves to have a disability. Details of an elite race will be announced Jan 2017.

The three distances:

  • Sprint Superhero Tri: 150m swim, 3k bike, 1k push/run
  • Half Superhero Tri: 400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k push/run
  • Full Superhero Tri: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k push/run

There will be 20 Team Captains in all, with the first to be announced being:

  • Sophie Christiansen, OBE, eight-time Paralympic Gold Medallist, Paraequestrian (also a Superhero Series Ambassador)
  • JJ Chalmers, former Royal Marine and Channel 4 Rio 2016 Paralympics Presenter
  • Sophie Morgan, TV Presenter, artist and model, and part of Channel 4 Rio 2016 Paralympics presenting team
  • Anne Dickins, Paralympic Gold Medallist, Paracanoeing
  • Megan Giglia, won Britain’s first Gold Medal in Rio 2016, in C1-3 3,000m cycling race
  • Kadeena Cox, Paralympic Gold Medallist in Rio 2016 in C4-5 cycling time trial and T38 400m sprint
  • David Henson, MBE, Rio 2016 bronze medallist in 200m sprint and inaugural Invictus Games team captain
  • More to be announced!

With Superhero Series prioritising the sporting interests of the everyday superhero, we are also proud to announce four ambassadors:

  • Sofia Crockett, 12-year-old Sofia lost her leg through Meningococcal disease at the age of two and regularly competes in sport, often with her family
  • Team Williams – Mum Jenni (swimming), Dad Steve (cycling) and ‘Tiny Tornado’ Eve, 4 years old (walking hand in hand with her Sidekick Mum for the final leg). Eve has a rare chromosome condition that causes global development delay and epilepsy
  • Stephan and Chloe Couture – father and daughter duo who have tackled many sporting events together and will be participating in the Sprint, Half and Full Sidekick triathlons at the Superhero Series
  • Sophie Christiansen – also a Team Captain. Demonstrating elite sportspeople also want the opportunity to come together and compete for fun.

Sophia Warner, Paralympian and founder of the Superhero Series, said “I have been involved in disability sport for 25 years, and am thrilled to be launching an event that unites people of all disabilities, and gives the one million people with disabilities who regularly do sport the chance to come together, compete and challenge themselves.”

Team Captain Sophie Christiansen said “I cannot wait for people to share their superpower and get involved in the Superhero Series. I am really looking forward to reading all the stories and being part of a team of everyday superheroes.”

Superhero Series ambassador Eve Williams is taking part in the Sidekick Tri with her Superhero family. Mum Jenni said “the Superhero Tri shows what is possible when given the opportunity and allows us to work towards and enjoy a great sporting challenge as a family. Eve is such an adventurous and determined little tornado and what a way to encourage and channel these amazing qualities.”

To find out more about Superhero Series and to sign up visit www.superheroseries.co.uk. Regular need updates on twitter: @superherotri.

The Superhero Series is only possible through the support of its sponsors: Irwin Mitchell, Barclays, Ottobock, Quest88, Gatwick Airport and Daisy Green.

Remembrance Sunday is always a very special occasion at Pangbourne College and in the village of Pangbourne. As one new member of staff was heard to say: ‘At Pangbourne they do it properly’.

Over 1,000 people, including parents, grandparents, Old Pangbournians, Parents of Old Pangbournians and former members of staff, joined the College community in the morning for a service, led by the Chaplain the Reverend Neil Jeffers, and parade taken by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, former First Sea Lord (2009-13), to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

In the afternoon, the Marching Band, led by final year student and Drum Major Sasha Pokrovskaya, gathered with Bandmaster Mr Jeremy Clack, Director of Music Miss Ellie Calver and Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Colin Hearn to lead the village uniform groups, such as Brownies and Cubs, as well as the Royal British Legion in their parade through the village to the War Memorial and service at the church of St James the Less.

At the morning service in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, the Chamber Choir, conducted by Miss Calver, sang a capella Sir Hubert Parry’s rousing My Soul, There is a Country prior to the Service of Remembrance. During the service wreaths were laid by Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott, Chairman of Governors, the Headmaster of Pangbourne College Mr Thomas Garnier and Mr Merrick Rayner, Chairman of the Old Pangbournian Society. 

In his sermon, the Chaplain reminded the congregation of the 176 Old Pangbournians and one Governor who died in World War II and also the 255 servicemen, including Colonel H Jones VC and three civilians, who died in the Falklands War of 1982. The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel is a living memorial to those who lost their lives – and there is a World War II Old Pangbournian memorial window which is hung at the south end of the Chapel.

The College Choir sang two moving and poignant anthems: We Will Remember Them composed by David Perkins, himself an RAF serviceman, and written by his wife Caroline Dooley, who were present in the congregation, and accompanied by the College Brass Ensemble (Mr Jeremy Clack, Philip Garnier, Lucy Perring, Finley South-Klein, Louis Winter, Toby Woollen and also French Horn players Laurence Livesey and Luca van der Wyck); and Gabriel Fauré’s In Paradisum from his Requiem. The Brass Ensemble also accompanied the National Anthem and Old Hundredth Psalm.

RSM Colin Hearn, himself a Royal Marine, led the congregation in the Act of Remembrance and, as an RAF Chinook and Puma flew overhead, Mr Clack played the Last Post.

Following the service, the Marching Band led the Remembrance Sunday parade at the College at which Chief Cadet Captain of the College (Head Boy), Fred Taucher, introduced Guest of Honour Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope to the College.

The sun shone brilliantly throughout and among the pieces performed by the Band was an arrangement especially written by Bandmaster Mr Clack for the Pangbourne students, Land of Hope and Glory. Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope and Lady Stanhope, with Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott and Mr and Mrs Merrick Rayner, were entertained by the Headmaster and Mrs Alex Garnier to a lunch at Devitt House, at which guests included Chief Cadet Captains Matthew Atkins and Charlotte Bowman and their parents. 

A large group of Parents of Old Pangbournians were hosted by Director of External Relations Miss Karen Hartshorn in the newly refurbished Old Library for lunch. Many enjoyed the new centenary Old Library corridor, in which there is a 100 Years Photographic Exhibition celebrating the College’s history. The afternoon parade and service in the village was supported by over 300 members of the local community.

 

Britons spend a whopping £37m a year on wasted gym memberships and slimming classes
– often starting out with the best intensions that soon fall by the wayside through lack of
motivation and support.*

To combat this growing trend, local mum, Sara Southey, has launched The Southey Way –
a new business venture to help support women become stronger in body and mind on a
permanent basis without having to commit to annual gym fees.

The Southey Way starts with an introductory 12-week support programme of exercises
delivered to individuals weekly. Signing up to The Southey Way also gives members
special access to a closed online support group. Alongside the unique training programme
members will benefit from Sara’s leadership and motivational skills to help them achieve
their goals long-term. In addition to the network of support members can seek advice and
information on topics such as diet plans, health, fitness activities and lifestyle choices, in
fact, anything that helps them become stronger, energised and more confident.
Sara has recognised that a lot of women struggle with their health and well being around middle age. This is a time when women often have to deal with life changing situations including children leaving home, changing relationships within the family, increased financial pressures such as university fees or even separation. It’s no wonder that women often cave in under all this pressure and lose confidence or at the very least, lack their sense of purpose.

Sara says, “Evidence shows that women are having families later in life, returning to work
for longer, juggling with the teenage years, often at the same time as looking after elderly
relatives. This is all whilst dealing with the challenges of flagging energies, physical
changes and confidence levels. The Southey Way will provide you with the training,
support, guidance and motivation to reset and energise your life.” Sara continued to say,
“Support within the community no longer exists, The Southey Way enables you to benefit
from being part of a secure group of like minded individuals where you can all work
together to stay on track, gain confidence and become a stronger, healthier you at this
challenging stage of your life.”

Sara has a background in careers business training, was a full-time mum and has set up her
own successful business as a highly regarded garden designer. Her depth of knowledge in
the areas of wellbeing, gained through personal experience makes her perfectly placed to
address these challenges for women.

Sara is offering a free trial period. To find out more visit her website at:
www.thesoutheyway.com

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Contacts
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The annual Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition for 2017 has been launched and this year it is open to musicians who play stringed instruments. This prestigious competition is organised by Berkshire Maestros in partnership with Windsor Festival International String Competition and Philip Brown Violins, and showcases the skills of some of the most talented instrumentalists in the county.

Jonathan Burnett, Head of Strings for Berkshire Maestros, said:

“Berkshire Young Musician of the Year allows children from all backgrounds and standards to take part in a multi-dimensional competition. From uploading videos online to the final at The Guildhall in Windsor and receiving prizes in the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle, last time presented by HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, – this is a unique opportunity to take part in one of the most forward thinking competitions in the country.”

 

The competition is open to instrumentalists who play violin, viola, ‘cello and double bass, and entrants need to be under 20 years old on the day of the final on Sunday 12th March 2017. There are multiple categories for aged 9 and under, 10-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-19 years old. Comprising three rounds, finalists will get to perform on stage at the Guildhall in Windsor.

Martin Denny, Festival Director of Windsor Festival, said:

“I am delighted that Windsor Festival continues to work closely with Berkshire Maestros, and is involved in this competition which is of such great value for the development of young musicians in the county. Running alongside our International String Competition we aim to inspire and encourage, and to add to the excellent support Maestros already provides with enhanced opportunities.”

Sean Law, Lead String Teacher for Berkshire Maestros, added:

“This is a fantastic chance for young string players from Berkshire. We are excited to launch our new website which has facilitated the video entry system and will open up the competition to an even wider range of students across the county.”

Each year the Berkshire Young Musician competition focuses on a different group of instruments, including voice. Last year the focus was on woodwind and brass players, and the competition was won by 17 year old flautist Fiona Martin. She said:

 “Achieving such an award has given me confidence to pursue performance further.”

Young instrumentalists who are keen to follow in her footsteps can enter online at http://berkshireyoungmusician.com/.

Pangbourne College will welcome award-winning poet Mr Simon Armitage during its Centenary Year.

Mr Armitage, who is also a celebrated playwright, novelist and broadcaster, will lead a creative writing workshop for students before a public reading in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel on Tuesday 8 November (7-8pm).

The College’s Head of English, Mr Matthew Coolin said: “We are all very excited to be welcoming Simon Armitage to Pangbourne College as part of our Centenary celebrations. Having enjoyed Simon’s writing for many years, on both page and stage, I have been awed by his ability to inspire all who come into contact with his work. This visit promises to be a real treat for both the College and the wider community.”

Mr Armitage writes extensively for television and for radio. He is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Paper Aeroplane and also three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away.

His poetry has formed part of GCSE and A Level exam papers for two decades. His latest works are Still, a series of poems articulating aerial photographs of the Somme on the centenary of the First World War battle, and a new translation of the medieval verse Pearl.

Mr Armitage hails from and lives in West Yorkshire. He received the CBE for services to poetry in 2010; he is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield; and he was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015.

Mr Armitage will take questions and sign copies of his work during the public reading at Pangbourne College on 8 November. Admission to An Audience with Simon Armitage is free, but people wishing to attend are urged to book tickets at http://www.pangbourne.com/CENTENARY-EVENTS as space on the night is limited and is filling up fast.

Photo credit:  Paul Wolfgang Webster

It was a real magical moment when a teacher and student got to perform together in the UK tour of Shrek at Wimbledon. Amy Punter who has taught dance at Stagecoach Wokingham for 3 years, was delighted when Millie Cook was cast as “young Shrek” and “Grumpy”. over 60 students wen to see them on stage earlier on in the year, and the cheers for their bows brought the house down. We also got to meet Amy and Millie afterwards, and we are sure they felt like celebrities!

After the success of our student and teacher both starring in the Shrek UK tour – Stagecoach Wokingham is delighted to be launching a brand new Friday school due to popular demand. The classes will run from 4:15-7:30pm for ages 6 and above at The Holt School. They are led by Claire Stainer who has been working with students for over 10 years to develop performance skills and confidence. Call us today on 0118 371 2998 or email [email protected] for further information.

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