On Thursday 19th April the year seven girls were crowned County Cup Champions after defeating George Spencer School 1-0. It was a tight affair for the first 15 minutes of the game with chances few and far between for both sides. Charlotte Lacey then popped up with a goal after making a darting run to the front post, converting Emma Brown’s cross. The second half again was very tight with George Spencer pushing players forward at every given opportunity. With them attacking we looked to hit them on the break and although chances were coming our way, we could not extend our lead. The effort and determination from each and every girl was tremendous and we are all proud of their achievements. Well done ladies!!
Year 11 History students visited the Beth Shalom Holocaust centre on 14th March. They met two Holocaust survivors who posed challenging questions for the students on Genocide, Intolerance and Holocaust denial. The visit undoubtedly supported the schools recent work towards the Stephen Lawrence Education standard. As usual our students were thoughtful, engaged and a
credit to the school.
Together with our family of schools we have made a commitment to achieving this standard which was officially launched in 2003 in Leeds. Stephen Lawrence's death is one of many thousands of deaths resulting from racist attacks. What makes this death different is the legacy it has left and the changes in government legislation and practice throughout the UK.
For our school it means we are making a public commitment to promote equality in its wider sense, raise achievement and promote community cohesion.
We have already done lots of exciting work but wish to further develop our aim of encouraging all pupils to recognise the part they play in our local community in West Bridgford and within society in its wider sense.
We have groups of pupils (Ambassadors) who have delivered assemblies and strongly believe we have a duty to ensure all our pupils appreciate and value the diversity of culture that lies across our city and help them understand their part in helping to create an open society where everybody matters.
We invite you to share in our vision and we seek your support in ensuring that our young people
become engaged and responsible global citizens.
On 13th March 2012 several sixth form students launched a weather balloon from outside the world studies block, many teachers and students turned up to watch the big event. At 8am they filled the balloon with special gas which took it up into the upper atmosphere.
The on-board computer brought back some important information and data; the balloon was also fitted with a camera and brought back so exciting photos.
A temporary HQ in world studies block monitored progress with a hi-tech GPS (global positioning system) to show where the balloon landed.
Countdown and launch happened around 8:10am having been given the green light. One of the staff said “It was just like a NASA launch”.
By O King
2012 Weather Balloon Report
On Tuesday 13 March a group of Year 12 students, Jordan Phillips, Luke Skills, Luke Adams, Lingyi Yang, Judith Lesowiec and Gagan Sehmbi, launched a balloon from outside world studies to travel to the upper layers of the atmosphere.
They had worked hard with Mr Green to try to collect data in the form of video footage and photos, the aim with taking the photos was to get a shot to show the curvature of the earth. They designed a box to carry 3 cameras and mobile phone with a built in GPS to collect videos and images. The box was designed to be light and aerodynamic so the material they used was polystyrene sheets. Due to the freezing temperatures at altitude the electronic devices wouldn’t survive the extreme cold so the team decided to use chemical hard warmers, which the group had tested in the freezer. The mobile phone was used to track down the box when it had landed, so the team and Mr Green could track it down and download the footage.
The head teacher, Mr McDonough, very kindly donated £500 towards the project.
The special balloon was inflated with helium kindly donated by Nottingham University.
The initial diameter of the balloon was 1 metre, but as it travelled into the upper atmosphere due to the pressure drop and lack of oxygen the balloon reached a diameter of 8 metres before bursting. The balloon reached 32.522 km above the earth.
The box then dropped back to earth at a rate of 13ft per second. It had a small parachute. The whole flight took 1hr 17 mins. The group then travelled with Mr Green to retrieve the box which had landed in a field near Bourne, Lincolnshire. The equipment had survived the journey and the group received some amazing footage.
By B Phillips.