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EHS Mark VE Day at 70Sponge cake

Veterans from the Thanet branch of the Royal British Legion entertained students of the Ellington and Hereson School with tales of bravery, loss and victory as the 70th anniversary of VE day passed on Friday 8th May. This was the third visit from Alistair Thomson as he was able to discuss the impact of the Second World War on his family and future career in the army. Wally Smith visiting for the second time recalled finding out the war in Europe was over when he was a prisoner of war in the Black Forest in Germany. Wally quickly rushed to the American zone of occupation to get back home, knowing this would be a safer route.

Tony Hunt and John Cook kept students interest through stories of their own growing up during and after VE day including fighting in jungles with 20 foot pythons and adjusting from a military to civil life. The school also welcomed Gordon Kirby. At over 100 years of age Gordon could recall his own experience of rest and recuperation following a battle in Italy prior to the end of the war in Europe. Finally Rajen Limbu from the Gurkha community in Folkestone joined the group as a child of a war veteran from World War Two he was able to describe his earliest memories of his father’s stories. Later on the veterans were treated to a special Home Front lunch which included spam fritters, bread and butter pudding, fish and chips and the finest Victoria sponge made with dried egg!

The war raged on for a further three months until Japan surrendered in September 1945 but for all of the veterans concerned, their lives had irrevocably changed.

As the nation observed a two minute silence later that day the school community would like to place on record its gratitude and thanks to our brave veterans for the sacrifice they were prepared to make for us 70 years ago and their enthusiasm for wanting to share their passion with students and the community today.

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Nepal Disaster Appeal Kicks OffNepal cheque

As news of the 8.1 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal last week arrived, students leapt into action to begin fund raising efforts to provide vital support for the disaster hit region. Through the contacts of the Folkestone Nepalese Community the school raised over £100 for vital water purification tablets which will be focussed on one particular village, Pakhure in Nuwakote District in 140km west of Kathmandu.

Head of History Mr Millard explained why this appeal had been so vital “all of the students heard the stories on the radio or through the news and we all agreed we should do something, especially when you consider the effect it is having on families from our local Gurkha community.

The monsoon season is about to hit so the cause was made even more urgent to make sure the Nepalese people have at the very least clean water. We hope to build further fund raising efforts over the next term”. Students collected DVDs, sweets and CD’s for sale and even threw in the odd bit of lose change as the fundraising began this week. Please see http://www.dec.org.uk/ if you would like to contribute further.

In the photo is Rajen Limbu, representing the Nepalese Folkestone Community who are coordinating aid in an area of Nepal. The student is Stephen Robertson, Year 8 who gave up his lunch and break times to support the efforts.

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Nepal Disaster Appeal

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Along with the world community, the school is shocked and saddened to hear of the earthquake disaster which hit Nepal at the weekend.  The UN estimate that as many as eight million people are affected, over a quarter of this mountain nations population. Death toll estimates exceed 4,000 people already. As many as 1.4 million are in urgent need of water, food and shelter.

As a mark of solidarity with the Nepalese, many of whom have family settled here in East Kent and served in our armed forces the school would like to raise an urgent appeal for funds for the Disasters Emergency Fund. More information on this appeal can be found at the following address http://www.dec.org.uk/

Read more: Nepal Disaster Appeal

EHS Students Set The Pacerunning03

Over 30 EHS students competed in the inaugural school Cross Country Championship on the new two mile course of St Lawrence playing fields this week. Storming home for a debut success was Molly Curtis, setting a blistering pace throughout to win with nearly a minute in hand in 11.57. Coming home in second was a consistent race controlled by Charlotte Woodcock.

In the boys race Reece Aveling dominated the field for most of the contest. Ethan Adams in 2nd put in a sustained effort towards the finish line and shows all the potential of a start for the future. It was Reece however who won the contest, making use of some quality spring training in the gym to record a time of 10.39, 20 seconds ahead of Ethan.

Read more: EHS Students Set The Pace

Doddle Takes Off to a SuccessIMG 0369

As you are aware, at the start of this academic year, we introduced an educational platform called Doddle. We invested into Doddle as we thought it would be a great way of implementing the homework policy here at the Ellington and Hereson School.

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By using Doddle Teachers can track student progress and provide instant feedback on students’ work; Students can access Doddle resources online and find support materials to support homework and exam revision; Parents can keep track of their child’s assignments and help them search through Doddle support materials. With a total of over 10,000 student log ins, and over 60,000 resources assigned to students since September, clearly demonstrates how popular Doddle has become across the school.

Read more: Doddle Takes Off to a Success

Ypres Salient Visit for Year 9 StudentsClick for Full Sized Version

Year 9 at the Ellington and Hereson School crammed in a full day of First World War studying in the Ypres Salient last Friday. Starting early in the morning students were able to visit the new Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, walk through the remains of real trenches at Hooge Crater and complete the day by taking part in the ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate.

Head of History Mr Millard commented “The numbers going to the Menin Gate service each evening really demonstrates the power of remembrance in this centenary period. I think our students were surprised to see so many people there as they laid a wreath of remembrance. Learning about the conditions in which soldiers as young as our own students had to contend with to survive had a powerful effect and will add a new perspective to their studies.” 

Read more: Ypres Salient Visit for Year 9 Students

Local Author John Carnell Visits Year 7 StudentsWBD.02

To help us celebrate World Book Day (5 March 2015) a local author, John Carnell visited EHS to talk to all our Year 7 students. Being a true professional, he was not fazed by this and turned up fully prepared with a draft copy of his new novel, Dingbats.

WBD.01John grew up on a local council estate in Ramsgate during the punk era. School was not a happy place for him and he was “quite a naughty boy at school who challenged his teachers!”. After a brief talk about his youth, John read the two draft chapters of his latest children’s book. The students were very privileged in being the very first people ever to hear this story which John had kept as a close guarded secret. They were all amazed that he wanted to share this with them and what’s more, he wanted them to help decide the plot.

Read more: Local Author John Carnell Visits Year 7 Pupils

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