This weekend: Summer fairs at Corpus Christi and Sudbourne Schools

This weekend sees two of the key events in the Brixton Hill summer calendar – the school fairs at Corpus Christi and Sudbourne Primary Schools.

Corpus Christi’s Summer Fair takes place on Saturday 30th June, 12 to 4pm, via their Trent Road entrance. Look out for all your favourite stalls, especially the always-excellent choice of international food.

Sudbourne Primary’s Summer Fair is on Sunday 1st July, 12 to 3pm, on Hayter Road. Entrance is £1.50. A ‘Jumble & Swish Sale’ is among the activities promised.

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New ‘green screens’ to combat air pollution installed at Corpus Christi Primary School

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Cllr Tiedemann joins pupils, parents and staff at Corpus Christi RC Primary

This week has been Clean Air Week and Lambeth Council marked the week with a series of events seeking to address air pollution in the borough, including installing two ‘green screens’ at Corpus Christi RC Primary School. Councillor Martin Tiedemann and the cabinet member for environment joined pupils, parents and staff to launch the new walls.

The screens of Hedera ivy have been built alongside the playgrounds of Corpus Christi primary school on Lambert Road and Horsford Road, blocking pollutants from Brixton Hill and enabling children to breathe cleaner air while they play. The project has been a partnership between parents and pupils, and Lambeth Council.

There has already been a significant drop in air pollution on Brixton Hill thanks to the Mayor’s clean bus corridorResearch elsewhere showed a 24% drop in NO2 with a green screen, making a real difference to the pollution encountered by primary schoolchildren.

Lambeth Labour have already got to work on delivering their ambitious manifesto. As part of their commitment to tackling air pollution councillors pledged to build a green screen at every school on a main road. Children at over 30 schools will benefit from the toxin-reducing living walls.

Over the next four years we will also:

  • Plant over 1,000 new trees.
  • Double the number of cycle hangars
  • Install over 200 electric vehicle charging points
  • Lobby the Government for a new Clean Air Act
  • Continue to work with community energy co-operatives like Repowering London, with existing solar panels on the Roupell Park Estate

Christmas fetes this weekend

Brixton Hill’s two principal Christmas fairs take place this weekend. On Saturday 3rd December Corpus Christi Primary School will hold its fair 12-4 with Santa’s Grotto plus food and goodies, compered by Miranda Sawyer and Richard Avery.

This is followed by Sudbourne School’s Winter Fair on Sunday 1-4 with the traditional stalls and raffle. Entrance £1.

Corpus Christi schoolchildren are also taking part in the switch-on of Brixton’s Christmas lights tonight (Friday 2nd December) at 6pm.

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Councillors call on Mayor to sort dangerous Brixton junction

***UPDATE*** We made the front page of the South London Press Brixton edition!

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IMG_4244Parents of children at Corpus Christi Primary school have joined Brixton Hill’s councillors and Labour’s London Assembly candidate to call on the Mayor of London to make a dangerous Brixton junction after another serious accident this week. Adrian, Florence and Martin met parents this afternoon to see the issue and plan next steps.

The junction of Brixton Hill and Brixton Water Lane was originally named by Transport for London as one of the 100 most dangerous junctions in the whole of London yet the Mayor failed to allocate any funding to make the junction safer and the Better Junctions programme has since been downgraded.

Councillors and the school have been making representations to the Mayor and Transport for London for some time via the local Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross, with the Mayor pledging to take action in a letter to Cllr Tiedemann last year. Ms Shawcross has pledged to write a firm letter to the Mayor demanding an urgent safety review.
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Corpus Christi Primary confirmed as one of the best schools in the country

cclogoCorpus Christi Primary School in Brixton Hill got confirmation of its excellence last week when primary school performance tables were released, showing Corpus Christi as the highest performing school in Lambeth, sixth highest in London and equal fifty third in the whole of England. Other schools in the ward, notably Sudbourne Primary, performed strongly.

Well done to all the children, staff and parents, including Chair of Governors Mr Michael Burke and headteachers Mr Coyle and Ms Connery.

Holocaust Memorial Day marked at Corpus Christi School

journeys_hmdt_stack_2The principal event in Lambeth for Holocaust Memorial Day this year will be at Corpus Christi Primary School on Trent Road tomorrow, Tuesday 28 January, at 5.30pm.

Holocaust Memorial Day is dedicated to the remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust and takes place on the 27th of January each year, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Union in 1945.

The Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative event will be addressed by Professor T. Scarlett Epstein OBE. There will be readings by young people and a performance by the Corpus Christi School Choir.

Brixton Hill schools among top performers in league table

In the league tables of primary schools published this week by the Department for Education, the four primary schools in Brixton Hill ward all performed strongly, in the context of excellent results for Lambeth as a whole. While league tables have clear limitations, these results indicate the improvements local schools have shown in recent years and the excellence we have here in Brixton Hill.

Sudbourne and Corpus Christi schools did particularly well according to the league tables, coming second and third respectively in the ranking of Lambeth schools. Richard Atkins and Christ Church schools also out-performed the national average. We congratulate pupils and staff on their achievements.

Lambeth schools were also among the best in the country at closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils.

Corpus Christi Christmas Fair this weekend

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Saturday 30th November sees the Corpus Christi Christmas Fair from 12 noon until 4pm.

Head on down to Trent Road for Santa’s Grotto, the toy stall, in the International Food Hall, live festive music, arts and crafts and beautiful Christmas wreaths, mulled wine and Irish Coffee, raffle and tombola, home produce and book stall.

Entry is £1 for adults, free for children.