Education

College open as normal on strike day

Ashford College logoAshford College is opening as normal during a planned strike by UCU and Unison. The college have issued the following statement via their Facebook page:

“Our primary concern is in ensuring we are providing a consistent, undisrupted educational service to our students. We do not have extensive union membership across the Hadlow Group and historically, very few members of staff have participated in strike action. We will work to ensure we minimise any disruption to students and expect all students to attend their timetabled classes.” (more…)

Photography students win awards

Ashford College logoAshford College recently hosted the Ashford Photographic Society Schools Competition and are so proud to hear that two of their own students came runners up in two categories. Big congratulations to Rhys Hawkins (Level 3 Photography) and Shannon Pankhurst (Level 2 Photography)!

The intention of the annual competition is “to encourage photography as an art form and to harness the enthusiasm of both the art departments [of the schools competing] and pupils.”

The event was a great success with many turning out to see the work of the students.

Ashford College

Learn to Fix your Bicycle

cycle repairs photoCycleWorkshops offer beginners the opportunity to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance – bike setup, puncture repair, brake and gear adjustment.  The relaxed 4-hour sessions are delivered at Cycle Circle’s workshop in Norfolk Drive, Ashford (TN23 4FB).

The cost is subsidised by Active Ashford – just £20 (and redeemable against tools on the day).

You can book one of the dates via Cycle Circle’s website http://cyclecircle.co.uk/cycleworkshop/

  • 13th February, 2016
  • 9th April, 2016
  • 4th June, 2016
  • 10th September, 2016

All of the workshops run from 10.00 – 14.00

We have added these dates to our calendar

Apply for a primary school place before 15th January

Kent County CouncilApplications are open for primary, infant and junior places in Kent schools, with about 16,000 families expected to apply for a place to start school next September.

Families are being encouraged to apply as soon as possible for a primary school place for their children and not miss the 15 January deadline.

Last year there were more than 500 late applications, which made it more difficult for parents to secure the preferred places.

Every child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 needs to be registered for a school place, along with those who are moving from Infant school to junior school.

When a child has older brothers or sisters already in school, their family still needs to apply for a school place so they can start at the same school in September 2016. (more…)

Community Council News

Ashfored Borough CouncilAshford Borough Council’s Selection and Constitutional Review Committee have recommended that the Council follow the Community Governance Review ballot outcome; creating Community Councils in Kennington and South Willesborough and Newtown, not in South Ashford, Central Ashford and North Willesborough. The final decision will be taken at a full Council Meeting next Thursday, 10th December.

The Minutes of the meeting will be available on the ABC Committee page

Apply now for a primary school place

Kent County CouncilApplications are open for Primary, Infant and Junior places in Kent schools, with about 16,000 families expected to apply for a place to start school next September.

Families are being encouraged to apply as soon as possible for a Primary school place for their children and not miss the 15 January deadline. Last year there were more than 500 late applications, which made it more difficult for parents to secure the preferred places. (more…)

ReCycle

cropped-night-riding4The ReCycle programme is a partnership project with Goldwyn School, offering an affordable source of refurbished bikes, alongside an educational programme for the students at the school.  The concept is simple: DONATE – REFURBISH – SALE.

DONATE your unwanted bicycles to the programme and get a 20% discount at the bike sale.  You can drop bikes off at Goldwyn School (Mark Sibley), The Youthy (Jim Winter) or call 07762221024 (Spencer Morgan) and we’ll pick up.  Please ensure bikes are in a fixable condition.

The students at Goldwyn School are helping to REFURBISH the bikes as part of their education programme.  All bikes are throughly checked and serviced to ensure they are in a roadworthy condition ready for the bike sale.

Our next Bike SALE is on Saturday 12th December (10am-1pm) – pick up a bargain bike just in time for Christmas (and a free mince pie too!).  We’re already planing the next Bike Sale in time for early spring.  The bike sales will be at Goldwyn College (Norfolk Drive, TN23 4FB).

Cycle Circle

Record Breakers – Summer Reading Challenge

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Free summer fun for families!

The Summer Reading Challenge for children starts in all Kent libraries on Saturday 11 July.

The Challenge, organised by The Reading Agency charity and your local library, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read 6 books during the long summer break.

Children will collect stickers for reading whichever library books they choose. When they read 6 books they will receive a fantastic medal and certificate. (more…)