For a long while I have had a strong professional relationship with Kent Children’s University™ and I’m pleased to be able to say that whilst the organisation has gone through several changes over the last year that relationship has become stronger for me and is now also more accessible to the wider Kent community. Along with some top venues, locations and other providers, I’ve become a validated Public Learning Destination. Many of you won’t have a clue what I’m talking about so let me fill you in!
Kent Children’s University™ (KCU) http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/cukent/home/ is part of an International charity that provides 5-14 year olds with access to exiting and innovative Children’ University (CU) learning activities and experiences outside the normal school day. They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning that will develop their skills and raises aspirations for the future. The CU is able to recognise and reward children for all the additional learning they participate in voluntarily outside normal school hours. Once registered through a local school or direct through your county’s CU, children can earn Learning Credits in a variety of ways including participating in activities held at “Public Learning Destinations” of which I am one. Children are provided with a Passport to Learning for them to collect Credits as evidence of their learning. Once they’ve achieved a fixed number of credits they will have the opportunity to have their success celebrated at a special graduation ceremony at either Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) or the University of Kent.
There is also a fantastic opportunity to win some great prizes such as a Toshiba Satellite Click Mini Tablet and Laptop and Polaroid Digital Cameras in a competition running throughout the summer with KCU – the #mykentsummer competition. Anyone between the ages of 5-14 can upload a video postcard from the Learning Destination to the KCU Facebook page with a 30 second explanation of why you enjoyed it so much and they could be in with a chance of winning. All the details of the competition, T&Cs and more info about KCU can be found here http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/cukent/home/children--young-people/mykentsummer/
And last but not least on the KCU news front comes the launch of the first KCU RADIO PODCAST which features one of my CU Live! workshops. The podcast has been edited and produced by KCU Patrons, Charlie O’Brien and JK, both Heart FM radio presenters, writers and journalists. Keep a watch out for monthly updates and have a listen to the first episode here!
As the temperatures this weekend rose to nearly 30°C in Kent my thoughts have been firmly focussed on the colder, darker nights of October as I pitch out the last few dates of the Halloween season to corporate clients, schools and colleges. Several dates have already been taken, with a Freak Night Halloween Ball booked for one of my long-standing corporate clients in London, a gig at Warner Brothers Studios, two workshops in Tunbridge Wells funded by the local council (dates to be announced on the Assembly Hall website soon) and two workshops with London theatres as well as half term youth workshops. I’ll also have artists working with me at The Barn and Sankeys pubs in Tunbridge Wells for their themed nights. It’s looking busy so far but there are a few more dates and spaces available for people looking to add that professional touch and to bring their Halloween costumes to life (or death) so drop me an email if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd!
FILM NEWS! Last month I met up with the Christmas Slay cast and crew for the screening of the final edit. Steve Davis, writer and producer of the film has secured a worldwide distribution deal with an American company so this Christmas you’ll be able to find it in the shops towards the end of this year.
As part of the Kent Independent Film company team http://kentindependentfilm.co.uk/ I’m on board for all the new projects including a new TV series, Haunted Hunnies, which will be filmed towards the end of September 2015 in a 17th century pub in East Sussex and is evidently the most haunted pub in the county! http://kentindependentfilm.co.uk/portfolios/haunted-hunnies/
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