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SE Church School of the Year Award

Published Tuesday 20th of March 2012 02:57:19 PM

Kent College, Canterbury has just been announced winner of the Church School of the Year Award for the whole of the London and South East region.

The award is open to all Church schools both in the state and independent sectors and is run by the education departments of all the major Churches (Church of England, Roman Catholic and Methodist). It is also supported by a large range of charities including, Christian Aid, CAFOD and MRDF.

The purpose of the award is to highlight and celebrate the fantastic work being done in and for local communities by Church Schools of all shapes and sizes.

The judges were impressed by the wide range of activities that Kent College (a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust) is involved in. The school works hard to share its resources with the local community. It has a farm which is regularly open to
members of the public and where children can discover the importance of farm animals. The school's music department also engages in a huge amount of outreach 200 work with community concerts and choirs as well as regular lunchtime concerts for shoppers in Canterbury.

The school also has a tremendously active charities committee which has raised over £9,500 in five months for a variety of good causes across the county and the world.

A Global School Partnership, part funded by the British Council, also impressed the judges. Teachers from Klerruu High School, Iringa, Tanzania have been to Kent and 20 pupils and staff from Canterbury are about to travel to Tanzania for a cultural exchange

For the next part of the award process the school will travel to London for a Gala event attended by Government ministers and the media where they will make a presentation about their life and work.

'When you think about how many Church Schools there are this award is a huge honour and a massive testament to our wonderful staff and students,' said School Chaplain, Revd. Dr. Paul Glass.
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