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Editor’s Letter It’s dark outside, the nights are drawing in and snow fell from the sky this week... putting us all in the festive spirit ready for the Christmas holidays. It has been a truly fantastic year here at Educational Life and we are very greatfull for all your support We are looking forward to starting 2018 with a bang with plenty of new ideas to bring you.

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Peace is not a destination, it’s a journey.

Talks for Change Following the murder of their son Jimmy Mizen in an unprovoked attack in 2008 Barry and Margaret Mizen, Jimmy’s parents were determined that something good would come from it. They have worked tirelessly, sharing Jimmy’s story with over 15,000 young people. We engage and inspire young people by sharing Jimmy’s story, addressing issues such as anger, consequences, forgiveness and bullying. The talks can be specifically tailored to address the needs of the audience, for example a school may by having a issues with bullying and therefore we will talk about the fact that the murderer had a history of antisocial behaviour which escalated as he got older resulting in more and more violent acts. We will talk about the consequences of actions and encourage the children to think about how they respond to situations; how anger can cause so much damage and get out of control so quickly.

Will you join us? Jimmy’s story. Young people have the chance to consider their own responses including the theme of forgiveness. We spend a great deal of time answering children’s questions and in doing so helping them to explore the issues surrounding Jimmy’s story. If you would like to book a Talk for Change for a school or community group please contact us and we would be delighted to Share Jimmy’s story. lydia@forjimmy.org

Barry & Margaret speak with a gentle and calm demeanour using matter-of-fact language. They describe the day their son was killed and explain exactly what happened. They talk about Jake, the young man who killed Jimmy, about his background of bullying, his anger and of course the consequences of his actions; on himself, a 15 year prison sentence, his family and Jimmy’s family. They spend a great deal of time answering questions and in doing so explore the issues surrounding

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Young Artists Inspired by Amazing Arp Show The extensive work of artist Jean Arp is inspiring a new generation at Ramsgate Arts Primary School.

As part of its link with Turner Contemporary at Margate, RAPS pupils have been experiencing Arp’s creativity first hand in a series of workshops focussed around the current exhibition The Poetry of Forms that runs until January 14. Pupils explored Arp’s displays on show at the gallery and then worked on creative follow up projects that celebrate his drawings, collages, paintings, wood reliefs and sculptures. In the gallery’s Clore Learning Studio and in class at school they are preparing colourful and creative items for their own exhibition based around their exploratory artwork inspired by Jean Arp, whose output embraced Dada, Surrealism and Abstraction, and created an impact on the British avant-garde movement. Head of School Nick Budge said: “We are a specialist arts primary school and the opportunity of having a strong link with Turner Contemporary offers our children huge benefits. “They were really engaged by their visit to the gallery and the follow up work with the Turner ‘navigators’ clearly demonstrates that they are expanding their own creativity and exploring news ways of thinking. Their exhibition of Arp-inspired work as well as a project based around Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting will be on show during next term.

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Staying Safe at Christmas Christmas can be the most magical time of year when we gather with friends and family to celebrate and share presents, have fun and enjoy ourselves. Sometimes, however, things can go a bit wrong so here’s a quick tip for you for a very common domestic injury – the cooking burn! Get a burn whilst getting stuff out of the oven, that lovely blistered one across the wrist or, perhaps, hot water splashes all over your hand whilst straining the veg? The mistake we all make is we don’t cool it enough. Usually, we give it a quick splash under the tap and then get on with food and wonder why, 6 weeks, later, it still hurts like mad.

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Northbourne Park School has a wealth of local history and pupils from Years 3 - 8 enjoyed a week of delving into it. The children first saw the feudal system in action as they learnt how the land the school is built on was originally bestowed to Hugo de Port for helping defend Dover Castle back in the late 11th century. They also learnt about links with the Prime Minister William Gladstone, the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp and the war poet Rupert Brooke. Cosmay and Timwald from the Living History Workshops group came and spent a lot of time with the children, showing them how to spin raw sheep’s wool and write in runes using a quill. The children enjoyed making coil clay pots, dressing up in Anglo-Saxon

garb, grinding barley using a stone quern, playing ‘Jacks’ with bones, trying on a mail coif and lifting life-sized swords as well as handling century old artefacts such as fishing hooks and brooches. Years 6 & 7 were given an interesting tour of historic Sandwich by members of the Sandwich History Society, delving deep into the town’s past. The classes were especially interested in the battle of Sandwich which occurred 800 years ago, resulting in an English victory against the French. A carousel of artefact-based activities rounded off the week with Year 8 pupils presenting to each year group their box of artefacts or model ship, giving them the opportunity to research their items as well as present them in a meaningful and concise way.

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Anthony Birch owner Silver Birch Fine Foods, understand that Christmas can really be a struggle for many; so they have approached the Umbrella Centre, a charity based in Canterbury and will be running a fully volunteered service catering for the vulnerable on Christmas Day, from 11am until 3pm. Anthony Birch set this event as after his time volunteering with Childrens Heart Federation at Great Orlmand street working with children and adolescents to build a transition clinic for adellesons he understands how many people are reminded of struggle and upset. He wanted to use his catering experience to create a place of comfort and community spirit for the community. They will be offering a free Christmas dinner to those who are less fortunate, in the hope that somehow, together, we can remember what Christmas is suposed to be about. In an age of increasing austerity and sadly decreasing community, Silver Birch Fine Foods pledges to provide a free, nonprofitable service for the homeless and vulnerable proportion of the Canterbury populus, bringing the spirit back to Christmas If you would like to volunteer please feel free to email them at silverbirchfinefoods@gmail. co.uk Or feel free to contact The Umbrella Centre Canterbury and ask for Hannah 14

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How does it get any better than this?

It’s coming up to one of the most stressful times of the year, Christmas and all the pressures that adds to the normal daily routines. There’s the overexcited little beings, OK and some big ones too, doing the countdown. Then the shopping… food, presents and everything else. Phew how do we get through it? Here’s a few things I do and “teach” my clients which seem to work pretty well.

You feel overwhelmed and stressed Ask “Who does it belong to?” No I’m not mad, but if you do it seriously you’ll notice a difference. Tip :- I visualise it like holding a smelly sock ……..

You feel you have so much going on that you can’t enjoy now – you feel unsettled and untogether. Try this, it always calms me. Pause, take a deep breath, and feel your feet on the floor. Close your eyes if you want. Put your hands on your tummy, and breathe and feel the movement. Now feel your energy. (If you’re not sure about what energy feels like rub your hands together fast and pull them slightly apart, keep trying till you sense something.) Then connect with the energy of the earth. (I think of a drill going down and down) Feel the earths calmness and giving. Now open your eyes slowly if you’ve got them closed. Take a deep breath. What if you could walk through your whole day with that serenity and connection?

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Christmas Carols: A History The link with Christmas is really down to the Victorians, who started to publish books of Christmas carols alongside the tunes we know today. Christmas carols that appeared during this period are some of the best known today; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The First Noel and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

There are a great many traditions that make Christmas different from other holidays; giving gifts, putting up lights, eating certain (and very tasty) foods and the singing of songs you don’t get to hear the rest of the year round. Christmas Carols can be dated back to 4th century Rome which makes them over 2000 years old. These hymns weren’t the same as the songs we know today however. They were designed to encourage and support the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The first English language carols appear from 1426, just sixty years before the Tudor era that we here at Hever Castle are so famed for. At this time, carols were songs sung not just at Christmas but at times of major celebration as well. They were usually performed outside by ‘wassailers’; groups that went door to door singing and offering drinks in exchange for gifts. Nowadays we would call them carollers. In 1536 King Henry VIII broke from the Catholic Church of Rome and established the Church of England which slowly began to take on the new Protestant ideas. These new ideas encouraged the singing and writing of carols, helping to make them even more popular and familiar.

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But Christmas carols haven’t always been so well loved. Between 1649 – 1660 England abolished the monarchy and established the Commonwealth under Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell was a Puritan, a type of Protestant who believed that worship should be a serious activity. As a result, he disagreed not just with the singing of carols, but also with Christmas celebrations in general and it was while under Cromwell’s leadership that Christmas was effectively cancelled in England until 1660. Fortunately however, when Cromwell died, the newly restored monarchy under King Charles II allowed Christmas celebrations to be brought back. This included the singing of carols.

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Spectating, it’s a parent’s game!

We have previously covered the benefits of your children playing sport, and there are of course many. Something just as important is the ability to turn time spent together into quality time. Sport is a fantastic enabler of this. So many of us work hard and have to spend time away from our children. Time away from your children isn’t always physical, although less obvious, we can spend a whole day with our kids and not really get to interact with them in the way we would like. There are many distractions in life, many unavoidable, so this article serves to highlight how sport can facilitate some quality time with your child in a busy life. If you are able to sign up to something that you can do with your child that is brilliant, not always possible, but it is a great way to interact both physically and emotionally with them. You can bring out a child’s confidence by helping them understand what is going on, the dynamics of a session and communicating with others. Children will try and replicate what they see, both in adults and in other children. Sport is a great opportunity to demonstrate the behaviours you would like to see in your child and lead by example yourself. It is also a great way to demonstrate positive reinforcement of behaviours that you see in other children. In our last article we touched on all the social and emotional benefits that playing sport has for children, and to be able to participate with them and influence that is special. So much of that development happens in school where parents are distanced from it, and we all ask the question, what did you do today and get very little in response. By taking part or spectating your child’s extracurricular activities you get the chance to see first hand what your child is doing and how they are responding to different situations. It’s a

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great chance to both praise and also possibly correct a niggle before they become bad habits. What would your child get from you participating or spectating their sport? Well, the benefits are endless. The confidence it would give a child to know they are supported in their endeavours goes a long way. The quality time spent even travelling to the activity can help initiate conversation that wouldn’t otherwise happen, time without distractions is incredibly valuable. For those children with siblings to get your full attention, or know that you are there for them alone in that moment is incredibly important to a child, even if only for a short

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period of time. It will mean a lot to them and go a long way in building the relationship between you. Whether success in sport, or simply staying healthy and having fun are the motivations, both will be fulfilled more easily if parents play an active role. And what do potentially cold, soggy mornings standing on a side-line mean for parents. Well perhaps not obvious at first, the cold, wet mornings are enough to make anyone hesitate, but the pride you experience is witnessing your child do their best, the chance to have quality time with them and interact on their level, and the knowledge that it makes a difference to your child for you to be there. Who could ask for more!

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Happy New You? want to drown your sorrows in the leftover brie and crackers!

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. Come January the 1st we’ll be starting the year with the determined mindset of Black Friday shoppers! Whether that be to lose weight, stop smoking, give up drinking or take up running - 2018 will definitely be the year!

As we arise on January 1st we can almost feel the first twitching of doubt creep in, after all ‘there’s all that Christmas food still to eat and I hate waste and ‘technically, I’ve already failed as I didn’t stop drinking at midnight/I had a cigarette at 1am/there was that celebration cupcake I ate when I got in!’ We know the drill, I imagine many of us have been there on more than one occasion. The start of the new year is not a good time for me –I get so excited about Christmas, by the time the 1st of January comes around I’m crying into my crunchy nut wondering why my life isn’t like all the Christmas movies I’ve binge watched since October. Yep, your neighbour might be up at 6am on January 1st, donning their new running gear and sprinting off down the road, but does that mean it’s the right time for you to do it? Does it mean you should feel bad because you’re not doing it? Just seeing their Facebook update makes you

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By the time February comes, most of us have given up with our resolutions, but why? • Because our resolutions are unachievable– were you really going to be completely alcohol free, particularly with the upcoming girl’s trip to Tenerife and your partners 40th? • We don’t make our goals clear – I want to lose weight by May doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things! • We give ourselves a hard time every time we go off track. • We don’t actually want to do it! • We let the whole world know what we’re doing and then feel the added pressure of everyone finding out if we haven’t succeeded. • We compare ourselves to others. So, how do we make positive and lasting changes? Read my top tips below for successful change! • Start when you want to! Change can start any time and is going to be much more successful if that time is defined by you. Also, don’t keep waiting for Monday – if you decide you’re going to make a change start then, even if it’s Wednesday – go on be a rebel!

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• Make your goals achievable. Look at your long term goal, for example, I want to lose 2 stone, then break it down. Making one change each week can make a huge difference. If you’re eating 3 biscuits every day, changing that to one biscuit a day would be a manageable change, but still get you towards your goal. • Write your weekly goal somewhere you can see it. I love using post it notes to remind myself of my goals or for motivational quotes. This will help keep you on track.

paper and eating a doughnut at the local café! • Celebrate success, no matter how small! Recognise your achievements. It’s ok to be proud of ourselves. Good luck! and Stay healthy! Leanne x Find me - facebook.com/clubberciseLeanne

• Don’t feel you’ve failed if you lapse. Having that cake yesterday is not going to ruin everything, but if you continued to eat cake every day that probably would affect you. Forget it and get back on track. • Accountability! If you can, find someone who you feel comfortable with to share your goals. Maybe you even have a friend or family member who has set their own goal and you can work together to give encouragement, support and positivity during the tough times. You can even turn to a professional, things like stopping smoking are particularly successful with professional help. • Don’t compare! We are all individuals, with different starting points. Remember, not everything on social media is as it seems – once your neighbour is out of sight you don’t know whether they’re running or reading the

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All About... November was a special month here at Educational Life because we had an extra special guest pay us a visit. Father Christmas had heard that our resident story-teller, Eleanora Fizzle-Wallop did not understand Christmas because it is her first one here on Earth. Now, this just would not do! So Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to pop in and have a chat and answer Eleanora’s questions (see a few of the questions below, for the whole interview go to educational-life.org. What does Christmas mean? Christmas means a time of giving a small gift or something you’ve made with love and trying to make someone else’s life a little better, someone who is worse off than you are. As long as you can do that you’ve celebrated Christmas. That sounds beautiful and very important. Is it a very important time of year? Yes because it is the occasion to MAKE time

for others, to share and to show your love for other people. As someone who has never experienced Christmas, what can I do to get involved? At Christmas time if you can make one smile then you’ve made a difference. Join them in smiling, make someone happy and take away their worries, for even a short spell you’ve spread love and kindness. Joy is infectious! Does it really matter if the children have been well behaved? To a certain extent yes. If they have been naughty then their behaviour affects others and not just themselves and we cannot reward that, but if they are good in their heart and they are kind to others then it can make up for it. Everyone can make mistakes, it is how you make it better that matters. Good manners, gratitude, love and kindness make the difference.

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Father Christmas Father Christmas had to get back to work so left after a quick chocolate and a great big hug but Eleanora had a little bit of time to chat with us. “Wow! Father Christmas was as jolly as I’d heard he was and soooo kind! I really felt like I mattered and I’m going to leave here and make sure I do everything he advised – random acts of kindness show that you care about people and it makes them smile. I can certainly see why Christmas is such an important time of year. I can’t wait to receive my letters from the children to tell me what they’ve been up to make other people smile!” In this season of happiness, spread the good will around, don’t forget to put a glass of milk and a mince pie out for the big man and a carrot for Rudolf...Jingle all the way.

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Educational Life was invited to go to St Lawrence College to discuss recent successes in their cricket.

St Lawrence has a very strong cricket setup, with top coaches and a very talented and dedicated crop of youngsters to work with. The recent addition of Geraint Jones, the former Kent, England and Ashes winning wicketkeeper to their coaching set-up demonstrates the ambitions of the school. An array of sporting talent was on display as basketball teams from primary schools around the Canterbury area competed at the city’s academy sports hall. The event was superbly organised by the Canterbury Academy Sports Partnership with expert assistance from members of the Kent Crusaders Basketball Club. As some teams progressed, others were knocked out and we were eventually left with ‘Bridge A’ playing ‘Blean A’ in the grand final with ‘St Stephens’ and ‘Littlebourne’ battling it out for third place. Bridge prevailing as eventual winners in the final.

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Educational Life East Kent issue 5 Christmas 2017  

Educational Life is a magazine which spreads good news from schools and communities across East Kent. We also include helpful tips, advice,...

Educational Life East Kent issue 5 Christmas 2017  

Educational Life is a magazine which spreads good news from schools and communities across East Kent. We also include helpful tips, advice,...

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