Out with a bang…
At Boston Spa School we aim to do a school production every year, this year we have put together an amazing production of Queen’s ‘We will rock you’. Our main cast include of many talented students from a range of all years, some of which we have interviewed about their experience of being in the show.
Firstly we interviewed Emily, who played ‘Meat’ (Meatloaf) who is part of a team of rebels known as the ‘Bohemians’ who are on a quest to bring back real music. When asked if she enjoyed taking part Emily replied, ‘Yes it was a really funny experience where I got the chance to meet people who I wouldn't normally speak to which was nice, I got really nervous before hand but other than that I loved every second.’
We then went on to interview Kavan, Emily’s co-star in the play, he plays Britney (Britney Spears) the ultimate rebel of the ‘Bohemians’, we also asked Kavan some questions about the show to which he replied; ‘It was fun, I was just really excited to be on stage and have the spotlight, I didn’t really get stressed about the thought of being on stage at all really, that’s not for me I’m fine. I don’t believe in stress. If I had a least favourite part it would probably be the Sunday rehearsals’.
Finally, we interviewed Miss Pope, she saw the play and had lots of good things to say about it, she said; "We will rock you was great fun to watch and it looked very professional. My personal favourite scene was the first scene when it was all together and all the characters came into the play. Although I thought they were all brilliant, my favourite actress was probably Emily because of her performance of ‘the good die young’. It was a good night out and I would recommend it to everyone".
Unfortunately the show on Wednesday didn’t go exactly as planned as the fireworks for the grand finale ended up causing a small fire on the stage. Nobody was harmed and the show managed to go on. Because of the fantastic cast acting very mature, they managed to move the final song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ outside, the cast all stayed in character as they sang the song, despite the rain. The minor fire caused a stir amongst the students, but despite what you may think, more people are talking about how great the show is than ever before, giving the show lots of publicity for the final two performances.
Written by Lauren
Your Path to the Future, what should you do after your GCSEs?
You may be struggling to choose what to do after your GCSEs; this article will hopefully give you some direction, and help you on your path to the future. We spoke to some people at Boston Spa 6th form about what they picked and the process they went through to get to where they are, how they are finding it and how it compares to GCSEs.
Whether you pick an apprenticeship, which is working and learning simultaneously, A-levels, B-TECS (which are no exams, just coursework) or the International Baccalaureate, which takes a broad approach; students follow 6 subjects, including modern languages, maths and humanities subjects as well as participating in community work, with a large workload. Depending on your interests you can take a different route and explore further options in the form of University Technical Colleges which focus on subjects like engineering or construction, or specialist arts colleges like The BRIT School in Croydon.
It all depends on what interests you and what you are good at; do you do well under pressure? Do you do well in exams? How would you cope with a large workload? What are your answers to these questions, those answers are what helps to determine what your future will look like, whether you choose A-levels, B-TECs, an Apprenticeship or the International Baccalaureate or go down a completely different path, the choice is yours to make.
The 6th formers we spoke to choose a variety of subjects across the curriculum, to suit their interests and what they want from their working life:
Hope this makes it easier for you to make the decision when it comes to choosing what do after GSCEs.
Written by Hannah and Neve
100 days of Celebrations Until the Legacy Begins
Today marks the start of the hundred day countdown until the Grand Depart. A variety of events in Yorkshire will be held during the countdown, including cultural festivals and opportunities for all the family.
The big event is expected to bring in 3,000,000 visitors to Yorkshire, meaning a big boost in the economy for local businesses. It has been estimated that the Grand Depart will bring around £80,000,000 to the country.
The Grand Depart will be held over the course of two days; starting on the 5th July. It will take place in 3 stages; Leeds to Harrogate, York to Sheffield, Cambridge to London.
After Chris Froom’s victory last year, all eyes will be on the 2014 hopefuls as they battle to be this year’s winner. Since the announcement that the grand depart is coming to Yorkshire, cycling has been encouraged and many people have been joining in with the sport.
The Government are hoping that this year’s tour will leave a lasting impact and the legacy will continue for years to come. Local community groups have been given £17,280 in Yorkshire to encourage cycling whilst improving cycle lanes and overall safety. The Yorkshire town, Nidderdale, are hosting the “tour de Nidderdale” which can be completed on foot, bike and car, with help from the grant money.
There is hope that the Grand Depart will leave a lasting legacy for all to enjoy. Join in the 100 day countdown and let the celebrations begin.
Written by Phoebe, Madi, Hannah and Megan
Hundreds of Schools across Leeds Disrupted By Strike Action
On the 26th of March, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) caused 140 schools across Leeds to be shut or partially shut. Thousands of teachers supported the strike but how did it affect the students involved?
The run up to summer is stressful for teachers and students alike, with imposing exams and end of year grading’s. With 37 schools fully closed in Leeds, some students felt the strike would impair their exam preparations. One student stated “Schools are always pushing for better attendance to improve grades, but when some students are just weeks away from exams they choose to close the school. It’s not fair on us or our education.”
Parents were also affected by the strike, with many having to take a day off work or hiring child care. One parent said “Fortunately, I work from home so I could accommodate the strike action but a local friend had to take an additional day’s holiday at short notice to be at home for her children. She is a nurse in Harrogate and her department are always short staffed as it is- the strike won’t have helped the situation.” Although a small percentage only fully closed, it was enough to cause some considerable disruption in the region.
However, it was not just parents and pupils who were affected by the strike, teachers, whether striking or not, were still affected by the action. Teachers in the NUT were striking over pay, pensions and work load Mr Campbell, a teacher at a local secondary school, has commented “With ever increasing budget cuts, the teaching profession is becoming ever more difficult. We aim to offer our students the best education possible, offering not only academic qualifications but life experiences too, which set our young people up for their future careers. Resources are becoming harder to request as budgets do not allow for them, extracurricular activities are becoming harder to fund, teachers are personally buying resources to keep courses going, this strike is not just about teachers wanting more money, it is about teachers being able to offer students the very best education possible.
People have the opinion that teachers have an easy life, as a fully qualified tradesman, I have worked in the construction industry for many years and have come into teaching to offer my knowledge and skills to the future generation. I find that the pressures involved in teaching are much greater than when working in the industry, yes physical strains in the industry were higher, but the mental pressures involved in teaching are higher. People feel that teachers have too many holidays, too much pay and too many free periods, I offer anybody if they get the chance to come into a school and try teaching, then fit marking in, preparations, parent’s evenings and any extracurricular activities. There are just not enough hours in the day to keep up.”
Due to the strikes on the 26th of March children, teachers and parents were all affected in one instance or another.
Hannah, “I don’t think it is fair for the year 9s and year 11s as it is so near their exams!”
Is Winnie the Pooh frying your child’s brain?
Scientists believe stories with talking animals prevent children from learning about nature. They think that fictional stories with ‘Walt Disney’ style taking animals, cause children to have unrealistic views on what animals are like. In a survey 5 out of 10 children between the ages of 3 and 5 believed that animal could talk (Baloo, from the Jungle Book), were friends with humans (Winnie the Pooh) and wear clothes (Rupert Bear). Scientists believe that these insinuations aren’t right for children of any age to have particularly young children who are easily influenced by things they see on the TV or thing that they have read to them.
When asking a student in Year 9 at Boston Spa School what they thought about this issue; “I don’t this is a major issue, a children aren’t going to believe everything they see on TV no matter how young they are they still know the difference between fiction and reality, this means they won’t think that animals can talk and that tigers have bouncy tails, because they will have seen animals outside and some may even have pets, so it obvious that they can’t talk… I watched Winnie the Pooh as a child, and all kinds of other programmes which included animals that talked and interacted with humans and I’m perfectly fine, and I know lots about then natural world, and what is going on around me.”
Dr Patricia Ganea of Toronto University said: “Books that portray animals realistically lead to more learning and more accurate biological understanding” “We were surprised to find even the older children in our study were sensitive to the human-like portrayals of animals in the books and attributed more human characteristics to animals after being exposed to fantastical books than after being exposed to realistic books.”
Scientists advise parents and teachers to use a variety of non-fiction books, and to use proper language when describing the natural world. What do you think about this? Is Winnie the Pooh responsible for the prevention of children’s learning about nature?
Written by Neve, Hannah and Erin
Flight MH370 from Malaysia to Beijing took off on the 8th of March. 19 days later and it still has not returned, with all 239 passengers on board.
The plane lost contact with the air traffic control shortly after it took off, with lots of panic they could not track where it was. It is thought that they took a sharp turn left which is highly unusual. There were a lot of ideas of what could have happened to the plane, some included crashing into the sea, landing in an unknown location or being held hostage and running out of fuel. Recently it has been discovered that it may have landed in the sea after finding many pieces of debris. 122 items of debris were found 200 kilometres south west of the area by a Thai satellite and this area is currently being searched. After this information was found out it was soon released do the news and journalists. Now Malaysian remote sensing agency have analysed these images finding one area of the ocean measuring 400 sq/km filled with 122 pieces of debris, some one metre in length others were twenty three metres.
The families of the missing passengers were not told exactly what had happened; they were only informed by text message that it was possibly debris from the plane however they didn’t confirm it was. After this the families were disgusted and angry about what had happened.
Several boats, planes and submarines are all searching for the signal given off by the black box. After ten days the black box will run out of battery and stop sending the signal so an unmanned drone will have to search the sea bed.
Written by Amy, Rachel, Hannah, Jack and Lucas.