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Hazelwood_School_Year_7_PS084 The inventive and award winning Learning Team at The Historic Dockyard Chatham has created two new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils – “Missile Mission” and “Depth Charge Destroyers” – thanks to the generous sponsorship of BAE Systems, Electronic Systems, Rochester.

Pupils from Hazelwood School on the Kent / Surrey border were the first to trial one of the two innovative sessions, “Depth Charge Destroyers”. Inspired by The Historic Dockyard’s Second World Destroyer, HMS Cavalier, teams of students competed to construct and test a model destroyer complete with propulsion systems. They then devised a simple release mechanism to deliver a depth charge and the team whose ship survived the challenge of the tow tank wind and wave machine and hit the target won!

Michael Tierney, BAE Systems, Electronic Systems, Rochester Site Executive Lead, commented, “We are proud to be supporting these STEM programmes for children within the Kent and Medway area. It is wonderful to see children experiencing and solving STEM-related problems as well as exploring the possibility of careers in these fields.”

Rebecca Brough, Learning Manager at The Historic Dockyard Chatham said; “We are always looking for new and pioneering ways to engage the thousands of students who visit us here every year and take part in our education programmes. Our partnership with BAE Systems has enabled us to develop these extended 90 minute sessions, offering even better value for money to schools. The sessions are designed to develop pupils’ teamwork and communication skills while extending their technical knowledge of STEM subjects.”

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cyclogocolour2Youngsters with dreams of tearing up the track represented Great Britain at one of the largest motorcross beach races in Europe.

Young bike enthusiasts from Medway competed in the Endurole du Touquest in France on 8 and 9 February – their first ever endurance race lasting a gruelling one and a half hours.

Riders Patrick O’Neil, 16, from Strood and Jordan Chapman, 15, from Chattenden came in 37th and 93rd place out of 150 riders.

The talented teens were supported by a trio of mechanics, Jack Staples, 18, from Chatham and Stuart Galloway, 18 and Charlie Knight, 16, from Gillingham, who managed the pit stop and kept the bikes in top condition.

The boys were able to take part in such a prestigious race as part of Cyber Youth Connect (CYC) Youth Project, lead by Medway Council and funded by Interreg.

The project works in conjunction with partners in France promoting English and French unity, and gives young people oppotunities to develop their skills and talents.

Not only did the youngsters have a great time on their racing trip, it also provided them with a platform to put their newly learnt skills from the CYC programme into practice.

Patrick said: “I’ve learnt different techniques, the way to move around the bike in the sand and how to perform and different ways to ride the bike. Because there are no sand tracks over here that’s why everyone goes to Dunkirk – it’s so hard and different out there.

“Without CYC I would have never had the opportunity to do this so I am so grateful to everyone involved in making this happen.”

Jordan never thought he would have an opportunity to take part in such an event. He said: “Motor cross is something that I really enjoy doing, it’s been in my head ever since my dad bought me my first bike with I was two and a half.

“I have really enjoyed this experience and to get the chance to represent Medway in this race is something I could never have dreamt of.”

Since being selected for the race in August last year, the team prepared for the big event with Dover based motocross project MXCP, riding 125cc Suzuki bikes.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “It is wonderful that teenagers from Medway were able to take part in a big competition like this abroad, alongside other young people engaged in similar programmes to CYC.

“The CYC Youth Project can offer up some great opportunities to our young people.”

Youngsters who would like to get involved with the CYC project can still do so as a variety of courses will be running until March 2015.

CYC gives 11 to 19-year-olds an opportunity to gain skills and experience in music, cookery, motorbike mechanics and safe riding, as well as media including filming and photography.

To find out more and sign up visit www.medway.gov.uk/cyc or call 01634 332286

adultstepandlearnWelcome to Step & Learn Adult Activity Centre. Our Adult Activity Centre meets at the following days / times:
Days From To
Tuesday 10am 4pm
Wednesday 10am 4pm
Thursday 10am 4pm

Our Aim
1) To enhance the students full potential, in a parent-involving, community-based charity group.
2) To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
3) To work within a framework, which ensures equality of opportunity.

We Offer
1) Long, medium and short term weekly planning.
2) Individual care and attention from our trained and experienced staff and volunteers.
3) Fun and friendship with other students.
4) The support of a team member who will observe the student and keep their files updated daily.
5) Promoting social interaction with their peers.
6) Opportunities for you to be directly involved, in the activities of the group: fundraising, raffles and cake making for coffee mornings and open days.

Starting at our Activity Centre

It is important for parents / guardians and the team to work together to help the student to feel confident and secure in the group. In order to feel free to explore & experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best that students wear clothes that are easily washable, or you may wish to provide a change of clothing.(Aprons are provided).
Please note that you may require a ‘one to one’ personal assistant, to help you achieve the best from our Activity Centre, especially if you have a manual wheelchair and need help with feeding. Funding for personal assistants may be obtained from Direct Payments via your Care Manager, Social Services.

Health

If a student has diarrhoea and/or vomiting they should not attend for 2 days after the last bout of illness. Also if a student has an infection i.e. upper respiratory tract infection (chest / throat) and are on antibiotics, they should not attend for 3 days after the start of antibiotics.

Management & Administration

Step & Learn is a registered charity and all major decision making is in the hands of the Chairperson & Trustees, who are also responsible for reviewing policy / practice and for the employment and appraisal of team members. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact: Rod Black, (Chairman) or Janice Maunick, who will be pleased to be of assistance.

Fees

Fees are: £25.00 per session and are payable monthly. This covers costs of materials / art / crafts / cookery / staffing and hire of the hall. There will be a daily charge of £2.00 for lunch and refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits, etc.) Fees continue to be payable if a student is absent with or without notice or for a short period of time. Each student’s attendance at the group is conditional upon continued payment of any necessary fees. We hope that your son’s/daughter’s time in our ‘Activity Centre’ will be a happy & productive one. If you have any queries, or if you can be of any help, please contact the staff / trustees at any time.

Holidays

We close for holidays at Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays, for which there is no charge. You can also take a further 2 weeks unpaid leave for holidays, by completing a holiday form.

Policies

Our policy statements are available for you to examine. All our policies are designed to offer the best possible experience for the students and their families in the group. Our policies are reviewed on a regular basis and comments and suggestions from parents are always welcome.

We look forward to meeting you.
Many thanks
Rod, Janice & Marji
Step & Learn Adult Activity Centre

Young Epilepsy has honoured a former war-time student, who left £100,000 to the charity in her Will, by unveiling a commemorative plaque telling her story.

Former student, Mabel White from Sussex, lived on the Young Epilepsy campus between 1940 and 1943, during the Second World War. Mabel had epilepsy due to a childhood head injury and bequeathed the legacy because she felt that the care and education provided by Young Epilepsy St Piers had transformed her life. Read More

Teenagers can sign up to the new, online UCAS e-card scheme to receive valuable advice about applying to university and college.

For the first time, the free service will also provide information on graduate employment opportunities as well as tailored details on courses and open days plus fantastic big brand discounts. Read More

An open day to discover what exciting courses are available for adult learners takes place next month. More

deaf A dedicated British Sign Language (BSL) student from Ramsgate ‘with a heart of gold’ has been recognised with a prestigious award, and shortlisted for a national accolade.

Elizabeth Mincer, who studies at John Townsend Trust in Margate, was awarded South East Learner of the Year, and shortlisted for national Learner of the Year in the 2013 Signature Annual Awards. More

Preventing the neglect and abuse of vulnerable adults will be top of the agenda in Medway next week as Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week takes place from 10 – 15 June.
This year’s event is aimed at making people aware of the huge impact adult abuse can have on individuals and the support that is available to help them take action. Vulnerable adults who are in need of care and protection can include people with learning disabilities, older people, people with mental health problems and those with a physical disability. More

Saturday 22nd June
• Private readings-£15 for 1/2hr
• Tarot reader-£15 for 1/2hr
• Reflexology
• Aromatherapy
• Various stalls, jewellery, cards and more

We have organised this event to raise money for Stoke community preschool.
Psychic fair will run from 12-5pm with NO entrance fee, followed by an Evening of clairvoyance with Norman Oaks and Guest medium at 7pm, entrance fee of £5 to pay on the door, tea/coffee available 50p with a free cake.
If you wish to hold a stall at the event or would like more information please contact:
Victoria Ells 01634 271448

Peninsula Times says: If you can, please pop along to this event, money raised will help to provide essential equipment for the Community Pre-School children. We owe it to all our children to give them a good start on their school career and Community Pre-Schools do invaluable work to get all of our children on the road to high achievement.

A celebration of learning takes place at Eastgate Rochester on Saturday, 18 May as part of national Adult Learning Week (18-24 May).

Medway Community Learning is holding a free open day for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses between 12noon and 3pm at the Rochester Adult Education Centre.
The event will include information, demonstrations, displays of previous learners’ work, and activities for both adults and children.

There will be opportunity to speak with members of the adult learning team.
Free entry. Children welcome. Refreshments available.

A recent, three month pop-up art studio for adults with learning disabilities in Rochester High Street funded by the Arts Council, is now drawing to a close. Our finale will be an evening launch to show the work that has been made, entitled ‘Art About: Sharing the Love’ at 7pm on Friday the 12th of April (all welcome) followed by an open studio exhibition from the 13th-18th of April from 10-3pm each day.

The evening event on the 12th will also benefit from the neighbouring professional artists studios being open. The Coalshed Press and Printed Wonders spaces will enable visitors to see inside working artists spaces and purchase affordable art. Art About is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and is run by the lead artists Helen Morley and Wendy Daws. The purpose of this project is to provide excellent contemporary Fine Art opportunities to adults who are excluded from mainstream higher
education, for reasons of disability or disadvantage. The majority of our participants are adults with moderate to complex learning disabilities; however our focus is on developing the artist, their art and their abilities, rather than disability.

The studio and exhibition venue is at Boundary Wharf behind Café Moroc and is in the heart of a growing, grass roots arts scene in the area. Each day the artists have been exploring a diverse and demanding set of skills such as experimental printmaking and painting, plaster and sand casting, sculpture and conceptual construction, drawing and sensory workshops. The lead artists have worked with them in a collaborative and highly experimental way, supporting the individual to find their own expressive creative voice where a common question asked has been ‘what happens if….?’ The studio has achieved a very high standard in a short time as our ambitions were considerable. This has been a successful test as an experimental laboratory where people have been deeply challenged in a safe and fun place where all ideas are welcome. More

People all over Medway will soon have the opportunity to learn how to communicate without words. In the coming weeks a selection of courses, some free, will be on offer to teach sign language and Makaton. The communication courses held by Medway Community Learning will be running throughout March and April. More

Preventing the neglect and abuse of vulnerable adults will be top of the agenda in Medway when Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week takes place from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 June. More

As well as offering courses from beginners to advanced in French, Spanish, Italian and German. Medway Adult and Community Learning Service also has beginners courses available in Polish, Russian, Turkish, Arabic and Japanese.

Why not give one a try.

All courses take place at Gillingham Adult Learning Centre – except Russian, which is held at Rochester Eastgate – and they start from mid September.

To enrol phone 01634 338400 or visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/educationandlearning/adultlearning.aspx

Young people can step into a new career thanks to a new fitness instructor course starting in September. More

A summer gym instructing course starts on Monday, 22 August for three weeks.

The intensive course takes place at Medway Park, Monday to Fridays from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day.

The course will cover anatomy and physiology of exercise, programming personal training, nutrition, health safety and welfare, planning activities and how to support clients.

The course costs £583 (concessions available). Places are still available.

To enrol phone 01634 338400 or for more details about other adult education courses visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/learning

An acting taster session will give wannabe actors the opportunity to uncover their hidden talents. More

Baby massage, first aid, arts, sports and leisure are just a few of the courses on offer at the family learning fun day in Rochester this month. More

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