Extracurriculars

Should you choose a British school or international school?

One of the first decisions you have to make, assuming you are going private, is between the British system and international schools. There are considerable differences between the curricula and approaches, but even practical considerations. First, let us consider the practical aspects, as they can be a deciding factor even before you look into theoretical Continue reading…

Recommended Easter holiday camps

We have only just come back from half-term holidays and it is already time to start planning Easter activities! Most schools break up for somewhere between two and four weeks, with most activities concentrated in the two weeks preceding Easter (weeks starting April 3rd and April 10th). Some schools organise their own holiday activities as well Continue reading…

Insights into the 11+ exam

Guest post by MaiHanh DeLorenzo, Metal Rocks Education Advisors (see further info and bio below) When Anke asked me to write about the 11+ exam, my first response was that it was like trying to write another Churchill biography, that is: What new is there left to say? But then, realising that new Churchill biographies come out Continue reading…

Interview with Coo.Social Co-Founder Shilpa Bhandarkar

Handling your children’s schedules can be very challenging, especially once they start school and you have to keep track of playdates, show and tell, birthday parties, assignments due, Jeans for Genes days and so forth. As a working parent, I have been guilty of bringing my daughter to school in uniform on the one day Continue reading…

Chinese Culture Easter Camp in Hampstead

Still looking for Easter activities or holiday camps for your little ones? The Hua Hsia School in Hampstead is offering a Chinese culture Easter camp for children from 3+. They will have a action packed programme of music, arts and crafts, martial arts, drama and language, all taught by qualified teachers. The camp takes place in Continue reading…

Happy Year of the Sheep everybody! To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Hua Hsia School in Hampstead is taking part in the following free events across London: 1) Chinese Culture Activities at the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green Hua Hsia Chinese School is working with The V&A Museum of Childhood to celebrate Chinese New Continue reading…

Have you decided already if you want to go for a state or a private primary school? Are you hearing very conflicting views on this? I talk to parents confused by the views they receive from friends and acquaintances all the time. They range from “private schools for 4 year olds are a waste of money” Continue reading…

Chinese New Year and Mandarin at London schools

Happy new year of the horse, everybody! It is intriguing to see how mainstream Chinese New Year celebrations are becoming. I remember a time when I moved to London when I just walked around Chinatown watching dances, dragons and performances, and it was a little bit busier than usual, but Chinese New Year was mainly Continue reading…

Early music classes in London

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a great break! I spent some time during the holidays looking at classes my little ones can attend in the Spring term, now that the eldest is 3 there are more and more options. She loves music and dance so I have always looked at a wide Continue reading…