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Breakfast club gets kids off to a winning start


A MAIDSTONE school has picked up a national award for its breakfast club. Molehill Primary Academy’s


morning club took the title of “best breakfast club in the South East”. The awards scheme was spon-


sored by a cereal brand,which of- fered £1,000 towards its funds. Four pupils from the school in


Hereford Road on the Shepway estate travelled up to the Houses of Parliament for the awards cere- mony and tomeet Favershamand Mid KentMPHelenWhately. About 70 children attend the


school’s breakfast club eachmorn- ing for activities including tennis, football, yoga, dance,mindfulness and homework support. Sandra Hammond, pastoral


support worker at Molehill, says the club prides itself on develop- ing pupils’ social skills and inde- pendence. Youngsters serve their breakfast eachmorning and are in


Pupils with Sandra Hammond, pastoral support worker and Helen Vaughan, breakfast club assistant (right) at the House of Commons


charge of clearing away. She said: “We are incredibly


proud to be one of the winners. Writing our entry gave us a won- derful opportunity to celebrate the children who attend, not to men- tion the hard-working staff.” She praised the links the school


has with its church, which pro- vides the club’s volunteers. MrsWhately said: “Not only is


amorningwith an empty tummy prettymiserable for a child, it also makes learning harder, so break- fast clubs are really important. They are also a huge help for par- ents who need to get to work be- fore school time.” The primary is part of the Leigh


Academies’ Trust, which looks after 18 schools in the south east. Four of themare inMaidstone.


News Accountants


to join forces TWO accountancy firms with of- fices in Maidstone are to merge their operations. National chartered accountants


Haines Watts is to link-up with MHAMacIntyreHudson. The move will create a county-


wide teamof 10 partners, two spe- cialist directors and more than 80 accounting and support staff, op- erating from MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s offices inMaidstone and Canterbury. Duncan Cochrane-Dyet,


the


company’s Kent managing part- ner, explained: “Both firms have a similar outlook in valuing our clients and people above all else and are a great cultural fit.” MHAMacIntyreHudsonis a top


15 UK accounting firm, with 90 partners andover 700 staff in 12 of- fices in London, the South East, EastAnglia, theMidlands and the Cayman Islands. Staff at theMaidstone and Can-


terbury offices ofHainesWattswill move to theMHAMacIntyreHud- son offices on theAshford Road in Maidstone and New Dover Road, Canterbury.


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