In February, we launched SRtRC - a national competition for schools to explore the topic of race equality and the impact of racism on individuals and communities, in a creative way. We were delighted to have over 100 pieces of work submitted for judging; from paintings, creative writing, multi-media, models and even a cake!
As we could only submit six pieces of work, one for each category, our team of student and staff judges had the difficult task of judging all pieces entered. It was tough selecting as there were so many incredibly thought-provoking and visually stunning pieces of work. However, we got there in the end and sent our entries off just before the Easter holiday.
At the beginning of this term we received GREAT news from the SRtRC team informing us students from our school had not only won one…but three categories out of the six! This was beyond what we could have ever expected, particularly given this is a national competition.
So, in follow up, our winning team are looking forward to attending the Awards Ceremony next week where they will enjoy a fun afternoon with entertainment and Gareth Southgate, England football manager, will present all winners with their well-deserved award. We will update you with some pics and news about the event.
Once again, I would like to thank all parents and carers who support our work linked to culture and diversity. It really does make a difference in our school community; a place where every student has the right to feel safe, included, happy and accepted for who they are as well as playing their own part in helping others feel this too.
Huge congratulations to our winners:
Emily Townsend - poem
Aniela Bialek - painting
Katarina Goliasova, Katrina Culshaw, Lucian Munro, Oliver Graham-Turpin, Louis McKinley and Matthew Woodcock for their short film.
By B Taylor
By C Devlin, N Leach,
A Apps and R Campbell
By P Hague
By E Straw
By E Martin
Some of the Judging Panel
As playwright Tom Stoppard once said ‘I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.’. On 16th March 2017 30 students in Year 8 at the West Bridgford School got that rare opportunity to make their mark.
The students conscientiously prepared their topics in editorial meetings leading up to the day, and whilst they worked to always keep to the values of the BBC in being fair and impartial, they also got an opportunity to shed light on those issues that they felt were important. At 7:45am the students were desperately raring to go, with their microphones, carefully scripted interviews and BBC lanyards, they not only looked every bit the BBC reporter, but they were prepared too. Students didn’t shy away from controversial issues, covering debates such as uniform, animal rights and the importance of mental resilience. Students raced towards their 2pm deadline and even though it was hectic at times, all teams managed to get their broadcast uploaded on time which went live by 4pm.
A fantastic day was had by all and the students produced some impressive news broadcasts and articles.
Thank you to all staff that offered themselves up for interviews and to Ms Kane with helping support on the day. All reports are available on the School News Report blog- http://westbridgfordschoolreport.blogspot.co.uk/
Every year the Royal Society of Chemistry runs a competition aimed at UK Year 13 students, to stretch and challenge their knowledge. It is an extremely hard exam paper really pushing the edg-es of their Chemistry knowledge, only 5389 students entered in the county! This year we had 5 Year 13 students enter but also had 2 Year 12 students give it a try as well.
The results were fantastic, 4 of the Year 13 students achieved a silver award putting them in the top third of students who entered. Even more amazing is the two Year 12 students who entered achieved a bronze (top two thirds) and silver award, a fantastic achievement entering a year early – I have high hopes for them in next year’s competition.
Congratulations go to:
Silver Awards: Fateen Maqbool, Jacob Piechota, Mia Cook, James Walton, Matthew Metcalf
Bronze Award: Nathan Schofield
Hearty congratulations to 'Qwest', this year's Young Enter-prise team, who were winners at the Nottingham Area Final as well as winning 'Best Financial Management'. They pro-gress to the County Final in May. Their success continues a decade long run of wins for our YE teams. Mr Whitmarsh will be needing a new trophy cabinet!
Report by Year 13 Student Christian Newman
The absolute success of last year’s Debate Week on the EU Referendum meant that attempting to follow it proved challenging. After a period of speculating on various topics of the Debate Week, these said topics were proposed to representatives from each year group via the School Council. From this, it was evident that the debate on animal testing was perfect in raising discussion and splitting the group.
The finalised title was decided: ‘Animal Testing cannot be justified and therefore should be banned’. The introduction of Morgan and Joe from Post 16, who were kind enough to volunteer themselves to front each side of the argument, meant the Debate Week soon gathered momentum.
There was thorough research for the differing sides to the debate. These arguments were then relayed to the four terrific volunteers from each year group to front the debate for their year. Everyone involved passionately and fluently put their side of the argument across in the debate within the series of assemblies throughout the week.
The debate after school on Wednesday was dramatic and well-argued. All of those in attendance, drawn from all levels of the school, contributed by making challenging points for those on the panel to respond to. In that position, it was truly uncertain which side was going to arise victorious from the whole school vote on the Friday. The final result, however, was clear: the whole school voted and by a clear margin the majority voted that animal testing should not be banned.
Comments from students:
“The results were quite shocking in that people agree to keep animal testing”
“I thought the assembly was really good because it shared different reasons why it should and should not be banned”
“An amazing experience for the school and the students who have strong opinions on this subject”
“I love the concept of Debate Week, and I was one of the proud people to take part in the assembly. I will probably volunteer again next year”
“On Friday 24 March, counting the votes was very intense. We counted flawlessly! It was a landslide win to keep animal testing”
Please click here if you would like to watch the assembly where two sides argue for and against animal testing being banned. The students would be very interested in what YOU think. If you would like to vote click here.