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SEPTEMBER 2017
NEWS FROM THE APOLLOS TRUST

From James Smith : Christian Youth Work at The Marsh Academy 

james smithJames is an experienced Youth Worker with over 10 years volunteering experience, six years as a Youth pastor at Cheriton Baptist Church and also experiences as a Secondary School Teacher and Social Worker with Kent County Council.

James was appointed as our Christian Youth Worker for The Marsh in April and began his role on 5th June.

BACK TO SCHOOL

We’re excited and raring to go with a new school year here in the Marsh.   Over the course of term 6 I spent lots of my time on break and lunch duties, getting to know students and making myself available and ensuring the students knew who I was.  I have formed some good relationships and have started to mentor a few of these students.  Over the course of term 6 I spent lots of my time on break and lunch duties, getting to know students and making myself available and ensuring the students knew who I was.  I have formed some good relationships and have started to mentor a few of these students.


We have identified a group of 20 students who all care for someone at home. With this group we are starting the Marsh Young Carers group and working closely with Kent Young Carers to ensure that these students get the best Care and support that they need.


I have also successfully started up two Christian Unions, one for Key stage 3 and one for Key stage 4 students.  At present, no students have identified themselves as Christian, but I have announced the groups and advertised in the hope that they will brave and come forward.



From Richard Dowling : Schools Worker at Homewood School and Sixth Form
A New Year – A New Term

It’s been nine months now since I started at Homewood School and sixth form.  In that time I have got to know a lot of people within the school and local schools and I’ve got to know lots of people within the town of Tenterden.  Making new friends and being available is a key part of what we do as a Trust.  We are reminded in Mark chapter 10 and verse 45 “Not to be served, but to serve”.

The Trust was very busy throughout June and July. I was privileged to go into eight different primary schools within Tenterden to do Transition Lessons (Year 6’s going from primary to secondary school) for over 190 young people.  Each lesson was about an hour; we had some fun games, team building and the young people were able to ask questions about what it might be like going to secondary school and any worries that that they may have.  Every child was presented with a Scripture Union book called ‘It’s your move’.

Also in July I was part of a team of staff who took eight EAL students to the beach for the day.  We went to Littlestone Beach, Romney.  We had time on the beach, then we had a shared lunch together.  For some of the students, they had never been to the beach before.  We often take for granted the simple things that we have done in life, such as a day at the beach.

So now it’s September and we welcome the new year 7’s to the school.  As you read this we will have restarted the Christian Union, had a Young Carers group session and been on the Take up the Challenge residential.  I continue mentoring students, taking assemblies and leading staff prayers.