The Brexit process is still ongoing and with new updates every day. There’s been lots of negotiations between the EU and UK, a second round in July and a third in August, both of which concluded with press conferences which seemed to highlight what was going wrong. Some technical points have been agreed upon, however the chief EU negotiator, Michael Barnier, said that there was very little decisiveness when it came to the main issues. David Davies, the UK’s Brexit Secretary, has said that the EU needs to start thinking about the people as apposed to process.
Exec have been super busy pulling together and communicating about all the amazing projects that have happened over this academic year amongst all the year groups. We are very proud of everyone.
Our main focus this year has been upon the Values and embedding these into our school system. Year 10 have helped us do this. We have communicated to staff and students about what our values are and how they were chosen. We have also fundraised and created the Values trees which help to communicate the values around school.
We look forward to embedding these further next year.
Suggestion boxes – in order to get the best possible feedback from our forms, we decided we needed a way for them to write suggestions whenever they wanted. A suggestion box, we decided, was a good way to do this. We held a competition for our forms to make a box, and the best one was chosen.
The buddy system – This was main focus for the y7 school council. This project will help new y7’s to settle in faster. Year 8’s will go to their y7 buddies one morning a week, and this will give the y7’s a chance to ask any questions. There will also be a chance to play games as to get to know your form better.
Year 8 School Council
We knew that there weren’t enough places for people to sit and work in the library, especially at lunch. Therefore, we fundraised to buy 9 beanbags that you can sit, work or relax on. To do this, we hosted fandom day, a day where lower school dressed up as their favourite characters. We managed to raise enough to cover the cost of the beanbags, AND enough to buy extra books to enjoy! We listened to everyone’s suggestions and managed to whittle them down to a fantastic number of books.
We then designed labels to show everyone who picked up the books what year 8 school council 2017 have achieved. We chose to improve the library as it is a space enjoyed by all students and a relaxing environment. We can go to the library to continue homework, encourage independent learning or simply just to get lost in a book. The beanbags meant there is more seating for students and more people can be encouraged into this magical place.
Our year group school council have worked incredibly hard to work together, listen to ideas and improve our school for everyone. We are grateful for our opportunity to represent our year group in Year 8 School Council 2017, and many of us are standing for School Council in the forthcoming year!
Year 9 School Council
On School council training day, we were told that our project of the year was to redecorate the Medical room and to renovate the Heads of Year Room into a Wellbeing room.
We first mind-mapped lots of ideas, and consulted our form groups on whether they liked them. We then chose our favourites to focus on. Next we created a mood board of furniture, activities and colour schemes for the rooms. We decided on a calming blue and cheerful pink, with furniture and soft furnishings in neutral colours.
We found comfortable furniture within our budget and then we consulted Mrs Ogunmyiwa, Mr Beddows and the Wellbeing Ambassadors. Once approved, we created an official floorplan that incorporated our ideas for the new rooms.
We think the Wellbeing room is a fantastic idea for our school community that will improve the mental health of our students as they go through their school lives. The wellbeing room is now a great space to take a time out. It’s currently being put together and painted by the caretakers and should be ready for the new school year in September.
Year 10 School Council
This year has been very productive for year 10 school council. With the Values being implemented across the school year 10 have been embedding these into the expectations for learning and developing the merit criteria. Both of these are now ready for next year and we are looking forward to them being used across school.
The second half of the year we have been gathering and writing posts for the pupil voice blog, we took over this role from year 11 school council when they left for exams.
Johanna Konta has won her match against Simona Halep and is now Britain’s first women’s Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978. Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and match Virginia Wade’s feat of 39 years ago. With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams.
It’s common knowledge that our world and economy are increasing at a somewhat alarming rate. Thankfully, the government is considering making drastic changes to employment law. There may be an introduction of a “dependent contractor” category which caters for firms like Deliveroo and Uber which should receive more benefits such as sick pay, holiday leave and will be covered by minimum wage requirements. The head of the Royal Society of Arts and former Tony Blair adviser Matthew Taylor has made a push for firms to outline their wage structure more clearly.
The Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu are all Unesco world heritage sites, but could the Lake district be too? The result of the national park’s application will be decided later in Krakow by the Unesco committee, which has had reports recommending the park to be put on the list. If the application is successful, the Lake District would be placed 31st in the list in UK and overseas territories.
A Pride parade that has been held though central London attracted 10,000s of supporters. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London describes the celebration of Pride as a wonderful and love-filled event to bring happiness to the community amongst the tradegy of recent weeks.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has lent 2 giant panda bears to Berlin Zoo as a symbol of the unity between the two countries. He and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opened a garden which will serve as the animals’ new home.
Our human bodies have about 20,000 genes (groups of DNA instructions that control our bodies.) Sometimes, there are little errors in the code, either inherited from parents or minor mutations in cells, which can lead to illnesses such as cancer. A process called whole genome screening (WGS) is a way doctors can identify specific errors which, in about two-thirds of cases, can improve diagnosis and care. Over 31,000 NHS patients have already had their entire genetic code sequenced but Dame Sally wants WGS to become as standard as blood tests and biopsies, that is, if the country can afford it.
The government has announced that the women of Northern Ireland will be able to get free abortions whilst in England instead of having to pay. It’s a labour based policy –co-ordinated by Stella Creasy- that’s been supported by over 50 MPs from multiple major parties. At the moment, abortions are only allowed in Northern Ireland if there is a serious risk to the women’s health, mentally or physically, or to her life; factors regarding the health of the foetus or cases of incest or rape are not currently eligible circumstances for legal abortion there.