Last month year 11 Performing Arts students presented their final showcase ‘Bring On Tomorrow’. The show, which was directed and choreographed by the students, was a culmination of their work over that last two years. The 90min performance featured songs, dances and scenes from musical theatre shows as well as more contemporary pieces. The performers wowed audiences with their versatility and proved that they are a talented bunch. Huge congratulations to all eleven performers on producing such a mature and professional evening’s entertainment.
On Sunday year 13 performing arts students were lucky enough to perform at The Belle Vue Tavern in Pegwell with local band ‘Switch’. Jadine Griffin, Charnice Maxted, Alfie Murray, Sarah Hancock and Alison Barar all gave performances of songs from across the decades, leaving the audience impressed with their energy, professionalism and vocal talents. The five students got to perform alongside band members from ‘Switch’ who have all worked professionally in the industry for a number of years. This was the students’ penultimate performance for KES and they certainly proved that that they are ready to take the next steps in their performing arts careers. Well done year 13, and we look forward to your final performance of ‘Godspell’ in early June.
Each Year the Thanet Rotary Club asks schools to nominate just one student for their annual Sunshine Award, who is a ‘quietly exceptional’ young person in:
- putting others before them self
- showing kindness to others
- being helpful and fair to all
This year, after short listing a number of students, we nominated Charne Welch and we are delighted and proud to learn that Charne has won the overall Thanet senior ‘Sunshine Award’!
Charne has been at KES for nearly 5 years and in that time her kindness, generosity of spirit and quiet determination has touched many lives. This consideration of others before herself is demonstrated daily in school as a Peer Mentor and a Senior Prefect but also within the local community and beyond through her work with the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate and through her involvement with Young LEOs. She is a wonderful ambassador for the school and can be relied upon in absolutely any circumstances to help others and lead others in a fair and honest way.
Over two days at end of last term, 27 students from Year 8 who had stepped up to the challenge and applied to be a peer mentor undertook training that explored the different aspects of the mentoring role, what they might have to come up against and how they can strive to be the best role models and peer mentors to the new students arriving in September. First and foremost a huge congratulations to all those who were successful in their applications and underwent the training programme which was a lot of fun, energetic and enlightening!
Peer Mentoring has long been a regular part of KES life and the recently trained students will remember having this peer support available to them when they arrived here two years ago, and for many this was the exact reason why they wanted to give something back and do it themselves.
You will be aware your son/daughter has now completed two homework projects, both of which have been a huge success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for taking the time to join us to celebrate the pupils’ work on the ‘Travel’ project. This project style of learning has allowed pupils to be both creative and independent.
We are now looking forward to pupils producing and presenting their final project of year 7, which encourages and promotes independent learning.
We have deliberately given pupils very little information regarding the outcome of their project, allowing pupils to explore, take risks and personalise their learning. Each pupil will be given a booklet which includes: important dates and deadlines, leading questions, assessment criteria and some guidance on how to tackle the task. What pupils produce and how they present it will be up to them.
If your child needs any resources or support they must ask their tutor. The LRC will also be available at lunch times and after school.
We thank you for your on-going support and look forward to seeing many of you on the morning of Monday 14th July when we plan to hold another project presentation event to celebrate pupils’ work.