Coping with birthdays in lockdown

By santynamarchesi / 30th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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  Reporter Santyna Marchesi interviews three girls whose birthdays have been effected by lockdown in all different ways. SINCE March 20 last year England has been in and out of a lockdown due to the corona virus. This meant many places had to be closed and you could not mix with other households. For people…

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Cheshunt emotional support group returns – and with new branding

By Lucia Banks / 30th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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THE FIESTA Emotional Well-being Project at Cheshunt Young People’s Centre finally returns in person, after having to move online during the pandemic.  The weekly two-hour sessions, run by Services for Young People (SFYP), aim to boost the emotional well-being, confidence and self-esteem of young people aged 13-17, by offering a safe environment and providing support from youth workers.  “It’s a nice group of people and…

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Teachers at Sir Frederick Gibberd to walk 100km to raise funds for MIND

By Daniel Luker / 26th March 2021 / 0 Comments
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TEACHERS at Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow, look set to take on a 100km walk from London to Brighton to raise funds for mental health charity MIND. MIND offers Sir Frederick Gibberd talking therapy for children, helping them to understand their feelings and learn techniques and coping mechanisms as well as parent to parent support…

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Sir Frederick Gibberd College keeping students’ spirits high in lockdown

By Daniel Luker / 19th March 2021 / 0 Comments

SIR FREDERICK Gibberd College in Harlow launched the Activity of the Week initiative which gives students extra-curricular tasks to focus on. Amy Croucher, art, design and technology teacher, said: “Providing extra-curricular activities during lockdown has kept students’ intellectual curiosity alive. These challenges are a great way of advocating screen breaks. Most of the activities are…

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Plea to ban LGBT conversion therapy in England and Wales

By Lloyd F M Evans / 12th March 2021 / 1 Comment
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Harlow College Journalist Lloyd Evans is an active member and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, working alongside local support groups and services within Herts and Essex.  Following the news this week surrounding LGBTQ+ protection and legislation, he investigates the fight to formally ban ‘Gay conversion therapy’ in the United Kingdom.  LGBTQ+ CAMPAIGNERS  are urging the government to take action to ban conversion therapy in…

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Mark Hall Academy’s at home cake bake-off

By Clare Eggenton / 12th February 2021 / 0 Comments
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Year 8 students at Mark Hall Academy, Harlow, have participated in a bake-off competition.  They were tasked with baking a rainbow cake to represent the topic of reggae they have been studying in music.   The school has been looking at ways of creating homework that do not involve screen-time in order to take them back to their old school ways.  Sophie Knights, drama and music teacher,…

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Little Parndon pupils win Collins reading competition

By Daniel Luker / 5th February 2021 / 0 Comments
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PUPILS at Little Parndon Academy, Harlow, won the Collins Big Cat 1000 book competition and have earned a visit from a published author Lisa Rajan. Year One pupils Molly, Milly and Oliver were challenged to decide what career a book character should have. Sian Cockman, assistant head at BMAT, said: “We are working very hard…

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MP Robert Halfon hosts webinar for Holocaust Memorial Day

By Skye Stewart / 4th February 2021 / 0 Comments
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ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow and chair of the education select committee, outlined the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day when he took part in a webinar with students of Harlow college. Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual celebration, which took place this year on January 27, to reflect upon and remind communities of the tragedy that occurred,…

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The horse sanctuary galloping through the most difficult time in its history

By Callum Wells / 8th January 2021 / 0 Comments
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REDWINGS Horse Sanctuary, a registered charity, has been a place of refuge for 1,500 previously neglected and ill-treated horses, ponies, donkeys and mules since 1984. The animals are given a safe place to live at one of five centres across the UK, including Ada Cole in Roydon, and are provided with essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation…

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Virtual pantomime comes to Roydon

By Skye Stewart / 27th December 2020 / 0 Comments
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THE LAST minute lockdown did not stop Roydon Primary Academy from staging their annual Christmas pantomime. This Christmas the tradition continued with a twist because for the first time ever, the pantomime commenced virtually. Enzo Vullo, reception class teacher, said: “In previous years, the children in my class have enjoyed live performances, however this year this…

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Harlow Playhouse forced to shut and cancel shows – but the curtains will open again!

By Adriana Kussova / 17th December 2020 / 0 Comments
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WITH Harlow being put into tier 3, the Playhouse has been forced to shut and cancel its Christmas pantomime. The creative director, Rory Davies, has sent out letters to Playhouse customers, informing them of the Playhouse having to shut. “It is with a heavy heart that we will now have to cancel all remaining shows…

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Is it a bird, is it a plane? It’s Burnt Mill Academy’s Santagirl!

By Adriana Kussova / 17th December 2020 / 0 Comments
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THIS year Harlow’s Burnt Mill Academy students and staff have put together an action-packed pantomime, Santagirl – a Superman spoof – performed and rehearsed using video conferencing. Despite lockdown restrictions and other struggles everyone is facing this year, Burnt Mill Academy has managed to find a way to give some joy with their Santagirl production.…

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Harlow College Coding Club is open to new members

By Kian Foster / 23rd October 2020 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW College is inviting students to become a member of the Coding Club. I spoke to Coding Club founder Kelly Herbert who works in the college as a senior tutor for media & gaming and is also an Apple Distinguished Educator. Kelly stated “Coding club is something I started up to teach anyone who wants to…

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Rockstar runs arts and media centre in Saffron Walden

By Lloyd F M Evans / 16th October 2020 / 0 Comments
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LEADER OF DOWN bass player, Tim Atkinson, has transformed an old council building into a centre for music and the arts. In 2014 Fairycroft House, Saffron Walden, was bought from Essex County Council and turned into a community interest company (CIC); the 190 year old building then became the home of an arts and media…

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The purr-fect support puppy

By santynamarchesi / 15th October 2020 / 0 Comments
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Reporter Santyna Marchesi is an avid dog lover. She has a pup of her own. It is a Cane Corso named Boo, so she couldn’t wait to meet Lula. THE LATEST student to join Harlow college is the most popular there has even been. Lula is a black Cockapoo from Harlow, only nine months old…

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