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Editor’s Letter - September / October 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of Educational Life Magazine and the start of a new school year. I hope that your summer was enjoyable and restful. We have been very busy here at Educational Life and are very excited to be continuing to grow and bring you new things over the next year. Keep a lookout especially for our young reporters and young journalists and our Eddie who has been getting out and

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about all over the place. I hope you enjoy reading this edition and are as proud as we are of our young people and our communities. This will be my last welcome to you for a while as I am handing over to the team whilst I go off on maternity leave and wait for our latest family edition to arrive. hing you all a fantastic school year. I hope to be back soon. Thank you for reading and for all your continued support. Claire X

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Welcome

Contents Primary Fitness - More than a Bouncy Castle

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The Education People Show at Detling

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2018 Exam Results

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Getting out & Getting Active this Summer

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Let’s Get Creative - Potion Making

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Eddie Has Been Out This Summer

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WHATS ON during September & October

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Play Time

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Private Schools - Not Out of Reach

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The jump from Year 6 - Year 7 ‘A Parents View’

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Vattenfall want to get into the Community

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My What you Call Life

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Eating Together by Sharon Goodyer

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The Importance of Sleep

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Pack a Lunch

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Fitness and fun together as one Firstly THIS IS

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It is so much more than that! This is an indoor inflatable fitness course designed for primary school children. It has 6 lanes and 8 activities all carefully designed to inspire young people to enjoy physical activity.

Pau Paul Ralph, UK athletics qualified coach; personal trainer; former top 5 ranked athlete; and fitness course designer; created this fitness course because he wanted to provide the kids with a motivator to train hard and realise not everyone enjoys the standard sports and that’s ok – they may have other strengths they can explore explore. This is a fully inclusive experience and is not just aimed at ‘sporty’ or actively talented children. All children will leave us feeling very positive about their achievements and with an altered attitude towards activity.

can be used for one off events and rewards, the main aim is to approach this as a repetitive training and personal development tool for young people throughout their academic career. The course has enough fundamental movement to base many weeks of lesson planning around, leading up to our visits but also to measure improvements in performance. A single day is £450 with discount for bookings of consecutive days. To maximise the benefit of the experience, we are happy to advise the teachers, not only to incorporate the course into the school’s physical activity lesson plans, aims and objectives, but also to effectively prepare the students during the run up to the day.

At Primary Fitness we truly believe that our fitness course is a unique approach to inspire young people to enjoy physical activity – in a way that is comfortable for them and that we can be an asset for your school to use to achieve your school’s targets in a fun and constructive way for all involved. School Schools / Clubs book this awesome fitness experience for just £450 per day (Discounts available for 2 or more days).

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In order to win this great prize send your name and contact details including your school to Email: comp@educational-life.org Post: Unit 7 The LEAD Centre, Dane Valley Road, St Peters, Broadstairs, CT10 3JJ Please remember to put Edu Life B2S Comp in the subject Please note, this competition is for primary school staff Closing date - 31st October 2018 Terms and Conditions apply - the winner is entitled to a day for up to 100 children and is requested to allow other schools to come along after school to compete. The winning school must use there prize between 1st November 2018 - 31st March 2019


Inspiration &

Exam Results for Kent’s Information

Education Leaders

On Wednesday 7th November this year, hundreds of education leaders, managers and policy-makers heads will meet at the Kent Event Centre for The Education People Show (formerly EduKent Expo & Conference). The event is Kent’s leading education expo & conference providing a forum for the promotion and development of effective school management, learning and teaching - featuring inspirational keynotes, practical workshops and a comprehensive exhibition of all the leading suppliers to schools and academies. Just one day at The Education People Show (formerly EduKent Expo & Conference) will help you and your team resolve many of your challenges, share experiences with other school management teams and grasp the numerous opportunities for improvement as you embark on a new school year. Learn about the latest services on offer from The Education People to help you deliver excellence. Compare concepts, solutions and suppliers while you discuss your plans and hear the very latest ideas from your peers and central government policy-makers. The event is completely free to attend for all Headteachers, Principals, Governors, Senior Leaders, Teachers, Finance Directors, Business Managers, Bursars, Administrators, LA Education Leaders, IT Managers and Site Managers from the state, academy and private sectors. The full programme for this year’s event is now online and features inspirational keynotes, including:

Our opening keynote speaker is Drew Povey, the inspirational Head of Harrop Fold School, recently thrust into the public consciousness by the Channel 4 series ‘Educating Greater Manchester’. Anyone that is familiar with his creative and dynamic style of leadership will know that Drew is passionate about building positive learning environments and driving sustainable change. His multi-sector perspective has helped him to develop a unique range of tools, methodologies and philosophies that encourage high performance and maximise the potential of teachers and pupils alike – which he’ll be sharing in this energetic opening session. Getting Tough: Building Resilience in the Next Generation from Lizzy Yarnold OBE After her sensational wins at the 2014 & 2018 Winter Olympics, Lizzy Yarnold captured the hearts and imagination of the British public, as the humble young woman from Kent who never gave up on her dreams and, with frightening determination, reached the pinnacle of a thrilling and often dangerous sport: The Skeleton Bobsleigh. Using her experiences from the world of elite sport and having studied ‘Mental Toughness’ at University, Lizzy will talk about education’s role in developing essential life skills such as personal resilience, self-awareness and an ability to work towards specific objectives and the impact of these important character traits on young people’s ability to reach their full potential. To find out more and reserve your free place for 7th November, please visit:

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As seen on Channel 4’s Educating Greater Manchester

Louise Clarkson

Jonathan Duff

Steven Gasser

Head of Children and Young People Programmes, MIND

Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioner’s Office

Executive Director of Professional Development,ISBL

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Exam Results

The Charles Dickens School GCSE Results 2018 The Charles Dickens School celebrates the GCSE results with its students this year who have achieved very well in the face of the changes to both the grading and examination system for new GCSEs examined this year.

achieved 5+A*-C or equivalent grades of which 37% of students achieved 5+ A*-C grades including Maths and English. The School is delighted with some notable achievements for individual students with many students achieving their required grades to attend their chosen Post-16 provision, employment or training.

Ms K Cardus, Headteacher of CDS: “We are delighted for our students as so many have worked incredibly hard to achieve good results, many of whom have the entrance criteria needed to continue with their first choice Post-16 Provision. This is a transitional period for both the School, now a sponsored Academy, but also for the GCSE examination system. We are positive the school will continue to grow from strength to strength.” “39 students achieved 8 or more passes at GCSE/BTEC and 7 students achieved 2 or more A*/A or equivalent passes whilst 3 students achieved 4 or more A*/A which is an amazing achievement!” Overall 42% of students BigJAM Advert.pdf

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Exam Results

King Ethelberts School GCSE Results 2018 King Ethelbert School are celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results with students making exceptional progress at every level of ability. 50% of all students achieved a good pass in both English and Maths which places the school as one of the best performing nonselective school in Kent. 64% of students achieved a good pass in English and 53% a good pass in Maths. Science had brilliant success with the new, very challenging GCSE specification, with students achieving at least 2 science passes nearly doubling. Congratulations to all students including: Mercy Horsington-White - 10 good passes with 7 at the very top grades of 7-9 or A-A** (including grade 9 and a distinction star) Lani Perry – 9 good passes with 6 at the very top grades of 7-9 or A-A** (including grade 9 and two distinction stars) Richard Hulks - 10 good passes with 6 at the very top grades of 7-9 or A-A** (including a distinction star) Zoe Warner - 9 good passes with 5 at the very top grades of 7-9 or A-A** (including a distinction star) Jessica Sterling - 10 good passes with 4 at the very top grades of 7-9 or A-A** (including a distinction star) Connor Neal - 9 good passes with 3 at the very top grades of 7-9 or A-A** (including a distinction star)

Kate Greig, Headteacher said “These are fantastic results and we are enormously proud or our students. We have brilliant staff who work so hard to ensure the students achieve the best possible grades they can, but the students deserve the real praise for working so hard and for showing real resilience and determination. The new examinations are much harder than previous years, but our students have risen to the challenge and we are thrilled” Vicky Willis, Head of School says “we are thrilled with the results the students have achieved. The new specifications have been an added challenge for staff and students but still King Ethelbert’s results have improved again in every measure and we are excited to be awarded a number of grade 9s alongside the many distinction stars in other subjects. A huge thank you must go to the amazing staff team for their relentless hard work in preparing students and building their confidence.”

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Exam Results

IBCP Results 2018 at King Ethelbert School. At King Ethelbert School 6th Form, we run the International Baccalaureate Careers related Programme (IBCP) which combines academic and vocational study. For this, students study an applied learning ‘Career Related Study’ such as a BTEC Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels) or BTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A’levels), combined with two academic IB Diploma subjects. This is blended together through a brilliant ‘Core’ component in which students develop their personal and professional skills and their understanding of the wider world to prepare them fully for further study or employment. We are thrilled with our Y13 IBCP results this year, with our biggest IBCP cohort to date. 92% passed the full IBCP qualification, with 96% pass rate in IB Diploma subjects and 98% pass rate in the BTEC or Career Related

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Subjects. We are especially proud that 22% achieved the very top grades of double or triple Distinction stars in this CRS element and 45% of our students achieved at least a double Distinction star.

As well as the collective success, there have been some fantastic individual successes and students are successfully securing places at top universities, higher level apprenticeships and employment. We have students who will be reading degrees at Southampton University, Portsmouth University, Greenwich, Canterbury Christchurch, Roehampton, Kent, London Southbank, Middlesex, Bath Spa and Edge Hill Universities, as well as students who have made the decision to pursue higher level apprenticeships and employment such as Apprenticeships with Transport for London, Easy Jet and working in the business industry. The students have shown tremendous grit and character, rising to the challenges of the new, more rigorously examined BTEC specifications and we feel proud and privileged to work with such a considerate, community minded and outward thinking group of young people. I have no doubt these are young men and women who will go out and have a positive impact on the world around them.

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Exam Results

The Canterbury Academy GCSE Results 2018

The Canterbury Academy, a comprehensive school ‘for all the talents’, will always strive for higher and higher achievements but this year is delighted to report The Simon Langton Grammar School stream at the school, for students whose gifts are academic, again excelled with 100% achieving expected outcomes in maths and English, with 70% achieving more than expected progress, including the highest number of top grades at 8/9 ever. Most of these students will progress to A level in our sixth form, some taught in partnership with Simon Langton Grammar School, and aim for university. ies BigJAM Advert.pdf

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GCSE exams have become more academic but not all students have academic gifts and we should be careful when making judgements based only upon examination results. We are extremely proud of all of our students’ achievements not just in academic learning but also in sport, performing arts and practical learning, which are too numerous to detail. These results, coupled with our sixth form results, end a very good year for The Canterbury Academy. An exceptional Ofsted Report paid glowing tribute to this comprehensive school for all the talents. The school enjoys growing popularity, with increased numbers seeking to join it and its Langton grammar school stream, which goes from strength to strength. The school has the largest sixth form in Kent, with over 160 students hoping to go onto university in September, including Russell Group and Oxbridge. The students achieved tremendous success in sport at local, regional and national level; remarkable successes in the performing arts with students of all ages appearing on stage, screen and TV; and, various successes in practical learning.

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Getting Out & Getting Active This Summer

WOW! What a amazing ‘Our Kitchen’ summer so far, full of activities Every Mon, Wed & Fri 6-8pm for getting fit & getting fed! The inspiring ‘Our Kitchen’ We make so many excuses to through their pop-up restaurant stay indoors even in the best of are offering fresh, nutritious weather, but is it time for us to food, drink and desserts along with a variety of entertainment, make a change? plus community services with You are not alone. Over a third anything from live music to of our local community are magicians! classed as 'inactive' - doing less than 30 minutes of activity a day, so maybe it’s time for us all to try something different.

‘Family Rounders’ Wednesdays 6-8pm

‘Yo Street Zone Soccer’ Fridays 6-8pm

Family Rounders is a really easy and fun way to get the entire family out and active this summer. These sessions are open to all no matter what your ability or age. It is a great opportunity for children and adults to play as part of a team.

Introducing the fast paced, fun and exciting game of panna football to Thanet. Come and show off your moves and learn some new ones too, with 'Yo Street Zone' panna soccer skills extraordinaires! It really is a game anyone can play!

Your Leisure Community Team, East Kent Housing and Thanet District Council have all teamed up to create the ‘Fit and Fed’ project. As part of the project, the following activities are all based based at Drapers Mills Primary Academy, Margate this summer. Thanet District Council Sport and Public Health service provides a range of activities for both young people and adults across Thanet to help increase physical activity and promote healthier lifestyles.

We are delighted to continue our partnership with Your Leisure to support families lead a more fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. Engaging in just 30 minutes of physical activity per day can have a huge impact on your overall mental and physical wellbeing.

Through the local authority’s ‘Sport 4 NRG’ and ‘B:Active’ It doesn't have to be sporty. projects, they offer a range of free family activities available With our amazing outdoor for you to enjoy this summer! settings, a brisk 10 min walk with the family, a cycle along our coastline, or stroll in the From multi-sports, boxercise, park, can be just as effective to an outdoor mobile gym and help you be more healthy on beach volleyball, there is our beautiful seaside isle. something for everyone. But that's not all that has been happening. The Your Leisure Community Team, East Kent Housing and Thanet District Council have been working with Dame Janet Primary Academy in Ramsgate to help families explore fresh and healthy eating ideas, showing how we could eat better for less.

There is also information available to test how healthy you really feel through the NHS ‘One You, How are You’ Quiz. This is a great tool for families to complete and measure your wellbeing plus ideas to help support you.More information can be found www.nhs.uk/oneyou/how-areyou-quiz/ If you are looking for more information on how to keep active this summer, please contact the team at active.thanet@thanet.gov.uk With the fabulous 'Make with Kate' led practical workshops, families have been creating their own healthy food options. With plenty of support and guidance, families were soon making quick, easy & healthy snacks from fresh ingredients of fruit and vegetables - who would have ever thought of fruit pizza!

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September

WHAT

Saturday 1st 12:00

Cliftonville Games

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd

Faversham Hop Festival

Faversham, Kent.

Sunday 2nd 09:30

Thanet Coastal Marathon

Sunday 2nd 10:00

Model Ship Rally

The race starts at Palm Bay and follows the coast to Ramsgate via Broadstairs and King George VI Park

Saturday 8th 11:00 -16:30

Will Adams Festival

Saturday 8th 12:00

Milkshake Live! The Magic Story Book

Wed 15th - 23rd

Sandwich Arts Week

Wednesday 15th 10:00

Great British Beach Clean

Wednesday 15th 10:00

Great British Beach Clean

Thursday 30th 10:00

Family Fun Run & 10K Race

Boating Pool, Ramsgate Gillingham Park, Medway The Winter Gardens Margate (*Chargeable*) Sandwich, Kent Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate The Minnis Bar Birchington Leeds Castle, Kent

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T’S ON

October

Saturday 20th - 3rd November

Canterbury Festival

The Festival Spiegeltent Canterbury, Kent

Saturday 20th - 28th

Halloween Half Term

Tilburstow Hill Rd, Godstone RH9 8LX

Friday 26th

Pumpkin Party & Open Day

Windmill Allotment Project Margate, Kent

Friday 26th 13:00 - 15:30

Wicked Witch of the Wildwood Storytelling

Penshurst Place, Kent

Friday 26th 14:00

Simple Simon’s New Halloween Adventure

The Winter Gardens Margate (*Chargeable*)

Saturday 8th 11:00 -16:30

Milkshake Live! The Magic Story Book

The Winter Gardens Margate (*Chargeable*)

Sunday 28th 10:30 - 18:00

Wicked Witch of the Wildwood Storytelling

Penshurst Place, Kent

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WHAT’S ON WEEKLY Day

Time

Host Organisation

Title of Event

Location/Venue

Area

09:30 - 11:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Childminders Group

Birchington Children’s Centre

Thanet

10:00 - 12:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Sexual Health Services

Cliftonville Children’s Centre

Thanet

10:00 -11:00

BActive:

Community Walks

Newington Community Centre

Thanet

10:00 - 13:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Childminders Group

Newlands Children’s Centre

Thanet

10:30 - 12:30

Ageless Thanet

Coffee Morning

Tesco Extra, WWX, Community Room

Thanet

Mondays 1st Monday of Month Only

Term time only

13:30 - 15:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Family Time (0-5yrs)

Garlinge Children’s Centre

Thanet

13:00 - 14:00

BActive:

Community Walks

Feelgood Factory

Thanet

13:00 -14:30

Thanet Children’s Centers

Twins & Multiples

Priory Children’s Centre

Thanet

16:30 -17:30

BActive:

Mobile Gym

Millmead Sure Start Centre

Thanet

16:30 - 19:00

Pie Factory Music

Create Community Intergenerational Group

Pie Factory Music Ramsgate

Thanet

18:00 -19:00

Sport 4NRG

Football 16+

Hartsdown Academy 3G

Thanet

19:15 - 21:15

Pie Factory Music

The Live Room and Band Factory

Pie Factory Music Ramsgate

Thanet

Term time only

09:30 - 10:30

Thanet Children’s Centers

Bumps to Babies

Garlinge Children’s Centre

Thanet

Term time only

09:30 - 11:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Family Time (0-5yrs)

Callis Grange

Thanet

10:00 - 11:30

Thanet Children’s Centers

Breast Feeding Support Group

Priory Children’s Centre

Thanet

13:15 - 14:45

Thanet Children’s Centers

Family Time (0-5yrs)

Newlands Children’s Centre

Thanet

13:30 - 16:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

NHS Stop Smoking Service

Newington Community Centre

Thanet

18:30 - 19:30

Bactive:

Boxercise

Newington Community Centre

Thanet

Tuesdays

Wednesdays 09:30 - 11:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Breast Feeding Support Group

Newington Community Centre

Thanet

Term time only

09:30 - 11:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Active Learners (0-5yrs)

Birchington Community Centre

Thanet

Term time only

10:00 - 11:30

Thanet Children’s Centers

Family Time (0-5yrs)

Cliftonville Community Centre

Thanet

Term time only

13:15 - 14:45

Thanet Children’s Centers

Family Time (0-5yrs)

Priory Children’s Centre

Thanet

Term time only

13:30 - 14:30

Thanet Children’s Centers

Little Talkers (9-24 months)

Newington Community Centre

Thanet

16:30 -17:30

Sport 4NRG

Basketball

Ramsgate Leisure Centre

Thanet

18:15 -19:15

Bactive:

Boxercise

Drapers Mills

Thanet

18:45 - 20:45

Sport 4NRG

Box Beats & Multi Sports

Ramsgate Youth Club

Thanet

18:45 - 20:45

Pie Factory Music

Youth Club

Pie Factory Music

Thanet

10:00 - 11:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Sign, Sing and Movement (9-24months)

Cliftonville Community Centre

Thanet

10:00 - 11:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Little Learners

Birchington Community Centre

Thanet

12:00 - 12:30

Thanet Children’s Centers

Muslim Womens Group

Six Bells Community Centre

Thanet

17:30 - 18:30

Sport 4NRG

Fitness Training

Millmead Community Hub

Thanet

18:00 - 19:30

Bactive:

Mobile Gym

Newington Community Centre

Thanet

18:45 - 20:45

Pie Factory Music

Junior Youth Club (11-13 yrs)

Pie Factory Music

Thanet

09:00 - 15:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Talent Match (18 - 24 years)

Newlands Children’s Centre

Thanet

09:30 - 10:45

Thanet Children’s Centers

Health Visitor

Six Bells Community Centre

Thanet

10:00 -11:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Tiddlers to Toddlers (<18mnths)

Newlands Children’s Centre

Thanet

12:30 - 14:00

Thanet Children’s Centers

Young Parents Group (<19)

Newington Community Centre

Thanet

18:00 - 20:00

Pie Factory Music

Funky Friday Inclusive Youth Club (For all needs and abilities)

Pie Factory Music

Thanet

18:00 - 20:00

Sport 4NRG

Park Lives Multi Sports

Newington Centre Ball Court

Thanet

Thursdays Term time only

Friday

Term time only

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If you have a favourite joke, please send it to Eddie at: What do you call a rich eddie@educational-life.org elf? If it makes him laugh lots ... we’ll print it in the next edition Welfy of the magazine.

In America they use the world ‘Fall’ for Autumn. Here in the UK we sometimes use this to remember which way the clocks move for summertime and winter ... ‘Spring forward’ ... ‘Fall back’.

JOKES Teacher: “What time did you wake up this morning, Joe?” Joe: “About 10 minutes after I got to school, Sir!” Why did the boy eat his homework? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake. What insect is good at maths? An account-ant. How did the Vikings send secret messages? By Norse code. Two aerials got married, the ceremony was rubbish ... ... But the reception was brilliant!


As we head towards the end of the summer, it’s the time of year when the farmers start to harvest crops and the leaves begin to change colour and fall from the trees. So here is a bit of Autumn fun. Colour in ‘Charlie’ the combine harvester


Educational Advice

Private Schools Are Not Out of Reach

As parents we all want the best for our children, and there are many compelling reasons why an independent education offers them the very best start in life. Small class sizes, a genuinely caring community, good facilities, excellent academic track record and a wide range of extra-curricular activities are all attributes that attract potential parents and pupils to Independent education. But paying the fees is a fact of life in all independent schools, and we know how crucial this issue is for many families – so how can independent schools help to make its fees affordable for budgetconscious parents? Means-Tested Bursaries. Assistance with the fees may cover up to 100% of the tuition fees, depending on the level of family income. Applying for a bursary can seem quite daunting – it requires the completion of a detailed financial assessment form and possibly a home visit by the school bursar. But if it puts an independent education within reach for their child, many families judge that it’s worth it. 24

Scholarships are awarded at independent schools for excellence in academic achievement, art, drama music and sport. They are irrespective of family income, and they may cover from 5% up to 50% of the fees – but when planning their fee budget, parents should be aware that realistically scholarships are more likely to be offered towards the lower end of this scale. However, it is possible for a gifted pupil to be awarded more than one scholarship. In most independent schools, awards are often offered for academic achievement, art, music and sport. Finally, planning for fee payment is both sensible and helpful if you are considering independent education for your child. The independent school may offer a School Fee Plan to help make paying the fees a little easier throughout the year. For any queries about bursaries, scholarships or fees at Independent schools in the area, why not just contact their registrar.

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Educational Advice

The jump from Year 6 to Year 7 ‘A parents view’

Time For Secondary After seven years of being fully involved in your child’s schooling, be prepared for a shock! Your little one has grown independence, time to let go, or at least pretend you are letting go. Gone are the days of standing in the playground chatting and catching up on the latest gossip with the other parents. No more knowing every other child in the class, their likes/dislikes, what their parents do for a living and playdates at each other’s houses while the kids run around to their hearts content, whilst you drink tea putting the world to rights with other mum friends.

Nowadays, these new names keep cropping up and you have no idea what they look like, never mind what their parents do. The only time you meet other parents are on the side-lines of a sports match. These names chop and change over the first few weeks and then suddenly you start hearing regular names come up the new friendship group of your child and you have to trust that you have guided your child to choose sensibly and make the right decision when it comes to who this new group of friends are. Trust yourself you have done a good job in guiding your child and who knows these could be the friends for life, how many of your school friends are still friends? There is a strong possibility that your child will have to travel independently to get to their secondary school, daunting as this is, it is all part of the rite of passage and they won’t be alone. By the end of the first term they will be a natural at it and travelling will come as second nature to them. Homework is now also their responsibility, they know the guidelines, they know the consequences if they don’t get it done, that is not a battle that needs to be had. Let them make that mistake and learn from it. Trust that you have done a good job over the past foundation years and now is your child’s opportunity to go a make those decisions and become the person they are meant to be. Yes, there will be struggles and there maybe tears, but these are all part of the whole transition and their personal growth, trust them, You can’t do it for them and trust me you wouldn’t want to. Relax and enjoy watching your child grow.

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Vattenfall Look to Raise Awareness About Plastic on the Beaches Vattenfall sponsored Folk week for the third year and following on from the success of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painting competition we decided to do something similar. plastic is a real discussion point in Broadstairs so this year we asked the children to design a poster about things they cared about most in the environment - we had some amazing results and it was clear from the pictures that the young people in Thanet care very much about the world they live in. Lots more pieces of artwork displayed on the Educational Life website

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Vattenfall Open Up Their Boats to give People a Close Up of the Wind Farm We invited educational life and some special guests to experience a day at the wind farm. Our guests were able to experience what it was like in a crew transfer vessel. You can see these vessels going in and out of Ramsgate Harbour and they take the technicians offshore to service the wind turbines. They are specially designed to go right up to the turbine so that our technicians are able to transfer safely - this involves stepping from the vessel onto a ladder which takes them up to a platform on the turbine. From here they climb into a lift which takes them to the top where the generator and gearbox are housed. A technician accompanied our guests on the vessel and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to explain how a wind farm Works and a bit about their day to day life working at sea. Although it rained for a lot of the day, the sea conditions were perfect for a comfortable trip out. For lots more pictures go to the Educational Life website

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Eating together A few words from Sharon Goodyer Our two local County Councillors (Karen Constantine and Barry Lewis) have had a busy summer. Because of their support this happened: A primary school has opened its doors over the summer to stop children and their families going hungry. The initiative, named the ‘Summer Kitchen’, has begun at Drapers Mill school, in Margate, Kent, and is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. The kitchen, which will be serving healthy, home cooked food donated from local allotments, farmers and supermarkets, will be open three nights a week for all of the community. Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/31/schoolopens-doors-summer-feed-childrenpoor-eat-7783180/?ito=cbshare Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ MetroUK/ This article was shared 11.5k times. My children told me I ’ trended’! We certainly caused a stir. A researcher concluded that we had ‘created a new community’. What I do know is that The Summer KItchen taught me a lot about the power of eating together. I enjoyed the conversations i had as I ate my dinner. I watched people come in grouchy and low and then they started to eat and chat. Barry tells a joke, someone goes back for more food and the conversation carries on. Everyone’s spirits lift. I counted smiles and often

the score was 100%. At the end of every evening people did not want to go home. There are lots of theories about why eating together is good for us but frankly I think the reason is obvious. We enjoy it. Too often I can be caught eating standing up on my own in my kitchen. It seems pointless if it is just me to go to any more trouble. I think over time I become maybe not depressed but definitely fed up. Maybe we should try to eat together more? What do you think? It can cost a lot to go out to eat in a restaurant. Should we be looking for other ways to do it? My daughter belongs to a local Whats App group and one Sunday she suggested to the group that they could all have a roast dinner that evening at her place if everyone brought something with them. It wasn’t the best of meals but it was the best of company. Do you know of other ways of eating together that do not cost too much? Do any of you go to the trouble of eating wioth friends, family, your community regularly? A vicar said to me the other day that sitting down to eat together is at the heart of many religions. I am beginning to think that eating together is something I want to do more often .

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Community Sleep Tight Sleep is essential to our health and wellbeing, for allowing our bodies to repair, grow and to allow our minds to rest. It’s particularly important for our children who continue to grow and develop every day. Under eye bags, forgetfulness, nodding off during meetings at work, becoming snappy, feeling unwell and shares in the local coffee shop are often signs of a sleep deprived adult! Children who are not getting enough sleep will display similar symptoms, (apart from the caffeine addiction), becoming irritable, sleeping at inappropriate times, unable to get up for school, behavioural issues, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating and even a lowered immune system. Sounds pretty similar to the adult symptoms right? We can all reap the benefits of a good sleep routine. In this day and age of wonderful technology, many of us have forgotten how to switch off in the evening

and are still checking our social media as our eyelids are closing! So how can we help our children get a better night’s sleep? • Decide on when bedtime will be – once you know this you can work out where to fit everything else in! You may need to adjust this if your child settles earlier or later. • At least an hour before bedtime, turn off any screens and devices your child may be using/watching. • Create a darker environment by dimming lights and closing curtains. This will help start those sleep hormones. • Now is the time to do quiet, relaxing activities with your child – puzzles, colouring in– anything that won’t overstimulate your child.

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• A bath can be a great way to help a child relax before bed. Make sure it’s about 30 minutes prior to bedtime and calm, no excitable bath time activities. • Follow the same bedtime routine each night, including the order you do things for example clean teeth, putting on pyjamas

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Community • A bath can be a great way to help a child relax before bed. Make sure it’s about 30 minutes prior to bedtime and calm, no excitable bath time activities. • Follow the same bedtime routine each night, including the order you do things for example clean teeth, putting on pyjamas etc. Your child will learn that these things mean it’s time to sleep. • If your child struggles to understand what needs to be done think about making a visual timetable. This is just pictures of what you expect of your child and in what order. This will help them to understand what will be happening. • Once in bed, take this time to read to your child. Be clear that it will be one short book or 5 pages, for example. Stick to this boundary! • Give your child kisses and tell them it’s time to go to sleep now. • Tempting as it can be to let your child watch a DVD in bed, this will only stimulate their minds and make it more difficult for them to switch off. Even if they do fall asleep, the background noise of TV can still be disturbing. • Try not to use the bedroom as a negative place. Don’t send your child there if you have told them off or asking them to have ‘time out’. This will mean they may associate the bedroom as a ‘bad’ place and will then not want to sleep there. • Make sure the room is not too hot or cold. The ideal room temperature is 16-20°C. As with anything with children, being consistent and sticking to boundaries is really important. Children like to feel secure and consistency gives them this. However, there may be times when they are disrupted from

routine; if they are unwell, changes in the home, such as a new baby, teething etc. Some parents let their children fall asleep downstairs and then carry them up to bed or they will lay with their children whilst they drop off. Although this may seem like a good idea, it is important to let your child learn to soothe themselves to sleep so that if they wake in the night they will be able to go back to sleep. Remember that when starting any new routine with your children it can take time to work, be patient and stick with it. If you have any further concerns about your child’s sleeping habits, then please seek advice from your health visitor or GP.

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Sunday 7th October 12 - 4pm

Dreamland, Margate Free afternoon tea and transport is available. Please call 01843 609336

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Health

PACK A PUNCH LUNCH Back to school and the fight to create a packed lunch worthy of your child’s praise begins! There’s so much to consider; the school’s policy on what should be in the lunchbox, current lunch box trends, (for your own sanity don’t let your children google lunchbox ideas – your child does not need to know about parents who recreate a scene from Star Wars out of celery, cherry tomatoes and a wholemeal wrap to surprise their children!) and finally, what food your children will currently eat! You scour the fridge and cupboards for ideas, but nothing comes to you when faced with a piece of mouldy cheese, a slice of bread which just about passes for ok, except it’s the crust, and a crushed penguin (the chocolate sort, not the arctic kind!) Let’s face it, we’ve all been there before the payday shop! You know you want to provide your child with something healthy, but not too ‘raw diet’ looking, something your child will eat at least enough of to get them through the school day and preferably affordable! Here’s a few tips to get you going: • Try to cover the main food groups. Include sandwiches/pitta/wraps with fillings, such as, chicken, fish, cheese and eggs ... try to avoid highly processed meats, such as, ham. Some form of dairy, cheese, yoghurt or fromage frais ... try to stick to low sugar and reduced TSKA Palm Bay fat options where possible, especially for Tiger Cub cheese which contains a lot of fat. Lastly, pack Karate Club. in some fruit and veg ... an easy way to do this is to include salad in a sandwich, but vegetable palm Bay sticks and dip are a good option too. Primary School.

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Other clubs available every night of the week. We are an inclusive club that welcomes all children. For details please contact Barry 07790 325972

• Your children may want chocolate and crisps, but they really don’t need these foods and many schools don’t allow them anymore. There’s no real nutritional value in them and it’s important to not give children too much sugar, for tooth health and to prevent an afternoon sugar slump. Giving them a lunch box filled with nutritionally rich foods will help with their afternoon learning. • Be sure to pack a drink for your child ... water is the best option, but sugar free squash is fine too. If packing a fruit juice, make sure to limit the volume. Fruit juice is a great way to fit in one of your 5 a day, but it’s recommended to only have one 150ml serving per day.

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• You don’t need to spend a fortune on fresh fruit and veg either! Tinned and frozen is just as good. In the warmer months you can put frozen fruit in to act as an ice pack and by lunch time it should be defrosted. Tinned fruit can be used over a couple of days. Give dried fruit at meal times only to protect teeth. Don’t spend money on bags of carrot batons, buy whole carrots and chop or slice them. Let your child take fruit to mix in with their yoghurt.

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Stay healthy, • Fussy eater? Don’t stress about it too much, it could make the situation worse. Children will eat if they’re hungry and are actually pretty good at regulating their appetites. Try to find alternatives for foods they don’t like e.g. wraps instead of sandwiches, pitta and dip. Maybe give smaller portions too. You can also try pasta or rice salads, tuna pasta with sweetcorn ... be adventurous!

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• Get your child involved in making their own lunch! Don’t give them too much choice otherwise you could be there all night! Offer them a couple of choices, eg: ‘would you like banana or apple?’, ‘cheese or egg in your sandwich?’ If your children are young they can cut their sandwiches into shapes using cookie cutters, (not recommended for teenagers unless you want to ‘ruin their life’)! Thread veg, such as, tomatoes and cucumber chunks, with a chunk of cheese onto cocktail sticks for a change. Getting them involved in cooking and preparing healthy meals will give them a great start to a healthier life later on.

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Educational Life East Kent issue 9 September / October 2018  

'Back to School edition' Educational Life is a magazine which spreads good news from schools and communities across East Kent. We also incl...

Educational Life East Kent issue 9 September / October 2018  

'Back to School edition' Educational Life is a magazine which spreads good news from schools and communities across East Kent. We also incl...

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