Radio 2 Big Bee Challenge!

It’s called Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge – a brand new project, which will encourage our listeners to help create a better environment to support our bees and other pollinating insects. It is part of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, along with RHS

Around the UK, bees and other insects are in decline – with some in danger of extinction. That’s why we’re asking our younger listeners to get involved by designing their very own bee-friendly garden that will attract our precious little pollinators. The winning design will then be built at an NHS Trust site, which is used, by children and young people with mental health needs. How un-bee-lievable is that!

Children aged between 6 and 12 years old can enter this new competition, by designing a garden that bees, and the patients, families and staff of the NHS Trust, will love. Let your imaginations run wild, we can wait to see what you come up with! The winner will not only see their garden built and buzzing with bees at our special opening party this August, live on Radio 2 but they’ll also take home an illustration of their design and a box of goodies.

All the information you need to enter the competition is here on the BBC Radio 2 website. And if you need some inspiration to get started, learn more about what our bees need here and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening has some more fun activities and ideas to help too!


MAPAC School Uniform Supplier Update

Information Advice and Support for Families of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Drumbeat Parents and Carers Workshops!

Preparing for Transition to Secondary School – EVENING

Preparing for Transition to Secondary School

Supporting CYP with School Based Anxiety – EVENING

Supporting CYP with School Based Anxiety

Using Visual Support to Develop Social Understanding – EVENING

Using Visual Support to Develop Social Understanding

BIG ASK SURVEY – Children’s Commisioner for England – Campaign

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Rachel de Souza has written to say  “My job is to speak up for children in England, stand up for their rights, and make sure that the people in power listen to what children need and want.

It’s time to give something big back to young people like you after COVID — and we need your help to do it.

This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. We’ll use what you tell us to show the government what you think, and what children need to live happier lives.

This survey will only take you 5-10 minutes.”

Please encourage all children in your schools to take park in The Big Ask Campaign and complete the survey found at the link below

The Big Ask is a survey for children and young people aged 4–17 in England. We’ve split the survey into different age groups, so you can fill in a version appropriate for your age. We’ve also made easy-read ‘accessible’ versions as well as a version for care leavers.

We won’t ask for your name, phone number or email, and we’ll keep what you tell us safe and private – it won’t be shared with anyone else. You don’t have to answer any question if you don’t want to.

London Borough of Lewisham Mayors Award!

As you know, throughout the pandemic, we have maintained a community foodbank providing much needed food parcels and welfare bundles for some of our most vulnerable families.

We are very honoured to have received a Mayor’s Award for valuable contribution within the borough’s community response to COVID-19.

 The staff team worked incredibly hard to make this happen.  Thank you to all of you who helped us by contributing via our donation station.

We continue to provide support for our families, working closely with the Legendary Community Club and our donation station remains open for any contributions you may be able to provide.  Together we can make a real difference to families in need.



Bailwood Uniform Supplier

Our local uniform supplier Bailwoods based at 246 Lewisham High Street London SE13 6JU will remain open during the xmas and new year period, please find their details below:

Please contact Bailwood using the following  link.



Parent and Carer Skills Survey

There is still time for you to complete the skills survey for the Friends of Torridon PTA.

We have a wonderful parent & carer community with a wide spectrum of skills and we are keen to capture this information and provide parents with opportunities to participate.

We are asking all parents & carers if they could complete this quick survey so we can update our database of parents & carers skills.

Click here for the survey

Free School Meals Applications

Since the introduction of Free School Meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, these children may miss out on  additional funding and support. We encourage all parents and carers who are eligible to complete online Free-School-Meals  if they think they may be eligible.


How might a child be eligible for FSM or Pupil Premium Funding?

A child may be eligible to receive the Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals if the parent receives any of the following

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals.

Please call the office on 0208 697 2762 if you need assistance in completing the online application or information regarding Free School Meals.