Matisse College at Longfield Academy hold charity Day for Kent Search and Rescue


Matisse College agreed that this year their charity would be Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR).

Toni Morrisson, in Year 11, sadly lost her brother Jack in December. Jack was also a member of Matisse College. Jack was a keen fisherman but unfortunately lost his life doing the pastime he loved. It was the volunteers from KSAR who had the difficult task of finding his body in the fishing lakes at Dartford.

KSAR is an entirely voluntary body that rely on public donations to fund their tremendous work. In consultation with the Morrisson family, staff and students at Longfield Academy agreed to raise money through a variety of events. Key Stage 3 tutor groups ran stalls and activities throughout the day. It was also a non-uniform day and students from the Year 13 Music course put on a show in the Matisse plaza.

Thanks go to all involved on a great day that shows the best of Longfield Academy.

Ian Hinks, Head of Matisse College said:

In particular I am grateful to ex-student Ryan Sandford. Jack was a footballer, playing in goal. Ryan plays the same position. He is currently at Millwall and is England’s keeper at age group level. Ryan kindly donated 2 signed shirts and a pair of gloves for a raffle. I thank the many students who bought tickets and especially Year 7 parents for their donations on the Year 7 Consultation Evening.

Congratulations to Brooke McMinn 7M (shirt), Abi Henney 7A (shirt) and Matthew Barnes 7A (gloves) who won the raffle. Keep hold of those prizes. If Ryan can make it to the top they could be a very good investment!

Overall I am delighted to say we raised £850.00. Well done everyone.”