Saturday, 3 March 2012





 Aïshah Frémaux-Soormally

WALTHAMSTOW: Children dress up for Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
 WALTHAMSTOW: Children dress up for Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
 Aïshah Frémaux-Soormally is in pink (Front Right)

CATERPILLARS, life-sized playing cards and boys in top hats enjoyed a tea party with a difference.

Pupils at Thorpe Hall Primary School in Hale End Road, Walthamstow, dressed as characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland to celebrate World Book Day.

Children read stories and enjoyed cakes and fizzy drinks at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Friends of Thorpe Hall organised the day. Chairman David Hoskins said: “It’s fantastic seeing all the top hats and seeing everyone having fun and being creative.
“The book is bizarre and brilliant and the nice thing about the theme is it’s a bit more than just dressing up.
The children were encouraged to think about the characters themselves which gets them thinking about the book.

The tea party was held outdoors because the school’s hall is not big enough to house all the children at once.

The school is currently campaigning for investment to expand facilities.

Mr Hoskins added: “It’s a glorious afternoon so it’s all turned out really well. We have a lot of books lying around - the whole day is to encourage children to read.

These days there are so many competing media like television and the internet but reading and sharing stories is so essential.”

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  1. I hate to see my 5 year-old baby girl attend elementary school for six and a half continuous hours each day for five days a week.

    I call this CHILD ABUSE!

    M.K. Gandhi was not wrong calling the Public School System a CITADEL OF SLAVERY! Looking at the kind of human beings it produces, we should be given the choice to home school our children, not confined to one exclusive home though, but with the participation of neighbouring families as far as possible.


  2. 30 September 2014 Last updated at 12:25
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    Thorpe Hall School pupils' images on teacher's computer
    Martin Goldberg Martin Goldberg worked at Thorpe Hall school for 23 years

    Indecent images of pupils have been found on the computer of an Essex deputy head teacher who was recently found dead, police say.

    Martin Goldberg, 46, a maths teacher at Thorpe Hall School in Southend, died at his home two weeks ago.

    Essex Police said it had recovered images which appeared to have come from a camera hidden inside a bag.

    It was used to film boys undressing in the school's changing rooms and at Southend's leisure centre.

    The images, reportedly both video and stills, are believed to have been made from 2000 onwards, and "would appear to be of boys aged from nine to 12," police said.

    Detectives have identified four children from the footage and have spoken to their parents.
    'Online material' allegations

    Police said 75 images, which were classed as "indecent", were from the changing rooms at the independently run, co-educational school.

    A further 465 were found to have been taken at the leisure centre's swimming pool and 38 from "two other locations".

    Officers said in most of the pictures, the children's faces were not visible, or the quality of the image was so poor that they could not be identified.
    Thorpe Hall School Images were made of male pupils at Thorpe Hall School in Southend

    The investigation into Mr Goldberg's computer was started after allegations he had bought material online which may have included images of naked teenage boys.

    Mr Goldberg was spoken to, but not arrested, as officers thought there was "insufficient evidence" to do so at the time.

    He was found dead in his home in Shoeburyness the following day.
    'Surprised, angry, betrayed'

    In a statement issued by Thorpe Hall School, head teacher Andrew Hampton said governors and staff were "very shocked" by the news, and everyone felt "surprised, angry and betrayed".

    "There were no indications whatsoever that Mr Goldberg was leading a double life," he said.

    "An incident such as this is very alarming and no-one could have foreseen it."

    Mr Hampton said an inspection of the school's safeguarding policies in March this year found no improvements were needed.

    "Despite this, we are re-enforcing our safeguarding procedures to ensure our provision goes beyond the highest standards expected of all UK schools and are as watertight as it is possible to have them," he said.
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