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On Friday 18th May, the High Sheriff of Kent visited students of The Skinners’ Kent Academy and lead an assembly at Skinners’ Kent Primary School. The High Sheriff is appointed each year by Her Majesty the Queen to represent her in the County of Kent. Students asked great questions surrounding what the life of a Sheriff entails and their roles and responsibilities, which includes supporting royal visits and the emergency services, as well as assisting with church, faith groups and local charities.
The visit enabled all students, from primary through to secondary school, to engage with matters relating to law and order. The Sheriff was particularly interested in the work of Academy students with their successes in the Mock Trial Competition at Sevenoaks Magistrates Court. The visit was another opportunity for students of all abilities and ages to hear from an inspirational leader.
A staff v student football match took place on Wednesday 9th May, on the Academy All-Weather Pitch, as part of Year 9 students Middle-Years Programme Community Projects. The students chose to raise money for the Winston’s Wish Charity, with players and spectators paying an entry fee to go towards the charity. At full time the score were level at 4 – 4 but after a penalty shootout, it was the students who emerged victorious - 5-3. Man of the match was James Mepham (Year 9).
On Friday 4th May, Year 12 students enjoyed an inspirational visit to Canterbury Christchurch University with the aim of finding out more about university life. The university staff and student ambassadors went out of their way to make SKA feel welcome and relaxed. The day consisted of informal tours of the campus, course information, talks on student life and there was a more directed session on ‘Personal Branding’, which included thinking about Personal Statements and UCAS Applications. The students also visited Health & Wellbeing, Forensics/Criminology and Business to find out more about the courses on offer and experience seminar teaching. In all, it was a great taster day for Year 12 as they start to consider university applications and their next steps after the Academy.
“We had to consider our personal qualities and not just what we think of ourselves but why we believe we have these qualities. A task that seemed basic and straightforward (picking out three words to describe ourselves) suddenly became useful and served a deeper purpose that would help us with our personal statements. Over the course of the session, we also considered who inspires us and what we would like to be remembered by. The task forced me to consider what I want to achieve out of my career and made me think about the change I am determined to make in my future.” Rosalind Carvell.
“The experience provided me with an understanding of what university life could be like for me. Not only did I get a feel for what the facilities could be like at a university but what my typical day could be like. As I am used to being at school five days a week, I found it useful and encouraging, to find out in what ways university would be different from Sixth Form and how to cope with this new change.” Charlotte Milton.
On Friday 4th May the Academy hosted the Annual Friends Reception 2018 with guest speaker Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Friends of the Academy have kindly given their time and donated resources over the years and the event was a great opportunity to bring everyone together and highlight the continued growth of the Academy since the last reception.
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The Skinners’ Kent Academy hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 4th May. The aim of the talk was to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process. Lord Dholakia met with students to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords, followed by a question and answer session on the parliamentary process and life at the Houses of Parliament.
Helena Read, Vice Principal, said, “We were delighted to welcome Lord Dholakia to The Skinners’ Kent Academy. The visit gave our students an opportunity to find out more about the parliamentary system and the work of the House of Lords in particular. This event is part of a broad programme at the Academy that supports students to explore a wide range of careers and raise aspirations.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” outreach programme, which was established across the UK in 2007 and has so far involved around 90,000 young people.
On Thursday 26th April, Year 10 Art students visited the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate. The students spent the morning engaging with the exhibitions through reading, writing, analysing and drawing tasks. They spent lunch on the great steps braving the sea winds and explored the beachfront by finding seaside treasures. The highlight of the trip for many of the students was watching the Antony Gormley sculpture emerge from the waves as the tide went out. The gallery staff commended the student’s excellent behaviour and the Academy would like to thank the students, Mrs Forde for organising the trip and Mr Willoughby, Mrs Griffiths and Mr Johnson for a wonderful and successful day.