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15th April 2005 at 01:00
National Pet Week

April 30 to May 8

The theme of the week is "Best of Friends, Best of Health". To support participating schools, Masterfoods Education Centre has produced free online resources for ages four to 11, linked to literacy, numeracy, science, PSHE and citizenship. A related website provides all you need to run a pet proficiency programme in your school. It covers feeding, handling, hygiene and choosing a pet and provides ideas for practical sessions.



Sunflower competition

The Greenfingers Appeal invites primary schools to send in for free sunflower seeds and a teachers' project pack to help raise money to be split 50:50 between the school and children's hospices in the UK. Children grow sunflowers at home or at school, observing and recording their progress and getting family and friends to pledge an amount for each centimetre of its height on July 1. The school raising the most money wins gardening prizes worth pound;500.

Tel: 01449 614614


The facts of married life

Students Exploring Marriage runs courses in prisons and schools helping young people explore the reality of what it means to be married. The courses include question-and-answer sessions with ordinary married couples.

A half-day conference for a whole year group (Years 9-13 inclusive) and workshops are available. Fee: from pound;300.

Tel: 020 7278 0699


Recycle those mobiles

Eazyfone Group's Fones4Schools campaign has so far attracted more than 2,000 schools in England and Ireland. Pupils receive cash prizes and donations by collecting redundant mobile phones for re-use in developing countries. Also on offer are curriculum-related resources based on recycling and the environment and the chance to link up with the eZeSchools secure online school community.

Tel: 01625 667867 www.eazyfone.com



Music scholarships

For the next three years, thanks to a pound;57,000 Leverhulme Trust grant, the National Children's Orchestra will be awarding grants covering tuition fees and extra one-to-one coaching to the 20 children with the highest marks from its annual audition programme.

Tel: 01934 820254


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