Wav­ing in a new era of ed­u­ca­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Tenterden Schools Trust -

It’s of­fi­cial… a day of cel­e­bra­tion was held to for­mally mark the link­ing to­gether of Ten­ter­den schools.

Ten­ter­den Schools Trust (TST) was cre­ated in De­cem­ber 2016 and is a multi-academy trust com­pris­ing of Home­wood School and Sixth Form Cen­tre, Ten­ter­den Pri­mary Fed­er­a­tion, St Michael’s CE Pri­mary School and Home Farm Nurs­ery.

Around 3,000 pupils and staff mem­bers, who are part of the trust, at­tended the day.

Canon Lind­say Ham­mond led the start of the cel­e­bra­tions with a ser­vice at St Mil­dred’s Church, which in­cluded an ad­dress given by Rt Rev Trevor Will­mott the Bishop of Dover.

The ser­vice was at­tended by Ash­ford & Ten­ter­den MP Damian Green and the Mayor of Ten­ter­den, Pam Smith, while trust chief ex­ec­u­tive and Home­wood School prin­ci­pal Sally Lees also ad­dressed the con­gre­ga­tion, along with Sam Crin­nion, ex­ecu- tive head teacher of Ten­ter­den Pri­mary Fed­er­a­tion and Sara Wil­liamson, head at St Michael’s CE Pri­mary School.

A song writ­ten by chil­dren from the schools and com­posed by Yvette Snow, Home­wood’s di­rec­tor of mu­sic, was per­formed by the TST choir, while the Bishop of Dover wore a TST T-shirt over his robes dur­ing his ad­dress to show his sup­port.

Teach­ers and pupils walked from Ten­ter­den and St Michael’s in the af­ter­noon, con­gre­gat­ing at Home­wood. They were led by a Samba band and a stilt walker and jug­gler greeted the procession at the school gates.

Af t e r n o o n cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded a bal­loon re­lease and the cre­ation of the TST logo made up of flags on the school’s grounds.

Home­wood prin­ci­pal Sally Lees said: “It was an en­joy­able oc­ca­sion filled with en­ter­tain­ment and singing and fin­ished with a bal­loon re­lease.

“Dur­ing the day, an art in­stal­la­tion was built on the Home­wood School field in the shape of the TST logo, with chil­dren from each school adding their flags in con­cen­tric cir­cles, re­flect­ing the vi­sion of the trust – that we will all be work­ing to­gether, sup­port­ing each other to ‘se­cure the fu­ture for all the young peo­ple in our schools’.”

Home­wood School pupils placed their flags in a cir­cle to cre­ate the Ten­ter­den Schools Trust logo; around 3,000 pupils and staff mem­bers now make up the new trust

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4748779

Pupils from Ten­ter­den Ju­nior school, Ten­ter­den In­fant school and St Michael’s school at Home­wood School to mark the launch of Ten­ter­den Schools Trust

Bal­loons were re­lease at Home­wood School and Sixth Form Cen­tre

The Bishop of Dover, Rt Rev Trevor Will­mott, cel­e­brates the launch of the trust with head teach­ers and pupils

Pupils of­fered mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the pro­ceed­ings

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