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In this issue...
Schools May Lose Rates Relief
~ reaction to government proposals
‘My First 100 Days as Head’
~ challenges & opportunities
Crowdfunding for Bursaries & Facilities
~ how to make use of a novel form of  nance
Hungry for Debate
~ public speaking brings real bene t for students
Social Media, Smart Phones, Identity Theft
~ special report
 Les Misérables
Felsted School, Essex, was transported
to 19th Century France as young Felsted thespians treated family, friends and the local community to a production of Les Misérables (School Edition).
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The musical was double cast and performed to a sell-out audience over four consecutive nights. The production was one of Felsted’s biggest to date, with 109 actors, 36 musicians, 27 Felsted staff as well as make-up, wardrobe, stage management, lighting and sound engineers.
Head of Felsted Drama, Melanie Donaldson commented; “An amazing cast of young people performed an incredibly challenging theatrical piece and musical score. The performances were a triumph and the audience acknowledged their achievement with four consecutive standing ovations for a truly remarkable show.”
Building vision for
pupils & community
Bickley Park School, Kent, is planning a
major project as part of its forthcoming centenary year, which will eventually see a the contemporary building replacing the current theatre in the prep department.
Project PAC (Performing Arts Centre) will cost £1.8m. The school is  nancing £1.3m of the build and is fundraising for the remaining £500,000.
It is hoped that building work will begin in
July 2019, with completion expected by August 2020, and with the  nished space comprising two storeys, a light and spacious foyer, café and gallery space, and a 300-seat theatre which can be used in three different con gurations for maximum  exibility.
Head teacher Patrick Wenham, said “Use of the rooms will also be offered to performing arts groups across the wider community so they too can bene t from the space.”
What Will 2018 Bring to Independent Schools?
~ head reviews the year to come
Outreach Boxes
~ innovative partnership initiative worth taking on board
Social Mobility
~ why stereotypes help no-one
Work-life balance for staff Changing Faces, Changing Places STEM for girls
International developments
Using ‘Alexa’ as a teaching assistant Music & Drama Focus Feature Conference Reports ~ GSA and NEU Transport & Travel Focus Feature Boys develop new cancer diagnosis
The Digest; Heads Hunted; Editorial Advisory Board; Key Personnel; Contact Us pages 38 & 39. Is Your School Mentioned? A~Z on page 39
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   Changes at ISM
Au revoir Jeff... hello Mark
Co-founder of Independent Schools Magazine Jeff Rice is stepping back from day to day duties at the end of this month (January) and will no longer be running the commercial side of the business. He will retain an interest in the magazine.
As a result, advertisement sales are transferring to Mark Brown and his team at Fellows Media who can be contacted on 01242 259249 or
  National SchoolTransfer For a Professional – Con dential Service Email: Tel: +44 (0)1980 621251
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