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Turner Schools organises Community Day for thousands of pupils
Pupils from across Folkestone have come together in a series of activities to celebrate and support their local community. More than 2,000 pupils from across Turner Schools spent the day giving back to the people around them in the organisation’s first ever ‘Community Day’. Read on...
Turner Schools hosts Creative Arts Exhibition to highlight pupils’ talents
Pupils from across Folkestone have showcased their artistic talents at the second ever Turner Schools Creative Arts Exhibition. In total the exhibition saw more than 1,500 entries from the schools in the trust, with pupils collaborating on a number of projects to make up the finished exhibits. Read on...
In addition to the range of artwork on display, pupils from the three primary schools as well as Sixth Form pupils from Folkestone Academy performed a series of live shows. The Folkestone pupils sang, played the piano, danced and busked throughout the evening. After the performances there were speeches from notable dignitaries followed by prize giving.
Councillor David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe Council, and Deputy Mayor Councillor Belinda Walker attended the exhibition, along with school governors and other notable figures from across the trust. Councillor Walker and Turner Schools CEO Seamus Murphy presented prizes to the winning pupils.
The theme of this year’s exhibition was ‘We Are Folkestone’. This theme has allowed pupils to examine the town in which they live, looking at the past, present and future and creating a body of work which puts young voices at its heart.
Seamus Murphy, Turner Schools CEO, said:
“I’m incredibly proud of the resilience and strength of character that our pupils have shown throughout the past year. The quality of work that they have continued to produce both in school and via home learning has been fabulous. This exhibition was an opportunity to showcase just some of the talents that they have demonstrated throughout the year. I am especially pleased that we also have the creative scholars showcasing their work this year, a new initiative at Folkestone Academy.”
Michelle Foxwood, Turner Schools Creative Arts Director, said:
“We are not just five institutions working independently to tick off Ofsted criteria, but instead, a united collective invested in the continual regeneration of our town through its most important asset: young individuals who as a community will take us into the future.”
Shortlisted categories - Prizes presented by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Belinda Walker
Award winning actress Jessica Hynes on judging panel for school talent celebration
Pupils from across Turner Schools had the chance to wow their peers at the first annual Turner’s Got Talent showcase at Folkestone Academy. In total, ten acts from across the trust performed their acts, including musicians, dancers, singers, and gymnasts. The ten finalists were given the chance to compete after each school held its own heats with more than 170 pupils across Turner Schools participating and showcasing their talent. Read on...
During the final showcase prizes were awarded by a panel of judges including renowned actress Jessica Hynes, Seamus Murphy, CEO of Turner Schools, Krissy Yates, Principal at Turner Free School and Local Councillor Jackie Meade.
The Turner’s Got Talent crown was taken by winners Holly, Peter, Zach and Josh from Folkestone Academy who performed ‘Come as you are’ by Nirvana.
In addition to the grand prize, Adela from Morehall Primary School was named Best in Primary for her cello performance of Spring Song by Frank Bridge, while Isabelle from Turner Free School won Best in Secondary for singing ‘Traitor’ by Olivia Rodrigo and Sienna from Martello Primary won The Murphy Prize, a prize that recognises potential talent in the future, for her rendition of ‘Try Everything’ by Shakira.
Holly, Year 9 Folkestone Academy pupil, from the winning band, said:
“I was very happy to win this great prize! We rehearsed this song for a couple of months and it’s nice to see that our hard work paid off. We have named our trophy ‘Benny’.”
Jessica Hynes said:
“Well done to all the performers, there was a fantastic amount of talent on the stage. We chose the winners because they showed incredible talent, dedication and amazing potential. We all agreed they had a kind of magic and an alchemy of fantastic performance skill. I really hope they go on and keep doing it because they really have got something.”
She continued: “Nothing is impossible, it’s really important thinking about performance and the Arts it sometimes seems unreachable. It isn’t! All you need is talent, focus, dedication and to keep on working. Any dream, no dream is too big.”
Seamus Murphy, CEO at Turner Schools, said:
“Congratulations to Holly, Peter, Zach and Josh on being named winners of the Turner’s Got Talent competition, and to every single one of our performers for their hard work. The competition was a resounding success and really highlighted the depth of talent across Turner Schools, which was absolutely fantastic to see. I’m sure these pupils will continue to showcase their skills over the coming years and I look forward to watching them do so.”
Folkestone pupils mark Queen’s Jubilee with tree-planting ceremony
Pupils across Folkestone have marked the Queen’s Jubilee by planting trees in celebration. Pupils at Martello Primary School, Morehall Primary School, Folkestone Primary, Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School planted a tree outside the school buildings as part of a national campaign of celebration. Read on...
The initiative, organised by The Queen’s Canopy, calls for schools to get involved and celebrate their outside spaces. In total more than one million trees have been planted in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The project is a unique tree planting initiative and invites people from across the country to plant their own trees to celebrate this historic milestone.
The Turner Schools team sourced their trees through Kent Historical Trees from Brogdale Collections, planting five trees, including two cherries, two acers and one ornamental plum in total. The pupils were also warded a commemorative plaque by the Queen’s Canopy initiative in honour of their efforts.
This is just the latest action by Turner Schools pupils to raise awareness of climate change and to look at how they can be more environmentally responsible. Pupils at Folkestone Primary and Martello Primary School have formed an Eco Council to look at addressing the school’s environmental impact, while their peers at Morehall Primary voted for Eco Champions to represent them and to decide which eco-friendly projects they should implement.
Cayden Collins, newly appointed Head Boy at Folkestone Academy Sixth Form, said:
“I feel very privileged to be a part of the tree planting at Folkestone Academy. The Year 7 pupils that accompanied the Head Girl and myself will get to watch the tree grow during their time at the Academy. I’m looking forward to coming back in years to come and seeing the progress the tree has made, knowing that I was a part of its beginning.”
Seamus Murphy, CEO of Turner Schools, said: DRAFT
“It’s fantastic to see our pupils are so keen to find out more about nature and the joys of spending time outside. They are really environmentally conscious and are so keen on doing what they can to raise awareness of climate change and to make a positive impact on the natural world around them.
“The Queen’s Canopy initiative is a fantastic means of getting schoolchildren out in the fresh air and to highlight the great wellbeing benefits of spending time with nature. These trees will form a lasting monument to this historic milestone.”
Schools celebrate their community through ‘Folkestone Talks’
Care 4 Calais, Kent Police and the Napier Barracks are just some of the guests invited in to meet pupils of Turner Schools during their month-long ‘Folkestone Talks’ - a Trust-wide celebration of the people who make up their local community. Read on...
The initiative, which is running throughout March, is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to meet people who live or work in the town and to benefit from the stories, backgrounds and experiences that they can share. It aims to:
Celebrate Folkestone’s diversity;
Encourage pupils to feel proud of their town;
Promote empathy and cultural awareness;
Prepare pupils for life in a modern world.
Over 70 members of the community have committed to participating, including representatives from the Nepalese and Roma communities; various churches and religious groups; councillors from the town and district council; and the Rotary Club. The events are run in a ‘speed networking’ style where small groups of pupils spend 10 minutes with each guest before moving on to the next person. So far, events have been held at Turner Free School, Morehall Primary and Martello Primary, with dates set for Folkestone Academy and Folkestone Primary later on in the month. By the end of the series, over 900 pupils will have participated in the events.
Katy Tibbles, Community Engagement Manager, Turner Schools, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support that’s been shown by the community towards these events. It’s a fantastic way for our pupils to meet the wide variety of people that play a part in the town and who help to make Folkestone a great place to live and work. At Turner Schools, it’s part of our mission to strengthen communities and I feel that these events have been successful in doing that.”
Haydee Blaskett, Environmental Enforcement Officer, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the morning and would like to say how wonderful and polite all the children were. They were really engaged and were asking some brilliant questions that were really relevant to our role and about the town.”
Mick Cronin, Community Liaison Officer, Kent Police, said: “I’ve very much enjoyed taking part in the Folkestone Talks events across the Turner Schools. It’s been a great opportunity to bring together different groups from the community and to celebrate the diversity that exists in the town. Initiatives such as these play an important part in developing community cohesion.”
Noah (Year 4, Morehall) said: “I really enjoyed meeting lots of new people and finding out about their lives, feelings and jobs”.
Parent (Turner Free School) said: “As a parent I would like to thank you as a school for not only helping to shape my daughters academic future but also herself as a person with activities like this. “
Rotary Club Donate Trees to Morehall
Pupils from the heart of the Garden of England have planted two fruit trees, donated by Folkestone Rotary Club to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
The year 3 children from Morehall Primary School, part of the Turner Schools trust, were joined by Kate McNiece, Chair of Folkestone’s Rotary Club, and Councillor Jackie Meade to plant the apple and cherry trees on the school field. Read on below...
The newly planted trees will make an excellent addition to the school’s outdoor curriculum, which already boasts a forest school area and burgeoning kitchen garden. Over the coming weeks, pupils and staff, who are extremely passionate about gardening and spending time outdoors, will be building insect habitats and growing vegetables for cookery lessons and Jubilee celebration treats.
Mrs Am’e Moris, Principal at Morehall Primary School, said: “At Morehall Primary we are very passionate about our outdoor space and outdoor learning opportunities for our children. We have recently employed a specialist outdoor education teaching assistant to run fantastic outdoor sessions with our children, who have already built bird boxes, bat boxes and a specialised bee house. We have many more exciting plans to "eat what we grow", turning over some of our field to vegetable patches.
“We are so thankful to the Rotary Club for their donation to our kitchen garden and for helping us to mark such a significant occasion. Our young gardeners were so excited to take part in the planting process and are eager to nurture the trees and watch them grow for many, many years to come. And we very much look forward to reaping the fruits of our labour!”
Number Day 2022
Pupils had a fantastic day celebrating all things Maths related in this year's Number Day. Watch the video to find out more!
Turner Schools Christmas Concert 2021
Pupils from Folkestone Academy, Folkestone Primary, Martello Primary, Morehall Primary and Turner Free School perform in our first Turner Schools Christmas Concert.
Folkestone Pupils Take Part in Diversity and Inclusion Week
School leaders across Turner Schools have worked together to launch a trust-wide Diversity and Inclusion week. Pupils in all year groups across all five schools took part in a range of activities throughout the week including subject specific lessons, workshops and presentations from a range of guest speakers. Read on...
The aim of the week was to broaden pupils’ awareness of what is meant by diversity and inclusion; to encourage pupils to develop a greater sense of empathy and understanding towards those who are different to themselves; and to gain an appreciation for the diverse community in which we live.
Neurodiversity workshops with The Young Animators Club - Pupils participated in workshops on the concept of neurodiversity and how it feels to be neurodiverse, before producing animations to reflect their thoughts.
Anti-racism workshops with Books for Change - Pupils actively engaged in workshops delivered by Books for Change where they talked about the impact of racism and the importance of treating people equally.
Mark Parrin (Ambassador at Wordly Wise) - Mark delivered assemblies to Year 10 pupils at Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School, sharing his story of how he became paralysed in his mid-twenties, and how having a positive attitude has helped him to live a full and rewarding life. He went on to talk about the work he does now to support other people living with disabilities.
Mr Lea Baynes, teacher at Folkestone Academy - Delivered assemblies at all schools about his experience of being transgender., speaking openly and honestly about the challenges he faced as a teenager and the struggles of trying to ‘fit in’ before realising that he was transgender.
Folkestone and Hythe District Council - Deputy Leader Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee and other Council representatives spoke to pupils about diversity in the workplace, looking at the 9 protected characteristics and why having a diverse body of employees makes the workplace a more successful and happier environment.
Hearing impairment specialists from Kent Supported Employment - Helped pupils to understand what it’s like to be hearing impaired and what they can do to support members of the community with these needs.
Storytime with Dita the Drag Queen - To end the week, pupils spent the day with Dita the Drag Queen, reading stories about gender differences, using appropriate pronouns, and inclusive language. They got to know Dita, asked them questions, enquired about their job, their life, their own experiences at school, and learned exactly what it looks like when somebody, who may initially appear different in some way, is happy and confident and able to express themselves however they see fit.
A Year 7 pupil from Folkestone Academy said:
“This week I have learnt to be more respectful and considerate of other people's feelings. We should celebrate the differences between us; no one should experience discrimination.”
Seamus Murphy, CEO at Turner Schools, said:
“As a trust we embrace the diverse culture in which we live and we want our pupils to grow up having confidence in themselves, no matter what their situation may be. This week, pupils have had the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues and have heard first hand from people with diverse backgrounds. Pupils from all age ranges have approached the week with interest and maturity and I know that they have gained a huge amount from these experiences.”
Katy Tibbles, Community Engagement Manager at Turner Schools, said:
“It has been a privilege to work with such a diverse group of people throughout the week. I am incredibly grateful for the contributions made by members of the wider community and the stories that they have shared with us.”
Pupils team up with HeadStrong Singers
Over the last month Year 5 pupils at Morehall Primary have worked hard to master a selection of songs, old and new, to sing with local group The HeadStrong Singers. Both groups then met at the school, singing together in "The Generation Link" - a project that brings children and the retired population together through music. Read on...
The HeadStrong Singers is a weekly social singing group for anyone who has experienced a head or brain injury or illness. The group is run by Duncan Moris through Music and Arts for the Shepway Community (MASC), a local charity that aims to bring music and the arts to everybody in Folkestone and Hythe through various projects. They believe in the social, physical and mental benefits that music and the arts can bring. For more information visit https://masccharity.org.uk/headstrong-singers/
This collaborative project was funded by the Headstart Kent Pay It Forward grant and was initiated by children in Year 5 at Morehall who wanted to do something which promoted mental health and well-being in others. They also wanted to make stronger links with their local community, and do their part to bring joy to the people around them, as well as emphasising the benefits of singing for their own mental health.
The programme was also inspired by research into the benefits of intergenerational musical schemes, which improve cross-age attitudes and interactions, as well as the emotional and physical wellbeing of those taking part. The programme ensured that the Morehall pupils were able to forge closer links with members of their local community who they might otherwise not have met, and helped brighten their days.
One year 5 pupil explained:
“We had so much fun singing with people that we wouldn’t normally meet, and learning songs that we hadn’t even heard of before! Everyone was really friendly and didn’t stop smiling.”
Am’e Moris, Principal at Morehall Primary School, said:
“It has been a pleasure for Morehall Primary to host and run this fantastic project - The Generation Link. At Morehall Primary we are passionate about engaging with our local community and giving our children rich and varied experiences, lead by themselves as inquisitive citizens. We hope that the HeadStrong Singers have enjoyed this project as much as us!”
A member of HeadStrong singers added:
“It was an absolute joy to sing with the younger generation, to share our stories and to listen to theirs. There was such a wonderful feeling of togetherness.”
National Poetry Day 2021
Listen to pupils recite the poems they have learnt in class to celebrate National Poetry Day
DfE Covid 19 Guidance
Please take some time to read the DfE Covid 19 guidance for parents/carers. (Click Gov.uk link)
Our school has updated our Covid 19 risk assessment to reflect the changes made in July.