|Despite the rain and cold weather, the Marsden March 2013 was a great success and the team enjoyed it very much. |
It was certainly a very emotional walk, filled with a mixture of feelings; joy, sadness, and pride.
Reading the many dedications that were written on the back of the walkers was very moving, and showed just how many people are affected by Cancer, not just directly, but also through the suffering of their friends and loved ones.
When we finally arrived at the finish line to the cheers and clapping of the spectators and volunteers, it has to be said it was one of the very rare occassions that I was pleased to arrive at The Royal Marsden! I would like to thank the staff, and volunteers including the police who made it such an amazing event.
Thank you also to the very generous people who donated through our justgiving website.
As an extra thank you, Southern Tutors has designed a Pink Ribbon iphone case, which we will be selling on the merchandise page. Ten per cent of the purchase price, on all sales, will be donated to The Royal Marsden, who have helped so many people beat Cancer!
We have uploaded a video of the Marsden March 2013 on YouTube, which is great fun and worth a look!
|Southern Tutors’ Educational Director, Rosemary Najim, attended a very interesting Alumni evening at the Institute of Education on 13th March 2013.
A distinguished panel included Mark Hartley, Head of Barnes Primary School;
- Sir Alasdair MacDonald, Head of Morpeth School;
- Tessa Augustyniak, Head of music at Park View;
- Sarah Seery, lecturer at Capel Manor College.
Chaired by the director, Professor Chris Husbands, they answered questions about current and future educational issues.
They agreed that setting high aspirations and expectations for children should take precedence over target setting.
Government aims to raise standards of grammar should be achieved in the context of the use of interesting, stimulating literature in schools.
There was concern that policies introducing market forces into schools may be detrimental and a wish that all new policy should be evidence based.
The evening ended with an inspirational film which showed how the research done by the Institute is translated into practice, helping students at home and around the work. You can watch the film by going to ioe.ac.uk/donate and clicking on the film.
At Southern Tutors we believe that it is always important to attend educational events like this so we can keep up to date with changes, present and planned and can advise parents and tutors alike.
The next intensive 11 plus course will run on 8th, 9th and 10th of April at Rosebery School in Epsom. We still have room on the course but, with the excellent results received this week by last year's children, I expect there will be several new children signing up for courses.
April will be a little different from our last course as we will be timing all the papers. With the exams getting nearer this will spur the children on.
We haven't heard from everyone yet but we have, again, had some outstanding results which include many grammar school places and some scholarship offers to independent schools.
I will keep you informed as the results come in but so far all the news has been very good! If you haven't already booked your child's place, don't delay as there are limited spaces.
|I always look forward to the courses that we hold at Rosebery School in Surrey and this month proved to be no exception. |
The children attending the February 11 plus course in Epsom all worked really hard and were a delight to teach.
We had a very productive week and combined some of the new work which will be required when the exams change, with the 11 plus work needed for all schools.
The intensive nature of the course meant the children covered many new areas in preparation for the exams, and for their later school studies, and they all make excellent progress.
It was good to see so many new friendships developing and to see how children improved both in concentration times and academic achievement.
The popularity of the courses is also spreading. We often get repeat customers from younger children whose siblings haved passed the 11 plus exam after attending our courses. This year we even had the local community radio station dedicate a song to the children who had been working so hard during their school holidays!
Many are booked for the next Spring and Summer courses so early booking is advised for those not already signed up.
SOUTHERN TUTORS 5-A-SIDE CHARITY
FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 2013
Sunday 9th June 2013, 11am-4pm
St Martins Junior School Field,
Local teams will be will be playing 5-a-side football to raise money for Epsom Hospital’s charity, Epsom Medical Equipment Fundand Epsom’s Riding for the Disabled.
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP will be presenting The Grayling Shield to the winning team.
Raffles and games will be helping to raise money! To register a team or donate prizes (Donations from businesses will be publicised) please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Rosemary on 07986564651.
|Southern Tutors was delighted to be asked to support The Surrey Sports Awards 2012 which was held yesterday on Sunday 9 December at Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge, to celebrate an outstanding year of sport in Surrey.|
The event, organised by Active Surrey, now in its sixth year, was hosted by BBC Surrey presenter Tim Durrans, and welcomed back four of the previous Surrey Sports Personality of the Year Winners: Rachel Morris, two time Paralympic Handcycling Medalist; Chris Martin, World Record holding Ocean Rower; Edward Upcott - Gymnastics Acrobatics World Champion and member of Britain’s Got Talent winning “Spelbound”; Liam Heath - a London 2012 kayaking Olympic bronze medallist; who were all inducted into The Surrey Hall of Fame.
London 2012 athletes Sophia Warner, James Tindall, Helen Turner and bronze medallist Karina Bryant as well as local torchbearers James Topping (Paralympic torch), Megan Munro (Olympic torch) and torch legend Austin Playfoot (1948 & 2012 torchbearer ) also took to the stage to share experiences of their Olympic & Paralympic journeys.
Campbell Livingston of Active Surrey comments: “The 2012 Surrey Sports Awards is one of the most significant yet and gives us many reasons to celebrate. Firstly, it brings the curtain down on what has been a defining year in sport on both a national and regional scale. Secondly it gives us great reason to recognise the talented sports stars that grace our county. I hope that the winners, and of course all of those shortlisted, use this as a platform to push-on and strike gold at a future major event. We were also lucky enough to welcome some of our own Olympic heroes to the event which gave us the chance to express our gratitude for their efforts.”
Local acrobatic gymnastics club L&G and vocal group Sing for Fun wowed guests during the drinks reception whilst Rock Choir provided the musical entertainment following the ceremony.
The Surrey Sports Awards is an annual celebration event bringing together athletes, clubs, coaches, volunteers, teams, businesses and the wider professional partnership to reward outstanding achievements, exceptional determination and extraordinary commitment to sport. Surrey winners have been put forward for other regional and national awards, including BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Southern Tutors believes that the legacy of the Olympics will live on at a local level for years to come. Proceeds were also raised in support of The Children's Trust Tadworth, the national charity for children with multiple disabilities.
In support of
Coach of the Year, sponsored by Active Surrey - Seamus O'Connell
Young Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Surrey FA - Howard of Effingham's Yr 7 Boys Rugby League Team
Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by 3Wise - Surbiton Hockey Club's Ladies 1st XI
Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Fusion Lifestyle - Gerald Gregory-Jones
Sports Professional of the Year, sponsored by Sport England - Tamsin Greenway
Disability Sports Award, in aid of the Children's Trust - Helen Turner
The High Sheriff Sports Project of the Year - Longmeadz Kickin
Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Surrey County Playing Fields Association - John Humphreys
Young Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Surrey Sports Park - Connor Sawenko
Sports Club of the Year, sponsored by Seymours Estate Agents - Farnham Rugby Club
Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Freedom Leisure - Karina Bryant
Outstanding Service to Sport, sponsored by BBC Surrey - Chris Evans
This weekend I was at my Alma Mater to meet old friends and make some new ones from the current crop of students at Oxford University. It was a great opportunity to visit many of my old haunts, including the Student Union, The Purple Turtle and the Catholic Society. It is a fun yet productive way to network and increase our growing cadre of Oxbridge graduates at Southern Tutors.
November always sees the Alumni return for the annual football match against the current students at Oxford CathSoc. This year, as always, we started with chapel and followed it with a light lunch. We talked about how Oxford has changed and the ‘good old days’ with friends. We talked about how Oxford is in many ways still the same and what the future may hold, as new friends look forward to graduating. After lunch came the big match and we all, players and supporters alike, headed to Grandpont sports field.
A muddy pitch and a cold bright day were the backdrop to this years annual CathSoc football match, where current students of Oxford CathSoc met their Alumni. Kick off saw the students take an early lead but it was one they were going to have to fight to hold on to. The Alumni were making good use of their experience and wingers to carve open some good attacking opportunities. An evenly matched first half saw the students take a slender lead into half time. In the second half both teams started strongly with the Alumni looking to beat the offside trap and try to level the match. As the minutes ticked on so did the fatigue in the Alumni. Tired legs in the old guard saw the students use their youth and fitness to take advantage on the counter attack and score some excellent goals. At the final whistle the teams were cheered by the supporters who had braved the cold. The Oxford CathSoc were worthy winners and the Alumni are happy for them to enjoy their success…until next year!
|The next Fundraising event for Southern Tutors is the five mile Marsden March in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. |
This is a charity that is very close to the heart of our Managing Director. She will be walking with other members of the Southern Tutors team and we hope that we can raise as much money as possible for this very important charity.
The staff at both of the hospitals in Sutton and Fulham work very hard at saving lives and giving hope to both those suffering from Cancer and their families. We all at Southern Tutors would urge you to dig deep into your pockets and help us raise as much money as possible.
Thanking you in advance! Jane Race and the Southern Tutors team.
Please donate online at: www.justgiving.com/southerntutors
Southern Tutors' Annual Charity Football Match was a huge success!
Five teams from around the county came together on a lovely Sunday in July to raise money for Epsom Hospital's charity, Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, and Riding for the Disabled.
We even had celebrity footballer AFC Wimbledon's Jack Midson who very kindly donated his time to referee for the day! Our own Member of Parliament for Epsom and Ewell, Chris Grayling, came to present the Grayling Shield to the winning team.
There were stalls selling cakes and raffles with wonderful prizes all helping to raise money for the chosen charities.
The five-a-side tournament, organised by Southern Tutors and run by helpers from Epsom Labour, Epsom Conservatives and Walton on the Hill Lib Dems, took place at St Martin's Junior School in Epsom and raised several hundreds of pounds for local charities.
Two teams from Epsom Hospital faced teams of Labour and Conservative activists, as well as the eventual winners Walton Warriors who had come together especially to raise money for local causes. In the showcase political battle a 3-1 Labour lead was cancelled out by the Conservatives as they battled back to 3-3 with a last-minute goal.
In the final Walton Warriors gained a narrow victory over the Hospital B side to take home the Chris Grayling Shield, which was presented by local MP Chris Grayling and guest referee Jack Midson. The AFC Wimbledon striker was happy to be the referee for the day; taking to Twitter following the tournament to tell his followers how enjoyable the afternoon had been.
Next year we hope to raise even more money for our local charities, Epsom Medical Equipment Fund and Riding for the Disabled. We hope that you will be there to enjoy it with us.
If you are interested in the 2013 tournament email Rosemary Najim at email@example.com
75th Anniversary Epsom and Ewell Borough Charity Fun Day
It is with great pleasure that Southern Tutors is sponsoring the Epsom and Ewell Borough Fun Day on Saturday 29th September at Hook Road Arena. Southern Tutors is always heavily involved in local community fundraising events and this event celebrating 75 years of the Borough of Epsom and Ewell is no exception!
Programmes with tickets can be purchased in advance at Epsom Playhouse, Ebbisham Centre or Bourne Hall. Tickets are also available on the day at the gate. I look forward to seeing you there!
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