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Kent College Does it again despite changes!

Better and Better!!! Kent College students and staff are celebrating another record year for A level results, with over 79% passed at grades A*-B, a 100% pass rate and almost half of all grades at A* - A.

Kent College is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results following this summer’s examinations. The courses have changed, the grading has changed for some subjects, the nature of assessments has changed with much less emphasis on coursework – but the personalised approach at Kent College has ensured that student success is the same as ever.

Along with top scores in the IB announced in July these A level results secure UCAS points in the new tariff (the basis for university offers) with an average of over 160 per student: the equivalent of A* A* A.

The overall pass rate was 100% and most students achieved 5 grades at the equivalent of A*-C. Around 70% of all grades achieved were equivalent to A* – B grades. These statistics follow on from the best ever results at A level and IB already announced.

Executive Head Master, Dr. David Lamper said,

Executive Head Master Dr David Lamper said,

“I am delighted with the very high levels of academic achievement shown by the students who took examinations this summer. They worked extremely hard whilst at the same time adding an immense amount to the extra curricular, musical, dramatic and sporting life of our community. They have been excellent ambassadors of Kent College and they deserve every success. I am also delighted for my colleagues who have worked so hard in supporting and nurturing the development of all our students. Many congratulations to them all.

“The pupils have achieved an excellent set of results in spite of the changes to courses and assessments, and so have secured sound foundations for the next stage in their educational career. On top of wonderful A level and IB results, our students can be very proud of their achievements. Congratulations to them and to all of my colleagues for the hard work which makes excellent results like these possible”

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The Charles Dickens School celebrates the GCSE results with its students this year who have achieved well in the face of the changes to both the grading and examination system for English and Mathematics. Mr Richard Morgan, Head of School commented “I am pleased for the 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, and for the GCSE examination system. I am positive the School will continue to grow from strength to strength.” Students achieved 46% 5A*-C grades of which 36% 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. There are too many students to mention individually!

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Students at Dane Court Grammar School celebrated the results of years of hard work today as they collected their GCSE results. The curriculum for Maths and English is new, and much more complex. Results were particularly excellent at the school in English, Maths, Science, Art, Food Technology and Drama. Top scoring students were Sophie Ait Tayeb, Olivia Button, Mathew Cherian, Molly Hall, Daniel Nisan, Eljoh Balajadia, Lily Finch, Emma Laffargue, Antonio Romei, Sophie Buchanan, Kurt Harris, Leah Henniker, Mia Jacobs, Siobhan Joseph, Poppy Langman, Katie Longley, Charlotte Williams, Tasmin Wilmshurst and Ben Weatherley, all of whom gained nine or more top grades. Head Teacher Andrew Fowler said, “I am thrilled for our students, and congratulate them on their excellent results. They have worked hard for these grades, and they


deserve their success. I would also like to thank their teachers and parents for their incredible support.” Sarah Snaydon, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Key Stage 4, commented, “Our students have worked hard, often having to overcome difficult circumstances. There are some lovely characters in this year group, and I have enjoyed working with them. I am delighted that they have achieved such great results. They can now progress to their chosen sixth form courses.”

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Royal Harbour Academy Following the introduction of new GCSEs in English and Maths students at the Royal Harbour Academy have worked hard to deal with the greater challenge presented by these considerably more difficult qualifications. Headteacher, Simon Pullen was pleased with how Year 11 responded to having to adapt to new qualifications within a short time frame and said he was proud of what the students had achieved. Paul Johnson, Head of

Upper Site said,

“As always I would like to say well done to all our Year 11 students who have worked so hard to this year and to thank staff for their huge commitment in helping the students . I am looking forward to many of our students staying with us in our successful 6th Form.”

The Royal Harbour Academy is celebrating another excellent set of Sixth Form results for its students. 90% of students who studied the prestigious International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme passed the qualification and 100% of students passed their BTEC qualifications. Headteacher, Simon Pullen, was delighted with the results and said, “I am pleased with all the results and especially the success with the International Baccalaureate. In our third year of sitting the qualification not only did we have a very good pass rate but Maths Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology and IT in a Global Society all had average grades above the world average.” Ollie Donohoe, Head of Sixth Form, said, “I am pleased with the results and am very proud that along with the good grades, all those students who have applied to university have won a place. Whether the students are going to University, starting an apprenticeship or going straight into employment, they are equipped with the qualifications and skills to be highly successful post 18”. Linda Regan, Head of the International Baccalaureate Programme said, “I am very proud of all the students who have worked so hard over the past two years. They have had a huge impact in the life and running of the school and I wish them well with their next steps and in their future careers.”


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ol ho ms p Sc eaw -tus ENx snudl oeu RR Despite the introduction of tougher exams, the top grades at St Lawrence College have increased again this year, with 13% of all GCSE grades at A*, and 1/3 of all grades A* or A. St Lawrence College is again celebrating an increase in top A Level grades, following on from last year’s success, with30% of all grades at A*/A. Amongst the top grades were Stephen Dolan, who with four A* grades is off to Oxford University to study Engineering, and Hajin Dho, who with A*A*A grades will be studying Medicine. Local girl Krissy Boon will be taking up a place at Sussex studying Medical Neuroscience after securing A*A*A grades, and Lexie Dahms achieved the rare distinction of an A* in both French and Spanish, and will be studying Modern Languages at Durham. Last year’s Head of School, Flora Liu, will take up her place at King’s College, London, after gaining five A Levels, including one in Japanese that she took for fun! Principal Antony Spencer commented, “These great results are the culmination of years of hard work by pupils and staff and, as well as the excellent results by the most able, I applaud the achievements of all those getting their results today. We have pupils with a range of ability but 77% gained at least one A*-B grade, giving them greater choice when it comes to the next stage of their studies. At St Lawrence we follow traditional, academic A Levels as the best route into top universities, and our STEM results were of particular note; a remarkable 63% of Chemistry grades were A*/A and 63% of Maths grades were A*-B. Such results validate the investment we are making into these areas, as we complete the building of our new £5 Million Science, Design and Art building.”

STEM subjects featured prominently in the success with Biology gaining 84% A*/A, Chemistry 63%, Physics 68% and Computing 75% A*/A. Top individual performances included Joseph Spencer (11 A*/A grades), Todor Karidimov (9 A*/A including a prestigious 9 in Maths and A* with Distinction in Further Maths), Ujwal Gurung with 10 A*/A grades and Ribisha Thapa with 9 A*/A. Principal Antony Spencer commented: “I am delighted by the way our pupils responded to the more challenging GCSEs, and they clearly have much success ahead of them at both A Level and for university entry.”


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St Anselms Catholic School

We are delighted that once again GCSE students at St. Anselm’s Catholic School have achieved excellent results. The school is forecasting a positive ‘Progress 8’ score based on the results that pupils have achieved. The vast majority of pupils will be staying on in our Sixth Form to study a range of academic and vocational subjects. We are very pleased that the hard work of the students has paid off and they can be proud of their efforts. These GCSE results, allied to very pleasing AS and A Level results last week, are an illustration of the continued success of pupils at the school.

A Level results at St Anselm’s Catholic School in 2017 were very pleasing. Students in Year 13 achieved excellent A*/A/B pass rates in A Levels and Distinction/Merit passes in vocational subjects. Overall, 57% of entries were A*/A/B or Distinction*/ Distinction/Merit. These results and are a testament to the hard work of the students and the support of the staff at the school. Because of their achievements in examinations, our students will go on to further study in Higher Education in fields including Natural Sciences, Mathematics, English, History, Sport, Computing and Healthcare. Some will move into Higher Apprenticeships and others will begin employment in local and national companies. Headteacher Mr M Walters said “this is another excellent set of results achieved by the pupils at St Anselm’s. They and the staff at the school have worked very hard and we are very proud of them. We look forward to hearing of their successes in Higher Education and employment and of the contributions they will make to their communities”.

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Ursuline College

Ursuline College students celebrated outstanding success in today’s AS and A-Level results, meaning another year of excellent academic and personal achievement for a school awarded good in its most recent Ofsted. The school is very pleased to announce another set of encouraging GCSE results with a strong performance in English and Maths which is particularly pleasing in view of the new specifications and measures in those subjects. Stand out performances in English came from Ned Piggott, Eleanor Gwynne, Jaycee Horton, Niamh Hopgood and Amy Goodfellow who achieved grades 7 to 9 in both Language and Literature. Overall individual high achievement came from Bartosz Mazur and Weronika Pudlo who attained 11 top grade GCSEs; Bartosz with 10 A*-B grades and Weronika gaining 9 A*-B. A number of subjects performed particularly well including RE with over half of the students gaining A*-B grades; a similar performance was seen in Media Studies. Both BTEC sport and BTEC Dance had successful outcomes with 100% passes at Level 2 with Dance achieving 4 Distinction* grades. Executive Headteacher, Stephen Adamson said ‘I am pleased with the achievement of all students and thank the staff for their hard work and dedication and parents for their support. As always we look forward to building upon these results in the forthcoming year.’


For the third consecutive year, results have improved in all areas with an overall pass rate of 95% including a noticeable increase in A*-C grades. The school has achieved its best ever results in vocational subjects with an overall pass rate of 100% and over two thirds of students achieving Distinction*/ Distinction. Outstanding achievements include Christos Alamaniotis will be studying Bio-Chemistry at the University of Sussex and Krupa Binu will be attending Queen Mary to study Pharmaceutical Science. A large number of students are progressing on to higher education and have successfully secured places on courses to study Business, Psychology, Media Relations, Music Technology, Law, History and English. The development of the Sixth Form has been a priority for school improvement which in the past year has included the opening of a new Sixth Form centre. The dedicated study rooms and computer facilities have further developed independent study skills and therefore progress as is reflected in the ever increasing results. Students that face significant challenges achieved extraordinary results, outperforming all other students with 100% pass rate and nearly 40% of these grades at A*-B.

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We were pleased to see that so many pupils performed exceptionally well and rose to the challenge of the new ‘harder’ GCSEs in English and maths. A number of pupils achieved grade 8s in maths, there were also grade 7s and 8s in English Language and Literature. As in previous years, creative arts have secured remarkable results with 100% in textiles, 95% in fine art and 94% Cs and above in photography. Headteacher, Ana Gibson was especially delighted, demonstrating that the school is moving in the right direction and has a solid platform

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for further improvement. Special mention should be given to Holly Andrews, who secured grade 6s and 7s with the new more challenging GCSEs. Courtney Firminger secured grade 7 and 8s for her core subjects and A & A* grades for fine art, science, ICT and food technology. Dylan Small performed exceptionally well in maths (grade 8) English (grade 6) and the triple sciences achieving AAA grades. Oscar Jackson also secured grade 8 in maths and an A for computer science. Pupils, teachers and parents have all worked intensely for this moment and their hard work has paid off. An ice cream van was on-site to provide cool refreshments as a ‘thank you’ to all.

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Ramsgate Arts Free School Open their doors for the first time!

Bright, beautiful and brilliant – that’s what pupils feel about Thanet’s first specialist arts primary that has opened its doors for the start of the new school year. The new specialist curriculum has a pioneering focus on art, drama, dance and music being taught for half of every day in purpose-built studios, balanced with learning the core International Primary Curriculum. With arts development central to the school, a year-long learning arrangement with the award-winning Turner Contemporary in Margate is already under way. Head of school Nick Budge said: “For a specialist arts school, the link with such a prestigious gallery as Turner Contemporary is fantastic for our pupils and our staff. “It is widely recognised as one of the leading art centres in the UK and we are proud to be working with their team. This is an amazing journey that marries art and education.” As pupils settled into their spacious and bright new world, the school council members who visited the Newington Road site as it was being constructed in the last year shared their thoughts on their new surroundings.

Jacob: “It is 1000 times better than our old school. There is so much more space, with room to explore.” Josephine: “It is great to have a large playground and field to ourselves.” Jamie: “There is more room to learn and do experiments and it is not so noisy. My family said it is fantastic, and I agree a million times over.” Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Juniors at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary. Executive Head teacher Michaela Lewis said: “The new build is a great step forward for the area – it is a fabulous space for teaching and learning and is somewhere that the children of Thanet can flourish in our arts programme.” Turner Contemporary’s Schools Officer said “It is fantastic to see a new Thanet primary school putting arts at the heart of their approach. We are delighted that Ramsgate Arts Primary School has taken the initiative to make the most of our world class programme and unique expertise to enhance their curriculum across 2017/18.”

Head boy Malaki said: “It is very exciting to have a new school built just for us. I saw it go from a pile of rubble to this brilliant place. It was like magic.” Head girl Lilly agreed: “It makes me feel cosy and safe. It is quieter for learning, even though there are lots of children. It is a lovely place to be to do our work and have fun.” 14

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Monkton Nature Reserve had a fantastic turn out for their annual Open Day which was held this year on the 6th August. The Reserve had free entry for the day and attracted hundreds of visitors through the doors for a day of activities, stalls, live music, refreshments, and tombolas.

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WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THANET WANDERERS RUGBY CLUB! How much more community based can you get than a club, like Thanet Wanderers, who cater for all ages from the very young to the (very!) old? Everyone is involved and included in this thoroughly family orientated club. We feel immensely privilidged to be involved and able to form these partnerships within the community. Are you involved with a club, society or group or do you know of one that would welcome some support and think it would benefit our community by working together. Get in touch, our door is always open and the kettle is always on, lets chat about how we can support one another. See the link below to the online article about our new sponsorship agreement with TWRUFC:

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My name is Jolyon Marks and I have been a sports coach for 20 years. Whilst away travelling in the mid-nineties I decided that on my return I wanted to attend university and the only thing that had constantly been a huge part of my life to that point was sport and that has not changed yet! The reason I chose sports coaching as a career, is not just because I personally love sport, it’s because of the change that you see in people that take part. Sport is so much more than just health and fitness, although these are pretty good side effects! Sport is a means of teaching through fun and I strongly believe everyone can play sport. I have heard a lot of children say “I’m not sporty” or “no one wants me on their team” and the thing I take the most enjoyment from is turning those opinions around because all children can have fun whilst playing sport, it’s just a case of working out which sport they enjoy.

When a child is actively taking part in a session they pick up vital skills, physical literacy being the most obvious but this is not just coordination and that ability to throw or catch, it’s understanding how to get the best from themselves. Teaching children about body parts, warming up and cooling down. We also teach a lot of important skills such as numbers, shapes, colours, letters and as children get older these become more complex Another huge part of sport is communication. My wife and I met through sport and both believe strongly in the benefits of children playing sport to their communication skills, it’s a sociable environment where they will mix with people they would never otherwise. I believe this is one of the most important life skills I leave with children I coach, a better ability to interact with others, because you have to be a good communicator to play sport. This is not

When I coach I pride myself in being able to reach all children. This took me years to be able to do because gender, age, culture and disability are amongst the challenges you face as a coach. I find that every child will respond and enjoy their time with me when you find what it is that they enjoy, that rapport is what enables you to deliver sport.


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just speech, it’s listening, I have two small children and understand as well as anyone the importance of children learning to listen, and sports help with this. Understanding body language is another valuable skill, as lots of communication is not necessarily verbal. I have coached many children from primary school right up to university. I have seen what amazing young people these kids have become and believe that a lot of their success is down to playing sport. I would like to think I played a part in that success, as my passion for sport transferred across to them. I have coaches that now work for me that I have known for many years, coached myself, who have the same level of passion for sport, and so the circle continues.


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m o c | e c i friendly adv w e n e k a m | n o i t a m r o f useful in ci n e P . . | . . o t c t e n t n o u c o | b a s n t o tis Quejsu time t s r i f e h t r ol fo .....start scho Notebook:- Not only do you need to learn A decent pen:- Label everything, even down to the socks! You can guarantee they will come out on the first day minus a piece of clothing, you’re much more likely to find it with their name on. Don’t bother paying out for the iron on or sew on labels, a decent pen works just as well. Your best smile and hello:- Smile and say good morning to absolutely everyone, staff and parent and child. The primary years last a very long time, it is best to get on with everyone. A smile and a hello goes a long way. Snacks:- They will be literally starving when they come out of school, so collect your little one with a healthy snack. Vitamins:- for your children. From day one they will covet the attendance awards... the 100% certificate will mean the world to them. Dose them up, keep them healthy and they will thrive in the attendance challenge.

a complete new way of doing maths and English, you now need to learn a completely new vocabulary! From the different names of members of staff from the SENCO (or is it something else now) to names for groups like pupil premium and ptfa. Write these new names and references down and what they mean, you may need to refer back to them. Tin of change:- Every other day you will have to pay out for something, fruit money, lunch money, milk money. Then there is the sponsored events and raffles and non-uniform days… loose change, get into the habit of putting it into a pot ready for these unexpected events. School fund account:- Then there are the bigger things, the school trips and residential trips when they get older. The new pair of shoes needed. One day someone will invent a nondestructible material to make the shoes out of, until then prepare to need new shoes!

Forget everything you thought you knew:- I know you are good at maths and English but you will think you are not. The way you did it in school is not the way they do it anymore, it’s all new-fangled and clever, however it will make you think you are not. Pay attention in those early years as you will need all those new ways when it comes to helping them in the older years with their homework.


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A spare birthday card and present:- At the bottom of the book bag is a stray party invitation, the party is this afternoon, the invitation was given out weeks ago, but your child ‘forgot’ to hand it over. A mad dash to the shops, after you have raided the change pot or reach into the cupboard for that spare emergency card and present? I know which trip I would prefer. Hang on to those gifts:- We all have an old aunt Dotty who insists on giving you the same toiletry set every year, or the raffle present you have won and are not quite sure what it is. Don’t get rid, hang on and donate to the next school event, I guarantee you will come away with a replacement. Tissues:- Ok so you held it together on the first day, well done. Now try to hold it together through the Christmas plays and music recitals. If you continue to make it through all of those year after year, you’re a stronger person than I am! Next challenge is year 6, it’s emotional from start to finish. I will donate a prize to any man, woman or child (and teacher for that matter) who can make it through all 7 years of primary school without need of the tissues. Find out who is who:- Throughout the primary years your child will come into contact with nearly every member of staff, find out who is who so you know who they are talking about and they see you understand their new world. PTFA you will either want to be fully involved or not, but find out who is who so you can make yourself known if you are

willing to help or know when to hide if you need to. Governors, the governors are your port of call if there is an issue, but just like everyone else they love to hear if you think your school is doing a great job for your child or at least doing something right, let them know they will really appreciate that. A Folder:- Certificates galore… In primary school they get certificates for everything, attendance, spelling, times tables, eating their lunch… literally everything. Hang onto those certificates, put them in a folder or a file, your child will love looking at them when they are older. Moving your child into primary school is a huge deal, yesterday they were still babies, today off they go into this new world. Try and get involved as much as you can, make friends with the other mums and dads, help out at events or volunteer for something. They are in Primary for 7 years but boy do they go quickly. Relax, have fun and enjoy those primary years never will you be so involved in your child’s school life. 29


A Weight on Your Mind

As a nation it’s a fact that we’re getting bigger, plates are bigger, portions are bigger, biscuits are bigger and now we’re bigger! Being overweight has become so normalised we don’t even recognise it anymore and can lead to us failing to see it in our own children. This is most certainly not a criticism. For many of us food has been attached to our emotions for our whole lives, if we were good we might get a sweet treat. If we were ‘naughty’ we might not be allowed those things. Food can be very comforting, it can be a way of showing someone you love them or just that you care. I know that as a parent I have given food treats and shown my child I love them by making their favourite dishes. Should we really be worried?

• It’s estimated that by 2050, 50% of women and 60% of men will be obese! What’s more worrying is that those people will be our children in their adult lives. • 1 in 3 children in year 6 is obese or overweight. • An obese child has a 40% chance of becoming an obese adult and a child who is obese at 15 has a 70% chance of becoming an obese adult. • Overweight and obese children can experience more stigma, poorer self-esteem and bullying. • Retailers are now offering plus size school uniforms, a sure sign that obesity is on the rise.

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I previously worked with young people in secondary schools delivering 1-2-1 motivational coaching sessions and probably 90% of them would circle ‘healthy weight’ as one of the things they wanted to work on. When I asked them what life would look like if they reached their ideal weight they would often answer that they would feel more confident, be able to enjoy shopping, join in more things, go out with their friends etc.

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• Lead by example! Our children learn from us first and foremost. Look at your health habits – what do you choose to eat and drink? Are you always flitting from diet to diet? You don’t need to be overweight to have an unhealthy relationship with food. • The Eatwell Guide can be a handy way of seeing what foods should make up most of your diet. Don’t turn to faddy diets, which can often be expensive with short term results. • Get healthy as a family. You can all

young people I worked with said it was difficult to eat healthily as there was too much temptation at home.

• Get your children involved in findinghealthier foods they will enjoy. Change 4 Life has loads of great recipes, which are perfect for family mealtimes. Encourage your children to think about what they eat and start taking responsibility for healthy choices. • You can always ask from help from your GP or the school. The school nurse scheme is designed to help with health issues in young people. Remember you’re you love your them to have possible. You can

support each other, particularly when tempted to go back to your old ways. Look for ways to be active together too.


So, what can we do? Firstly, you don’t need to be an expert to raise the issue of weight. Just wanting to do what’s best for your child is a great starting point.

doing this because children and want the healthiest life make a difference!

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• Don’t see foods as good and bad. Everything is ok in a balanced diet and that is the key. However, as soon as we ban a certain food or food group what happens? We want it so much more!!!! Just don’t keep fatty or sugary foods in the house to avoid easy temptation!! • Be sensitive. Your child may already be upset about their weight so try to find out how they feel. • You’ll know if you’re losing weight by how you look and how your clothes feel. You don’t need to get scale obsessed. • Use rewards other than food for children. Maybe a family film evening, a bike ride or playing a board game instead. • Change your shopping list. Stop buying crisps, biscuits and sweets – we don’t need these foods to survive, so leave them on the shelf! Many of the



Simple tools that can change everything

What if asking simple questions could change your childs life?

how to resolve problems that keep them unhappy and sad.

In 2012 I kept hearing this question “How does it get any better than this?”

In Access Consciousness we believe that we know that we know, and only when we are allowed to express that we can be our true selves.

My curiosity led me to Access Consciousness® and reading that if you kept using that question it could change everything. Sceptic me, I tried it and I felt better. Its changed everything, I work all over the UK and Europe, I work Internationally by Skype. Access has given me freedom to be me. Peoples lives are changing whatever age. I love working with children and they accept what I do as fun and when I show them how to play with it that is magic.

Inviting children to acknowledge that is as simple as asking them questions such as “What do you know about this?” “Can you help me?” “What would you like to create?” “Would you be willing to contribute to ____ showing up?” “What do you know that would allow this to show up way easier?” So asking our children more questions about what they do and know empowers them to see themselves as more valuable than being told they can’t possibly know or can’t possibly contribute or they are too young to know. Myths that we are buying into (from an Access Consciousness Blog)

Graeme Crosskill, teaches Access Consciousness, his book “The adventures of Smudge and friends” explains to children


“When you were a child, and people tried to control you, how much did you like that? Did it make life better for you? Or did it make you want to fight and rebel? The thing is that when we are fighting and rebelling, we are not actually choosing what might be in our best interest, we are just reacting against something. What if, instead of being the person in control, you were the person willing to be the conscious one? What does that mean exactly? Firstly, it means stepping up and being a leader in your own life, looking for the greatest possibility in everything, and not going to the limitation, wrongness, or judgment of anything or anyone (especially you!). It is the willingness to know what works for you and to follow that awareness

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“You must protect them from the world “out there” until they are old enough to cope.This is possibly the biggest disservice you can do to a child. The only true safety is awareness. When you are willing to be aware of things, you will know what needs to be avoided before it occurs. You will see it coming and know what to choose to create what would work for you and not against you. How do you assist a child to increase their awareness? Ask questions, and allow them to choose – and be willing for them to choose something even if it’s a choice you don’t agree with. The gift of awareness is the greatest gift you can allow yourself and others. Choice creates awareness. Invite children to tap into what they know about what their choices will create by asking more questions. For example, if they are looking at something they would like to do, ask them “If you choose this, what will it create? If you don’t choose this, what will that create?”


that awareness (not to align with or react to anyone else). As you become the leader in your life, you become the invitation for children to become that in their own lives.”

and allow them to get a sense of what each choice will create in their world. Then, allow them to choose. Unfortunately, you can’t give someone an awareness, they can only create it for themselves – which is why giving advice, lectures and trying to get children to learn from your mistakes never, ever works!”

What if you, empowering you, was the invitation and the change that every child you care about truly requires? 33

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frie n e i r f w e n e k a m | t i k first aid t i k e p . . | . . 1 s 0 l 1 ci y n e t P i | s r t e c e v n ni con | u vive to sur University survival kit First aid kit: Let’s be honest, you are bound to get nicks and cuts when you are around your accommodation or in uni. A small basic first aid kit will be your best friend! Vitamin C + multi-vitamin tablets: Fresher’s flu…yes it’s a real thing and yes you will feel horrid for a few days! Dose yourself up with vitamin C! You will be meeting a lot of new people in a new environment and they bring their own germs! Say goodbye to your regular 9-10 hours of sleeping in your comfy bed… Doorstop: You’re potentially going to be living with a lot of new people. You will be sharing a house or flat with them for the next academic year so you know…make friends with them as much as you can! Try not to shut yourself away tooooooo much, they could well be feeling the same as you are…a bit homesick (even if you’re too proud to admit it) so try and keep your door open at times. Little conversations every now and then will help you take breaks from your work and keep you in the loop with everything. Blanket/throw: Uni halls can be a bit on the chilly side when it comes to the colder months. So a blanket will help keep you that little bit warmer and also it can make your room feel a bit more homely ! Pack of cards: A simple card game is a great way to make friends with your new flatmates


and if you are the one to break out a pack of cards at a lacklustre pre-drinks or party then you are going to be one likeable person! #RINGOFFIRE Use the Library You can save yourself a small fortune by getting to the library straight away and reserving / borrowing your book list for the year. Science students you know I am right #TOPTIP Ear plugs: Halls aren’t going to be the quietest and most tranquil place in the universe. Ear plugs can give you that little bit more peace that you might be looking for. Rehydration sachets/ tablets: You may well find yourself waking up one morning feeling not as fresh as you did that first morning of uni when you were all excited and ready ro take on the world. A rehydration sachet or tablet is a good way to kick start the day and put you on the road to recovery! Stationary: Get yourself some decent pens, notebooks, highlighters, paperclips and folders to keep everything in check. Never underestimate the power of feeling prepared. You don’t want to move into your new place and suddenly realise you need a last minute dash to the nearest shop to try and find some pens and paper because your first day has come round so quickly. A doctor: This could be your first time living away from home and you might well end up getting injured playing sport or you may just need to see a doctor about something just to make sure you are ok.

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What to expect: If you have chosen the right course for you and you feel settled with your decision then your first year at university should be great fun! You are going to have to do some serious’s university at the end of the day. But it’s your first year so try not to get to wound up about the work. As long as you get a passing grade then you’ve done a good job to start with! Expect a big heap of independence…not just with your workload but with life in general. Washing your own clothes every week, doing your food shopping, cooking for yourself and manging your own money. Skype is a wonderful invention! If you have loved ones that you want to talk to when you are away then Skype can be great.

You are going to be living with a variety of different people. Some will be tidier than others…so that is something that you may have to learn to live with. But the one thing to remember is that if you have a grievance about something then bring it up and air your views…they are just as important as everyone else’s. There is nothing worse than having an issue bubble away for months on end and then have it all boil over one night! How to get on with work: Structure, structure, structure!!! Plan like you do it for a hobby. Having a plan set in place will help you keep focused on your work and also plan

when you are going to have some downtime! It isn’t always how much work you put in, it’s the quality. Set yourself achievable targets for a day’s work, it will help you feel like you are achieving things each day and that can go a long way! Don’t underestimate the power of downtime and the value of it to you as a student. Joining clubs can be a great way of making more friends and getting yourself out your room and getting active. Deadlines: Assignment deadlines unmoveable - DONT miss them...EVER!


As you are reading this, you might be starting to second think this university malarkey! Don’t be put off, university can be some of the best times of your life! It is a chance to meet new people, make new friends, play some great sport and challenge ourselves academically. Be under no illusions that you may well have bad days when you just want to sit in your room with Netflix on, eating tubs of ice cream and that’s ok because we all have those days. But when you have worked hard on an assignment and you get that top grade the feeling is amazing, we all love being rewarded for working hard and submitting quality pieces of work. If you don’t get that top grade you were after then don’t get upset, use it as a learning curve. See where you may have gone a bit off track and where could have been improved. Whoever marks your work should always give you feedback on you have gained your marks and also where you may have lost marks and why and that is the key to your success in the future! 37

Florence’s Special Day 18.06.17 saw a very special fundraising event take place on Chartham Field, Canterbury in loving memory of Florence Brockman. Florence was born with congenital defects and fell asleep on 14.03.17 at the Demelza house children’s hospice, after a very brave battle.

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A staggering £4000 was raised and shared between Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House & Demelza House Children’s Hospice to say thank you for all the help given to Florence and her parents, Jack & Bianca. The day kicked off with a football tournament with Team Florence emerging the victors! It was a beautiful, community event suitable for the whole family and Florence’s family wore their t-shirts with pride so people could ask questions and raise awareness. Their open hearts and willingness to make a difference through their grief is admirable and we are happy to support them. For the full article and to donate to the cause please visit our website.

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Educational Life CIC issue 3 Back to School 2017 Edition  
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