October spooks and a November collection

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Tall mascot for King’s College

“Rex” stands at six feet tall. His teeth are painted gold, inspired by a crown.

“Rex” stands at six feet tall. His teeth are painted gold, inspired by a crown.

King’s College, the British School of Panama that boasts a 100% British teaching staff, is proud to present its new school mascot. “Rex”  is a six-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex, the King of the dinosaurs. He stands six feet tall at the entrance of the school in Clayton. The papier-mâché sculpture was created in pieces by different grade levels, painted and then assembled to create a colorful whole.

Students at the school also participated recently in a November collection. Headteacher Vanessa Whay explains that this British tradition is a precursor to Thanksgiving in the Americas, except without the feast – a food drive as Americans would call it. The act of giving is important to good global citizenship, one of the qualities that this educational center seeks to impart on its students. Toys and food were the principal items collected. Visit KingsCollege.com.pa.

Halloween storytelling

King’s College students enjoy an extra treat around Halloween from Panama resident Maeve Friel. She is a British author and the wife of Paul Kennedy, regional director for the King’s Group. Around this time of year, she shares a presentation of her “Witch in Training” eight-book series with students. It includes an explanation of how in the

A hearty collection of goods for the needy from King’s College Panama.

A hearty collection of goods for the needy from King’s College Panama.

past witches had to be quite mean and nasty in order to get things done, concluding with a clarification that today only “good magic” is necessary. Maeve (www.maevefriel.com) has written 19 books, translated into 21 languages worldwide.

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