The Skinners’ Kent Academy
STEM “University Challenge” Event - 'Most Able and Talented' students from Year 7 and 8 at Skinners' Kent Academy took on students from Skinners' Academy Hackney in a "University Challenge" style competition. The theme of the event, the first of its kind hosted at SKA, was STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students had to work under timed conditions whilst using logic to solve mathematical and scientific problems. The challenge was designed and delivered by two Year 10 MA&T students who did a fantastic job. It was a tight competition but SKA's Year 8 team 'The Rogues' took victory by two points. This event was a great opportunity for promoting STEM careers and highlighting how problem solving is a key component of 21st century thinking.
National Financial Journalist Competition - Students at Skinners' Kent Academy entered a competition run by the London Institute of Banking and Finance. The task was to write an article in less than 1,000 words - ‘How will financial education help me to meet the financial challenges I will face throughout my life’. Shortlisted entries were judged by BBC Business Presenter Steph McGovern who had to choose one winner from each of the age groups and one for the most original idea. Rosalind Carvell, Year 11 student and Head Girl at The Skinners’ Kent Academy was the winner with the most original idea, and was presented with a certificate and £50 prize by the Managing Director of Financial Capability, Alison Pask. Rosalind is aiming for an A* grade in her GCSE Personal Finance and intends to complete the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme in the Sixth Form at the Academy. Ultimately she aims to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at university and with early achievements such as winning the National Financial Journalist Competition, she is well on her way to a successful career.
Leading Role at ASCL Conference - The Executive Principal of The Skinners’ Kent Academy, Sian Carr, was President of ASCL this year. Students from all Skinners’ secondary schools took part in the Annual Conference in Birmingham. Sam Wheeler and Emily Raj, Sixth Formers at The Skinners’ Kent Academy, co-hosted the conference introducing speakers such as The Right Honourable Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief inspector of Schools and Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust. Sam and Emily also hosted a panel interview session with Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
Mark Forkgen, Director of Music at Tonbridge School, coordinated groups from all Skinners’ secondary schools who performed in different venues around the conference during the day, before coming together in a combined performance on the main stage in front of all delegates. "Tin Pan Alley" was composed by James Maxim from The Marsh Academy, written for a new musical to be performed at the Academy. The piece was arranged for this collaborative performance by Hywel Davies, Composer in Residence at Tonbridge School.