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Editor: Nathaniel Boalch 11F February 2011 Winter is a time of plight, Shorter days and early nights, Predicaments that we must face, Toughen in winter’s lack of grace, A season which we all await, Christmas presents and their fate. Khallil Benyattou 11R

A big thank you to Khallil in 11R for designing the titles for this newsletter.

Happy New Year !!!! Welcome back to another term. 2011 is now in full swing and already it is turning out to be one hell of a year. Once again, in this newsletter, I will write about the current news stories as well as the stuff that has affected us over the past four months ranging from the problems with the weather (and believe me, there have been many) to the vast problems in politics as well as all the latest news from around the world and Loxford Firstly though, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas (regardless of weather you celebrate it or not) and hope that everyone has got over the sudden plunge of being chucked into Mock exams (as a friend once said “we truly have been thrown in the deep end; lets hope we can swim”). I (and I’m sure everyone) wishes everyone all the best for their mock results – remember it is just a mock – better to flop now than in June. Also I’m sure everyone would like to thank Mrs Johnson for keeping the school open mostly throughout the cold snap. As a sixth former said “hell will freeze over before the school is closed”. Well, having been outside, I wouldn’t be surprised it does.

Barrack Obama is known as the 44th President of America, although he is only the 43rd since Grover Cleveland was president twice after loosing the 1889 election and winning the 1893 one, missing a presidential term. So, he signed the president oath twice making him the 22nd and 24th presidents of America. Year 11 Newsletter February 2011

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow Once again the country was gripped which about three weeks of terrible, brutaly cold, winter weather with snow blanketing most of the country, including here in London where about 20cm of snow fell in about three hours (watched, I’m sure by most of us out of our bedroom windows). The snow cause huge disruption across the county; the most publisised being the disruption caused ate Heathrow Airport where thoudands of flights had to be cancelled due to the shere suddenness of the snowfall, meaning that snow clearence crew at the airport were unable to keep both runways and the stands clear (the north runway was subsequently closed for five days). These cancellations meant that many people were unable to get home (or get away on holiday) for Christmas. The number of people stranded at Heathrow at one point was so much that Terminal 3 had to be closed due to overcrowding. There was also huge disruption across the rail network with many people being trapped in trains across the country due to a frozen third rail (where the train picks up the electricity needed for it the run from) or because of power-line failures. In Scotland, the mercury fell to -25 degrees celcius in some places with most of scotland covered in snow for up to 8 weeks resulting in the closure of thousands of schools. Thankfully, the heaviest snowfall in the south of the UK came just as school was finishing for the christmas break although previous snowfall did mean that schools (including Loxford) were forced to close due to health and saftey over ice. So, is there more to come? Well previous years have suggested that early February sees some heavy snow, the heaviest in 2009 when heavy snowfall caused the withdrawal of all buses in London and in most of the southeast as well as causing the closure of thousands of schools across the south. So lets brace for a cold (and potentially white) February 2011.

And we’re not the only ones The USA saw some of its heaviest snowfall for almost 80 years as freak blizzards shut down major cities such as Washington and New York. Many of the countries busiest airports were closed and main highways deemed dangerous.

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More Floods (this time the size of two countries !!!!) As I write this, a lack the size of France and Germany combined is slowly moving across south eastern Australia as the freak floods there continue. For the past two months, the country has had some of the worst rainfall there for almost a centaury. The rainfall (unsurprisingly) caused many rivers to burst its banks including the Brisbane River which burst its banks causing most of the city (Australia’s third largest) and its suburbs to be swollen in water that was 10 feet high in places. Flash floods across the continent have cost the lives of more than 10 with more that 70 injured and thousands made homeless. Around 9,000 homes and business were flooded when the river burst its banks. Also many surrounding towns, such as the Rockhampton, were completely cut off from the rest of the world when flood water swamped the town, closing its airport and train lines. The lake, which is moving south into the state of Victoria, was caused when water had to be released from a dam near Brisbane to prevent a tidal wave. Towns and Villages in the Victoria have been warned to leave the area and go to higher ground as the lake is expected to reach some places by as soon as next week. Residents have been lining rivers with sandbags in anticipation. •

The floods across Australia and in Brisbane have made the world reconsider flood defences. Venice, the Medieval Italian city, has already seen the worst flooding there for almost a decade, and as a city built on a swamp, the Italian government are trying to find alternative ways, other than the flood defences currently in place, to protect the city from rising sea levels The Government is also reconsidering flood defences of the city. If Australia’s third largest city can be flooded so easily, what’s there to say that London won’t be underwater in a few years ?

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Flash mudslides in Brazil Staying with the weather, heavy rainfall in parts of Brazil (in the neighbourhood of Teresópolis, near Rio de Janero in the south of the country) has caused mudslides, swamping slums and killing over 500. Survivors were described as “Zombies” as they forced themselves out of the mud. Thousands are homeless and helicopters have been sent to provide the survived with food water and medical supplies.

In other news…

North Africa wants change – mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt as the people want their presidents out. As I’m sure most of you have seen in the news in recent days, violent protests have erupted across countries in North Africa. In started in Tunisia, when a student set himself alight in protest against the Tunisian government’s lack to do anything about the rising youth unemployment and rising food prices. This has since escalated to violent clashes between hundreds of people and riot police and the army. Over 30 people were killed in the riots, with food and water scarce and looting now a problem. The Protestors were demanding the president of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down. Ben Ali has since fled Tunisia with his family and other top government officials to Saudi Arabia, after over 10 years in power. Since then, a unity government has been created and presidential elections are to be called soon. Tunisia is a popular tourist hotspot amongst British tourists, drawn there by the yearly heat and picturesque, white sandy beeches and holiday resorts. Many were forced to abandon their holidays prematurely when the riots erupted, with tour operators such as Thomson, lying on extra planes to bring passenger home after holiday resorts became a target for protestors. Many foreign nations have been caught up in the violence, some being mistaken for government thugs and being beaten with clubs and iron bars.

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Violent protests have also erupted recently in cities across Egypt for very similar reasons. Protestors here are also calling for the resignation of Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak who has been in power for over 30 years. Similar scenes of violence to Tunisia were seen in Egypt’s capital Cairo as well as in Suez and Alexandria. Unlike Tunisia’s president, Ben Ali has remained in power, despite being advised by the UK and USA, and has sent in the army to deal with the protestors. However, in some places the army were welcomed with open arms (the protestors trying to persuade the army to support them). The Foreign office is advising only essential travel to Tunisia and to Egypt’s major cities, although they say that Egypt’s Red Sea resorts are still safe to visit. Tourists in Egypt are not receiving the same level of help as those in Tunisia. Many tour operators have cancelled flights to Cairo and other Egyptian cities, leaving many British tourists stranded, with many not receiving any information as tour reps have left the airport. Tourists in Egypt are asking the British government to intervene in trying to get them home.

Resignations in Government There were two shock resignations in government recently, both within the space of 24 hours. First was the sudden resignation of Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson (left) for “complicated personal matters” (apparently his wife was having an affair – all a bit Eastenders if you ask me), although there was speculation that he was finding it hard to come to grips with his brief as Shadow Chancellor, having had no previous experience with money (he was a postman before he was and MP). His resignation caused labour leader Ed Miliband to reshuffle his shadow cabinet; Ed Balls was made Shadow Chancellor, his wife, Yvette Cooper, Shadow Foreign Secretary. Mr. Johnson will; however remains a backbencher in parliament. Then came the resignation of David Cameron’s Spin Doctor Andy Coulson (right) over claims that the scandal over phone-hacking by journalists at The News of the World whilst he was editor, was affected his current job. David Cameron is now looking for a successor to Mr. Coulson.

VAT rises to 20% January 4th saw the rise in VAT from 17.5% to 20%. This is part of Chancellor George Osbourne’s attempts to cut the national deficit. The rise most greatly affects larger, more expensive goods such as televisions, cars and fuel (that went up to its highest price ever in January).

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Students Protest over rising University Fees – some courses will now cost you £9,000 a year Thousands of students when on protest during December in response to the government’s proposals to raise University tuition fees for some courses to £9,000 a year. Although most of the protests were peaceful, some did turn out to be violent, will many getting hurt. The Protests started in early December with students storming Milbank Building (HQ of the Conservative Party). It was here “No ifs, not buts, no that someone threw a fire extinguisher education cuts” from the roof, narrowly missing a police officer (this person has since been jailed for Protester’s slogan nine months). The protests then moved to marches through the streets of London. At first these were peaceful, but they soon turned violent, with government buildings, bus stops, phone boxes and a police van being smashed, some being burnt. Furthermore, some MPs and ordinary citizens were attacked by protestors. Police tried to contain the violence using a tactic known as Kettering, which involves keeping people in one area for hours at a time before releasing them one by one when things have calmed down. This tactic came under much criticism with parents complaining that they children (some as young as none) were being held against their will, outside in the freezing cold with no access to food or water, well into the late hours of the night. The police have defended their use of this tactic and the government has warned that if protests get any more violent or out of hand, they will bring in water cannons and rubber bullets, such things that have been used recently in the riots in Egypt.

To be honest, there hasn’t been much happening in school at the moment. Emphasis has really been on mocks although there have been other exams such as the Business, Biology and Chemistry GCSE exams and AS level Maths Core 1 exam, which 15 students from yr 11 sat (including myself). I wish everyone the best of luck in their result for these exams.

Reminder: Biology trip to Tottenham Court Road on 14th Feb (Valentines Day)

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Mr. Hamid and Mr. Mohindra would like to remind students in Yr11 Set 1 maths that they should attend the Statistic lesson after school on Tuesday. There has been a drop in attendees (exam stress??). They would like to remind you that this is a timetabled session and you need an Applied Maths to be able to get the AS grade in Maths. Page | 6


Welcome to the Sports section of the Newsletter. This term

575 days until London 2012

we have tennis news and the news of ashes victory as well as the race for the Olympic stadium .

LOL !!!! – England lose 2018 World Cup bid Once again, England supports bowed their heads in shame – except this time not for the terrible football. England lost the 2018 world cup bid to Russia, despite having a “perfect bid” led by David Beckham, David Cameron, Boris Johnson and HRH Prince William. However, things weren’t in England’s favour, and they were booted out in the first round of voting. There was speculation that the British media may have jeopardised the England bid with BBC Panorama airing a show highlighting corruption amongst top Fifa officials the night before the bid. All members of the bid team were said to be devastated by the loss, and in true British style went home accusing Fifa of corruption (Sep Blatter calling England bad losers). I don’t know about you, but when I watched the results, I was over the moon when Russia was announced as the host. I mean, I’m not a football fan (despite Prince William claiming that football is England’s national sport – then why do we play rugby and cricket?), and do we really want another major sporting event in this country? We already have the Olympics in less than 600 days; do we really want to have to go through yet more disruption four years later? We will never know. The 2022 world cup bid was won (surprisingly) by Qatar. With temperature during the day of over forty degrees, Fifa have suggested these games be held in the winter there and have also suggested that the games be held across the Arab Peninsula. Sep Blatter was also quick to apologise after a gaff regarding homosexuals attending the games in Qatar, since they won’t be allowed as homosexuality is outlawed there.

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Tottenham vs West Ham – and there’s only one goal The race for the occupier of the Olypic Stadium after the games next year is underway. There are two runners, Tottenham and West Ham, both with quite diffent ideas as to what they want to do with the stadium. Firstly, Tottenham want to completely knock down the stadium after the games and on he site build a purposed built football stadium at the cost of £300 thousand. However, this idea has come under much critism over the Olympic legacy. Campaigners want the stadium to be used for athletics, so want to maintain the running track that goes round the edge of the stadium. However, Tottenham say that the track would annoy fans as it would mean that fans would sit further away from the pitch and thus the action. Tottenham, instead want to redevelop an athletics stadium in Crystal Palace (South London). Tottenham are corrently in consultation with Harrigey council over a proposed new stadium near White Heart Lane, but that has since been rejected. There are also concerns amongst fans over the distance Stratford is from Tottenham, saying that Tottenham Hotspurs should stay where it was born, with many saying that if they do move to Stratford, they would no longer support them. West Ham, on the other hand, want to modify the olympic stadium to make it suitable for football. They want to borrow money from Newham Council to build a roof on the stadium and remove some of the upper terraces. This is said to be the strongest bid (with over 81% of Londoners in favour of it) as it maintains the Olympic legacy bid, despite Tottenham having the backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson. At the end of the day, the result is decided by a pannel of senior figures who will also take into accout the cost to the taxpayer. After all, we are already paying £300 million pound for the satdium in the first place – do we really want to pay more? The winner should be announced in the coming days – the decision having been put off once, some now saying that the whole thing has become “tedious” and “unnecessary”. The Olympic Games in 2012 is costing the British taxpayer £300 billion for 22 days of sporting event. Not only will the tickets for the games be overly expensive, but the travel disruption expected is said to be astronomical, with road traffic caused due to “Olympic super-highways” to allow IOC officials and athletes to and from the venues “safely” as well as overcrowding on the tube and buses. Transport for London (TfL) are now advising people not to use the tube during the games. Err, hang on, people still need to get to and from work, and since they won’t be able to drive (traffic and Congestion Charge) and now their not allowed to use the tube, how else are they supposed to get to and from work? Helicopter? Year 11 Newsletter February 2011

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Football Sexism Scandal There was shock amongst women supporters, players and referees recently when two top sky football commentators where heard to make sexist comments about a female lineswomen in a Liverpool game. The two commentators have since been sacked and resigned and have sparked outrage amongst femisit groups claiming that this attitude towards women in football should be abolished; a spokeswomen said, “Nowdays, football is for eveyone, male and female, straight and gay.” The referee in question was since been withdrawn from a recent game involving Ipswich Town.

They’re coming home, they’re coming home; the Ashes are coming home. The England Cricket Squad managed to retain the Ashes in Australia just before the New Year. They had a truly wonderful series, beating an “out-of-form” Australian team. But, before we can celebrate, the England team won’t be back in Britain for a few months yet, having been playing series cricket with Australia there (and avoiding the floods). Also, there are also claims that there won’t be an open-top bus parade around London, after the events of the last time England won the Ashes down under, when Freddie Flintof arrived at Downing Street drunk. Lol.

Murray comes second in Australian Open Final Andy Murray did Britain proud in reaching the Australian final (all our other tennis players were knocked out in the first rounds), but the British number one didn’t seem on form as he lost again world number three Novak Djokovic in straight sets, thus coming runner-up in the Australian Open in Melbourne. This is yet another grand-slam title Murray hasn’t been able to win, in a succession of failure. A British tennis player hasn’t won the Australian open since 1936.

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When I was given the task of writing the Yr11 Newsletter, I wanted to include an opinion page so that you could express your opinions on some of the most controversial issues today. As teenagers, I feel that our opinions aren’t always noted down seriously and are instead passed aside as if we don’t know what we are talking about. This page gives you the opportunity to share you opinions on the key topics of today.

Do you think Britain is well prepared for snow? “Britain is a laughing stock with countries such as Russia and Canada – they get a lot more snow than we do, yet they manage to cope fine” Nadeem 11D “At the end of the day it all comes down to cost; we don’t get snow everyday so is it worth investing in snow clearing equipment?” Poonam 11D

Tottenham vs West Ham Tottenham West Ham Neither Shouldn't go to a football club

“Doesn’t bother me – I’m quite happy having the odd day off to have snowball fight with my mates” Sandeep 11L

I asked 100 people who they thought should get the Olympic Stadium after the games in 2012

“The councils should try and spend more money sorting out the ice after the snow – it is really dangerous” Joel 11F

Do you agree with the rise in Student University fees?

Do you agree with the violent protests? “No – violence gets you no where, people just get hurt and the authorities get impatient and don’t listen – look at the student protests in the UK and the protests in Egypt” Nathaniel 11F

“Hell no – how are any of us going to afford to go to uni now – nine grand a year – that’s robbery” Shay 11F “I suppose it has to be done to cut the deficit, but there are other areas the burdon could have been put on to” Maryam 11S “Now that their also scapping EMA, I doubt is any of us will get to uni – the government need to listen to the protestors” Alexandra 11X

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for their contributions to this newsletter and wish everyone all the best for their Mock Exam results. In the final newsletter I will be writing about our memories of Loxford. If you have any memories you want to share, write them down and give them to Nathaniel 11F.

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