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Luke got it Wright

Year 9 student Luke Howard was fortunate enough to line up an interview with his hero - television journalist and presenter Matthew Wright. Luke interviewed Matthew after watching a recording of his television show and shares his interview with us here: Luke: Hello Matthew! You went into the I’m a Celebrity jungle, didn’t Matthew: Hello Luke, how are you? you? Tell us a bit about It’s been a long while since I’ve seen you. that. Yes, it’s been a while. Did you enjoy the show? Well, it’s my favourite reality show. The only one Yes it was a great one, I think everyone enjoyed I watch, to tell the truth, it. Let’s crack on then … what was your first And I’m really into outdoor job? Luke with Matthew Wright activities - I like going My first job? It was actually acting in a film. I was 14 camping, survival stuff, in 1979 and I used to go to a drama group after going off to an island for my holidays, catching my school and heard about this film through them. I own food, stuff like that. So I thought three weeks in went along to the audition, got the part and so the jungle would be easy and by in large it was. I spent the summer filming Big Wheels and Sailor for had a really nice time but did lose a lot of weight. the Children's Film & Television Foundation. (This Do you have any hobbies – apart from fishing, I can still be seen on YouTube) know you love fishing. So how did you start off this show? The Yes, I do love fishing, it is the thing I like to do Matthew Wright Show? most. I had been working for about 20 years in What is your favourite country that you have newspapers and just about had enough so I left to ever been to? launch my own internet company called My Kinds of Place which is aimed at young people like yourself. I secretly worked at both jobs – My Kind of That’s easy – India. Near the Himalayas. It is the most beautiful, most amazing, most extraordinary Place and the Daily Mirror – for six months and place I’ve ever visited. It is fantastic. then I got a call from someone who asked if I was free to film the pilot of a new tv chat show. So I had Could you please, please, give me some advice to quit my own company. It was a terrible thing to as to how I can get into the same business as do, but it was what I’d always wanted to do and I you. think you only get one chance in life and you have What you really need to do is have an interest that to take it. you really love, get reading about it and get really good at it – whether it’s gardening or fishing – whatDid you start off as a journalist? Which paper ever you choose, become brilliant at it and then go did you work for? on television and present something about your Yes, I started straight out of university as a subject. The way to get on television is to present journalist and worked for local papers for a few programmes about things you love. years - The Surrey Mail in Guildford and The Staines Informer out at Heathrow which was a huge STEM Fun at Duxford local paper. I moved to the Sun for three years, then the Today newspaper, and finally the Daily BVC students were amongst 1000 pupils attending Mirror. the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Fair at Duxford. The event was led by a So what exams does it take to get into this team of STEM Ambassadors who were university business? and Industry staff Scientists, Technologists, Oh, that’s a really interesting question. None. Engineers, Computer Scientists and Pearce Morgan, who is very successful and very Mathematicians. There was an amazing breadth well known, had a place at university but decided of STEM Enrichment on offer with workshops not to go as he already had a job on the local ranging from the Science of Butterflies to newspaper. I’ve got quite a lot of qualifications but Off-shore Engineering and Graphene. they have had no bearing on any of the jobs I have done. I’ve never been asked for a CV or exam certificates or to show that I was at university. Certain jobs you have to have qualifications for – you can’t be a doctor or a lawyer unless you have the certificates - But working in television, you can get away with it. No qualifications, no skills, you can just do it!


Trips, Talks and Cake As we come to the end of another year, once again there have been so many highlights, so many opportunities for our students to experience and excel both in and outside the classroom. In this term alone, students have enjoyed trips to Normandy and Paris as well as closer to home in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and London. As I write, a group of Year 11 students have just landed in India at the start of their World Challenge expedition. Visiting speakers have introduced students to the adventures of walking to the South Pole, life as a pilot and running their own businesses. Our young people have excelled on the sports field and in the debating chamber with our debating team coming second in the national Pixl debating competition and our athletes claiming third place in the Cambridgeshire schools Olympic Cup athletics meet. Fundraising events and awareness of those less fortunate has seen many of our students get involved in raising cash as well as awareness for various charities. Rarely a week goes by without a cake sale in the Prom area! Whilst the world is losing its head we are keeping ours with a clear focus on assessment and the curriculum. The continuing development of Doddle will have a significant impact upon learning, and will allow us to further develop and personalise the learning for all our students.

Mrs Boxall and Mrs Daniells with the debating team at Eton

I would like to thank and wish the staff who are leaving - Adrian Miller, Jenny Walker, Nicky Waites, Ben Constable, Andy Margetts and Sonia Pinero - every success in their new ventures. Andy, in particular, has been a valued member of the BVC staff for 12 years, 10 of those as College Achievement Leader for Luther King, and will be very much missed by staff and pupils alike. I am also looking forward to introducing the new members of staff who will be joining us Jonathan Davison (Head of Science), Yaa Opoku-Achampong (Science), Caroline Sanganee (Technician), Laura Beswick Pallister (MFL), Amy Cahill (Maths) and Jodi Myles-Baker (PSHE). Looking ahead to next term, we will complete the transfer to Anglian Learning multi academy trust in September. This is a very exciting step for BVC, allowing us to be a part of a larger organization which will provide excellent opportunities for students and staff. Over the summer the core ICT network will be updated which should have a significant impact on login times and connectivity. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the PTA for all their hard work in raising a significant amount of money to support the school.

Mr Margetts with members of Luther King

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I hope you have a relaxing summer break, Duncan Cooper, Principal


Year 11 GCSE Art Work Students produced some fantastic pieces of work this year, for both the coursework and the examination sections. The detail in some of the journals was exceptional. The theme for the exam this summer was Past, Present and/or Future and this had students investigating a range of starting points, from how a grandfather served in WW2 to a tribute to David Bowie. Students used a range of drawing and painting materials, as well as mod-roc, photography and collage to produce their work. It was best not to visit the Prom on your own at night during our Summer Exhibition, as there was a rather scary mannequin, the face of which had been distressed with latex, wax and other materials, as part of a movie make-up investigation. If you were not able to see the work when it was up on display, here are a few examples, others can been seen on our Facebook page or found hanging in public spaces around the college.

Charlotte Day

Kate Weddepohl

Emily Newberry

Weather Vanes

Afternoon Tea This term the Year 10 GCSE Hospitality and Catering students undertook their first practical exam. This work was a culmination of their first Controlled Assessment project which required each of them to make and present an afternoon tea to showcase their baking skills.

Daisy Bergin

Year 7 have been learning about weather and our school climate in Geography.

As part of this we had to make weather vanes which help you tell the wind direction. We did this by putting two paper plates Despite the gruelling heat, nerve-wracking on top of each other and conditions and time pressure of producing four decorating them with the different baked goods, each student was successful compass bearings of North, in making their afternoon tea on time and to a South, East and West. We then brilliantly high standard. put a pencil through the plates so we could attach the arrow The 14 students produced a huge range of delicious head. This meant we were able treats from the traditional to orientate our weather vane to work out the meaty sausage rolls, prevailing wind direction. delicate finger sandwiches and mouth-watering cheese Once we worked out the climate in different areas and tomato swirls, sumptuous of the school, we found that the Hive eating area Victoria sponge sandwich (below) was the best place to have a Geographycakes, fruity cream related picnic. Oliver Rogers meringues and gooey chocolate brownies. Some of the afternoon teas had more of an unusual twist including duck spring rolls and layered chocolate dessert pots. The students should all be congratulated on their hard work and should be proud of their efforts. Well done young caterers!


A Bird in the Hand For the Curriculum Day in June, students were given a variety of activities to participate in - with some choosing the ‘Bird in the hand’ project. A Bird In The Hand is the idea of a professional costume maker and good friend of Mrs Lambert. She, like so many of us, was appalled at the refugee crisis and subsequent world reaction to the current situation and decided to do something to help. After seeing scenes of refugees escaping war torn Syria, Jane Grimshaw, along with several friends, formed the organisation Hastings Supports Refugees. However refugees are presented in today’s media or perceived by our society, these people are human beings who deserve a place of safety and sanctuary. But it was the images of a young boy on a Turkish beach and the reaction from the public and media that prompted the Bird In The Hand project.

comfort. Messages of love and hope are attached to the tails. And some of the messages written by our school were truly beautiful. On Curriculum Day, 15 students and 3 members of staff produced 40 birds. We would love to continue this project as a school, in the hope to send out 100 birds to refugee children. If you feel able to spare the time to make a bird or two over the summer, please contact Mrs Lambert for details. As proved on the curriculum day, no skill with a needle and thread is necessary for this project, with some birds bearing very little resemblance to the original pattern. We would simply like to spread some happiness to some very vulnerable children. Holly Derrett

Hastings Supports Refugees has been sending out clothing, food, tents, medical supplies and other necessities for several months. The Birds themselves are made for the children. These children are arriving in Greece and Turkey, often with absolutely nothing, having been separated from their parents on the dangerous crossings. The birds are placed in the pockets of clothing sent to the refugee children, so that they have a toy, a little

Calling all Music Fans Music lessons are going through a transformation at BVC and there are some exciting things happening new equipment, new teachers and new bands! There are going to Rock bands, Funk bands, Rap bands, Choirs, String groups and much more. BUT you have to make it happen by having instrument lessons and getting involved. We are lucky enough to have instrumental tutors here at BVC that have played with Grammy winning artists, have toured the world and are in demand. But, best of all, they are here to teach YOU! Whether it's Piano, Guitar, Drums, Flute, Violin, Brass or Singing you can learn here at BVC and have a great time doing it. Get a form from reception and return it to Mrs Jones in Reception to start lessons in September.


Term in Focus

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PROM 2016 © Inkwell Photographic

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Term in Focus

Year 7 students Jacob, Saffron, Ellie and Joey hit the news when they successfully campaigned to keep the Connections Youth Club bus running in Bassingbourn. Year 11 students set off on their World Challenge expedition to India. They will be exploring the Munnar region before moving on to work in a community project in Haripad, Alleppey.


BBC micro:bites - a teeny tiny computer - were given to all Year 7s

Year 10 students had a visit from Ellen Ferris, from the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Young explorer Beatrice Edwards (centre) spoke to Year 8 students about trekking to Antarctica aged just 17. She brought along some of the kit she used with her.

We were honoured to welcome back Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke to speak to our Year 9 students.


Diving champion Ben Cutmore received a surprise letter from MP Heidi Allen congratulating him on his recent success at the International Youth Meet in Dresden.

We held BVC taster days for Year 5&6 pupils. Included in the fun was a visit from Chris Knowles from ZooLabUK who brought along Colin the snake. Reaction from the young pupils? “Best two days of my life!”, “This was awesome!” & “I had so much fun! I can't wait to come here.”

Year 8 Enjoy Life a la Francaise Fifty students were lucky enough to be part of the annual BVC Year 8 residential trip to Normandy, France. Eve Morris and Katie Brown write about the experience…

stop transatlantic flight between Paris and New York in 1927. Afterwards we walked along the sea front to a crêperie where we ordered some delicious pancakes and drinks in French.

We set off from Bassingbourn at 7:00 in the morning and caught a ferry across the Channel. Once we had arrived in France, we travelled to a boulangerie where we learnt how to make baguettes and croissants. We got to try some croissants and pains au chocolat which were delicious.

Thursday arrived quickly and on that day we visited Forge Les Eaux. There we did the Market Challenge, where we split into groups and bought lots of food from the local shops (speaking in French). Once we had collected all that was needed for the challenge, we returned to the centre and laid all the produce out on tables. We had to explain in French to the How this ... teachers what we had bought so they could judge the challenge.

After our visit to the boulangerie we continued on with our journey and we arrived at our accommodation in time for dinner. We stayed in a large Manor house called ‘Le Manoir d’Argueil’. After a much-needed sleep we were ready to visit Rouen the next morning. The city was filled with historical features and … became this ... busy shops. We visited the cathedral and toured the city on a petit train. There were also lots of opportunities to speak French, such as when we bought postcards and stamps in a tabac. After a day spent touring the bustling streets of Rouen we returned to the centre where we completed a French treasure hunt … and then this. Yum! and some sporting activities. On Wednesday, we visited the sea-side town of Etretat, where we visited the souvenir shops. With our packed lunches ready, we went to the beach where we encountered a flock of seagulls who took a particular interest in our lunches! After eating lunch on the beach, we walked up the cliff so that we could appreciate the beautiful views. We found out about l’Oiseau blanc which is a statue which commemorates an attempt to make the first non-

On Friday we travelled back to England in time to watch the Year 11 prom, with a quick stop in Boulogne to break up the journey. Overall, we had a great experience in Normandy and on behalf of Year 8 we would like to thank all the teachers and staff that made the trip possible: Mrs Dix-Pincott, Mrs Oakes, Miss Walker, Mr Budd and Mr Gair. We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Atop the cliffs at Etretat

After lunch we visited a goats’ cheese farm where we learnt a lot about how cheese is made and how much work goes into it. We also had the chance to milk a goat and try the milk - some people were more eager than others! We left the goats’ cheese farm and travelled back to the centre where we packed up our belongings, took part in some French games and activities, and went to a disco that the teachers had organized. After that, prizes were handed out for the challenges, quizzes and games that we had completed during our visit.


… While Years 9 and 10 Visit Paris … The 2016 Paris trip was amazing - we saw so many things in just a couple of days and whilst everyone was exhausted by the end of the trip it was the best time ever! Where to start? The sights, they were all so amazing, first we went to the Arc de Triumph which left everyone speechless, even the boys! Then the boat trip down the River Seine which was very cold but everyone had a good time, but the best bit by far had to be the Eiffel Tower. No one could describe how truly brilliant the Eiffel Tower was, especially when we watched it light up late at night. It was so breathtaking that it felt like time had stopped. It looked so beautiful, and very good for Instagramming. It was by far one of the best trips I have ever been on during my time at Bassingbourn VC and would happily go again if I could. A huge thank you to Miss Nutley for organising the trip and of course the other staff that came along as well without you we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go. Libby Taylor After our first night in our genuinely very comfortable accommodation and refreshed from the previous day of travelling, we had a typical French breakfast with croissants and hot chocolate, and set off for the Arc de Triomphe. No, the climb up the spiral staircase to the top of the monument wasn't the most pleasant, but the incredible view of the iconic Parisian skyline with the Eiffel Tower was worth every picture we captured. Following this, we walked down the Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Tuileries Garden where we ate a picnic lunch with the backdrop of the Louvre and the gardens. In the afternoon we took a boat tripcake along the river. It was wonderful to Easter sale see the beautiful Parisian architecture from the Seine, especially with the sun shining.

Sightseeing in Paris

After the evening meal, we paid a visit to the Eiffel Tower. The majority of us chose to walk the 704 steps to the second floor, simply to avoid being dubbed a 'poulet' by our animateur. However, the satisfaction of this achievement was even greater when we saw the beauty of Paris from such an iconic landmark. Needless to say, many selfies were taken. As the sun set over the city, we travelled to the opposite bank of the Seine to view the Eiffel Tower at night. Holly Derrett

… and BVC Mathematicians Study at Disneyland Paris! When telling people about this trip, one question comes up "What maths can you do in Disneyland Paris?" A fair bit as it turns out, but we didn’t let it spoil our enjoyment of the trip. On our first day in Disney our work was based around currency exchange, which was easily worked out using my phone's calculator (for some it was Google who provided the answer). The next day we were greeted with a different sheet, this time about distance and unfortunately not even Google could help people with the questions. No matter, we estimated as much as we could (a good maths skill) and then travelled into Paris for a (mathematical, we swear) visit to the Louve. And, just like that, our French foray was over. Iain Lynn Year 9 debaters

Pledge Ambassadors

Mathematical Minnie Mouses

Pledge Success The Pledge has now gathered momentum with an astonishing 1027 pledges set and completed by students. In addition we have had 19 students complete their Apprentice Level Pledge award – a fantastic achievement considering it is expected to take two years. This term has also seen us recruit our first intake of Pledge Ambassadors. They have some exciting ideas which they intend to launch in September – watch this space! Finally congratulations to MRH who won the Tutor Pledge Challenge by completing an impressive 111 pledges.


Royal Encounter This year, the Duke of Edinburgh charity is celebrating 60 years of encouraging young people to engage with the outdoors and develop skills through charity work. In honour of this occasion, there have been Diamond DofE activities all over Britain. Myself and two other bronze DofE participants from Bassingbourn, Floss Potterill and Olivia Butterworth, were invited to take part in a Diamond Challenge at Bottisham Village College with Ms Ward and Mrs Lynn. There were over 20 schools participating from all over Cambridgeshire with pupils of different ages and abilities. After about an hour, during which we had a look at the activities and the sculpture in the courtyard, Prince Edward, also known as the Earl of Wessex, came to start off the afternoon. The Earl works supporting creative arts events across Britain, having had a career as an actor himself. Also there to document the afternoon, were an ITV camera crew and Phillip Schofield. Olivia with the Earl of Wessex

We had to complete 20 challenges, each taking two minutes. Each one was DofE related; from finding points on a map to quickly putting on waterproof trousers and jackets. The Earl was also making his way through these challenges and we met on the table where we were required to move Smarties from one glass to another with a straw. The Earl cheated, but the instructor let it slide… lucky for some!

Ms Ward with Olivia, Floss and Emily

Having finally finished assembling tent poles, the challenges came to an end, and we all returned to the hall for the prize giving. Each school was presented with an award, and each participant given a cupcake as a thank-you for taking part. We even saw Phillip Schofield in the car park and said hello to him, what an afternoon! Emily Dow

Amanda’s Day Fundraising Fun The whole college was a sea of purple when staff and students supported Amanda’s Day, a fun-filled event which captured everyone’s imagination. The day raised over £2000 for cancer charities and events included a penalty shoot-out, BVC Bake-Off, tutor stalls in the hall, Sponge the Teacher and a visit from our friends Justina and Julianne from Elysium Beauty who waxed the legs of a number of male teachers who had been nominated by pupils. Staff also took part in the Cambridge 5km Race For Life. Thank you to all staff, pupils and parents who supported the fundraising events.


Sports News Congratulations to all our sports stars who attended the inaugural BVC Sports Awards. Our guest speaker was Jo Ellis, former BVC student and Olympic hockey player, who urged students to always strive to do their best and never give up. Award winners were: Sportsman 2016 Ollie Charlesworth Hockey KS3 Katie Cheeseright Sportswoman 2016 Holly Anderson Hockey KS4 Holly Anderson Team Of The Year The Futsal Team Service to PE Ben Hale Footballer KS3 Harry Bolt Outstanding Performance Tommy Footballer KS4 Finn Chapman Compton Holly Anderson Footballer Girls Molly Ames Outstanding Performance Mia Manuel Basketballer George Karabetsos Most Improved Player Natalia Cricketer Lydia Cornwell Karabetsos Netballer Hannah Laskey-Sanders GCSE Student 2016 Holly Anderson Netballer Bea Cornwell Coach 2016 Rory Hunter Athlete Boys Kian Harvey Exceptional Talent Ben Cutmore Athlete Girls Libby Taylor Outstanding Effort Jack Jordan Rounders Amaya Cook Outstanding Effort Rosanna Rounders Hattie French Snook Rugby Ollie Flack

Ben Hale & Ollie Charlesworth

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Year 9 Girls in the final of the district rounder's tournament – so close to winning! Year 7 Girls performing really well in their district netball tournament – high hopes for next year! Olympic Cup – team work and resilience Taking pupils to Bounce for curriculum day – lots of fun! Great performances at the district cross country – Sophie Pedder coming 4th and great performances by Shauna Tynan and Euan Denchfield Sports academy leaders being fantastic helping with the year 5/6 cross country at Wimpole in December and the school games in St Ives. Girls Futsal Team winning the District Competition

Ollie Charlesworth

2016 BVC Sports Award-winners


Where are they now? James Dilley is a PhD University student, craftsman and re-enactor who specialises in all prehistoric technologies, including flintknapping. He works with museums, schools, archaeologists, heritage centres, journalists, photographers and geologists in research and experimental archaeology. James attended BVC with his sister Heidi and joined in 2004-9. He was interested in Archaeology from an early age.

and DK books. Some of the more wellknown people I have worked with include Nick Crane, from Coast, Julia Bradbury, from the Great British Countryside, Tony Robinson, Phil Harding and Francis Pryor, from Time Team.

Memories of BVC? I remember getting both my Archaeology GCSE in Year 9 and A level in Year 10 (grade A for both) The extra work to achieve them was challenging at times but certainly worth it. I also spent a lot of time with my close group of friends in and out of school. One particular memory that still makes me laugh was one of my friends pretending to be a Dalek in an unused plastic bin outside the college. He couldn't see out so was quite surprised when the James Dilley (then) headteacher came out, open the lid looked down at him and told him to grow up while we all watched! I also remember going to Iceland and going on the World Challenge to Norway with more of my friends (some still speak of that journey in hushed tones!) Memorable or inspirational teachers? Well there is, of course, Simon Gair. I sure he features an awful lot in people’s memories and with good reason. He is a genuinely decent and highly respected person whom anyone could talk to. I also remember David Mitchell, despite him only being there for a short time while I was. As he used to be an archaeologist I felt a strong connection to him. The same could be said for Roy Starkey who always encouraged my interest in Geology!

In addition to this, I make replica artefacts using ancient techniques for museums such as Stonehenge, Pitt Rivers and the Verulamium to display. Indeed, DK Books have commissioned my company to provide "models", artefact, props and materials for a new prehistoric book to be published later this year. What led you to that? I’ve always enjoyed making things, an interest in archaeology from a young age only encouraged this. I now use this experience in ancient crafts as part of my academic research. I try where I can to inspire young people to follow the same path as me if they are passionate about archaeology or even have a goal to go to university. My outreach objective is to encourage people of all ages to learn about ancient crafts by bringing back to life our ancestors skills and knowledge from the primitive past.

And after BVC? I went onto Hills Road where I studied Geology, Geography and Biology to add to Archaeology. What is your current career? I am currently a PhD student of Archaeology at the University of Southampton, but have a business, Ancientcraft, which specialises in archaeology outreach in museums and schools across the UK. I often work with TV companies and publisher such as the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic

James filming with the BBC Coast team

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Bassingbourn Village College Summer 2016  

News from the summer term at Bassingbourn Village College, a non-selective 11-16 academy in South Cambridgeshire.

Bassingbourn Village College Summer 2016  

News from the summer term at Bassingbourn Village College, a non-selective 11-16 academy in South Cambridgeshire.