Packed hall as hard work is recog­nised

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

Young­sters dressed in grad­u­a­tion gowns and wear­ing mor­tar boards proudly ac­cepted their school awards.

Smar­den Pri­mary School’s an­nual cer­e­mony saw the vil­lage’s Char­ter Hall packed as teach­ers, par­ents and vil­lagers watched the prize win­ners col­lect their cups last Fri­day.

Nom­i­na­tions were made for achieve­ments in sub­jects such as art or his­tory, or for in­di­vid­ual en­deav­our and teach­ers put chil­dren for­ward, while there was also an award is­sued by pupils them­selves.

Smar­den’s head of school Me­lanie Smith said: “There was a real com­mu­nity feel. Ev­ery­one en­joyed them­selves.”

She added: “It was very dif­fi­cult to choose chil­dren for awards as Smar­den Pri­mary has such won­der­ful pupils and they are all a credit to the vil­lage.”

Awards given out in­cluded one for all round achieve­ment given to Tilly Doorey in Year 5, who re­ceived a cup spon­sored by John Atkins CBE, chair­man of the Kem­nal Acad­e­mies Trust, to which Smar­den be­longs.

A drama cup went to Ava Ap­ple­bee in Year 3 and was spon­sored by the Smar­den Play­ers, while a craft cup was pre­sented to Annabel Bro­gan in Year 1, cour­tesy of the Smar­den Women’s In­sti­tute.

The awards were at­tended by more than 200 peo­ple and Sarah Caulfield, the school’s of­fice man­ager, worked with teach­ers to pull to­gether the whole event.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4397277

Smar­den Pri­mary School’s an­nual awards cer­e­mony

Chil­dren at Ken­ning­ton Academy have re­ceived a new gar­den­ing area cour­tesy of lo­cal gar­den cen­tre By­brook Barn

Ship­per with prin­ci­pal Richard Billings, pupils and, far right, his­tory teacher Zoe Baker, who con­junc­tion with the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust

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