Education news - December 2013

Making dreams come true

Making dreams come true - Credit: Archant

News from schools and colleges across Hampshire

Making dreams come true

Stockbridge Primary School is celebrating after receiving a £15,000 donation from The Southern Co-operative following the success of its Stockbridge store’s 2013 Community Support Card (CSC) scheme.

The CSC scheme has been running at selected stores to donate significant funds to local good causes. Recipient organisations are chosen by the local community to ensure that funding reaches those causes closest to the local community’s heart. The scheme relies on shoppers’ support but without costing them a penny; you simply need to request a free CSC card and have this swiped each time you shop at the participating store.

Emma Jefferies, Headteacher at Stockbridge Primary School, said: “£15,000 is a really significant amount for a small school which will make a difference to every pupil. It has enabled us to refurbish our library and provide a kitchen for children, which is well beyond our means as budgets for small schools are squeezed nationally. There is no way within the new funding system that we could ever achieve this for our children without the generous support of The Southern Co-operative and its customers. You are all really making dreams come true.”

The Southern Co-operative will be launching a CSC scheme for Stockbridge in 2014 and local organisations and charities will be invited to apply for funding. For more information, call into the store in Stockbridge High Street.

A winning design

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Southampton Airport Fire Service are trained for rescue situations, but in a reversal of responsibilities, a Berrywood School pupil has come to their rescue when they put the call out for a new health and safety training badge. 9 year old Alex Miller designed the badge as part of a Hampshire-wide competition for school pupils organised by the Airport Fire Service. Alex’s design has been professionally made for use on uniforms as well as Health & Safety training materials. Well done Alex!

Rhythm is a dancer

Pupils from Bedales Prep enjoyed participating in a recent dance workshop led by members of the West-end production ‘Stomp’. The award winning show consists of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance using a variety of materials such as plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm.

Nass and Dave from Stomp’s crew spent time with Bedales’ pupils showing them how to move their bodies and utilise household items to produce complex rhythms.

Commenting on the workshop, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, said: “Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the chance to express themselves in a way they hadn’t explored before. These skills will help to build their repertoire for next year’s Youth Dance Platform.”

On the catwalk

It was lights, camera and action at Alton Convent School’s Junior Fashion Show recently when 46 models aged 3 and upwards showcased clothing from brands such as Joules, Mini Boden and Monsoon. The event raised over £1,400 and contributed towards the school’s 75th Anniversary Appeal; the objective of which is to support the complete refurbishment and refitting of the school science laboratories and to provide lighting for the new tennis academy. For more information please visit