Below you will find the latest news stories from The Skinners' Kent Academy. If there is something you would like to see on this page, or if you have any questions about any of the articles, please contact us on 01892 534377.
We are delighted to announce that following the recent election process Giselle Corincigh has been elected as a parent governor for a 4 year term of office.
On Wednesday 21st February, twenty-one Year 7 and 8 students enjoyed a tour of the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester. Throughout the day students explored careers in photography, fashion, fine arts, television, performing arts and marketing. They also had the opportunity to get hands on with a bag-designing workshop led by Master's student Lily, who inspired our students and gave them a greater insight into what it is like to attend university. The day was a great experience for SKA students to learn more about university courses in the Creative Arts Industry, which is the second biggest economy in the UK.
Year 10 drama students from The Skinners’ Kent Academy are about to embark on the 30% devised element of their GCSE drama course and to help them begin to research some ideas, they took an unusual approach to facilitating and inspiring their work.
They started by looking at the power of drama and how it can help support communication, language barriers and the wider development of learning English. After hearing about the playwriting competition that the Hands Up project ran in Gaza (a project set up with over thirty different groups of children in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and refugee camps in Syria and Jordan) the Academy contacted them to see if a live link could be formed with a school.
On Wednesday 21st February, the class was treated to watching a performance live from the classroom of an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) school where the all-female class performed ‘Window onto the Outside’, which is a story of two Gazan girls who are living in conflict. Students at the Academy performed extracts from ‘Educating Rita’ and answered questions about it. Nathan (Year 10 student at the Academy) said, “It was really inspiring seeing the creativity in such an oppressed situation. Truly amazing.” In addition, Millie (also Year 10) said, “Their performance was very moving, as was their enthusiasm and drive to achieve.”
It is hoped that as the GCSE devised work develops, another live link shared lesson can take place to deepen students cultural, political and social accuracies within their Middle East based work. Linking with the International Baccalaureate Programme at the Academy, this is an exciting opportunity that continues to create world links to encourage students to understand the connections between their subjects and the rest of the world.
Three GCSE Drama students from The Skinners’ Kent Academy have been developing and expanding their knowledge and skills within Drama and Theatre, by being members of the local Youth Theatre at Trinity Theatre. At the beginning of February, James Barr, Aisha Coombs and Charlotte Mealing took to the Trinity stage with leading roles in their Youth Theatre production of ‘Alice’ with several members of staff from the Academy supporting and enjoying the performance on the evening. They were in for a treat as the adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland was retitled ‘Alice,’ penned by Laura Wade. The tale was not what you would traditionally expect as the caterpillar appeared as a border control officer, the Cheshire cat was an embarrassing shadow of Austin Powers and Humpty Dumpty was your least-favourite teacher at school.
Jason Lower, who directed the production, reminds us “Youth theatre productions are often as professional and entertaining as professional ones…” The performance was a wonderful experience for our students to have been involved in and the Academy is very proud of them for treading the boards.
In Term 3, students were asked to develop a sustainable city of the future for their project named ‘City Life’. They had a choice over how this was presented, with some students creating models and others designing an advert. The context of these designs was to carefully consider how to make a sustainable or eco city without reducing the opportunities for residents to enjoy their lives. The project was set by Humanities and MFL to explore intercultural understanding and globalisation of the world, whilst showing how sustainable practices can be applied to UK cities and those around the globe.
Well done to all Year 7 and 8 students for their brilliant designs and thought provoking displays as show below. Twenty students have been selected as creating the best design and will be receiving their prize in Term 4.
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On Monday 29th January, The Skinners' Kent Academy Year 12 Young Enterprise Team attended the West Kent Speaking Competition at Kent College. Sixth Form students from several local secondary schools took part in the event and presented their thoughts on a number of topics.
Josh Tweddle represented the Academy and delivered an excellent speech surrounding the title "Executive pay has been ratcheted up so high that it is impossible to see a credible link between remuneration and performance" - Ian Wright (Chairman CEIS).
We would like to thank the team for representing the Academy in such a positive fashion. They are a credit to the Academy Sixth Form and the International Baccalaureate curriculum they all follow.
On Friday 26th January, 26 Most Able and Talented students from Year 7 and 8 took on students from Skinners' Academy Hackney (another in the Skinners' Company family of schools) in a "University Challenge" style competition. The theme of the event, the first of its kind hosted at SKA, was STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students had to work under timed conditions, whilst using logic to solve mathematical and scientific problems. The challenge was designed and delivered by two of our Year 10 MA&T students (Nathan Friend and Joshua Duncan) who did a fantastic job. It was a tight competition but our Year 8 team 'The Rogues' took victory by two points. This event was a great opportunity for promoting STEM careers and highlighting how problem solving is a key component of 21st century thinking.
Winners of the Term 2 Year 7 and 8 Conceptual Understanding Project were treated to a visit to Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, to see Matthew Bourne's acclaimed production of the ballet Cinderella.
One Year 8 student said, "I have never been to the ballet before. I didn't really know what to expect and I was worried I would not understand. I realised I did not need to analyse everything, I just needed to sit back and enjoy the magic of the performance."