I have been visiting Year 11 lessons and talking to Year 11 boys. They are working hard at the moment but it is obvious that some of them did not revise properly for their mocks. I am sure they will not repeat the same mistakes when it comes to the real exams.
Yesterday there were a number of activities for World Book Day which I will write about more next week.
Year 7 News
A Parkour club was opened up to a selective amount of students across all age groups on Tuesday 29th February during lesson 5. This is a really exciting opportunity for our pupils and was run by a local Parkour company who have an excellent reputation. Parkour is a physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping and climbing movement.The students involved on Tuesday of this week were selected for the taster session, but those who were not involved can attend an after school club which will be announced in due course.
Sixth Form News
As part of our ongoing Sixth Form links with the Edmund Rice network. Two students went with a group of Sixth Formers from Liverpool, Manchester to see the workings of the United nations, in particular the role of the Edmund Rice International NGO. They stayed in Geneva and met the NGO and saw the inner workings of the UN. The day at the UN was chosen particularly because it was the day of Sierra Leone answering questions.
Tino and Munashe were our representatives, with Tom Turner having gone last year. Here is Tinos account:
As the youth ambassadors for St Boniface’s Catholic College, we were a part of the Edmund Rice set-up which allowed us, along with various schools around the UK, to take part in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sierra Leone. This event took place in the United Nations (UN) building in Geneva, Switzerland whereby Sierra Leone was due a review from the other countries whom are also a part of the UN. Each country goes under review once every 5 years and during the time we were there, it was the turn of Sierra Leone. The review followed a strict structure where the country under review, Sierra Leone, would give their opening statement which would then be followed up by each country giving their recommendations on actions Sierra Leone should take to address issues within their country. From these recommendations, Sierra Leone would then take time away in the form of a break to discuss which recommendations they would accept or decline and then they would return in front of the delegates to announce their final decisions.
From listening to the UPR, it was very clear that there were consistent issues each country could draw a consensus on. The repeatedly brought up recommendations relating to female based rights showed how far Sierra Leone had yet to go before they were able to improve as a country to a standard fitting of the UN. Issues such as the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in all forms were raised by every country as being the key issue that needed to be addressed through various ways ranging from prison sentences for practising to complete eradication of the practice. Other recommendations took the form of economical improvement through revamping their health care infrastructure and the social economic situation. Other more extreme recommendations brought up the issue of the need to abolish the death penalty as this was seen to be a form of punishment that had no place in modern day society. This was purely raised as an issue as people were being executed for petty crimes that could simply have been sorted through a jail term.
It was taken into consideration that Sierra Leone was in the process of recovery following the Ebola pandemic that affected us all around the world. This was also noted as a factor as to why they were struggling to meet the recommendations brought up so eased to the pressure that Sierra Leone was under to improve. It was said however, that despite the Ebola outbreak, improvements still have to be made as the issues raised were almost identical to those that had been brought up in their last UPR 5 years ago. This was revealed to be a major issue, so from this UPR, Sierra Leone has been urged to address the outlined issues and use them as a way of bettering the country for its people and as a whole.
Mr James reports he Devon Schools Individual Table Tennis Championships were held on 10th February with Bonnies entering two age groups. In the U13's Ben Cresswell (year 7) reached the quarter final in his first tournament, and in the U16's Dan Kerr (year 11) made it all the way to the final but unfortunately couldn't get the better of a student who is just above him in the national rankings.
On the same day, the year 8 football team travelled to Torbridge for their first league fixture and came away with an impressive draw. Considering our opponents had already played 3 times this season we dominated the game and played fantastically.
For both events the boys were brilliant and represented the school in a great manner.
Mr Greenway reports that the Year 9 Basketball team have won the City League and will be presented with their trophy tonight during the Raider's match.
Mr Fenwick reports that both Toby Marks (year 10) and Billy Heath (year 11) competed in the regional indoor rowing championships yesterday at Marjons. Both boys competed in their respected age groups and both managed to qualify for the national finals this coming weekend at the Olympic park in London. Congratulations to both boys.