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students attend world class science convention Brooke Weston Sixth Formers attended a world-class science convention and visited top universities during a ten day trip to America. As well as the conference with many keynote speakers, students heard about cutting edge technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, explaining how a surgeon in Pakistan could use a robotic arm to perform an operation in America. Teacher Sam Jordan said: ‘That was one of the highlights of the trip, to see these institutes committed to the idea of globalisation in engineering. They’re taking PET scans and CAT scans in American hospitals and sending them via computer to be analysed by specialists over in India.’ Brooke Weston was invited along on the trip by Oundle school after the two schools collaborated at last year’s Science Showcase event. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science convention students also attended a variety of lectures from renowned scientists. Student Laura Sawiak managed to ask Ed Witten, a particle physicist at

Chinese New year Celebrations The Brooke Weston contingent in America. Princeton University a couple of questions about the Large Hadron Collider at Cern which is due to become operational this year. Mr Jordan said: ‘The students were given the opportunity to find out more about areas of science and engineering that interested them and new fields at the

cutting edge of technology that are being developed at a breakneck speed such as photonics, genetic modification, robotics, nanotechnology and biophysics. We also made cultural visits to the Museum of Fine Art, as well as basketball and ice hockey games. It was a brilliant opportunity for our students.’

Students study at University of Northampton

Five Year 13 students attended a ‘mini graduation’ ceremony after completing an enterprise module at the University of Northampton. The year long study programme was a pilot course, with students being taught by University lecturers to undergraduate level. The students had to complete two modules of coursework, the first was a personal development plan and the second was to look into planning and setting up their own business in an area they were interested in. The students; Chris Arch Jones, Michael Pell, Jasmine Elder, Serena Taylor and Peter Ferguson had to put about 120 hours of work into the project, which included researching data about business set ups and coming up with ideas to launch a new restaurant. One half of the group came up with the idea of a healthy, smoothie bar while their competitors designed a 70s inspired retro-restaurant, Fever. The students had lectures from Kate Pascoe from the University of Northampton after College lessons and so it was an intensive period of study for

Food and fireworks were just some of the highlights for students who celebrated Chinese New Year in London. The crowds were out in force on Sunday 10 February as the capital ground to a halt while Chinese performers, acrobats, floats and market stalls adorned the streets and squares to mark the Year of the Rat. A group of seven students from Years 12 and 13 at Brooke Weston joined teacher Mr Robert Nicholls and teaching assistant, Ms Chen on the day-long extravaganza where onlookers lined The Strand five or six deep to get a glimpse of the parade. The Chinese Ambassador and Mayor of London were also present to mark the occasion while the Brooke Weston contingent sampled traditional Chinese fare in a restaurant. Student Avena Davis said: ‘I loved the Chinese drummers and dancers in the parade. They were really good! It’s hard to say what was my favourite

bit as it was all so much fun!’ A performance stage and two huge video screens were put up in Trafalgar Square so the crowds could marvel at the acrobatic performers, including two men under a Chinese Lion costume leaping between six foot high pillars. Mr Nicholls said: ‘One was wearing a large, richly decorated lion’s head. They’d leap from one pillar to the next and then you’d see there was only one pair of legs because the other one was on the back of the first one. It was just jaw-dropping and so clever.’ Student Rosie MacLeod listed her highlights as the parade, the meal and the fireworks, which took place both during the day and at night. Ms Chen, who is teaching Chinese to Year 7 students and the Sixth Form, was amazed at how many people had turned out to join in the fun. She said: ‘The Chinese culture seems to be more and more popular in this country and it was really crowded as everyone turned out to celebrate.’

New Website to launch

From left: Rachel Kay, Serena Taylor, Peter Ferguson, Michael Pell, Peter Ratcliff (a lecturer at the University of Northampton) and Jazz Elder. them. The course format has now changed slightly with the new cohort of Year 12 students travelling to the University’s Park Campus for three one-day workshops. Brooke Weston’s Head of Business, Rachel Kay said: ‘The course proved so successful that we’ve now got 30 Year 12

students signed up to start it as well. The graduating students attended a ceremony at Northampton in January and, if they attend the University of Northampton because they have completed this course they will be automatically exempt from one module in their first year’s study.’

The College is launching a ‘new-look’ website which is user-friendly with a contemporary layout. The website has a distinctive home page with featured news stories, a calendar, quick links and a vacancies section. The new website is a ‘Beta’ version meaning it is still in development and future enhancements may include video and podcast technology. There has been great deal of work behind the scenes to make sure it all works before the launch next term. Much of the information from the existing website has been transferred across making it easy to search the new version for archived material. Stuart McGown has been building the new website for many

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months, using the latest technology to fine-tune the design and layout to make it as accessible as possible. He said: ‘The existing website was just too crowded for the amount of information the College needs to display. Here it’s been designed with state of the art technology and it’s split into easily assimilated sections which should make sense to the whole of the Brooke Weston community.’ Principal, Trish Stringer said: ‘Considerable thought and effort has gone into designing and building this new website. It will prove an invaluable resource for the College, reflecting its modern style, giving a polished and professional image of Brooke Weston.’

Principal’s Editorial It has once again been an incredibly busy term at the College. Students and staff continue to work extremely hard not only with their academic studies but also in pursuit of their interests and hobbies. The term began with yet more examinations for Post-16 students and we eagerly await the results of their endeavours in the forthcoming holiday. The Year 9 football team are making amazing progress in the National Cup competition and in week 7 of this term

the boys beat Bourne Grammar School in a nail biting 4 – 3 victory. This has qualified them for the last 16 teams competing in this prestigious event and we await news of the opponents they will face next. We are all very proud of their achievements and look forward to their continuing progress under the coaching eye of Mr Shorrock. In January 720 Year 6 students from across Corby and Kettering attended the College to sit the NFER non-verbal

reasoning test which enables us to allocate a fully comprehensive intake in the New Year 7 in September. Parents’ in Partnership gave us fantastic support throughout the day serving teas, coffees and delicious home-made cakes to the parents and siblings whilst they waited in the restaurant. We are very grateful for their continued support. Once again I apologise for the closure of the College due to a power failure, however for the safety and welfare of the

students I had no choice. This occurrence did highlight the need for us to hold emergency contact details for all parents and I would ask you to ensure that you do complete the annual information update sheet. Finally, I would like to wish all students and staff a restful holiday and thank all for their efforts throughout the term.

Please Note: In the event of an emergency it is vital that parents provide up-to-date home, work and mobile telephone numbers.

welcoming next year’s students

Brooke Weston opened its doors to hundred of prospective students and their parents at this year’s new intake assessment day. Staff and Parents’ in Partnership joined forces to ensure our visitors had a comfortable time. Refreshments were on offer in the restaurant served by a stalwart team of Parents’ in Partnership volunteers, and children enjoyed cartoons in the lecture theatre while they waited to be tested. The non-verbal reasoning tests take place to ensure that the students are drawn from a wide range of academic abilities. The results are calculated and students are split into nine groups according to their test scores. Students are then randomly picked from across the nine groups to ensure that each year’s intake is a representative sample of the population as a whole. This year there was a record amount of

Music career beckons applications to join Brooke Weston with over 800 Year 6 children naming it as one of their choices of secondary school, of which 740 children attended the intake day. The Parents’ in Partnership volunteers spent hours baking a massive range of home-made cakes for their stall in the restaurant and the efforts of the team, led by Donna Davis, is very much appreciated by College staff. Principal,

Trish Stringer said: ‘Parents’ in Partnership did the College proud with the quality and amount of cakes they baked and the refreshments they served. We are incredibly lucky to have such proactive parents helping out, not only at this event, but at College functions throughout the year. Their contribution is really appreciated, along with that of College staff who organised the day so smoothly for the visitors.’

Bible Mystery solved A mystery Bible which turned up in Brooke Weston’s lost property department has finally been claimed. The tiny new testament belonged to Leonard Rawson, a local man who died nearly a quarter of a century ago. Now the book has been claimed by his niece, who lives in Hertfordshire after the story featured in a local newspaper. Mrs Betty Fowell contacted the College after the article was passed on to her, but still has no idea how the Bible ended up at Brooke Weston. It was presented to Mr Rawson to mark his admission into the Forces in 1917 by the Fuller Sunday School in Kettering. Mrs Fowell said: ‘I’ve got his RAF demobilisation papers and the metal bracelet which servicemen wore and they were in his bureau. I presume that the Bible was on a shelf and was cleared out after he died in 1983, but we’ll never know how it came to be in Corby.’ Mrs Fowell is a keen family historian who has traced her family tree back 300 years. She was able to supply quite a lot of details about her uncle, Leonard Bertram

Rawson who was born on 4 October 1899 in Kettering. He served in the Royal Air Force from 6 November 1917 until demobilisation on 3 August 1919, leaving with the rank of AC2 and having served overseas. At the age of 37 and employed as a knife filer, Leonard wed Miss Edith Maule, who worked as a button holer in a clothing factory. They married at the London Road Congregational Church in Kettering on 25 September 1937. Len was employed at Montagues Knife and Cutter Works in Field Street and the couple moved to 33 Bath Road in Kettering where they owned and ran a general corner shop, although Mr Rawson still carried on his job in the factory. The couple, who had no children, retired in the mid 1960s and enjoyed many holidays together until Mrs Rawson died in June 1982, with her husband dying 18 months later on 8 December 1983 at the age of 84. Mrs Fowell, who was Mrs Rawson’s niece said: ‘Uncle Len never spoke about his time in the Forces at all. He was a quiet man but a very good pianist. I

Mr and Mrs Rawson in the doorway of their shop in Bath Road. remember Uncle Len playing the piano during the evening at my Aunty’s 70 th birthday party.’ The Bible, first presented to Mr Rawson over 90 years ago, is now being reunited with his family where it will join the stack of bibles, photos and memorabilia that Mrs Fowell has amassed during 30 years of research into her family history.

Musician Liam Halloran is celebrating as not only has he been offered a place at a nationally renowned music college, he is also playing at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York. Liam, who has played with a variety of ensembles is travelling to America with Northamptonshire Orchestral Winds to perform in a showcase event on 26 March. One piece, L’homme Armé is particularly complicated, meaning he has to play four concert toms, a snare drum, two bongos and cymbals across a four four pattern, over a three four bar but conducted in six eight time – all in a day’s work for Liam but totally mindboggling to the uninitiated! Liam, who is in the Sixth Form at Brooke Weston, has already been accepted at the Birmingham Conservatoire, although he may still be eligible to study at Trinity College London where he has been offered a reserve place. He is the first student from College to go on to a full-time degree course in music and is delighted at the offers from two renowned establishments. Whichever he attends he will study a four-year Bachelor of Music degree specialising in performance and composition. Other modules, such as music psychology, musicology or theory will allow him to develop his own specialisms. Liam, who plays drums, piano and guitar, only took up percussion less than a year ago although it will make up a large part of his course. Liam said: ‘The percussion section includes lots of different instruments from massive kettledrums to smaller instruments like wooden blocks and maracas. It’s not like having only one instrument to concentrate on.’ Liam became interested in drums at the

age of 10, first having lessons and then getting his own drum kit. When Liam’s brother went travelling Liam took his place at piano lessons to get a grounding in the subject. Within a year he was playing at grade 5 level and progressing. Now he sight reads music and has achieved grade eight standard in drums (the highest before diploma level) and is due to take his grade eight exams in percussion as soon as possible. Liam initially started performing with Thrapston then Rushden Brass Bands before moving to the Northampton-based GUS Band where he is now principal percussionist and section leader. He said: ‘Last weekend I went to the county brass band in the morning. As soon as I’d finished I went to Northampton to the Guy Woolfenden festival. He’s head of contemporary composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. I went to a celebration of his music and it lasted all weekend so I had to play all Saturday and Sunday with a concert on Sunday night.’ That punishing schedule is typical of Liam’s weekend. However, he still manages to go to the gym and play squash and golf. Liam studies BTEC in music recording and acoustics as well as A-level Music, German, English and a touch of Chinese! Liam is really looking forward to studying music at degree level and hopes it will lead to a full-time career. He said: ‘Most musicians have a lot of things going on and that’s what I’d like to do, play in orchestras, jazz bands, do a bit of teaching, session work, and just do as many things as I can. Going to college will help me decide but at the moment I want to do as many things as I can, I just want to play, and play and play.’

chris completes management course Chris Stewart, Brooke Weston’s business manager has completed an additional qualification in School Business Management. The Certificate of School Business Management, run by the National College for School Leadership, is a world leading programme which supports school leadership and management. Its aim is to assist school business managers in their

expertise in a range of different learning techniques. The qualification provides the school business manager with an accredited course which will provide a route to the knowledge and skills required to perform the role to the best of their ability, and ultimately improve school effectiveness. Mrs Stewart’s role at Brooke Weston encompasses managing the College’s online

learning provision (@tain), CTC Trading which hires the Colleges business and sports facilities and the smooth running of the restaurant. Her latest project is overseeing the financial project management of the new £30m Corby Business Academy, which opens in September and is being sponsored by Brooke Weston.

Miss Oakley Vale

Year 10 student, Megan Brown, has just won the title of Miss Oakley Vale and she’ll represent the area in a variety of local events. Megan has been awarded a sash, tiara and £100 for a dress to wear at the Corby Carnival Queen contest this year. Megan was interviewed by a panel from the town’s carnival committee before being given the title. Megan, aged 14, said: ‘I have lived on Oakley Vale for four years and like it because it’s a new development and a really nice community. It was a friendly atmosphere at the auditions. I was really excited about getting the title and feel like I’ve achieved something.’ Each year about 18 regional titles from Corby are awarded with the winners going forward to auditions in March to decide who will be queen for the 2008 carnival season. Megan said: ‘The carnival queen audition will be at the Grampian Club in Corby, with an interview on stage with a microphone which I’m absolutely dreading!’ The carnival court and deputy court will carry out official engagements in the town and beyond, supporting local events

and attending carnivals throughout the region as representatives of Corby. Megan, who does tap and modern dance in her spare time, already has an idea of the dress she wants to buy from suppliers, Bonnie Brides, who sponsor the carnival. She said: ‘I’ve either got to have white, gold or cream because those are the colours chosen for Miss Oakley Vale. A friend of mine wants to come with me to choose the dress.’ Terri Meechan from the Corby Carnival Association said: ‘The main purpose of the Corby Carnival Court and the Deputy Court, apart from being the figureheads at Corby’s own Carnival in July, is to promote Corby as a town and to help raise much needed funds for all sorts of projects, and to bring  a smile and a bit of happiness to those who need it. ‘To be a Carnival Queen or Princess can be a tiring job, but they soon get used to wearing the regalia of the stunning gown and tiara along with the Corby Carnival Queen or Princess sash, not to mention the endless photographs,  all the smiling and waving,  the discos and social events, the travelling, being spoiled everywhere they go,  the endless fun – it’s such a tough life, but someone has to do it !’

Construction skills course

Students at Brooke Weston have been learning basic construction skills at a purpose built training centre. The Year 10 students have been studying brickwork and electrical installation as part of the City and Guilds foundation course, and are due to start new modules on plastering and plumbing. The 13 students spend one day a week at the Corby Training Academy learning practical skills backed up by taught theory. The training academy, based on the Oakley Hay industrial estate, is a joint initiative between training company MET UK and Corby Borough Council. It has been running for 18 months offering vocational training in construction skills to students from all four Corby secondary schools. Managing director, Mike Warburton, set up the centre after a previous one in Rotherham proved a success. There are plans that the Corby site, which currently offers about 5,000 square foot of training space will be expanded so more students can take advantage of its facilities and specialist training. Mike said: ‘Students are treated as adults when they’re here because the whole ethos is that we’re preparing these young people for the world of work. I don’t think they’ve made their minds up about what they want to do but I would say that well over half of them would want to go into the trades side; bricklaying, plastering or plumbing. It gives them the opportunity to think about a more academic route as well with roles like project and site managers, quantity surveyors and architects. It gives students an understanding of the principles of building so it may be that some of them may ultimately go on to university and come into the industry that way.’ The foundation level City and Guilds course is very intense as it packs a two year traditional course into a one year syllabus and the new BTEC qualification being offered from September will similarly

Students hard at work honing their construction skills. feature such accelerated learning. Mike said: ‘The BTEC course looks at building techniques and environmental impact studies and goes into more depth about the construction industry and its impact on the environment.’ Students who want to start the construction courses have to complete a three-day taster session so that both the students and the tutors, Charles Jakeman and Glen Wells can assess whether it’s the right course for them. Student Ryan Strachan said: ‘I liked the electrics best. I’d done a bit before. We have to do a test on health and safety and we’re taught all the relevant safety information around the workshop. We wire up sockets, plugs, ceiling roses and switches and it definitely makes a change from College.’ Chris Guiver said: ‘Half of us did bricklaying while the other half learned about electrics and then the groups swapped around. I’ve learned quite a bit about how to do different circuits and I’d probably like to be an electrician.’ Danny Robinson said: ‘ You get

different types of bricklaying and the patterns get harder as you go along. I’ve done English bond, single wall bond and last week Chris and I built an arch, and this week we’ve built a chimney. When bricklaying you need to be as accurate as you can, use a string line and keep going straight.’ Mike said: ‘The Brooke Weston students are well motivated and extremely focussed about where they want to be. They will all achieve this qualification, but that sums them up, they’re a first class bunch of students.’ As well as the hands-on experience gained at the Training Academy students have also benefited from the advice of those working in the industry. They have had visits from Alistair Weir, the managing director of Jeakins Weir, Danny Nelson, an ex-student at Brooke Weston and now project manager for Winvic, John Webster, head of buildings for the Boughton estate and Simon Reid, also an ex-student and an apprentice at Timpsons. The visits gave students an insight into all the different areas of the construction industry.

A decade in IT at Brooke Weston Two members of staff have clocked up an impressive decade of service at Brooke Weston and they have overseen massive changes in the IT department. Matt Robbins and Stuart McGown both started on the same day in January 1998 as IT technicians. Si n c e t h e n Ma t t Ro b b i n s h a s become network manager, running the department and juggling budgets while Stuart McGown has an all-encompassing role ranging from software developer, database and systems administrator to technical support and software trainer. The pair work closely together on projects throughout the College and, looking back over a decade of change, both agree that two key factors have made the biggest difference; a rolling replacement programme of equipment and installing a new network to make internet access fast and effective. Matt Robbins said: ‘We’ve upgraded the network to make it much more effective, with faster log-ins and enough bandwidth to ensure that everyone can get the access they needed.’ Over the decade the use of the internet has risen massively with the College upgrading its previous 2Mb bandwidth capability with a new 10Mb one. Even so, just a couple of years after the upgrade it’s now running at about 70 per cent of that capacity which represents a massive growth in internet traffic over the years. Matt Robbins said: ‘The students are using computers in different ways because every advance that you bring in offers new ways of working. A major difference with this College as opposed to many other schools is that every machine can access the internet.’ Matt Robbins and Stuart McGown also introduced a wireless system throughout the building which means that students can access the College systems from

IT guys! From left; Stuart McGown and Matt Robbins. virtually every classroom without being physically plugged in to a wall connection. This gives them the freedom to browse the web from anywhere in the building. As well as bigger projects that need a lot of planning and implementation there are also daily troubleshooting tasks to deal with. Staff may be called out to fix problems with laptops, replenish printer supplies or overcome system glitches to make sure that everything at Brooke Weston is running smoothly. Recent innovations that Matt Robbins and Stuart McGown have worked on include the plasma information screens around the College and they are also looking at installing Thin Client technology. This allows students to work on their College assignments from a home computer. Matt Robbins said: ‘Students can go home and work on the application they were using at College. Although they’re at home the information is stored on a server

at College, safely contained and backed up.’ Stuart McGown is currently working on the new, soon-to-be-launched College web site which is more user friendly and database driven. The past decade has seen a lot of technological advances and new ways of using the computing power and this looks set to continue with Matt Robbins predicting that staff and students will make more use of IPTV technology which will allow them to access television and movies directly from a catalogue of options contained on College servers. However the IT department develops in the future, it always has the needs of students and staff in mind. Matt Robbins said: ‘What we try to do well here is tie the IT to what people need. There are lots of bells and whistles and all sorts of things that we could do but if someone identifies a need then we try to implement it.’

Look and learn. Students get a masterclass in tree planting.

Tree planting

For the second year running students have planted a variety of trees on the College’s conservation area. This year 150 specimens have been planted to augment the 116 planted last year and the varieties have been specially chosen to provide a good mix of foliage, blossom and coverage. The groundsmen decided a planting order for the trees and arranged them in ten separate groups, with each copse comprising five varieties. This year new species, such as small leaved lime and oaks were used, as well as ash, birch, rowans and crab-apples which were the same varieties as those used last year. The trees were planted as part of the Period One curriculum with Year

7 students placing the trees in readydug holes, backfilling them and adding compost and stakes as necessary. Teacher Mrs Ainscow said: ‘This is part of an ongoing project and there are plans to repeat the tree planting for six or seven years as we have the space for it. Some of the trees such as the ash, birch and rowan will take about ten years to mature while others are much more slow-growing.’ Groundsman, Paul Twamley said ‘The conservation area is an evolving resource for the College and it’s proved very successful. We’ve had bulb planting, tree planting and hedge laying projects over the years and each of them have made the grounds more beneficial to different insects and wildlife. The trees were specially selected for their different qualities; the crab apples have wonderful blossom whereas the oak saplings will grow into sturdy leafy trees which may last for centuries.’

Data Sheets

Further to the request issued by the Principal in her editorial, please can you ensure that the College has up-todate contact details so they can get in touch with you for any reason. Data sheets are sent out in October each year. If you are unsure whether you have completed one, or want to ensure details are up to date, please get your child to collect a blank one from the General Office and fill it in. We cannot accept changes over the telephone and must have documented sheets filled in for our records. Thanks for your co-operation.

Marathon effort

Students and staff are hoping to raise up to £15,000 for charity by taking part in running events around the country. The group, comprising Year 12 students and staff members, are planning to take part in a 10km fun run, the 21km Great North Run, and even next year’s London marathon to raise funds for a teenage cancer charity. About 15 or 16 students have already signed up for the weekly training sessions after College on Thursday and they are now emailing businesses and organisations for sponsorship and support. Money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust which sets up units equipped with games consoles, televisions and facilities specifically for teenagers to make their stay in hospital more comfortable. The Trust have already set up eight dedicated units around the country and there are plans to set up 15 more at a cost of more than £2m each. Year 12 student, Jamie Scoular, was treated at Leicester Royal Infirmary after he developed leukaemia, and Leicester is one of the places earmarked for a possible TCT unit. Jamie said: ‘It can be sheer hell on a children’s ward because you might have a screaming baby on one side and a five year old on the other. You don’t get privacy and the lights are put out early.

There is talk of Leicester having a teenage cancer trust ward installed and, if possible, we’d love this money to go towards that unit which treats teenagers from both Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.’ He added: ‘Everyone’s really enthusiastic and up for it and that’s really good. But there’s going to be a lot of training because none of us have ever done anything like this before, but we’re doing it for something worthwhile so it will give us a bit of an edge.’ Teacher, Miss Gonda said: ‘Lots of students are taking part, and some parents have even signed up as well. We’re meeting every Thursday for training and once or twice a month we’ll meet up for an hour at the weekend. If more students want to sign up they need to let me know as soon as possible because the charity places in the races get snapped up quickly.’ Decathlete, Jack McShane, has also signed up for the run. He said: ‘I do a bit of running for my 1500m training but running this distance is still going to be different for me. I’m involved because my mates are. I just want to help out and have a laugh. My advice is to eat lots of carbohydrates, drink lots of water, wear decent trainers and start off gradually and work on your stamina.’

Swimming students Year 7 and 8 students Lorna Attwood and Jessica Bellew, are both keen swimmers, competing for Kettering and Corby swimming clubs respectively. Their training regimes have paid off as Jessica now has over 50 trophies while Lorna practices for 12 hours a week and is due to attend a training camp in Spain. Both girls agree that it takes a lot of determination and stamina to train regularly, with Jessica spending about seven hours a week perfecting her technique at Corby while Lorna spends six nights a week at both Kettering and Peterborough pools. Both girls have been swimming for their clubs from the age of eight, having been introduced to the water as toddlers. They enter competitions with their clubs, travelling around the Midlands, as far afield as Sheffield to take part. Lorna has been ranked second in the county for two years running and Jessica was awarded a cup for the Corby club’s all-round championship, to go with her numerous shields and other awards. A typical training session for both girls will mean swimming around 3,000m, generally 32 laps of warm-ups with a

Jessica Bellow. further 88 lengths of practise, either perfecting their general strokes or training specifically for one specialist event if they are entering a competition. Lorna’s favourite stroke is breast-stroke while Jessica enjoys front crawl best, but she also swims butterfly Lorna has previously been to a training camp in Slovenia, but this year she is travelling to Celella in Spain where she will have two daily training sessions in

Lorna Attwood. a 50 metre outdoor pool, giving vital experience as the local pools are only 25 metres long. Both girls devote a lot of time and effort to swimming, but the benefits are worth it. Jessica said: ‘It’s one of my favourite things to do, it keeps me healthy and I’ve made some great friends at my club.’ Lorna added: ‘I’ve been swimming since I was really little; it keeps you fit and you can enter competitions and meet friends.’

Dermot picked for GB SQUAD Student Dermot Bailey has set his sights on competing in the 2012 Paralympics after being selected for the GB junior performance squad. Dermot, who is now ranked 12th in the world for junior wheelchair tennis went through a selection process at Loughborough University. Now he is part of the squad which hopes to compete in the 2012 event. Dermot, from Year 9, said: ‘It was a test of your tennis abilities, doing serves and things like that. I was pleased with my performance. The selectors rang me a couple of days later and told me I’d got through.’ It is a second cause for celebration for Dermot as he recently received a county sports award and is lined up to play at six tournaments in Britain and others in Italy and Holland. Dermot has a specially adapted tennis wheelchair with racing tyres and a lightweight titanium frame which enables him to manoeuvre around the court quickly. Wheelchair tennis is played on a

regular sized court but the only difference is that the ball is allowed to bounce twice before being returned. Dermot regularly practices with his tennis coach, Wayne Tideswell, but will now have to fit in his GB junior performance squad practices as well.

Dermot said: ‘I’m hoping to get into the London Olympics because that is the level that this squad is training for; it’s going to be a lot of hard work. I think they train mainly at Loughborough and I’ll have a whole day’s training every couple of months.’

Duxford Air Museum visit

Sports kit handover The Royal Air Force has donated hundreds of pounds worth of sports kit to Brooke Weston as part of a nationwide initative. The hockey kit was presented by Flt Sgt Mark Smith, an RAF careers liaison officer based at RAF Wittering, as part of the Sports Kit Sponsorship scheme. The RAF were so impressed on an earlier visit when they posed maths challenges to students, that they earmarked Brooke Weston as one of only 25 in the area to receive the kit. The blue and black strip, comprising shirts, shorts and socks and bearing the RAF logo, will be used by the

College’s mixed hockey squad. Flt Sgt Smith said: ‘It’s a great opportunity for the RAF to get the message of how important sport is in everyday life, where factors such as fitness, teamwork, communication and discipline come to the fore. It also highlights all the different sporting opportunities and careers we have to offer.’ Louise Feely, the PE teacher who selected the strip said: ‘We are very grateful to the RAF for supplying this hockey kit which our students will wear with immense pride.’

Year 9 students visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford to give them a taste of history GCSE. The students are currently researching World War Two, so the trip gave them a chance to see displays, artefacts, weapons and planes from the era. All the students had to complete a workbook as they toured the Normandy and Battle of Britain exhibitions. Their tasks included looking at the roles of the Allies, considering what was critical to the success of the Normandy Landings and looking at the similarities and differences between British and German military equipment. Teacher, Dr Rowe said: ‘The students were very enthusiastic and had a great time. Once they had completed their booklets, they even had time to look at Concorde, boarding the plane and looking at the cockpit. The visit gave them a practical look at topics they have been studying in the classroom and it also gave them a trial run at GCSE coursework.’

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