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Television presenter Eamonn Holmes was sculpted last night by celebrity sculptor Frances Segelman at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden at a packed event in support of Gesher School, a unique independent primary school that provides a specialist learning environment for children with special educational needs.

Eamonn met Frances while filming his Channel 5 series, How The Other Half Live, with his wife Ruth. He says, “Of course Ruth said, ‘Why on Earth would you get a bust of yourself done?’ I said: ‘Why not? It will raise tens of thousands for charity.’ Then she was wondering where I’d put it – ‘I said on the table in the front hall.’ She thinks it’s ridiculous. She’ll get tired of looking at it, but I won’t!”

Frances Segelman sculpting Eamonn Holmes

Frances says of her latest commission, “Eamonn came to interview me and asked if I had time, could I ‘knock up a little sculpture’ of him? Then Jonathan Sands, who owns the London Film Museum, offered the venue free of charge for the Gesher School charity event, so last night we had 250 guests watching me sculpt Eamonn live. The evening included a Q&A, which was such fun as Eamonn is hilarious, I hope I captured his wonderful sense of humour.”

The bust of Eamonn Holmes was completed by Frances Segelman in front of a VIP audience in less than two hours, she explains “I think I am unique in creating such fast live sculptures – rather like a photograph I want to capture in clay a single moment of time – my best and most fluid work is done in this way.”

Frances Segelman and Eamonn Holmes at the London Film Museum
Hailing from a dynastic family of artists, Frances Segelman is self-taught and has risen to the top of her profession having sculpted a wide variety of public figures including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. An established sculptor of personalities from the world of entertainment, politics and sport, Frances’ recent commissions include: HRH The Duke of Kent, Holocaust survivor Arek Hersch, Boris Johnson, Joanna Lumley, Lord Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Steven Redgrave and Sergei Polunin. Frances is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and a Liveryman of the Painter-Stainers Livery Company.
Sculptor Frances Segelman with Jonathan Sands, Founder and  CEO London Film Museum
Sir Jack Petchey and Eamonn Holmes at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden
Eamonn Holmes with Sarah Sultman and Ali Durban from Gesher School

As part of Frances’ sculpting event at the London Film Museum, 8 contemporary artists and sculptors exhibited and sold their artwork, with proceeds being donated to Gesher School for children with special educational needs.

Gesher wishes all of its families Chag Sameach.

At this time of year children with special educational needs may struggle with the change to their normal routine and the challenges of a busy time. Here is a story we have written at Gesher to help children manage the predictability of Sukkot and help alleviate some anxiety.

 

Gesher wishes all of its families as well as the wider community well over the fast.

At this time of year children with special educational needs may struggle with the change to their normal routine and the challenges of a busy time. Here is a story we have written at Gesher to help children manage the predictability of Yom Kippur and help alleviate some anxiety.

For more information and tips on inclusivity for synagogues please read this article published in The JC and written by Gianna Colizza, Gesher’s head teacher.

With thanks to J Gateways for allowing us to reproduce their imagery in the story.

 

Gesher wishes all of its children and families as well as the wider community celebrating Rosh Hashanah this week, a happy and healthy New Year.

At this time of year children with special educational needs may struggle with the change to their normal routine and the challenges of a busy time. Here are two stories we have written at Gesher to help children manage the predictability of Rosh Hashanah and Going to Synagogue to help alleviate some anxiety.

For more information and tips on inclusivity for synagogues please read this article published in The JC and written by Gianna Colizza, Gesher’s head teacher.

With thanks to J Gateways for allowing us to reproduce their imagery in the story.


This week we opened our doors to our first cohort of children.

Greeting the children and parents at the door of the school was a very special moment for me. The whole Gesher team has been working very hard behind the scenes to get everything ready for our little people.

The building has been transformed; our playground and classrooms have been filled with brand new equipment. Every tiny detail thought out in huge detail with our multi disciplinary team. From which are the best chairs for our cohort to where to put the pegs up to make everything as accessible and successful as possible.

Seeing our Gesher children arrive in their shiny new uniforms and hang their jackets, rucksacks and caps up. Has brought the school to life and now we can begin the journey of embracing engaging and educating. Putting into practice day to day the vision and ethos of the school. I know how committed the team of teachers, therapists, governors and professionals are. We do truly have the most special school. Gesher can now really begin building bridges.

Gianna Colizza
Headteacher of Gesher School

Special School

DSC_0072 (1)This week Gesher School delivered detailed plans to an audience of over 130 professionals and parents.

Ali Durban, Sarah Sultman the School Founders alongside the Educational team Laurel Freedman and Alison Futerman led this highly successful and informative Open Evening.

 

The key topics of the presentation was as follows:-

  • The Gesher School Vision
  • The Gesher Child
  • An introduction to the Gesher  approach
  • Admissions
  • Curriculum
  • Community Collaborations
  • Outcomes

This was followed by a Q&A session with the panel, other members of the Gesher Team and audience. Parents and professionals alike led every question with such positivity for the project, hope and aspiration for this visionary school that is so obviously required by the community.DSC_0079 (1)

The whole of the Gesher team were overwhelmed to see so many of the community turn out to support the school. Gesher School will continue to work relentlessly to deliver this exemplary new school for September 2017.

If you want more information please contact us on hello@gesherschool.com

Gesher will be holding an open evening for prospective parents who may be considering a specialist educational environment for their child on Wednesday 25th May at 8pm in NW London, venue tbc. On the evening, Ali Durban and Sarah Sultman co-founders will set out the current plans for Gesher aswell its ethos and aims. They will be supported by an education team who will also be able to answer any questions you may have.

For security reasons please let us know if you would like to attend so that we can confirm your place, a booking confirmation and photographic ID will be required on the evening. Please email ali.durban@gesherschool.com to confirm your place.