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Drowning Practice in New Malden

A few evening photos on a very wet and damp evening. A local road and a rahter spooky alley way walk

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Burlington Junior School. How a child changes in 7 years. A photographic dissertation

Burlington junior school is a primary and secondary school deep in the suburbs of New Malden in Surrey. By chance it sits less than 300 yards as the crow flies from our house. When our daughter was 4 we took a look around and made a decision that this was a good school and more importantly the right school. We were not wrong. Our daughter now 11 years of age leaves the school today after 7 years to venture into secondary school next term. What have we learned? Firstly that this school nurtures children. Yes, there is the flurry of excitement to get good SATS results, yes, the homework is annoying at times, but at all times the children are encouraged to be children. School is so much more than rote learning. It is about socialisation and working out how the world functions. The teaching experience has been good with many examples of excellence. Looking back would we change anything? I dont think so.

We have watched many of the children grow up in a lovely manner and for our daughter we took a photograph each first day of the school year. So the first one was taken when she was almost 5 and the last one today when she is almost 12. Without doubt the biggest change is in Year 6 ( when the children become 11 years old and some even almost 12 years old).

So please enjoy seeing these changes and it is going to be a strange old walk tomorrow for the last time to Burlington Junior School. Thankyou for all your kindnesses.

5 years old. First day at school

6 years old

7 years

8 years

9 years

10 years

11 years

Last Day

Pirates of The Curry Bean. A wonderful production by Burlington Junior School Year 6

I think we all know that there is a lot of raw talent out there, but exactly how much only gets measured when a school is brave enough to put around 90 year 6 children into a complicated production. Auditions were held and fairness played a role as the major 12 parts are played by different children each of the two nights. The scenery and props were truly brilliant and the simplicity of what was done was mesmerising. There was humour, a few forgotten lines ( but over 90 minutes hardly any), bravado, great acting, great delivery and great singing. The teachers have clearly put a lot into this production and it showed. Local residents from a home for the elderly were invited, parents, friends and importantly children in all the other classes.  There were so many good performances that one could not , even being unbiased, pick any special one because they all were. the audience loved the pirates, loved the dancers, laughed at the jokes. A few photographs just to remind us what a great evening it was.

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