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Issue 41 Sept/Oct 2013
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In this issue… 2-4 News & Views
All the latest news from local businesses including events coming up this autumn.
Help your child get the most out of learning with Explore Learning 5-9 Clubs and Classes Find the right activity for your child.
An independent study into the effects of Explore Learning membership has recently been published by The University of Reading. The study tested 1,539 Explore members compared to a control group of children who did not attend Explore, and found that: “Explore Learning members’ improvement in maths was 30% higher than that of the comparison group.” “Building confidence, overcoming shyness to put up their hand to ask for help, being more independent and less reluctant to try without assistance were all elements that parents recognised in their children and directly attributed to Explore Learning.” To read the full report, visit www.explorelearning.co.uk/efficacy
Beat the traffic! Get you and your kids out in the fresh air during International Walk to School Month this October. Each year, primary school children from across the UK join forces with over 40 countries worldwide to celebrate the benefits of walking to school and this October is no different, with the month-long activity encouraging pupils to walk to school at least once a week. Many parents know that walking is actually quicker and less stressful than taking the car and they value the opportunity to spend quality time with their children. It also increases air quality with fewer cars on the streets and strengthen communities, where children and parents are seen in the streets! Stop moaning about the traffic start clearing it! www.livingstreets.org.uk
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10-12 Independent Schools Information and advice on independent schools in Glasgow.
Keep up to date at www.familiesglasgow.co.uk or find us on facebook Next issue – Christmas! Where to find Santa, Xmas Shows and Panto’s. Local Christmas shopping and much more. Copy deadline: 4 October Special ad rates offers available call or email us to find out more. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers cannot be held responsible for the claims made by advertisers. DON’T MISS OUT – If you run a Glasgow business – whether it’s a playgroup, café, nursery, hotel, hairdressers, soft play, activity class, leisure centre etc – and you would like to be on the Families Glasgow distribution list, let us know how many copies you require by emailing – firstname.lastname@example.org Designed by grafikfabrik.co.uk. Printed By Warners (Midlands) plc. Families Glasgow copies are FREE and available through numerous outlets throughout Glasgow. If you would like some copies for your parents please let us know and we will arrange for some to be delivered to you.
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See Team GB’s London 2012 judo stars take on the best judoka in Europe as the 2013 Glasgow European Open heads to the Emirates Arena this October. Taking place over the weekend of 19-20th October, the Glasgow European Open will provide two days of non-stop judo action as the male stars of judo descend on the city of Glasgow. As well as all of the action on the mat,
there’s plenty for all of the family off of it, with a chance to meet Olympic stars such as silver medallist Gemma Gibbons and the face of judo in Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sally Conway. There will be a chance to try the sport for yourself in the Commonwealth Games venue with our ‘have a go sessions’. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.britishjudo.org.uk/ Glasgow2013 or by calling the Glasgow Life box office on 0141 353 8000. Tickets cost £15 per day for adults or £20 for the weekend with concessions half price.
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New Family and Children's Programme at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre The Puppets have an exciting time ahead at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre as our new Family and Children’s Programme gets underway with the Magic Horse on Sat 7 Sep through to Sat 21 Dec and the Great Christmas Puppet
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Making Workshops. We are also pleased to announce that we can now taking booking online at www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/ What’s On / Shop. We open for Doors Open Day on Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sep so if you have not visited the Centre before please come along, we are often described as one of Glasgow “wee hidden gems”. MAGIPUP Sat 12 – Sun 20 Oct - Our festival of magic and puppets keeping you entertained and creative throughout the October Holidays gets off to a delightful start with Miriam Lambert Puppeteer from Ireland, performing Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbreadman 12 -15 Oct. In addition to our ever popular Birthday Party Shows and Puppet Making Workshops at the Centre for 3+ yrs, we are now offering Magic Party Workshops with Alex the Magician for 8+ yrs. Our charity continues to raise the rest of the funds required for our new theatre conversion called ‘The Depot’ of our existing stores on site, having received an initial award towards the project from Creative Scotland. We will be hosting a series of Magic Fundraiser Evening’s at the Centre on 31 Oct/14 Nov/12 Dec. For details of all our Events shows and workshops £5.75 / £5.95 and Just Giving see our website: www.maskandpuppet. co.uk Email: info@maskandpuppet. co.uk Tel: 0141 339 6185.
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‘The Olympics of Ballet’ comes to Glasgow Glasgow will host this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, organised by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and in association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ballet. Running from 20-29 September 2013, the Semifinals will take place on 26-27 September at the New Athenaeum Theatre, Renfrew Street, and the Final on 29 September at the Theatre Royal, Hope Street. One of the industry’s most prestigious international competitions since it started in 1931, the Genée is dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in ballet dancers. Often referred to as the ‘Olympics of Ballet’, the Genée will see the world’s most promising dancers compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, and the world-premiere of exclusive variations choreographed by Royal Ballet Choreographic Apprentice Robert Binet. Prima ballerina Darcey Bussell, Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare and Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson will judge the Final at this year’s competition. The Semi-finals will be judged by Desmond Kelly, former Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Cynthia Harvey, former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet. Glasgow-born Iain Mackay, bronze medallist at the 1999 Genée International Ballet Competition in London and now Principal dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: ‘Competing in the Genée competition in London in 1999 was a hugely important event in my dance training and was the
first step towards a professional career. I’m jealous of this year’s candidates travelling up to Glasgow: it’s where it all started for me [Iain began dancing at age 7 with teacher Mary Darke at The Dance School of Scotland]. I’ll be heading back home to support the competition and cheering on the dancers in true Glaswegian style!’ To book tickets for the Semi-finals on 26-27 September visit www.rcs.ac.uk/boxoffice or call 0141 332 5057. To book tickets for the Final on 29 September visit www.atgtickets.com or call 0844 871 7615. Creative Spaces, a series of events in conjunction with the Genée and open to the public, will be presented on the weekend of 28–29 September at two Glasgow-based venues: Tramway, Albert Drive, and the Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street.
Creative Spaces schedule Saturday 28 September - Character Workshop: Tramway, 9am–4pm - Talk by Robert Binet (Genée 2013 Commissioned Choreographer): Tramway, 11am–12pm - Ballet Body Conditioning Taster Workshop with Dr Anne Hogan (RAD Director of Education): Tramway, 1.30–2.30pm
For more information on the Genée International Ballet Competition, Creative Spaces & The Royal Academy of Dance, visit www.rad.org.uk/genee2013 or call 020 7326 8000. 4
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Sunday 29 September - Children’s ballet classes and tour of Scottish Ballet: Tramway, 10–11.30am (ages 8–11), 3–4.30pm (ages 12–16) - Children’s street jazz classes and tour of Scottish Ballet: Tramway, 10–11.30am (ages 12–16), 3-4.30pm (ages 8–11) - In conversation: Christopher Hampson (Scottish Ballet Artistic Director and Genée 2013 judge): Thistle Hotel, 10.30–11.30am - Talk and book signing by Darcey Bussell (Genée 2013 judge and RAD President): Thistle Hotel, 12–2.30pm - In conversation: Kevin O’Hare (Genée 2013 judge and Director of The Royal Ballet): Thistle Hotel, 3–4pm
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Netball for all ages with Glasgow Sport Netball is a fast, skilful and exciting, sport based on running, jumping, throwing and catching and is played by women, girls and boys of all ages and abilities. The sport has a huge following in Glasgow with opportunities at every level from mini netball for primary participants to elite level. A netball programme of taster and after school club sessions is available for all schools in Glasgow. The Primary School Netball programme is called Fun5z and is a mini netball style, 5-a-side version of the adult game. It is designed to introduce participants to the sport in a positive and encouraging environment with an emphasis on basic skill development and having fun. Each school also has the opportunity to take part in Area and City Festivals, Fun Sevens, Future Thistles Tournaments and the Youth Games. The Secondary School After School Programme offers regular
competition, from tournaments to age level leagues. The competitions provide the opportunity for talent identification for Glasgow City Squads from U13 to U19 level. Join as at one of the Glasgow Junior Netball Clubs: - Monday (6-7pm), Hutchesons Grammar - Tuesday (7-9pm), Hyndland Secondary School - Tuesday (5:15-7:30pm), Tryst Sports Centre Cumbernauld - Monday (5-7pm), Eastbank Academy - Monday (6-7pm), Glasgow Club Holyrood - Monday (6-8pm), Glasgow Club Donald Dewar - Wednesday (6-8pm), Cleveden Secondary School - Thursday (6-8pm), St Peters Of Apostle High School - Wednesday (6-8pm), Milton Community Centre - Tuesday (5:15-7:45pm), Lomond School, Helensburgh - Saturday (10-12pm), St Andrew High School, Paisley Call 0141 287 3616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Extra-curricular activities By Ellen Arnison
Football or ballet, drama or Brownies - how do you know what, and how much, out-ofschool activity is right for your child? Not long after your son or daughter disappears through the classroom door for the first time, the choice becomes bewildering. Their schoolbags come home stuffed with leaflets from this or that organisation promising all manner of benefits from enrolling in their classes. You may find yourself feeling guilty if you donâ€™t sign up to everything. Please take a deep breath and relax. Extra-curricular activities are not essential; many children do perfectly well without them. However, there are some benefits from a few well-chosen groups, clubs or classes.
New skills and all round benefits
With the best will in the world, school cannot teach all the skills you might consider essential for modern life. Swimming lessons, for example, or cycling proficiency are crucial for safety. In addition, carefully selected activities can bring numerous other benefits that could help your child now and in the future. They will get a huge confidence boost from participating in an enjoyable activity they are successful at. A shy child, for example, may flourish in a dance class. As well as learning new skills, more subtle benefits include fostering a sense of community, increasing self-sufficiency and allowing a child â€“ particularly one in a large family â€“ something they feel is their own. Club time can also allow one-to-one time for other children. While these advantages are very real, care must be exercised when choosing activities. Too many and the wrong ones will only leave everyone fed up and exhausted. The easy choices are the ones your children are desperate to do. Although beware of signing up for something just because your son or daughterâ€™s best friend is doing it, this may not be a good enough reason. Ask yourself if your child gets something from the activity that they donâ€™t get elsewhere and that it complements whatâ€™s already going on. For example, an active youngster who is already in the football team might be better balancing their activities with music or drama than adding another sport. Equally a child timid in the classroom may get great gains from being in a choir if it boosts their confidence. A more tricky area is an activity youâ€™d like your child to do when theyâ€™d rather spend their after-school time at home relaxing. Only you can tell if they are genuinely exhausted by a dayâ€™s education or not. However, do take their views into account as there really is no point in forcing a child into something they hate. And some school stages are more taxing than others.
Impact on the whole family
After-school activities affect the whole family. No one wants to spend all their time ferrying children from one activity to another while dinner still needs to be prepared and other children become resentful. So only commit to out-of-school activities that fit comfortably into the schedule and budget. It may transpire that your time and money can be better spent on family activities at home. When you do decide on a class or club â€“ take some time to check it out. Find out how long it has been running, do other parents recommend it, are the staff Disclosure or CRB checked? While extra classes keep your children entertained and active, itâ€™s also important that they have some unstructured time â€“ even that they are allowed to feel bored. If they bounce from one organised thing to the next, theyâ€™ll never learn the important skill of amusing themselves. Youâ€™ll also find a selection of clubs and classes weâ€™ve heard about taking place this autumn on the next few pagess but for lots more check out the families glasgow clubs and classes listing online. For up-to-date information on some of the best clubs and classes in and around Glasgow, visit www.familiesglasgow.co.uk
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