Thanet community news: School fun, Academy FM and rotary update

The bus presentation to Bradstow Scchool

Bradstow School

Bradstow residential special school has been presented with a Variety Sunshine coach thanks to fundraising by the Bingo Association.

The key was presented to head teacher Sarah Dunne by Alastair Stewart – Head of Strategy and Development at the Bingo Association – on Thursday (June 21).

The first journey took place that day with a group of young people and staff travelling to Thriftwood Scout Camp and Activity Centre, where others were already on their school journey.  They participated in exciting activities such as canoeing, rafting and archery, and having a barbeque.

The new minibus will be used for:

Work Experience

Community Events





Park Runs

Sporting Events

Day trips

Horse Riding


Events at other schools



Zoo and Animal Parks

Specialist Workshops

And many more educational and fun outings!

A Bradstow school spokesman said: “We needed to replace our 10 year old Sunshine Coach. The new coach will be used daily to allow our children and young people to access to the wider community as a group; to provide access to many of the school`s external projects, as well as after school and weekend activities.

“We are very grateful to Variety and the Bingo Association for their generosity in providing our new mini bus.”

St Laurence-in-Thanet Junior Academy

Pupils and staff at St Laurence Junior Academy are putting their running shoes on and enthusiastically tackling “a mile a day”. Every day, pupils and staff are uniting in 15 minutes continuous exercise through walking and jogging. The aim of the initiative is to increase fitness levels, reduce health related issues, improve concentration in lessons and most importantly have fun. Pupils and staff are already seeing the benefits and eagerly look forward to getting outside and being active.

St Lawrence College juniors

Pupils at St Lawrence College Junior School in Ramsgate had an unusual and exciting visitor to the school.

Paula, the Polar Bear, who is currently based at Turner Contemporary, paid a surprise visit to the playground at morning break time.  As part of the ongoing Learning Partnership between the school and the gallery, the school helped with the recent crowdfunding campaign to bring the bear to Margate for the summer, raising awareness of environmental issues.

Paula can be seen at Turner Contemporary on selected days throughout July and August

Ramsgate Rotary Club

Instead of their usual meeting on July 3, members will be  attending the hand-over meeting of Westgate and Birchington Rotary Club; On the 10th members of Ramsgate Town Team will be talking about their work and on the 17th the meeting will be held at St. Augustine’s Golf Club following  a competition among golfing members for the Arthur Rogers cup;
Latest recruit  Kay Dark will be speaking  on the 24th and the meeting on the 31st will be open to members and friends. The speaker will be Kathy Bailes who will  talk about her work and involvement with the Isle of Thanet News website.
Anybody wishing to learn more about the  club or considering  membership should visit the web site

Academy FM Summer social

The Academy FM BIG Family Summer Social is taking place on Saturday 30 June, at the Windmill, Newington Road, Ramsgate from 2pm.

There will be a delicious Hog Roast, bouncy castle plus live music from local artists Ross Uttridge, Big Steve, Argyle, Nifty, Skittle and T.H.C all playing a mix of covers and original material.

Dougie and the Academy FM team will be there.

Entry is free, although there is a small charge for the food.    Bring the family for an afternoon of fun, whilst raising money for Academy FM.

Our BIG Family Summer Social on Saturday 30 June at the Windmill, Newington Road, Ramsgate from 2pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!