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Students Host Japanese Themed Festival

Staff and students at Sussex Coast College Hastings were treated to a Japanese themed summer festival at the college last week.

The end of year matsuri (the Japanese word for festival) was hosted by Supported Education students on Thursday 29th June to recognise the outstanding achievements of students and celebrate the college’s Autism Accreditation status.

The afternoon featured a lively programme of Japanese music, traditional folk dance performances, a display of samurai inspired skills, a kabuki theatre parasol dance and modern ‘kawaii’ (cute) dancing sushi.

The students showcased their diverse talents in dance, performance, and scenery and prop painting in the manga / anime style. The afternoon was enhanced by some dazzling costumes kindly lent by Julia Bovee and Opera South East.

An exhibition of art and sculpture was also created by students from the STEPS programme that drew inspiration from the culture and history of Japan. The atrium was decorated with 1000 origami paper cranes made by the students, and according to a Japanese legend, whoever makes 1000 cranes will receive good health, happiness and good luck.

The afternoon culminated in a presentation of awards. Lucy Jenion received the ‘Student of the Year’ award in recognition of her personal development, communication and progression in employability skills.

Stephen Dedridge from the National Autistic Society presented Lesley Watson, Supported Education Curriculum Area Manager, with the certificate of Autism Accreditation status; an internationally recognised award for services that meet high standards in understanding autism and in provision for autistic people.

Stephen highlighted the inclusivity of the show and commented on the fantastic achievements of Supported Education at Sussex Coast College.

The college has held Autism Accreditation status since 2011, and became the first department within a General College of Further Education to be awarded the accreditation.

Check out the other photos from a fantastic afternoon here.

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