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19 May 2020

Distance Learning News – Summer Term, Week 5

Create Service have sent over another ‘celebration poster’ – looks like their students have been busy!

East London Independent School pupil George has managed to master the opening of ‘Ode to Joy’ while in lockdown! This is huge progress for George as he was initially hesitant to try. After encouragement from his peers and staff, he’s finally managed it. Check out that winning smile at the end!


East London Independent School pupil KT has been able to keep on top of his Maths lessons quite easily, as his Dad is a Maths Teacher! 

Pupil Johnny is using his time away from North West London Independent School to brush up on his Art skills…

14 May 2020

Judges announced for TCES Group Creative Arts Competition

TCES Group’s cross-company Creative Arts competition is picking up speed, with pupils and parents/carers from all schools and services starting to put together their entries.

Excitingly, TCES Group has managed to assemble a panel of amazing celebrity judges, including (below, left to right) Patron and Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, BBC Stricly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman, singer and actress Elaine Paige, actor Colin Salmon and artist Fiona Hawthorne. 

Open to all pupils and parents until Thursday 4 June, all the entries will be displayed in a Virtual Art Exhibition, similar to the North West London Independent School gallery on our website. 

The competition aims to get families engaged in the creative arts together and developing their artistic talents while the UK is in lockdown, thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Pupils and parents/carers can pick from essentially any creative topic, including Photography, Digital Art, Game Design, Singing, Dance, Poetry and more. Prizes will be on offer within each category. Find more information in the flyer, here. Further announcements are to come, so watch this space.

11 May 2020

Distance Learning News – Summer Term, Week 4

We love this ‘Celebration poster’ initiative from Create Service. Luciana from Create tells us that they’re planning to make a new poster each week with different students’ work as a way to praise both the individual’s hard work and that of the staff who are supporting them.

The front of Essex Fresh Start Independent School is looking very colourful after being decorated by a Y4 pupil, in celebration of Key Workers and the NHS!

Tre, a North West London Independent School pupil has been working hard on his entry for the Creative Arts competition, and has taken an interest in indoor gardening as well:

Since September, a group of East London Independent School pupils have been working with Mark from Api:Cultural to develop the school vegetable garden and transform a under-used strip of land into a wildlife garden.

Additional vegetable growing beds, a green house and vertically planters build by students from recycled materials have been installed. In the wildlife garden students have constructed a bug hotel, mini east habitats, planted bee and butterfly attracting flowers and created 2 stag beetle loggeries. They’ve also created a container sensory garden full of aromatic herbs and plants with textured leaves to stimulate pupils senses.

Indoors, students have also been rearing tadpoles and caterpillars as part of natural science and biology lessons. When mature, students will release their butterflies into the school garden to boost local populations. 

Pupils attending school during the lockdown have begun growing sunflowers from seed as part of the national #sunflowerhappy challenge encouraging children to grow sunflowers. Prizes are planned for the child who grows the tallest plant and may be featured on a Blue Peter. The campaign has been created by the Landscape Institute and Royal Horticultural Society.

East London Independent School have also started sharing a ‘Word of the week’, as well as a wellbeing tip and a quote of the week, for all staff and pupils. We’re a big fan of the message:

We’re delighted to see that a particular furry friend of Harry, an East London Independent School pupil, has been benefiting from his home projects!

We’ve also heard that Harry has been learning to sew to help his mum make extra scrubs for the NHS! He even managed to fashion himself an ice-lolly holder as we enter the summer season…

04 May 2020

Distance Learning News – Summer Term, Week 3

We love this celebration poster from Miss Vidal at Create Service

Martynas, a North West London Independent School pupil, is clearly enjoying helping his Mum with projects outside of his Distance Learning work! 

Kal-El, a pupil at East London Independent School has been working hard on his Distance Learning projects: