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Winter 2008

The Journal of Wootton Upper School and

Arts College

Der Kleine Horrorladen After three sell-out performances at Wootton Upper School, the cast and band of Little Shop of Horrors set off for Bremen in Germany. We arrived at Luton airport on the afternoon of Sunday

2nd November, safe in the knowledge that somewhere on the continent were the man-eating plant, props, instruments and bits of set all in a van being driven by Mr Williams and Mr Smith. (Truckers to the Stars!) The real work for the students began on the Monday morning and although everyone seemed a little bleary-eyed we were ready to revive the show after a week’s break. We needed to rehearse, but our leading lady, Ellie Urwin, wasn’t joining us till later that day so we needed someone to read her part. We needed someone who could perform the part of the blonde bombshell, someone who had the finesse, sassiness and sex appeal of Audrey – and there was only one man for the job – Mr Smith! His position of understudy for Audrey was cemented from this moment on. Our first performance was on Tuesday but we couldn’t get into the theatre till 2pm – six hours before the curtain went up.

Un d Ma Ne er na w ge m en t

Not so little after all!

encore. The following shows went smoothly, and the cast and band were able to entertain 900 German school children over two morning performances – not an easy thing to do. When I look back on shows I’ve directed, I may remember certain things like an individual’s performance or a particular song, and I would like to say that I shall remember this show for the quality of performance given by all involved. However, I’m afraid to report that my memories have been scarred by a certain Dominic Gross and his ‘lavatorial’ theories of a ghostly nature – you’ll have to ask him yourselves if you wish to be enlightened. Other than that it was a hugely successful show and will be fondly remembered for a long time. It was also the final trip to Bremen for Evan Carson, Sim Grant-Jones, Chris Chalmers, Josh Brimley, Dom Gross, Becky Metcalf, Ben Robinson, Bryn Tyers-Vowles, Stèph Johnson and Lucy Dellaripa. Our thanks We had to sort out the sound and lights in this time and have a full run goes to these students for their commitment and achievement in the through of the show! The students Performing Arts faculty over the last 5 were incredibly professional in the way they worked and adapted to the years. But ‘The Show Must Go On’ and without going all ‘Gaga’, or wanting to new surroundings and by 8.00pm ‘Break Free’ it seems that shows at we were ready to go. The performance that night Wootton really do have a certain ‘Kind of Magic’ – all of which reminds me that was probably the best of all seven our next show is We Will Rock You! performances and the German Tickets will be on sale in the New Year. audience was superb in their response to the show, demanding an Mr Paul Stevens

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Heimlich Manoeuvre?

Also in Insight: Wootton Rocks out to Tribute Staff Interview with Sarah Chick Awards Evening Ich bin ein Berliner! Stripped: Life Drawing at Wootton www.wootton.beds.sch.uk


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Musical talent at its best! Put it this way: 14th October - I almost went blind from awesomeness! Hall buzzing with friends and families, I strolled into what looked like a fully-fledged rock concert. With a smoke machine reminiscent of Stars in their Eyes, and a thrust stage lit up with new spinning lights, the Theatre Hall was completely transformed. As the name would suggest, the evening was organised for music and arts students to pay homage to their favourite artists, featuring everything from No Doubt to Dream Theatre. And what a ‘Tribute’ it was! Kicking off with “Girls who play guitars”- Maximo Park, the riffs of Chris Gribben were soon reverberating around the room, and

Akin Dogankaya, Year 9 - “I really want a PS3 game”

Lydia Moss, Year 10 “I would really love a laptop”

heads began to bang. Performing seamless change-overs throughout the whole night the audience had hardly time to stop cheering before the next act was out. Rock chick of the evening, Ellie Urwin from Year 12, blasted out an incredible rendition of ‘Valerie’ by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. Clad in a polka-dot dress and red stilettos to die for, she looked and sounded every bit the superstar. Another favourite of the evening was Jamie Rose, Year 13, who drew a few shivers (and weak knees!) with his performance of “Collide” by Howie Day. Amidst the sea of old favourites were some new faces. Sarah Guterres’ stunningly clear voice was surely digitally enhanced?! She performed with a maturity and confidence beyond her years, and you can bet you’ll be hearing more from this girl – especially as she’s only just started Year 10! However, for me, the steal of the show was undoubtedly ‘Pick up the Pieces’ – Average White Band. The tight timing of all the musicians contributed to the professional, polished rendition which was definitely a toe-tapper! The brass section carried the well known riff perfectly, and kudos particularly goes out to Jess Bullen, who turned herself red with a phenomenal sax solo!

Sam Buck, Year 11 “I’m really hoping to get a new phone”

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The hours of organisation and effort spoke for themselves and the whole evening couldn’t have come together without the co-ordination of the stage crew or the efforts of Mr Glanville. Congratulations to all who performed for making it a stunning show of the musical talent in Wootton Upper, and I look forward to the next! Lauren Peters, Insight Team See all the photos on the Student Intranet – courtesy of the Insight team.

Rock & Roll Queen!

Katie Hignett, Year 12 Jasper Miles, Year 13 “What I want most is a “I want a life size cut out of Sean Udal, the car!” cricketer”

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Mr Gleeson “What I would like the most, is a peaceful, quiet day”


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During the October half term, a group of 40 History and Business students from Years 11 and 12 went to Berlin, in Germany, and Krakow in Poland. Everyone had a fantastic time and found the trip extremely educational. On the first day in Berlin, we visited many of the famous historical sites such as the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, both iconic landmarks synonymous with Berlin and Potsdamer Platz, where we went up the fastest lift in Europe. As well as this we visited the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, a thought provoking memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. We also visited many interesting places during our second day in Berlin, including going to Wannsee, where the infamous Wannsee Conference took place. The building has been converted into a museum and provided us with an opportunity to learn more about the Final Solution. We also visited Potsdam, where we went to Sanssouci, former summer palace of Frederick the Great. On our third and final day in Berlin, we went to the Topography of Terror, an outdoor museum situated on the site where the Gestapo and SS headquarters were, and our guide gave us an informative and interesting talk. We also went to the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, home of Hertha Berlin Football Club. Later on, we also visited the Checkpoint Charlie Museum and the Berlin Wall. We enjoyed a new experience on the third night – an overnight sleeper train from Berlin to Krakow. This journey took twelve hours and although it was exciting, we were glad when we could finally escape from the cramped conditions! We arrived in the beautiful

Polish city Krakow at around half past nine, and enjoyed a day there looking around. The next morning, we set off early to the Auschwitz – Birkenau concentration camp, a sobering experience, as we reflected on the horrors which took place there. Firstly, we had a tour round the Auschwitz concentration camp, and the displays there, and then we went to Birkenau, and looked round the remainders of the camp, gas chambers and crematorium there. This was an incredibly moving experience, and left everyone in a solemn mood. On behalf of everyone who went on the trip, I would like to thank all of the teachers who kindly gave up their half term to enable the trip to happen, namely Mr Featherstone, Mr Stewart, Mr Rutter, Miss O’Hare, Miss Dawson and James, a friend of Mr Stewart’s and Mr Featherstone’s. I believe everyone immensely enjoyed the trip and benefited greatly from the experience.

This edition of Insight marks a significant step forward: for the first time in our recent past the editorial and production team is entirely student-based. There are three strands herein which are truly notable: · The students involved deserve a massive ‘thank you’ on an outstanding Insight (Lauren Peters, Peter Gosiewski, Claire Bushell, Rachel Crawford, Izzy Stephenson, Gemma Neale, Sarah Marshall and Nicola Simpson) · The role of our students in the work and development of the school is increasing, ranging from the Akwidaa Project to the continuing evolution of the School Council. · The mutual respect between staff and students, which pervades this Insight (and all previous editions), is an outstanding aspect of our school. We continue to move forward, maintaining the best of the past and looking to be relevant to today’s challenges and opportunities. A.R. Withell, Headteacher

Young Enterprise gives A2 level students the chance to use their skills of business in the real world where they have to set up a business based on a completely new idea that has not been attempted before. UTradeStuff is a good example of one of the companies from year 12. UTradeStuff is an easy to use and friendly website that gives you the chance to trade your unwanted belongings for free! Whether it's a TV, toys or an unwanted game, your trash could be another person’s treasure, all for nothing! So log into www.utradestuff.co.uk now and you could be the proud owner of something new. Our target market is Year 5 – Year 13 to trade within their schools. Our plans to expand is for all schools in the surrounding area to have their own web page on the website for that school to have its own trading community on the web where they would trade the items at the school at their own arrangements or a trading hub at the school, such as a specific classroom. After schools we may expand into villages generally where, like the schools, they would have their own page such as Wootton or Marston having their own part of the website so it remains local. Also like the schools there could be trading hubs in the villages such as a local pub or hall therefore it will help the community as well as reinforcing the environment. Anybody that would like to advertise on our website please contact us at utradestuff.co.uk.

Santa and her little workers had a successful trade fair!

In the early morning of the 29th of November the uTradeStuff team went down to Bedford town centre in the cold and wet to set up the trade stand. The day was busy, eventful and extremely cold. The team tackled the forces of nature i.e: the wind and other YE businesses who were as competitive as we were. However after standing in the cold for what seemed like forever all team members believe that it was worth while attending. We were able to get contact information to over 50 people who were interested in joining the site and possibly adverting opportunities. We found the experience a challenge however we are looking forward to the next tradefair with excitement. Other YE teams watch out, because uTradeStuff is coming.

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Sleeper Cell Well ‘shiver me timbers’ and get me a scone! Tea, cake and spying pirates – why not! If 12KJ can do it then so can we.

The ‘Banana Pirates’ of Wootton Upper’s 5.4 have been raising money avidly for the past six weeks for Cancer Research UK through an online roleplaying-game called Operation Sleeper Cell. The internet game revolves around a spy agency, with every team and its members representing a new network of spies who solve puzzles to unlock missions. However, this is only possible once a certain amount of donations have been raised and only then can you

All Sails ahead for Sleeper Cell!

play against other teams and become champions on the internationally-played game. The puzzles (which tend to have an odd theme of tea and cakes!) can take many forms, such as riddles, visual puzzles, and cryptic messages in other languages. So far the team have raised a massive £307 and are 5th out of all the teams playing, and as this includes the many all-adult teams, should congratulate themselves on this huge achievement. The competition ends in the next couple of weeks, and the rivalry is hotting-up between the agents, with Zoe Skinner currently 1st, beating even Miss James- who first suggested Operation Sleeper Cell! In order to unlock those crucial last missions the team hosted a cake sale on 18th November, with themed cakes about the game which even included an edible pirate ship! Enormous congratulations go to the whole team for raising money for a brilliant cause in such a creative way! 12KJ would like to thank Miss James for organising the game and to everyone who kindly donated money.

Sam Brightman SPORT: Netball POSITIONS: Goal Shooter and Goal Attack ACHIEVEMENTS: I am in the England U19 Talent 2 squad. I am

Dan Eagles SPORT: Football POSITIONS: Centre mid ACHIEVEMENTS: I have played for professional clubs Aston Villa and MK Dons. I have also played for The South East of England School Boys squad and for the provisional England School Boys squad GOALS: To play for the full England School Boys’ squad.

also in my 3rd year of playing Super League netball with Loughborough Lightning. GOALS: I wouls love to be selected for the England Netball squad.

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A professional group of re-enactors. On 17th October 2008 they led two workshops for History students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The workshops successfully supported the AS History module on Medieval England, whilst providing for GCSE History students too. The workshops involved a mixture of dialogue and display with an emphasis on audience participation. The medieval era was bought to life in a fun, colourful & educational manner. Students were given the opportunity to find answers to many questions such as, Was it possible to move quickly whilst wearing armour? What did people do if they became ill? and What is it like to be put in the stocks? Special mention must be made to Molly Gosling for her skill in making butter, Harry Johnson for modelling a full Norman Knight’s armour and equipment, Adam Meekins and Richard Collette-White

Is that a Chicken? for their enthusiastic demonstration of the four humours theory of disease, and Courtney Hay for her silent suffering in the stocks!! Mrs F Davies

Sixth Form students, eager to learn unique skills and explore new opportunities within their field, attended the UK’s definitive textiles exhibition at Alexander Palace. The show proved to be a success with inspiring galleries from leading artists and groups, over 400 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies and many exciting workshops to attend. The most prominent memories of the day were the giant knitting needles that cropped up around every corner and the overwhelmingly endless supplies of beads available for purchase. As well as the numerous workshops open for a chance to try new techniques, the store holders were more than happy to give demonstrations of their products.

Come on Girls, Look lively!

Overall, the day was extremely useful as many of the skills the girls learnt will, no doubt, be used in their coursework. Chinese braiding on the train home attracted much attention from confused passengers!

to everyone who made a Christmas box for Operation Christmas Child. This year we produced a total of 390 Christmas Boxes. A special thanks and congratulation to Year 9 for an incredible contribution. Well Done everyone!

Put your left leg in....

On a beautifully sunny, autumn morning in October the Year 13 Applied Science class went to Bayfordury Science Learning Centre. The purpose of the visit was to undertake an exciting ecological survey of grassland and woodland invertebrates. Although a few of us were a little anxious about creepy crawlies, we all thoroughly enjoyed getting our wellies on and getting stuck in. I would recommend it to everyone. Rachel Parker and Tania Mann

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Run, Forest! Run! The rugby season is well underway and all of our teams have made terrific starts. The Year 9 boys have only conceded 2 tries all season after a run of 6 games. Commitment to training has been 1st class and has clearly proved effective! They have been well led by their Captain Michael Buck who has also played for the Year 10s in a number of matches. Players who have also caught the eye have been Josiah Herbert and Jerome Jibodu. The Year 10 boys managed to make the semi-finals of the County Cup (just losing out on a place in the final) and also got to Round 4 of the Daily Mail schools cup. Matthew Johnson, Elliot Da Costa and Matthew Green have all been exceptional from the first game. Although the Year 11 have only played a handful of games, due to opposition letting us down, they have actually made it through to the final of the County Cup. With some full attendances at training there is no reason why silverware should not be brought back to the school. Congratulations to Phil Alston and Jake Foster for also representing the 6th form team and playing at Goldington Road. The 6th form boys once again qualified for the final of the University of Bedfordshire Cup (3 years in a row). Unfortunately we came up against a good Sharnbrook outfit who had a little too much for us on the night. The support at Goldington Road from both pupils and staff was greatly appreciated by the boys and hopefully they can turn the tables around next year. Finally, the girls have only played 2 matches so far, beating Biddenham convincingly at home and away. They have trained hard and hopefully more schools will be able to form girls’ teams to give our girls some regular competition. Holly Newton has captained them well with the support of Ellie Pearson and we have unearthed a new goalkicker in Olivia Da Costa. Mr Grant their time and effort to reach these outstanding results. They are a group of very talented young ladies, who I wish the best of luck for the rest of the season. I also wish luck A big congratulations to Wootton Netball teams as to the U14 and U19 teams for the Regional Tournament at Wootton’s Netball season has got off to an excellent start. Hassenbrook School, Essex on February 7 2009. All four teams are competing well in the local schools league, with the U14 and U18 teams both unbeaten. We have also competed in the U14, U16 and U19 County Schools Tournament during this term and have had great success. The U14 team won their group convincingly, beat Sharnbrook in the semi finals to reach the finals against Harlington which they marginally lost by 2 goals. However, they did still qualify for the regional round of the National Schools Tournament, which is an outstanding achievement in their first year. The U16 team were runners up in their group of the Tournament and only lost to Redborne who were the winners of our group. They got to go through to the semi finals against Sharnbrook. The U19 team played in a round robin style tournament and were undefeated all day, qualifying top to go through to the Regional Tournament of the National Schools Competition. Keeeeep Shoootin! All age groups have worked extremely hard, putting in th

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Year 13 Geography students took part in an enjoyable and educational “Geogers” trip to Windermere in the Lake District, following on from the success of last year’s trip to Edale, Peak District. To many, the thought of going away for a long weekend to a National Park which was currently experiencing extreme flooding would be a nightmare- but not for us They later resorted to sitting by a heater in their geographers who were extremely keen on the idea! As underwear while we all sat and listened to Ben a teacher October 23rd the day of our departure, drew nearer, at the Lake District, talk about the woodland environment. excitement was rising. 14 students and 3 teachers Meals at the Youth Hostel were delicious and with such a crammed themselves into the minibus and after a long great variety we were spoilt for choice! The cutlery at the journey we arrived at the Youth Hostel in Easedale Hostel seemed to inspire Mr Detheridge and Miss Bolam Valley, Lake District; the location around which we would who came up with a new game interestingly called ‘Spoons’, which provided hours of fun evening be basing our field work. Our first full day in the Lakes consisted of a 4,500 entertainment! calorie burning walk which took us all around Easedale valley. Along the way, Annie, our ‘teacher’ for the day, stopped at several points to talk about many significant landforms which proved Glaciation occurred at this site. Our second day brought along with it torrential rain. In most cases this would be a reason to stay in, but not at the Lake District as we soon learnt, when we had no choice but to pull out our waterproofs and face the rain and wind. Many, like Devon and Luke, chose to wear trousers that only looked waterproof and they soon discovered what a terrible mistake they’d made!

icked arren oods

Geography is a subject which all of us have a very positive attitude towards and over the years of studying the subject we have all become much closer and seen a different side to the teachers who accompany us on our trips. We’d like to take this chance to give a big thank you to Miss ‘Molab’ Bolam and Mr ‘Dethers’ Detheridge who have really made our fieldwork trips one of a kind and made geography the fun subject that it is! Luke Prietzel and Lucy Gornall, Year 13 Students

Year 12 Geographers Visit Luton On Wednesday 15 October a group of six intrepid geographers – Lucy Ackroyd, Benjamin Barker, Eleanor Chandler, Thomas Edinburgh, Adam Tindall and Lucy Ward - went to Warren Woods and Ampthill to investigate the potential impact of the Center Parcs development on the people, local business and the environment. The day began with a walk through the woodland that is planned for redevelopment and then some data collection in Ampthill, collecting local opinion using a questionnaire and undertaking traffic and pedestrian counts. Once the data was collected the party went to the Enterprise Centre at Hastingsbury School where they worked in groups with students from other middle and upper schools in the area. The outcomes of their research was presented to their parents and teachers at the end of the day. A big thank you to Mr Detheridge for accompanying the students. th

It’s the teachers who are immature! On Tuesday 11th November fifteen geographers accompanied Mr Detheridge and Miss Bolam to Clophill and three areas of Luton to investigate the urban structure and characteristics of residential areas within these settlements. Students undertook environmental quality, housing, and service surveys which they are going to consolidate in class with secondary information from the census data to research the typical profile of the residents in each location.

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Little Shop of Horrors Review

The impressive vocals and ‘at’a’tude’ of the Ronnettes helped carry the show constantly, guiding us through the whole play with their stunning singing worthy of any West End chorus. Toby Boutall seemed totally comfortable in his first principal role and special mention also goes to Josh Brimley for possibly the most disturbing giggle ever when playing the demonic Dentistwhich had the audience rolling about with laughter.

“Why won’t you grow?”

crush, Audrey (Ellie Urwin), finally seems within grasp as the plant, Audrey II (Bryn TyresVowels), grows into an illtempered, foul-mouthed, R&BYou heard me! And if you don’t singing carnivore offering him understand what I’m on about, that fame and fortune in exchange probably means you missed out on for feeding its growing appetite. Wootton’s latest musical, Little Shop of Yet, as Audrey II’s hungry Horrors. Unlucky! demands increase, all that Essentially an eccentric story line with Seymour holds dear is great music! The Rock’n’Roll/Motown threatened as the plant’s inspired musical tells the tale of floral sinister agenda for global assistant, Seymour (Ben Robinson), domination is revealed. who becomes an overnight sensation That first performance when he discovers an exotic plant with definitely blew those winter a mysterious craving for fresh blood. cobwebs away, especially the Seymour’s dream to escape the down particularly explosive first half and out Skid Row with his adorable which had everyone singing “Downtown” as we left the hall for the interval. The amazing energy given by all created such an enjoyable atmosphere and instantly showed how the hard work of so many people had helped make the first night far from unprepared. If the cast were nervous, they didn’t show it! Robinson’s characterisation of Seymour melted the Mums’ hearts, with his clumsy-yet-cute antics which instantly engaged our sympathies. Opposite Robinson, Urwin, in blonde bob and leopard print everything, commanded the stage with ease, clearly immersing herself in the delicate character- the pinnacle of which was seen in her solo, “Somewhere That’s Green”.

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The stage looked stunning, though by far the best element were the plants- which not only began to grow throughout the performance, but soon developed whirling arms and a gigantic mouth! The cast looked confident and executed the entire show with a vibrant presence on stage, which showed what a great time they were having, and made it all the more enjoyable to watch. Congratulations to Mr Stevens, Mr Smith, the stage crew, lighting crew, refreshments and all who contributed to make this a truly professional performance. We proudly await the reviews from Germany! Lauren Peters, Insight Team


Awards Evening Insight Winter 2008

The Annual School Awards Evening was

held on Wednesday 22nd October at which the Right Reverend Richard Inwood, Bishop of Bedford, was the guest of honour. Awards were presented to almost 100 students in Years 9-12 during 2007 – 2008 for outstanding test and examination results and also achievement prizes to the students who had made greatest progress in each year group. Additionally every department nominated one student per year group (9-11) to win subject prizes. The final award winners were selected by Heads of Year and Mr. Withell for all round excellence and commitment to the school. The evening started with a reception at which the prize winners and their parents were able to meet informally with staff, governors and guests. The formal presentation in the Theatre Hall was introduced by Mr. Withell who commented on a number of notable firsts the school achieved in 2007 - 2008. These included the introduction of the new Learning Support Centre which has significantly impacted on our school community and is providing support for students across Years 9-11. The first of two musical interludes, an alto saxophone solo by Vittorio Mura accompanied by Chris Chalmers on the piano enabled the Bishop to ‘catch his breath’ between presenting the awards and giving his address. The Bishop’s address on ‘Life, Mind and Spirit’ was very thought provoking and also uplifting; one of its central points being to keep these three elements in balance to live a worthwhile and successful life. The Bishop recommended physical fitness, exercising the mind through study and work and a faith that there is life after death. The second musical interlude, a vocal solo (from “The Little Shop of Horrors” which was being performed in school that week) sung by Ellie Urwin accompanied by Chris Chalmers. Benjamin Phillips thanked the Bishop for his address and for presenting the awards as well as thanking Mr. Withell and the staff of the school and governors and sponsors. The annual Awards Evening is one of the ways we celebrate student achievement and it is always a very pleasant occasion. There is also a lot of work involved in the organization of the event beforehand as well as on the day. I should like to record my thanks to Ms. Sandy Connell in the School Office who works extremely hard to ensure that each evening is a special occasion which students and their parents will long remember.

Keeping it clean for Children In Need! Abi Dinner 10RL and her friend Sarah Hollowell spent Sunday 9th November washing approximately 20 cars to make money for “Children In Need”. They cleaned a variety of vehicles including a Landrover with the aid of a step ladder. Well done to both of them. Their hard work earned the grand total £160 for the charity.

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Calling all Mathletes! 18th November 2008 - A landmark date inscribed in the Maths Department's history books saw four Sixth Formers along with Dr MacKay make their way up to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge to compete in the second-ever Senior Maths Team Challenge, run by

Yule-tide Teasers from the Christmaths Fairy...

It’s Christmas Eve and Mr Lewis only has £17 left to buy gifts for his two brothers and one sister. He decided he couldn’t be bothered to go to the shops so he’d split the money instead (according to how much he liked them). His eldest brother got one half. His sister got one third. His youngest brother got one ninth. Each got a whole number of pounds. How did he split the money? When it comes to New Year’s Eve Mr Lewis always throws a huge bash for all his maths buddies. One of them said to him: “yesterday I was 32. Next year I’ll be 34”. When is his buddy’s birthday? Answers to Mr Lewis… Merry Christmaths!

the UK Maths Trust. Given the novelty of the competition they set out with 2 simple goals: firstly, to try their best and secondly, to enjoy the experience. A total of 24 schools from this region took part, including a strong showing from private ones- no pressure then! The event consisted of three rounds. First up was a set of ten problems to solve, similar in style to the questions in the annual UKMT Maths Challenge. Next was the cross-number round which was our strongest round, coming out with a top 6 placement, however the timed relay which rounded off the evening's maths was less successful. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable experience (there was free food), and one which would not have been complete without the personalised shirts, courtesy of Mr Lehain, which gained us lots of compliments. With a final standing of a respectable ninth place, the school's first Mathlete squad headed home. The team would like to thank Mr Lehain and Dr MacKay for their support and our team captain, WANG for the So, the results for this event are finally in. chocolate fingers. On November 6th, fifty brave and hardy souls had thrown themselves at the mercy of the toughest questions the boffins at the UK Maths Trust could write... It's been an outstanding year on the mathletics front. As well as our first ever Mathlete Squad (see above), we had the best ever set of result in the Senior Maths Challenge. We had eight bronze certificates (Liz The flood has receded and the ark is safely J., Chris G., Aaron H., Daniel E., Kate P., Glen B., aground atop Mount Ararat. Noah tells all the Amber D. and Antonio M.), five silver (Mary W., Olly J., animals to go forth and multiply. Soon the land En Chi L., Dewan C. and Simon B.), and two gold is teeming with every kind of living creature in (Oletha L. and James R.) - evidence of a broadening abundance, except for snakes. Noah wonders and deepening of the maths talent in the school. why. One morning two miserable snakes knock Special mention should go to James Rawlins who came Best In School, by quite a margin ahead of on the door of the ark with a complaint. "You the rest of the field. He wasn't even in our Mathlete haven't cut down any trees." Noah is puzzled, Squad... but I hope he will be from now on! but does as they wish. Within a month, you

The Senior Maths Challenge

Maths Joke

can't walk a step without treading on baby snakes. With difficulty, he tracks down the two parents. "What was all that with the trees?" "Ah," says one of the snakes, "You didn't notice which species we are." Noah still looks blank. "We're adders, and we can only multiply using logs." Web address: www.wootton.beds.sch.uk

If you want to get involved in any Mathletics, come and see us in the maths block. We have the Intermediate Challenge and Junior Team Challenge coming up next term. More immediately, the 3rd Annual ChristMATHS Competition starts December 1st. Big prizes all round... Mr Lehain

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Bamberg Exchange This year only 18 students took part in the October trip – 11 from Wootton, 4 from Biddenham, 3 from Mark Rutherford. Staff accompanying were Mr. M. Chalmers, Miss C. Hale and Mr. A. Murgatroyd from Biddenham Upper. Mrs. L. Chalmers also accompanied the group, although she returned to Bedford on Tuesday evening – someone had to cover Mr. C’s lessons, after all! As usual it was an early start on Saturday 18 – 6 a.m. for the lengthy journey to Bamberg. We were not helped by French officials at Calais who sent our German bus to the wrong ferry and delayed our departure by an hour. The German coach drivers did make up some time, however and we arrived in Bamberg at 10.30 p.m. where host families were eagerly awaiting their English guests. Sunday was a time to get orientated and to settle in; some managed to see Bamberg’s basketball team lose their National League match to Nördlingen, while others did some sightseeing. Monday saw all students in school for an 8 o’clock start and in the afternoon a reception was held at which everyone was given a potted history of Bamberg as well as some refreshments. A guided tour of the town (in English) then followed for all those visiting for the first time. On Tuesday, Mr. C. was presented with the Bamberg Stadtmedaille, along with 6 other people, at a full council meeting in the Spiegelsaal der Harmonie – a splendid mirrored hall next to the E.T.A.Hoffmann Theater. The Stadtmedaille is an award presented to citizens who have done a lot for the town over a long period of time and Mr. C. was delighted to receive it from the Lord Mayor of Bamberg for over 30 years’ service to twinning and the schools’ exchange. th

Go Chalmers Go! On Wednesday we had an all day excursion to Coburg, where Queen Victoria met Prince Albert, and of course it poured with rain. Fortunately we were able to be inside for much of the time and saw the Ehrenburg Palace and the state rooms, including the bedroom where Queen Victoria had introduced the first flushing toilet to Germany! On the way home, we saw the Basilica of the 14 Saints (Vierzehnheiligen), one of the most impressive Baroque churches in the whole of Germany. The students spent the rest of the week in schools, in shops, bowling, swimming and sightseeing, and on the final Monday we were given a reception by the Bamberg District Council which included a meal of schnitzel and chips. The following evening we set off for Calais, not without a few tears at departure, and arrived safely home on Wednesday morning. The time seemed to have passed very quickly and we look forward to seeing our partners again at Easter.

Year 9 Smallpeice Trust The dates: November 5th and 6th. The place: Music Room 2. The challenge: design and build an electromagnetic crane to transport airplane wings from one container to another. Well, not real wings - they wouldn't fit inside the room. But 103 year 9 students chosen at random threw themselves into the Smallpeice Trust's challenge over the two days and it was agreed by all that they did a fantastic job. Working in groups of 5 or 6, there was much scribbling and debating of designs. Nuts and bolts screwed together then apart again. Test runs carried out and prototypes destroyed... At the end of each day a group was declared the winner based not just on how the final crane worked, but how it looked and how well the teams had worked together. Mr Lehain was gutted that he couldn't enter a design of his own. Apparently, being the judge, he might not have been completely impartial about the merits of

his crane... But this is just the start of such events at Wootton! If you want to know more about more engineering and technology-based fun stuff coming up soon, watch this space or see Mr Lehain or one of the Design Technology teachers. (Hint - robots have recently been seen wandering the corridors...)

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Chemistry Master Class

gibberish. Classes are specifically designed to get us involved and challenge us to think laterally, with a dozen of the university’s capable chemists to aid us in our learning. The first lecture was designed to introduce us to the concepts involved in A2 Chemistry. Such work involves how to draw and interpret skeletal formulae of organic molecules. Successive sessions continued to build on what we had learnt and we progressed to study the ‘Determination of Crystal and Molecular Structure using X-Ray Diffraction’ and ‘Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy’. We also are fortunate to witness some of the most impressive scientific equipment, which we otherwise would not have the chance to see. Guess what I do for four and a half hours on Saturdays, This entire experience will prove to have a number of once a fortnight? useful benefits, not just for me, but absolutely anyone I study Chemistry at a university where even the most that has the will and determination to explore the intellectual minds struggle to get in. Yet, this is not the possibilities. Perhaps next year it could be you ordinary Chemistry that some lucky Wootton students are following the footsteps of world famous science accustomed to, but instead reaches the heights of degree graduates and Nobel Prize winners from of the oldest Chemistry courses. and most distinguished universities in the world. Oh Believe me, being a member of the top 100 students across and did I fail to mention exactly which university it East Anglia, in an awe-inspiring lecture theatre, is just one was? – The one and only university that is Cambridge. of my many ambitious dreams come true. The future is limitless. Find what you want out of life Not many people would expect even the most enthusiastic and take it. However impossible it may seem, there will students of today to travel and listen to a lecturer talk about always be a way to fulfil your destiny. what sounds like complete gibberish! Well, not quite

Language Master Class There’s something in the air in Cambridge that makes it very special to me. Maybe it’s the historical vibe of the old town, or the air of erudition that surrounds the famous colleges of Cambridge University. With slight trepidation, I walked with my two friends, Joel Mason and Richard Collett-White, to St Catharine’s College, wondering what came over us when we decided to miss a day of holiday for more scholarly pursuits. We were pleasantly surprised. We were greeted by the friendly organiser, Clemency Cooper, and two other students from Wootton; Nathalia Piletska and Shanara Hibbert. Clemency then gave a short talk about Cambridge, answering questions regarding admissions, the organisation of the university and dispelling the stuffy image of Cambridge students. We learnt about studying languages at Cambridge, the requirements and options available to students. Everything was catered for and suddenly the idea of studying languages at degree level seemed much more appealing. The first talk was an example of a lecture which focused on the history and culture of a language, in this case Italian. We learnt the story of an angry 17th century nun who wrote books which criticised the attitudes towards women at the time. These lectures gave a deeper cultural understanding behind the language itself and provided a more dynamic experience. After the lecture, we took a tour of St Catharine’s where we saw the wide range of facilities available to the students- such as the bar, social area,

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and new corpus clock. Lunch was provided for us in a large dining hall that evoked a sense of ancient grandeur, with portraits of what I assumed to be significant past students. Later that afternoon, we had a fascinating linguistics talk in the Law department. The subjects included phonetics, the study of sounds and morphology, internal structure of words and word formation. While this all sounds complicated, the lecture was accessible and genuinely engaging, giving insight into similarities between languages, and how words have changed over time. My friend of a short attention span even exclaimed that he wouldn’t have minded another two hours of the talk! Finally, we toured the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and saw firsthand the extensive support give to students- including special software and the large library, all for Languages. I left with a feeling of contentment. The master class was worth missing a day of the holidays and safe in the knowledge that I would like to study Languages at Cambridge. I recommend taking any master class that Cambridge offers, even in the holidays. You never know, you might learn something! Chih-Wei Liu

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Ooh La La! The Art Department Visit Paris

Ah! Oui Oui!

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A-Level Art students from Wootton have taken part in the Paris Art Visit for a number of years. During the summer term, for the first time, French students joined us in this experience, accompanied by Mrs Wetherell and Mrs Mayne. We stayed in a French Lycee in Senlis, just North of Paris, for seven nights. The itinerary for the week was fantastic, however exhausting. After a busy day walking from galleries to museums, we spent two hours each evening working in the classrooms, preparing for the next day and reflecting on the day’s activities. While Art students visited the Musee D’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Musee Picasso and Monet’s garden at Giverny, to name but a few, the French students practiced their language skills in the local shops and cafes, as well as visiting famous historic places of interest such as The Palace of Versailles.

Oxbridge Evening The annual interview evening for students applying for Oxford or Cambridge University went very well. 42 students from 4 schools were grilled by demanding strangers, all experts in their chosen subjects. Past experience suggests that the real interviews will, in many cases, be easier than those held at Wootton and everyone went away with constructive feedback on how to improve their chances.

Life Drawing

“How generous should I be?!”

The interviewers, including teachers from the schools, doctors, a barrister and an engineer have all asked to come back next year. This may be due to the delicious buffet, much of which was produced by Year 10 catering students (see picture). Many many thanks to all who worked hard to make the evening a success. Special thanks to 12 KJ who acted as hosts and did all the washing up! Mrs Horsman

Life drawing refers to the process of drawing from a live model. The human figure is without a doubt one of the most difficult subjects to draw, and a good portfolio of studies is always held in high regard by the exam board. A-Level students from Wootton in the past have attended evening classes at Bedford College, but this year classes have not been available. Due to the very generous grant received from NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies), and the hard work by Martin Ingley in finding a model to pose naked (which believe me has not been easy), we have been able to hold a series of life drawing classes here at Wootton. Fifteen AS and A2 students have benefited from attending six classes, which

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have been so successful we would like to be able to offer more in the not too distant future. 10-second sketches

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Cleave takes the chequered flag! Mr Cleave’s first cars were a Porshe 911 and a mark 1 Escort- pretty flash for a five year old! However they weren’t exactly real cars; they were slot cars for his very first scalextric race track. Now Mr Cleave participates in the grown up version; slot car racing. There is a lot more skill then you would expect. The tracks are made of wood and can be up to 100ft long! The cars aren’t held on by magnets, so the driver has to time speeding up and slowing down perfectly. In 1995 Mr Cleave became national champion at the tender age of just 17! Recently Mr. Cleave participated in the world championships held in Milton Keynes. The 113 contenders came from over 20 different countries. There were 4 classes of racing and Mr Cleave was victorious in 2. Mr C is current double world champion! He was the top point scorer at the competition and this, added together with his point score from last year, makes him 13th in the whole world! The cars are extremely fast which means that the drivers have to have reactions like lightning. The fastest qualifying time at the competition was a 115ft track in just 4.1 seconds! It’s not all just pulling a trigger and watching the cars fly round the track. You actually have to build the car yourself, making sure that it is aerodynamic, balanced and of course looks good! If the fast paced world of slot car racing appeals to you, then you should join your local slot car racing club at either Luton or Wellingborough. Everyone can give it a go and it’s a great opportunity to make friends. Mr Cleave will be running a slot car competition after Christmas, where students will be able to build and race their very own slot cars and who knows, you may even give the double world champion a run for his money! Sarah Marshall, Insight Team

A Level Performing Arts

Those of you not aware of the Performing Arts A-level course will probably have no idea what the students are working towards during lessons. If you are in Year 9 and keen on developing your skills in drama and dance, then you should definitely considering applying to this course before you start Year 10. The course is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school until 5pm and is run by Miss Hutchison and Mrs. Moore. Being in my second year of the course, I can confidently tell you that both teachers are not only extremely enjoyable to work with, but also committed to helping us excel in our work.

Tsu Chu Biz!

Use the force!

Practical and written work are both key elements of the Alevel, but the real highlight is when we are given the opportunity to show off our hard work with public performances. In the first year of the course, you have total responsibility of organizing and putting on a performance. This is a really beneficial experience, and also so much fun! At the moment the new AS level group are settling into Unit developing your skills in drama and One where you focus on dance. The A2 students are coming to On the 16th of September several the end of Unit Four, where you have Business A level students were invited to to decide on a job in the performance a four day training course at Shuttleworth industry, and create a portfolio College. New to Wootton Upper, the comaround it. Also in this unit you have pany offering the course, Tsu Chu Biz, the opportunity to ‘audition’ for your used football to show the important facchosen job – for example if you tors of being enterprising and running a choose theatre actress, you are business. expected to perform one or two This may seem an unusual commonologues. This gives you an insight bination as business and football appear to have no relationship, however as the into the performing arts industry, and course progressed the similarities begives you the experience of a real tween business and football became clear. audition. Factors that make a good footballer were After Christmas both groups shown to be present in entrepreneurs. will be working towards a joint Factors like teamwork, communication, performance, featuring original drama co-operating, confidence, the ability to pieces and dances devised in the take risks, recognise opportunities and sessions. With the school becoming work under pressure, are all essential. more aware of this A-level, we are All who took part in the course believed it was beneficial and hoped that keen to see more gifted and talented the course would continue to be run in the students becoming involved with it as future. Everyone agreed that the experitime goes on. Attending the ence had been rewarding; whether it was performances is a way of seeing just developing their confidence, learning a what you can achieve with this course little more about the skill of business or and we really hope the school maybe it was just being able to kick a continues to take a keen interest in football. this awesome A-level! Peter Gosiewski, Insight Team

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What’s Hot? · Saving money: Just in case the credit crunch hits you! · Purple: THE colour · X factor: Not addicted yet? · Long socks: Now the weather’s getting chilly! · Barrack Obama: Came out on top after the US presidential election

? t o N s ’ t a h W · Being tired: not good to fall asleep at school…or on the bus on the way to school · Bad Christmas presents: It’s too much effort to pretend you love them · Cinema: Is it just us or are there no good films on? · Playstation 3 v. Xbox 360: It’s been going on too long now · Bum bags: To be honest they have never been cool.

Get Reading!

Remember our old snake-hunting science teacher, Dr Sutton? He has kindly donated a copy of his latest work, a book about some spectacular Giant Diving Beetles, to the school library. If you are interested in these amazing tadpole and fish-eating predators, and want to know where to find them in Britain, or just want to see some colour photographs and pictures of what they look like, go to the library and take a look!

Dance Company

The Wootton Dance Company has been running for the last 2 years. It comprises dancers of varied abilities and dance backgrounds, from all years in the school. It’s a great opportunity for students to do some extra-curricular dance which challenges them both physically and mentally. The dancers are put through tough technical workshops to teach them new skills and new ways of dancing. The group have performed many different genres of dance, from hip-hop to ballet. Wootton Dance Company never fails to deliver. Every year it produces at least one piece of outstanding choreography that is performed in the Wootton Dance Showcase. The company also performs at different festivals in our region, last year they even performed in the Bedford River Festival after being spotted dancing at the new Bowen West. This year looks set to be just as exciting. Keep your eyes open for their next piece!

Mufti day is one of the most effective ways to bring something to the schools attention – which is the reason why Jeans for Genes day was such a success. With the entire school attending in their denims, both students and teachers were interested to find out more. The display in the entrance hall also made sure that Jeans for Genes day was not ignored or forgotten! If you ventured into Lab 3 at lunchtime, you would have found the science teachers making DNA necklaces and students constructing Haribo DNA (see picture). Although the Haribos disappeared suspiciously fast, everyone was satisfied that they had fun and were more aware of exactly what DNA is. The pictures are a snapshot of what everyone was getting up to that lunchtime. Also pictured is Mrs. Chicks science set 11N3 taking a short break from their lesson to showcase their stylish jeans. With so many students wearing their jeans, the school showed full support of Jeans for Genes day and overall raised a significant amount in aid of the Jeans for Genes charity that supports children with genetic disorders. The Science Department would like to thank everyone for raising this money and being so enthusiastic about it. Let’s hope we can do it again next year! Izzy, Insight Team

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Full name: Sarah Lesley Chick Dream Occupation: Stunt woman Best Talent: I can still do somersaults and the splits! Something we don’t know about you: I named my son after my Tortoise (Toby) Most prized possession: A pearl shell from Australia Cats or dogs: Neither! Best film of all time: E.T. Favourite flavour of ice cream: Lemon sorbet (I don’t like ice cream!) Biggest goal in the next 10 years: To raise my 2 children to be happy and successful (and to finish decorating my kitchen that I started 3 years ago!) Hobby: Running Girl Guides Favourite place in the world: Montebello Islands 3 words to describe yourself: Energetic, enthusiastic, immature Guilty pleasure: My electric blanket Last holiday: Switzerland with the Guides Last concert: ‘Big Gig’ – Sugababes, Scouting for Girls Locked in any shop over night: Sweet shop in Bedford Arcade Pet hate: People spitting! Worst habit: Biting nails Last thing you cooked: Can’t remember – I never cook! Favourite celebrity: Prince William Obama or McCain: Obama – I’m in love with him!

Boarder Chick!

Sutton Trust Summer School

(14th-18th July, Sidney Sussex is known as the “Gateway to College, University of Cambridge) Sainsbury’s” for obvious reasons. Frantically rereading “The Over the following days, we Importance of Nietzsche” and were thrown in the deep end with a struggling to get my head around the timetable of lectures, study periods meaning of “nihilism” on the X5 to and supervisions (one or two-to-one Cambridge prepared the way for what discussions with university fellows), I believed would be 5 days of more although these were balanced with a confusion. I had opted for the variety of evening activities like languages course so when I was given punting on the River Cam. The pages of a German philosopher’s lectures addressed a range of topics writings, it all felt a little alien to me! from the Nietzsche’s writings to Nevertheless, this was a good “Sociology and Dialectology”, subdemonstration of the interdisciplinary branches of linguistics, whereas the nature of the Modern and Medieval representation of immigration in Languages (MML) as it draws some of French film was the talking point in its contents from a wide range of a discussion with a native lecturer other subjects such as film, culture, which linked in with a screening of history, politics and philosophy. Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine”. For several years Sutton Trust, This week served to relate an educational charity, has organised our current language study with free summer schools at several top other areas of interest and was also universities with the aim of widening useful in introducing new disciplines higher education access to state such as linguistics (the science of schools students and those whose language) and we were also given families have little history of going to tips for starting a language from university. This week was designed to scratch. provide snapshot of life at a leading En-Chi Liu, Year 13 British university. The first night was dedicated to icebreaking activities. With a mixture of languages being studied between the 13 MML students, it was interesting to hear how the others found their studies. Each subject group was assigned 2 undergraduate helpers who were both friendly and insightful during the week. (Who knew Trinity College had underground showers?) However, for this course we were accommodated in Sidney Sussex College, whose chapel holds Oliver Cromwell’s head and, more practically,

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