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NUNNERY NEWS May 2021
GOODBYE CLASS OF 2021!
THE time has come to say good bye to Year 11 students as they leave Nunnery Wood for pastures new. Since joining Nunnery Wood in September of 2016 an awful lot has happened within school as well as locally, nationally and globally. They certainly have shown resilience and compassion for others over the last year. Despite formal exams being cancelled they have worked hard to be awarded their GCSE grades and can look forward to the usual end of school celebrations such as the leavers’ assembly and the prom .We are confident that Year 11 have developed the skills and attributes that they will need to equip for the next stage of their lives. Many students will be continuing with their studies at Worcester Sixth Form College, however, others have chosen to go to colleges further afield. Apprenticeships are also
a popular choice for our students as they like the opportunity of earning and learning a skill or trade at the same time. It is at this time of year when Year 11 students can be nostalgic as they realise just how quickly their school days have passed. Whilst they are ready for new challenges, they will also miss Nunnery Wood and all that it has to offer. Grades are obviously an extremely important part of school life, but we also like to prepare students for their future lives and provide opportunities that they will remember forever. Throughout their time at Nunnery Wood there have been so many opportunities and fun times available to students aside from their learning and classroom experiences. These include the day to day clubs and activities, shows and productions, Duke of Edinburgh as well as big overseas trips such as skiing,
Italy, China, America, Berlin, Spain and the battlefields. Not to mention the friendships that have been formed, many that will last a lifetime. We want all students to look back at their school days with happy memories. They certainly are a wonderful group of young people and we wish them well for the future. When asked to share their memories overwhelmingly it was the trips and friendships that stood out. Lewis Franklin said that the skiing trip in 2020 was a steep learning curve and was simply the best trip, whilst Harry Male thought that playing rugby at Sixways will always stand out in his memories. Georgina Guida has enjoyed each and every art lesson, a view echoed by Joe Small who thought photography was the best subject that he studied. Taylor Bescoby loved the opportunities he had to perform on the stage, especially
dancing. Although he does remember an unfortunate incident of someone falling off the stage, luckily no injuries so all was well! The Llanrug trip brought back special memories with tales of surviving being in waterfalls and zooming down zip wires, even the cleaning was fun! Callum Stokes will never forget visiting the Battlefields of World War One when he was in Year 8. Leah Poole and Jacob Harris unanimously thought sports days were by far the best days of school ever and looked forward to them each year. Mr Rowley, Year Team Leader, said “Good luck to all of Year 11. I wish you all the best and every success for the future”.
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Signs of normality With the school playing field open at lunchtime, masks off in classrooms and the Year 11 leavers’ prom looking to go ahead, there are plenty of signs that life is returning to normal at Nunnery. Students continue to behave with maturity and responsibility as they continue to wear masks in the corridors and we hope to relax this too in a matter of weeks.
held already. The complex and rigorous process of marking and moderating now begins with all student papers being marked “blind” in the first instance – i.e. without the student’s name being visible. This level of objectivity is being put in at every step of the grade allocation process and will ensure that our students’ achievements are genuine, fair and safe from adjustment by the examination boards.
Year 11 students have tackled our Progress Checks superbly well. This was their opportunity to give us further evidence of their ability in each subject to set alongside the grades we
Access to the school site by vehicles Many thanks to parents who had previously driven onto the school site in order to drop or collect your child. As you know, access to
parent vehicles has stopped for all but a very small number of students who attend the Base – or temporary arrangements for students with other issues. Because you have adjusted your routines, our students are visibly happier and safer – a priority that we all share. To confirm arrangements, unless you have been given direct permission by Mrs Burnell or me – or you are on site to collect a student from Reception – there is no vehicle access for parents or carers between 8.00am and 4.00pm.
Head Boy & Head Girl Jemima Thorp & Alex Martin HEAD GIRL & HEAD BOY
THE time has come for our journey at Nunnery Wood to end. Both of us feel an immense pride in being able to say we went to Nunnery Wood High School, and we’d like to thank everyone who has poured their heart and soul into giving all of us the best opportunities possible. Thank you for electing us to be your Head Boy and Girl for this extremely unusual year. Although we’ve not been able to complete the goals we had originally set out for this year; we have both enjoyed what we have been able to help with. To our peers in year 11, we’re so proud of all of you and how well you have all done over the past two years. WELL DONE! To the rest of the school, we both wish you all good luck and hope you have an amazing rest of your time at Nunnery. We also would like to wish the year
10s extra good luck for their exams next year, you’ll smash them! And finally, thank you to the teachers and members of staff who have encouraged and supported us over the last five years, whether that be in school or online, and enabled us to reach our potential and more! Thank you everyone!
A Message from Miss Speechley... We hope that you enjoy reading issue 35 of the Nunnery News. Life has been returning to normal in school and whilst we are not able to provide all of the opportunities and activities that we usually have to offer in the same way, you will see that students have still been able to get back into school life again. Clubs are
back up and running and competitions such as the maths challenge have taken place. The newspaper club has worked hard to find stories to bring to you to give you a flavour of what we have been getting up to this half term. They certainly have not been short on articles and stories to write. Remember that you can always
see updates on our social media so that you don’t miss out! Newspaper club is open to all students, currently Year 7 and 9 students meet on Wednesdays after school in AR1 and AR3. Other year groups can submit their stories any time by emailing email@example.com. sch.uk. When restrictions lift further we look
forward to being able to recruit more students to the team and work together to make the Nunnery News bigger and better than ever!
It All Adds up to Success! ON Thursday 6th May a number of Year 8 and 9 students took part in the inaugural AMSP National Inter-School Maths Quiz. This is a prestigious event which sees students across the country competing in a maths challenge. The Year 8 competition was hotly contested and two of the Nunnery teams ended up narrowly missing out on a top 2 finish and the chance to compete in the next round, finishing 3rd and
4th. The 4th placed pair was Anjali Wharam and Saif Mehrban and the 3rd placed team were Daniel Adesola and Eugene Lewandowski. Well done to those four and well done to all the Year 8s that took part and the fantastic effort they put in! In Year 9 the competition was once again closely contested and the teams all did ex-
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tremely well answering some difficult problems. Nunnery Wood this time had two teams finish in the top 2 meaning they will progress to the regional finals. The successful pairs were Hazel Homer and Abi Ginever (1st) and Sam Caskie and Adam Russell (2nd). Well done to those four who will progress through to the next round (details to follow) and everyone else in Year 9 who were excellent throughout!
ePraise Leaders STUDENTS are rewarded for their efforts by receiving points on Epraise. As certain milestones are reached they are awarded bronze, silver, gold and platinum certificates. These are extremely high accolades and achievements that students should be very proud to have been awarded. Congratulations to all students who have received these prestigious awards.
Pictures of year 7 students who have recieved their certificates
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Asda Worcester Community Champion ASDA Worcester Community Champion Lynda Chandler arranged a surprise delivery of ten laptops to Nunnery Wood High School as part of the supermarket’s initiative to provide over 7000 laptops to schools across the UK to help tackle digital exclusion.
Whilst children are now returning to the classrooms, there is still a need for technology to support education activities inside the classroom, homework tasks, learning during the school holidays and to help schools future proof their home learning capabilities. The supermarket recently formed a partnership with technology provider DELL to invest over £2 million so that every Asda store in the UK, including Asda Worcester could donate at least 10 laptops to a school in need in their local community.
primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds and at risk of falling further behind with their education.
Each laptop comes with a tech bundle that includes a headset and a mobile internet dongle with data allowance of 20gb from Asda’s network partner Vodafone. The dongle and data allowance has been funded by a separate £500,000 contribution from the retailer’s charity arm, The Asda Foundation. Laptops will also include a one-year warranty and technical support. Each school will manage the distribution to priority pupils, and Asda’s in-house IT support team will also provide support to any school that needs help to set up the equipment.
The Asda store on Silver Street nominated nearby school Nunnery Wood High School who have a proportion of families struggling to access technology. Lynda Chandler arranged for delivery of 10 laptops each of which comes with a tech bundle to support ongoing home learning activities.
Asda Worcester community champion Lynda Chandler, said “I’ve a really close relationship with Nunnery Wood High School and I know what a massive difference this donation is going to make to the school on receiving the laptops. I’m proud that Asda can help to play a small part in helping to break down digital barriers so that children can continue their education remotely both now and in the future.
Asda launched this initiative to support schools in its communities that are struggling with digital exclusion. According to Ofcom, around 9% of children in the UK – between 1.1 million and 1.8 million- do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home. These children are
Asda and Dell Technologies provided the school with brand new laptops built with best-in-class durability that makes them ideal for young learners. The education devices are used by schools, colleges and universities across the UK and its products are designed to support
MRS Marshall and her friend took on the 100km in March challenge to raise money for the charity, Ava’s Angels. Ava’s Angels provides support to families of sick children during hospital stays and have done a lot of work with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, particularly during lockdown.
The money raised will go towards the following: • Emergency accommodation for families of sick children • Vouchers for onsite cafes and restaurants • Food and drinks in the family room • Toiletries • Sibling entertainment packs and books and toys • Post discharge support for children and tehir families
100km Run for Charity
After some tough runs, both friends completed the challenge and raised a total of £274
learning, whether that is in the classroom or in a virtual environment. The tech bundle provided by Asda Foundation is an extension of their support of schools with this important education initiative. During the Autumn 2020 term, the Asda Foundation awarded more than half a million pounds to hundreds of schools to ensure children could get back into the classroom. This included providing grants for everything from stationery to school uniform banks, breakfast clubs and
more, to ensure no child felt excluded due to financial limitations. Mr Powell said, “This generous donation from Asda will help us to achieve our ambition of every student at Nunnery thriving in home learning as well as at school. In total, through a combination of government and school funding – and now Asda – we have provided well over 400 laptops to homes since Lockdown began.”
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Staying Safe Online Guide for Parents & Students
IN THIS issue of Staying Safe Online we are looking at fake news. You may have heard politicians and teachers talking about ‘fake news’. But what really is it? Fake news is any story that is false, that appears to be news, spread on the internet or using other media. Why does it matter? Fake news is created to influence the opinions of the public. This may be to influence them to believe something prejudice, such as racist, sexist or homophobic beliefs. It may influence the political views of someone and convince them to vote for a certain political party. It may influence people to treat a whole group of people badly. For example, if you are always seeing news articles about that make a group of people look bad, you may think they are actually bad people. This leads people to question, are we really free to think for ourselves?
Where might YOU come across it? Videos on Youtube and TikTok. If you keep watching the video that pops up after each video ends, you could end up watching something completely unrelated to the first video you clicked on. Anyone can upload videos on any topic they want to these sites. How do you know if you can trust the information? News articles on Snapchat. Websites and articles shared on Instagram and Facebook. Check out our 5 tips to spot fake news above! Remember, you can always ask a teacher. Your form tutor is probably the best teacher to ask.
Privacy. You only have to do this if the switch is grey. 6. Tap Allowed apps.
Did you know you could control what your child has access to on their iphone or ipad or even when they can have access to their iphone or ipad functions!? Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your children can and can't access on the iPhone or iPad. That includes the iTunes Store, which sells music, movies, and TV shows, the iBooks Store, which sells ebooks, and the App Store, which sells apps and games. This is particularly useful for blocking access to the internet in general so your child can only use the apps you have downloaded. Alternatively, you can use this option to block certain websites or apps, such as youtube. 1. Launch Settings from your Home screen. 2. Tap Screen Time. 3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
7. From here you can block websites and apps too. 8. Importantly you can block in-app purchases. How about setting a time limit or ensuring when it locks? Time limit - You can set a time limit for a category of apps (for example, Games or Social Networking) and for individual apps. Go to Settings > Screen Time. If you haven't already turned on Screen Time, tap Turn On Screen Time, tap Continue, then tap This is My iPad. Tap App Limits, then tap Add Limit. Locking at set time - Go to Settings > Screen Time. Tap Turn On Screen Time, tap Continue, then tap This is My iPad. Tap Downtime, then turn on Downtime. Select Every Day or Customize Days, then set the start and end times. Focus on: You Tube. You Tube is a fantastic resource, millions of hours of footage is uploaded every day. Whilst there are lots of excellent videos for education there is also lots of material that you would not want your child to watch.
4. Enter a four-digit passcode and then confirm it if asked. 5. Tap the switch next to Content &
How do I turn on YouTube Safety Mode? If you click on the three dots to the right of the search bar a drop down menu will appear, click on restricted mode and turn it on. Whilst this
will not block all inappropriate material it is a start. You can also lock this in place, more information can be found here https://support. google.com/youtube/answer/174084. Where possible try to oversee young people on you tube and speak to them about what they are watching. How do I disable auto play? Disabling auto play (slider underneath the video) is important and this stops a new video playing as soon as the one you are watching has finished. This feature of You Tube can be very addictive and mean that students end up watching irrelevant/ harmful material or spending longer than they
need online. Set a time limit. Setting your child a time limit for You Tube can also be helpful. This will help young people to form good habits in regards to time spent online. Do you have a question about online safety? We want this section of the Nunnery News to be as useful as possible. If you have a question or would like some advice in regards to online safety or something similar then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will choose a different question to answer in each edition of Nunnery News.
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Eco News from your Eco Team
Prom Dresses That Don’t Cost the Earth! STUDENTS at Nunnery Wood High School are doing their bit to reduce waste and recycle by organising a prom wear recycling scheme. Students will be able to hire outfits to wear to their prom and in doing so will be doing their bit to help the planet. The school takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, having been awarded two green flags in recognition for this and so recycling and re using prom wear was the next logical step. Prom dresses and suits are usually only worn for a few hours
and then are often left unloved in the back of wardrobes or in loft spaces, the idea of this scheme is that pre loved outfits will be donated to the school and then students can borrow them to wear for the prom. Not only does it reduce waste, but also costs too. It takes a lot of energy to produce clothing; every item goes through a complex manufacturing process that uses an extraordinary amount of electricity and water. By recycling clothes when they are no longer wanted, we can ensure that all that energy
doesn’t simply go to waste. Sadly, many items of clothing also end up in landfill, which often lacks the oxygen needed for organic materials to break down. Recycling 100 million pounds of clothes has an effect on the environment equivalent to removing 26,000-35,000 cars from the road. Students are excitedly awaiting their prom to celebrate the formal end of their time at the school and are delighted that this celebration will not cost the earth! Mr Powell said, ”It’s great to see two of our
priorities – celebrating our great students and sustainability – coming together in this way.” If you have any prom dresses, suits or accessories that you would like to donate to the scheme, simply drop them off at the school reception.
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Eco Competitions THE Eco Club has been running several competitions for students and staff to encourage them to be more eco friendly. These are part of our current work towards our Silver Eco award. Create a dish Create a dish competition from left overs or unwanted food. It can be a recipe you’ve made up or one that already exists. Entries to be submitted for entry into a national school’s competition. Simply send an image of your dish, along with the recipe source (or
recipe, if it was their own creation), email address for their parent/guardian, name of their school and postcode. Please email Ms Beard for details to submit. Competition closes on Friday 26th May. Waste Week Quiz! Each year group in form time was challenged to answer the multiple choice questions all about waste. All winning entries will be entered into a draw for a prize.
Preventing Litter is our Mission! THE Year 8 Eco club and along with some Duke of Edinburgh volunteers , we have been busy out clearing up litter around the school. Every week we get out litter picking – and are
finding some unusual items on our mission including lots of tennis balls and even an odd shoe! Make sure you are using the bins around school, especially the recycling bins out and
Jonathan and Lucas YEAR 7
with a few in year 9 are busy nurturing their newly planted seeds from Eco club. Each week they are being measured to see which form can grow the tallest! Some of our sunflowers are growing quickly, with several already outside in the Eco Garden now as the competition heats up – who’s will be the tallest?
Sunflower Competition! WE couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate being back at school than growing some sunflowers! All tutor groups in years 7 and 8 along
As Busy as Bees! Jonathan, Lucas, Zihna, Pattie & Skye YEAR 7
IN the Eco Garden, Year 7 students have been as busy as bees! It began with some weeding and clearing a new patch of ground. We have been saving old pallets and painting them to make some raised beds for planting. First we added some wild flower seeds, then
got to work sowing vegetable seeds in old toilet rolls. Now they have successfully germinated we are busy planting these out in the garden. We also have potatoes and strawberries growing, and our greenhouse is almost finished too! Our efforts have already been rewarded with lots of visitors including bees, snails, insects, plenty of worms and our own family of robins all coming to see what we are up to when working outside.
THE UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. By digging in with us, you’ll help bring us nearer this important goal. The Woodlands Trust are helping to support this target. We received our tree and hedge delivery this April and year 8 Eco club have been busy out
planting over 50 new trees hedge plants! Great team work was in place with jobs for everyone including digging, separating saplings, staking the plants, protecting with covers and of course the all-important watering. Two evenings later and we have lots of new saplings to watch grow over the next few years!
Year 8 Eco Club
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Artistof the week TEACHING and learning from home meant that art students missed out on the practical aspects of our subject. We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of artwork produced during lockdown but we now want to develop skills that weren’t possible at home, including lots of experimenting with different materials and techniques in lessons. The photos show some of our art students “getting messy!”
Artwork above by William Darby, Year 9
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A selection of Year 11 Artwork
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Students experience a First Aid Training Day ON March 29th, year 11 Health and Social Care students, working towards their Cambridge National Award, had a full day of First Aid training with external trainer, John Fogarty. As part of their qualification they had to achieve certification as ‘Young First Aiders’. All 16 students in the group experienced the opportunity to learn how to save lives and deal with a range of emergency situations from minor burns, fainting, choking, bleeding, through to more complex challenges such as shock or a casualty who is unresponsive and not breathing. The day consisted of some interactive classroom tasks, after watching a series of training video clips, where students had to work in pairs to demonstrate that they were able to assess the potential danger in a range of scenarios, make the area safe and protect themselves as First
Aiders, before attempting to give emergency aid.
The underpinning principles of PRESERVE life, PREVENT the situation from deteriorating and PROMOTE recovery were key to the wider experience of the day. Students learned how to place a casualty into the recovery position. They watched a demonstration on how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and they each took a turn at practicing CPR on the mannequins provided. They learned the correct way to apply pressure to a bleeding wound in order to reduce the effects of shock from blood loss. The session on applying bandages correctly, led to some laughter but the underlying seriousness of the training, was taken on board by all. The group understood and demonstrated how
to carry out a Primary Survey at the scene of an accident, using DR ABC. • D = Check for Danger (could be what caused the accident always check this before you go rushing in! • R = Response …. is the casualty responding to your voice? • A = Airway …is it open? If not, what to do. • B = Breathing … might need an AED …. (Automated External Defibrillator) • C = Circulation …. Is there any bleeding?
Anyone can be a First Aider, with the right training. At the end of the training day students felt they were much more likely to ‘do something’ should they come across an accident or find themselves a bystander in a situation where a person has collapsed or had a heart attack, for example. Most agreed that, previously they might just have ‘done nothing’ but now they feel more confident to ‘do something’. The sessions were carried out in a Year group bubble and social distancing for teaching was adhered to.
They became proficient in knowing which emergency service to call, how to do that and what information would need to be given over the telephone.
Former Student Alzheimer’s Disease Research Former Nunnery Wood student Jess Brown has pursued her studies of science since leaving school and has recently had her first scientific paper published. You can read the full paper here: https://www. nature.com/articles/s41598-021-89230-3 The research focussed on Alzheimer's disease and researched how there may be the potential of a new type of therapeutic approach to treatment.
Ex-Student Runs 529 Miles for Combat Stress Charity CORPORAL Max Batchelor, who is currently serving in No.8 Training Battalion, The Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), is joining a team of 19 more servicemen running 529 miles in 12 hours while carrying 15kg weights. The runners are taking on the challenge to raise money for Combat Stress, a mental health charity for veterans. Max has been in the Army for nine years, including seeing service in Iraq. His unit, Helmand Company, is named after the province in Afghanistan where British soldiers were heavily engaged during the fight against the Taliban. The run will be taking place on April 28 – marking 15 years since the beginning of UK operations in Helmand, and is taking place at MOD Lyneham runway, where 426 fallen soldiers were repatriated. The Helmand Company fundraising page says: “We are raising money for Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. “For over a century, they’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related
mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “They’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. “So when a veteran is having a tough time, they’re there to help them tackle the past and take on the future.”
Cpl Batchelor has run three Worcester half marathons in the past carrying weights: twice for the National Deaf Children’s Society, carrying 45 pounds in weight - 1lb for every 1,000 deaf children in the UK supported by the charity. Last year, he ran the half marathon wearing full military body armour in recognition of the 71 British soldiers who took their lives the year before he went to Iraq, raising money for the REME charity and Help for Heroes. Cpl Batchelor joined REME nine years ago as a vehicle mechanic and qualified as a physical trainer (PTI) three years ago. As a PTI, he regularly arranges fitness challenges for his battalion, and while serving in Iraq ran an international fitness challenge at his bases. For more information about the Helmand Company 529 miles for the fallen challenge, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helmand529
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Ramadan Abdel Mostafa YEAR 9
RAMADAN is the best time of year for me and for all Muslims around the world. It is the ninth month in the Hijri calendar. It is the month where all Muslims think of their counterparts - people less fortunate. As we fast from the sunrise to sunset, which is a pretty long time, we don’t eat or drink anything to try to empathise with people who may struggle to afford food. Muslims are encouraged to be sympathetic and
compassionate to those less fortunate and help them whenever we can. At the end of Ramadan Muslims give Zakat (a charitable donation) and this is very important to Muslims as it is showing that they care for others. Ramadan is also a time to thank God for the nice stuff that we have in our lives and appreciate what we have. The second part of it is that all the prayers from Muslims are being answered so we focus even more on our prayers, we read the Askar and share stories about the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, so we can learn from it and take from it the moral lesson and work on it in
our own lives. It Is believed that during Ramadan the Qur’an was first revealed to Prophet Muhammed. The prophet Muhammed, PBUH, said “who fasted Ramadan for the one and only Allah his sins shall be forgiven” that is why lots of Muslims take it seriously and pray a lot and read the Qur’an for their sins to be forgiven. After Ramadan comes one of the happiest days in Islam, Eid Al Fitr. After Ramadan, we celebrate the end of month and we celebrate it with feasts, hang out with friends and family and we go to the Eid prayer in the early morning to begin the day. Many Muslims will go to the mosque to
THE staff at school were delighted to be gifted with an incredibly generous selection of amazing food to celebrate EID. Many students and staff in school have been observing Ramadan and then celebrating Eid. Year 8 student, Riji Amin and her parents brought in a selection of amazing food to celebrate EID and to thank the staff at the school for their hard work. Riji Year 8 said, “I had the idea to make food to share with the staff at Nunnery High last year, but unfortunately, due to the lockdown restrictions this wasn’t possible at the time. So this
year we decided to go ahead. I spoke with my parents who emailed the school to share their idea and it was very much welcomed. Riji said, “My family and I spent around 5 hours preparing a selection of meals including; chicken kebabs, pakoras, vegetable samosas, fafra and chicken biriyani which they brought into school on Friday 15th May to share. The ethos of Eid is about sharing and being charitable and it felt good to have done this and to know that it was enjoyed by so many people.” The staff all agreed that it was delicious and
was a lovely gesture.
Year 10 Sara who celebrated EID said, “We enjoyed our EID celebrations. Whilst the men went to pray in the Mosque in the morning, the women stay home to prepare the feast. And the celebrations and sharing of food take place throughout the day. It was a little different this year due to the covid restrictions, but we had a lovely day.”
say their prayers. In Egypt we celebrate using Fawanis, lanterns which will be carried through the streets and into houses, children love the bright colours. On Eid as well, we give the poor food to eat and donate money to charities to help the poor and take care of them. It is one of the happiest and holiest month, so we should treat it with respect, and we should take it as an opportunity to fix what we did wrong, and to do what is right. Ramadan Kareem
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DofE Continues to Provide Opportunities number that continue to volunteer once they have achieved their award.” The award is broken into sections; Expedition, Volunteering, skills and physical . A set amount of time has to be given to each section and detailed records of evidence need to be kept. This is easier than ever now as everything can be done online via EdofE.
FOR the past seven decades, the DofE Award has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities. Despite the death of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, the award will continue to provide opportunities for young people. Many young people find achieving a DofE Award life-changing. A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications. Time to get involved and go the extra mile? If so, see Ms Humphries, or any of the other staff involved for further details. It is a flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work, the numbers speak for themselves: 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person. Ms Humphries, who has given 25 years of service to helping students achieve their goals through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme said; “I was first involved in the DofE award in 1984 where I was invited on a 3-week expedi tion to Arctic, Sweden/Lapland with the County
Field Exploration Group. The expedition was known as the Malvern Lapland Expedition. I was there as a mountaineer as I had snow and ice experience but also to assess and supervise a 5 day Gold DofE expedition in a remote area based near Abisko well within the Arctic Circle. I would say this was quite a strenuous expedi tion involving complicated river crossings and coping with mosquitoes and sand flies, but the students coped well. I was then mainly involved with the expedition section at school from 1987 until 1997 as my main interest was still in mountaineering and orientating. At the time we had teams from Year 10 and 11 who I trained to take part in an annual challenge event held in the Black Mountains in memory of a former Worcester student who tragically died on Ben Nevis. This was known as the Julia Read Challenge Event and some of the students used this as their expedition section for the award. From 1997 until present day I have been the unit award leader where I have been responsible overseeing the award and in particular the expe dition section but also the volunteering section as we have had groups of students who have regularly worked alongside the Countryside Service in Nunnery Wood. It is really rewarding to follow students through from Year 9 all the way through to Gold when they are well in to their twenties. Most people think of DofE as the expedition section but each of the sections requires commitment and determination. I think people underestimate young people and I am always impressed with the amount of volunteering that takes place within the award and the
Despite restrictions due to Covid, the award has continued to run. The expedition section of the award which involves training days and training expeditions has meant that practice and qualifying walks have been able to take place. Students have been able to set up camp, but not stay overnight so they have returned the next morning. Walks have taken place around Spetchley, Battenhall and Powick. Despite being caught in showers and mud, the group was delighted to be able to be out and about again working towards their awards. The Volunteering Section was probably the most difficult section to carry on with during restrictions, however students found ways that they could still do this safely. This included helping people in the neighbourhood with tasks such as dropping shopping to those self-isolating or walking their dog. Some made phone calls or wrote letters to people who are lonely or isolated. Fundraising for a charity was also an option , whilst some helped charities with their Ms Humphries has been working on Rainfall Rescue digitising past rainfall records to help monitor climate change. Prior to restrictions, the
volunteering section which helps those in the community included Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, National Trust tea rooms at Crowle, St Richards Hospice shop, help at a local primary school grounds, Young Leaders with the Scout Association, dance leaders at school, Riding for the Disabled and help with a local support charity. In these settings, students took part in coaching cricket and football coaching, Park Run marshalling, working at St Richards Hospice, leading groups at Sea Scouts, Young Leader, being an editor with Nunnery News, running activities at a local primary school after school art club, gymnastics coaching, help with a junior band and a running activities at faith youth club. Physical Section Most sports that students had participated in were not accessible for a lot of the last year. However, this was seen as an opportunity! Participants could change to a new sport so fitness, yoga at home, home-made circuit training and walking were all alternatives. There are lots of on-line programs on the internet participants could engage with so long as they kept a log of the hours you done in a week and that they showed improvement . Skills Section This was largely unaffected during the pandemic. Cooking, baking, art, photography, music practice, bike maintenance or a complete bike rebuild, animal care particularly those who have horses and dogs, coding, learning a new skill such as sign language, creative writing were all good options. All that is needed is evidence of 12 hours for the 3 months or 24 hours for a 6 month period.
Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh Eleanor Drew YEAR 10
Edinburgh, had passed at the age of 99, he was known as the Queen’s husband but also for the many things he had done for our country:
SADLY on the 9th of April Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Phillip, the Duke of
He established The Duke of Edinburgh Award. This was a scheme set up in 1956 by the Duke
designed to challenge youths aged 14-24 to be awarded achievements and take on a wide variety of teachings outside of the classroom. He originally wanted to bridge the gap between leaving formal education at 15 and entering National Service at 18. The idea was to inspire young men to make the best use of their free time, find interests and acquire self-confidence and a sense of purpose that would support them into their future. In the first year, 7,000 boys took part with 1,000 awards achieved. By the 1980s the age limit was extended so that any young person aged 14-24 could take part. Now the DofE programmes offers a four-section format of Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition, with an additional Residential section at Gold level and is available in over 130 countries and territories as part of the DofE International Award Foundation. In the UK in 2019/20, 295,490 young people started a DofE programme and a record 159,051 Awards were achieved through schools, colleges, universities, youth clubs, businesses, housing associations, young offender institutions, voluntary organisations and more.
Prince Philip was made a midshipman and served in the Royal Navy. In January 1940, he had spent 4 months on the battleship HMS Ramillies protecting convoys in the Indian ocean. This followed by further posts on the HMS Shropshire, HMS Kent and the British Ceylon. He was on active service in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered on VJ Day, as part of the crew on HMS Whelp as First Lieutenant. The crew helped to recover Prisoners of War. For 15 years he served as president of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) A famous quote from the Duke says ‘if nature doesn’t survive, neither will man’ as the prince took over 50 trips to visit countries in aid of WWF, aiming to raise awareness and funds for environmental causes for over 50 years. Prince Philip had a lifelong passion for polo, which saw him involved in the sport for more than 60 years.
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Children’s Mental Health Awareness week was held during form times with the focus on;
CHILDREN’S Mental Health Week took place during lockdown and the theme for this year was ‘Express Yourself’. We focused on mental health again when school reopened in March. as we felt it was very important. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. In recognition of this, the SMSC team ran a Mental Health Week at school. An assembly
Identifying what mental health is; to consider what can impact our mental health and to reflect on ways to care for our mental health and help others. Mrs Budge said, “It is so important that young people recognise that mental health is as important as physical health from a young age. Understanding what impacts your own mental health and how you can care for yourself and your mind is vital not just as a teenager but as an adult too. The SMSC team are constantly looking at ways to further equip students with the social and emotional skills they need to navigate high school and beyond” During the form time assemblies, students were encouraged to discuss questions such as; what words are associated with mental health and what can be some causes of mental health issues. Reassurance was given so that students know that is normal to feel a range of emotions and it is normal and okay to sometimes feel sad.
How the Destruction of our Planet could Lead to More Pandemics
Sophie Cockeram YEAR 9
WE all know what deforestation and urbanisation is doing to our planet, but did you know that our abuse of nature could lead to more pandemics affecting us in our lifetimes? Ordinarily, a pandemic strikes every 100 years, so we should all be in the clear once Covid 19 dies out. Unfortunately, scientists predict that there will most likely be another one well before that. Deforestation is believed to be one of the main causes of this. As we chop down more and more trees we dive deeper into rainforests and woodland, once all the trees are destroyed in an area the animals that inhabited it have to find somewhere else to live. They cannot stay where there are no trees so they are forced to search elsewhere, and many animals find their way into urban towns or cities. This is an issue
because they can carry diseases and illnesses that humans have not been exposed to before. If they enter densely populated areas, they will spread these diseases to the humans, and since we haven’t seen them before, our bodies can’t fight them off and the result could be deadly for thousands. Another cause of more pandemics could be the increased number of markets trading rare animals found after their habitats are destroyed. The trade and transport of endangered animals is illegal but that doesn’t stop many from happening. When people come into close quarters with these unusual animals it increases the chance of spreading infections and diseases. These markets are not only a danger to people, they are killing off endangered species so they can be used for clothing or decoration. One article wrote “The Covid-19 pandemic was inevitable and will happen again if decisive actions aren’t taken to protect nature.”
Will the Coronavirus Ever End? William Darby YEAR 9
ACCORDING to the current roadmap for coronavirus lockdowns all current restrictions should be removed by June the 21st at the earliest. If daily coronavirus cases continue to fall at a similar speed as at present the target of removing all current limits by 21st June should be met. However, step 3 of the roadmap, due to take place on may 17th, could affect this rate which means that for a while after this date, when pubs and restaurants are open inside, the spreading of the coronavirus could increase which will cause more deaths meaning lockdown dates could be put back. An increase in 2nd and 1st cases of the vaccine will also protect people from the virus. Will the coronavirus ever end? Even after these dates when lockdown has been reduced or
taken away, the coronavirus will still be able to spread until every human has been vaccinated. Although 50% of the UK has received their first dose, with 25% fully vaccinated, this still leaves a large majority unprotected and unsafe. At the time of writing, around 6 million people are being vaccinated daily as well as, roughly, 6 million being given their second dose. Although this sounds like a very large number, it could take many more years for all 7.8 billion to be vaccinated worldwide. Currently most people over the age of 40 have been offered to be vaccinated in England as well as vaccines being offered to over-16s with health conditions. Also, most frontline health and social care staff as well as any other vulnerable people have been given the vaccine. Everyone hopes that restrictions in the UK should have been lifted with many more people safe.
Ideas were also shared on how they can help themselves and others at difficult times and ideas were given on how to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Throughout the week, age-appropriate activities and videos were provided for each year group form tutors to share with their groups. The School Librarians have also created a reading list of fiction and non-fiction books for Mental Health and Wellbeing. The reading list tab can be found on the Reading Cloud homepage, once students have logged in. Students can access Reading Cloud via the portal, logging in with their usual school user name, and their password, which is their date of birth in 8-digit form. The log in details are also on the portal. It would be great if students reserved some of these books, which we can deliver to form rooms, or they can be collected on each year group’s library day, details of which are included on daily notice. Here are some helpful sites to take a look at that were covered during children’s mental health
week at school: Dealing with Change https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08mqrtz https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/lookingafter-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/ Listen to some uplifting music https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/ lpcpKcs0Glj7w7hKkJv0Kv/the-bbc-lockdownorchestra-perform-you-got-the-love https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=2xWUL4N26vM Mindfulness Breathing https://www.channel4.com/programmes/resetand-rewind/on-demand/71482-002 Growth Mind-set https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/ growth-mindset-case-studies/zpc4vwx Mindful doodling. https://educationsvoice.wordpress. com/2016/03/19/mindfulness-in-the-classroommindful-doodling/
Free STEM Event at Birmingham University THE University of Birmingham is committed to gender equality in STEM education and is partnering with a charity called the Smallpiece Trust to offer Y10 girls from non-selective state schools a FREE online engineering course this summer. The course will have 4 days of activity exploring different areas of interesting and fun engineering and aims to give girls the opportunity to discover that engineering might be the right career for them to consider. In addition, girls will be able to experience virtual tours of the University campus and meet some of our female students in subjects such as mechanical engineering, metallurgy and materials, physics and electronic engineering
On this online course students join the experts from University of Birmingham for four days of online lectures and engaging workshops. They’ll be introduced to a range of cutting-edge applications of physics and engineering, showing the potential of studying maths and physics at A Level.
Each day will have a theme and be led by a team of researchers in that area. There will be online lectures and workshops. Each afternoon students will work on interesting physics and engineering tasks before meeting up at the end of the day to review. It will be fun, exciting and open up a world of possibilities for future study and careers in the fields of physics and engineering. Any kit required for the course will be sent out in the post beforehand. WHEN 26 Jul - 29 Jul 2021 Start time: 09:30 hrs Finish time: 16:00 hrs WHERE Delivery by University of Birmingham with any kit sent in advance via post. COST Free - online course
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Love Cooking? STUDENTS have coped really well with the changes in the way they have had to work. Since the Easter break they have started practical work again whilst wearing masks; not easy but they’ve done a great job! Year 10s have been focussing on skills needed for their coursework next year. Year 7s have been learning about combining ingredients to make both sweet and savoury products. Year 8 have been learning about special diets, making a banana loaf cake. Year 9 have completing their work on international cuisine; with practical work including pizza and the classic Victoria sponge cake. Year 10s have engaged really well with a trial run to support their the NEA work next year. This was the first practical for a while and they very successfully completed their first practical task in a while! Delicious roasted tomato and basil soup with focaccia bread; a taste of Italy!
Child Development OCR WE are running a new Child Development qualification from OCR! The Year 10 students have risen to the challenge of the this new course. The course is an interesting blend of written and practical work; with plenty of opportunity for students to discuss their learning, and their own views on parenthood. There are also strong cross-curricular links with PHSE, Science, and Nutrition. This term there has been a focus on coursework, and they are engaging really well!
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Careers Information & Advice
YOUR careers team are here to support you with decisions about your future.
as well as prospectuses from college, 6th forms and training provider.
In year 11, students have the opportunity for a one to one careers interview with our qualified careers advisor Mrs Gwynne.
Careers websites to help students with their careers planning are accessible on the Nunnery Wood High School website.
There is a careers drop in session every week day between 1.30-2pm in the careers office opposite the school library – no appointment needed.
To learn more about our careers programme please see The Careers Strategy document https://www.nunnerywood.worcs.sch.uk/ download/careers-strategy-nunnery-wood-highschool/?wpdmdl=158648
The school library has a wide variety of specific careers related books that students can borrow
Medical Mavericks Nunnery Wood High School has recently subscribed to an online platform called The Medical Mavericks Academy. Students can explore and learn more about health based careers by completing online courses, virtual work experience and watching interviews with a huge range of medical professionals. Once enrolled students & parents/carers can access the academy resources at school or at home. Please follow the instructions below to create your account:
You can now watch a short video explaining how to use The Academy and access all of your courses through your Dashboard. You can access The Academy at home or at school any time over the next year. New content is being added each half term too, so there are plenty of reasons to come back!
1) Click the link below to go to the registration page: PARENT/CARER - bit.ly/nunnery-parent STUDENT bit.ly/nunnery-student 2) Create your own account. 3) When you have created your account you will automatically be taken to a page where you must click the purple enrol button.
Enjoy learning more about working in the medical & health science sectors.
In future when you want to sign in just head to: https://academy.medicalmavericks.co.uk/users/ sign_in
If you have any questions, please let me know Mrs Gwynne - RCDP Careers & Work Experience Leader email@example.com 01905 363642
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Stepping Back in Time
WORCESTER News recently ran a story looking back at our school over the years. The images capture life at Nunnery Wood mostly in the 1980s and 1990s. There have been huge changes since then and of course technology has developed beyond recognition. Some things however remain the same such as the smart uniform and extra opportunities available for students. Maybe some parents were at the school at the time or even remember some of the staff or students shown? We would love to see and share more old photos, if you have any please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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National Pet Month National Pet Month (NPM) celebrates and raises awareness of responsible pet ownership through our educational campaigns and resources across our various platforms. NPM celebrates pet ownership, sharing the many benefits of our cherished companions across the UK. Whilst the #NationalPetMonth campaign runs from April to May each year via various media outlets, the important messages that NPM endorses run all year-round. Here is a selection of staff & students much loved pets.
Hendrix, 6 - Mrs Owen
Chewy, ageless - Mrs Owen
Grace, 7 - Mrs Van-der-kleijn
Cat, 14 - Mrs Bennett
Dipity 8 Years old - Jess Mann, Year 10
Luna & Dennis, 6 - Mrs Stevens
Millie - Ms Matthews Nala, 5 - Miss Ledbury
Gumbo, 15 - Ms Speechley
Rosie, 8 - Miss Higham
Mini - Miss Harper
Poppy, 1 week old - Mrs Baddeley
Shelley, 1 - Oska Baddeley, Year 8
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Eadie, 1 - Miss Lott
Teddy, 1 - Mr Hancock
Duggie - Ms Matthews
Alice & Albie - Ms Matthews
Leo - Ms Matthews
Pheobe & Tara - Miss White
Rueben, 7 - Mrs Baddeley
Skye, 6 - Mrs Budge
Edwig - Mr Raistrick Jess - Miss Harper
Bella, 5 - Miss Sharpe
Ernie & Eric, 2 - Miss Gonzalez
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BY PHOEBE CHAN - YEAR 11
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Democracy in Action!
YEAR 8 students have been learning about the development of democracy in their history lessons. They have looked at the origins of democracy and how this has changed over time. They have learned how our political system works and where power lies. Students have also looked at the extension of the franchise and how we can all fully participate in the democratic process that we have. Mr Knibbs’ class then went on to research an issue that they felt strongly about today and wrote letters to the MPs in order to have their view heard. The issue that students chose to lobby their MP on was air pollution. A report recently found that air pollution in childhood can be linked to poorer mental and physical health in later life. The local newspaper had also reported on how there is air pollution in Worcester, including around schools. We are awaiting responses and will keep you informed of the outcomes. Dear Nunnery News, There is an important issue that has come to my attention regarding the air pollution coming from cars and other vehicles on the road. When parents are picking up their children from school, most of them keep their engine on. Did you know that 40,000 people die a year because of air pollution? I agree that Covid-19 is worth being careful about, but only about 2555 people die a year from Covid. Everyone is talking about how bad Covid is, but right now the air pollution needs to be talked about. Every 30 seconds someone leaves their engine on, this releases enough carbon dioxide to fill almost 150 party balloons. This is not ok. We thought air pollution could affect and shorten your life span. Well in the world today, this has become
also have to stop littering and recycling.
There are lots of benefits to turning off your car engine. These include stopping air pollution, extending your life span, and using less fuel, therefore spending less money on fuel. There are also many things you can do to prevent air pollution such as walking or riding a bike instead of driving, this is good exercise and is also very beneficial for your mental health, switching your engine off when waiting in your car, this doesn’t take long and can make such a big difference, and not going on long aeroplane journeys and going either somewhere closer or using a ferry or different transport options.
Yours sincerely, Skye Hauxwell
Air pollution can cause problems on a normal, healthy person but will impact people with asthma or other lung diseases the most. This is a very important subject and it needs to be talked about. We need to do something about it, and it needs to be now! Yours faithfully, Annika potter ---------------------------------------------------------Dear Nunnery News, I am writing to you about the effects and impacts of air pollution. Firstly, cars Should not to have their engines running while waiting for their children to come outside. While cars are left running it leaves a substance it emits carbon dioxide. Children wearing masks is also more dangerous around cars. Every year young and old lives are lost due to pollution. Each year there are 40,000 deaths worldwide because of air pollution. 70% of pollution comes from cars. We need to act now in order to save lives. Clean air day is on the 21st of June- which is comical. Instead of 1 day, we need to reduce our emissions long term. Pollution can effect us and the nature so trying to take steps to help against air pollution is imperative. We could easily change the future if we make small changes. We could start of turning off your car when the engines aren’t being used. We
How the Cold War Shaped Our Lives? Abdel Mostafa YEAR 9
THE Cold War shaped our lives in a really different way than when people lived in the 1800s. We first need to know what the Cold War is. The Cold War, the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies. The Cold War was waged on political, economic, and propaganda fronts and had only limited recourse to weapons. The term was first used by the English writer George Orwell in an article published in 1945 to refer to what he predicted would be a nuclear stalemate between “two or three monstrous super-states, each possessed of a weapon by which millions of people can be wiped out in a few seconds.” This stalemate shaped our world in a really different way. Relations between countries have fell after the cold war and it took 20 years for the relationships to go back to normal between countries like the USA and Cuba. It left countries shattered like the USSR to be Russia and new countries forming after the fall, which
---------------------------------------------------------Dear Nunnery News, I am writing about the problems towards air pollution. It is clear that covid is an attention seeker but everyone is forgetting about climate change. Over lockdown, the roads home have been empty, this means that the air pollution has been reduced greatly. But, with lockdown ending things are getting back to normal and that means more air pollution. Up to 40,000 people die of air pollution in the UK every year. This is mainly due to asthma and other lung diseases that simply cannot take the impact of climate change.
There are many other causes of air pollution. People will purposely leave their car engine on to go do something that they think will not take long but every minute car is left running, you could blow up 100 balloons with the carbon dioxide produced. If people would stop doing this, we could be one step closer to making our world a better place. I hope you take my message and put it to good use, as I think that all students deserve a voice in this as much as everyone else does. Yours thankfully, Benjamin Cox
Win National Reading Book Tokens Cloud THE annual National Book token competition is back! Please vote for Nunnery Wood to win £5,000 of book tokens for the Library and £100 of book tokens for yourself. Simply go to:https://www.nationalbooktokens. com/schools and vote for Nunnery Wood. Please spread to word to friends and family too! The closing date is 31st July. Thanks in anticipation of your votes. Happy reading!
Students can access Reading Cloud via the portal, logging in with their usual school user name, and their password, which is their date of birth in 8 digit form. The log in details are also on the portal. Students can select books which we can deliver to form rooms, or they can be collected on each year group’s library day, details of which are included on daily notices. If you need more help, please drop an email to email@example.com
Body Image & the Media Carys Slimming YEAR 9
shows how diverse the world is now. Everyone is being secret and are not opening towards others. People now are pessimistic and see everything as the negative side of things. The end of the Cold War marked the end of one of the superpowers, the communist superpower, the USSR, but Russia is now still trying to get back to beating the United states and being superpower again and invaded Crimea. Ignorance of governments began and authoritarianism actually marked on the world. The cold war may have ended but its marks is still on the world now. It is so significant it shaped our world now, a world where everyone is believing the news, nothing but the news. Fake or real.
ments at these rates: “They are fat”- 37%, “I am fat”- 31%, “I am ugly”- 10%. And this is before social media and peer pressure. This generation has grown up surrounded by celebrities and influencers, which we naturally compare ourselves to, which can harm our own self-esteem and body image. However, these photos are usually edited and photoshopped, meaning that these standards can’t be achieved, even by the creator themselves. The “perfect” body type has changed throughout history, from “rounder” looks in Ancient Greece, to an “hourglass” figure in the 1950s, and “extremely thin” in the 1990s, and during the pandemic, 53% of adults and 58% of teenagers said their body image had been negatively impacted. This could have been because they had more time to scroll on social media, or were able to look in the mirror or web cam more often.
BY the age of 3-4, some children have already made up their mind on what bodies should look like. This is proof of how beauty standards are deeply rooted in society, and it affects everyone. Workers at pre-schools in the UK heard children ages 3-4 saying the following state-
Recently there have been campaigns to show unedited pictures online so that people are aware of what is reality and what is not in the hope that people have more positive body image.
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Media reviews Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Gabriel Boxall YEAR 9
IN 2017, the film entitled “ Justice league” was released in cinemas, it was meant to be made by Zack Snyder (who previously made the controversial DC movies “Man Of Steel” and “ Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice”) however, due to the death of his daughter, he had to leave the project during post production, and Warner Brothers brought in Joss Whedon ( director of the “Avengers” and “Avengers; age of Ultron” as well as “ Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “ Cabin In The Woods”) to finish the job. This resulted in reshoots and plot changes, which all together damaged the movie. The final product was widely considered appalling, and fans demanded that Warner Brothers released Zack Snyder’s version (or cut) of the movie. Now, 4 years later, after many campaigns, we finally have his version of the movie, and was it worth the wait? In my opinion, yes it was. It has a fairly similar story to the original, but the scenes and plot details are more fleshed out, and everything feels like one person’s movie, rather than a big company’s movie, made to make money. The story follows Bruce Wayne, as he tries to recruit superheroes to join a team to stop the extra-terrestrial villain Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf throughout the movie is trying track down these mystic ancient boxes called Motherboxes, which once all three combine, they can destroy everyone on the planet, for his master
Darkseid. Bruce Wayne manages to get Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman to join his team, however, they soon find that they are not strong enough to take down Steppenwolf on their own, so use one of the Motherboxes to bring Superman back to life. This scene is particularly good, as it requires The Flash to run extremely fast, and time travel in order to power the Motherbox, and bring Superman back from the grave.
Before I talk about more stuff that I liked in this movie, I have to get the glaring issues out of the way first. The first of which, is the run time, which is 4 hours long! Which is extremely long for any movie, so if like me, you don’t want to waste 4 hours, I would recommend watching it in 2 chunks, by watching only the first 1 hour 30, and watching the rest later. It’s ironic, but I would actually like another cut of the movie, as multiple scenes have slow motion which I think could be cut down, along with scenes that didn’t need to be there. Another issue would be the aspect ratio, so has black bars on the side, which can be off-putting at times. Another problem I had, was the colour, as there was a real lack of it, it was almost black and white, which I don’t understand why, as they are releasing a black and white version anyway. Finally, my last issue is Aquaman, in this movie he isn’t a very nice guy, and is often arrogant which doesn’t make him likeable at all, not to mention that every 5 minutes, he is taking his shirt off. Another thing I noticed with Aquaman, is that he often chucks his rubbish in the ocean, yet his solo movie re-
leased in 2018 is about how the Atlantans want to overthrow the humans due to their littering, so having one of them do this, defeats the point of his standalone movie. My last gripe with this movie, is with Wonder Woman, not the character, but instead, the fact that every time she appears onscreen, they play weird Amazonian singing, which got so ridiculous, and distracting during the movie, I started counting how many times they used it, and it literally was every time she appeared on screen. While I do have these issues, I do have many things that I love about the film, such as the fact they fleshed out Cyborg’s story more, and made him likeable (to give you some context, in the 2017 version, we didn’t even know his powers), whereas in this version, he is the heart of the movie, and actually has a character. Another thing I liked about this movie, was the scale. In the 2017 version, the villain and his plan didn’t feel very threatening (partly down to the fact we didn’t even know the villain’s backstory or intentions) whereas in this version, the Justice League have a lot to lose, and they do. In this movie they fail to sop the machine and die, which is awesome, as rarely do the superheroes lose, let alone die. This then leads into one of my favourite scenes in this film, The Flash (while delivering a heartfelt speech) manages to run fast enough to turn back time, similar to earlier in the film, and win, which results in the heroes teaming back up together, killing Steppenwolf, and delaying Darkseid’s plan.
The Falcon And Winter Soldier Gabriel Boxall YEAR 9
Episode 1 review: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is the second instalment in the new Disney plus marvel shows. It depicts Sam (falcon) and Bucky (the winter soldier) who as of now, haven’t seen each other since the highly acclaimed Avengers Endgame. It starts off with Sam giving the Captain America shield (which he had been given in Endgame) to the Captain America museum, which was highly controversial, as he had been given the shield in Endgame by Captain America. Anyway, after this, he meets with Rhodes
(War Machine) and they have a chat about who deserves the shield, with Rhodes thinking Sam deserves it. Meanwhile, across the country, Bucky is in therapy, and recalls his dreams to the therapist, his dreams are about when he was evil, and we find out later, that they actually happened. The one we see, is about him killing an innocent man, which he deeply regrets. We then see him later, he is meeting with an old man, and they talk a lot about how much the man misses hi son, which we later find out is the man who Bucky killed years ago, this results in a nice scene towards the end with Bucky telling the
THE Brits Award s2021 have taken place this year and celebrated some of the best musicians. Launched in 1977, the Brit Awards with Mastercard are the annual showcase for the UK music industry. The Brit Awards along with its sister events Classic BRITs and BRITs Icon celebrate not just the biggest successes in music but also operate as an important platform to introduce and promote new talent.
As of now, I would give it a 4/5 stars
The event was also an opportunity for musicians to show off their best outfits. Singer Harry Styles, who took home best single for Watermelon Sugar, was one of the best dressed of the night. He wore a square-patterned Gucci suit with shades of cream, orange and burgundy. Rina Sawayama opted for a jaw-dropping look, wearing a light purple Balmain Couture dress.
one of the three awards the star was nominated for, after what has been an incredible year for the young London artist.
However, Lewis Capaldi dressed down as he doesn’t like tuxes. Nick Grimshaw also shunned the suits, instead opting for black trousers, a white shirt and a ripped waistcoat.
For more info go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/57083366 or https://www.radiox.co.uk/news/brit-awards/
Here are some of the winners: Dua Lipa scooped the award for Female Solo Artist and the British Album of the Year Award for her lockdown hit Future Nostalgia. This year's Rising Star award winner was Griff who was handed the award by previous winner Celeste. Arlo Parks was crowned Breakthrough Artist,
At first, I was extremely sceptical towards this show, thinking that it was just going to a run of the mill action show, but as of now, while there are some aspects similar to how I imagine it would be, it is a lot different to what I thought, and I think that that is a good thing.
She looked incredible but needed help to carry the dress across the O2 when moving from her table as it was so big and heavy!
Coldplay opened The BRIT Awards 2021 with an incredible pre-recorded performance on the River Thames on Tuesday night. The awards inside the O2 were presented by Jack Whitehall.
Dj Smith, Year 7.
I’m not going to give any more information about the plot, as there are a few twists towards the end, and it is worth watching for yourself.
Epic Night for British Music! Miriam Magalhaes YEAR 7
In conclusion, this film has not only succeeded in being better than its previous version, and while not the best, it is definitely one of the better DC movies of all time, which is an impressive feat considering the circumstances of how it came to be in existence. Overall (bear in mind I’m not the biggest DC fan) I would give “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” a 7/10.
Year 9 students devised a scene within a haunted house whilst studying the genre of horror. Ruby Rastall pictured. Miriam Magalhaes YEAR 7 I have interviewed Miss Young who is currently running a Year 7 drama club about what she thought of drama and here’s what I got to know. What do like most about drama? It is wonderful to see that Year7s are excited to be able to do drama and have a drama club. What would you say that encourages students to do drama club? We can offer extra opportunities to do drama outside of class, we are creating our own piece of drama which will be fun and students can develop their skills and make new friends. Who can get involved? Any Year 7 can get involved in the drama club, just turn up.
European Super League Connie Poole YEAR 8
WHEN the news broke that the biggest 6 teams in the Premier League were on the brink of joining a new competition fans were outraged. The ESL plan to break away was clear when they set up a website. In their proposal, they explained how it would work. 15/20 of the clubs would stay in the league and there would be 5 places awarded based on performance. Florentino Perez became the first chairman of the organization and his competition’s first tournament would be commences “as soon as practicable”. However, it was received with wide condem-
nation. Fans believed that the owners did it in order to gain power and money. It would make it impossible for life-long supporters of clubs to watch every game and it would instead rely on fans overseas hoping to watch exciting games on tv.
willing to pass legislation through quickly in order to stop the ESL. The FA were also willing ot take measures in order to stop the breakaway league. For instance, the players of clubs that were involved in the ESL would be unable to participate in World Cups.
The odds were always stacked against them, as the Super League brought yet another issue. 15 clubs could no be relegated; they would stay in that League no matter the team’s performance. This does not allow the for there to be any competition. It seemed that those decisions were mad upon status which many fans thought was superficial.
The ESL idea was quickly crushed and owners were fast to back out, saying that they would do whatever it takes to rebuild trust. Although this breakaway failed it does give us a worrying insight into the future of football- are owners really willing to lose the culture of their club in order to gain wealth?
After a few days of resentment, there was a speech in parliament. The government were
Watch out Wimbledon! YEAR 7 student, Maddie Walsh has been offered a Head Sponsorship Contract in Tennis. Maddie, who has been playing tennis at Manor Park Tennis Club in Malvern since the age of 5 played in the LTA Youth National Match play 12U at Corby on 14th and 15th April. This was an event for the top 36 girls in the age group to play across 3 venues with a chance to play in a National final. Maddie played well and finished the event 10th overall. There were some really tricky matches many of them against girls in the top 10 in the country. She really loved it.
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Maddie trains at least 3 times per week at her tennis club and also once per fortnight at County. She said, “I felt really happy to be offered this contract. I enjoy tennis and it is something I would like to pursue in the future.”
AUTUMN TERM 2020 Term Starts - 3rd September Half Term - 26th October - 30th October Term Ends - 18th December SPRING TERM 2021 Term Starts - 4th January Half Term - 15th February - 19th February Term Ends - 1st April SUMMER TERM 2021 Term Starts - 19th April Half Term - 31st May - 4th June Term Ends - 16th July OTHER DATES Good Friday - 2nd April Easter - 5th April May Day - 3rd May Whitsun Bank Holiday - 31st May INSET DAYS 4th December 2021 19th July 2021 20th July 2021
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17th and 18th April she played in first round of the Babolat Cup 21 in Oxford. This is a circuit of 5 events that finish with a final at the Edgbaston Priory Club. To enter you need to have a high national ranking (currently 50) She finished the event 10th overall. She played really well and had some tough matches. 24th and 25th April she played in the 12u county cup which is where all the counties around the country meet in groups to play matches. It brings together the best kids in the county. Maddie player number 1 in Hereford and Worcestershire and she won 4 of her 6 matches. 1st and 2nd May she played in the county cup again this time in the 14u age group. She was player number 4 this time and she played 3 singles and won 2 out of 3.
Rugby Stars Needed!
If you are looking for an opportunity to try a new sport and meet new people, why not give rugby a go? Worcester Rugby Club is seeking to recruit more girls to their teams. Training times are: U13 Weds 8pm-9pm & Sunday 1pm - 2pm U15 Weds 8pm - 9.15pm & Sunday 1pm 2.15pm
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