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Senior citizens enjoy tea at school

A COMMUNITY’S senior citizens enjoyed a homemade feast courtesy of local school children.

Staff and students at The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, staged an afternoon of tasty treats and entertainment for people living in homes and sheltered housing complexes in the area.

tea1Students prepared all the food for the annual Christmas party held in the academy’s main hall.

Guests took part in a Christmas quiz and were entertained with performances including readings, dance, instrumental pieces, songs by the choir Vocal Motion and a solo by compere and drama teacher Edward Jones.

Visitor Sheila Connolly said:

I come every year. The students can’t do enough for you and the food is marvellous.”

Freda Power added: “We have been coming for six years and the students are so wonderful. We have a lovely time.”

The event was organised by assistant vice principal June Walker and head of food Barbara Wilberforce.

Mrs Walker said:

We love entertaining our guests every year. The academy is at the heart of the local community and we are delighted that so many people join us for such a special celebration.

“The atmosphere is magical and all the students work really hard to make sure everyone has a great time.”

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Gazette editor inspires students

STUDENTS turned the tables on Evening Gazette editor Chris Styles as they debated the influence of politics in the press.

Editor of the Evening Gazette Chris Styles was quizzed by pupils from The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, on politicians and the media and his own career as a journalist.

Visiting schools like The King’s Academy is a great way to get out and about and meet young people who are interested in journalism and possible careers in the media,” said Mr Styles.

“As a teenager I was always inquisitive and knew that I wanted to be a journalist but didn’t know how to go about it.

“My careers advisor mustn’t have known either and told me to go and work in a bank so it’s good to be able to come and give the students first hand experience of what it is like to work in the industry today.”

The 25 year 11 and sixth form students quizzed Mr Styles on his own observations of political leaders as well as on MPs’ expenses and controversial headlines.

Politics affects everything we do so we all need to care about it,” said Mr Styles.

“Politics and the media are very closely linked and politicians love influencing the media to get their message across. As journalists we have an important tole in holding political parties and individuals to account and in publicising issues of public interest.

“I have been extremely impressed with the knowledge and interest shown by the students here at The King’s Academy. I’m sure if any of them are looking at a career in the media or in politics they will go far.”

Student Max Tweddle, 17, of Coulby Newham, is studying politics at A level and hopes to pursue a career in government.

Mr Styles’ talk was extremely enjoyable and it was good to hear the perspective of someone who has actually interviewed a number of political leaders.

“I found it very enlightening, especially in showing the impact that the press can have on politicians as individuals and on political parties as a whole.”

History and politics teacher Lucy Dear added:

It’s important for us to have people like Mr Styles come into school and give our students a flavour of life in the media industry to help broaden their horizons and future career prospects.”