- Written by Maureen Igoe
Another year has flown by and what a good one it has been for King Ethelbert School. I am increasingly proud of our students and what they achieve both in the classroom and beyond. This term has seen the majority of our students make excellent progress in their lessons and their enthusiasm for learning is extremely evident as our visitors’ notice as they walk around our school.
This time of year always brings out the very best in our young people and a whole host of charity events have taken place which have raised considerable amounts of money for all sorts of people in need of our help both locally and abroad. All of our students are so good at thinking about others and their care and support of others is something that I am always enormously proud of.
I wish all students, staff, parents, carers, governors, friends and the community of Birchington a very happy time over the festive season and look forward to another year of great achievements and success in 2015.
Year 9 students have been presenting their latest Homework Projects. “A Day in the Life” is a History and Food Technology Project where students compare their lives in the present day with the life of a post WWII child living in the 1950’s, with a particular focus on food. Students showcased their projects in the school hall and family and friends were invited to attend. Many students produced projects of a high standard; many had baked products using 1950’s recipes which we all enjoyed sampling! There were also many authentic photographs, ration books and other memorabilia that students had borrowed from grandparents and friends. The quality of many of the written projects and visual displays was of a very high standard and there was much positive feedback from visitors, other students and staff. Well done year 9!
Wow! What a fantastic turn out for Year 8! The PE and English homework projects this year were stunning. It was a real challenge to chose winners from such a strong field.
Over the last week in November 9SWD ran assemblies raising awareness for the Caring for Connor Campaign.
Connor is a local boy who suffers from DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy). Members of 9SWD sold nearly 300 Caring for Connor Bands in the run up to Colour for Connor and asked all tutor groups for a donation so that they could wear an item of colour. We set ourselves a target of £500
We were absolutely blown away by the response from pupils at King Ethelbert. On Friday 28th November the school was awash with colour! Colourful socks, ties, hairbands, trainers, shoes. Some students and tutor groups also did their own fundraising activities and 23 out of 25 tutor groups donated well over the 50p per person we had suggested. 7JRB raised nearly £100, as did 9SWD. As members of 9SWD counted up the money we were moved to tears.
Students and staff at King Ethelbert had raised over £1060 pounds for Caring for Connor and a donation of £100 from a local company took our total to £1160.
On Friday 5th Connor came into the school with his Mum and Dad to collect the cheque and meet 9SWD, who gave him a Christmas present. He waved at lessons and popped in to see a few too!
Thank you so much to all staff, students, parents and family who supported this. It will be a yearly event for us as we try to raise awareness and money to help fight for a cure for DMD.