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Staff and students deserve medal for runaway success! Ash Manor pupils completed their own decathlon of activities in the build up to the 2012 London Olympics. The decathlon involved pupils taking part in vertical tutor groups in Olympicthemed activities designed to highlight the key Olympic and Paralympic values of Friendship, Equality, Excellence, Determination, Respect, Courage, and Inspiration. Pupils also had the opportunity to attend the Three Peaks outdoor centre or

BY OLLY M PICKWINNER visit Olympic tourist attractions in London. On Friday, the whole school took part in a superb school sports day at Aldershot Military Stadium. Headteacher Mr Garrido said: “Challenge Week gave students an amazing opportunity to work collaboratively across year groups. We saw older students taking responsibility for younger students, encouraging them and sup-



porting their achievements. “During the week we saw countless examples of students really challenging themselves as individuals - on the high wire at Barfield or performing and composing house anthems. The incredible creativity, enthusiasm and passion that we see every day in school was apparent ALL week. “I would like to thank all the staff for the immense hard work and planning that went into making the week an out-

standing success,” he said. Challenge Week co-ordinator Karl Brown noted the positive attitude of the pupils and also thanked the staff for their extra work in making many of the activities a success. “It was pleasing to see pupils applying the Olympic values to each of their activities, as these same values will undoubtedly help them to achieve well and become valued members of society in the future,” he said.



Meet the Press

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Student journalists rise to Challenge Week Challenge week is back at Ash Manor for the fifth year running - only this time with an Olympic theme in preparation for the 2012 games! To introduce the busy week, the school was visited by Olympic hopeful Emma Pallant. Middle distance runner Emma Pallant arrived at the school early Monday morning to take some quick photo-

BY REBEKAH LEONARD & PHOEBE HORTON graphs with the student press team before partaking in the raising of our new Olympic flag; this will remain raised until the games are finished. After a short tour of the school with senior teacher Mr Panayiotou, Emma returned to our challenge week newsroom for an interview with four year

ten students: Phoebe Horton, Rebekah Leonard, Tess Allen and Serena Alevizopoulos. In her interview, she mentioned how important she considers


Challenge Weeks like our own in promoting the Olympics and its values.

She told us that “Some people only get involved the year before or sometimes even just a month before it happens. That’s a shame; there’s so much history behind it.” She agreed Challenge Weeks like our own are needed to enthuse young people about the games all year round. Local girl Emma even took the time to question us as a team about our own

sporting interests then continued to pass on some advice to aspiring athletes: “All sports people in general, no matter what level, need goals. Goals are what motivate us!” With activities ranging from orienteering and inflatable games to day trips around London, Emma’s visit kicks off what is sure to be an incredible week for everyone involved!

Man mountain required for Morocco trip

2012 will be an extraordinary year for students in Ash Manor School. Years 9, 10 and 11 will have the opportunity to go to the incredible and cultural country of Morocco and conquer Mount Toubkal. Students will be visiting in July 2012 to, not only to climb the mountain but to work in a village

helping the locals to build drainage, construct buildings and much more. Ash Manor School has given others the opportunity in the past and every trip has proven to be a life-changing experience. Students will have to raise up to £2,000 before they even leave home. So far, 2011 has been an

extremely productive year - a large percentage of the team have most of the funds required. As a member of the team going, I cannot stress enough how teamwork really comes into play in this situation. Working as a team and participating has allowed us all to complete tasks that would be next to impossible to do alone.

In a way, the expedition that the team and I are going on links to the Olympics because all of the Olympic values, such as determination, respect, courage and equality have to be shown whilst on the expedition, otherwise it will turn out to be a very boring and un-enjoyable trip. Are you up for the challenge?

The team are looking for about five or so more team members to really take full advantage of this experience. We need you! We’re looking for a male leader who is strong and someone who is able to climb a huge mountain. We really need someone who is up for the challenge and who shows the Olympic values.


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PAW BLIMEY! Brunel team used the designs of two pupils FAR RIGHT: Faraday’s alien mascot was designed by Charlotte Conde of 10F2

By Phoebe Horton, Rebekah Leonard & Gemma Dolan Cardboard, papier mâché and colourful paint are out in excess as the art department goes mascot crazy for the house competition! Students have been working hard throughout the week to create House mascots in preparation for Sports Day. Pupils were selected for the project by the art staff. Miss Madison told us: “A lot of GCSE students were chosen, but students from other year groups were also picked because of their artistic ability.” She later went on to say: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for those involved; I really think they’ll enjoy it.”


All four of the mascots were designed by pupils and the favourites were selected through a whole school competition. Faraday’s alien mascot was designed by

Mâché Manor Charlotte Conde (10F2), who said: “When I designed it in form, I wanted something different. I think the art department will do a really good job. I can’t wait to see it.” Brunel took a slightly different approach with their top hatted cat by incorporating the designs of two pupils, whilst the Wells monster mascot was thought up by Jade Axam (9W1). Callum Cody of Newton was responsible for their sunshine idea. Each day a different house took to the art rooms to create the vision. Groups of artistic students then began the day by making a shell of the mascot out of cardboard and papier mâché. The teams then painted these in House colours later in the afternoon. We spoke to four of the Brunel team: Emily Stillwell (7B2), Lilli Ralls (7B2), Emily McNiven (9B1) and Amy Dean (7B1). They told us: “It felt good to be chosen and now we’ve finished him we’re really proud of it!”


THE SUN HAS GOT HIS ART ON! Callum Cody of Newton was responsible for their sunshine idea

Whilst the mascot teams were busy, other groups of children made banners, posters and flags in House colours. Four huge murals also line the art department wall as a result of the students’ hard work. Many smaller posters have also been painted along with flags and banners! The mascots will be worn by a selected pupil from each House on the day, whilst the posters and flags will be distributed to brighten the stands and encourage friendly competition! Congratulations to all those involved for their hard work; all the creations look great!

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Stitched up by slave labour? Whilst visiting the group making badges we discovered that it was actually a two group job. The first group were casting the badges, whilst the other were completing them and putting them in boxes. The amount of badges that have to be made in one day is 200, as each house will give them out on sports day. Each house has a day to complete the set amount needed, so everyone gets one on sports day. We conducted an interview with Lloyd Butler about his day of casting the badges. When we asked Lloyd if he was enjoying it he quite willingly told us ‘Yeah, it’s been really good so far and I enjoy hammering stuff.’ Lloyd also told us that his group has made over 100

BY LUKE HARD & HENRY BATTERBEE In the technology department, a group of students from Wells house were making bags for their house. When we interviewed Nick Watmore he told us that the group were well on task as they already had made 194 bags out of 200- and it was only halfway through session 2. ‘Slave labour’ was how the group commented on it, although they all said that they were having a great time making them. ‘We were split into groups’ Nick and some others told us ‘some of us are sewing whilst others are passing and collecting material.’ Whilst speaking to the class as a whole, they all said that they have learnt valuable skills such as team work. At the beginning of the day, everyone was given training, as a recap on how to use the sewing machines and then they all set to work, hoping that they could make all of the bags they needed.

‘Man cannot aspire if he looks down; if he rises, he must look up...’ JAMES ALLEN

The 2012 Olympics are closing in and Ash Manor has taken the opportunity to embrace it and turn it into an experience for all to enjoy. By taking part in Challenge Week, everyone has taken up these opportunities and enjoyed them along the way. There have been various activities within school, as well as the trips to London and Barfield. Orienteering, games making, Olympic flame, site building, overcoming challenges, blades and everybody’s favourite, the inflatables, have been the endeavours this week. Our school motto, Aspire and Achieve, has affected everyone throughout the school as they have been trying their hardest to complete the unique and adventurous challenges that lay ahead of them. Abraham Lincoln famously stated, “That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” This powerful quote acknowledges that everyone in life can achieve great success. We hope that all students believe this motto and will continue to aspire and achieve throughout their lives. In charge of all of this was Mr Brown (pictured) our Head of Physical Education. He was aided by Mrs Williams, who organised the London Trip and Mrs Lewis, who organised the Barfield Trip. One of Mr Brown’s first comments was that he didn’t think that there was enough awareness throughout the country of the upcoming Olympic events. He predicted that Challenge Week would help us grasp the fact that the Olympics are getting closer, hence the Olympic theme. Completing this Challenge Week creates the belief that next year should be about friendly competition in sports and team building leading up to the Olympic Games. Mr Brown admitted the difficulty of organising this week was “quite high, but it was worth it as it really engaged the pupils”. The disappointment that followed later was the fact that the students were unable to visit the Olympic stadium as a school trip. However, he made up for it by arranging the London trip and the trip to Barfield. “The Olympic values are very important and if someone took just one of the values away from

this week to become a better person, I think that it was successful,” he said. “The staff put a lot of time into making the activities fun while linking it to every department. The kids met new people in their groups and the website was fantastic.” The creator of Challenge Week wants children to ‘voice their views’ and put forward ideas and trips for next year. Mr Brown then concluded: “Challenge Week should be about helping the kids’ progress in the future.” Within Challenge Week, Ash Manor was visited by 2012 Olympian hopeful, Emma Pallant. She had the honour of raising our new Olympic orientated flag, decorated by the Ash Manor motto and Olympic-styled logo. After the raising of the flag, she then had an interview by Anthony Zamara from Eagle Radio and a local newspaper team. During the course of Challenge Week, specific people have been chosen to help out with Technology, Art and Music. In music, they have been creating House Anthems for each house. They focused on Brunel and Faraday at the start and then slowly worked towards the Newton and Wells anthems. The music itself is created by using a range of instruments and talents, such as playing on the drums. In technology, they have been pewter casting and box making. They have been making the school logo in pewter cast and creating boxes to commemorate them and each house has a slightly different design. Every person is handed one on Sports Day as a reminder of this week. In art, each house has a chance to shine and show their artistic abilities. The students made murals. Each house gained a panel where they could represent their house. These are displayed in the Gymnasium. Each house takes a whole day dedicated to art for those who were chosen to help create. Whilst this is going on, they also must choose a design and make a mascot to be used and shown on Sports Day.


badges in two and a half hours, which is half the amount needed for his house, Newton. ‘It is hard work,’ Lloyd told us ‘we need to get all the stuff into the production line and pass it on to the other group, so they can box them up.’ As this was a two group operation, we spoke to the other group about how their work was coming on, and Pheobe Gumbrell told us that putting together and making the boxes for the badges was actually a fun activity to do as all the effort was going towards her house. Also in the interview we were told that the group had made really good progress as both groups had collaborated well so they were well on their 100 badge target.

News team tunes in to top tips on reporting Radio visit is smash hit

Ash Manor News Crew got an action packed start to the week with an interview with a radio station representative. Reporter Anthony Zamara from Eagle Radio seemed delighted to offer some optimistic teenagers a few professional tips about presenting and collecting desired information to be presented in the form of media. One of his key points was to do a sufficient amount of research before you interview anybody, to avoid embarrassment for both you and the person subject to interview. When he spoke to the team he explained: “Before you start an interview, you need to have conducted some research to know what you want to talk about. To start with, ask them an easy question to get them talking and allow them to realise they are in a comfortable environment. It is a good idea to structure your interview as if you are trying to squeeze some information out of someone; you need to subtly get the answer you want.” Indeed a very


valuable point to be taken on by the fanatics of the news room. Some of the students were keen to ask questions for more information, about how to get into a profession in journalism. However more confident than the rest promising year 9 student Ed Behan hoped to take full advantage of the opportunity in front of him and asked many questions about the radio, school, and even got on to Morocco! Anthony also added his views on the 2012 Olympic Games in London and stated how it will be “A great opportunity for journalists”.


1 Always do research 2 It’s always good to carefully construct your questions 3 Always try and make the person being interviewed feel comfortable. Now read our interview with Emma on pages 8 & 9.


Scaling new heights with Barfield trip

A major part of Challenge Week for everyone is the opportunity to go on either a trip to London or a trip to Barfield School. We interviewed a few people who went to Barfield School so we could hear their opinions on the trip. We interviewed Charlie Rodgers,

BY LUKE HARD & WILL BENNETT from Newton House. When we asked what he thought of the trip, he told us: ‘Altogether, the trip was really good. The best bits for me were the quad bikes, high ropes and archery.’ Charlie told us: ‘The quads were great as I could drift around the corners, al-

though they didn’t go very fast. I would certainly participate in the trip if the opportunity arose again.’ As well as interviewing students, we spoke to Mrs Aldred, who went on the trip on Monday. ‘The trip certainly was a great experience; I think that I can say

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truthfully that everyone enjoyed themselves. ‘I was also very impressed with the students who managed to overcome their fears, such as Adam Lee, who originally did not want to participate on the trip, but in the end managed to enjoy himself and learn great skills in the process.’ Mr Garrido also participated

on the trip and he told us that everyone there managed to achieve a personal goal, such as himself, as he managed to complete the leap of faith. ‘This is why we have chosen to theme our challenge week around the Olympics,’ he told us. ‘Everyone gets to set themselves a personal goal, just like in the Olympics.’

Students given £10m for Olympics project

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You’ve goat to laugh... Mr ‘Goat’-rido! During an interview with Head Mr Garrido himself on Wednesday, he happened to mention that next year the school may be getting chickens or even goats! He said the farmyard animals ‘would be a great way for students who maybe don’t have pets to gain responsibility looking after the creatures.’ ‘I’m not very ‘drilled’ about my shirt!’ Year 8’s George Sherlock managed to get his Tshirt stuck in a drill. He told us that whilst drilling he was not paying attention, and managed to catch his shirt in the drill. Not realising the problem, he continued drilling. To his horror, he saw that he had caught his Tshirt and there was a pattern emerging on it. ‘Where’s the Checkpoint?’

BY TESS ALLEN & SERENA ALEVIZOPOULOS Students are in control of building the Olympic site that will host the 2012 Olympic Games and they have to build it within budget and deliver it on time.

At the beginning, they get a budget of £10 million which they are not allowed to exceed and with this money, they have to buy facilities for their site. The facilities are available in three categories: bronze, silver and gold, with each category being separated by price, capacity and quality. Bronze is the cheapest and gold is the most expensive. Pupils are allowed to mix and match from each category; for example, you could have a gold Olympic Stadium and a bronze hotel. The group with the most impressive Olympic site is declared the winner.

Orienteering checkpoints have been disappearing over the course of the day because someone has found it entertaining to move them around, causing disruption to others completing the course. This was much to the amusement of Mr Ginn, who had to track down the checkpoints. UK Top 40 Hit?


“The activity is very interesting but it is hard to make the decisions as you have to decide as a team. It makes it easier when you are working together in a group of different ages,” said Natasha Hard, 10B2. “I thought this was fun because you have to work in a team with new people who you wouldn’t normally work with, from different years and so have different abilities,” said David Brazil, 8B1. “It was, surprisingly, much better than I had thought. I was in charge of the money and so I had a big responsibility to not exceed the budget. I like the fact that you are allowed to decide what you want to buy,” said David Stoakes, 8B1.

We’re hoping that it’s going to be a top hit as two of girls in textiles have made a song about needles. Currently, we are not aware of the lyrics to the song, but here are the names of the girls who created the song: Courtney Mclnally and Amber Hamilton (above). Zoe, Where are you? Although she may not find it funny, her friends certainly do! During Orienteering, Zoe Hasting in Year 9 fell down a ditch, to the amusement of the people in her group. If only I could clap!

Students work hard to complete their Olympic projects on time and within budget constraints

There is always going to be one when there is glue about, and Tia-Anastasia Dougherty in the art department managed to glue her hands together, completely unintentionally!

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The London High

of tea,’ it is still very intriguing for us to experience the world of abstract art. Carrying on with the walking, we headed back to where we started to witness the stunning variety of sea life the London Aquarium has to offer.


When we saw Mrs Williams standing outside the train station in her black and cream netted hat, we thought we were going to Ascot Racecourse instead of London. Apparently, so did the hat when it took off in the wind later in the day! The London trip, run by Mrs Williams, seemed to be an extremely popular trip for Ash Manor students this year with all places filled and a huge waiting list for this fun packed, busy day! This amazing day out all started with a sightseeing tour on the London Eye. Pupils piled into the pods to be revolved around the wheel at different heights, with the peak being 135 metres off the bustling concourse.


With the giant Ferris wheel, situated on the banks of the River Thames, being so tall, many students had to conquer their fears to reach the top in order to see London in all its beauty.

The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The ‘Gherkin’, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and even the 2012 Olympic Stadium were some of the famous London monuments that you could see. “The highlight of the London trip, for me, was the London Eye. It was really fun because as soon as you set foot off the ground you had a different perspective of London,” said Nathan Hayter, 7F1. After a ‘not so wobbly’ walk over the Millennium Bridge, suspended above the River Thames, St Paul’s was already in view. The cathedral, dating back to the 17th century, stands in all its glory at the highest point in the city of London. “Its iconic features (designed by Christopher Wren) are filled with a rich and diverse history,” exclaimed Harry Barlow, 10B1. After starting at the cathedral floor, we began our ascent up 257 steps to the Whispering Gallery, where, if you knock on the wall at one side, you are able hear it across the other side of the gallery. The Stone Gallery was the third stage of the climb to the Dome. It was a total of 119


TOP OF THE WORLD: Students ride the London Eye by the Thames steps upwards and, after a short break, plete St Paul’s ‘Climb to the Dome.’ another 152 steps followed to reach the Mrs Williams thought it was time to Golden Gallery. At 365 feet above Lon- have a bit more contemporary culture don, it was no surprise that Mr Brown in our lives, so we marched back across was “scared stiff” but that feeling was the Millennium Bridge to be confronted soon turned into awe as he took in the by a huge former power station: Tate breathtaking sights. Many students were Modern. Consisting of work from interexhausted after they had climbed up and national modern artists, the galleries are down a total of 1056 steps but felt in- great fun for aspiring artists. Although credibly successful in managing to com- many people feel that it is not ‘their cup

It provides a wonderful look at the spectacular habitats found in our underwater world, including tropical fresh water, rock pools and fresh water streams. Many people had great expectations and were looking forward to this all day and it most definitely met their highly set standards with a range from sharks to starfish, sting rays to octopuses and jelly fish to penguins. “It was genuinely an awesome adventure that was topped off by going to McDonalds afterwards!” announced Abby Legge, 10W2. “It was an impressive day out and it was good to see pupils in different year groups mixing together and enjoying themselves,” said Mr Brown. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the members of staff who accompanied us and organised the trip to London!

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With the 2012 Olympics heading our way, it provides a chance for the Brits to get behind the nation and motivate the country. Our local Olympic athlete, Emma Pallant, visited Ash Manor School on Monday 11th July 2011 to spread the word that “sport is out there for everyone.” BY TESS ALLEN & SERENA ALEVIZOPOLOUS Emma was motivated to become the best

she could be from a very young age; it all started when she set her sights on beating her older sister (then in Year 5) in a running race when she was just in Year 3. This then encouraged her to visit a local club where adults inspired her to take a bigger interest in sport and the lifestyle that goes with it. Emma went to a very competitive junior school. When competing against considerably older students (at the age of seven) in the local school race, she managed to finish 16th. This was when she was spotted by her current coach, Mick Woods, who asked her if she wanted to join the local athletics club. She describes him as being a “...awesome coach; however, there are some things he doesn’t cover.” This is where her mentor, Dame Kelly Holmes, plays a role. She covers other important aspects that people may need for sport, including nutrition, lifestyle and injuries. When Emma badly hurt her knee, she hit a real low and wanted to give up the sport as she felt it wouldn’t heal and improve. Kelly Holmes was there to encourage and support her to achieve her dreams once again. Now Emma Pallant is in training and aiming to build up her endurance to get the qualifying time she needs for the under-23 Olympic Championship in 1500 metres. “I am very hopeful for what is to come, and I feel that next year is my lucky year.” While she was at the school, she took the time to speak to a couple members of our press team. We asked her about her lifestyle of when she was becoming an athlete and her own views of the Olympics. Have you always wanted to compete in the Olympics? It has always been a dream of mine to achieve the best and for me that is getting the Olympic Gold. It doesn’t get better than competing in the Olympics. Would you be disappointed if you didn’t qualify? Obviously, I haven’t qualified for the Olympics just yet. I am going to be running for the qualifying trials next year in July. If I meet the set time, I will go onto the next stage and will have to come in the top three out of all the British competitors. It is gutting if you don’t succeed in a race, like when I injured myself after I had met the set time. However, I know that I just need to focus on the next event. Who/what made you start? It was in primary school when I took part in a local school race and came 16th after running with significantly older pupils. At the finish, my current coach, Mick Woods, was there cheering me on, and he then invited me along to the local athletes club. Success drives me to achieve and enjoy what I do. What made you want to do long distance and not short distance?


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Eagle interviews athlete Emma Pallant

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I feel that I am just naturally good at running long distance. I am not a sprinter and I am not extremely fast. I have a lot of energy that enables me to run long distances. A lot of people feel that long distance running is boring but I have to disagree as I really enjoy it!

No, competition is, but the event itself is not. It used to be such a big event, but it seems all the focus is put on just the couple months before it begins and not on the four years leading up to it. I feel that it should be promoted more, like there should be more of these weeks you’re doing.

How did you juggle school work and your sport?

Any advice for an aspiring athlete?

At school it wasn’t that bad as I trained once a day in the evening after school had finished; I had a social life as well. In college, it got harder as I was training twice a day. When I got to uni I had no social life whatsoever and people became less understanding. It was a conscious decision to choose sport over my social life as I wanted to achieve what I was aiming for. Do you feel the Olympics and its values are promoted enough in schools?

All sports people in general need to set themselves a goal as goals are what motivates us. No matter what level you are and even if you are still in school, you should have a go and enjoy it!

Emma then left the school after the interview to carry on with her gruelling training regime with the hope of competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. We would like to wish her luck and hope to see more of her in the future.

Official flag is flying high There’s a new flag gracing the front of Ash Manor School. Olympic hopeful Emma Pallant kicked off the 2011 Challenge Week by raising our school’s well designed Olympic Flag for all to see. Mr Panayiotou’s Year 8 ICT class all designed an Olympic Flag, with the best one to be made into the official flag for Challenge Week. The extremely pleased Dominic Lloyd was shocked when his design was chosen as he “didn’t expect it.” His design consists of the five Olympic rings, still using the original colours, as they coordinate with the house colours of Brunel, Newton, Wells and Faraday. Dominic decided to put the school logo in the black ring to advertise Ash Manor to the local community. The flag supports the spirit of what the Olympics is all about, as members of the

school came together to produce a magnificent flag. Once the final design was chosen, it was all up to Mrs Wood and Mrs Chase to develop it from a word document into a 2D design. As the flag would only print onto A4 size paper, it was very tricky to re-work it once it had been printed. It took over four hours! Mrs Chase then had the ‘wonderful’ job of Sellotaping all of the sections together to make the template for the flag. Using the heat press, the flag was finally created. Mrs Chase found it ‘very pressurising’ as she only had one shot to get it right. If anyone has not had the chance to see the flag, we advise you to! We would like to congratulate Dominic Lloyd, and say a thank you to Mrs Wood and Mrs Chase for taking the time to create the Ash Manor Olympic Flag.

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Challenge Week co-ordinator Mr Karl Brown holds aloft a souvenir painting by student Tj Djvairo. Has he spotted a gap in the art market?

special Aldershot stadium is stage for our grand finale

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Real challenge is to aspire and achieve

Students finally got to speak to the Head about his views on Challenge Week.

The Ash Manor Challenge Week Press have had exclusive interview access with Mr D Garrido and have spoken to him about his views on Challenge Week. ‘So far, I think that it’s been really successful. I have personally visited Barfield School, where I have had first-hand experience of everyone enjoying themselves at the trip. ‘I haven’t visited London with the school yet. However, I have heard really good things about it and apparently everyone has enjoyed themselves.’

BY ED BEHAN, LUKE HARD & LAUREN SOUTHALL After hearing that everyone has enjoyed themselves this Challenge Week, we asked Mr Garrido if he would change anything for 2012. ‘We are already looking into Challenge Week next year’, he told us, ‘but people are telling us that they would prefer to have a Challenge Week once every two years.


‘This gives us a lot of time for teachers to plan some more interesting activities. For us, it is a

great opportunity for the pupils and staff to wind down, relax and develop a wider assortment of skills. ‘It would be a shame to see this great event disappear for 2012. We believe that Challenge Week allows students and staff to show that AMS is dedicated to its motto, ‘Aspire and Achieve’. The Olympic values are a big theme of Challenge Week, so we asked Mr Garrido if he thought people had understood the values. ‘I am not sure that people have understood the values as much as we intended. However, this is down to being unable to use assemblies to show the meanings

of the Olympic values.’ Here on the press team, we feel that students have certainly understood some of these values, such as the need for sheer determination at Barfield!


The trips have been a major part of Challenge Week, so we asked Mr Garrido what made him think of doing these trips. ‘Going to London shows the great cultural part of the Olympics, whilst at the same time it also gives children the opportunity to explore the capital, with landmarks such as the London Eye and Tate Modern.’ He also said:

‘Barfield was a trip all about setting personal goals, much like the Olympics, where athletes have to set themselves personal goals to be proud of.’ We asked Mr Garrido if he had any experiences with the Olympics himself and he told us that he applied for London 2012, but, unfortunately, failed to get tickets. Previously though, in’92, he travelled to the Barcelona Olympics with family. We do hope that Mr Garrido talks to other members of the school community so the pupils really can get involved in what happens in future Challenge Weeks.


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Students build and test own car on Top Gear track


Ash Manor students were invited to participate in a car competition involving different schools to face a four hour endurance race.

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The event took place on July 12 at the famous Top Gear test track, where students had to design and make their own working car, while being limited to just a few items. They returned with third place AND with the fastest track time of the day. They were all given a silver medal for participating. We interviewed Max Topliss and he said: “I would definitely do it again next year.” He also said that in the car it was quite fast as they were low to the ground. They were limited to six batteries; they had to be fully charged because they weren’t allowed to charge them on the day. Some of the team members at other schools tripped over their car as they were getting out of it and landed on their face! Each person had to do at least 20 minutes of driving whilst on the track. However, as Jordan Richards broke down halfway through his lap (his sprocket came loose) he did an hour on the track. (It took half an hour to fix the car). Even though the car broke down, he got the fastest lap time of the day on his second lap. So to conclude, the day was a success and for all the time they had, they definitely tried their best. Major congratulations to Jordan Richards, who walked away with fastest lap time of the day. Congratulations to the rest as well: Max Topliss Matt Tinkler Conner Burley Luke Morten Lewis Loften James Quick

We’re tick as parrot about tickets

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BOO HOO: Miss Fudge is left disappointed and in tears having missed out on Olympic tickets

The Olympic tickets have been a contentious issue up and down the country and here in Ash it’s no exception. Many of us are disappointed as we were unable to obtain tickets to this historic event in London that many will never again see in our lifetime!

Although disappointment covered most people’s faces, excitement and the feeling of outstanding luck took hold of others. We may know few people who were lucky enough to gain that precious possession but Ash Manor School has been honoured enough to have certain teachers who gained tickets.


cation) teacher. Miss Patel and her partner had been able to obtain table tennis seats the first time that they attempted to put forward an offer, much to their delight. Miss Patel said: ‘It had not been my preferred choice, but at least we got seats. We were very lucky.’

Grateful Although the tickets had been handed to them, Miss Patel said that she thought ‘it was not totally fair.’ She told the reporters that she understood that there were a lot of people who had wanted them and ‘a lot of difficult organisation had been done, but she thought that everybody should have at least gotten one ticket for one event. ‘I think that everyone would be grateful for that, even if it wasn’t their preferred sport,’ she said. On the other hand, a disgruntled Mr Ellis, a history teacher, was unable to collect any tickets for any of the Olympic events.



A few ambitious reporters set off on the challenge of finding that sprinkling of fortune within school grounds. The first teacher who was blessed to have obtained an Olympic Ticket was Miss Patel, an Ash Manor School P.E. (Physical Edu-

He had greatly wanted tickets for the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and the Rowing Competition. Much to his dissatisfaction, no tickets were available for him to have therefore, he will not be able to visit any of the events above. Much like Mr Ellis, Mrs Hannam was unable to get hold of any tickets.

However, unlike Mr Ellis, she would have appreciated tickets to attend the sailing. She disagrees with Miss Patel as she told the young reporters that the ticket selling was ‘like the lottery’ and it was a ‘fair’ way to sell the tickets as it’s very complicated and a lot of people wanted them, mainly ‘because it will be a piece of this country’s history.’

LUCKY: Miss Patel

Miss Fudge, a technology teacher, also applied for some Olympic Events but, like the two previously mentioned teachers, was unable to acquire any tickets. Her preferred sports to have seen would have been the cycling event or the synchronised swimming competition. ‘I’m annoyed because I didn’t get any tickets at all and I’m not happy,’ she said. Overall, those lucky few who got tickets are very thankful for them. There are differing opinions as to whether the way the tickets were sold was fair, but that is not up to us to decide...


Maths team go the extra mile BY GEMMA DOLAN & HENRY BATTERBEE I’d Walk A Mile For Orienteering! Ash Manor Maths department organised an exciting orienteering challenge. The prizes included house points. During the challenge, pupils needed to navigate around the school. Using the compasses and maps provided, the 18 groups of four worked with bearings to find their intended checkpoints. Each checkpoint had a coded letter which, when put together with the other codes, created a phrase relating to an Olympic event or athlete.

The fastest team to decypher the code back in the classroom were the winners. However, the pupils also faced several problems throughout the task! These included: not being able to read maps effectively; struggling to use the compasses; and not following the instructions fully.

Teachers involved enjoyed the challenge. Mr Ginn said: “This is an enjoyable race and it encourages good sportsmanship and teamwork. It’s been great fun taking part.” Mr Bond said: “We’re just pointing children in the right direction for the week!” Even teachers needed a level of teamwork skills in order to communicate with one another when none of their phones received signals. Overall, this orienteering experience was great fun. Several pupils said they would definitely do it again in the future!

Musicians hitting the high notes BY LUKE HARD & HENRY BATTERBEE

‘Is that a good thing?’ asked Tannar Elson when Miss Cheal compared the group to the Scissor Sisters. It’s only day two, and already the music group have created two anthems. Brunel and Faraday already have their anthems ready to play on sports day, whilst Wells’ anthem was coming on nicely at the time of the interview. After speaking to Miss Cheal, we found out that the music group had a total of four days to create four anthems to be played on sports day. Whilst interviewing the group we discovered some problems that they faced: Time limit, working as a team and confidence on voicing their opinions. However, against all of the problems, the group is making progress, so much

progress in fact, that Miss Cheal compared the group to the Scissor Sisters. To find out how much the group were enjoying the experience, we conducted two interviews with Tom Greene and Tannar Elson. When asked Tannar what part he had, he told us that he was a guitarist and had a solo part in the Brunel Anthem. Tom said: ‘Out of 10, I reckon that I am enjoying it at about an 8/10 at the moment as it’s only my first day of working on the projects.’ When asked how he thought the group was working together, Tom said: ‘The group’s working great together, we are all working collaboratively. It could be even better if everyone voiced their opinions.’

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Naked chef started Games with a streak! As Britain nervously prepares and athletes tirelessly train for the 2012 Olympics, we ask ‘So, where did it all begin?’

The very first Olympics took place in Olympia in Greece, 776 BC. Many believe that the Olympics had been going on way before 776 BC, but others think differently. At the first Olympics, a chef named Coroebus took part in a running event and stole away first prize. This made him the very first Olympic winner; it was also said that he ran completely naked! In 393 AD, Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, abolished the games for their pagan influences, as he was a Christian.


In 1896, the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, although they had a lot of financial issues in terms of setting it up and running it. Initially, Paris was supposed to hold the first modern Olympics, but Athens was chosen four years before the games. In the 1896 Olympics, more than 200 men, representing 16 different countries, competed in 43 events.


In the 1900 Olympics, in Paris, for the first time ever in history, women were allowed to enter. In 1912, some events were cut and a new one was introduced, a pentathlon. It consist-

ed of horse riding, fencing, swimming, shooting and cross country. After an eight year absence, the 1920 Olympics had a welcoming return in Antwerp. The country had trouble trying to cope with the big news, as they had a lot to regain after the war (WWI). Amsterdam was next to hold the Olympics in 1924, followed by Los Angeles in 1932. The Olympics were then held in Berlin. Although Germany caused World War I, the other countries trusted them as they had won an event in the winter games the year before without any disturbance. The Olympics then took a trip to London, but they did not invite the countries that helped Germany

with World War II. Helsinki was up next, for the first time since 1912. Melbourne held the next Olympics after that but this was a problem for many athletes from Europe and America because some athletes did not have enough money to get to the venue.


The next Olympics were held by Athens and they were the first to have worldwide television coverage. Tokyo and Asia held their first Olympic games in 1964. In 1968, Mexico City took the spotlight of being the subsequent Olympic host. In the 1988 Olympics, an athlete called Ben Johnson was disqualified

due to a test which came back positive of a drug that would improve his performance. Previously, he had beaten the world record. In 1972, Munich, a terrorist attack led to 11 athletes, five terrorists and a policeman dead. The following morning, the Olympics were suspended as a memorial service took place for the people who died the previous day. The modern games now occur every four years in different cities around the world; the scale and preparation is on a level that could never be imagined by the ancient Greeks.


Inflatables have made a return to

Ash Manor – only this time with an Olympic twist! With the addition of The Bungee Run, this year’s inflatable playground is proving more challenging than ever.

After the bouncy obstacle course and space-hopper-soccer proved so popular with students last year, they are back again for the 2012 Olympic Challenge Week. Mr Davies, of the AMS PE Department, said students are showing a very ‘positive’ and ‘hard-working’ attitude towards the activities. It appears the inflatables are making a big impression on pupils, too, as some students have described them as “amazing,” “good fun,” and, in some cases, “challenging.” We (as the press) tried the activities for ourselves and happily report that they proved extremely entertaining as well as offering a serious workout! So, this year the inflatable team consists of three different fun-filled activities. The press team’s very own William Bennett (10N1) experienced the trio for himself. Here are his findings:

The Obstacle Course

This was, without a doubt, the most energy sapping of the three; racing through a series of inflatable objects is not a walk in the park. The pressure is on because the

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BY REBEKAH LEONARD & PHOEBE HORTON idea is to go head to head against another person. The winner has to be first to complete the course and get back to the start. The course itself wasn’t too much of a challenge, but after a few rounds, I found my heavy breathing became a clear indication of how incredibly tired I now was. It was a brilliant experience and I would most certainly do it again.

Probably the most entertaining in terms of observation, this challenge was a lot harder than it looked. I was strapped to an inflatable wall with two short bungee cords. The objective was to run as far as I could away from the wall and place a velcro pad on the side when I reached my limit. This was definitely the most humorous activity, since it was a good laugh to watch people get snapped back in unexpectedly. A hilarious moment was when I got snapped back myself. This was definitely the most unique of all activities which got everyone excited about having a try.

the typical premiere game. The fact that we were on space hoppers says it all. The challenge was to try and keep up with the game on the space hopper, and, believe me, it was difficult. Cheating was almost unavoidable since the effort required to keep bouncing around was too much for some people. It was great! Whilst on site we spoke to ‘inflatable worker’ Lee, who mentioned that, although it is not uncommon for a school to hire inflatables, Ash Manor is one of the first to incorporate them into an Olympic themed week. When asked how he felt the activities relate to the 2012 games, he responded: ‘They do relate both physically and mentally.’ He then added: “Although at the time, children usually participate mainly for themselves, many do end the sessions having learnt to overcome the challenges by themselves on some inflatables, and to work together as a team on others!” So, for the last two years, the inflatable trio appears to have been a huge success – but will we see them back next year?

Football - the country’s favourite game. Well, this version is a little bit different to

And will they return with even more of a vengeance?

The Bungee Run

Space Hopper Football

UPS AND DOWNS: Teachers and students leap into action on the bouncy course Photos by Phoebe Horton and Rebekah Leonard

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Bridge builders feel pressure

Citius, altius, fortius. Faster, higher, stronger. Ash Manor pupils strive for success in building bridges. Pupils work with limited resources to complete the challenge of creating a freestanding platform. Students, in groups of four were set the challenge to build a metre long bridge which would be able to hold weights when

BY HENRY BATTERBEE & GEMMA DOLAN it was free standing. They were given limited supplies, such as string, card, straws and sticky tape. When they used all of one type of supply, they were able to trade different

resources between other groups, so they could complete the set task. When asking Alex Walsh (8N2) what he thought of the challenge, he said: “I wish we could do something like this every week!” He also said: “I think working as a team really helps to improve our school atmo-

sphere.” Many students and teachers said they would like to do this activity again in another challenge week. The best bridge managed to hold 3.3 kilograms without collapsing. Many groups rose to the challenge but the record still stands! Some bridges weren’t able to hold any weight and collapsed instantly.

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Monday morning was the beginning of the epic and adventurous food technology challenge. The task was to make an energy-breakfast bar from scratch. There were three groups and they all had the same ingredients. Ross king and I went over to food technology and interviewed two students who were taking part in this event. We have the views of different students doing the special Food Tech task. The first pupil interviewed was Sam Chillman, a Year 9 student, who was involved in the task. He said that he was enjoying the task of making the free energy bars and that it wasn’t making “too much of a mess.”


He seemed very enthusiastic about the week to follow and the overall experience that he will have. We asked him what they were making in the lesson. “Well, we’re making bars made from oats and different fruits that will be available to about 1,500 students who will competing in sports day and the amazing spectators who will be supporting the athletes throughout the event.” Another student who was interviewed, Ian Best, said that he was very intrigued and really loves the idea of “making something that so many will, hopefully, enjoy.” He was certainly up for sports day and hopes that he “will secure a good place for his house.” Photos by Ed Behan


Jones family runs on its cricket rivalry

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Keeping up with the Jones’s... but the question is which Jones is better? Chris Jones and Hannah Jones both play very high standard in the sport of cricket. Chris Jones plays for Surrey Cricket Club, Normandy Cricket Club, West District and Ash Manor School. He has played for all these teams for over two years now which in itself shows his dedication. For Normandy Cricket Club, he has been playing in the second team for half a season and is hoping to stay there.

Younger His plans for the future are to captain England alongside his team mates in his Surrey team now. Hannah Jones, Chris Jones’s younger sister has played for Normandy Cricket Club, Surrey Girls, West District and her school Ash Manor School. As she has stood out at Surrey she has trialled for Super 2s in order to get into the England U15s two years running at the age of 11. This year she has been noticed at Super 2s and has got trials for Super 4s in order to get into England U19 . This is a massive achievement for Hannah and she is hoping to keep improving and some day in the near future play for England!

Manor spirit earns TFN Sport silver

CHARLOTTE COLTART & HARRY BARLOW report from TFN Sports Day ‘I thought it was fantastic to see schools coming together and Ash Manor did extremely well. We put competitors in every event and had really good spirit; it was good and I enjoyed being a part of It,’ said Mr Milner. The TFN Sports Day sees three schools come together; Ash Manor, Heath End and Weydon, and participate in athletic events (track and field). It’s a competition to see who’s best. Ash Manor proved their talents by finishing off second out of the three whilst Weydon came first and Heath End third in this year’s competition. Ash Manor had many achievers throughout the day. Dan Townsend (who won 60m) told us: ‘I really enjoyed my day!’ Keegan Miller (winning 60m, 100m, 200m, and 400m) agreed with Dan. Ben Ives (who triumphed in high jump and triple jump) added: ‘I did really well; I jumped further and higher than everyone else. Ash Manor did exceedingly well overall.’ We are really proud of them as they showed great effort and achieved well for Ash Manor.

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Two boys had a go at setting the Ash Manor School record for the longest table tennis rally. Aaron Doetsch, 10B1, and Josh Jordan, 10B2, (pictured left) were playing against each other for 20 minutes to see how many shots they could return. Overall they managed to get a total of 747 hits. No one has managed to even get close to their amazing score. Well done, boys!

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HEAVE Tug of war is a big pull for our sports stars...

Meet our sport stars Ash Manor’s chances for our elite sports people in BY HANNAH JONES the future are looking good. Here are some of the amazing sports people from our school. is constantly working hard to Evie Kenna has played for Fulham Football Club for over 5 years and has now moved on to Middlesex to prove herself again. James Kenna, Evie Kenna’s older brother, also excels in sports. Playing for Surrey in rugby, James always stands out and is dedicated to move onwards and upwards.


STAR: Hannah Jones

Aidan King also plays football at a high standard. He has played for Guildford City boys for three years and has advanced to Chelsea Academy; soon he is going on to trial for the district! Tia Loveday ice skates for Guildford Spectrum. She trains and works hard on a regular basis to perform in theatres all over Surrey. Hannah Jones plays cricket for Surrey throughout the summer and has recently been invited to trial for the U19s England team at the end of August. Logan Phillips plays Judo for England and has performed for many years. He

improve his technique. Max Fisher is a competitive runner. He travels far and wide to be the best runner he can possibly be. Being part of AFD (Aldershot Farnham District) is a great achievement for him. Chris Jones plays cricket for Surrey and has been picked for the Surrey Academy which is U16s level. He also constantly plays for the 2nd team at Normandy Cricket Club and always plays well. As you can see, Ash Manor is not short of highly skilled sportsmen and women. These sports people are extremely advanced in what they do and Ash Manor will support them throughout their careers.

STAR: Evie Kenna has played for Fulham


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