Friday 27th January 2006 by C. Freeman
What a difference a year makes
As we head into another busy and exciting year this restrospective look at 2005 might jog your memory a bit!
Tsunami appeal MUFTI day
The world watched in horror as the tsunami devastated south east Asia and, along with the rest of the country, Brooke Weston got involved in some serious fund-raising, raising £ 3,400 for the stricken area by holding a mufti day when a gang of superheroes attended!
Brooke Weston students also produced a striking calendar which was sold on behalf of the Lakelands Hospice and produced by the Duke of Edinburgh and Young Enterprise students
Government Minister, John Healey, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, visited the College on a fact-finding tour of Corby.
A tarantula, giant centipede and giant cockroach were just three of the stars of a 'Big Bugs' evening where students could get up close and personal with the wacky insects!
Lib Dems win Election!
While the politicians were lobbying for votes in 2005's general election, Brooke Weston held its own mock election with the Liberal Democrat candidate, Luke Stanbra, gaining an impressive 62 per cent of votes, towering over his Labour opponent who had 23 per cent and the Conservative candidate who brought up the rear with support of just 15 per cent. The mock election meant that students engaged with issues and debates going on in the outside world and had a chance to make their opinions count at the ballot box.
Student Simon Vorley organised a spring fair in order to raise money for an overseas placement with the Project Trust. Simon is currently working in Uganda but we will catch up with him on his return to the UK in summer 2006.
Leading choreographer, Emma Victoria held a series of street jazz lessons at the College. Emma, who has worked with celebrities such as Robbie Williams and the Backstreet Boys described street jazz as: 'a contemporary style of commercial dancing, great fun and a fantastic form of exercise.'
Author Bali Rai
Book Week, a staple of Brooke Weston's calendar, hit the college at the end of May with award winning author, Bali Rai and Richard Robinson, the Science Magician adding their own magic to the proceedings. The book week, while encouraging students and staff to read and discuss more, also provided a 'book amnesty' for forgetful borrowers, quizzes, readathons and wordsearches. And, even better, it's back this year!
While Jamie's School Dinners put the nation's focus on what food is consumed in our schools, BW News had an interview with our chef, Dale Campbell, who revealed that, although the menu had been overhauled, there was still plenty of fresh, healthy food on offer and no change to the 'chips on Fridays' regime (hooray!).
The 2004/5 academic year ended in traditional fashion with fantastic exam results and the Summer Ball and Prom.
New Astroturf this year
It was out with the old and in with the new over the summer break as the Astroturf was replaced at a cost of around £ 180,000. The College's commercial arm, CTC Trading Limited, funded the project with revenue generated from the @tain online resources and letting out the building and pitches to outside organisations.
With the start of the 2005/6 academic year, the focus was again on building on previous successes and welcoming the new intake of Year 7s to the Brooke Weston fold. The college had an influx of new teaching staff with many departments including English, maths, PE, humanities, ICT and art gaining new tutors.
AiDA students and their qualifications
A ground-breaking new qualification was awarded to Year 10 students this year, the first in the country to receive the award! The AiDA is a new qualification which replaces the GNVQ from Edexcel. Coursework is submitted and marked totally online and the commercial manager from Edexcel presented the awards to 18 students. The scheme is part of a pilot study which is expected to roll out across schools and colleges nationwide.
Fund-raising was again on the agenda during the first two terms of the academic year, with student, Douglas Jenkins staging a fashion show to raise money for his gap year in Chile. The innovations group manned a stall supplying toys, stationery and gifts to their fellow students which culminated in a two-day Christmas market at the end of December.
'The World Christmas Market' was run by Year 10 students, had a fair trade emphasis and each set of students decided where the money they raised from the project would go.
Gambian village children
The final fund-raising push of the year was aimed at raising money to help villagers in the Gambia. Brooke Weston students managed to raise the fantastic total of £ 2,637, the proceeds of a mufti day and money raised from the Christmas school discos. The money was presented to Brian and June Cox of The Educational Project, The Gambia, West Africa where they are planning to set up two standpipes in a village currently without water, as well as building a new primary school.
2005 at Brooke Weston ended in fine style with two discos in the school hall; a fittingly energetic end to a busy year.
That was a list of just a few of the highlights of the past 12 months but Brooke Weston is also proud of the continuing work and progress which continues year on year. Such ongoing achievements include the F1 in Schools and the Engineering in Education projects, the art exhibition staged annually in the library and the sporting achievements gained by our young sportsmen and women.