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School girls take on a 5k running challenge

23 July, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

The Mini Mermaid Running Club at Highbury Fields

Schoolgirls aged 7-11 joined more than 300 others at Highbury Fields for a park run in the sun last Saturday. The pupils from St Jude & St Paul’s CE Primary School and Whittington Park Community Association who run with the Mini Mermaid Running Club UK completed their 5k challenge with the help of their peers and parents.

Khara Mills from the Mini Mermaid Running Club said: “There are times when each girl finds the challenge hard – that’s all part of it. They never gave up and reached their goals one step at a time. Girls, we hope you’re proud of yourselves. The family support was amazing. So many extended families and friends lined the course, cheering them on and providing that little bit of extra inspiration.”

• For more information about taking part or volunteering with the Mini Mermaid Running Club UK see or email


It’s carnival time at Copenhagen Primary School

Copenhagen pupils in party mood

Last Tuesday, Copenhagen Primary School held its summer carnival, with pupils, staff and parents dressed in bright colours and parading the streets. It was

led by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School’s samba band, followed by Copenhagen Primary blowing whistles and sound horns, making plenty of noise. Amardeep Panesar, headteacher of Copenhagen Primary, said: “The event was to promote the vision and ethos of our diverse community as well as giving pupils exposure to a carnival experience. I was extremely impressed with just how well our pupils and community supported this event in our local area. Carnival has a huge place in my heart and being able to bring it into Islington and sharing it with our community is truly phenomenal.”


Pop-up restaurant at a Barnsbury primary school raises money for their library

At Thornhill’s pop-up restaurant: Year 6 teacher Megan Begley, Mark Lloyd, and pupil Param

A primary school in Barnsbury was transformed into a restaurant for the evening, dishing up a whopping three-course meal, including sun-dried tomato and mozzarella salad, baked aubergines and lemon posset with raspberries for dessert. Thornhill Primary School raised £1,320 at their pop-up restaurant to go towards building a new school library.

Headteacher Jenny Lewis said: “Our Year 6 children were taught the skills of restaurant management, food preparation, food design and the art of customer services. They did so well. Parents and children have been working hard to raise the funds needed to build our new library. This was the children’s way of being part of the fundraising. We are an inclusive school and everyone’s contribution makes a big difference.”


Project partners with the University of Greenwich to show polygamy matters

Women were able to share their experiences at the event

An event earlier this month at the Middle Eastern Women and Society organisation (MEWSo), based in Durham Road, marked the end of the pilot project partnered with the University of Greenwich, researching and raising awareness about polygamous relationships in London.

Halaleh Taheri, director of MEWSo and lead campaigner of Polygamy Matters, said: “Polygamy is unequal and against women’s rights and we should protect women and children because they deserve a better life. It’s important to work with politicians and decision makers to highlight the issue of polygamy to the wider society in order to change attitudes and stop the practise of polygamy. Education is an important tool for the campaign and all these changes will not happen without the support of the government”.

• For more information please contact Halaleh Taheri on 07958 145666 or email Or see the website:

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