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Burgess Hill School girls win ski-ing medals

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SCHOOLGIRLS returned from a ski trip with a haul of medals.

Twenty two girls on the Burgess Hill Girls ski team competed at the Independent School Ski Racing Championships, Les Deux Alps, in France.

Georgina Hogbin won a gold medal in the under 12s giant slalom and silver in the slalom.

Mae Sandman took gold in the under 14s category and Hannah Lind finished fourth.

In the individual U16 giant slalom Hannah Lind finished fourth and Mae Sandman took individual gold in the U14 category.

The senior team won a silver medal in the giant slalom.

The junior team took double bronze in the team events for giant slalom and slalom.

Head Liz Laybourn said:“Having the ski team return back to Burgess Hill Girls with all their medals makes for a fantastic start to the year. “

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LVS Hassocks: Autistic students show off their skills and talent

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TALENTED youngsters with autism showed off their business and performance skills at their school.

The pupils and students at LVS Hassocks held a market where they sold items they had made, including gifts, candles, and biscuits.

There were also stalls such as games and a tombola, and students got hands-on work experience at the Oast Cafe, which is in the grounds of the school in London Road, Sayers Common.

Among the students learning about the hospitality industry were Joseph and Carl, pictured right, with volunteers and staff.

Then there was a talent show hosted at the school, where youngsters demonstrated their talent on the last day of term.

Schools special educational needs (SEN) director Sarah Sherwood said: “Students put on their own talent contest of dance and solo music performances.

“With autistic children often finding social interaction difficult and finding it hard to make eye contact and express themselves.

“It was a testament to the work of staff in helping to build the pupils’ confidence that so many took to the stage in front of all parents and families present.”

“Students to demonstrate the wide range of skills they have been learning, from making items and baking to customer service, performance skills and in all cases increased confidence.

“Our goal is to give students the skills to be independent when they leave here, and today so many of them have demonstrated those key skills”.

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Worthing pupils get a taste of the circus life

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CHILDREN had a taste of the circus life on Friday as they spun plates and practised juggling.

Pupils and families from Hawthorns Primary School in Worthing got the new year off to a spinning start when performers Kate Wright and Lee Sutton delivered an evening circus skills masterclass.

The Poi Passion Circus Arts teachers taught pupils hula hooping, juggling and balloon modelling among other skills.

After learning how to spin plates, pirouette and take part in mock combat with staffs, the pupils chose their favourite new skill and made their own routines.

They then performed their newfound circus expertise as part of a grand finale in front of their parents.

Chairwoman of governors Karen Ashworth said the event brought new opportunities to the pupils.

“It is so important all of our children have the chance to take part in a rich breadth of experiences,” she said. This was a lovely way for the school to create opportunities for children and also bring the community together.”

One youngster encouraged other children to improve their circus skills.

He said: “The circus skills were amazing – everyone should try it. Some of the tricks look hard but we learnt easier ways to do them. It was fun.”

The circus skills event was part of a series of Family Friday activities run by Hawthorns Primary.

Ms Ashworth said the programme enriched pupils and their families. Poi Passion Circus Arts was founded 20 years ago by experienced circus performer Ms Wright.

She also teaches fire dancing to students and directs a dance troupe.

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