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Editor’s Letter - Spring 2018. Welcome to our first edition of 2018, it seems too late now to say Happy New Year, but since this is the first time I have spoken to you this year I am going to say it anyway – Happy New Year to you all. If you are a new reader or someone who has been following us for a while, I hope you enjoy this edition of Educational Life, we have lots going on this year, so much so we can’t fit it all in the magazine. So, don’t forget to check out our website and social media channels for more information and

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Contents Walking for Jimmy in May

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Your Leisure / GOGA - Competition

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Vattenfall Sponsors Educational Life

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Educational Life in the Community 8-9 Staying safe at Home

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KC Agricultural Society Scholarships

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Shrine of St Augustine ‘Opens for visitors’

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Is there such a thing as a free lunch?

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Wincheap Primary Recieves free kit

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Adults getting back into sport

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Sport Snippets Lets Play - Fun Pages

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Edu Life Kids - Young Reporters update

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Recipe: Heart Butter Biscuits Education Snippets

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Northbourne - Outside Learning

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Think Big Tech - Helping at Luddenham

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Cultivating Awareness of Good Posture

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The F-Word

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Whats On

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My ‘What you Call’ Life

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Rate Card

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Charity For Jimmy’s annual walk ‘Walking for Jimmy’ is back on 26 May 2018. To mark the 10th Anniversary of Jimmy’s death, hundreds of For Jimmy supporters will walk 21 of London’s bridges from Richmond to Tower Bridge. In the last 10 years charity For Jimmy worked tirelessly to build stronger communities for everyone and safer spaces for young people to grow up in.

Will you join us?

Now in its sixth year Walking For Jimmy is going to be bigger and better than ever. Come and join with hundreds of For For Jimmy Jimmy is supporters, Nowusinalong its sixth year Walking going family and friends Saturday 26th May to be bigger and betteron than ever. Come and2018. join To register for a place on please go to www. us along with hundreds ofthe Forwalk Jimmy supporters, forjimmy.org. family and friends on Saturday 26th May 2018. To

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From Richmond to Tower Bridge, in many Sevenforjimmy.org. bridges Family Walktaking starting at of London’s iconic sights on the way the walk is Southbank Centre (4 miles) a great way to to Tower help usBridge, raise money Jimmy – From Richmond takingFor in many helping us create the types ofway communities of London’s iconic sights on the the walk we is all want to live in. us raise money For Jimmy – a great way to help

Fourteen bridges walking from Putney helping us create the types of communities we all Bridge You between 21, 14 or 7 bridges -pick want to can live choose in. (13 miles) your distance and get walking for Jimmy. You can choose between 21, 14 or 7 bridges -pick the end of theget walk celebrate success at our yourAt distance and walking for your Jimmy.

finish event; refreshments, music and more to hosted bridges from Richmond Tower Walking For Jimmy started in 2013 to Twenty-one atend PwC, More London Riverside, London At the of7the walk celebrate your success atSE1 our2RT. Bridge (22 miles) celebrate whatP would have been Jimmy’s finish event; refreshments, music and more hosted 020 8852 7855 For Jimmy Looking forward seeing London you on SE1 the2RT. walk – T @forjimmyHQ 2nd Floor, Leegate House at PwC, 7 More London to Riverside, 21st birthday. Hundreds of supporters walked register now and secure your place. E hello@forjimmy.org Burnt Ash Road P 020 8852 7855 For Jimmy W forjimmy.org London SE12 8RG Start Times: Looking forward to seeing you on the walk – across 21 of London’s bridges and the event T @forjimmyHQ 2nd Floor, Leegate House register now and secure your place. E hello@forjimmy.org Burnt Ash Road Twenty-one bridges: 8.30 9.15 has grown year-on-year ever since. Walking W forjimmy.org London SE12 8RG For Jimmy is a chance to join For Jimmy’s Fourteen bridges: 13:00 - 14:00 growing community of supporters, to raise Seven bridges: 14:00 - 15:00 awareness across the city and help support their work on making communities safer for How To Sign up: Please visit children and young adults. forjimmy.org/walking-for-jimmy/ Registered charity number 1156974

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There are three routes to choose from all ending at Tower Bridge, with the shortest route being family friendly and we welcome parents with children.

The Educational Life team are already in training to support this fabulous event again in 2018, last year was such a rewarding experience we can’t wait to take part again this year, we hope to see you there.

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Create a Cartoon Competition

Fabulous Art Case up for grabs Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a new project aimed at getting the people of Thanet more active and we are looking for budding cartoonists to help spread the word about the project using cartoons. Your challenge is to create a 4 panel cartoon (like the one below) to tell a short story of ‘how people avoid being active’ here’s an example below: 5:30pm

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Gareth & Audrey love nothing more than watching some TV after school...

Although Gareth knows he’ll get into trouble if his homework isn’t done...

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But Gareth soon forgets when dinner is served in front of the TV...

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TV-Tel wins again, with his hypnotic grip over all of the GOGA family!

For full details on how to enter please visit: www.gogathanet.co.uk/GOGAfamily Closing date for entries: Saturday 31st March 2018.

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IN THE COMMUNITY The Work Going On At Educational Life CIC

Happy birthday to us, Happy birthday to us… it’s our first birthday and we are celebrating! We are also looking over the last year to see how far we have come. It has been a rollercoaster, mostly fun, sometimes stressful but as always, we are continuing to learn, learning something new every day. This is our 6th edition of Educational Life, we have distributed throughout Thanet and Canterbury, linked with over 120 schools, and helped over 50 different companies to share their businesses with our community.

Bunnings - We have enjoyed running ‘A good old Aussie Sausage Sizzle’. Thanet Wanderers RUFC – We are proud sponsors. Your Leisure – We have a fantastic ongoing relationship. Little People UK / DSAUK – Meeting Warwick Davis and his wife, Sammy at a charity event. (I still can’t believe it) Warwick follows us. NHS – We discussed working together to report good news and pass on health information and updates. Kent Youth County Council – We are looking forward to seeing this working relationship develop as we expand across Kent

Our Website is always being updated, with new articles every day and we are fully interactive on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube… so come check us out and find out more about us! Over the past year we have met, worked with and formed partnerships with some amazing people, here are a few of our highlights;

Kent Childrens University – We are delighted to be a validated learning destination. Kent County Council – We have met with various departments, all of whom are very supportive of the work we do. Newington Big Local – We discussed working together to share the good things this group are doing within their community.

For Jimmy – We follow and support Barry and Margaret and work closely together with the For Jimmy Foundation. Diabetes UK – At QEQM for the awareness morning. 8

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Aspinall Foundation – We were treated to a Safari experience, after meeting with the marketing team Broadstairs Folk Week We were delighted to be given the opportunity to report on events during the week. Margate FC – We have visited the club a number of times, reporting on charity matches and a high profile Ladies’ match against West Ham.

The Gym Group – We are hoping to work with Matt and his team more in the future. Youth Central – We met Alison and discussed, at length, how we could benefit each other by working closely to share good news. Margate Task Force – The multi-agency group do so much for our local communities and we are looking forward to being able to share their positive news. We would like to thank everyone involved in these organisations for being so receptive and enthusiastic when we have met or spoken, and we are all looking forward to seeing what the future may bring.

Vattenfall – Ongoing projects have led to us and Melanie from Vattenfall working closely together and we look forward to what the future may bring this partnership. MY Trust – As we grow, this relationship should really benefit all of us. TRYAngle – It was our pleasure to be invited to the annual TRYAngle awards in Ashford. Canterbury City Council – We are all looking forward to working with the Council this year to promote their positive news stories. ROC Thanet – This is going to be a huge project for lots of community groups in Thanet. CAP – Another long-term partnership, That has already led to a number of other opportunities for us and we are really looking forward to developing the relationship.

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Safe House Top Tips Thanet Children’s Centres

For most of us our homes are where we feel safe. However, most accidents happen at home, more than anywhere else. More than two million children under the age of fifteen are injured in and around the home every year. Let’s reduce that figure! I’m sure, as parents, you can identify with how easily children can find a hazard in the house, before you’ve spotted it yourself! Here are some everyday hazards and the steps you can take to create a safe environment for your children: Hot drinks - be sure to keep hot drinks out of the reach of children. You’ll be surprised how far a child can stretch to get something if they want it! A hot drink stays hot enough to burn a child for 15 minutes. Hair straighteners/curlers - Keep hot appliances away from children, preferably up high, with wires out of the way. Teenagers in the house? Let them know too! Fire - ensure you have a smoke alarm fitted & regularly check to see if it’s working. Did you know Kent Fire & Rescue will do a free fire safety check at your home? Prepare an escape plan and practice it with the children – make a fun game out of it! 999 - if your children are old enough, teach them to contact the emergency services in the event of an incident. It can also be helpful to have a list of relative’s 10

phone numbers they can ring in case of an emergency. Medicines and chemicals - install locks on cupboards holding medicines, cleaning products and chemicals. To young children the bright colours of cleaning products are very appealing. Windows - where is your furniture in relation to your windows? Free the sofa from the responsibility and invest in window locks! Secure any blind cords or chains up and out of the way. Garden - regularly check that your garden fences, walls and gates. If you have a pond fence it off or fill it in until your children are older. Check your garden for poisonous plants and berries. Keep garden tools and chemicals out of reach and locked away. Choking - children choke on a range of items, with food being the most common. A choking baby may not always make a noise so make sure you watch them when eating and keep small objects out of reach. As children get older make sure they sit down when eating and are not running about. Falls - children see everything as a challenge! Use straps on highchairs and push chairs, invest in stair gates and be aware of your baby being able to use toys as an aid to get out of their cot! Just take a few moments to have a quick check around your home tonight and see if there’s anything that you might need to put in place to keep your family safe.

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KENT COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS START THEIR SECOND TERM AT UNIVERSITY

Scholarship students, the Kent Rural Scholars, will be starting their second terms at university in January after receiving funding from the Kent County Agricultural Society. As part of its mission to encourage education and research in agriculture and related industries, the Society awards scholarships to three students every year who will be starting a degree course in these areas. The 2017/18 scholarships were awarded to Guillaume Franklin, Clio Rudgard-Redsell and Hamish Elliott who, together with last years students, are the Kent Rural Scholars. Guillaume Franklin is studying for a degree in Agriculture at Harper Adams University. Speaking of his first term at university, Guillaume Franklin said: “So far coming to Harper Adams University, my knowledge and understanding have increased dramatically in only a short space of time. Using the facilities such as the soil hall, AHDB research plots, dairy and the new labs has been exciting.”

Hamish Elliott is taking a gap year before starting his course on Agricultural and Farm Management at the Royal Agricultural University. Hamish is spending his time working on farms and said: “I have really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot of valuable knowledge and wisdom you can’t get from a book.” Working on these farms, Hamish has learnt about integrating dairy and arable farming and helped to manage fruit pickers and cold stores. With the new Kent Rural Scholars settling into their first year of study, applications for the 2018/19 scheme have now opened. Students who are a resident of Kent at the time of application, are aged between 18 and 25, and will be studying for a full-time college or university degree in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, equine, or veterinary and animal management are all eligible to apply.

Clio Rudgard-Redsell is studying Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham. During her first term of university, she has particularly enjoyed learning about the musculoskeletal system and practical lessons on animal handling.

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The Shrine of St Augustine and the National Pugin Centre Ramsgate The place where St Augustine landed and Pugin lived. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the friends of St Augustine’s and members of the local community a £1.2 million restoration project has been beautifully done. Now the Visitor and Education Centre at the stunning shrine of St Augustine’s Ramsgate are encouraging not only school groups but you and your family to visit to learn more about St Augustine and Augustus Pugin. Did you know that Pugin built the Church at St Augustine’s at the same time he was designing the new Houses of Parliament and Big Ben? Whilst you are here you can discover more about the fascinating lives of St Augustine and Pugin in the interactive Visitor centre; the expert guides are always on hand to help you engage with your surroundings. There is a first-class audio tour and family discovery trail available, along with a choice of film screenings for you to learn from and enjoy. A recent Educational programme has been introduced, linked to the National Curriculum and covering many learning objectives, giving a fantastic opportunity for schools to use this living history opportunity to cover all subjects. There is an ever-changing programme of exhibitions in the cloisters, including artefacts from the V&A and other renowned collections.

Whilst you are there you are encouraged to explore this working church, chapels, cloisters and hidden garden and immerse yourself in the peace and prayerfulness of the surroundings. Thousands of visitors visit each year to learn more about St Augustine and Augustus Pugin and to admire the church Pugin considered his greatest achievement. There is something there for everyone, art, beauty, architecture, tranquillity and inspiration.


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Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

Education is one of our core values at Business Computer Solutions. About 18 months ago we started hosting Lunch and Learn sessions with the aim of bringing value and education to Kent based businesses.

Free?

These sessions are completely free and are open to all. It really is a first come first served basis and you do not have to be a BCS customer to attend. A light lunch is also included.

What topics do we cover?

They cover a wide range of topics such as GDPR, time management, and a variety of sales and marketing topics.

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How can you book on?

All our Lunch and Learns can be found on the Eventbrite website or you can email us at lunchandlearn@bcs365.co.uk These sessions have proven hugely popular so booking in advance is essential. We hope to see you soon at our next event. The team here at Educational Life have been very fortunate to attend three sessions taught by BCS now and the value of them is unquantifiable. It is a pleasure to share a community with a company who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with others whilst cultivating relationships. They share our ethos and we’d like to extend our thanks for their support and help.

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Wincheap Foundation Primary School are thrilled to receive Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment Pupils and staff from Wincheap Foundation Primary school in Canterbury are celebrating after being awarded a Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment pack.

Freedman also helped to create the teaching packs, which use real life sport examples to put lessons into a relevant and engaging context for children.

The pack contains countless useful training equipment from: footballs, mini goals, cones, captain’s arm band, mats, dice, hoops, bean bags… which will be a tremendous help in delivering football training and clubs within the school.

Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League and Football Foundation Trustee, said: “Congratulations to Wincheap Foundation Primary School on their successful application for a Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment pack. We hope this kit, coupled with the free downloadable online resources, will help teachers harness the popularity of football to inspire primary school kids in everything from Maths and English to teamwork and sport.”

The Kit and Equipment Scheme forms part of the Premier League Primary Stars offer to primary schools in England and Wales. This is a curriculum-linked education programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and its clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme gives teachers a range of equipment that can be used across different curriculum areas to get children active.

Mr Richard Cowell, coach of the boys school team, and Mr Karl Sutcliffe, coach of the girls school team said: “This pack is full of wonderful, useful equipment which we didn’t have and are already enjoying using in our after school football clubs. Thank you Premier League.”

Also available is a free downloadable suite of resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE. The easy-to-use materials have been developed in partnership with education organisations including the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association. Mathematician Rachel Riley and children’s authors Cressida Cowell and Dan

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Adults Getting Back Into Sport

If children can take part in activities and play sport why can’t adults?

How often do you hear these phases? ‘I used to play but haven’t got time now’ ‘I’d love to give it a go but …………………’ ‘I wish I could, but I think I’m too old’ Following on from our last article about ‘Spectating, it’s a parent’s game’ we want to look at how adults can participate, and many get the idea from seeing their children or family members participate and clubs/ organisations will try to entice you to come along and give it ago yourself. Sport England wants to give everyone the opportunity to take part, whatever your standard, experience or the speed you can move at; Sport England’s own words are: ‘Our vision is that everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability.’ There are many initiatives out there now for all ages to give different sports and activities a go or to get back into a sport that you may have given up years ago. For the younger generations there are so many it is a battle to sometimes fit them all in. For the older generation or those with health issues the speed of the activity can be reduced to walking pace. National Governing Bodies of Sport have recognised the need to adapt games to suit all levels of participation. Many clubs & organisations now understand and accommodate the different levels of participation

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from those playing at the weekend and it is taking up the whole day, to I can play but cannot hang around for too long due to say family/work commitments, to those who want to participate but have not got the time or desire to participate at the weekend. For those who play regularly they should have the opportunity to train during the week with the likelihood that sessions are available with a coach leading the training. These sessions could be very daunting for an absolute beginner or someone trying to get back into the sport. So many clubs & organisations now provide sessions that are arranged during the week to allow to these people to take part. Many of these are initiatives put forward by the National Governing Bodies of the various sports/activities. If a session is run well the participants should be made to feel welcome, understand what is being delivered by the coach, what is expected of them and the coach should understand the needs of the participants, oh yes and it should be fun! Hopefully you should soon realise that you wish you had done this earlier and see the benefits of participating. What are the benefits? Well there is the health

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side, get active although sometimes your body might tell you otherwise after the first few sessions, but persist! Then there is the social side, confidence boosting and a chance to do something for yourself for a change. If you have children, hopefully you will have more of a chance of being competitive when participating with them at home or in the park and help them to improve. Who knows you could end up being a qualified coach/ instructor!

You never know how good you can be? I have spoken to people who did not start playing a sport until in their 40s and have gone on the represent their country in that sport a few years later. So, whatever your excuse has been, ‘get active’ get back into that sport/activity or try something new. Ask around, search online, ask your local community centre there will be something going on locally.

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Sport Celebrating Local Sport

School children from years 1-6 and their PE staff were invited along to the Ursuline College for the ‘key steps gymnastics development festival’. The event was great fun and very dynamic from start to finish. After a group warmup, the four schools – St Nicholas-at-Wade, Priory Infants, Ellington Infants and St Joseph’s – were coached through the Key Steps program by their own staff, under the expert guidance of Mesia Willis, one of the coaches from Greenhill Gymnastics Club, Herne Bay. TSKA Palm Bay Tiger Cub Karate Club. palm Bay Primary School.

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Year 8 teams from schools around Thanet competed for the honour of being crowned ‘Thanet Secondary Dodgeball Champions’. The annual tournament took place at the impressive facilities of Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour Academy and featured schools from across the Isle. Each school fielded two teams which played in separate Round Robins to qualify for the finals. Every school playing was out to win… there was no ‘making up the numbers’. The finals were played by St George’s A-Team were to play Dane Court B Team for third place and Dane Court A-Team were to compete with CCGS A-Team for the prestigious title. Eventually, Dane Court A-Team were crowned Thanet Secondary Dodgeball Champions 2018. Congratulations to Dane Court who were convincing winners in both the Girls’ and Boys’ competition, winning the overall Secondary school’s tournament in the process. We wish them luck for next summer, as they represent Thanet in the Kent School Games Finals. Well done to all the other schools that attended for pushing the winners so hard. In the primary competition, there were a number of different activities, with the school teams competing in a Girls’ Tournament, a Boy’s Tournament and, ultimately, for the Overall Winners’ Shield. Upton Junior School A-Team were crowned champions with a clean sweep across the competition.

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Snippets CANTERBURY STUDENTS SHOW OFF SPEED STACKING SKILLS Primary school pupils from around Canterbury attended the speed stacking tournament at Canterbury Academy. The event was organised by the academy’s sorts partnership and featured many schools from the Canterbury district. The competition itself was very well organised, with the Young Sports Leaders from Canterbury Academy ensuring the afternoon went ahead without a hitch. They really were fantastic and a credit to their school. The young competitors all took the competition side of the event seriously and you could see the anticipation and excitement in their faces as they attempted to beat their personal bests to notch up points for their teams.

After a series of different Speed Stacking challenges, the results were announced. The pupils applauded each team as their individual positions were announced and a floor-slapping drum roll built up the suspense nicely as each age group’s winner was announced. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a huge Educational Life “Well Done” to the winning teams from Blean Primary School and Barham C of E Primary School.

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Dave & Eddie are looking for Young Reporters

Young Reporters is an amazing opportunity for budding young people to have their stories, photos, jokes, reviews and much more published in dedicated areas of our website and magazine. Anyone contributing will automatically become one of our official ‘Young Reporters’ and will have the opportunity to have their content shared in our magazine and on their own dedicated section of our website and Social Media. We are approaching schools, colleges, youth organisations and sports clubs to find out if they would like to nominate their own ‘correspondents’ to release press statements and keep us informed of the great things they are doing. In addition, individuals can become ‘freelance’ Young Reporters and report on the topics that interest them. This can be anything from movie reviews and photography to blogs on the latest fads and crazes. Eddie, the editor at ‘Edu-Life Kids’ is now recruiting and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in this fantastic opportunity to join our team. We would really like to share all the great things that young people are getting up to and hear their opinions on the things that influence and affect them. If any schools, clubs or organisations would like more information on how they can be involved, Dave, our Schools & Community Liaison, will be happy to arrange a visit.

2018, Dave had spent seventeen years working in secondary education in Thanet as a Sports Coach and in Pastoral and Behaviour management. During this period, he managed a highly respected, successful, award-winning ‘Young Sports Leaders’ scheme, training young students to organise and deliver a wide range of sporting activities to Primary and Secondary school groups. Dave intends to replicate, and surpass, this success with our new ‘Young Reporters’ scheme “Edu-Life Kids’. This scheme will enable young people from around Kent (and beyond) to share their stories, views and experiences with their peers. Dave and the rest of the Educational Life team are really excited about this project and can’t wait to hear what our ‘Young Reporters’ have to say.

Dave has worked with young people for nearly thirty years, firstly in the Leisure Industry then within the Education Sector. Whilst working in Leisure Centres, Dave was responsible for the running of all school holiday activity and coaching programs as well as the management of the centres. Before joining Educational Life in September

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Year 4 pupils from St Laurence Junior School set up and ran their own museum, exhibiting artefacts they have found at their recent archaeological dig, where they explored two pits on the school playing fields. Not only had they learnt how to be budding archaeologists for the day, but how to carefully remove, record, identify and exhibit a range of artefacts. They carefully labelled and presented their finds, then exhibited many pieces of their follow up work. Children in Broadstairs have taken a magical history tourback in aid of Victorian Day. Year 5 pupils and staff at Upton Junior School dressed in period costume as they explored what life was like for children and their families in the 19th century. Head of year 5 Nicola Sedgewick said: “We looked at Victorian life as part of our topic work. The children enjoyed a whole range of activities through the day including sewing a Victorian style sampler and creative decoupage. International stars from the world of art, music, drama and dance are the inspiration for the names of the school house system at Ramsgate Arts Primary. They are award-winning contemporary artist Tracey Emin who comes from Margate (Emin House); acclaimed dancer, writer and television celebrity Darcey Bussell (Bussell House); broadcaster, actor, DJ, and musician Idris Elba (Elba House); and choral conductor and broadcaster Gareth Malone (Malone House). Young spelling supremos were rarely lost for words when Chilton Primary school, Ramsgate, held it’s first spelling bee challenge of this school year. In the end, it came down to sudden death between two pupils, with Mac from Year 6 taking the title just ahead of Finley from Year 3. Both received a certificate and gifts of stationery items. All of the infant children came together to say thank you to Buddy the Golden Retriever for another lovely year. He is reception class’ pet at St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary school, Ramsgate. They all met him on their first day of schoolback on the 5th September and he became their friend and caring companion, he will always listen to their joys and sorrows without complaint

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Children at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate are inspired by men and women who have demonstrated different types of courage against the odds. Each year group explored a different Champion of Courage, learnt about their background and the way they faced their own adversity, and then wrote about them in the role of that person. “The tree acknowledges and celebrates how every day each of us show courage in so many different ways.” Poetry has been brought to life on stage with a special performance by children at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs. The Year 5 group have been inspired by a diverse range of poets who they have explored as part of their literacy learning. Their performance poetry recital for family and friends in a packed main hall was described as, “A fantastic celebration of the many and varied styles of poetry the pupils have been enjoying” The Reception class group at Ramsgate Arts Primary School stared in awe and amazement as the past they were learning about came to life. At first, the children were unsure but gradually they hugged, cuddled, even kissed the young king from the Cretaceous Period and finally posed for pictures with their new friend. “It was brilliant meeting Pete and seeing the dinosaurs. It was a bit scary at first because he seemed so big but he was good fun and we hugged him and had our pictures taken with him. It was a great lesson.” A love of books and stories means pupils at Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate are never lost for words. To celebrate this the school has declared the next 12 months as Newington’s Year of Reading 2018, where children and teachers will further explore its already high-profile literacy drive. Head Teacher Cliff Stokes said: “Teaching children to read is our job, developing a love of reading is our passion.” Read more from these stories on our website

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In addition to their usual curriculum, RAPS pupils have joined in a series of workshops with BTec Music students from East Kent College at Broadstairs. They discovered a range of different percussion styles and time signatures playing African djembes, tambourines, hand drums and shakers. Simon Nobbs, from East Kent College, said: “Working with the RAPS children is a very important part of our students’ learning for their BTec qualification. It is a great opportunity for them to develop their community music skills. Thanet South MP, Craig Mackinlay, visited staff and Goverors at St Ethelberts Catholic Primary School to present them with the prestigious Goverors Mark Certificate. The award of Governor Mark is a National award to show that school governing bodies are ‘outstanding’ in their governorship of a school. There are 5 criteria areas to pass with a huge variety of evidence to be proved. The 12 members of the governing team are delighted that all their hard work has been recognised and rewarded with the National Prestigious Governor award.

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A pioneering peer mediation scheme run by 12 year 5 pupils is underway at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate. They were introduced to the school at a special assembly. The mediators said: “We learnt a lot at the training sessions and it was really useful to have examples of the type of things we may face. Our aim is to make sure that all our pupils have a happy lunchtime in the playground and that any problems are solved quickly and fairly.” Congratulations as Haddon Dene rated ‘GOOD’ in all areas in latest OFSTED inspection report. After a disappointing inspection last year, measures had been put in place by head teacher, Miss Hatch, and her fantastic team to ensure improvements could be made in all areas of the school’s operation. It appears that the Ofsted representatives agreed, and the school was given a rating of ‘Good’ in all areas in their latest inspection.

The pupils of the joint council of Viking Academy Trust have been on an educational fact-finding tour. The representatives toured Chilton Primary at Ramsgate in small groups, armed with clipboards and taking notes of what they really liked about the school, what they felt would benefit the other schools, and what they thought could be improved. Mrs Lewis said: “The delegates did a fantastic job. They take their roles very seriously and came up with a whole range of positive observations that staff at each school will consider.

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Northbourne Park Outdoor Education

In a busy world where modern technology is making information and communication faster and more and more accessible, it is important to reflect on the lessons children are learning in school. How can we ensure they remain grounded as they move through these formative years before facing the pressures of the wider world? At Northbourne Park School the established o u t d o o r education programme is designed to complement the academic classes indoors. Every child at Northbourne Park from Nursery to Year 8 has outdoor education classes. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 the children have Forest School lessons while the older children follow the outdoor education programme aptly called Leadership. Using the 100 acres of the school grounds, that includes woodland and parkland, the children participate in a wide range of activities that become more and more challenging as they move up through the school. These activities include animal tracking, bird spotting, den building, first-aid training, survival skills and camp fire making. For the senior pupils

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these culminate in a residential trip to the Ardeche Valley in France where they complete a week’s kayaking course.

Naturally teamwork and problem-solving are key elements of the lessons and staff at the school regularly see these skills being transferred back into the classroom resulting in the raising of standards and motivation across the curriculum. In addition, every child improves in their personal, social and emotional development. It goes without saying that all of these activities are met with enthusiasm from the children, maintaining a vital sense of fun for learning. In this fast moving world, the children at Northbourne Park are in touch with the world around them.

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Think Big Tech - Helping Teachers Teach at Luddenham

Educational Life has teamed up with local IT company Think Big Tech to highlight the plight of Luddenham school in Faversham who, unbelievably, is the last school in Kent to have a viable internet connection. This issue first came to our attention when ‘Think Big Tech’ donated a shiny new laptop to Luddenham Primary School in late 2017 after the school won a FREE prize draw at the EDUKent show. As he presented the laptop to the school, Think Big Tech’s Chris was surprised to find out that their internet download speed was approximately 2Mbps shared across the entire school. Luddenham Primary is by all accounts the only school in Kent that does NOT have fast broadband. The school seems to have exhausted all known avenues to get their internet upgraded. I recently visited the school and spoke with Headteacher, Keeley Wilson, who said … “I have been at Luddenham for a year now and, since my arrival, we have investigated having masts in neighbour’s gardens and were quoted £100 000 to have a fibre optic trench dug. These options are just not viable. So, we have taken the bull by the horns and invited in our local councillor from KCC to discuss our issues. It turns out that we are the last school in Kent to receive efficient internet. Once we are connected, Kent will be able to say that all schools are connected. We are currently waiting to see if we have made it

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to the next priority list for efficient broadband speed from BT. If we are successful we may get some financial help to get connected. Let’s wait and see. We are still looking at an 18 month to two year wait to get connected,

and that’s if this project get started soon. My children are managing to code as part of their curriculum but, as you can imagine, this is very tricky and can only operate 16 laptops at one time. My children cannot experience any live streaming, and any video clips to stimulate and support teaching and learning must all be downloaded away from school. I am dependent on my superb teachers to prepare digital stimuli at home. Even the running of school admin is challenged daily, with slow online payment systems and connections. We really need help to connect us up to the world, so my children can receive a first-class ICT curriculum.” Unfortunately, to date, all attempts to find an alternative solution or to speed up the process have proved unfruitful. ‘Think Big Tech’ are heavily involved in the Education Sector and feel compelled to help raise awareness of the school’s plight in an attempt to speed up the current broadband, upgrade applications they have in place before the student’s education is possibly permanently affected. Educational Life are happy to help in this quest. Chris told me “Through technical advances and ensuring that Schools’ ICT is operating as it should, our aim within the education sector is to help teachers to teach and students to learn. Our schools’ support includes everything a school needs to technically succeed; including Classroom Assistance, Onsite Tech, remote Support, Strategy & ICT Business Planning, plus as a new incentive we hope to soon be launching Class Room Coding Clubs that will be part of the ICT Curriculum.”

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I am on a mission to raise awareness of good posture and spread the seeds of good postural habits It’s what we do when we introduce teeth brushing! We start early, explain what it is, why they need it and how to do it. We also lead by example until it’s a habit. When it comes to posture education, it isn’t any different. Here are 7 ways to start introducing posture education at home:

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In this age of technology, it is paramount to introduce posture education in schools and homes. The damaging effects of poor posture on the body and mind are far too great to be ignored.

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posture e.g. are they sitting so low that they can’t reach the table properly? You can easily fix this with cushions. Their feet should be flat and grounded on something. •When they play with your mobile phone, teach them to bring the phone up in the direction of the eyes and not to drop the head towards the device. •Restrict screen time – the human body isn’t designed to sit down for too long. Encourage movement. •Be the example; children are more likely to do what you do than what you say. Learn how posture works so that you can teach yourself and your children with confidence.

• Start it as early as possible, ideally when they sit on a chair for the first time. •Avoid chairs for as long as possible – toddlers prefer sitting on the floor; encourage that for as long as you can. •Encourage them to do more of what they do at home standing (they already sit a lot in school). •At the dinner table, make the right conditions for your child to maintain good

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Written by Leanne Hawker

Did you know that by the 2nd week in February most of us have given up on our new years resolutions altogether? Why? Because we set unrealistic goals, impossible standards and a lot of the time just don’t want to do it! In the last issue we looked at how to set more realistic goals and maybe some of you have managed to do this and stay on track with whatever you set out to do this year. If you have, then well done and keep going. For most of us we’re already in a slump, feeling like we are walking around with a big fat ‘F’ over our heads – F for Failure! This can start the ‘what’s the point’ thought process. We start beating ourselves up, putting ourselves down; “I can’t stick to anything”; “I put on half a pound this week and I’ve been so good?” as we reach for the half price, jam filled, chocolate coated with extra sprinkles, doughnuts in the supermarket. The problem is that we are bombarded with pictures of ‘Sally’ who lost 5 stone in a month and now has a physique to rival that of… someone with a very good physique and is filling up intsagram with pictures of her and her pancake flat stomach frolicking in waves in a variety or bikinis that she ‘didn’t feel confident enough to wear before’. Or Jim who spent just one week on a healthy diet and exercise plan at home without any equipment and now has a six pack and thighs you could crush a python with! Ok maybe I’m exaggerating slightly, but the point I’m trying to make is that changes are

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sold as so easy now that when we don’t achieve the same miracle transformations we are left feeling deflated and once again… like FAILURES! So, what can we do? Firstly, lets be realistic – change takes time and the internet lies. You’ll know this if you’ve ever googled ‘celebrity dress sizes’ or ‘I have a headache symptom checker’. Now, going back to ‘Sally’, her fast transformation is probably completely unsustainable. She probably hasn’t seen her friends in forever as she can’t eat out or enjoy a G & T and can now only be found sobbing in

between selfies. Jim has had to leave the darts team and lives off chicken and rice. He can often be found just driving round and round McDonalds drive thru just for the smell. Sound appealing? Despite the speed in which they have made these changes, there will have been a lot of sacrifice and it’s almost near on impossible to maintain in the long run. Becoming healthier and fitter is about small changes over time, often longer than we would like maybe, but it really is the only way. Small changes mean we don’t feel deprived. Being healthy is about being able to live life after all and I firmly believe that the journey should be that way too. Turn those negative thoughts around. Ok, so you had a biscuit on non-biscuit Friday,

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t al He h negative thoughts overshadow all the good we do, we’ll never get anywhere and we find ourselves in a destructive spiral. We don’t have to be building empires to praise ourselves. This way of thinking can be applied to anything. Digging deep is sometimes necessary, but you’ll find a positive somewhere! Strike failure from the dictionary! Do you think that successful people haven’t had times when they’ve felt like failures? All that we do is a learning opportunity, sometimes we learn from it, sometimes we don’t immediately, but either way it s an opportunity. Maybe a change needs to happen to allow success – is your goal achieveable, what else is going on in your life that could be impacting on you? If you’ve read this article and are wondering how this relates to health and fitness, (where’s the how to do a squat picture?), then remember that a lot of our wellness is about the mind. Without the right mindset the changes we hope to make are 10x harder, start with the mind and the rest will follow! Stay healthy, Leanne x

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Educational Life East Kent issue 6 Spring 2018  

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 6 Spring 2018  

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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