Poppy Factory Visit

A group visit to the Poppy Factory, Richmond, has been arranged for January 2018. It is for children age 10+ and accompanying adults. £10 refundable deposit required to secure a place. Booking closes 8 December 2017. Please see our Facebook group page for more information https://www.facebook.com/groups/WokingHE/.

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Yoga Conditioning class for adults at Woking Group

11:15 – 12:15 Wednesdays, starting 4 October 2017. £6 PAYG. more info here.

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New at Woking Group – contemporary dance and social time

A new dance class for 11+ is starting on Wednesday 4 October in a purpose built gym hall with sprung floor and floor length mirrors. Our group hall is open for social time 12:30 – 14:30 for regulars, occasionals and those who are considering home education and want to have a chat. £2 per family or part family. More info here.

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Drama and script writing classes with Guildford Shakespeare September 2017

GSC_standard_CLOSE_CROP_1These two very popular classes with Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) are now available to book. They are for ages 8-16 and take place in Woking on Wednesday mornings term time. A short description of the classes available here. For more information and to book please contact GSC directly and ask about the Woking Home Education Wednesdays classes. If the email link doesn’t work please use this email: education@guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk.

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September 2017 classes

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Information on our September 2017 classes is now available. Booking for French and German with Anna’s Language Lab has started. Booking for script writing and drama with Guildford Shakespeare Company for new families starts on 17 July 2017.

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Cost: £5 per class – drop in and pay as you go

Who: Boys and Girls aged 10+ – the class is currently made up of an almost even mix of boys and girls

Where: 7th Woking Scouts Hall, New Community Building, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA (see https://wokinghe.org/info/ for directions)

When: Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June. 2.10pm – 3.00pm.

7th June – Irish Dancing – channel your inner Michael Flatley!

14th June – More Irish Dancing!

21st June – American Smooth – learning dances such as the foxtrot and quickstep – American style! …. think less formal English ballroom and more Broadway show style dancing!

28th June – Country/Western – join us for some line dancing!

We have met some lovely dance teachers over the years. Our teacher at Woking, Angela, pretty much tops them all! She is an amazing find – kind, encouraging……and fun!

We would love to see some new faces at these classes – come to as many or as few as you like and pay on the day!

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Javanese Gamelan Workshop for 10+

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What: a Javanese gamelan workshop

When: Monday 26 June 2017, 10:30 – 12:30

Where: Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU
(Satellite navigation – please enter postcode RG45 6DY)

Who: children age 10+. Parents are welcome to sign up, pay up and join in fully alongside their child/ren. However, non-participating parents and younger siblings will not be able to stay in the room. Also, please note that there is no waiting area on the premises.

Cost:  £10 per person.

About the workshop: The workshops will be led by Nikhil Dally. To learn more about him and about gamelan, please look at this webpage: http://www.dally.org.uk/Gamelan.htm

How to book:

Before you book please read the following notes:


Learning to play the gamelan is essentially a hands-on experience. Javanese music is designed to be learnt aurally and in the context of an ensemble. Thus there is very little musical preparation that you can or should do prior to your first gamelan class. What is most important is that you (both children and adults) should come with open minds, eager to work very hard with and alongside each other, to listen, to concentrate, and to sing (an essential part of the learning process).

To help you do this, it is important to be prepared to show


The Javanese treat their musical instruments with immense respect, behaving towards them as they would other people. Consequently,

(1) We always take our shoes off before entering the gamelan space. (The Javanese always remove their shoes when entering someone’s home.)

(2) We NEVER EVER step over an instrument. (To step over a person is considered very rude in Java.)

(3) We always play the gamelan sitting on the floor, cross-legged or kneeling, if at all possible. (The Javanese will never place themselves higher than a person they respect.)

(4) We behave with dignity in the presence of the gamelan. We do not run, or scream, or slouch, or lie down.

If you’re happy with the above and would like to book please make a payment of £10 per participant by either PayPal to bookings@wokinghe.org or bank transfer to account number 72056968, sort code 30-99-80. If using PayPal make sure you choose the ‘Family and Friends’ option to avoid transaction fees.

Follow your payment with an email to bookings@wokinghe.org providing names and ages of all participants. You will receive an email from us confirming your payment and place. There are limited places, and in order to confirm your place I must receive your payment by Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Payments are non-refundable.

Any questions please ask.



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