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TERM TWO EDITION

December 2007

Rutland students Page 3

Antarctic Fossils Page 2

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GRIDLoCK! New traffic measures have been introduced at Brooke Weston to ensure students can access the College safely. The roads are often gridlocked at the beginning and end of the day making it extremely difficult for students to use the zebra crossing safely. Often students were seen weaving in and out of the cars as they made their way to parents’ vehicles. Cars can no longer stop outside reception to drop off students, although buses are still permitted to do so. The zoned area is one vehicle span wide allowing an unrestricted view of the zebra crossing. In order to ensure that the new scheme works as smoothly as possible College staff in high visibility jackets are patrolling the car park at peak times to ensure traffic flows safely. Buildings Manager, Alan Sharp said: ‘The main thing is the safety of the students coming in to College. On the first morning we operated the scheme no-one moaned at all, we had no problems and the bus drivers thought it was fantastic.’ In the morning parents are advised to drop students off by turning right just after the entrance and using the access road (where the buses park at night) as a drop off point. The existing footpath

around the building, coupled with the new crosshatched walkway will ensure that students dropped off here can access the building without having to cross the road. In the evening, when the buses park on the access road, parents can use the car park at the back of the building. Principal, Trish Stringer said: ‘We take road safety very seriously and are looking at the traffic situation as a matter of urgency. Parents will need to co-operate in order to make this scheme work well, but the safety of our students is of utmost importance. As well as respecting the no stopping zone, parents also need to adhere to the one way system that is in place.’ A traffic survey showed that 254 cars drop off students each day, 164 of which are on site between 8.15 and 8.30am. Each car drops off an average of just 1.28 students per car, so perhaps parents could look at car sharing as a way of cutting down on traffic congestion. Brooke Weston appreciates that the majority of parents are happy to cooperate so that safety is maintained on site, but it does reserve the right to ban those who do not adhere to the rules, or who are abusive to College staff seeking to enforce them.

new build update As we go to press, work is starting on the new £4m annexe which will provide enhanced facilities at Brooke Weston. Contractors have been appointed to carry out the build of the Arts and Media annexe which is due for completion by this time next year. The new wing, which measures 1,400 square metres will house a dance studio, a drama and TV studio, a media production facility, complete music suite including practice and performance rooms and a digital music suite. The annexe, designed by architects Jestico and Whiles, has been designed to complement the existing College buildings although large areas of glazing will be used in the dance studio and music classrooms to create an ‘inspirational environment.’ Government funds will make up the bulk of the project costs, with Brooke Weston itself supplying £500,000 towards the total.

The new regime aims to eradicate daily traffic chaos around the site.

OUTSTANDING AWARD after inspection

world challenge to peru Brooke Weston students have signed up for an intrepid adventure trip and now have to come up with fund-raising ideas. Students will spend four weeks trekking in southern Peru in summer 2009. They will plan their own itinerary and likely destinations could include the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Students have to raise £3,800 to pay for the trip, and organisers, World Challenge, give guidance and ideas on how to apply for grants and organise fund-raising. Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mr Robert Nicholls, who is planning the trip said: ‘It will be a boots and rucksack expedition, sleeping under canvas. It’s a real education in developing independence and initiative.’

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Staff and the 30 students who have so far signed up will be accompanied by a guide from travel experts, World Challenge, who have been running similar expeditions around the globe for 20 years. The World Challenge guide will act in an advisory capacity and students will be expected to plan their schedule, buy and cook food and book their own accommodation. Mr Nicholls said: ‘This is a growing and learning experience, it’s totally hands-on. What gets organised is what the group decides to organise. I decided on Peru because I thought it would excite people, as students may well have heard of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. The other reason is that Peru is Spanish speaking and we’ve got students who

have learned Spanish who will therefore have an advantage.’ Students are so excited by the prospect of the trip that already they are coming up with ways to raise the money, from approaching trusts and local businesses for sponsorship to getting jobs to fund the adventure.

Brooke Weston has been listed as one of the country’s outstanding s c h o o l s b y H e r M a j e s t y’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills. The list names all the educational establishments which were awarded an ‘outstanding’ grade during the 2006/7 round of Government inspections and Brooke Weston is one of just three secondary schools in Northamptonshire to be named. When publishing the list, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Christine Gilbert said that ‘the schools and colleges are those judged outstanding for overall effectiveness.’ Brooke Weston’s Chief Executive, Mr Peter Simpson will attend a conference in Birmingham where education chiefs will contribute to an Ofsted publication, and the College has been awarded an official ‘outstanding’ logo to be used on its stationery and website.

Any news? Contact: Caroline Freeman – Communications Officer email: cfreeman@brookeweston.org

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Principal’s Editorial Two terms into this academic year and life at Brooke Weston is moving as fast as ever. This newsletter outlines just a small proportion of what happens on a day to day basis around the College; trips, visits, student achievements, staff news, quizzes, challenges and sports. Our front page story details the additional safety measures we are putting into place to make the car park easier to negotiate, both by car and on foot. I appreciate that there has been some disruption to parents

while these changes are enforced, but the majority can see the benefit of what we are doing. For those who have been obstructive, both literally and verbally to College staff, may I remind you that we are doing this to ensure the safety of your children. At the time of going to press we still have our Christmas events to look forward to; the Christmas musical showcase, disco and trip to the markets in Aachen, Germany. Head of Maths, Mrs Monica Rust is retiring this Christmas after spending

her entire teaching career at Brooke Weston. Many thanks to Monica for the valuable contribution she has made to life at Brooke Weston. I am sure we will all miss Monica, but would like to take this opportunity to wish her well in the future. I also wish our students, staff and their families a peaceful and safe Christmas break and know that we’ll all returned refreshed and ready for yet more frenetic activity in the new year!

Boulogne trip

Join the Army Cadets

The work of the Army Cadet Force was highlighted during a recent assembly. Lt Sean Smales, Detachment Commander of Corby III detachment, told students of the opportunities and training the organisation offers. Activities include map and compass work, first aid, helping in the community, fitness and skill at arms training. There is scope for cadets to also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme as well as trips and training days. Several students from Brooke Weston already attend the Army Cadets and they recently formed a Guard of Honour to welcome Falklands veteran, Simon Weston to the College’s Prize Giving. Now Corby III detachment is hoping to swell their ranks from their current total of 38 cadets to around 50. New cadets are taught basic military skills and then follow a ‘star’ rating system, learning increasingly complex skills, and progressing through cadet, lance corporal, corporal and sergeant ranks. There is also scope for cadets to attend

the UK Army Cadet Force Headquarters in Surrey for a leadership course, a qualification that is recognised in civilian life. Corby III Detachment cadets meet up on Tuesdays from 18.30 to 21.30hrs at the headquarters in Crucible Road, Corby (near the Fire Station), and it costs £30 for a year’s subscription. A free uniform is provided but cadets are expected to supply their own army boots. New recruits (who can be aged from 12 to 18 years) will be given a tour of the building,

an introduction to Skill at Arms and can expect to do a lot of drill to get to a certain standard in as short a time as possible. But Lt Smales told students: ‘We’re teaching you how to be a leader and how to help the people around you, but most of all, whatever we do it’s always fun, we make sure we enjoy it.’ For more information email corbyiii@ hotmail.co.uk or turn up to one of the training sessions. The county Army cadet website can be found at: www.lnracf.co.uk.

Year 8 students brushed up their French skills during an overnight trip to Boulogne which included a stop off at a French secondary school to meet penpals, shopping sprees and a trip to the Sea Life Centre. The party

Booked up

Year 7 students recently chose a free book from a range of popular children’s authors. The Booked Up scheme aims to encourage reading, and, for the first time this year, it has offered free books to all Year 7 students across the country. The most popular title with Brooke Weston students was Evil Inventions by

were home in time to see England beat France 14 -9 in the Rugby World Cup semi final. Teacher, Mrs Leuchars said; ‘It was quite an intensive couple of days but very successful; with students having the chance to see a bit of French life and speak the language in real-life settings.’

Nick Arnold, part of the Horrible Science series, closely followed by I, Coriander, by Sally Gardner, a historic and fantasy tale set in the time of Oliver Cromwell. Library assistant, Ms Adams coordinated the scheme and made sure that all 185 items were distributed to their rightful owners!

talk by antarctic scientist The lecture theatre at Brooke Weston was filled with prehistoric gases as students handled ancient ice samples extracted from Antarctica. Bubbles trapped in the ice popped and fizzed, releasing tiny amounts of gas from 300,000 years ago. Scientist Mr Neil Wilson, also brought along 150,000-year-old fossils to accompany his talk on the work of the British Antarctic Survey. He lectured on the continent’s weather patterns, species and the unique problems facing scientists working in its extreme conditions. Antarctic researchers have to ensure they are equipped for every eventuality. As well as danger from the cold (with frostbite possible from the relatively mild temperature of minus 29 degrees) scientists are also at risk from sunburn as the UV levels above the Antarctic are higher than those at the equator in summer. Exposed flesh can burn badly, but the extreme cold means that sufferers don’t necessarily notice until too late. Add to that the 24 hours of Antarctic darkness that the continent is plunged into for 100 days a year, and you get some idea of just how isolated the continent is. (There’s just two collections annually from the local post office in Port Lockroy!) Research workers are literally thrown in at the deep end, with practical training on how to get out of crevasses. These can open up at any moment, dropping people and equipment into massive chasms of ice hidden under the surface. Workers always travel around in roped pairs so that if one does slip into a crevasse then the other should be able to assist. They are also equipped with knives after a lone worker got his hand entangled in the fanbelt of his skidoo engine. His radio was in the skidoo so he couldn’t call for help. Mr Wilson said: ‘The only thing he could do

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Kids Lit Quiz

was to actually cut his fingers off. Because that knife saved his life everybody now carries a knife that you can open with one hand and it is tough enough to amputate fingers or limbs.’ Mr Wilson illustrated his talk with a slideshow and ammonite and lobster fossils dating from 150 million years ago as well as a petrified tropical tree stump. Handing round the ice samples bored from beneath the Antarctic wilderness, Mr Wilson explained: ‘300,000 years ago that was falling as snow. The air gets trapped in it and then more snow falls on top and it all freezes. Over a period of time it becomes compressed which is why you can hear those bubbles popping, because they are all under pressure. In fact, if you throw that into a cup of warm water you would actually see it hiss as the ice melts more quickly and those air bubbles come off. Trapped in that air are isotopes of the atmosphere of that time and you can analyse them and tell what the climate

was like when that snow fell. It gives you a picture of climate change over a period of time.’ Scientists can also track back human and volcanic history in the extracted ice cores which have trapped particles of lead and radiation in them. Mr Wilson said: ‘If you go back there’s no radiation in the ice because all that snow fell before atomic testing and, as you go through you get dust from every volcanic eruption. When Krakatoa erupted the amount of dust that was thrown up into the atmosphere affected the world’s weather for two years. Although it happened in Indonesia you were getting spectacular sunsets and vile winters in London as a result of that volcanic eruption. Every volcano has a characteristic dust pattern so you can analyse that and but you can start to see this picture emerging of what is happening in our atmosphere.’

Year 7 and 8 students at Brooke Weston have taken part in a global children’s literature quiz. The Kids Lit Quiz originated in New Zealand and is now hotly contested with schools from the UK, South Africa, China and New Zealand all competing for the world title. It is the first time that Brooke Weston students have attempted the quiz as this year regional heats were held at Weston Favell School in Northampton instead of Coventry. Students had to answer 100 questions in 10 categories and they were able to

Popular children’s authors, from left: Val Tyler, Linda Newbery, Mark Robson, Gillian Cross and Celia Rees. nominate one round for which they received double points. Brooke Weston’s Librarian, Mrs Heppell said: ‘The questions weren’t just from contemporary children’s fiction so the students had to be well read and interested in a wide range of books.’ Students also got to meet a celebrity panel of writers, including author, Linda Newbery who deals with both historic and contemporary issues in her fiction aimed at young adults.

english study day

A-level students looked at aspects of first world war literature during a day-long seminar at Brooke Weston. Students from three different schools took part in drama workshops, poetry discussions and an impromptu Latin lesson, which gave them an insight into issues surrounding the war. The day was organised by the Raising Standards Partnership Trust, an alliance between English teachers from eight county schools and the University of Northampton. A total of 55 students from Brooke Weston, Mereway Community College and Southfield School for Girls took part in the day which was a preparation for the A-level synoptic paper, in which students have to read a variety of texts written from

different viewpoints. Head of English at Brooke Weston, Carly Waterman said: ‘This event gave students a chance to work collaboratively with those from other schools. It also covered the breadth of reading and study that they will have to demonstrate in the A-level exam.’

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Engineering Education starts

Four students are to pit their wits against a real life engineering challenge for this year’s Engineering Education scheme. Emily Davis, Matthew Prested, Alistair Thorpe and Charlie Mawby, all from Year 12, made a site visit to Corus to see the problem at first hand. The Brooke Weston team have to come up with an effective way of testing chemicals used in the production process at Corus. Currently eight tanks of chemicals have to be monitored daily by hand; the Brooke Weston team now have to devise a more effective, and possibly mechanised, method. It is the fifth year that our students have worked in conjunction with Corus, with their engineering manager, Steve Goode, acting in a consultancy role, giving the students feedback and guidance. The Engineering Education scheme is an annual nationwide challenge. Regional events are held where students present their engineering solutions to be assessed by industry professionals. Projects tackled by Brooke Weston students in previous years have included running cables through lamp-posts, designing lifting poles for steel tubes and removing oil from scrap swarf. The cabling solution devised by our students was so successful it was actually introduced in the

Year 8 students came face to face with dinosaurs on a recent trip to the Natural History Museum. Students completed a workbook on volcanoes and earthquakes for their Humanities coursework before touring the famous dinosaur gallery with its Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops exhibits.

company’s production process! DT Teacher, Mr Barrett oversees the project each year. He said: ‘The students have a good range of skills and they work collaboratively.’ Students will now come up with several possible solutions to this problem before deciding on the best strategy. They will attend a three day residential at the University of Northampton just before Christmas, working on prototypes of their design in the university’s workshops.

Mr Barrett said: ‘We’re very lucky that Corus supports us so well. Anything we need they will buy because it’s a real life problem and they need a real life solution. We’re lucky with Steve because he always chooses something that is a very do-able project. Other teams have projects where there’s actually no chance of solving it. Steve is experienced so he chooses a project that is achievable within the timescale.’

Ella (left) and Charlotte.

retirement news

Head of Maths, Mrs Monica Rust has retired after 16 years at Brooke Weston, and she is now looking forward to travelling. Mrs Rust was a newly qualified teacher who joined the College when it opened in 1991 and since then she has worked her way up to Head of Department. She plans to spend her retirement travelling with her husband and has a trip scheduled to Africa in March. She has already travelled to the Arctic and Greenland, and now she is planning to travel to the South Pole, visiting the Antarctic next winter. Mrs Rust has fond memories of her time at Brooke Weston, particularly the early residentials to the chateau in France, but it is the challenge of explaining maths concepts to students that has made the job memorable. Mrs Rust said: I’ve always enjoyed explaining things to people and then seeing them understand; that’s the big kick I get out of teaching. A lot of people put a

uNIVERSITY places secured

Mrs Rust with the Nepalese elephant. brick wall up with maths, especially when you start talking about things like algebra. You have to give them strategies so they understand and can do it at their level.’ Mrs Rust has travelled extensively. Her most recent trip was to Nepal where she

went on elephant safari and even got the chance to wash one of the beasts! In typical maths teacher fashion she even discovered a mathematical formula; the height of an elephant to its shoulder is twice the circumference of its foot!

rutland students settle in

Nine students from Rutland are settling into Sixth Form life at Brooke Weston. They joined from Vale of Catmose and Uppingham Community Colleges, just across the border in Rutland. Now, just two terms in, they are very positive about the facilities and atmosphere here. Top of their list are the excellent relationships between staff and students. Here they are treated more like adults, taking responsibility for their own learning. Jo Batten said, ‘There’s respect here for the teachers and they respect the students as well.’ The new intake are also really impressed with the computer availability and email system which means they can keep in touch with friends and teachers. Jamie Partridge said: ‘The technology attracted me here in the first place. The teachers know how to use everything; it’s not new to them.’ The students have all been placed in existing tutor groups, but have found the other students very welcoming. Emily Cropper said ‘The whole style of teaching is really different. We actually want to be here. All the students are very friendly. We’ve been split up into tutor groups in pairs so we’re generally with someone we know already.’ Jamie Partridge has been out on a tutor group trip to a restaurant. He said: ‘My group are really friendly and I’ve settled in.’

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Students at Brooke Weston are so quick off the mark at applying for university places that they often have secured an offer before their peers have even started to apply. Many of the Year 13s now have offers from at least one or two universities and colleges, meaning they know which grades they have to achieve in order to get into their first choice course. The application process starts in the spring of Year 12 when students have a discussion with careers adviser, Mr Andrew Primmett. They then attend a higher education conference in Northampton and start work on their personal statements. By September or early October they will have submitted their applications to the universities and many will have received offers back by October or early November. Mr Primmett said: ‘Applying early clearly demonstrates that these students are focused, motivated, and good time managers. Students here often have a fistful of offers every year before other schools start to think about it, and that’s really impressive.’ Two of our students who have already been offered places are Ella Pope who plans to study Maths and Charlotte Murdoch, who is going to do international

business and management. Ella has got a conditional place at the renowned Imperial College, London to read a four-year maths masters degree, and she has also got an interview at Cambridge lined up. She said: ‘Imperial College invited me there for an open day after they gave me the offer. I got a letter through the post saying I’d got the offer soon after I sent it off.’ Ella is doing Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics A-levels and she applied to Imperial because it specialises in science and technology based courses and has a large maths department. Charlotte has been offered a conditional place at Aston University where she will undertake a four year course, which has a one year foreign work placement in the third year. Charlotte said: ‘Aston is my first choice as it is all on one campus, it has a refurbished business faculty and a good reputation.’ Students can choose up to five Universities and Colleges to apply to, but then these have to be whittled down to a shortlist of two. They are helped in their applications by Mr Witt and Head of Sixth Form Mr Wilkinson, as well as teachers who provide references to accompany their applications.

Dragons’ Den

The students have a longer school day than they’re used to and the College has extended one of its bus routes for them, although it does mean they catch the bus at 7.30am and don’t get back until 5pm! Although they are studying A-levels across

a range of subjects there’s one thing they love. Emily Treloar said: ‘I like it here, I’m doing history, biology, economics and geography. One of the reasons I came here was because of the restaurant; the food’s really good!’

Year 11 students had to come up with charity fund-raising ideas and present them before a ‘dragons’ den’ style panel. Tutor groups came up with ideas, which they then researched and presented to the panels in sales pitches lasting 15 minutes. There were two ‘dens’ at Brooke Weston, each one inhabited by four dragons, comprising two teachers, a member of support staff and a Year 13 student. The dragons listened to the presentations and then posed questions about any potential problem areas that the students may have missed. The Year 11 students came up with a range of projects. These included selling Fair Trade chocolate with profits going to provide chickens in Africa to setting up charity football academies and staging a music festival. One highly innovative idea

was to convert a bus to a snack bar, ploughing the profits made from food sales in the day to feed the homeless at night. The students all had to present their ideas coherently, backed up with technical facts and figures, often having to explain the finer details of their plans during their sales ‘pitches’. The project was part of the ‘Period One’ curriculum, and organised by teacher, Helen Huchet. She said: ‘This project gave students the chance to really think through the practicalities of their ideas with the added pressure of giving a presentation. The real ‘Dragons’ Den’ proves a testing ground for entrepreneurs, and we wanted to give the students a similar experience. They gave good presentations and came up with an interesting range of ideas.’

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Children in Need: The mufti day in aid of the Children in Need appeal raised £1,275.14. Many thanks to all who contributed to this appeal.

Primary school sports at brooke weston

Children from three local primary schools visited Brooke Weston for an afternoon of sports. About 60 children took part in activities including sprinting, hurdles, javelin, jumps and long distance relays. The event was one of the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston sports partnership’s annual fixtures with Brigstock, Corby Old Village and Gretton primary schools competing against each other in an ‘indoor athletics event.’ Brooke Weston teacher, Jim Gillespie was pleased with the participation of the primary children, but also the help given by College students to make sure the event

ran smoothly. He said: ‘Students from Years 11 and 12 did their community sports leaders award in the last school holiday. As part of that they have to do 10 hours’ service and so this afternoon contributed towards their awards. Our students were recording, instructing, guiding and encouraging, and without their help we couldn’t have run the event. It was really successful, the kids loved it, noise levels were high and some parents even came to watch.’ Gretton Primary won on the day and so their team will go through to meet other schools in the school sports partnership sports-hall athletics final.

tiska karate One of the country’s highest graded karate experts visited Brooke Weston to demonstrate martial arts techniques. Sensei Gursharan Sahota, who founded and runs TISKA Karate, was recently awarded his Seventh Dan. Sensei Sahota talked to Year 8 students about the benefits of karate before demonstrating his technique by breaking two panels of wood in half. Students, Olivia Hogan and Lee Stockley, who are both 2nd Dans, demonstrated techniques such as kumite (sparring) and kata (formal moves) during the half-hour-long session. Sensei Sahota explained that karate is a defensive, not an aggressive discipline: ‘Karate is not about losing control, it’s learning to control aggression and maintain a positive attitude. Karate teaches etiquette, discipline and self-confidence.’ Sensei Sahota started learning karate at the age of 14, and gained his black belt (1st Dan) four years later. He then trained in Japan and, on his return to the UK he set up TISKA (Traditional International Shotokan Karate Association) in 1993. TISKA now has a wide network of clubs from Surrey up to Sheffield, with members taking part in regular training, grading and championship events. The association also has clubs in the Bahamas and India, and next year there are plans for 45 students training at 3rd Dan and above to attend a training seminar in Dubai! Year 10 student, Olivia Hogan, has been training since she was aged just five, and nine years later she is at 2nd Dan grade. She trains twice a week in Kettering and once in Uppingham. She said: ‘It builds up your confidence and self esteem and you learn how to defend yourself.’ Teacher, Helen Huchet, set up the demonstration as part of the Period One curriculum which is aimed at developing students’ esteem and self confidence. She

Students Lee Stockley and Olivia Hogan with Sensei Sahota.

Sensei Sahota in action. said: ‘Many students and staff already train with TISKA and it was fantastic that Sensei Sahota was able to come and talk to students here. Many were very enthusiastic and want to learn more.’ Sensei Sahota runs about 40 karate classes himself each week, and also trains for at least two hours per day. He said: ‘I’ve got a passion for karate and that’s why I love my job, I never get tired of it. Karate is a great sport for people of all ages

Youth Conference

rowing machines

The arrival of new rowing machines has sparked a frenzy in the sports department with heated competition to see who can get the best times. The two machines were kindly provided by the Schools Sports Partnership. Head of PE, Neil Shorrock said: ‘We have been using them with the GCSE group because there is a fitness module in that. We are using them with Year 11s and

we have got a bit of competition going to try to get them using the machines, worth £2,000. We are trying to get it so that they have got good technique. Hopefully we’ll develop it as an extra-curricular activity.’ Mr Gillespie said: ‘Some of the students have started to do longer rows with some doing up to 5000m. We are trying to incorporate the rowing machines into lessons as a way of enhancing general fitness.’

Sports Achievers

Two students were awarded for their sporting achievements at a recent county ceremony. Dermot Bailey, who plays wheelchair tennis, and judo champion, Lucas Rowe received trophies and awards from ex-England and Nottingham Forest goal-keeper, Peter Shilton. The duo, who were awarded Young Disabled Sports Achiever Award and Young Male Sports Achiever Award respectively got through regional heats to get through to the county awards. Dermot, from Year 9, said: ‘My tennis has been going quite well this year. In the last international tournament I played, the Nottingham Indoor, I was runner up in the singles and I won the doubles. I still train around once or twice a week. Peter Shilton didn’t say much to me, he just said it must be a hard sport.’ Lucas said: ‘This year has been a good one for me, I’ve won more tournaments than I have in previous years.

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This year I won my first international medal. It was good meeting Peter Shilton as he’s a football legend.’ The ceremony, which awarded achievement in 13 separate sporting categories took place at Kettering Conference Centre in November.

Students from Corby aired their views on human rights issues at a children’s conference. Four secondary schools and eight primary schools from the town sent student delegates to the ‘ground-breaking’ event at the Willows Arts Centre. Students set the agenda and there were ‘youth facilitators’ on hand to make sure they got the most out of the event. Organisers put together a ‘Big Brother room’ so students could video their opinions, and there was also a ‘graffiti wall’ which they could write on and a suggestion box. Peta Halls from the National Youth Agency canvassed opinions on topics such as ‘All children and young people have the right to free education’, ‘Children should have the right to congregate freely in public open spaces’ and ‘Should the vote be given to under-18s?’ Brooke Weston student Rowan Priest said: ‘We talked about children’s rights, child abuse and self harm and we worked

and fitness levels. We often have whole families training at once and although we take it very seriously our clubs are friendly with very experienced instructors.’ TISKA runs many clubs in the area, with training at Kettering, Market Harborough, Corby and Oakham. If students would like more information about how to join then they can contact Sensei Sahota on 07885 294418 or email tiska.karate@btinternet.com.

with Year 8 and 9 students from various schools.’ Josh Pickering said: ‘There was a Powerpoint presentation about children in different countries and the abuse that happens there.’

The day was rounded off with a question and answer session with guests including Corby MP, Phil Hope. Organiser, Danielle Stone said: ‘It’s a ground-breaking event. As far as I know Corby is the only town which has a children’s conference run by children.’

college choir at civic ceremony The College choir added a festive touch to the switchon of Corby’s Christmas lights. At the ‘Light Up a Life’ event in early December the choir performed two songs; ‘Oh Holy Night’ and Mariah Carey’s ‘What a Wonderful Child’ accompanied by Mr Duguid on piano.

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BW News December 2007  

December edition of the Brooke Weston Newsletter.

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