Kingsdown School, Academy Trust Special School, in Southend
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KINGSDOWN SCHOOL EVENTS IN THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Each year, Kingsdown school organises many events and also takes part in a number of national events. In this archive, you can see some of the events which took place in the 2017-2018 school year.

As part of the therapeutic art project, a group of pupils worked on an image based storybook project with the aim of developing their art skills, writing skills and self-esteem.

The pupils created stories by first making images and then building the narrative around them and they all succeeded in creating some amazing stories.

The pupils were very excited when they visited Waterstones on 3rd July to see their finished books on display. Waterstones had created a beautiful display of their work and the manager of the store was extremely welcoming and interested in looking at the books.

We would like to congratulate the pupils on their fantastic work and also thank Waterstones for their hospitality.

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On Thursday 21st June we held our annual Sports Day.

Once again the weather was kind us. The children thoroughly enjoyed the many activities. We would like to thank all the parents, carers and friends of Kingsdown who helped make the event a great success.

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On Wednesday 2nd May we were once again very lucky to have the Lions of Zululand from South Africa visit Kingsdown.

Lions of Zululand are an incredibly talented group of singers and dancers from some of the poorest regions of South Africa. Founder and director Mdu Mkize from KwaMashu has spent many years developing the group. These young performers enjoy promoting the culture of South Africa and fulfilling their potential, whilst earning a livelihood to support their families at home.

The day started with the group giving a concert to the whole school in the hall which was absolutely brilliant. The energy they displayed in their dancing was amazing as were the beautiful harmony vocals produced by their powerful voices - it was a superb concert!

This was followed by a series of educational workshops throughout the rest of the day which included singing, dancing, art and learning about the Zulu culture. At the end of the day the group performed once again to the whole school.

The whole day was a wonderful experience and one that we will all remember for a very long time. Many thanks to Happy Days who funded the day.

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On Wednesday, 21st March 2018 we held a sponsored race session in aid of Sports Relief. The races were good fun and very competitive. Thank you to the families that came along to support the event. We raised just over £500 for Sports Relief and Happy Days Charity.

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World Book Day at Kingsdown took place on 7th March.

There were some fantastic costumes around the school and the children enjoyed a World Book Day assembly, listening to the teachers re-enacting the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

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DECORATING OUR CHRISTMAS TREE

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NATIVITY

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CHRISTINGLE SERVICE AT ST LAURENCE CHURCH

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CHRISTMAS CRACKER CONCERTS

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ST THOMAS MORE HOSTS A PARTY FOR FISH CLASS

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CHRISTMAS DISCO

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SANTA'S GROTTO

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On 21st November pupils from the Kingsdown choir and orchestra represented the school at the Southend Music Festival held at Crowstone Church.

They sang and played ‘Come on Everybody’ as their performance piece and afterwards joined with the Music Man adult performers to sing a variety of songs known to them.

They all performed exceptionally well and they won the silver award which was very well deserved.

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On Friday 17th November we organised a ‘Cake and Play Tea Party’ in aid of Children in Need. We sold cakes, biscuits and cold drinks, many made by the children. There were also some wonderful cakes baked by parents and staff. Parents were invited to attend with their child’s class and various play activities for the children were made available making it a really fun and lively atmosphere. We would like to thank everyone for supporting this event.

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Thanks to the ‘Happy Days’ charity, on Wednesday 15th November the whole school enjoyed M & M’s Production of the Robin Hood Pantomime.

There was plenty of interaction with the children, music and laughter and the traditional ‘oh no it isn’t’ and ‘oh yes it is’. The cast were excellent and the children loved the show.

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On 2nd November we were thrilled to receive a visit from Pudsey Bear. Pudsey very kindly gave us enough Pudsey Bears and Money Boxes so that each class has their own that they can use to raise money for Children in Need.

We would like to say a big thank-you to Pudsey and his helper.

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On Wednesday 1st November we were once again delighted to welcome members of Leigh Lions to our whole school assembly. They came to present certificates and prizes to Chelsea, Chloe and Megan for taking part in their annual Peace Poster Competition.

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On Sunday 15th October some pupils from Kingsdown School took part in the amazing Music is Magic Concert at the London Palladium. It was a brilliant show and the children were superb.

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On Thursday 12th October Kingsdown School took part in a workshop led by Blade Education, as part of the Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance.

Pupils were able to make clay poppies which were exhibited in the Rose Garden below the Southend Cenotaph, the week before Remembrance Sunday, along with all the other poppies made by other schools taking part in this project.

Several classes visited the display of poppies on days dedicated to schools before it opened to the public over Remembrance weekend.

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