Gymnasts bag Silver!

Congratulations to the Charles Dickens Gymnastics Team and their Coach, Louise Worley, who won overall Silver in the first inter-school Southwark Gymnastics Competition!


The children competed in three different events; Vault (running up and using a springboard to jump on to and over the vault), Floor Exercise (a routine learnt off by heart including backward rolls and cartwheels) and Body Management (a routine involving splits, bridges and balances). These competition ‘Key Steps’ events ( were designed by British Gymnastics and the competition was judged by Southwark Gymnastics Club.

The pupils were brilliantly behaved representatives of the school as well as superb gymnasts and came back jangling in well deserved medals – some children had three (for independent events, year group awards and the overall awards)! Year 3 took Silver, Year 4 Bronze, Year 5 Bronze and Year 6 Bronze and when all the individual scores were compiled Charles Dickens took the Silver Award!



Design a Scientist Competition Winners

Congratulations to all the key stage 2 winners of the Design a Scientist competition. All the winning designs were highly creative and build on the experiences of science week! Well done to everyone who entered and thank you to Ms Chapleo for organising the competition.


Today is World Poetry day! – Poetry club share their Olympic inspired poems!

This year the Mayor of London, in association with London 2012 Olympic Games, launched a poetry competition called ‘Winning Words’. Winning Words is a national initiative conceived by William Sieghart, founder of National Poetry Day, that aims to celebrate, inspire and promote poetry in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

All the children had to do was write a poem describing what they think is the best thing about the Olympic Games. In Charles Dickens Poetry Club we read Olympic based poetry and came up with words inspired by the Olympic Games. We used this to help us write our own Olympic poems which we enetered into the competition. Below is a selection of Olympic poems performed by the children.

Although we did not win the overall competition the organisers were so impressed they sent the children some prizes. The prizes were handed out to the children by a guest poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, in a special poetry assembly on World Poetry Day (21/03/2012).

Thank you to Mr Vanson for organising our World Poetry Day celebrations and for nurturing our enthusiastic poets!

A bird on a painting is worth two in a bush.

Wow! Look at all the wonderful entries we have had for the Bird Art competition!

We have been celebrating our feathered friends for the last two weeks as part of the RSPB Big School’s Birdwatch and through making additional feeders we have attracted more wildlife to the garden. Some of these birds have been captured brilliantly in clay, sculpture, paint and coloured pencil!

The competition ends this Friday and winners, from different ages across the school, will get prizes which have been kindly donated by the RSPB!