Sunninghill Preparatory School. Thomas Hardye School. Dorchester. UK.


 Traffic is the biggest ‘accidental’ killer of children. In 2005, 2,197 children on foot were killed or seriously injured under the age of 16.  That’s 42 child pedestrian deaths and serious injuries a week and six children a day. Department for Transport 2006¨       The UK has one of the worst rates of child pedestrian deaths in Western Europe. – Road Casualties in Great Britain 2005, Department for Transport 2006¨       Between 1995-1997 and 2005 the proportion of primary school children walking to school declined from 53 to 49 per cent, with a corresponding increase in those being taken by car from 38 to 43 per cent. National Travel Survey 2005, Department for Transport 2006.

¨       Death on the road is the second biggest killer of 5-14 year-olds after cancer and other types of tumour – Deaths by age, sex and underlying cause (England and Wales): 2005,

Traffic is the biggest ‘accidental’ killer of children. In 2005, 2,197 children on foot were killed or seriously injured under the age of 16.  That’s 42 child pedestrian deaths and serious injuries a week and six children a day. Department for Transport 2006

¨       The UK has one of the worst rates of child pedestrian deaths in Western Europe. – Road Casualties in Great Britain 2005, Department for Transport 2006

¨       Between 1995-1997 and 2005 the proportion of primary school children walking to school declined from 53 to 49 per cent, with a corresponding increase in those being taken by car from 38 to 43 per cent. National Travel Survey 2005, Department for Transport 2006.

¨       Death on the road is the second biggest killer of 5-14 year-olds after cancer and other types of tumour – Deaths by age, sex and underlying cause (England and Wales): 2005, National Office of Statistics.

Please, ‘Google’ “Reflective Jackets for School Children”

PN. Can not find the Headmistress’s reply to Echo Article.

PE Kit into the school when they have PE as a morning period. This saves the parents and the children’s time and the blazer looks silly over this attire, whereas the fleece looks great and is ultra comfortable and modern over anything (except a blazer)!

 

“Dorchester Echo” or “Dorset Echo””Why are the children so bedraggled”?DURING the foul weather we have experienced recently, most Dorchester residents went out dressed appropriately for such hideous conditions.Unfortunately though, this common sense appears to have bypassed the younger generation and their parents.I saw pupils from the Thomas Hardye School, for example, during the mid-winter horizontal rain, soaked to the skin through poor, inadequate and inappropriate clothing.The same applies to the once smartly dressed children of Sunninghill Preparatory School who for some reason, have started following in their footsteps and are wearing blazers (a summer weight jacket) in the depths of winter! The children I observed were drenched through, while both teacher and parent were wearing proper raincoats!

Sunninghill children, I am certain, used to wear a smart blue coat in winter and left the beautiful blazer for special occasions and summer – wherever has that disappeared to?

Perhaps Hardye needs to review its winter uniform and introduce a suitable item which is practical and fashionable for the ever-conscious youth.

I hasten to alert both schools to the fact that a smart appearance is wonderful. However, that cannot be achieved when the children are so obviously cold, drenched through and disheartened by being so.

Sadly the children look ridiculous, which is a very poor reflection on the school and the parents who send their children there”. ANNE GREENE Address supplied.

Anne Greene, seems to of got it all correct!

Layers of clothes; (vest), shirt, jumper, blue fleece, blue top coat if really bad weather. Most children’s blue top coats don’t fit (correctly) over a blazer and would be stupidly warm with all the other necessary day garments on, plus all children have a ‘spurt’ of growing: catching us all by surprise! Some kids ‘run’ hot or cold and that is where hi-tech comes into its own (breathable, snuggerly- warm  fleece) ; also, some of the worst wet weather is on very mild days. The red blazer is very expensive and some can only just afford the enormous School Fees at Sunninghill. There are a hundred more reasons to scrap the blazer (very easy for the boys, girls, and parents, to forget the silly thing or it gets mangled in the play ground; time wasting for parents and children in changing rooms on sports mornings – Sunninghill School’s early start) except on the special occasions (in summer) when it does look very smart.

Why we have nothing to be proud about in the UK, although we may be very proud of some of our (own) Schools – above.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6359363.stm That, and our obsession with the (boredom) of the ‘Dependent Mind’, ref, ‘The Second Plane’ Martin Amis. And, Sadness, ref, “Jerusalem Sadness”, ‘Bricks to Babel’ Koestler, ‘The Poison Of Holiness’.

The muddle of Education Policy. UK.

The Parable Of The Tower

And they said one to another, Go to, let us

make bricks, and burn them hard. And they

had brick for stone, and slime they had

for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build a city

and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven…

The higher the tower grew, the more violent the disputes between the builders became, until all communication between them broke down, and even the purpose of their brave endeavour was forgotten, and vanished in the mist.

The parable of the Tower sounds in some respect like the sequel to the parable of the Fall, the latter representing man’s moral, the former his intellectual predicament. We seem compelled to shape facts and data, as we know them, into hard bricks, and stick them together with the slime of our theories and beliefs. And thus we continue to Go to, and carry bricks to Babel, although we know that the tower will never be completed, and that even its existing parts might be smitten by lightning and destroyed at any time.

– Extracted from the Epilogue of Bricks to Babel (back cover).

Of course, we do obey the School’s Policy on ‘uniforms’ (when possible and practicable), hoping so much that it will be changed; wondering about the mindset of those who make up the rules, envying other countries and other schools (Sandroyd) with their more modern and less traditional rules.

“Whatever my native modesty may be it will never condescend to seek help for my imagination within those vain imaginings common to all ages and that in themselves are enough to fill all lovers of mankind with unutterable sadness”. Joseph Conrad 1920, the Observer, Martin Amis.

PN. Child Welfare Issue and Health and Safety

Car Parking Policy re, Sunninghill: the future – ‘reflective jackets or waterproof coats’ may be made mandatory to cross busy roads on the way to and back from school, or for all schools: a fleece would be the only practical garment  underneath this. There have been so many near misses! See, Council Records and National Statistics, esp., outside Sunninghill! Private Schools don’t seem to have a Lollipop lady or man.

School children stride out to stop deaths on the road

More than 80,000 children from 520 schools around the UK are today backing a campaign to put an end to the death toll among young pedestrians.  Every day in the UK, six children are killed or seriously injured by traffic while out walking.

Shocking Statistics

Please, ‘Google’ “Reflective Jackets for School Children”  

PN. Cannot find the Headmistress’s reply to Echo Article.

PE Kit into the school when they have PE as a morning period. This saves the parents and the children’s time and the blazer looks silly over this attire, whereas the fleece looks great and is ultra comfortable and modern over anything (except a blazer)!

 

What Shall We Tell The Children?

UK ‘lagging on child road safety’

Speed limit sign
Many residential roads have 20mph limits to help reduce deaths

Britain is still “some way behind” other countries in tackling road safety for child pedestrians, a spending watchdog says.

The National Audit Office’s report found the UK was the fifth safest globally on the number of road deaths.

But it was 11th out of 24 developed nations on pedestrian deaths and 17th on child pedestrian deaths.

The Infantile Situation (GB) http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!3109.entry

At last, December. Fatalistic denial, coming to an end – 2009! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8415351.stm Interesting 2010! http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100122/OPINION/1220319

 

 

“Dorchester Echo” or “Dorset Echo”

“Why are the children so bedraggled”?

DURING the foul weather we have experienced recently, most Dorchester residents went out dressed appropriately for such hideous conditions.

Unfortunately though, this common sense appears to have bypassed the younger generation and their parents.

I saw pupils from the Thomas Hardye School, for example, during the mid-winter horizontal rain, soaked to the skin through poor, inadequate and inappropriate clothing.

The same applies to the once smartly dressed children of Sunninghill Preparatory School who for some reason, have started following in their footsteps and are wearing blazers (a summer weight jacket) in the depths of winter! The children I observed were drenched through, while both teacher and parent were wearing proper raincoats!

Sunninghill children, I am certain, used to wear a smart blue coat in winter and left the beautiful blazer for special occasions and summer – wherever has that disappeared to?

Perhaps Hardye needs to review its winter uniform and introduce a suitable item which is practical and fashionable for the ever-conscious youth.

I hasten to alert both schools to the fact that a smart appearance is wonderful. However, that cannot be achieved when the children are so obviously cold, drenched through and disheartened by being so.

Sadly the children look ridiculous, which is a very poor reflection on the school and the parents who send their children there”. ANNE GREENE Address supplied.

Anne Greene, seems to of got it all correct!

Layers of clothes; (vest), shirt, jumper, blue fleece, blue top coat if really bad weather. Most children’s blue top coats don’t fit (correctly) over a blazer and would be stupidly warm with all the other necessary day garments on, plus all children have a ‘spurt’ of growing: catching us all by surprise! Some kids ‘run’ hot or cold and that is where hi-tech comes into its own (breathable, snuggerly- warm  fleece) ; also, some of the worst wet weather is on very mild days. The red blazer is very expensive and some can only just afford the enormous School Fees at Sunninghill. There are a hundred more reasons to scrap the blazer (very easy for the boys, girls, and parents, to forget the silly thing or it gets mangled in the play ground; time wasting for parents and children in changing rooms on sports mornings – Sunninghill School’s early start) except on the special occasions (in summer) when it does look very smart.

Why we have nothing to be proud about in the UK, although we may be very proud of some of our (own) Schools – above.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6359363.stm That, and our obsession with the (boredom) of the ‘Dependent Mind’, ref, ‘The Second Plane’ Martin Amis. And, Sadness, ref, “Jerusalem Sadness”, ‘Bricks to Babel’ Koestler, ‘The Poison Of Holiness’.

The muddle of Education Policy. UK.

The Parable Of The Tower

And they said one to another, Go to, let us

make bricks, and burn them hard. And they

had brick for stone, and slime they had

for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build a city

and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven…

The higher the tower grew, the more violent the disputes between the builders became, until all communication between them broke down, and even the purpose of their brave endeavour was forgotten, and vanished in the mist.

The parable of the Tower sounds in some respect like the sequel to the parable of the Fall, the latter representing man’s moral, the former his intellectual predicament. We seem compelled to shape facts and data, as we know them, into hard bricks, and stick them together with the slime of our theories and beliefs. And thus we continue to Go to, and carry bricks to Babel, although we know that the tower will never be completed, and that even its existing parts might be smitten by lightning and destroyed at any time.

– Extracted from the Epilogue of Bricks to Babel (back cover).

Of course, we do obey the School’s Policy on ‘uniforms’ (when possible and practicable), hoping so much that it will be changed; wondering about the mindset of those who make up the rules, envying other countries and other schools (Sandroyd) with their more modern and less traditional rules.

“Whatever my native modesty may be it will never condescend to seek help for my imagination within those vain imaginings common to all ages and that in themselves are enough to fill all lovers of mankind with unutterable sadness”. Joseph Conrad 1920, the Observer, Martin Amis.

PN. Child Welfare Issue and Health and Safety

Car Parking Policy re, Sunninghill: the future – ‘reflective jackets or waterproof coats’ may be made mandatory to cross busy roads on the way to and back from school, or for all schools: a fleece would be the only practical garment  underneath this. There have been so many near misses! See, Council Records and National Statistics, esp., outside Sunninghill! Private Schools don’t seem to have a Lollipop lady or man.

School children stride out to stop deaths on the road

More than 80,000 children from 520 schools around the UK are today backing a campaign to put an end to the death toll among young pedestrians.  Every day in the UK, six children are killed or seriously injured by traffic while out walking.

Shocking Statistics

¨       Traffic is the biggest ‘accidental’ killer of children. In 2005, 2,197 children on foot were killed or seriously injured under the age of 16.  That’s 42 child pedestrian deaths and serious injuries a week and six children a day. Department for Transport 2006

¨       The UK has one of the worst rates of child pedestrian deaths in Western Europe. – Road Casualties in Great Britain 2005, Department for Transport 2006

¨       Between 1995-1997 and 2005 the proportion of primary school children walking to school declined from 53 to 49 per cent, with a corresponding increase in those being taken by car from 38 to 43 per cent. National Travel Survey 2005, Department for Transport 2006.

¨       Death on the road is the second biggest killer of 5-14 year-olds after cancer and other types of tumour – Deaths by age, sex and underlying cause (England and Wales): 2005, National Office of Statistics.

Please, ‘Google’ “Reflective Jackets for School Children”

PN. Cannot find the Headmistress’s reply to Echo Article.

PE Kit into the school when they have PE as a morning period. This saves the parents and the children’s time and the blazer looks silly over this attire, whereas the fleece looks great and is ultra comfortable and modern over anything (except a blazer)!

What Shall We Tell The Children?

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html

Lying To Children. http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/2007/11/lying-to-children.html

Child Road Safety http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8038661.stm

UK ‘lagging on child road safety’

Many residential roads have 20mph limits to help reduce deaths

Britain is still “some way behind” other countries in tackling road safety for child pedestrians, a spending watchdog says.

The National Audit Office’s report found the UK was the fifth safest globally on the number of road deaths.

But it was 11th out of 24 developed nations on pedestrian deaths and 17th on child pedestrian deaths.

The Infantile Situation (GB) http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!3109.entry

At last, December. Fatalistic denial, coming to an end – 2009! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8415351.stm Interesting 2010! http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100122/OPINION/1220319

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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