Category Archives: Education

Virgo Fidelis school to close

The Roman Catholic secondary school for girls on Central Hill SE19 1RS is planning to close in August 2021.

Admissions were suspended for year 7 students in September 2020. Year 8 , 9 & 11  students are attending the Virgo Fidelis site but Year 10 students are attending St Marys in West Croydon CR9 2EE

Virgo Fidelis no longer has a 6th form and pupil rolls have been falling recently – with a  corresponding impact on school budgets. The Victorian buildings date back to 1848 and so are exepensive to repair.

Croydon council is consulting on the closure – to have a say  fill in the form linked below before the deadline of Oct 23rd.  

https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/project/672

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Black History month 2020

October is Black History month and this year Lambeth Libraries have drawn up a brilliant programme of mainly online activities.

There is something for everyone in the programme – just check out the brochure and book the sessions in advance that you want to attend here.

Cllr Sonia Winifred said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate African Caribbean Heritage and Culture, which influence and enrich all our lives.”

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Lambeth community directory

Lambeth has a diverse and active community & voluntary sector.

To find out about our local organisations use postcodes to search Integrate’s Community Directory: https://integrateagency.co.uk/voice/

To get listed on the directory email  contact@integrateagency.co.uk .

And join the Integrate mailing list for excellent regular email newsletters on advice, funding and training.

Age UK Lambeth have a specialist directory for organisations focussed on the social care sector: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth/our-services/mycommunity-directory/

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Summer activities for children and young people

To find out about local summer activities for children, young people and families check out Lambeth’s web site:
http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Summer2020

Or you can download this brochure.

With the coronavirus lockdown reducing there are changing government guidelines every week. So do check regularly for the latest information.

Here is are examples of activities:
Lambeth Libraries programme includes the Summer Reading Challenge https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/292c570
Fun packed summer programme filled with engaging activities for young people aged 11 to 19 years.

Rathbone in West Norwood have fun-packed summer activities for young people aged 11 to 19 years. include Sports, Arts and Creative Crafts, Music, Dance, Media, Cookery, Trips and much more  – contact cking@rathbonesociety.org.uk

CEF Lyncx are offering 5 weeks of activities for children and young people aged 8 – 15 and volunteering/work experience opportunities for young people aged 16+  http://cefi.org.uk/home

Lambeth Autism Group (NAS Lambeth) will be hosting a range of online sessions this summer -contact: lambeth@nas.org

Inspirational Youth have a one week  3rd to 7th August Summer Club for Year 6 children transitioning to Year 7  – at Streatham Youth and Community Trust SW16 – contact   louise@inspirationalyouth.org

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@LambethNas
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June 22nd is Windrush Day

Windrush Day posterBeginning in 2018, Windrush Day celebrates the Caribbean community and their contributions to British society since the second world war.

To pay  your respects to the people of the Windrush generation download this art pack for decorating your windows and doorsteps and check out online activities by Lambeth libraries

This year’s song for Windrush Day is Desmond Dekker’s  You Can Get It If You Really Want. To join in –  tune into Colourful Radio at 10.27am on Monday 22nd.

Check out the week long programme of online events at the Black Cultural Archives: https://blackculturalarchives.org/ww20

The Empire Windrush ship that brought some of the first Caribbean migrants had 1,027 passengers. Many of their relatives and descendants suffered under the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’.

Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, and the global response to this shocking incident, there is a renewed determination to tackle the inequality and discrimination faced by Black & Asian Minority Ethnic communities. Windrush Day is one part of this effort.

For details of Windrush Day in Lambeth see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrush-day-2020/

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Back to school in June?

Are you ready to send your children back to school after the coronavirus lockdown ? Not sure?

Lambeth council is holding an online question and answer session this Thursday 29th May at 1pm. For details & to book a place see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-back-to-school-discussion

Ed Davie, the councillor responsible for schools in Lambeth says: “As a parent of Lambeth primary and secondary school children I know how tough the last few months have been struggling with home learning, worrying about returning to school and just trying to get through each day. We want to listen to families, schools and unions to understand your concerns and support everyone to stay safe, healthy and learning”

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Libraries online during lockdown

Screenshot 2020-04-30 at 19.17.26Lambeth Libraries are closed during the coronavirus lockdown but there is a fantastic choice of extra online activities : e-books, audio books, newspapers & magazines, research your  family history using the Ancestry database , quiz, book group chat , chat with writers, business advice, wriggle & rhyme sessions, film streaming.
Sign up here (top of the page) for the e-newsletter of events. (Next newsletter due out on Monday 4th May).

Don’t worry if you are not a library member – some activities are open to all.

West Norwood library waiting for end of lockdown

Since lockdown hundreds of residents have registered as new library members – to join just go online here.
Or speak to the library team on  020 7926 0750 between 9am and 6pm.

See details of regular online services here

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https://www.facebook.com/WestNorwoodLibrary/

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Free early learning for two year olds

Some families can get up to 15 hours free early years learning for their two year olds with a day nursery, childminder, play group or Childrens’ Centre. The children learn to make friends and gain confidence that helps them get ready for school.

Families getting tax credits, benefits and  special needs may be eligible. Check on page 25 here.

Use the Families Information Service (FIS) to find early years & childcare to suit the needs of your family:

Family Information Directory

In the West Norwood area free 2 year old places are offered at: Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Abacus Early Learning Nursery, Chapel House Day Nursery, Bright Horizons Day Nursery & Preschool, Ana-Bela’s Day Nursery and local childminders.

All children aged 3 to 4 are eligible for 15 hours free early up to 38 weeks a year until they start the reception year at primary school.

To contact the FIS direct phone 020 7926 9558 or email fis@lambeth.gov.uk

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Starting Secondary School Sept 2020

Children born between 1/9/2008 and 31/8/2009 must apply for a secondary school place in 2020  by Thursday 31st October. See details and online application form for Lambeth schools at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/school-admissions/secondary-school-admissions-202021

Many schools have an extra  “supplementary information form” that is sent direct to the school by a date before the 31st October.

The test day for schools using an admission test is on Saturday 9th November.

Deadline for primary school admissions is  15th January 2020.

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Community Connectors

Training as Community Connectors

Do people come to you for advice and information? Do you link others in your local community to activities and organisations? If so why not be trained as a Community Connector?

Project Smith offers Community Connector training & support to give volunteers the knowledge & skills to help other people:  things to do, places to go to access help & support and general wellbeing.

The training takes place over 4 days 9.30am – 3pm. The dates are  on Wednesday 26th June, Wednesday 3rd July, Thursday 4th July and Wednesday 17th July. You need to attend all 4 days to become a Community Connector. You get a Royal Society Level 2 Qualification in Supporting Behaviour Change on completion of your training.

Community Connectors say: “I’ve learned so much through the Connectors programme that I feel like a walking/talking community notice board,” “Since becoming a connector, I’ve helped others, made new friends, feel better about myself, and even found job opportunities through networking.”

Project Smith is a Lambeth council/NHS project and aims to: support people to manage their own health and wellbeing by having access to the right information and assistance, help people avoid crisis and build stronger community ties.

For more information email: jennifer.burgess@nhs.net

@ProjectSmithLam

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