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Editor’s Letter Welcome, the summer is well and truly here, isn’t it beautiful and aren’t we lucky to live in such a beautiful place? We hope you have all had a wonderful school year, be that as a pupil, parent, teacher or member of school staff – well done you made it. We have lots of Good News stories from our schools in this edition, so much so we struggled to fit them all in, you will find plenty more on our website, so go check it out. As well as our usual Let’s play, How to and business focus features for you to enjoy, We are very lucky to have plenty of guest writers involved in this edition, enjoy reading the articles and have a go at our competition to win £20 Amazon Gift Voucher. We love to hear from you so don’t forget to get in touch and tell us your ‘Good News’, we would also love to hear what you get up to in and around our area over the summer holidays. Don’t forget to follow us on our website and social media to keep in touch. Wishing you all a fabulous summer break whatever you choose to do, we will see you in September. Claire x


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Contents 21 Bridges walk - for Jimmy




Christchurch Uni and STEM


Northbourne Park Chilton


St Ethelbert’s


Ramsgate Free School


Dover College


Newington 16-17 Upton 18 St Joseph’s



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Everything is Energy


Stay Safe & have fun at the coast


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We had the pleasure in being able to get involved in an event in fundraising For Jimmy, we walked the 21 bridges sponsored walk from Richmond to Tower Bridge across London in aid of this fantastic campaign. The bridges event began back in 2013 as a way of celebrating what would have been Jimmy’s 21st birthday. The event has grown year on year ever since, and alongside raising awareness of the charity, the money raised goes towards the building of Safe Havens with young people in their communities.

We had people stop us to take our photos, people Thank us for what we were doing and people in complete awe, just as we continue to be of the amazing Mizen family. It was a truly wonderful day that my family and I will never forget, we were brought into the For-Jimmy family, we were clapped and cheered at every checkpoint, we were constantly checked on by the guys on the bikes and were greeted at the finish line by a smiling and welcoming Mizen family.

Donning our bright yellow T-Shirts, we set off on what was quite a gruelling 22 miles across London, we got to see parts of London we never knew existed, let alone had seen before, more importantly though we got to speak of Jimmy and share his story with the people who stopped us to chat to find out more. Note; The Safe Haven programme is led by Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs and is designed to develop character, resilience and achievement. They work with groups of 20-25 young people who help to build safer, stronger and more united communities.

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Upton Junior School Children of the World


hildren have been celebrating the rich cultural diversity among their classmates at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs. In recognition of the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, pupils researched and explored a variety of cultures and heritages.

commitment to building a more peaceful world, founded on the values of mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.” Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Free School.

Many of them dressed in colourful outfits reflecting various nations including India, Thailand, Spain and Romania.

Head of Lower School Darci Arthur said: “We encourage our pupils to be children of the world and this global day gave us another opportunity to explore a range of important topics.” In her international message marking the event, Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation) said: “Cultural diversity provides fresh ideas and perspectives that enrich our lives in countless ways, allowing us all to grow and thrive together. A culturally diverse classroom is not only more inclusive, it boosts student learning and achievement.” She described the day as “an opportunity for us all to celebrate the tremendous benefits of cultural diversity, including humanity’s rich intangible heritage, and to reaffirm our


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Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral


n Saturday the 13th May, senior pupils of Northbourne Park School completed their annual 14.7 mile walk to Canterbury Cathedral. The Pilgrimage started with a blessing at the school chapel, St Mary the Virgin, Betteshanger, from School Chaplain, Revd Nigel Hale. The 29 children and supervisors then set off into the beautiful Kentish country side. The pilgrimage is a special event in the school calendar as it gives the senior students a chance to reflect on the experiences they’ve had during their time at Northbourne Park School. Many view it as a rite of passage transitioning into senior school life, and it also gives them a chance to clear their minds and focus, before

they start their exams in a couple of weeks time. One pupil said: ‘’I like the pilgrimage because it gives me a chance to spend some quality time with my best friends before we all split up when school finishes’’. The walk takes the children along the original pilgrim’s path to Canterbury, visiting local churches and eventually finishing at Canterbury Cathedral where they met their parents and received private blessings.

Priscilla Smith, Head of Outdoor Education said: “Congratulations to all the children and staff who completed the 14.7 miles. It was lovely to see such a fine display of great determination both mentally and physically.”

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Park School Teamwork, Fun and Adventure

From dusk ‘til dawn across two weekends in May, senior and intermediate pupils at Northbourne Park School took part in the annual overnight camps.

In the evening they feast on BBQ style food and build their own campfires to cook marshmallows and hot chocolate. The children then crawl into their sleeping bags in their shelters for the night. In the morning they cook breakfast on an open fire of eggs, bacon, sausages and bread. The Senior camp concluded on the Sunday morning with the school Chaplain holding a Sylvan Service of communion for all the children and their families.

This event is a real highlight every year for the children as it allows them to put all the skills they have learnt from leadership lessons to the test. The challenge is to build a shelter from natural resources and spend the night in it.

Head of Outdoor Education Priscilla Smith “If you could distil the essence of childhood into a single activity, it would probably be den building. This is possibly one of the most popular activities at Northbourne Park School as it gives children one of the most exciting nights of their childhood and gives them great memories to remember forever.”

The camp building encourages team work as the shelters are usually shared between 3 to 6 children. During the evening the children take part in a variety of activities including a relay style activity where they have to complete 5 different activities as fast as possible testing their dexterity, teamwork and hand-eye coordination.

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Chilton Primary School Understanding Who We Are

hildren at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate are certain that it is “Good To Be Me”.

That was the important theme of the last term’s work that culminated with a celebration day in classrooms and an exhibition in the main hall for family and friends. Pupils investigated self-esteem and selfworth as well as identity and the importance of family/community. It gave them a chance to find out more about each other and themselves, and the diversity of the school community.

look down on somebody unless you are helping him up” - and this inspirational message was displayed in the main hall. Pupils also explored what diversity means and why it is important to understand who they are and who makes up their local and wider community. Their learning ranged from art work, food tasting, RE and writing. They shared some aspects of their own cultures such as traditional dances, and there was also a home learning task called ‘what makes me?’

During assemblies, the school talked a lot about a quote from Jesse Jackson - “Never

Head of School Kate Law said: “Understanding who we are and about those around us is vital to ensure that we can make and maintain positive relationships with a range of people all throughout our lives. “The learning from this term not only helps children to better understand themselves, but it also allows them a global perspective, to understand how we all fit together as an enormous varied and diverse jigsaw puzzle.” Chilton Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School in Broadstairs and Ramsgate Free School. 10

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St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School Charlton Athletic Football Club at Saint Ethelbert’s Charlton Athletic Football Club came to St. Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School to deliver first class soccer training to Year 3 and Year 4 class. The children had a lovely morning learning new skills, keeping fit and being out on the school fields on one of our less hot days!

One pupil said that she really enjoyed playing football and would love to join the club. This scheme is all free and voluntary and encourages football participation.

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Ramsgate Building an Exciting Future


oung members of the school council returned to the site in Newington Road to prepare another progress report for classmates. “It’s just like building with giant Lego bricks!” That’s the verdict of children watching a 100ft tall crane carefully lower another classroom unit into place as the new Ramsgate Free School takes shape before their eyes.

taking shape now. The children can visualise what their school will be like. It is very exciting for us all, and the school council who are the eyes and ears of their classmates will report back their latest findings.”

And they all agreed: “We can’t wait until it is finished. It is going to be a fantastic place to go to school.” They have monitored the progress from ground clearance and demolition to the arrival and erection of the purpose-built learning centre. Head of School Nick Budge said: “It is really

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Executive Head Teacher Michaela Lewis added: “The local community has clearly caught the buzz of excitement about the new school – we have received lots of requests from parents keen to visit the school and who are interested in placement for their children.” Colin Power, Project Manager for constructors McAvoy, said “It has been a positive project so far and we are happy to report that we are on target for opening on September 3rd.” The primary school is for 420 children aged 4-11 years old. The purpose-built complex will be renamed Ramsgate Arts Primary School to reflect its arts-based facilities including recording studio, music suite, arts and dance centres.

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Pupils Celebrate Cultural Diversity through the Arts A Columbian percussion workshop helped children bang the drum for cultural diversity at Ramsgate Free School. It was just one of a range of activities that celebrated the annual UNESCO global celebration for cultural diversity for dialogue and development. Children also dressed in colourful costumes to celebrate their own and different heritage, and they brought into school class special foods from these cultures to share with classmates, parents and friends Head of School Nick Budge explained: “The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development tends to be marked in countries that embraced their varied cultural history and acknowledged the importance of embracing it. “It is important for children and adults

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to learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony, and celebrate this through art-inspired activities across the whole school

“One of our school values is diversity. What better way of this celebrating this than through our arts curriculum, through music dance, drama and art and food of the different cultures.’’ Ramsgate Free School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School and Chilton Primary School.

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Students from Dover College Inspire at East Kent Science Jamboree


t was our absolute pleasure to meet four students from Dover College who gave their time and knowledge to inspire Year 6 students at the East Kent Science Jamboree. Toby, Dylan, Izzy and Rosie were nominated by their Science Teachers to represent their school and were awarded the accolade because of their hard work, application to their studies, results and attitude towards their peers. At the jamboree, all four were a credit to their school, behaving admirably and teaching the Year 6 pupils with confidence, a wealth of knowledge beyond their years and with an approachable air which put their audiences at ease. During our interview, we were touched by the children’s passion for science and their humility. A handful of the Year 10 students have chosen to study Triple Science for their GCSEs and will be the first year to be assessed purely by exams Triple Science is not a standard subject of the National Curriculum. To study their class have chosen 14


to use their free time and after school periods to learn and their faculty have bent over backwards to facilitate their learning. This hard work and dedication is inspiring to us and it is so important to have people to look up to and to emulate so that we can keep developing and improving as individuals. With this in mind, we wanted to meet the team, to thank them and to find out: Who inspires you? Rosie: “My Dad. When I was little I used to go around work with him and watch everything he did.” Toby: “My parents are inspiring because they are hardworking and really kind.” Dylan: “I’m inspired by anyone who is genuine and hardworking.” Izzy: “The Teachers in our school inspire me. The stories about their careers and what they achieved are really interesting.”

Science Jamboree and Rosie has grown up following his example on the farm. Rosie is in Year 8 and commands a respect and aptitude to teaching way beyond her years;

Just like the teaching staff at Dover College, Rosie’s father Mr Baldwin, invests a great deal of time and energy to help at the East Kent

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College Her passion for science is powerful – it makes you engage too. Many questions were posed to her throughout the day and she was not thrown, instead taking her time to answer carefully and in an encouraging way.

Rosie showing the Queen Bee to Year 6 students at the East Kent Science Jamboree

We cannot express how inspired we are by Rosie, Dylan, Izzy and Toby and hope that you feel inspired to – whether that be to donate your time and knowledge or to apply

yourself to your studies. Perhaps you’ll watch the Screaming Jelly Baby experiment and want to learn more or you’ll want to research how bees literally save our lives. Either way, we are sure you agree it is so important to have someone to look up to. For full interview please visit 15

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Newington Community Outstanding Newington – It’s In The Air!

he sky is the limit for outstanding Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate.

children to celebrate. It is something they will always remember.

Around 800 biodegradable balloons were released into the air to celebrate the top Ofsted rating which is the best outcome the school has ever had. The children from each class lined up on the playing fields in groups spelling out the word

‘Outstanding’ which was filmed from above by an airborne drone taking pictures. Prior to the balloon release, celebration parties were held by pupils in their classrooms with fruit and cakes. Earlier a commemorative flowering Magnolia tree was planted in the school’s ‘quiet garden’ and a garden bench was unveiled, both in memory of deputy head teacher Jo Kettle who died in November last year after a short illness. This ceremony was attended by Rev Shola Aoko from St Christopher’s Church in Newington, who blessed the seat and tree. The seat carries a simple heartfelt plaque that reads “You light the skies..Jo, with love xxx”.

“Jo is always in our hearts at Newington and we chose the same day to plant the tree and unveil the seat in her memory so that she was very much a part of our Ofsted celebrations. Her contribution to the development of our school community will always be acknowledged.” Ofsted inspectors described Newington community primary school as “exceptional” in a detailed report that concludes every aspect of learning and care is “outstanding.”


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My Word! Success at The Speaker 2017 Competition


hildren at Newington community primary school have proved they are never lost for words.

Pupils were challenged to write a speech on this theme: “If animals could talk, how would the world be different?”

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The Speaker 2017 in front a whole-school assembly. Four judges gave feedback as each contestant demonstrated public speaking skills using persuasive argument, facts, challenging pre-conceived ideas, and humour. The young speakers had to fulfil criteria including use of mature words and concepts, a variety of pace, tone and volume, clear and fluid pronunciation, passion and zest.

It generated a huge range of thoughts, ideas, researched information and creativity, as each year group held heats to pick their classroom winners. The top 12 entries presented and performed their thoughts in a competition called

Deputy Head Teacher Hannah Beech said: “All our contestants worked very hard writing and preparing their speeches, and I was particularly pleased to see the team spirit and mutual support shown between them as they made the nerve-wracking walk onto stage alone to perform in front of the whole school.” 17

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Upton Junior School Learning Fun With Creative Art

hildren and parents are getting creative in special art sessions at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs.

Pupils from all year group and their families enjoyed an ‘art attack afternoon’ exploring differing styles, techniques and influences.

The workshop demonstrated how to get started using basic lines and curves to create simple drawing like a Tulip. The parents and pupils had the chance to explore different work stations exploring water colours, pastels, charcoal, collage, modelling and pen drawing.

The session is the first to be held at the school and was overseen by Lynne Walton, head of Upton’s Creative Cats team that covers all aspects of the Arts.

At the end of the session each participant chose the work they felt was their best and assessed it, and then gained positive feedback as others assessed their work. Mrs Walton said: “It was inspiring to see children and families working creatively together. It showed parents the kind of art work we deliver at Upton and the feedback from everyone was very positive. It was a lovely relaxed and positive workshop and I do hope it will be the first of many.” Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Free School. 18

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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School St Joseph’s Are Over the Moon with Science Week


t Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Broadstairs had a truly out of this world experience this term when the Moon (literally) landed at the School in the shape of an impressive set of lunar and meteorite samples loaned to us from the NASA educational scheme.

exciting messengers from space – turning science fiction into science fact. It’s an unforgettable experience to be able to hold such an important part of science history that has made such an incredible journey over millions of miles to reach us – and one we hope will inspire the scientists of the future !” Obtaining the samples from NASA was no mean feat given the priceless nature of the loan and was a matter of rigorous security, vetting and secrecy for many months before the loan.

Samples of Moon rock harvested during the NASA lunar expeditions of the 1960s and 1970s arrived under tight security to kickstart our annual Science Week. Over 382kg of lunar material was brought back to Earth by the manned expeditions, mostly for use by scientists in their studies of the Moon, but a small quantity is on permanent loan in Europe. As such, it was with an enormous sense of awe and privilege, given the priceless nature of the samples. Children from every class were given time to handle the samples and were spellbound by the magic of space and the concepts of time and distance. The scheme is administered in the UK by The Science and Technology Facilities Council and their Chief Executive Office, Dr Brian Bowsher said “This is a great opportunity for young people to be able to see, touch and really experience such important and

Handling the Moon, however, was merely the precursor to an incredibly packed Science week where the usual timetable was abandoned as STEM subjects were brought to life.

So, from decoding a secret message for the School from a satellite orbiting over us with the Monkton Stargazers, to using the school field as a launch pad for V2 rockets with the Royal Engineers Museum Gillingham and bridge building to withstand heavy loads, all our 210 pupils were given an insight into the diverse world of STEM. For full article please visit 19



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Wimbledon Treats Served to Animals at Drusillas Park

The unusual delivery proved a real smash with the whole set, who after batting the balls about managed to polish of the remaining food in minutes.

They might not win against Andy Murray or even do particularly well in a beginner’s tennis class, but nevertheless, a few of the animals at Drusillas Park have been showing off their sporting prowess in the lead up to Wimbledon. Inspired by the Wimbledon Championships, a feast of tasty treats were served up to meerkats Hari and Oleg, Prince the royal python, and Gretel the armadillo. Gretel and Prince took to the court solo to show off their tennis skills, whilst Hari and Oleg went head to head in an intense singles match. The strange service was made as part of the zoo’s enrichment programme, which ensures a diverse diet is enjoyed in imaginative and unusual ways. Enrichment is carried out within all the enclosures on a daily basis to encourage the animals to work a little harder for their food as they would in the wild as well as providing mental stimulation.

The meerkats took full advantage of their lunch-time munch dished up in the customised balls. The pair rallied around the prized platters taking the balls near to break point, as they excitedly dug out their dinner. Hari was first to make an approach and proved the top seed. His fierce approach to tackling the ball saw a knockout win for the plucky meerkat. Oleg gave the match a bit of attention and briefly brought the score to deuce. A little while later Oleg lost interest and Hari stole the win.

The other contestants didn’t display an awful lot of talent; Gretel the armadillo played a good first half before giving up to dig furiously in the corner, whilst Prince the royal python didn’t quite get to grips with the game and instead coiled around the tennis ball keeping it safe from any further game play. After watching a few interesting sets, Drusillas have decided to pin all their Wimbledon hopes on meerkat Hari, who seems to have quite an aptitude for the sport. Although, the jury is still out on whether sitting on your team mate to stop them getting the ball is strictly allowed… 23

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July 16th – Whitstable Motor Show – Tankerton Slopes

20th – Intergenerational Project 27th - Seaside Safari [NEKMPA reserve [Newington Big Local & Age UK]- Newington places:] - 08:30 Community Centre, Princess Margaret Westgate Bay [Ages 4-14 £1pp] Avenue, Newington [Ages 8 -19, 25 if additional needs with those aged 50+] 27th - Intergenerational Project [Newington Big Local & Age UK]- Newington Community Centre, Princess Margaret Avenue, Newington 22nd – 24th July – Whitstable Oyster [Ages 8 -19, 25 if additional needs with those Festival aged 50+] 27th – Peppa Pig Comes to Dreamland

[Dreamland Free Event to reserve tickets] – 12:00 – 17:00

28th - Seaside Safari [NEKMPA reserve 22nd – Best Fest [Newington Big Local] 13:00 – 17:00 Princess Margaret Avenue, Newington

22nd - Ramsgate Festival 23rd – Ramsgate Carnival [4pm] 23rd – Chalkie Chalkie at Tankerton Beach [Whitstable Oyster Festival] 24th – 29th Young Photographers Exhibition – King Street Studio, Margate 26th – Seaside Safari [NEKMPA reserve places:] - 08:30 Minnis Bay [Ages 4-14 £1pp]


places:] – 09:30 St Mildred’s Bay [Ages 4-14 £1pp]

29th - Seaside Safari [NEKMPA reserve places:] – 09:00 East Cliff, Ramsgate [Ages 4-14 £1pp] 29th – Alfie Gough 5k, 10k & 1k children’s

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30th - Seaside Safari [NEKMPA reserve places:] – 10:00 Western Undercliff, Ramsgate [Ages 4-14 £1pp] August 2nd – Broadstairs Fireworks

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12th - Seaside Safari [NEKMPA reserve places:] – 09:00 Stone Bay, Broadstairs [Ages 4-14 £1pp]

4th – Margate Soul Festival, Margate Sea

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6th – Margate Carnival 14:30 – 17:30 Palm Bay to Westbrook

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20th – Herne Bay Classic Auto Show [Herne Bay Bay Fest] Herne Bay Sea Front

10th – Paw Patrol Appearance [Dreamland Free Event to reserve tickets] – 12:00 – 17:00

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11th – 18th Broadstairs Folk Week (see image right)

12th – Bikes at the Bay – 08:00 Sandwich Showground, Ash Road, Sandwich

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Recycling for Thanet with TDC

Thanet District Council has launched a new educational booklet which is available to all local schools in the area and highlights the importance of recycling and looking after the environment. The booklet was presented to children at St Laurence Junior School during a dedicated recycling session run by the Council’s Environmental Educational Officer.



The ‘Recycle for Thanet and Save Our Planet’ booklet contains fun activities for children to take part in, as well as using engaging pictures and tips to educate them on the importance of recycling at home, why recycling is important for the planet, plus how they can make a difference. The booklet also features the council’s three recycling mascots which were all designed by pupils from across the district following a primary school competition. Two of the mascots – Mr Trasher designed by Scott Rooney from Cliftonville Primary School and Barry the Brilliant Bin, designed by Bella Rowe from St Laurence College can already be seen on the council’s suite of mechanical road sweepers. The latest mascot ‘Captain Climate’, designed by Molly Whitnall, a pupil at St Laurence Junior School, is featured on the council’s brand new refuse truck. The dedicated recycling sessions delivered by the council’s education officer involve props and interactive games to highlight how we recycle specifically in Thanet, how this relates to the rest of our planet and the consequences of global warming. It also covers the impact of litter on marine

life, the problems with dog fouling and the different initiatives the council runs to improve the environment we live in, for example FIDO (our dog waste removal machine). Another initiative launched by the council for the summer months is #2 Minute Beach Clean. The idea is to encourage any beach users to spare two minutes to carry out their own beach clean, and also act as a reminder that looking after our beaches is everyone’s responsibility!

These stations are all around the main beaches - giving everyone a chance to join in on their own quick clean up! The Beach station ‘A’ frames provide the equipment required - plastic bags and a litter picker - as well as important information on keeping safe whilst cleaning, before returning the equipment. Residents and visitors are also asked to donate any old carrier bags to the stations and help keep them stocked

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2 Minute Beach Stations can be found at the following beaches during the main summer season:

By educating younger residents, environmental talks and encouraging activities such as beach cleans, the council is making some really positive steps forward to ensuring Thanet is the clean and welcoming environment we all want to see.


• Minnis Bay, Birchington • West Bay, Westgate • St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate • Westbrook, Margate • Margate Main Sands (x2) • Margate Harbour (Visitor Informatin Centre) • Walpole Bay, Cliftonville • Palm Bay (Sacketts Gap c/o Jet Ski World) • Joss Bay, Kingsgate • Stone Bay, Broadstairs • Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs • Ramsgate Main Sands

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up for the next person to use. A beach business, bay inspector or responsible person looks after the stations and ensures they are used correctly. On finishing the beach clean, people are encouraged to take a quick image of the litter they collect and share it on social media to help spread the anti-litter message and show the good work that they are doing! as the campaign hashtag is #2minutebeachclean and #ThanetCoast

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The Stressful Challenge of Being a Millennium Teen

With our younger years behind us and the responsibilities that come with being a grown up and parent, it’s easy to look at the youth of today and say ‘you don’t know how lucky you are, stop worrying.’ I recall such statements well, blurted out by parents or elders, trying to convince me ‘I had no idea’ what stress was. This, at the time, left me feeling my worries weren’t important, and even more confused and miserable. This was how I felt way back as a 90’s teen when I only had to sit 5 exams because the subjects I specialised in were project based, job prospects were good, and ringing from a payphone was the only way to contact me. In comparison, I feel today’s teens have way more pressure than I ever did back then and sadly evidence confirms this.

is the increasing evidence which supports the link between young people’s depleting mental wellbeing and the pressures of education, social media, relationships, and the current political and economic climate.

Education Pressure

Educational pressure is not just experienced by young people, but also schools, teachers, and families through expectancy to achieve excellent exam results and outcomes. Wellmeaning statistics continually provided to teens by governments, parents, schools, and the media regarding the link between revision, good results, and succeeding have been found to inadvertently set young people up to place high standards upon themselves and instil a fear of failure within them, if not reached.

Social media Pressure

Further pressure comes with the digital age. Millennium teens wade through landscapes where everything is expected to be perfect, instant and available 24/7, including themselves. Teenagers regrettably feel under pressure to keep up with social media and their body image. A recent study found teenagers were feeling pressurised into replying to the constant bombardment of messages, staying in the social loop, looking good and remaining popular within the newsfeed.

Relationship Pressure The Reality for Millennium Teens

Stress and anxiety are no longer a surprise in the lives of young people today, but gloomily expected. Six in ten (63%) British young people surveyed in 2016 by You Gov UK, stated that they experienced levels of stress and anxiety to the point that it had an impact on their daily life. I’m sure you’d agree, that this is frighteningly ‘not okay’ and neither 28

Relationships are an integral part of most people’s lives, so it’s no surprise that teens also feel they have the added pressure of dealing with, and feeling they shoulder, problems of family, friends and their partners. However, the increased pressure element according to the Princes Trust says 46% of young people don’t talk to anyone about situations that impact their day-to-day life. The potential health risks of not gaining help when needed are known to most.

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New research shows the U.K’s current political climate is adding to millennium teens buckling pressure. Not only are teens concerned about the out-of-reach prospect of getting a job, owning their own house and having a good standard of living, but they also bear witness to the population being affected by the economic downturn. Financial cuts within businesses, job insecurity, and increasing demands upon employees to achieve more, but with fewer resources is resulting in the mental health of adult role models becoming affected. Naturally, if adult role models don’t have the necessary resilience skills to manage current challenges, they are less equipped to support the younger generation.

Control the underlying factor

Evidence of pressures faced by millennium teens can leave you feeling like they are somewhat doomed. However, just because outlined factors can lead to today’s millennium teens becoming stressed does not mean they will experience it to its severity, or they won’t be able to cope with it. Stress only develops when the demands of a situation are perceived beyond a person’s control, in which they feel they have no resources to overcome it. Supporting teens to explore how they may have more control over a situation than they currently feel they have is the first step, in lasting measures, to managing pressure. Supporting teens to let go of what they have no control over is the second step. In doing so, teens are better able to regulate emotions, handle stress, and develop coping strategies and networks of support when challenged. Here is a helpful technique to support teens to recognise and manage control when challenged;

Focus on what you can control

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When feeling challenged, ensure a teen is focusing on what they can control, reminding them the only control they have is of their thoughts and actions. To help with this, suggest they write a list of whatever is causing them

stress/upset. Then next to each concern ask them to place a tick to denote what is within their control, and a cross to denote what is not. Once the list is complete, ask them to only place their attention on each ticked concern and answer the following questions; •What can I do to make this situation better? •What resources or people might I need to help me?’ Whatever answers come up; support the teen to put their solutions into action. If a teen is having difficulty letting go of what’s not within their control, here are some helpful questions to help them make sense of the reasons and move forward; •What are you afraid will happen if you let go? •What is possibly the worst that could happen? Is it true? What can you do to handle that? •What ways can you help yourself to let go and accept any outcomes? Let’s be honest, teens today are facing more pressures than previous generations have had to contend with, and they aren’t going to go away overnight. Supporting teens to enhance their skill of recognising and managing control is just one way of equipping them to successfully ride the rocky and challenging road of being a millennium teen. Written By Ursula Wood 29

Co m Ne mu w nit s y Did you know.... local Broadstairs Youth Club, The Zone has been running for 12 years now? Are you one of the hundreds of young people who have passed through its doors, meeting friends or making new ones, having the opportunity to go on trips such as ice skating, canoeing, camping and visiting theme parks?

The aspiration is that the café will become a local community ‘hub’, where people of all ages meet and become friends.

I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria a stalwart of the club who spends hours endlessly campaigning and fundraising for the club and the local youth. With such pride and passion Victoria said ‘We’ve seen bands take their tentative first steps with us, encouraged new skills to be developed which takes a young person on a new journey towards university, college or work, sorted out a few disputes, provided a shoulder to cry on or just been there to listen, offered guidance and support, then sometimes we’ve just stepped back and watched the confidence grow, along the way we have always joined in the laughter and fun amongst a brilliant bunch of teens’

Find out more about their fundraising on our website.

We talked about the history of the club and its very exciting future, the club has just taken on the lease from Thanet Council for the old sports pavilion at St Peter’s Recreation ground. Fundraising is in full flow to help counter the years of neglect and vandalism the building has sustained. The aim is to start a Youth and Community Café, giving some much needed flexibility to provide an increased youth service and enable them to open their doors to the wider community. ‘It will provide a sociable, friendly space where people can just drop in for a coffee and a chat’ 30

We wish the best of luck with their continued fundraising endeavours and look forward to popping by for a coffee.

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ai Chi is a non-competitive martial art, known for both self-defence techniques and its health benefits.As an exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness and flexibility and to reduce the risk of falls in older people. It appears to reduce pain and the symptoms of depression. Tai Chi systems are the result of Ancient Chinese traditions that has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety. A form of “meditation in motion”. Advocates claim that it promotes serenity and inner peace. The phrase “Tai Chi Ch’uan” translates to “Supreme ultimate fist” or “boundless fist” Tai chi can be traced back to Taist and buddhist Monasteries. The system is considered to be safe for people of all ages, as it does not put too much stress on joints and muscles. In every movement, every part of the body must be light and agile and move


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together. The postures should be without breaks. Motions should be rooted in the feet, relaxed trough the legs, directed by the waist and expressed by the fingers. Substantial and insubstantial movements must be clearly differentiated. Just what is Tai Chi. There are many styles and forms of Tai chi. The major ones being. Chen, Yang Wu and another Wu (actually two different words in Chinese) and Sun. Each Style or system has its own unique features, although most styles share similar principles. Tai Chi, as one of the most powerful mind-body exercise, teaches the student to be aware of intrusive energy from which he or she can perceive self-control and empowerment.

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Health, Fitness Let’s Get Physical


he summer holidays are fast approaching and for some of us that will hopefully mean some time off work to spend with our families and enjoy time with our children. Deciding what to do with the kids can be a tricky one! Days out can be expensive and too much time at home can lead to bored and restless children and stressed out parents! Older children can prove difficult to entertain preferring to spend time on one of their many devices than interact with the family. The summer holidays are a great opportunity to encourage your child to be more active and also the perfect time to get yourself moving about a bit more and releasing that inner child! Children will learn by example, so the more active you are the more active they are likely to be.

How much activity do we need? Babies should be encouraged to be active as much as possible, this can be anything from kicking their legs, to crawling and trying to pull themselves up. Once your baby is mobile, encourage them to be as active as possible. Always make sure your baby is supervised and in a safe environment.


Toddlers need 3 hours of physical activity a day – wow! Don’t panic – this includes moving around indoors, rolling around, playing, as well as higher energy activities, such as skipping, ball games and running. A trip to the park or children’s play centre is great as they can use climbing frames, soft play or ride a trike! Children aged 5-18 years need 60 minutes of activity every day. This should include a variety of moderate activity, playing outdoors, walking etc. to more vigorous

activity, such as sports and running. Three days a week should include some form of exercise that strengthens the bones and muscles, such as push ups, running and jumping. Children should not really be using weights in their exercise routines as their bodies are still growing and significant muscle changes can cause issues as the bones grow. Always make sure you seek advice on how to do an exercise properly if you’re unsure.

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As adults, (19-65), you should be aiming to do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate cardio based activity a week, things such as, walking, cycling, aerobics classes etc. That can be 30 minutes, 5 times a week or whatever works best for you. Even 3 ten minute sessions spread throughout the day is beneficial. Aim for at least 2 strength training sessions a week too. So what can you do with your children to help them be more active? Go for family walks – there’s plenty of nice areas to walk around Kent. For younger children it’s also a great opportunity to look for nature. Cycling – if you all have bikes, find a safe cycle route and go for a ride. Swimming – great activity for all and low impact. Children of all ages love swimming! Garden/park sports – rounders, tennis, cricket, dodgeball, badminton, volleyball, football. Team up with other families and take a healthy picnic for afterwards. If you’re lucky enough to have a trampoline – get on it with the kids – 10 minutes of bouncing is as good as a 30 min jog! At home – play games that involve activity. Get your kids to pretend to be a variety of animals; bears, dinosaurs, crabs, spiders, butterflies – all these animals make great movements that will work the whole body. Don’t forget to join in yourself!

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Online – one way to use the digital world to get active is to use one of the many free online workouts available. If you have children that are disabled or in a wheelchair contact Kent Sport or Thanet District Council who may be able to direct you to clubs and activities that will be specially designed to help your child get the most out of them. Stay Healthy-Leanne x Article by Leanne Hawker - Official AFN food Champion - For more information please visit 33


Everything is Energy

Have you ever felt energy? No. Well rub your hands together very fast for about ten seconds and then move them apart slowly and then just be aware of what’s happening. Some people say they feel tingles between, others it’s a warmth, there’s no right or wrong. Everything you see, and I mean everything is made from energy, it just moves at different vibrations to make it look solid, or not. And how can you say there’s bad energy, have we got two boxes to put it in? No, Everything is Energy, one source and that’s it. So us Humans, we’re all packaged up tight in our body, vibrating at different levels to make us visible, the skin, the hair and all the nicely put together parts inside. Then we add in the invisible, thoughts, feelings & emotions are just energy too. Voila one highly complex energy being. Just like your car when it doesn’t perform how you want it to you take it to the garage, go through a diagnostic and maybe have a service. Well that’s what I do, I’m a mechanic, I find the faults and repair energetic beings. How do I do this? I’ve trained in many modalities but most of what I do is based on the tools and processes of Access Consciousness in my opinion the Rolls Royce of energy healing, and it works quickly. It works in all areas of our lives.

One of the basic techniques of Access Consciousness is to ask questions.


We’ve been taught our whole lives to look for an answer. The purpose of a question is to actually ask it from the curiosity of a child, let it go, and allow an awareness to show up. An awareness is like a feather-light touch. It may come to you as a passing thought, a dream, a call from a friend, information you overhear in a conversation, a book you read at just the right time. An answer is a conclusion. It assumes that you know where things are going and it stops the energy. It also stops anything else from showing up that you can’t ‘think’ of or imagine is possible. Wouldn’t it be more fun to ask for something to change and then be surprised at how and when it shows up? It’s like how children think of their birthday – they know it is coming and they know it is going to be amazing. Heres a link that will give you more information on questions.

http://access-consciousness-blog. com/2015/06/simple-question-tochange-your-life/ What if we can change things by just asking a question. Sounds so far fetched but it does work, Here’s a few to try What else is possible? How does it get any better than this? (try using this for 3 days after everything good or bad that happens) What are the infinite possibilities? What would it take for (whatever you desire) to show up? What does the planet require of me? What am I grateful for today? What would it take for this to turn out far greater than I could imagine?

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(OK Grown-Ups too) there’s always something that can enthral them and make them go WOW. I love working with children, they are so open to the things I do to move the energy blockages. I’ve taught them how to remove people they don’t like energetically from their knowing, putting them in the cosmic dustbin. How to stop hurting after a fall. To calm down the angst and put their faith in themselves. Exam nerves and studying. All using my knowing and techniques. I call it Magic !


The aim of all parents is to raise happy, balanced children who look out to the future with expectation and wonder at world that is so exciting that they want to explore everything and do it with ease. That’s what our parents wanted for us and we’re following in their footsteps, but the worlds changed and is continuing to do so very, very quickly. Children are losing their connection with the natural world around them as they are being entrained into the technological age. It’s giving them knowledge beyond anything that their parents knew, and way beyond any generations before that, but it’s also adding on pressures that we’ve not experienced before, the world has come to play. The home and school dynamic has changed too, entering the system at a younger age and staying on longer, the days of age 5-15/16 are long in the past. It’s even being seen that very young children are showing signs of stress and this is worrying for everyone. I meet parents who are frustrated they about being able to be there for their children in a way that the child can respond positively to. Children love magic, it doesn’t matter what at what age they are, from tots to teens

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am gearing myself up for an emotional few weeks, with speech days and prize giving end of term plays and services with the ending of school chapters and the beginning of new ones. You see, my eldest left school this month. That’s it, A Levels done. No more school days. The end of an era and it has me nostalgic. To say I am proud of him is an understatement. I am immensely proud of him, not least because it was touch and go for a while there, a few times we thought he would never darken school corridors again but he made it right up to the last day. Coming to the end of an era like that is emotional for them but for us parents too. I still remember every milestone – his first and last day at primary, first day at secondary school (then the next secondary and then the next…) and then all of a sudden, this strapping lad can put his arm around me and tuck me under his shoulder, but he will always be my little boy, my all grown up little boy!

as well as a teenager who has suddenly become a man. They have all of the pressures of school on them; completing their A Levels, having hormones, work and social lives…stressful times for all concerned! Now is the anxious wait for the results before yet another beginning in September. University, the workplace… who knows! But hey, what does it matter? His last summer holiday awaits!

a week and we believe we know everything! To my middle son and all his year 6 counterparts, Good Luck! Good luck with the transition to secondary school and your futures – it will go so quickly and before you know it you will be leaving again. To my eldest son and to all of you who have made it to the end of your school careers, I say a huge well-done for a truly fantastic achievement! I hope you all get what you need in your results and whatever awaits you in the future is fun and fulfilling. To all pupils and students know that we are proud of you on your academic journey as you strive to find your places in the world… now get your heads down and study! To all my fellow parents sharing my emotions, hold it together and be proud of our babies…we made them and they made it!

I have said so many times that being a teenager these days is no easy task. I know, I have a teenage daughter

Talking of new beginnings… what happens to our little ones when they are just about to leave primary school? They are suddenly big fish in little oceans, able to sit on the gym benches in school assembly and it goes to their heads! I have one of those too. We’re in the last week of primary school, we are growing about 4 inches


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Educational Life Issue 2 Summer 2017 South East Kent  
Educational Life Issue 2 Summer 2017 South East Kent  

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