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Kent School Games 2018

Editor’s Letter - July / August 2018 Welcome to the latest edition of Educational Life magazine and the last of the academic year. We hope it has been a fantastic year for you, it has for us, as well as many of our clients and guest writers, in particular Leanne, who we must congratulate on winning her award.

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Contents My ‘What You Call’ Life


Vattenfall - Summer at the Windfarm Where are they now? Class of 2004


Festibility receives the ‘Thumbs Up’


Fruit Recipe plus £20 meal voucher


Become a Young Reporter


WHATS ON during July and August 2018


Play Time


St Ethelberts Head Retires


10th Anniversary of Kent School Games


PasSport Inaugural Award Ceremony


10 simple ways to protect your child


It’s getting Hot in Here!


Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

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Summer at a wind farm Summer is a busy time at our Kent wind farms. It’s when our general maintenance programme for the turbines kicks in (like when you take a car for a service at the garage). Why? It’s the time of year where we expect it to be least windy, so you’ll see much more vessel activity on calmer days. We asked James Butler, a technician on the wind farm, to tell us a bit about what type of maintenance they do A maintenance plan is in place for every single one of our turbines to make sure each one has a thorough service every year. We need to protect and maintain the outside and the inside of the turbines. The generator sits at the top of the tower (in the nacelle) and this is where the energy from the wind is converted into electricity. It has lots of different parts which have to be

checked regularly and replaced if necessary. The coolest job is probably inspecting the blades. The blades turn cogs (just like a bicycle) which mixes up copper and magnets creating what we call ’magnetic flux’. The result of this is electricity (ask your science teacher). We also need to protect the leading edges of the blades using a special paint. It’s not a job for you if you are don’t like heights. Rain and dust particles can cause wear so it’s important that we protect our blades.

Jennifer Munns

Lightning Radar

Hi Jennifer, could you tell us a bit about your role?

use most is the Short Range Certificate for the Marine radio; this allows me to talk to the vessels.

The first thing I’ll do every time a member of the team is planning to go out to service a turbine is to check the conditions at sea – from the actual wave height from the Radar on the offshore substation to the weather forecast of the day and the lightning forecast risk. I’ll continue monitoring the conditions all day. I’m the communication link between the offshore operations and the onshore Vattenfall office. I will be first one to hear if we have an incident offshore and trigger our emergency procedures. I have two emergency buttons – they alert the response teams who would come straight to the Marine Control office. What happens in bad weather? Keeping track on the weather conditions is so important and we have a state of the art tool that we use, which even tracks potential lightning activity right across Europe. When lightning strikes within the outside ring (red circle on the computer image above) a very loud noise sounds from my computer (which I have it set to the sound of lightning). I have heard it several times but it still makes me jump out of my seat. What qualifications and experience do you need for your role?

What else is happening this summer? Coast Explorer Environmental Programme This summer we are going to be busy on Reculver beach with our Coast Explorer Project. Our 2018 programme includes a two minute beach clean and we look at the impact plastic is having in our oceans. We also do school visits. If you would like Melanie to visit your school, please contact her on the details below. Folk Week, Broadstairs Come and say hello and paint with us. This year we want you to paint and design a poster which will make people think about looking after the environment. If you are interested finding out more about our work in the area, please contact Melanie Rogers on: T 07817 944359

You need to have marine training or background. Most marine controllers have been skippers previously, however I’m a sailor. I did many qualifications to help me 7 a job in the industry. The qualification I

WHERE ARE THEY The Worst School in the Country? How negative perceptions helped shape the futures of the ‘Class of 2004’ In 2003, The Ramsgate School gained infamy when it was placed in ‘Special Measures’ after successive poor exam results led to it being labelled ‘The worst school in the country’. The press, both local and national, were quick to respond and the school suffered months of negative headlines and opinions. Speculation over the future of the school was rife as changes to the school’s leadership were swiftly implemented. But there was one group of people for whom this label was going to have a massive, and long-lasting impact … the students. I began working at The Ramsgate School in 2001 and within a year found myself as part of the School’s Pastoral and Behaviour Support Team, working with Key Stage 4 students. By the time the school was placed in Special Measures, I had just started working with a new cohort … the ‘Class of 2004’. As the negative headlines began appearing, it became apparent to me that these young students were really going to be ‘up against it’ as they made their way into the adult world. I lost count of the number of conversations I had early on with youngsters who genuinely 8

believed they were being written off. I was really concerned as to the long-term effects of this on these students, but my concerns were quickly allayed as something quite special began to happen. Whether you want to call it a ‘siege mentality’ or just put it down to a positive resilience, these young people really started to pull together. The sense of community within the year group was fantastic and, as changes occurred throughout the school, the support they were able to give to each other was fantastic. So, how does this all effect these young people? How did these negative headlines and perceptions shape their lives? And where are they now? I recently caught up with some of the ‘Class of 2004’ and asked those exact questions. In 2003, I joined a number of staff in taking a group of students to Barcelona for a residential trip. It is a group of these students that I wish to focus upon, although I could have equally chosen any number of students from this year group.


“Where am I now...? I’m not quite sure how to start this. Well, I didn’t grow up with much, I lived on a council estate and I ended up “in the worst secondary school in the country” after

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missing out on grammar school by a hairs width! You could say there wasn’t much going for me. I can tell you what I did have: An incredible mother, amazing friends, an inner drive to be something “When I grow up” and a few teachers that genuinely cared and really wanted me to succeed. School was hard for me, I struggled academically even though I kept being told “You could do so well if you applied yourself”, I always found it hard to concentrate and control inner anger issues, and I also carried a “reputation” I was uncomfortable with to be completely honest. Outside of school... You could say I was choosing the wrong path with certain things and could have ended up in a very different place than where I am today. There are a few things that got me through the “worst school in the country” Some incredibly dedicated, hardworking teachers with patience of saints that genuinely gave a damn about us and the best thing - my friends at school. What an incredible bunch of amazing people that made me who I am today. The only thing I left school with was a promise to myself that I would make something of myself and that I would achieve what an 11yr old me said I would. In between cleaning toilets down Ramsgate seafront, Christmas temp at Asda, being a postman, bin man, fork lift driver and quitting my job, selling my car and getting a one way ticket out of this country one thing I did was have a belief in myself, not give up or shy from hard work and I chased my dream! By the time I am 30yrs old I will: Have a family, earn £30,000 A year and own my own home. I have that, and I am living proof hard work, dedication and a little selfbelief will get you where you want to be. I am in the process of planning our wedding with my beautiful fiancé (from the same school), I have an amazing little girl that makes me proud every day and I have my

own business and I’m currently earning more than I ever thought I would working with the biggest Wind Farm company in the world and I own my own house. Dream achieved. I’m proud of the man I’ve become and what I have achieved. Life is what you make it so make it count.”


“My final years at The Ramsgate School was a whirlwind of feelings and emotions, having a great group of friends and fantastic relationships with many teachers, life was great! On the other hand, there were constant reminders that we were in “the worst school in country!” and if we were to put this on a CV, many employers would screw it up and throw it! Whether this was some sort of way to encourage us to push us harder and prove others wrong, it also put doubt in my mind that we weren’t destined for much! Already knowing that I wanted to do something in hospitality I put my head down and concentrated on getting the grades I needed for college. Low and behold I achieved my four C grades earning me a place on a BTEC hospitality course. Only then to be reminded and looked down on by other students on the course because of the school I went to.... saying that, I had to point out that regardless of the fact I went to ‘the worst school in the country’ I was however on the same course they were! Full of ambition and an urge to prove myself, I landed my first managerial role at 18. I continued to work in hospitality in between having a family. To help make life more manageable I started my own cleaning business to fit around my family. It didn’t take long before all my days were full. In between working and looking after my family, I also coach boxing at Hornet Boxing Academy. Although my business is booming it’s not quiet me. I need to keep busy and organising etc and have recently accepted a Catering 9

Although my business is booming it’s not quiet me. I need to be mind busy and organising etc and have recently accepted a Catering Manager’s role at Haddon Dene School, starting in September.”


“After missing out on Grammar school by a couple of marks in my English. My mum started an appeal, ,which failed and due to the appeal taking it’s time places in the other schools were all taken up. The only places left were at The Ramsgate School. At the time the stigma associated with The Ramsgate School was of failure and poor quality teaching. My mum decided that home teaching was the only way. I went on to be home taught for what must have been 2 terms whilst my mum fought unsuccessfully into getting me into another school. Eventually we bit the bullet and I enrolled in The Ramsgate School. I was quite surprised at the standard of teaching at the school and how much the teachers cared. I think the jibes and criticism of the school came from a unreliable and unfounded facts. The standard of teaching was of an exceptional standard, if anything it was us the student who hindered our own education. There were many teachers who I feel played a part in the man I’ve become today. Mr Russell who was head teacher when I started filled me with confidence that I could do well.

MrSimpson took an interest in my own personal development and had regular meetings with me to make sure I was progressing well. Dave Steven who acted like a liaison between us students and the teachers and held numerous after school activities for us. Mr Hillier who took the ‘most unruly’ children to Spain with no hiccups. Everyone wanted us all to achieve and I think we all achieved above and beyond what anyone expected us to. Upon leaving school I had various jobs and then finally decided to enroll into college and do a public service diploma because at the time I though being a fire fighter was a good idea. I successfully passed the course after 2 years. Then decided that’s not what I wanted. I then got into Construction , learning the varying trades for a small company and realised I enjoyed it and was quite good at it. Since then I’ve become a supervisor/manager for a civil engineering company, earning £40,000+ a year. Not bad when we were all told that we were going to fail from outside sources. I’m still climbing the career ladder and hope to one day run my own company in my chosen line of work. One thing I will say is I don’t think school prepares you for what careers are actually out there and what you personally should pursue. I think the focus on coursework and tests is wrong and doesn’t set you up for the real world. If I knew how much enjoyment I get out of my career now I would of went straight into an apprenticeship into the appropriate field. My advice to school leavers is to seriously look into apprenticeship scheme as all the big construction companies and utility companies have them and they are subsidised by government funding. It will give a massive kick start to your career.

Class of 2004 … (l-r) Nathan, Kayleigh, Zoe, Joe, David, Kayleigh, Liam, Sarah, Karl, Wendy


Good luck to any school leavers reading this.”

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“It all started in ‘99 when I was rejected by Charles Dickens School. My last option was The Ramsgate School and was dreading it. With the reputation it had and not knowing a single soul, I’m not going to lie ... I was just a tad nervous. I can honestly tell you now from the first day in ‘99 until the last in ‘04 I loved every single minute and never wanted to leave. I met the best, most down to earth, honest friends I have ever met throughout my life. We all had our own problems and come across a bit crazy but we become a solid family instantly and still, fourteen years later, we are as close as we were. When we get together it’s like we’ve never spent a day apart! There was no bullying, no one left out in the slightest and was just pure respect. The teachers also become a part of our family and we all felt welcome. Life at the Ramsgate school was amazing. We have moved on to be successful with our own businesses, homes and families. The Ramsgate School was named “the worst school in the country”. In our eyes it was the best school in the country and we haven’t turned out too bad. I left school, went to college and was working from the age of 15. Straight into carpentry, four years employed and then went self-employed and now run my own carpentry firm “Ashworth Carpentry”. By the age of 22 I I bought my first house and had my first child. Now I’m nearly thirty and have five years’ work booked in. I have a five bedroom house filled with a beautiful fiancé, 3kids, 3 cats and a dog... oh and family rabbit. So here it is ... we proved that having the worst reputation was all just a myth, we are living proof that the education we received at The Ramsgate School was everything we needed and wouldn’t change my past for the world.”

always had the reputation of being one of the worst schools around and no one seemed to want their child to go there. Being from what at the time was classed as a troubled, deprived housing estate, I was already accustomed to being tarred with a stereotypical brush. I was one of the fortunate ones that was starting secondary school with my closest friend. Now we all know that some childhood friendships never make it, but this one did and it was strengthened by this school and the people in it. Throughout my years at this school our teaching was inconsistent - supply teachers in and out on a weekly basis. It seemed to us that hardly anybody outside the school cared. We rebelled, we lived up to the reputation we had been given and thought well if they’re saying it, it must be true ... we are the ‘worst’ so what is the point in even trying? Here’s the funny part ... there were people that cared, there was that solid core of consistent teachers. It is in those that we probably had some of the best teachers that have ever held that title! That, along with the friendships we had managed to build - friendships built on respect and trust - is what made school great for me. We became a family, and in those adults that did care we had somebody to make proud, somebody to work hard for to repay them for their time and effort.


These friendships still exist today 15 years later and no matter how much time has passed since we last met, we go straight back to being 14 and the trust and the respect is there still as strong as ever. I ask myself all the time would we have had that at a ‘good’ school?

So being an ‘estate kid’ I knew I was destined for the newly named The Ramsgate School, having known it as Conyngham from when my sister went to school there. The school

I struggled in school and had a few hard times personally, I masked that with bad behaviour. The support I received from those teachers that cared was what allowed me to heal and grow stronger emotionally. I wasn’t an academic but it only took one person to

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recognise and encourage the creative in me, giving me a focus in life. I received my 3 A-C’s and attended college studying Performing Arts, receiving a National Diploma with Triple Distinction. I worked in various jobs for a while, sometimes three at a time, as my school experience in having to fight for recognition and work hard for what I achieved had left me with a strong work ethic. I returned to education completing my bachelor’s Degree in Drama and Comparative Literature with a high 2.1. Due to the respect and guidance I received from those teachers I mentioned earlier, I now want to become teacher. As far as I’m concerned, they saved me from going down the wrong path, and if I can do that for just one child then I will have done them proud.


“Very easy to say ... best childhood I could have asked for. The friends, oh the friends were incredible. STILL to this day they all influence my life. The school was given negativity from the outside and turned on its head inside, this was the school’s unique marking on the kids. We were written off and judged from the start, without the friends we had, the core teachers and parent support and bonded relationships we may have proved people right. The unity stuck throughout and gave me the views I have today. Don’t give up, and keep getting up.

My beautiful surprise of a daughter put those plans on hold, so for the time being I am supporting my fiancé in running his Football Development Centre, Academy and Club. I am the Company and Club Secretary for the Centre which we have built up to having over a thousand children registered. People say we had the ‘worst’ education, but I know we are all respectful, caring, honest, hard-working, successful people ... I don’t count that as a bad education. We were quite often told that we ‘would never amount to anything’ but because of the moral and ethical education we received, it didn’t matter what the statistics said. We were going to be happy and successful in whatever we chose to do. So, I guess that’s where we are now, and from here the view is pretty good!!”

That school, the teachers, or adult influences and the friends gave me that ‘get up’ attitude. After leaving school, I jumped from job to job finding my way - different roles, a few countries, a few trades. I had my fair share of knock-backs but I never forgot that ‘get up’ attitude. If it gets you down or something fails, learn and recover. Come back stronger. Now I own and run Enviro Consultants, a group of three companies. One handles Website Building, Branding, Business Management Platforms and Document Design/Writing Tasks. The second delivers specialist consultancy to design protection of structures at design stage for the construction sector and the other and Enviro Card Scheme runs a card scheme that develops and bridges the gap between construction and non-construction trades. That’s the work but ‘the happy’ that made that work possible is having my two children full time and, whilst I remain busy with work and life as a dad, I still take time to adventure


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to feel the simplicity that used to be in a field with a group of friends or laid out on my back in a park looking up at the stars from my school days.

time and am a mother of a beautiful little girl so in my eyes I have done well for myself regardless of what people thought of the school I went to.

It takes a special group of people and school to give that trait to someone, mine was from The Ramsgate School. ‘The worst school in the country’ they said, ‘bring it on’ was our response and we delivered in school and life so much more than anyone thought. I am truly in awe of all my friends from school seeing where they are today and how they got there.”

I may not have the friends from school still to hang out with but I made good memories to last a lifetime.”


“My time started at The Ramsgate School when I struggled at a grammar school and that no school would take me except the “worst school in the country”. After a year and a half of no schooling my only option was to go there. As it turned out it was the best few years I could have asked for as schooling went. I formed some great friendships, teachers knew how to deal with kids that struggled or were a bit troubled and got the best out of them. They knew how to deal with us on a level that they never understood when I was in grammar school and I never felt any different or bullied.

As you can see, these remarkable young people have managed to overcome the adversity and stigma that a label had given them at such a young age. They have all developed a strong work ethic and ‘never give up’ attitude that has served them well in their adult lives. I, for one, am really proud of all of them. “Worst School In The Country”? Not from where I’m standing. Written and edited by Dave Stevens and the class of 2004

You never know where life will lead you. No matter what job I ended up with I don’t feel I’ve done bad for it. I got good grades and I’m marrying a man in the RAF which will lead me to wherever he gets posted, I work full 13

Fantastic Festability Receives ‘Thumbs Up’ From Festival Fans Music Festival fans from across the South East were treated to a fantastic day of live music on Saturday as the first ever Festability came to Thanet. The all day event, tag-lined “Where music meets disability” promised a fully inclusive festival experience for people of all ages and disabilities and they certainly didn’t disappoint. I first heard about Festability a few months ago when I saw a poster being shared on a local Facebook page. I was intrigued and decided to check out their website. Everything I read about the event made me want to visit and see for myself how great it was going to be . The Festability website’s ‘About Us’ section describes the concept perfectly... We are a group of parents of disabled children and adults who saw a video shared on the BBC and thought “oh we really need to do that here in Kent”. Of course, this was on a Saturday evening, and we may have been guilty of having one or two glasses of wine when we thought this. Isn’t that how all good ideas start though?

people with disabilities living in Kent. We aim for it to be as close to other Music Festivals as possible, but with some additional elements that will help make it more suitable and be fully inclusive to all. This will include a quiet/chill zone with sensory lights and sounds, a changing places suite, qualified staff to help assist and a karaoke tent!

As I arrived at the ever impressive grounds of Quex Park, I was greeted by one of the Festability organisers, Debs. I really didn’t need to ask how the preparations had panned out as the beaming look of pride on her face said it all. Putting this event on was a remarkable achievement and as Debs showed me into the main staging area, the scale of the festival really hit me.

We were totally overwhelmed by the interest expressed and the offers of support received once we mentioned it to a few people and quickly we decided we had to get this off the ground because the demand was huge. So we are putting on a Music Festival for


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With two large stages, featuring ten live bands throughout the day, this was never going to be a small affair, but as I walked onto the field and saw the 1500 plus crowd I couldn’t help but be impressed. Back in the day, I would have loved my band to perform at a gig like this. It wasn’t just about the music though. Around the perimeter of the field were a multitude of stalls, information kiosks and activity areas. The festival organisers had really pulled out all the stops and the support they had received from the organisations present was heartwarming to see. Debs showed me around, introducing each of the organisations without once losing that look of pride I mentioned earlier. It seemed that everyone was just having the best time ever. All of the stalls and activity tents were buzzing with excitement and there really was something for everyone there. As I spent the afternoon wandering around talking to the various organisations, bands and visitors attending the festival it was becoming clear that we were all part of something really special. The bands were great and each one seemed to bring something different to the party. I watched on as the hardcore music fans at the front danced and jumped around to cover versions of festival classics from bands such as Foo Fighters and Queen, while others danced and sang along from slightly further back. The atmosphere was something else. Everyone was there to have fun and enjoy

the festival and, although most of the day enjoyed some lovely sunshine, even the evening downpour couldn’t dampen spirits. After all, it’s not a proper festival until it rains, is it? I would like to thank the Festability organisers, Debs, Vanessa and Carrie for inviting me along to this fabulous event but they were certainly not alone in delivering this festival. Huge thanks must also go out to all of the bands, sound crew, stall-holders, activity providers and organisations that all contributed towards the day’s success. A special mention must also go to all of the volunteers who were ever-present throughout the day, ensuring the visitors were having a great time, keeping the areas safe and clean, and doing so with smiles on their faces throughout the event. Finally, I know the organisers would like me to mention the staff at Quex Park, not only for allowing Festability to take place within their impressive grounds, but also for all of their help and support in delivering such a challenging event. Well done. The biggest compliment I can pay the Festability team is this ... once inside the event I completely forgot this was a festival put on for people with disabilities. It was a music festival. A brilliant, fantastic, wellorganised music festival, and I loved every minute of it. I am already hearing whispers that Festability 2019 could be in the pipeline. I certainly hope so. Move over, Glastonbury ..... there’s a new gig in town, and it’s called “FESTABILITY” Written by Dave Stevens 15

A few sticks of rhubarb and three handfuls of goosberries... That’s the basics you need to make this summer pudding! You will need 1 saucepan, 1 tbsp, 1 tsp, a pair of scissors you use in the kitchen, 2 slices of bread, some oil, some sugar and bowls to serve this Crunchy Fruit Pudding in. We had rhubarb and gooseberries we had picked but we could have used apples (a mix of cooking and eating with the skins on), fresh or tinned apricots , blackcurrant , blackberries or redcurrants (these could be mixed with apples). Try to avoid fruit packed in syrup which is just sugar water. Look out for fruit in water or fruit juice. Rinse any fresh fruit fruit and cut it up quite small. Top and tail any berries or currants that need it and then put all you fruit into the saucepan with a little water (just enough to stop it sticking to the pan) heat it and gently cook it for about 7 minutes until it softens. Stir in 1 tsp of sugar and then pour into the bowls. Using the scissors cut the crusts off the bread and cut the bread into squares. Put 1 tbsp oil into the pan and fry the bread pieces until golden Sprinkle over 1 tbsp sugar and stir until the bread is slightly caramelised. Toss the hot bread pieces on top of the fruit Finish with a little Greek yogurt. ENJOY!

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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 absolutely delighted with the uptake so far from schools and individuals and so impressed with the quality. It is wonderful to hear that some schools are setting up their own Young Reporters clubs to provide us with the content but more importantly to provide their pupils with experience. Eddie, the editor at ‘Edu-Life Kids’ is still recruiting for more ‘Young Reporters’ and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in this fantastic opportunity. 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 from himself and Eddie. Read more about and see the articles from our Young Reporters on our website at http://


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Kent Police Family Open Day

Kent Police College, Maidstone, ME15 9DP *Ticket Only*

Community Summer Fair

St Faith’s at Ash, CT3 2HH

Newington Best Fest

Princess Margaret Avenue, Newington

An Afternoon of Music Making

Back of St George’s Church, Deal

Community Open Day

Ne Life Family Church, St New John’s Green, Margate

World Music Schools & Family Concert

St Georges Church, Deal

Race for Life & Pretty Muddy Kids

Palm Bay, Margate

Wareton’s Hog Roast

Wareton, Calcot Hill, Sturry, CT3 4ND

Women’s Softball Cricket Festival

Canterbur Polo Club, CT3 4AF Canterbury *Team/Individual Booking Essential*

Broadstairs Summer Fireworks

Broadstairs Band Stand

Folkestone Airshow

The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Whitstable Oyster Festival


Ramsgate Carnival

Starts at Government Acre

Broadstairs Summer Fireworks

Broadstairs Band Stand

Walpole Bay Beach Clean

Walpole Tidal Pool

Start of Whitstable Week


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Broadstairs Water Gala


Margate Soul Festival

In and around Margate Harbour

Fun Day

Landmark Centre, Deal

Margate Carnival

Starts at Palm Bay

Lark in the Park

Government Acre, Ramsgate

Broadstairs Folk Week


Dover’s Big Community Fun Day

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Education St Ethelberts Headteacher Retires after nealy 30 years at the school How do you fill the shoes of someone who has been such a figurehead of a school for such a long time? That’s the problem that is facing the Governors, staff and pupils of St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School in Ramsgate as Mr John Letts, much loved and admired headteacher leaves at the end of the school year. Having been at the school for 29 years, headteacher for 12 of those, Mr Letts has become quite recognisable around Thanet for all that he has done for St Ethelbert’s, this was highlighted by the fact that Mr Letts was district winner for Thanet Headteacher in the KM Charity Kent teacher of the year awards 2018. Mr Letts first arrived at the school as an NQT in September 1989. The first National Curriculum had just been introduced. Mr Letts became numeracy leader the following year and later assistant headteacher, In September 2005 Mr Letts became the headteacher of the school.

“I remember when I first joined the school, that there was no such thing as a teaching assistant and the only scheme the school had was Kent Maths project known as KMP.” Mr Letts first teaching assistant now has her grandchild at the school, and numerous past pupils are also now teachers. They have many stories of Mr Letts time at the school. Mr Letts said “It is a fantastic school to work in and I have been very privileged to work with so many excellent teams of staff and governors and parents both past and present” Mr Letts will be greatly missed by all associated with the school and everyone is lining up to give him a fabulous send off and to give him their very best wishes for his future.

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Sport UK’S TOP SPORT STARS INSPIRE KENT’S YOUNG SCHOOL CHILDREN AT THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KENT SCHOOL GAMES Double Gold Olympian Lizzy Yarnold OBE, Olympic Team GB Athlete Jack Green and Paralympics GB Medalist, Millie Knight were special guests at the Kent School Games 10th Anniversary finals day, which took place on 27 June in Canterbury, Kent. More than 1,000 school children between the ages of 4-18 met Kent’s finest athletes as they officially opened the Games, which were held between two venues; the Pavilion Sports Grounds at the University of Kent and the Polo Farm Sports Club in Canterbury. Lizzy, Jack and Millie got to witness the incredible energy, enthusiasm and smiley, happy faces of the children during a tour of the activities. They also spent time chatting to the children, sharing their own experiences of their careers in sport and encouraged the young athletes to continue to take part and enjoy sports, whatever their ability or disability. The Kent School Games first began in 2008 as a Kent County Council, Olympic and Paralympic legacy project to inspire schools and young people across Kent to participate in competitive school sport; it is the model upon which the Government set up a national School Games programme in 2012. The Kent School Games is a multisport competition open to all young people aged 4 – 18 in primary, secondary and special educational needs schools. Since it began, thousands of children have benefited from being encouraged to engage in school sport and many will take their love of sport with them into their adult and working lives. Sport isn’t just for the able28

bodied and the Kent School Games is open to young people of all abilities and includes the Change 4 Life programme, which aims to encourage less active children to take part in more physical activity and to engage in school. Over 15 sports were staged across the finals day which included; Disability Football, Athletics, Netball, Handball, Panathlon, Tennis, Change 4 Life events, Tri Golf, American Football and Cheerleading. Jack Green – Olympic Athlete said: “Sport played a bit part in my life when I was at school and growing up in Kent. Ten years ago I was where you are today; I took part and won my race in the athletics competition at the first Kent School Games back in 2008”.

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Double Olympian Athlete Lizzy Yarnold, said “The Kent School Games are really important because introducing kids to sports at a young age is crucial to triggering them into a good sporting behaviour, eating healthily, which as we know is great for their bodies, but also for their mental health too. Our next Olympian or Paralympic champion could even be here today learning a new sport or trying a new sport and starting their new adventure.” Fellow Winter Olympian, Canterbury’s very own 19 year old Paralympics GB Medalist, Millie Knight said at the Games, “I tried many sports before I found the one I loved, which was skiing and that has been amazing to me. It’s so important to get people into sport because for me I have seen the benefits massively within my life. The experiences I have had, the people I have met and the confidence I have been given.” Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services at KCC and who also came up with the concept for the Kent School Games said, “I am delighted to be here to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Kent School Games. Once again it has been a fantastic celebration of all that’s best in young people in Kent and we are having a marvelous day.” Chloe Potter from Whitehill Primary School who attended the Kent School Games said, “It was a fantastic event enjoyed by everyone involved. All the children worked incredibly hard at their events and they all showed great sportsmanship. Whitehill pupils were particularly pleased with the results of the tug-of-war event as we were able to win all 6 rounds, which was a huge boost to the teams confidence. The children have been proudly showing off their gold medals at school, encouraging other pupils to try out new sports. We are looking forward to future events.’ Kent schools are excelling in sport and another recent achievement on a national

level was for Walthamstow Hall in Sevenoaks U14 girls badminton team, who last month were crowned National Schools Champions. Another success story was for Kent College School in Canterbury who won the Lady Taverners U13 Girls Indoor Cricket National Championships. The Kent School Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented schoolage athletes. At a local level, the Kent School Games and School Games are delivered by schools, governing bodies of sport, clubs, School Games Organisers, KCC’s Sport and Physical Activity Service (including the County Sports Partnership) and other local partners. Kent has a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that is chaired by Roland Gooding (Head Teacher, Valence School) with a role to oversee the county festivals. 29

Sport Thanet PasSport 7th Birthday and Inaugural Awards Ceremony As an original member of the Thanet School Sports Partnership back in the day and that being one of the main reasons that I started Educational Life CIC, it was fitting and honouring to be invited to attend the 7th birthday celebrations and inaugural awards ceremony of the Thanet PasSport. And what a fabulous night it was… Gary Rees and his team pulled off a very successful night full of celebration and joy along with the 31 primary school pupil representatives, headteachers and governors, representatives from local sports clubs and local businesses that support and sponsor the project. Gary started the evening in true teacher style with a history lesson about Thanet sport, which has always been strong and continues to go from strength to strength, with annual participation figures that have increased to more than 9000 and over 60 events encompassing different 25 sports, the organisation has evolved into something that is quite unique in the country. He thanked in particular the Ursuline College in Westgate who facilitate the Passport and without whom the Passport would not exist, he also thanked his committee, all the schools and school staff involved, the incoming and outgoing SGOs, local sports clubs and local businesses.

During the evening we were treated to a stunning rendition of ‘Together’ and ‘World in Union’ by the Upton Junior School choir and an out of this world dance performance by St Saviour’s Dance Crew.

The guest of honour for the evening, British 200m record holder John Regis, spoke about how his enjoyment, passion and pride made him the champion he is. He told everyone in the room that they if they had that dream and ability to make it then they would be very successful. I personally think the highlight of his night was being presented with a special Volunteer in Passport award. Every school received commemorative glass trophy, specially designed for the occasion, whilst those who had achieved the ‘School Games Mark’ also received a framed certificate. There were also winners and highly commended awards in four categories.


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Sport School Team of the Year

Highly Commended – Haddon Dene Swim Team (whose relay team achieved 4th place in the National Championships) Winner – St Saviour’s Dance Crew (who also performed during the evening and who are Regional Champions and 3rd in the National Street Dance Championships)

Sustained Excellence in Sport

Joint winners – Callis Grange Infant & Nursery School and Upton Junior School The evening was finished with Gary congratulating all the award winners this evening and thanking everyone for all they do. I would like to add my congratulations to Gary and the Passport committee for all they do for sport in Thanet, long may it continue… This is just the beginning for Thanet Passport.

Individual Child Sports Personality of the Year

Highly Commended – William Hopkins from Minster Primary School (who does not let his cerebral palsy stop him taking part in cross country, football and swimming and is a role model for inclusive sport in Thanet) Winner – Poppy Rowland-Hill from Chilton Primary School (who broke the Thanet Athletics Club 70m hurdle record and is currently 4th in the country at the Under 13 Pentathlon)

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5. Eat a rainbow Colourful foods are full of powerful nutrients that help to protect you from many diseases including cancer. 6. Sleep During sleep your child will be growing and repairing. Children need a lot more sleep than adults. One of the biggest disruptors to sleep is screen time before bed. Avoid use of any ‘screens’ at least 1 hour before bedtime. Avoid blue night lights in the bedroom and keep to a routine. Using lavender in the bath, relaxing music and bedtime stories can all help get your child off to sleep. 7. Exercise Children need to move. Exercise is key. Little things like walking to school, going to the park, riding a bike, dancing around the kitchen with Mum (that might just be me and my kids!!!) or ANYTHING that means they are moving, regularly, consistently, EVERYDAY! 8. Water Keeping hydrated is absolutely vital to the smooth running of your body. Many children get distracted and completely forget to drink adequate amounts of water. You can encourage them by setting a good example yourself, having a jug available for them to help themselves 9. Eat together I cannot overestimate the impact of eating together as a family. It encourages a healthy relationship with food and will help you all to eat better. I know many parents who try to feed their kids a good meal but rely on quick fixes for themselves. 10. Get the kids involved Get your kids cooking. This is so incredibly important. They absolutely need to know HOW TO COOK! You can also grow food, get them involved in meal planning or choosing food at the supermarket.

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Health It’s Getting Hot in Here… We all look forward to a great summer and opportunities to get out and about with the children, who are often by now climbing the walls. Ensuring your family is safe in the sun is a priority. Sun Protection • Choose a sun cream of factor 30 for your family and look for those that have the highest UVA and UVB ratings. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get these.

• Lead by example. Let your children see you using sun cream, wearing hats and covering up in the sun. • Make sure you’re putting enough cream on – better to use more than less in this instance! • Apply up to 30 minutes before going in the sun. Don’t forget the soles of the feet, ears and the back of the neck. • Reapply if you’ve been in the water or dried off with a towel. • Don’t forget to put on sunglasses, the sun can be damaging to the eyes. • Make sure you and your children are covered up, particularly during the hottest part of the day 11-3pm. Pick a shady spot to play in and ensure they are wearing t-shirts,

Why not take activities inside for a couple of hours and let the children back out to play when it cools down a bit? • If you’re using things like paddling pools put them in the shade – remember to keep an eye on your children at all times. • You can get burnt on cloudy days. It’s recommended that you wear sun cream from April until October. • Make sure that your children have plenty to drink, it’s very easy for them to get dehydrated. Water is the best thing, but if they get bored of this, try sugar free squash or turn squash into ice lollies. If you’re breastfeeding, your baby may want more milk than usual. • You may want to think about night clothes, normal duvets and pyjamas might be too hot during the warmer weather. • A room thermometer is a good idea to help you monitor the temperature of your children’s bedroom – the ideal temperature is between 16°C and 20°C. If taking your child out in a pushchair/pram, make sure you only use specifically designed sun protection. If you drape a blanket or towel over the pram it can increase the heat your child/baby is exposed to, causing your child to become seriously unwell.

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Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! We should be making an effort to stay hydrated every day, but it becomes particularly important in the heat, especially for children who are more likely to become dehydrated and may not recognise the signs of thirst straight away.

Why do I need to drink? I don’t feel thirsty.

For a start, water makes up approximately 2/3 of our body and it helps us to function properly. Water helps the body to remove waste products, keeps the skin looking good, controls temperature and lubricates the joints. It can also aid concentration levels.

Ok, so I need fluid. What should I be drinking and how much?

Adults need approximately 1.5-2 litres a day. The best way to hit your fluid intake is by drinking good old-fashioned water. It’s easily accessible, fat, calorie and sugar free – winner! You can also get your daily fluid intake from: Flavoured Water if you find plain water boring, try adding fruit e.g. lemon/lime/ orange. [A nice combination is slices of orange and sprigs of rosemary.] Tap water is fine to drink, there is no need to buy bottled water in this country. Fruit juices/smoothies also count as one of your 5 a day but limit them to one a day. When fruit is processed, e.g. blended, the fruit releases more sugars than if you were to eat raw. They can also be acidic which can cause problems for your teeth.

Tea/coffee count towards your daily fluid goals as long as you drink them in moderation. Switch to decaffeinated versions where possible (I know the morning struggle is real!) Caffeine makes you urinate more, leaving you less hydrated! Fruit and herbal teas are good alternatives, (I know what you’re thinking ‘no-one ever solved their problems over a cup of strawberry and chamomile’ but there are some lovely flavours out there!) Fizzy drinks often contain caffeine and sugar. Limit your intake and pick low sugar and caffeine free versions where possible. Alcohol Sorry everyone – that G & T doesn’t count towards your daily fluid intake! Alcohol can dehydrate you…hands up who’s been out for a couple of drinks and walked their 10,000 steps just going back and forwards to the toilet? Please drink responsibly: in the heat we can often quicker than we intend

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Squash try to choose no added sugar or sugar free options, again this will protect your family’s teeth. Milk is great for providing us with vitamins, protein and calcium – we need calcium for healthy teeth and bones. Opt for semiskimmed or skimmed milk to lower the fat content. Children under 2 should drink full fat milk. 36

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I’ve never been dehydrated surely, I’m ok? • Dehydration make us feel ill • sign



Thirst is usually the first

• We may urinate less and urine may be darker (A well hydrated person will have light coloured urine) • Other signs of dehydration are headaches, feeling tired or dizzy, dry mouth/lips or cramps. What about my children? Children are more likely to become dehydrated. Children should aim to drink about 6-8 glasses of fluid a day. Water is the best drink for children. Try to encourage your children to have drinks with meals, get them to have extra drinks if being physically active and make sure to pack water in their school bag. Dehydration can be serious so make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, especially during these hotter months. Pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions may need to drink more fluids than normal so please check with your GP.

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Educational Life East Kent issue 8 Summer 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 8 Summer 2018  

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