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Craig the Storyteller

Yesterday Craig the Storyteller came back to the Centre with an amazing story for everyone.

He told us about a baby frog who couldn’t talk. The frog soon met lots of different animals such as a cat, a cow and a dog and learned the noises they made. None of these noises felt right to the baby frog, so he went to his Mum and asked what noise frogs make. She taught him the song frogs make and from then on he sang his frog song all the time.

Thank you Craig and we hope to see you again in the Summer.

The Snow Queen – Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

On Friday, the older children from the Centre went to The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon to see a live performance of The Snow Queen, a classic Winter Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

The Polka is one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to children. Based in Wimbledon since 1979, Polka creates world-class theatre to entertain and inspire young audiences.

The Snow Queen tells the story of Kai and Gerda who are best friends. Not brother and sister but as close as if they were. Together, with their friends, they re-imagined the thrilling adventure of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter fairy-tale. A  dusty attic was transformed into the Snow Queen’s icy palace, and we followed their journey  as they tried to save Kai from the icy spell of the Snow  Queen’s cold kiss. Would  Gerda be able to melt his heart before Kai forgot her forever?

It was a fantastic first trip for the new year and we would like to thank the Polka Theatre who funded the tickets and transport for this visit under their “Curtain Up” scheme.




Christmas Jumper Day 2017

Last Friday, along with the Mainstream school, the Centre participated in Christmas jumper day. We raised over £40 for Save the Children. Thank you to everyone who donated.We had some amazing jumpers worn as you can see from the photos below.
Sam and all the staff in the Centre would like to wish everyone a happy and restful break and best wishes for the New Year. School restarts on Wednesday 3rd January.

Christmas Performance – Away in a Manger

On Wednesday 13th December, the Centre invited parents and friends to their Christmas Performance “Away in a Manger”. The story tells of a proud donkey  called Maurice, who has become rather attached to his manger. and the  commotion it causes when he has to share it with a stream of visitors including hens, mice and even a spider!! Everyone had been practising the songs and their lines and agreed it was an amazing performance. During the play, we inserted our own version of “Little Drummer Boy”, where some children played djembe drums and at the end the after school music club played on the recorders.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the production and thank all who came and were such a great audience.

Jack and the Beanstalk at Hammersmith

Last Tuesday, many of the children from the Centre went to The Lyric theatre at Hammersmith to see a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. It was a very colourful, lavish performance with lots of audience participation and lots of songs for everyone to join is with. The favourite characters were definitely Jackie and his Mum. We would like to thank the charity Daytrippers who once again offered us tickets for the pantomime.





Gingerbread Decorating with Roz from Tesco

As part of the Tesco Farm to Fork project, Roz came into the Centre to work with some of the children last Monday. She brought in lots of Christmas citrus fruits for them to taste including clementines, satsumas and mandarins. After the tasting she had gingerbread men for everyone to decorate with icing. It was a great session and really got everyone into the Christmas spirit. Thank you once again to Tesco and Roz. Unfortunately the project is now ending, but we are hoping that Opal   class will get one last opportunity to go to the store in January to bake some bread.




On Monday 20th November, Amber Class visited Tesco at Brixton as part of the Farm to Fork project. After catching the P5 bus to the store, they were met by Roz Hector who runs the project there. The trail they did round the store was looking at foods and whether they were healthy or not, particularly whether they had lots of added sugar. They soon discovered that lots of foods really have a lot of added sugar and we must be really careful how much of these we eat. They then went upstairs where Roz had provided lots of healthy fruit and vegetables for them to taste with a tzatziki dip. Thank you very much to Roz for organising this for us and we look forward to seeing her on 4th December at Lark Hall for some Christmas activities.


 Last Monday Debbie and Terri from the London Fire Brigade education service visited the Centre to talk to all the children about fire safety.

They started in Coral Class where the children dressed a bear in Firefighter uniform and learnt a song about smoke alarms. They then moved on to Amber, Onyx and Coral classes where they talked about fire prevention and fire safety. The children really benefited from these talks and we hope that Debbie and Terri will come back to us on a regular basis.


Graffiti Artist Workshop

This Monday Sami from Onyx Class joined with Mainstream Year 4 to listen to talk from a Grafitti artist called Dave who works for a company called Graffiti Life. We learnt that Dave set up his business after initially training as a teacher. He started with an easel and canvas in the High Street in Croydon and now has his own company producingt art for companies such as Nike, Adidas, Google, Ebay and Disney. We saw examples of his work, some of which are 3 times the size of a double decker bus!

He then showed us how he produces simple graffiti art using stencils and different coloured spray cans. At the end of the session Sami was able to try this out for himself as you can see from the photos below.