Congratulations to Bryony Jay in year 7, who is now a three times national champion in Twirling. Bryony competes with the NBTA (National Baton Twirling Association) and during half term holidays she competed in Devon Torba.
Whilst there Bryony performed exceptionally well and is now a National Champion in:
U13 Solo National Champion
U13 Pon pom National Champion
Juvenile Dance formation team National Champion
Bryony twirls with a team called First impressions based in Gillingham and trains for 6 hours every Sunday, she also trains in her own time and is very committed to her sport. This is a outstanding achievement for this determined and talented young girl.
The Year 7 Halloween party was a phenomenal success, raising over £200 for charity!!! A massive thank you to all of the staff that helped out, especially Miss Rebera, Miss Day and Mr Newman who took part in the Trick or Treat/Bush tucker trial. We were all a bit shocked that all three staff members ate all insects that were placed in front of them! We had amazing music, fantastic face painting, brilliant fancy dress costumes and even time for ‘the best mummy’ competition.
A great evening was had by all — well done Year 7!
On the 2nd October, Mrs O’Shea, Mrs Golding and I took a trip to Stratford Upon Avon to begin our training with RSC Practitioners, Miles Tandy and Rachel Gartside. All extremely excited, we couldn’t wait to arrive at the RSC Clore learning centre early Friday morning. The first play we looked at approaching was Love’s Labour’s Won(Much Ado About Nothing.) The active learning strategies were great fun and we loved working with the teachers from other Hub schools. On Friday evening, we were able to see the preview performance of Love’s Labour’s Won at the RSC Theatre which was set in Warwickshire in 1918. It was a fantastic performance and by seeing the play live, we developed a much better understanding of characters, plot and themes. Saturday morning we begun with reviewing the play that we had seen and discussing the moments we remembered, just as students would do. We then begun to look at ways of approaching Two Gentlemen of Verona, activities included: creating tableaus for key quotations, listening to music to set the scene, chasing a dog around a table and exploring themes of the play.
On Friday 12th September ITV Meridian news arrived in force at King Ethelbert School in Birchington to award the Pride of Britain award for the fundraiser of the year for the South East of England to Pat Buckley. Pat Buckley was shortlisted down to the last four with each finalist being given a slot on Meridian news each evening last week. The winner was decided by a panel of judges who made their decision after watching the films that had been made about the way they were helping change communities by their fundraising initiatives.
All 4 finalists were worthy winners but Pat Buckley, a resident of Birchington and a teacher at King Ethelbert School for over 38 years, was the man who captured the judges hearts.
Pat has been raising money through the Enjewel India project at King Ethelbert for over 10 years. Every two years a number of students from the Enjewel team which heads up the school’s fundraising in order to gather together as much money as they can for the Aids Orphanage in Goa, India. This year the students, all year 10 pupils from King Ethelbert, have raised a staggering £30,000 to present to the orphanage in India to try to give these children something to make their lives happier and more fulfilled. Over the years Pat has raised nearly £200,000 and has taken over 50 students from King Ethelbert to visit these children and to make a difference to their lives. It is thanks to Pat’s fundraising activities that there is now an extension on the orphanage which bears the plaque ‘With thanks to our friends at King Ethelbert, Birchington, Thanet, England.’ Pat and his Enjewel teams raise the money by carrying out a whole range of fundraising activities including zoomba classes, bike rides, jumble sales, raffles, sponsored events and any other event that brings the people of Thanet together to raise money for this worthy cause.