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Education | ED03 | Summer 2016

A Wealden Times Magazine

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Sponsored by Tunbridge Wells Notice Board The latest news from schools across Kent, Sussex and Surrey Rochester pupils make a difference to Barbados school Pupils from a Rochester school were recently able to help make a difference to the lives of profoundly disabled children and adults at an educational establishment in Barbados. In the two terms leading up to their Netball and Cricket tour to Barbados, pupils from King’s Rochester Preparatory School raised over £2000 to buy much needed resources for The Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre, a charity which meets the special educational needs of 80 children and adults aged from 5 to 50. The 60 King’s pupils who went on the tour gave eight cricket bags loaded with toys, games, books, stationery, stopwatches, sport equipment and other resources during a visit to the Centre which made a lasting impression on every one of the visiting children. King’s Preparatory School Deputy Headmaster Paul Medhurst said: “We were privileged to visit the Centre on our sports tour to Barbados in 2013 and saw the extraordinary work that the staff there do. Sadly the 400-year-old house has not been maintained, and major repairs are needed. On the day we visited that year, the school’s vital minibus finally died and we were all moved by the lack of basic teaching aids. As we had planned to return to Barbados in 2016, we resolved to make the Challenor Centre our school charity. The children raised the money from weekly chapel collections, cake sales, home clothes days and other sponsored events. Visiting the Centre again, meeting the students and staff and witnessing the hard work they all do was the highlight of our trip. Animals bring learning to life at Buckswood School… The school roll has grown at Buckswood School this month as the students welcome a new collection of animals to the country house estate near Hastings. The school is home to 220 boarders from around the world and the animals bring a homely touch to the school with the students able to get involved with the care of the animals – learning to be responsible for more than themselves and putting the needs of others first. After the fire at the school over the February half-term, work to repair Mead moonwalkers prepare for moonlit marathon Staff at The Mead School, Tunbridge Wells are training hard for Moonwalk London 2016 on 14th May. The Mead School is an independent co-educational day school for children ages 3-11, situated close to the historic Pantiles in central Tunbridge Wells. The Mead Moonwalkers will be pounding the moonlit streets the Science labs is nearly complete with seven new labs. The labs are home to two rabbits, two snakes and a bearded water dragon called Kermit! The school stables are usually home to seven school horses and the successful jumping team. Sheep also share the stable area and at the moment the numbers have doubled with the arrival of seven lambs. The lambs have all been named after school characters and the students are amazed to see how quickly the lambs grow. Near the stables, a family of ducks complete with four ducklings have made the reed bed water filtration ponds their home, joining the three peacocks who are looked after by Wisdom the school dog – a golden Labrador that students often take for walks over the 40 acre Buckswood estate. “The animals form part of the ‘Buckswood family’,” says Headteacher Mark Redsell, “and the students love to take care of them and learn more about some of the more unusual species on site.” of London for a whopping 26.5 miles through the night. The team of 15, who are all teaching and support staff at The Mead, have been training hard for the midnight marathon and are looking forward to raising funds to support the fight against breast cancer. The Moonwalk London 2016 is health charity Walk the Walk’s flagship event, raising money to fund research on breast cancer and to help those living with the disease. “The Moonwalk has been a great experience from start to – hopefully! – finish,” says Aveline Archer, Pre- Reception Teacher. “We started training at the end of February and we’re now less than a month away from the ‘big night’. We’re a very close team here at The Mead, and it has been such a joy working on this together, for such a good cause.” www.wealdentimes.co.uk 8

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