Winning Ways at Newington

 Children from nursery class to Year 6 are being encouraged to become Newington Winners.

The idea is for pupils at Newington community primary school in Ramsgate to develop character and pride so they walk tall with self-belief and confidence.

Head Teacher Cliff Stokes said: “This is all about encouraging a way of life and a way of thinking and being.

“The ethos throughout our school year groups is to enable our children how to articulate so they are confident when they meet people and in how they speak to them. Being confident and assured when they communicate is a terrific asset.

“Being the best they can be in what they do in all aspects of their lives is an important life skill and will equip them with an inner confidence, not arrogance, that we are sure will pay dividends for the rest of their lives.”

Staff held a competition to design a logo for the Newington Winners and it was won by Head of Year 6 Taralee Kennedy who came up with five different designs to be used throughout the school.

The Newington Winners are taking inspiration from a host of people in all walks of life around the globe.

As part of the school’s reception display each autumn, they decorate a scarecrow with a famous person’s face mask. This year it is Mo Farah, the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, who holds the gold medal in 2012 and 2016 in both the 5000m and 10,000m.

Mr Stokes added: “Mo Farah is a fantastic example of an inspirational winner, who worked hard to make the best of his talents. Our reception display is a little tribute to him and is also a bit of fun for the children and our visitors.

“Newington Winners is all about our Team Newington school community being mutually supportive to develop a winning mentality in our children.”

The Newington winners of the week will be celebrated by the school at a special assembly each week.


The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m. He is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to successfully defend the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles. Farah also completed the double at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. He was the second man in history to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships, and the first in history to do the quadruple-double

He is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, with nine global titles, and was the first British athlete to win two gold medals at the same world championships. His five gold medals at the European Athletics Championships make him the most successful individual athlete in championships history. He was European Athlete of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, and has been the British Athletics Writers Association British Athlete of the Year five times.


**For more information, contact Head Teacher Cliff Stokes on 01843 593412.