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PUBLISHED: 19:07 11 July 2014 | UPDATED: 19:07 11 July 2014

Dame Kelly Holmes with Tonbridge schoolchildren

Dame Kelly Holmes with Tonbridge schoolchildren

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Children welcome the Queen's Baton relay and winning words in Tonbridge, Deal twins' fencing dreams and a voyage of Discovery in Sandwich

Children of the Commonwealth

More than 1,000 children from schools across Tonbridge and Malling, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells helped welcomed the Queen’s Baton Relay at Tonbridge Castle.

Tonbridge was the first stop in the Queen’s Baton Relay’s visit to Kent as excitement builds towards the start of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 23 July.

Local golden girl, Dame Kelly Holmes, proudly carried the Baton into the grounds of the Castle just before 8am and handed it to the six Baton bearers, selected to carry the Queen’s Baton on its journey through Kent.

The Batonbearers, Millie Knight, 15, a Paralympic skier from Canterbury, Lewis Church, 17, an athlete from Tonbridge, Caroline Lorenzo from Dartford, John Simmonds from Maidstone, Roland Gooding, from Sevenoaks and Lizzy Yarnold, the Olympic Gold Medallist from West Kingsdown, each took it in turn to carry the Baton around the Castle grounds.

And to celebrate the Commonwealth theme, spectators were also treated to some wonderful school performances of music and dance.

This was followed by ‘have-a-go’ sport activities session organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Kent County Council that gave the children the chance to try out different sports at venues including Tonbridge Sportsground, the Angel Centre, Tonbridge Swimming Pool and Tonbridge School.

See also Tonbridge feature on page 58.

CAPTION: Dame Kelly Holmes with the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling and children from St Margaret Clitherow, Tonbridge

East Kent College is to establish a new centre at Discovery Park, near Sandwich and will also move the teaching of its science curriculum to the site.

Students and staff will now have the opportunity to use industry-standard laboratories formerly used by Pfizer and to work alongside the growing community of science-based companies.

The relocation of East Kent College’s 70-strong corporate services team will ensure that all its three campuses, Broadstairs and those in Dover and Folkestone, which it takes over responsibility from K College in August, will be of equal status.

Graham Razey, Principal of East Kent College, said: “This move marks an important step in our plans to create a further education college that truly reflects our commitment to serving the whole of East Kent.

“We hope that it sends a strong message to students, their parents and businesses that East Kent College is determined to deliver for this part of the county.”

East Kent College will complete the move of its management team to Discovery Park by August 2014.

Twins on guard

Former Northbourne Park pupils, twins Arran and Oliver Hope, were introduced to fencing at Northbourne Park School in Deal by Tony Burwash.

Now the épée fencers have been invited to represent Ireland in four European Junior World Cup events starting this September in Luxembourg, followed by October in Greece, November in Slovakia and January 2015 in Switzerland.

They are currently members of The King’s School, Canterbury Fencing Team and have been fencing épée (the only event in modern sport fencing in which the entire body is the valid target area) for the past three years.

The Headmaster of Northbourne Park School commented: “It is great to hear about seeds sown early at NPS coming to fruition in such an inspiring way.”

New Views

A play written by 16 year-old T C (Thom) Mangan from Tonbridge School was among the nine top plays shortlisted from more than 400 entries in New Views, the National Theatre’s annual playwriting competition for 15-19 year olds.

His play, xe, which discusses the tragic consequences of a boy’s struggles with gender, will receive a rehearsed reading by a professional cast at the National Theatre this month. The winning play will be staged in full.

New Views encourages young people to write plays about issues which are important to them, exploring key contemporary questions and dilemmas.

Entries came from more than 60 schools in the UK, two in Hong Kong and one in the US, as well as partner theatre programmes at Bristol Old Vic and Leicester Curve.

The New Views judging panel includes Fiona Mactaggart MP, playwright Sam Holcroft, NT Learning Associate Director Anthony Banks and NT Deputy Literary Manager, Brian Walters.

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