30 March 2023

KAN Spring residential 2023

This year our Spring residential event was better than ever.

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This year, our spring residential event was better than ever. We were delighted to have the capacity to invite the Aspire cohorts along with the Core cohorts for the weekend on 25 March. In total we had 39 students attend, which is 60 per cent of our current cohorts. In our feedback survey (39 responses) the only thing that students wanted to improve was the length of the event (they want more) and they each named a variety of favourite sessions, which suggests we had a well-balanced timetable.

I love that I’ve been able to make such amazing friendships here and be able to feel so comfortable being myself. I feel surrounded by like-minded people, and knowing the mentors are always here to help us out is great. KAN is so great because I have that support behind me to get to where I want to in life.

Our timetable included revision, a variety of academic sessions (from Classics to Evolutionary Biology), activity options such as archery, and even a talk from Choreographer Kate Flatt OBE and the chance to watch a screening of Turandot.

The best thing about the residential event was the chance to learn new skills and to meet new like-minded people.

To celebrate KAN’s tenth anniversary the Y10 and Y12 art project was a collaborative screening workshop. Each of the five KAN schools will receive one of the artworks. The students used tetra-pak cartons to carve a print to represent what KAN means to them.

As ever our thanks go to everyone that makes KAN possible. From the Buffini Chao Foundation and Sevenoaks School to the volunteer teachers from Benenden, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. Last, but not least, the incredible mentors who are vital to the programme and make the residential events really meaningful for the students.

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