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Joan Lata visit - Living with Cerebral Palsy
Last week the inspirational Joan Latta spoke to our Secondary pupils about living with Cerebral Palsy. Uncertain at first, our students were soon captivated by her life story and accomplishments. Joan explained to them what Cerebral Palsy was, and how she was starved of oxygen at birth for 28 minutes. This caused irreversible brain damage to Joan. Joan had to learn how to swallow, something that is normally inherent within us, and people weren’t sure whether she would ever be able to walk or talk.
Joan then explained to our students about how she accomplished her amazing achievements throughout her life; excellent GCSE results, walking the whole of the coastal path in the South West of England, over 1000km in total. She has learnt to ski, horse ride, swim and has started her own business. Our students were riveted throughout the talk, engaged with Joan, asked her questions and clearly left the assembly with a deep respect for her. She has shown our students the power of resilience, not giving up and aiming high. A big thank you to Joan for inspiring our Secondary students!
If you would like to learn more about Joan, her website is https://cerebralpalsyaliveandkicking.com/my-story
KCM Running Club - First Race!
This year at King's College Murcia, we have a new addition to our sporting program in the form of a running club. The idea is to engage students from all year groups in various training sessions and events. We have built up a large group of both primary and secondary students and we continue to grow. We offer training Tuesday after school for Years 5 and up, Thursday lunchtimes for Secondary students, and Thursday activity time for Primary students. All levels of experience are welcome with our main objective being to have fun whilst improving fitness and technique.
We have identified a number of races for our students to put their training into practice. The first of which was the X Carrera y Marcha Popular El Palmar on Sunday 13th of January where we had students ranging from Year 1 to Year 7. Although it was a non-competitive format, our runners still wanted to put themselves to the test against the clock. In the first event, a 500m race, Sander C. in Year 5 achieved the fastest time with Eugenio C. from Year 4 in second. In the longer 900m event, Amira C. from Year 7 was the second fastest girl overall. It was great to see how well the students competed against the local community and we were very proud of the effort they have put in during training.
Our next race is the V Carrera Solidaria CEI & Save the Children in Murcia on Sunday the 9th of February. The team will be approaching this slightly bigger event with a lot of optimism after some good training.
Key Stage 1 Nativity with the Aliens!
Primary Interhouse Football
Duke of Edinburgh Orienteering Day
Duke of Edinburgh Orienteering Day - Pupils passed first training day with flying colours.
Last Saturday 2nd November, twenty Year 10 pupils ventured out onto the valley of El Garruchal armed with little more than a map and a compass. The task for the day was to navigate along the winding paths, around abandoned ruins and over wild terrain. The pupils fear of getting lost soon dissipated as they became more confident in their navigation skills, and started enjoying being out in the fresh air. The only complaints were achy legs or feet, but the first adventurous journey in March, with two night’s camping, is firing them with enthusiasm. The participants are all preparing for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
Thanks to all the volunteers and Miss Wilson who made the day possible.
By Sally Bengtsson.
This year’s inter-house Sports Day was held in San Javier Polideportivo on October the 18th. A change in date gave us the perfect weather to enjoy some competitive athletics and celebrate our students abilities. For the first year ever, we had an opening ceremony with each house displaying their banner and marching to their theme song. It was great to see the students passion for their Houses in preparation for this event.
Flood Victims Charity Collection
AFACMUR Charity Donation
The King’s College Murcia annual road race raised over 1500 euros for charity in 2019. Each year, the school selects a charity and this time we looked locally at AFACMUR. This charity, based in Murcia, supports families after their children have been diagnosed with cancer. The support ranges from psychological help, to financial help including hospital schemes, facility improvement and educational classes. The donation was made by Junior M., a sports leader, and Emily M. who won the Year 4 race. We hope to work with AFACMUR again in the future, as much of the work we do at King’s College Murcia could benefit these families.