Wednesday, 20 September 2017



1) He was only on the first step

2) He wants to be a photographer

3) None, since it is a pear tree

4) Salt and Pepper

5) Are you dead? (asleep)

6) The poison was in the middle of the ice cube

7) None of them, the doctors are all his sisters

8) The chef, he claimed he was making breakfast in the afternoon

9) You, hopefully

10) He bought matches and a candle, and filled the room with light

How many did you get right?

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Year 11 Social Studies Students on the topic of Conflict Minerals

Ms Hobbs' year 11 Social Studies class have been learning about the issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.They have heard all about the complex colonial history of the area, the lack of government control, the violence of the paramilitary groups, the horrific conditions in many of the mining areas - and how the booming electronics industry has fuelled this. Below are some of the student's reflections.

“ In the Eastern part of DRC mines have been producing cassiterite (tin), wolframite (tungsten) and coltan for many years but more so now with the proliferation of electronic devices. However, it is only recently that the horrific conditions of the local Congolese miners have begun to be addressed. Their make shift huts provide very little or no shelter, the mines themselves are dark and dangerous. Children as young as 7 are exploited to work in these inhumane conditions and many women are raped. Money earned from mining these minerals “feed” the armed gangs. We should be more aware of what people less fortunate than ourselves are doing to earn a living. Buy conflict free phones."

“ I’ve learnt that someone may have died so I can have a new phone. I’ve learnt that most of the mobile phone companies have used conflict minerals and most of the mines in the Congo have terrible conditions.”

“Doing this I have learnt that most of the phones such as iPhones have minerals in from the Congo. The people sometimes stay down holes in the mines for days.”

“I have learnt that things that make our phones work are costing people’s lives and that people are trying to stop this but the phone companies are not really listening."

“I have learnt that conflict minerals are made from rocks that come from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The four most common conflict minerals are tin tungsten, tantalum and gold. They are minded in areas of armed conflict and are traded illicitly to finance the fighting."

“I’ve learned that many phone companies have used the DRC for resources and most of these companies try to hide this. I would like to see this exploitation and harsh labour end and for companies to make sure their resources are coming from fair and safe conditions."

“I have learned that conflict minerals are extracted from the Congo. Many women who live in the DRC get raped often. So many of us throw away something because we want the latest model when people have to dig the minerals for money for their families."

“Many children don’t go to school but work in the mines to get money for their family."

“What I have learned is that we should not just treat our phones as disposable devices because there are conflict minerals in them and many people have died working in the mines. Many companies such as Apple and Samsung have used conflict minerals while manufacturing their products because of their corporate greed."


1) A boy fell off a 1000 foot ladder, but did not get hurt, how is this possible?

2) One day a little boy named John told his parents that for his job, he wanted to shoot people and blow them up. His parents were very proud of his career choice. What does John want to do?

3) A farmer owns a massive pear tree, and he supplies fruit to a nearby grocery store. The grocer wants to buy some of his fruit, and wants to know how much is available for purchase. The farmer calculates that there are 24 branches, and each branch has 12 boughs, and each bough has twelve twigs. if each twig bears 1 fruit, how many plums will the farmer be able to deliver?

4) Two sisters, one dark and one fair, dwell in twin towers. One is from the land, and one is from the sea. What are they?

5) What is one question that you can never truthfully answer to?

6) Two girls both sat down at a cafe and ordered iced tea. One girl ordered one glass, and in the time she drank it, the other girl had drank five.
The first girl died, while the other one survived. It was later discovered that both the girl's drinks contained deadly poison.  How is this possible that the girl who drank more poisoned tea survived?

7) Three doctors said that Robert was their brother. Robert said that he has no brothers. Who was lying?

8) Mr Brown was killed on a Sunday afternoon. His wife said she was reading a book. The chef said he was making breakfast. The maid said she was folding clothes, and the gardener said he was planting tomatoes. Who did it?

9) You walk into a room with a rabbit holding a carrot, a pig eating slop and a chimp holding a banana. Which animal in the room is the smartest?

10) An old man wanted to leave all his money to one of his three sons. He gave them a few coins and told them to buy something that would fill up their living room. The first son bought straw, the second bought sticks, but neither of them could fill up the room. The second son bought two things, and managed to achieve the task. What did he buy?

Comment your answers below!


Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Rain washes away most things, but even floodwaters can't wash away pain. Nevertheless here I am sitting on this old wooden bench, in the rain.
Each drop hitting the muddied puddles near my feet splashes me with tiny droplets of mud, but I don't care. If people could see all the mud inside me they'd never notice it on the outside, they never look anyway.
Peculiar, isn't it? The way love has two lovers blind to all but each other, like those two sheltering under the tree a few meters ahead of me. Blissfully unaware of the melancholy girl watching on.

“Excuse me,” a deep voice startles me, “Mind if I sit here?”
Standing in front of me is the most handsome man I have ever seen, and my mind is blank. For the first time in my life I can't think of anything to say.
“Oh! Uh…” think girl think! Those eyes are so distracting… no! This isn't like me! My chest feels like it's going to explode...
“Um, sorry to have disturbed you…” He’s turning away, quick!
“Wait!” I blurt out. He turns towards me again.
“Um, please sit. I mean, I don't mind if you sit here. You can sit here.” I give the spot next to me a quick pat and smile nervously. I can feel my cheeks burning and I'm almost certain he can hear my heart pounding in my chest. Oh, he must think me such a fool!
He chuckles, “Thanks, I almost thought you would run away from me for a second there!” He sits down next to me and his umbrella is just large enough to cover us both.
“I'm Gabriel, nice to meet you.” He extends his hand to me.
“Carmen,” I shake his hand hoping he didn't notice mine shaking even before it met his, “nice to meet you, too.” Funny, I never noticed how interesting the ground was before. The ground doesn't make me blush, doesn't make my heart leap out into a stranger’s hands. The ground is safe to rest my eyes on.
“So, uh, do you live around here?” I look up and those piercing eyes make me forget everything. What did he say? Live? Where do I live?
“Oh me? Nah I just came down for a wedding.” I say tucking some stray hair behind my ear.
“Your wedding?”
“Oh goodness no! No it wasn't my wedding… I'm not married,” -my cheeks must be fire engine red by now- “I'm practically as single as this bench!” I hate myself. As single as this bench?! What was I thinking!
He chuckles, “Well, this rain isn't getting any lighter. What's a pretty girl like you doing sitting all alone in the rain?”
Why have I got the giggles? I thought I was above this…
“Pretty! Um, thanks,” -I never imagined I could turn this red- “I was just, you know, enjoying the view.” Lies! You were having a full blown pity party! Ok, be nice to yourself - stop talking to yourself! How does one become normal?!
Another chuckle, “What do you say to a walk? Interested in a coffee? My shout.” Hold up, is he asking me out? No, no play it cool Carmen. Play it cool…
“Sure, sounds great!” I smile at him, staring into those oh so distracting eyes…
Our hands touch a second time, but this time he's helping me up and pulling me under his umbrella. I avoid the puddles in fear of splashing him as we walk down the path.

The sun is tipping past the middle of the sky and I hope he can't hear my stomach rumbling.
“Um, actually,” I pause mid step, “could we get lunch? I'm kinda hungry.” I smile and he smiles back.
“I don't see why not. In fact, I know a great place just around the corner. If we go through those trees there we'll make it in no time.” I'm not sure if we should go off the path, but his smile is persuasive and his eyes are so dreamy… I guess there's no harm in taking a short cut. He seems nice. He leads me off the path and puts down his umbrella as we run together through the trees holding hands.

“Hey Carmen,” he stops running and shoves me against a tree catching me by surprise. I feel my skin tear against the bark as he pins me down.
“Did no one ever tell you to be cautious of strangers?”
For the second time today I can't think of anything to say. My mind is blank. I have to scream, I know I have to get help but I'm frozen. I've heard of this happening but I never thought it'd actually happen to me! The ground begins to swirl beneath me. I think I'm going to faint.
I think I'm going to…

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Enthusiastic English department gain access to polyjuice potions

On Monday 31st July, the English department celebrated Harry Potter's birthday in style. They gathered their scarves, wigs, and robes and transformed themselves into some of the best characters in the literary world. Teachers celebrated in various ways, but Ms Calvert gave her students a spectacular start to the week. Her students brought in different Harry Potter themed foods to create a shared lunch (breakfast)! From Harry's 11th birthday cake, to pumpkin juice and mandrake cupcakes - they had it all. Ms Calvert also tested her students on Harry Potter trivia, and sorted them into their rightful houses. Monday was a day full of glowing faces and quirky celebration!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

How to save the environment!

Tips and things to do/use to help save the environment!

Ethique - Environmentally friendly beauty/cleaning products

This amazing company sells shampoos, conditioners, and other products in a solid, block form. They are very concentrated and contain only natural ingredients such as lavender, raspberries, coconut oil and ginger. All you have to do is add a little bit of water, and you have a very effective long-lasting product. But that isn't even the best bit! All products and wrappers are bio-degradable! This means that their company has prevented the waste of 150,000 plastic containers worldwide! I truly encourage everyone to start using these amazing products, as they will help us live in a clean, healthy world.
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Fidget Spinners

Obviously these small coloured contraptions are quite popular at the moment. I personally admire the fact that people can focus their fidgeting in a controlled way, while having fun. One problem I have with these, is that it is a big waste of plastic. Thousands of people own fidget spinners, and are likely wanting to start a collection. With so many people buying so much plastic, it won't be good for the earth when the craze dies out. I encourage you not to buy these, but if you do, then only buy one!
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Shopping Bags

Plastic shopping bags are destroying our environment! They can take 10-1000 years to break down! Start making a change by purchasing re-usable bags! You can use them over and over again, while preventing further damage to our world. Also, some places are introducing a fee for plastic bags, which is going to add up to a lot in the future. If you buy just a few reusable bags it will end up costing a lot less than constantly buying plastic bags. Plus - it will keep our earth clean and green for a long time to come!

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Cars give off a lot of emission, and also cause a lot of traffic. To keep our air clean and healthy, a smart solution would be to bike or walk everywhere. They are eco-friendly methods of transport, and you get exercise at the same time. If you live too far away from everything, then bussing would be the next best thing. Multiple people can ride together while only using one vehicle. If all else fails, go with car-pooling because it is the next best thing.
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Bulk packaging(chips)

Heaps of supermarkets are selling massive bulk packets of chips, crackers and many other snacks. These may seem great for school lunches, but there is so much unnecessary packaging. To make things more environmentally friendly, you could buy a single box/packet and fill up a small zip-lock bag to take to school. Zip-lock bags are great because they are re-usable and you can put anything in them. 

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Unity Concert

Last night we had the amazing Unity Concert. Which was one of the highlights of the year for a lot of the students. Working hard over the year with tutors and ex-students over 15 groups preformed. On a whole the night was amazing and I really enjoyed it. Below are a few of then photos I took on the evening.

Short and sweet makes the dream work.

Have a great and stressful term!