Principal’s Blog – 11th March 2016

  • Ella's BBC School Report
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The news, just in…

On Thursday March 10th schools across the UK took part in the BBC News School Report. This is an annual news day event, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, which are then published on each school’s website, to which the BBC also links.

The report was scripted and filmed by one of our hardest working and conscientious students, Ella, and her investigation was extremely well researched and thought-provoking. Ella proved herself to be an intrepid reporter and also carried out an interview with a young carer as part of her research and drafted the script herself in order to make it fit the newsroom format. You can see the report by visiting our School Report page.

By Sea, By Land

Eighteen Level 3 Public Services students had a day trip to Pugneys Water Park at Wakefield on Tuesday 8th March to work for a day with the Royal Marines. They undertook a series of activities including riding the waves on the inflatable rafts, scaling a climbing wall, learning about weapons and also took part in a gruelling physical training session. It was a hard, but rewarding, day working both with the Royal Marines and other schools. Because of the commitment and the quality of the students’ efforts we have been offered the chance of participating in a residential at the Royal Marines HQ in Lympstone, Devon. Congratulations to these students – they’ve earned theirs!

And now for the classified results…

Last week was an outstanding week for our football teams. Three of our teams made the Wakefield Cup finals and all three were victorious with Year 7 beating Crofton 1-0, Year 8 defeating King’s 4-1 and Year 11 triumphing 3-0 over Hemsworth. Well done to all of the players and coaches.

The Magic Bullet

On March 11th 1955 Sir Alexander Fleming, the man credited with the discovery of the life-saving drug penicillin, died of a heart attack aged 73. In truth, penicillin was ‘discovered’ by a number of people including his friend and colleague Merlin Pryce and, had he not noticed the mould and drawn it to the attention of Fleming, penicillin might not have been discovered for several years and, quite possibly, would have seen the death of thousands of soldiers during World War Two because the antibiotic was not available. The discovery also owes much to the work of other men – notably Florey and Chain – who were responsible for developing the drug and bringing it to the hospital ward.

Since the 1940s, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. However, Fleming also foresaw the problems which would arise once certain bacteria developed an immunity to the drug and the widespread and, often inappropriate use of antibiotics, has now seen the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. If resistance to treatment continues to spread, our interconnected, high-tech world may find itself back in the dark ages of medicine, before today’s miracle drugs ever existed, a time when simple things such as colds could become fatal.

Ray Henshaw