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TERM TWO EDITION – December 2005

Trips and Visits Natural History Museum Page 3

Football News Page 4

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Charity: Launch of Long Term Initiative

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE GAMBIA A MAJOR FUND-RAISING initiative is being planned at Brooke Weston City Technology College to help needy villagers in the Gambia. Staff at the college are planning a series of events to raise £10,000 to provide a new school building. A mufti day to be held before Christmas could raise up to £2,000 to provide running water to a village currently without a supply, but the long term aim is to generate enough money to build a new school. Money raised at Brooke Weston will go towards the Educational Project, The Gambia, West Africa, which is run by Kettering couple, Brian and June Cox. The College first got involved by donating unwanted football strips to the project which meant that budding players could

compete in their local league for the first time ... now the Educational Project has bought land which is earmarked for the new school and Brooke Weston is determined to help out. Vice Principal Trish Stringer is the driving force behind the fund-raising effort, and intends to go to the Gambia in the New Year in order to see the situation out there at first hand. ‘When we were boxing up the football kit to be sent out we could see what a difference it would make,’ she said, ‘now we want to go one step further. It would be great for Brooke Weston to become more involved and to talk to Brian and June was an immensely humbling experience.’ The couple first visited the Gambia as tourists in 1990 and subsequently

provided tables and chairs for a village school ... from that first gesture of goodwill has grown a charity which has so far generated more than £80,000 worth of aid which helps out in all areas of Gambian life, from nursery provision through to giving wheelchairs to the disabled. The first Brooke Weston target will raise money to build two standpipes in Sanchaba, a settlement of about 2,000 people which is built next to a rubbish dump. The government were worried that the waste was polluting the water in the wells and so they shut them down. Now residents have to walk over a mile to collect their water. The standpipes would link into a clean supply provided by Gambian Water. The Educational Project, who already

Gambian village children being helped by fundraising initiative. support four schools, at Basumbala, Bakoteh, Jattaba and Sanchaba are staking out the ground to mark the plot for the new site. Trish Stringer, who hopes to hit the £10,000 fund-raising target within two years envisages Brooke Weston having a long term and ongoing interest in the work in Africa. ‘I’d like to think that

Brooke Weston students will get really involved and perhaps some of them can go over to the Gambia as teaching assistants during a gap year. If we build this link it will continue on into the future. Education is a powerful passport and if Brooke Weston can raise funds to help education in the Gambia it would be wonderful.’

GCSE: Another First for Brooke Weston

Library: Reading Marathon Update



BROOKE WESTON students were the very first in the country to receive the new AiDA (Award in Digital Applications) qualification after taking part in a pilot study. They were presented with their certificates by the commercial manager of the Edexcel examination board who said that the students had ‘set the standard’ for the examination which is being rolled out across the United Kingdom. The GNVQ qualification is being phased out and the ICT qualification from Edexcel is being replaced by the DiDA (Diploma in Digital Applications). It is a ‘paperless’ qualification where work is submitted as an ‘eportfolio’ and marked totally online. It is envisaged that all ICT qualifications will take this format in the future. Brooke Weston was one of 45 schools and colleges nationwide which took part in the pilot study which runs from September 2004 to summer 2006, but 18 Year 10 students at Brooke Weston were the first to claim the award. Carol Griffiths, Edexcel’s commercial

Some of the students receiving their awards. From left: Aidan Ducker, Emma Moss, Nathan Murray, Liam Mutch, Carol Griffiths, Jamie Scoular, and Robert Squires (seated). manager told them: ‘You are the first students in the whole wide world to get this and that’s a huge achievement in itself ... there are people like Tony Blair who are talking about the qualification; and they’re going to be talking about you ... All around the country there are nearly 1,000 schools who are following this programme, and so there are nearly 100,000 students at schools and colleges who are going to be doing what you have been doing. Edexcel have made all sorts of changes on your recommendation, so it’s a little bit like being the first man on the moon - you are the first students to achieve this ... it’s a fantastic achievement.’

The presentations were made during a day when Brooke Weston’s commercial arm, @tain, and Edexcel collaborated to train teachers from other schools and colleges nationwide. Over 80 teachers from 73 schools attended a day long seminar which trains them to assess and mark the DiDA qualification. Ms Griffiths said: ‘Edexcel and Brooke Weston have collaborated over many years to improve attainment in ICT. This symbiotic relationship supports this qualification and is exemplified in the innovative materials produced by @tain. Brooke Weston are at the cutting edge of innovation’.

BROOKE WESTON embarked on a new initiative to get children interested in, and talking about a variety of books, while raising money for good causes. The Readathon was a three week bookfest where students were sponsored to read as many books as possible. They each received a special Readathon card to keep track of their progress. The money raised went to two well known charities, Sargent Cancer Care for Children and CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood). ‘The Readathon is designed to get the students in Year 7 to read as much as possible – whatever interests them ... it doesn’t have to be fiction it can be a book about sharks or whatever, the main thing is that they read’ said Librarian, Charlie Smith. The children got a chance to review the books and discuss what they liked and didn’t like about them. The Readathon is the latest in a series of reading projects aimed to get students reading a variety of work by different authors. Here’s some of the avid readers with a few of their book choices: Ivana Perkins chose Visitors Vanishings and Va Va Va Voom by Karen McCombie because: ‘I’ve read a few of her books and they’re quite humorous. All her characters are very different.’

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Readathon students in the library. Divided City by Theresa Breslin was the choice of Jake Thurston who was captivated by the title; among his favourite reads are Horrible Histories and any ghost stories. Brogan Furey chose two books, The Lollipop Knight by Adrian Boote and The Bad Girls’ Club by Rhian Tracey. Fastreading Brogan already had four books marked on her card and was aiming to complete about eight by the end of the readathon, which started in November. Abbey Roberts chose her favourite writer, Jacqueline Wilson, because ‘she’s a really humorous author ... the way she does it in the first person really makes you feel involved in her books.’ Abbey can devour a good book in a weekend ... but it wasn’t all fiction at the Readathon; Charles Walton’s choice was three history books, spanning from the Vikings, to the Crusades and ending up in Henry VIII’s time!


AS THE YEAR DRAWS to an end I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make Brooke Weston such a success in 2005. Our teachers, the technical and office staff, and the building maintenance and ground staff all make the College what it is, with each individual making a real contribution to our achievements. I would also like to thank the parents and carers of our

students for their support for our work, it really does make a big difference to know that we have you behind us. In particular I would like to pay tribute to Clare Haworth who has been viceprincipal here since 1999. She is leaving at Christmas and is moving to Hong Kong with her husband and family. A complete professional, Clare has been an outstanding colleague and has worked

tirelessly to care for the students who come here. She will be sorely missed and very difficult to replace; we wish her well. I do hope that you all enjoy a happy Christmas and I know that working together we can look forward to another successful year in 2006.

NEW STAFF PROFILES NEWLY QUALIFIED teacher, Jenn Watts (pictured opposite) is the latest addition to the art department and, with only one term under her belt, she is bringing her passion for her subject to a whole new range of students. Jenn, who did her teacher training in Salford and Manchester, takes special responsibility for the gifted and talented art students and sees a massive difference between the ethos of Brooke Weston and her former teaching experiences. ‘In the inner cities there was only a 20 to 40 per cent pass rate in art,’ she says, ‘and the work ethos was very different. In this school it’s not all about crowd

POETRY LIVE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS recently got a chance to see top poets, such as Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage up close and personal! The visit to the Poetry Live event at Milton Keynes proved really popular, especially with the performance poetry of John Agard, the author of ‘Half

control, it’s about developing pupils’ skills and talents rather than an ongoing battle to get kids to sit down and behave ... the great thing about this school is that there’s no detention so staying behind isn’t seen as a punishment. This creates an atmosphere where the students want to stay on into the evening and work.’ A NEW COMMUNICATIONS officer is stalking the corridors of Brooke Weston, hunting down stories and ideas for the newsletter. Caroline Freeman, who has previously worked as a reporter for a press agency and as a sub-editor for

Caste’ and Simon Armitage, whose ‘leftfield comments’ amused the students. The poets read their work and explained their inspirations and ideas, and the whole day was so inspirational that one Brooke Weston student wished he could take his GCSE exam the following day as he felt so inspired! English teacher, Davina Canham said ‘Listening to the poets recite their work

a publishing company, is really looking forward to the new challenge: ‘Brooke Weston is a really exciting and innovative place where there’s always something going on. It’s a really vibrant atmosphere and I hope to be able to reflect this, both in the newsletter and by getting the Brooke Weston message out into the wider community.’ Caroline is in the College on Tuesdays and Thursdays so if you have a great story or idea that you want to share with the rest of the staff or students, just get in touch with her. She works in the @tain office on the second floor or can be emailed at

is a fantastic experience. Most of the students took detailed notes about the poems from the authors themselves. This is so much better than just reading from a book in the classroom - it really does bring the poetry to life.’ Poetry Live runs around 50 poetry reading events annually and half a million GCSE students have seen and heard some of Britain’s best poets since it began.

CURRICULUM CHANGE BRINGS A WHOLE NEW SET OF OPTIONS FORWARD thinking curriculum changes at Brooke Weston have meant that there will be far more options open to students compared with their colleagues at traditional schools. Condensing the school curriculum so that the same amount of information is delivered in just two years instead of three means that many students may have a year ‘free’ around Year 12 or 13 ... which will give them the chance to develop their skills and learning even further. The first students to undergo the two year option have delivered excellent SATS results and so the unusual initiative appears to have paid off. Vice Principal in Charge of Curriculum Development, Dr Andrew Campbell, said that the staff as a whole worked very hard to encapsulate the curriculum so it would fit within the two year time frame. Lessons were rearranged so, for example a whole topic would be taught fully, rather than being spread piecemeal across three years, as before. He said ‘In reality this approach has ‘bought’ a year. The SATS were taken at the end of Year 8, but because the results were very good, similar to those achieved by students at the end of Year 9 we’re going to continue doing this. We’re very

excited about the prospects, looking at innovative ways of broadening and enriching children’s education’. However, the system also has flexibility – students that are ready will be offered the choice to take their exams a year early in some subjects; others who need extra time will be allowed to progress at their own pace. ‘Nobody is being forced to do anything’ stressed Dr Campbell, ‘it is all down to when the students are ready to take their exams.’ Now the curriculum has been arranged and delivered and the students have responded well, the only dilemma is how to use the extra year it frees up! Various ideas are being considered, including students having a ‘gap year’ at around the age of 17, giving them the opportunity to travel or volunteer abroad. Another alternative is for them to have a year-long taste of work experience, giving them an in-depth feel for professional life before they embark upon it for real. Dr Campbell said, ‘the really tantalizing bit is for us to develop some really good things to do. By potentially having a whole year spare for some students it gives far more options. Our aim in doing this was to improve standards and provide better opportunities to develop, either in the world of work or to enhance cultural opportunities.’

Engineering: Competition Success for Students

Curriculum: Key Stage 3 and Reports

TAKE A PIECE OF BALSA WOOD, add a blast of compressed air and a handful of Brooke Weston students and what do you get? A model F1 car that travels at a rate of 20 metres per second and a place in the national finals of a prestigious engineering competition! The Jaguar F1 Team in Schools Challenge is a competition open to all UK secondary schools and sixth form colleges which aims to raise the profile of engineering within education. Supported and sponsored by such high profile organisations as Jaguar, BAe Systems, the DTi, and the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance, the competition means that all school teams design and manufacture their model cars from the same components. This ensures that each team has to make their car as aerodynamic and highly designed as possible to win through the regional heats and then race in the national finals. This is the third year that Brooke Weston has entered the Challenge and each year they have successfully won through to the national finals, having won the coveted Jaguar trophy for overall winners at the regional event last year. This year Team Flu are back (with a slightly revised line-up), along with Team Predator. Team Flu comprises Year 10 students, Zafir Manji, Ben Johnson, Robert Squires, Elliot Thurland, Miles Harris and Jonathan Mallender who have the jaunty slogan of ‘Catch Me if You Can’. Their Year 8 and 9 counterparts, Team Predator consists of William Downey, Tom Hoier, Christy McGrory, Sam Dorrity, Thomas Dunstan and Luke Saville, whose slogan is ‘Our Prey is in Sight’. The challenge, to turn a block of wood

IN ORDER to keep parents and guardians fully informed of students’ progress, this year’s report pack has an additional chart to explain how the grading between years is expected to progress. As the Key Stage 3 curriculum has been condensed (see report, above) this means that the College can ‘map out’ grades and predict attainment at GCSE level. The report contains both an attainment grade and a target grade for each subject area. The attainment grade is the level the student has reached based on the current term’s work, and the target grade is (unsurprisingly), the grade that teachers think the student is capable of attaining by the end of the course. The progress column on the report shows whether the student is likely to reach their target at GCSE. Anything that is a cause for concern is clearly marked so that all parties; teachers,


Team Flu and their winning F1 models. into an aerodynamic speed machine, takes an immense amount of time. Students design the car using the latest CAD software which is then converted into a computer program which actually cuts and shapes the wood using a MicroRouter. Paint and finishing touches are applied to the models, which are then ready to compete. Each car is powered by a small canister containing compressed carbon dioxide. When released the car is powered forward at massive speed. At the Central England final held at Loughborough University the Brooke Weston teams faced another 13 competitors from the region; each team having to mount a display, give a Powerpoint presentation and finally race their cars for a panel of judges. Angela Quinlivan, Head of Design Technology, said: ‘It’s quite a corporate event and very industry-based with judges from high profile companies there.’ Each team races their car three times, with the fastest times determining who wins through to the national finals. Unfortunately Team Predator’s time

wasn’t quite fast enough but Team Flu’s car completed the 20 metre course in just 1.177 seconds, gaining them a coveted place in the finals to be held at the NEC on 14 January. The competitors also had a test to gauge their reaction times; in typical F1 fashion this meant hitting a start button when a set of lights went out. Year 8 students Luke Saville and Elliot Thurland were joint winners with a startling reaction time of just .006 of a second! However, in a replay Elliot proved to be the overall winner! Since first entering the competition in 2003, Brooke Weston have competed for the title with a total of six teams; an impressive four of which have made it through to the national finals. With trophies and awards mounting up, including first place in the 16+ category for Central England 2003, The Benteler Award, the Innovative Thinking Award and an Overall Winners’ trophy in 2004/5 for the South East England and London region, Brooke Weston is starting to display a pedigree which is almost as impressive as the F1 Jaguar cars they are looking to emulate!


GCSE CONVERSION Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 conversion diagram

parents/guardians and students know why, and in which subjects any shortfalls are occurring. The chart which is labelled ‘KS3 to KS4 conversion’ has coloured bands defining the grades, which show, for instance, that if a student has a D grading at the Introduction stage, this should rise to a B grade at the GCSE year two level, if four key areas (putting in the effort, matching the quality of work to their own ability, and handing in relevant homework and coursework) are reached. The overall message on these reports is that parents and guardians shouldn’t be overly concerned if the attainment grades are not as high as they might have hoped. Given a sustained and satisfactory effort from the student concerned, these grades should rise accordingly and any problems or causes for concern will be highlighted in future reports.


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NEW RECRUITS NEEDED! A RECENT TASTER DAY to give students a glimpse of life in the Army was so successful that new ‘recruits’ are being sought. A group of 40 Year 12 students and three staff visited the Army camp at North Luffenham in Rutland and underwent tasks to stretch their initiative, planning and teamwork skills. One test involved retrieving a barrel from the middle of a circle of rope without going into the roped zone. Staff and students were also given a tour of the base and received a taste of Army rations. Now two more trips are being planned and more ‘recruits’ are needed (especially boys, as the girls outnumbered the boys on the last trip). Come on lads, get signed up now! The next events are being planned for 2 February and 30 March 2006. There’s room for 40 students on each trip and priority will be given to Years 12 and 13, although students from Year 9 up will be able to fill any vacant slots. Teacher, Kat Knox, who accompanied the students and took part in the challenges said: ‘It was a really great day out and we all had a fantastic time. We didn’t do any really physical challenges like the assault course, but the tasks were fun and got the students thinking and working well together.’

STUDENTS WERE TREATED to a knee-trembling experience on a recent visit to the Natural History Museum where they found out just how it feels to be in an earthquake! The simulated quake (in the realistic setting of a supermarket) was just one of the highlights of their visit, made as part of a Humanities project on Disasters. 90 students and six staff visited the Earth Galleries department where they discovered more about volcanoes and earthquakes plus the science and theory behind each. The students, all from

The T-Rex exhibit at the Natural History Museum. Year 8, then completed various work topics on the day, which led into followup projects back at the college. The students also carried out an art assignment while on the trip; some paid a visit to the famous dinosaur exhibition, the gemstones and creepy crawly departments and witnessed a massive suspended Blue

Whale as part of the section devoted to mammals. Head of Humanities, Heather Oswin said that the aim of the actionpacked day was ‘to give the students a better understanding of volcanoes and earthquakes, and a chance to develop their artistic skills.’

Library: Year 7 Reading Group


Year 12 students being put through their paces in North Luffenham.

IT’S NOT OFTEN IN LIFE that you are encouraged to rummage around in black bin bags, but students from Years 7, 8 and 9 dig in happily to choose their new books. The lucky dip approach means that they read a far wider range of authors and genres than they might normally choose. Librarian, Charlie Smith then sets the group assignments at their weekly meetings; at one recent gathering they logged onto the Blue Peter website and submitted their own reviews of books they had just finished. ‘We often discuss what they have been reading,’ said Charlie, ‘and their reviews might contain just a little bit of information about the book and also how the language and characters have affected them.’

The group comprises Amy Peters, Aimee Goodall, Harpreet Bhelley, Elizabeth Downey, Stuart Marriott, Zameen Brar, Christie Curran and Barbara Truman. As the reading group were also going to meet the author, Malorie Blackman, a lot of them have been devouring her books in anticipation. Elizabeth reviewed her story, Hacker about a girl whose father is unjustly accused of a crime he didn’t commit and how the heroine tries to solve the dilemma herself. ‘It is a brilliant book, the language is quite complex and I can relate to it because the character is about my age. It’s full of suspense.’ Amy Peters succinctly summed up her view of Jacqueline Wilson’s book Love Letters : ‘I thought this book was really original and very gripping. It’s a bit of a

The popular lucky dip bag! girly book so I wouldn’t recommend it to boys, but for girls who love a good, light read, this is perfect.’ (What a cracking recommendation).

Engineering: I’m Learning on the Lamppost! Art and Design: All Things Bright and Beautiful

CORUS VISIT BUDDING ENGINEERS at Brooke Weston are getting into heavy metal! They have been tasked with finding an ingenious solution to an age-old problem at Corby’s legendary steel industry. Corus, who manufacture tubes and pipes for a variety of applications, have challenged the students to come up with a new method of manoeuvring the tubes during various manufacturing processes. It is part of the Engineering in Education scheme which aims to encourage new talent into the industry and give them a first taste of overcoming technical problems. The project, which is being undertaken by 16 schools and colleges in the region, will culminate in a presentation day in June 2006 when the teams who have fulfilled the engineering brief will receive the Gold Crest award, so everyone is potentially a winner. This award is well regarded by colleges and universities and shows the recipients’ level of knowledge and commitment so the students undertaking the challenge will have to aim high. Sarah Brown, Michael Squires, Sava Grkinic and Arron Taylor all had to face a gruelling interview before being selected for the project which was posed by the engineering manager at Corus, Steve Goode, who will also oversee the students’ ideas and progress. Tutor, Nigel Barrett, who accompanied the students on their fact-finding tour of the plant said: ‘Engineers like to encourage other engineers into the profession. This scheme gives an insight into what’s involved in industry and the process of working through the project is what makes it valuable to our students.’ Students have to design an implement to move the tubes which tend to spread out unevenly when released from a

Inside Corus works. bundle. At the moment workers use a wooden stake but Corus are looking at solutions which are effective, user-friendly and cost-effective. The tubes range in size from 200mm diameter down to 30mm and they are a variety of lengths and weights. Steve gave the students advice during their visit and pointed out some of the pitfalls and pointers to look out for. The students found the visit to Corus really interesting. Sava said ‘just seeing the tables and tubes was the best bit, actually seeing the problem in the environment made it more real and meant that we could get a grasp of what was needed’.


ALL THINGS BRIGHT and beautiful can be spotted in the art department where Year 9 students are getting taster sessions in four basic core skills. The department, headed by Colin Proctor, has rearranged its curriculum and now offers all Year 9 students the chance to get stuck into the differing fields of photography, graphics, general art and 3D before they have to narrow down their choice. Colin says: ‘Often Year 9s don’t know enough of what each subject entails before they have to make a choice. This year they get a different project each term so they can really get a feel for each.’ Jenn Watts has been developing the students’ knowledge of graphics and logos, so they get a chance to develop eye-catching CDs and DVD artwork and printed T-shirts. The ‘natural form’ section is like a mini foundation art course and is run by Colin where students explore the characteristics of different media, such as paint, charcoal, oil pastels and inks. The photography section gives a brief overview of its historic roots and the students make their own camera obscuras so they can try out the basic principles for themselves. The final category of 3D is far more loosely structured. Jenn encourages the students to work in a multi-media form, building up surface textures using diverse materials like sand and string to build striking artwork. But the creativity doesn’t just extend to Year 9s: Years 7 and 8 have taken the theme of ‘festivals’ as a starting point, exploring the prints, patterns and decorations of different cultures. This has resulted in some stunning work, including the Chinese dragon in the Admin corridor. The GCSE groups are getting a ‘larger

Jenn Watts and some of the students’ 3D work. injection’ of textiles, exploring fabric and print techniques such as batik and screen printing. Jane Cockcroft has been working with students to produce a myriad of clay sculptures with textured surfaces and interesting effects achieved by applying tissue paper, paint, ink and even bits of wire. But perhaps the most interesting and innovative piece of work that is planned in the art department is the large scale mural that Jenn is planning to complete with the ‘gifted and talented’ art students. Her

group of about 12 students who meet after school each week are trying to decided on an image which they will enlarge to massive size and each do a panel. It’s a bit like the Rolf Harris extravaganza ... but with the opportunity for each student to do their panel in whatever medium they choose. Watercolours could nestle against clay or textiles but they’ll each go to make up a stunning piece of artwork. Jenn describes the project as ‘fearless’ and says the art department is always a ‘hive of activity – wind us up and watch us go!’

REMINDER – We wish to remind parents that students should be in College and ready to start their lessons at 8.35 am, therefore they should arrive at college no later than 8.30 am. This allows all students to make a prompt start, means that lessons are not disrupted by the arrival of latecomers and generally makes for a more productive and professional atmosphere at the start of the working day.


MODEL BEHAVIOUR AT BROOKE WESTON! 23 STUDENTS STRUTTED their stuff on the catwalk at a fantastic fund-raising fashion show. Student, Douglas Jenkins masterminded the event and roped in fellow students to make the show a sizzling success. Weeks of planning and rehearsals culminated in the one and a half hour show which raised over £1,270. This will shave a massive chunk off the £3,950 total which Douglas has to raise in order to take part in a gap year in Chile, teaching English to schoolchildren as part of the Project Trust. A dramatic rendition of ‘Seven Nation Army’ by White Stripes kicked off the show and from then on it was madness and mayhem behind the scenes but calm and professionalism on the catwalk. Two students, Kerry Johnston and Charlotte Knight, helped out backstage making sure that the clothes, supplied by George at ASDA, Peacocks and Purple Danti, made their Brooke Weston debut, but then got returned to the correct hanger afterwards!

On the cat walk. While the quick costume changes were under way, five members from Year 13 who made up the band played four tracks, Rob the DJ provided other music and Daniella from Year 11 also sang. ‘The music took a long time to sort out’ said Douglas, ‘it was quite difficult to choose which tracks to use, but we all chipped in on the choreography. Krystina Dunn played a major role in helping gel the evening into a professional and smooth production.’ The show was a great success, and was the latest in a long line of fund-raising events organised by Douglas which have included a special launch party, a sponsored shave and a sponsored silence ... watch this space to find out what his next money making scheme will be!

GADGET GIVEAWAY! COME UP WITH THE strangest or most innovative answers to our quiz and you could win one of these fantastic 20Q gadgets! We’ve got two of these incredible hand-held games to give away and they’re addictive, fun and fascinating. This game is a scaled-down version of the popular computer website 20Q and an updated version of the old favourite, ‘20 Questions’. Basically you just have to think of something, answer the questions as accurately as you can and, hey presto, a mere 20 questions later this talented gizmo guesses your object with astounding accuracy. Questions it poses include such obscure queries as ‘Does it weigh more than a duck?’ and ‘Can it be comforting?’ You can answer each question with yes, no, sometimes and unknown and the scrolling LED text repeats the questions until you respond. The surprising thing about this little gizmo is its range of knowledge... it has correctly guessed items as diverse as a

20Qs up for grabs. rainbow, a tombstone, a tattoo and a wig. If, for some reason it can’t guess the right answer then it asks an additional five questions, guesses again and finally will admit defeat – but that scenario doesn’t occur very often! To be in with a chance of winning one of these great gadgets simply think up the most original answer which fulfils these genuine 20Q questions: 1. Can it fit in an envelope? No. 2. Does it weigh more than a duck. Yes. 3. Does it make sound. Yes. 4. Is it visible. Yes. 5. Is it comforting. Unknown. Email your answer to: by the closing date of Friday 13 January. Good luck.

Dates for your diary 9 January 10 January 17 January 26 January 3 6 7 21 3

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Term 3 starts Exam period starts Parents in Partnership Committee Meeting 7 PM Year 10 parents’ consultation evening Trustees AGM, Governors’ meeting Governors’ report to parents Year 7 and 9 photographs Exam period ends Year 8 parents’ consultation week Year 8 parents’ consultation evening Parents in Partnership committee meeting 7 PM Term 3 ends

Charity totals

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our various charity events and collections over the 2004/5 academic year. Brooke Weston staff and students have managed to raise over £7,300 for various good causes. This included a massive £3,400 response to the tsunami appeal as well as cash raised for those causes a little closer to home, such as the Lakelands Hospice and the Air Ambulance.

THREE BROOKE WESTON students are practising hard for their next big challenge – taking their places in the Under-15 squad for the county. Year 10 students, Alex Phillips, Aaron Davies and Alex Parker were successfully selected for county level after undergoing two trials and will join the 18-strong squad for their first match, scheduled for the new year. The trio, who are also friends, are passionate about football, playing in local teams as well as at school. Alex Parker plays centre forward for Brooke Weston and has scored four goals in recent College matches, but will take on the role of goalie at county level. ‘To be a good goalie you have to be agile and practise jumping and stretching’ he said, adding that a lot of early experience has stood him in good stead for this role. ‘My elder brother David encouraged me a lot. He’s a good footballer and he always used to practise and put me in goal – so all those hours spent playing back then have really paid off now.’ Midfielder, Alex Phillips, is also a very experienced footballer, being in

Aaron Davies, Alex Parker, and Alex Phillips. the middle of a two year contract for Rushden and Diamonds and he ‘lives and breathes’ football. ‘A midfielder needs to be fit and have good ball control, good passing and team work skills’ he says. Aaron who has played since he was about eight has a family advantage as his dad, Glyn, is manager of Corby Hellenic Under-15 team! Aaron says ‘Football is just fun, it’s a great buzz ... you just forget about anything else when you play.’

The students are looking forward to the challenges of playing county level football, but all three are setting their sights even higher, hoping one day to join the major league clubs – with Alex Parker’s ambition to play in goal at Arsenal and Alex Phillips and Aaron Davies both setting their sights on Liverpool glory. Good luck lads!

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY! BROOKE WESTON student, Tara Wright is delighted that she has been selected to play for the England Under 17 rounders team, but it’s not that unusual given that virtually her whole family plays the sport as well! Tara, who started playing rounders four years ago, is definitely following a family tradition; her aunt plays backstop for the England adult team, her two cousins coach a squad in Kettering, her father and sister both play and her mum has been known to umpire a few matches! Tara had to undergo a gruelling eight hour trial before being selected and was whittled down from a group of 32 applicants to take her place in the 12-strong national team. Tara who is a bowler, will start practising with the rest of the England squad at the end of December to ensure she is ready for the season which runs

Tara celebrates her England call-up. from April to the end of July, although she already practises with her teammates in Kettering for two and a half hours every weekend. Tara said ‘You do have to be quite

physically fit for rounders as it’s a very competitive sport, but, like the rest of my family, I think it’s a sport that I’ll always be involved in!’ Good luck, Tara, we’ll keep track of your progress.


THE 16-STRONG Innovation group has been gearing up for the Christmas rush by planning how best to part staff and students from their money – all for a good cause! The team, which has been running since September, is selling a selection of seasonal goodies to raise funds. This is part of a scheme running in schools where an initial investment of £80 must be increased by a series of fundraising initiatives. A prize of a holiday will be awarded to the group judged to have created and managed the best business, so judges are looking for teamwork, and strategies to cope with any problems that crop up. Already this year Innovation have raised cash by staging and photographing scary Hallowe’en photographs, selling them to students at £2 a time, and their Christmas sale looks to be just as successful with initial sales totalling an average of £20 per hour! The group meets every week to plan their strategies, with Katie Malcolm as the MD, ably assisted by Ollie Pegg (Deputy MD), Lewis Young (Head of Sales) and Charmaine Needham

Ollie Pegg, Tina Simms and Charmaine Needham. (Head of Production) along with 12 other students. The team came up with about 20 different ideas for the Christmas sale, and whittled these down to a manageable handful including cuddly toys, chocolate, mistletoe, candy canes, Christmas hats, headbands, and possibly glow sticks for

the school disco. They are also organising a Secret Santa service. Ideas for the new year include providing a stationery stall selling pens, pencils and other items to forgetful students and the group are also planning a stall in the Newlands Centre, Kettering where they will sell goods to the general public.

BW News October 2005  

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