T’was another barrie Burns night at Goodrich! Guests were greeted with a wee (but strong) dram o’ whiskey and orange to wet the whistle before the first Ceilidh dance kicked off at 8:30pm. The music, provided by a 20 piece Ceilidh band, kept spirits and energy high – with the help of a well stocked bar and hot FoG dogs. And aside from a short hiatus to Toast to the Haggis and listen to some ‘lively’ Scottish poetry, the dancing continued until 11pm.
It was a superb night, the organisation and effort that had been put in was obvious and the atmosphere was just as it should be on Burns night – lively and filled with laughter. A huge thank you to the parent organisers: Tina, Nik and Emma, and to anyone who missed it – there will always be next year!
Two of our FoG parents (Nik Hood and Marcela Ferreira) have very kindly put together an amazing list of activities to keep you busy during the summer holidays! There’s a mix of local things to do, plus what’s on in central London. Most things are free or if there’s a cost involved, the price is listed. Have a great summer!
Summer 2019 – Activities and trip ideas
Head to central London
Check out the view at Sky Gardens (free to enter but booking required in advance)
Find the London Mithraeum at Bloomberg SPACE (free)
Explore the Tate Modern (free entry)
Visit the Leake Street graffiti tunnel under Waterloo Station,
National Theatre workshops Mr Gum Family Workshops on Villains and Heroes / Learn the songs of Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear (7 years +, tickets £6) Various dates in August. Year 3 have been reading Mr Gum this year.
Southbank – check out Disco Loco family friendly free parties throughout summer.
Science Museum’s ‘Summer of Space’ – Year 1 have been learning about space this term.
V&A Museum free trails to follow, family games, backpacks and a big pool for paddling on hot days.
Royal Academy – free activities for families selected Sundays throughout the summer
Tower Bridge Experience – residents of Southwark take proof of address and enter this incredible day out for just £1 each!
Royal Opera House Family Sundays (Adults £8 Children £6)
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (free)
South East London Museums
Horniman Museum has free exhibitions, except for the Aquarium, Lego Exhibition and Butterfly House, but those are also free if you are a member.
You can also book Crazy Golf – £6 adult / £4 child / £13.50 group ticket (up to 4 people).
Sunday 28th July 2-6pm Family Rave at the Horniman with Big Fish Little Fish (Adult £15 / Child £12.50
The Imperial War Museum is perfect for older children. During the summer there are special Meet the Veterans, and Story Seekers events (both free) or you can take their Documentary Challenge (£10 per family).
Try the local galleries
Check out the art in the Pavilion events (£3 per child/adults free)
Art Sundays are free
Big Family Press – Creative drop-in sessions at the Fire Station on the first Saturday of the month. Children aged 5–12 and their families can learn how to riso print, share their stories and make a DIY publication for the archive using a range of exciting materials sourced from the local area. (free)
Sunday Spot Play – Family Members (7, 14, 21 July) Drop in to the studio on Sunday afternoons to relax and play with objects themed around non-human family members such as a robot pet dog named Aibo. Sessions are self-directed and open to all, but cater specifically towards children aged 0-5 years. (Free 2-4)
Sunday Spot Works with Dan Curtis 28th July (2-4) Join artist Dan Curtis to make a giant sculpture across the studio walls and out into the garden. Using transparent materials, such as fantasy film and coloured cellophane, experiment with light and shadows to create an immersive installation. This workshop is suitable for children aged 3-12 years. (Free)
South East London Green Spaces
Dulwich Park and try the Pedalo – Children are £3 each, adults are £4 each
Peckham Rye (for the new playground and café)
Beckenham Place Park (for woodland walks, swimming in the lake)
Crystal Palace Park (for the Dinosaurs and the maze)
Mother Goose Wildlife Garden
Dulwich Woods (for making dens)
Brockwell Park (get the kids on the mini train for £1)
Blackheath (for flying kites)
Olympic Park Stratford (free fun with fountains, trails, bike riding and great playgrounds. Pay to go on boat trips, inflatable obstacle course in the Olympic pool, ride The Orbit slide)
Southbank’s Appearing Rooms, City Hall and Somerset House all have great fountains during the summer
The Granary Square fountains in King’s Cross are also worth a visit – and they light up at night!
The Diana Memorial Fountain is open from 10-8pm
If you don’t fancy heading uptown, why not try the jets and water spray at Myatts Fields, or the kid’s lido pool in Ruskin park?
Don’t forget the libraries!
Get books for the Summer at Canada Water Library
Forest Hill, East Dulwich and Nunhead all have great kids’ sections.
Or you can visit the mother of all libraries instead. The British Library has downloadable free family trails that lead you around, helping you uncover the library through puzzles, drawings and games, as well as family events for kids aged between 5-11.
Other things to try
Ice Skating at Streatham Ice Rink
Peckham Plex cinema tickets are £4.99 per person
Take an Emirates cable car at Greenwich Peninsula (Adult £8.40 / Children £5)
Oval cricket – watch Surrey in the T20 blast series kids cost £1 (Adults from £25)
Go watch Dulwich Hamlet v Tottenham Hotspur on 20th July (Adults £12.96 / Children & Conc £5.40)
Glastonbury, you say? Nah, Goodrich Rocks is where it’s at, obvs 😉 It may be just as tricky to get your paws on a ticket though, so don’t sleep! Goodrich Rocks entry wristbands go on sale outside the lower hall and in the playground from this Thursday, priced at £3 and t-shirts are £5.
Goodrich Rocks is on Thursday 4th July and doors open at 4.30pm for a 5pm start, with the action wrapping up at around 7pm. This year we have an awesome line up of 12 bands/soloists and 6 dance troupes. They’ll all be performing to get their hands on the coveted GR trophy – but more importantly to have an amazing time, so please come along to cheer them as loudly as you can! Plus there’s a bar, hot dogs and veggie dogs, tuck shop and glitter station.
Huge congratulations to Albie Base who designed our awesome Goodrich Rocks 2019 logo which will adorn the event t-shirts! Plus well done to runner up Mia Hill whose band design also features on the poster.
Our 14 intrepid Goodrich dads cycled a mind-blowing 350km over two days last weekend, raising an amazing £9,020 for the school. They started near Goodrich Castle – close to Wales – and pedalled through rain, floods and some beautiful countryside returning to school in time for the Summer Fair and a massive Goodrich welcome!
Well done to all the riders, many of whom had never pedalled such a distance, and especially to organisers Matthew Chiles and David Sargen. Huge thanks to sponsors DRS and Balfe’s Bikes for accompanying the riders with a technical support van. Plus to Family Feasts for supplying the first night’s dinner and mid-ride snacks and Pinkfrog Design for designing the team logo. And of course THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the team’s fundraising page, for your amazing generosity.
We have now formed a Goodrich cycling club, and are hoping more mums, dads and other family members will feel inspired to try out cycling or take part in future events of varying distances! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in finding out more.
A MASSIVE well done to everyone who auditioned for Goodrich Rocks! We had over 40 acts taking part and there were some epic performances. Plus it was amazing to see the support and encouragement that all the performers gave each other. HUGE congratulations to all our music and singing finalists!
Lily Ross (class 26) – A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
Prianna Mercury (class 26) – So Good by Louis Johnson
Edward Scott and Toby Akande (class 26) – Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
Eva, Khyleene, Milaore Baiden and Irene (class 17) – If You’re Over Me by The Most Wanted
Finn Whiteman, Louis Stephenson, Akim Baker and Zeffie Whiteman (class 18) – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Gracie-Eilish Alexander (class 18) – Naughty from the musical Matilda
Ella Lloyd-Watts and Mya Harding (class 19) – Someone Like You by Adele
Dayshe Gonzalez and Evie Carroll (class 16) – One Day by Tate McRae
Kelvin Khan (class 18) – Million Dreams from the film The Greatest Showman
Asa Segor (class 15) – Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
Jake Rahim (class 9) – Sunflower by Post Malone
Arthur Waters (class 6) – Faded by Alan Walker