Looked-after children have taken part in a summer school challenge at Norwich Castle.

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The week-long course, organised by the county’s Virtual School for Children in Care and Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, focused on Australia.

The youngsters learned about Henry Cabell and Susannah Holmes, who met as convicts at Norwich Castle when it was a prison and were sentenced to transportation. They also found out about the country’s natural history and the art and culture of Aboriginal people.

A total of 15 looked-after children took part in the summer school and were supported by young volunteers aged 15 to 24 years old.

On Friday, the children shared what they had learned, giving presentations to an audience including their carers.

The summer school followed the county council’s recent Celebration of Achievement awards to recognise youngsters in its care.

More than 70 young people received accolades acknowledging academic and sporting achievement, musical and artistic talent.

Among the winners were 10-year-old Billie Jo and her sister 12-year-old Jordan. Both were recognised for their hard work in gymnastics which led to them performing in shows at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome last Christmas.

Jarone Macklin-Page, 23, was awarded for his success in performing arts, 13-year-old Edith Cassidy, a gifted and talented student, was recognised for academic achievement. The awards were presented by Olympic silver medallist Phil Brown.

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