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  books ever again! The village leaders are so focussed on building a better future for the young people living in their care and this is the reason why I feel compelled to go back and help them. I have already started collecting jigsaws, clothes, books and toys. I feel that I have made a connection with the village of Bisa in Lilongwe District and it is my intention to go back and work with them, resourcing their kindergarten in an attempt to build a better future.
My most poignant memory is taking the street children on a three hour trip to Lake Malawi. The sheer look of ecstasy on their faces as they entered the water will last with me forever. We taught some of them
to swim, we danced and sang and they were all allowed to be children. I realised how much love I had for these innocent children and I truly believe that I have not been put
on this Earth to allow children to continue to live like this.
On the  nal day, I took the opportunity to create an art corner in the Centre dedicated to Bolton School Girls’ Junior School, Hesketh House. With the help of resident artist, Precious, we worked tirelessly to create a space where street children may come and express themselves through art. I live in hope that I will be blessed to return to Chisomo, with my main aim to build resources for the art room
and extend to create a library full of books for the street children to enjoy and learn from. I would also like to raise enough funds to provide the village of Bisa with running water.
The introduction of a whole- school, term-long creative curriculum at Oakwood School, Sussex, proved a resounding success, with teachers reporting increased engagement and understanding of learning among pupils.
The ‘Into the Woods’ theme
saw children of all ages using
the outdoor environment and extensive woodland areas in the school grounds for learning in every subject from maths to poetry and music.
And when they couldn’t go outside, they brought the inside in, with every classroom transformed with woodland- themed art work, displays and design projects.
For the  rst time in Kelvinside Academy’s 139-year history, some of its pupils will be based away from the school’s Glasgow west end campus.
The Kelvinside Academy Green Forest Nursery is situated at
The success of Oakwood’s initiative re ects the  ndings of a recent report by the government’s Natural England project which revealed that learning outdoors had multiple bene ts for children, with 92% of schools surveyed seeing an improvement in pupils’ health and wellbeing, and engagement with learning.
Langbank Farm in Milngavie. Housed in a specially converted stone steading, the newly opened nursery is set within 10-acres of private woodland.
This nursery is further indication of the school’s belief in, and
Clare Bradbury, Headteacher, said.“The children were excited
by the curriculum and all the teachers were delighted with the high levels of motivation in the children’s learning; having a shared experience across the ages unites our community with a shared goal and learning journey.
commitment to, outdoor education and builds upon the success of the Forest Kindergarten scheme that Kelvinside Academy piloted last year at its Balgray Nursery Campus.
industry of the Netherlands. Nori’s current projects are on Western Australia, Spain and the Arctic.
Beyond the school day, Nori
also works as a freelance photographer and travel writer. When she arrived at King Alfred School from living overseas in Chile, she had just won the 2010 Wanderlust magazine Photograph of the Year, having been a runner-up and a  nalist in 2008 and 2009. It was a commission
to photograph the Northern Territories in Australia which started her on the professional photography road. Since then she has been published in Conde Nast Traveller, Wanderlust and a number of in ight magazines.
   Photographer of The Year Award
 Nori Jemil, King Alfred School, London, Head of Media and Film Department, has won
the prestigious award of Photographer of the Year 2017 by the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW). The BGTW is the leading organization for travel media professionals. This was
judged on a portfolio of images which have been published as part of recent features with National Geographic Traveller and Rough Guides. The images were used in articles on Chilean Tierra del Fuego, Argentine Patagonia, Panama’s cultural Fiestas Patrias and the  ower
  Pictured: An image by Nori Jemil taken at the Panamanian Festival
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