Friday, 12 April 2019

New Chess Group

This week I worked for the first time with a Home Education group.

The venue was provided by SNAPS (Special Needs Activities with Parents Support) at the Newtown Community Centre in Stockton-on-Tees and I was immediately given a very friendly welcome - including tea and biscuits - by the mighty Ruth.

Our session brought together a very hard-working group of children and parents and we had a great deal of fun learning some of the basics of chess and playing mini-games.

Opinions on the merits of Home Education will obviously vary. For some, it will be a necessary step to bring the best out of their children. For others, it will be an obstacle in the way of cooperation and progress. 

I am not now - and never have been - interested in politics, but I am interested in breaking down boundaries and working with dynamic and highly positive people.

Take a look at the photographs and judge for yourselves if the intended combination of fun and learning came to fruition.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the group and we are hopeful that more sessions can be arranged over the course of the year.

There is even talk of creating wide-ranging community sessions at the centre. Let's do it!

Thank you Fiona for organising everything and thank you to everyone in the group for such an excellent day.

All photograph in this report are © Fiona Tierney, with the exception of the picture of Ruth.

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