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It’s no game playing with someone’s life warns the fire and rescue service in its latest campaign
During the spring months of April and May, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service sees an increase in the number of fires which are set deliberately.
Most of these fires occur on grassland, woodland, waste land, in fields, parks and playgrounds. They are usually started by young people setting fire to rubbish, grass, fly tipping, hedges and fences.
Not only do these anti-social behaviour fires cause damage to property, the environment and tie up firefighters unnecessarily but they can also cause injuries and deaths; what may seem like a bit of fun can quickly spread and endanger lives.
The Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents to support them by finding out what their children are doing if they go out during the lighter nights. They want parents to back the campaign by making children aware of the dangers of setting fires deliberately – it’s no game playing with someone’s life.
Fire is unpredictable and dangerous, not only can it kill but deliberately setting a fire can leave you with a criminal record and scar you for life.
Please follow the link to view our short film which highlights that fire crews cannot be in two places at oncewww.twfire.gov.uk/lighternights The film shows a young person being dropped off by his mum to play with his friends in a park. They decide to set a fire which is put out by fire crews who also receive a call to attend a road traffic collision (RTC). A fire crew from another station attends the RTC whilst the local crew is busy putting out the rubbish fire started as a bit of fun. After they arrive to support the fire crew at the RTC the driver of the vehicle dies.
For more information on how to stay safe from fire please visit www.twfire.gov.uk or www.facebook.com/twfrs orwww.twitter.com/tyne_wear_frs, or search for ‘twfrs’ on Instagram.
Recently the St. Robert’s Physics department took a trip to Geneva, Switzerland to see how the hunt for elusive particles was going at the world famous CERN site. The weather was perfect and the scenery flawless, with CERN nestled neatly between the Jura and Swiss Alps mountain ranges.
On arrival we were given a brief introductory talk explaining the aims of the organisation and how it was all funded. The main tour took us to the original detector, built way back in the 1950s. Until recently the site was restricted access due to the high levels of radiation produced during the detectors life time. Now it is a museum, explaining how the idea of CERN first came about and how the mystery of the pion particle was solved.
The tour also took us to a test facility site where the components of the accelerator are tested at the very cold temperature of two Kelvin (or -271°C!). Students were told how engineers overcame the problem of keeping the magnets cold enough to bend the protons in their beam path and how new materials had to be designed specifically for the job.
The rest of our time in Geneva was spent looking around the beautiful city, experiencing the lake, exploring the parks and visiting the United Nations buildings.
– Mr Wylam
Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – “Don’t Stand By”
Today St Robert’s students have participated in a unique experience to listen to a live webcast of the testimony of Holocaust Survivor, Rudi Oppenheimer. This is the first time that the Holocaust Educational Trust has offered this and St Roberts was one of hundreds of school that signed up to take part in this opportunity to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day this year. Find out more about the Holocaust Educational Trust here.
Rudi Oppenheimer, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen, regularly shares his testimony in schools through the Trust’s Outreach Programme, and was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2016 New Year’s Honour List. Rudi has already spoken over 1,600 times but the online streaming resulted in him talking to his largest audience to date. Read more about his biography here.
As time passes, survivors of the Holocaust are less able to travel across the country to share their stories so the Trust is seeking to bring interactive testimony sessions into the classrooms through modern technology. The event was broadcast live from Pimlico Academy and those watching remotely were able to ask Rudi their questions electronically after hearing him speak.
Participants who weren’t able to have their questions answered today are invited to take part in a live Twitter Chat with Rudi from 2pm-3pm on Sunday 31st January through the Trust’s Twitter account (@HolocaustUK).
Students from Y7-10 will experience special tutorial sessions on 28th January to allow them to think about the significance of the Holocaust and what it means to them as young people in our community. Look out for more to come from our students…
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has produced a short film from Susan Pollack, a survivor of the Holocaust, telling a unique story of surviving genocide for the first time. Watch the video below:
Top ten schools in the North East for A Level (or equivalent):
Data as published in the Chronicle, 2016
(Average points per student)
1. Durham High School for Girls, Durham, all girls C of E independent, 937.7
2. Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, mixed independent, 914
3. Dame Allan’s Senior School, Fenham, Anglican independent, 902.8
4. Newcastle High School for Girls, Jesmond, all girls C of E independent, 898.7
5. Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Durham, mixed comprehensive, 884.9
6. St Robert of Newminster Roman Catholic School, Washington, mixed Roman Catholic comprehensive, 871.2
7. Seaton Burn College, Newcastle, mixed comprehensive, 862
8. Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, community school, 855.7
9. St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School and Sixth Form, Lanchester, mixed Roman Catholic comprehensive, 854.2
10. St Leonard’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School, Durham, mixed roman catholic comprehensive, 828.8
Source: Evening Chronicle – click here
Safer Internet Day 2016
- ANTI BULLYING CONFERENCE – Wednesday 14 October 2015
Today the Anti-bullying mentors have had an opportunity to attend an anti bullying conference to complete workshops and collaborate with other schools.
Firstly we hopped on our mini bus and made our way along to Washington School. When we entered we got complemented with a free wristband and a badge containing our school details. We listened to the A-Z of bullying and talked about what to post and what not to post on social networking sites such as facebook, twitter and Instagram. We now know that not everything is stored safely and about on-line bullying.
Then we moved into workshops where we first participated in an activity trying as a group to answer questions about bullying, then we participated in another activity about how everybody is different by completing a table answering things like ‘what is your favorite food’, comparing our responses with everyone. There is beauty in diversity!
The next activity was related to scenarios about what would happen if you lost a competition, we used thinking hats to help us jot down what we had learnt and the ideas that we had. This helped us to understand how to deal with difficult situations.
Overall today has been great! All 15 of us have had an excellent time and learnt a lot of interesting things about bullying and how to prevent it. We are now a little bit smarter about this subject.
Written By Jude Taylor (Anti Bullying Mentor)