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Town TalkJack’s the lad to pin hopes on


SNODLAND’S Olympic 2012 hopeful, Jack Green, has been included in the Great Britain squad for two events in the Athletics World Cup Champi- onships to be held in Daegu, South Korea. Jack, who lives in Warnett Court,


Simone sets to work recycling Teen Princess


SIMONE Morris, who at the age of 15 won the Miss Cinderella crown in Wales and competed in a number of Miss Teen pag- eants last year and earlier this year, is on the competition trail again. Simone, of Malling Road, Snodland, has entered the Miss Teen Earth Pageant in Birmingham in September. The idea is to help reduce waste . Shewenttothe Co-opfor some boxes


and now is collecting glass, plastic, old newspapers and cardboard – anything re- cyclable – to take to the bins in the Roc- ford Road car park. Simone, now 16, had to pass a tele-


phone interview giving her views on how to reduce waste to take part in the pageant. She will be wearing second-hand clothes, including a green dress from her nan, al- though the dress for the finale will be new. She has left Holmesdale Technology College and attends the University of Cre- ative Arts in Maidstone where she is study- ing to be a clothes designer.


has been selected in the 400-metres hurdles and as the anchor in the 4x4 hurdles squad. He has already beaten the Olympic qualifying time of 49.5 seconds on a number of occa- sions. His personal best is 48.98 sec- onds. This season, at the age of only 19,


with the experience of running against Olympic and world champions at the Diamond League athletics meetings, he has become one of the country’s top 400-metres hurdlers. He recently won the gold medal in


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the European Under 23 hurdles. Olympic silver medallist hurdler Colin Jackson said of Jack after a Diamond League event in Lausanne, Switzerland: “He is now mixing with the big guys. “To go there and perform the way he did is


Jack Green at the Diamond League event is interviewed by BBC sports presenter Colin Jackson, himself a former world champion and Olympic silver medal hurdler


just sensational.” Jack is a member of the Snodland Sports Association and studies at Bath University. He is coached by Malcolm Arnold, who also coaches the country’s top 400-metres hurdler, Dia Greene. He has just left the country to go to South Korea but had to pull out of two events before


Executive principal ready to start


PATRICK Hannaway will take up the role of executive princi- pal of the Holmesdale Technology College/Malling School Federation in September. As reported in the April edition of Town Talk he was prin-


cipal of Barnfield South Academy, Luton, and previously head teacher of St Joseph’s Boys School in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Mr Hannaway served an apprenticeship in mechanical en- gineering and gained a City & Guilds Certificate. He qualified as a teacher in 1985 and worked in Belfast for 15 years “in a quite challenging school”. During his five years at St Joseph’s he holidayed on the


east and south coasts of England - “one of the best holidays I ever had” - and decided he wanted to teach in the South. He became principal designate at Barnfield South in Jan-


uary 2007 – a school where 38 different languages were spo- ken and which had seven head teachers in four years. He was promoted to principal in September.


New execu- tive principal Patrick Hann- away (left) with Carl Roberts, prin- cipal of Malling School; Julia Camp- bell,


principal of Holmesdale College, and Ian Hobson, retiring exec- utive princi- pal


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he went because of tonsillitis. “Fortunately it allowed me to rest properly before I went back to real hard training before leaving for the world championships,” he told Town Talk. The Snodland Festival last month raised


£750 for Jack. “Thank you very much to everybody who contributed,” he said. “Although I ama profes- sional I don’t get paid for my races until the end of the year. At the moment I am pretty skint and this will help to pay the rent.”


“I had to turn the school around in a very short space of


time,” he said. “It became an academy and five terms after it opened, of the 53 schools which became academies at the same time we were one of only three classed as outstanding. “It was a fantastic experience. Staff and pupils worked to- gether with parents. Everyone wanted to succeed.” Since his appointment Mr Hannaway has visited the schools every week.


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