The end of year Matsuri (the Japanese word for festival) was hosted by Supported Education students at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Thursday 29th July to recognise the outstanding achievements of students and celebrate the college’s Autism Accreditation status. Supported Education is a fulltime programme for students with severe and moderate learning and autism.

The afternoon featured a lively programme of Japanese music, traditional folk dance performances, a display of samurai inspired skills, a kabuki theatre parasol dance and modern ‘kawaii’ (cute) dancing sushi. The students showcased their diverse talents in dance, performance, scenery and prop painting in the manga / anime style.

Stephen Dedridge from the National Autistic Society presented Lesley Watson, Supported Education Curriculum Area Manager, with the certificate of Autism Accreditation status.