Post letters: Sports in schools, floods, GP surgeries and voluteer

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 June 2018

George Carey Primary School in Barking.

George Carey Primary School in Barking.


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

All schools should be good sports

Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The exceptional and superb sporting record for the George Carey Primary School, published in last week’s Post, is one that local schools should emulate, and one that is an example for others to follow.

The attitude exhibited by GCPS is one that can be achieved with such a positive attitude and bring greater success.

This school not only gained success with their Year 6 soccer team which won a tournament competed for by many hundreds of other schools in the Essex and London district.

They were the winners of this competition for their first time and surprised their headmaster who had not known of this record seen during his 30 years at the school.

Many schools may excel in one sport such as soccer but GCPS gained outstanding success for many other sports, which could be expected from sporting academies.

A special feature noticed that was present in this school is the attitude that prevails throughout the school for all sports and the sporting facilities available for the students.

This together with coaching and encouragement that can take place during PE lessons as well as during lunch breaks has paid off.

Another noticeable motivating feature was the high level of expectation to see many of the students go on to representative honours for their country in world competition and even the Olympics.

The Latin saying, ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’, a healthy mind in a healthy body could support such a belief. The headmaster is convinced that ‘sport breeds success and discipline’, and therefore is right behind the schools performance both in sport and academic learning.

Well done GCPS.

Flooding is not a surprise to me

John Dumbleton, Alderman Avenue, Barking, writes:

The floods that struck Thames View and surrounding areas last Tuesday were predicted by residents of Thames View 20 years ago.

It does not take an expert in hydraulics to understand that water will always find its lowest level.

So they build Barking Riverside on artificially raised ground, without taking into consideration where rain water will go.

Look at the affect it has had on the nature reserve; constant flooding, trees dying and bamboo grass growing.

After last Tuesday’s floods we now know.

Having travelled around the area on Tuesday to see the results, it was only the areas to the west of Riverside that were affected, River Road, the west end of Bastable Avenue and Movers Lane area.

The east side Renwick Road where the area is still mostly unbuilt and has large green spaces was not affected by flooding.

What will it take for the council and developers to realise the problems they are causing or will they not be satisfied until Thames View and surrounding areas are completely under water?

•What do you think?


We must protect our GP surgeries

Dr Gary Marlowe, BMA London regional council chairman, writes:

New figures revealed (Wednesday, May 30) that show over a million patients have had to move GP surgeries in the last five years because of 450 practice closures will resonate with the experience of GPs in London.

The recruitment and retention GP crisis in London is impacting practices of all sizes and all situations, as doctors face the pressures of rising workload, increasing administrative burden and a lack of resources.

London’s high cost of living, including housing, mean younger doctors often consider working elsewhere.

General practice plays an essential role offering continuity of care where patients can build a trusting long-term relationship with their practice.

But, when practices close, this important foundation can be put at risk and patients’ experiences may suffer as a result.

While there are a number of initiatives underway to recruit GPs into our area, they will take some time before producing results.

Frontline GPs and wider practice teams are going to great lengths in order to keep offering the best service to their patients in the most difficult circumstances, but they cannot do it without proper support and long-term funding.

The government must work with organisations such as the BMA to make general practice a more appealing profession.

It must tackle the root causes for the departure of hard-working doctors and ensuring that all patients continue to receive high-quality and timely care at a local surgery.

Without proper investment in primary care, the knock-on effects on the rest of the health service and society as a whole will cost thegovernment dearly in the long run.

Animal charity in appeal for help

Julie Meredith, Cats Protection, head of volunteering development, writes:

In the run up to National Volunteering Week (June 1- 7), Cats Protection would like to extend our thanks to the many thousands of volunteers throughout the country who offer their time and expertise to help cats and kittens across the UK.

In 2017 our 10,200-strong volunteer network contributed an incredible 5.5 million hours, each volunteer gifting a wealth of expertise and immeasurable passion to the charity.

Their dedication enabled Cats Protection to help around 200,000 cats and kittens nationwide.

Cats Protection is always on the lookout for new volunteers to join the UK’s biggest cat community.

Though a large part of our work is helping cats, through fostering and rehoming, our volunteers have the opportunity to become involved with a range of interesting activities such as organising fundraising events, helping with publicity or managing funds and resources to benefit the greatest amount of cats.

Volunteering can offer the chance to develop skills such as time management, interpersonal skills and teamwork, making CVs much more attractive and of course helping cats!

Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer can go to our website to find out more.

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