Friday’s Featured Articles in The Day

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 Britain’s biggest paper backs rival parties

The Sun has called on its readers to vote for the Conservatives in England and the SNP in Scotland. But can papers change who wins power?

Life getting longer — but mostly for the rich

While men are ‘catching up’ on women’s life expectancy, the gap between rich and poor is getting wider. Is this the greatest inequality of our age?

News in Pictures: General Election then and now

How have elections changed over the past 50 years? This evocative series of photographs shows some of the differences — and the similarities…

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Damage to ICT equipment


Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of damage to the PCs and equipment in various IT rooms.  We are dealing with each issue using footage from the CCTV cameras in the IT rooms.  Some damage has been caused because students are moving entire PC units to new locations in the room just so they can sit next to their friend!

PC units must not be moved – not only because it causes damage to the units – but also because each computer is registered to a specific location on the network and it causes problems when trying to track down network problems.

To avoid damage the following rules must be applied:

  • Do not turn monitors around as this damages the connections in the screen.
  • Do not remove PC units from their current locations.
  • Do not eat or drink next to the computers (some computers have been permanently damaged because people have put rubbish down the back of the PCs – in some cases, some people have forced rubbish into the actual PCs themselves!
  • Do not pull sharply on the mouse and keyboard as this strains the cables and damages the connection at the back of the computer.


If you are using a computer room at break or lunch, please make sure you eat before you enter the room.


Thank you.

Thursday’s featured articles in The Day

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Labour leader quizzed by ‘revolutionary’ Brand

Comedian Russell Brand believes that the political system is broken. Ed Miliband wants to be prime minister. What happened when they met?

Briefing: Education and training

Education has been one of the major talking points of the 2015 general election campaign. What does each of the parties have to offer young people?

International outcry at Indonesia executions

Eight drug smugglers have been put to death by firing squad in Indonesia, seven of them foreigners. Many outsiders are horrified, but should Indonesia be left to enforce its own laws?

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Wednesday’s featured articles in The Day

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  1. Video of the Week: Block-by-block coalition

    How will the seats stack up after next week’s election? This video explains the answer using nothing but lego.

  2. Baltimore erupts in anti-police riots

    Protests against the death of an African-American in police custody have descended into violence and looting. Are the rioters or the police to blame?

  3. Bizarre ‘platypus’ dinosaur stuns scientists

    A new ‘vegetarian’ cousin of the tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in Chile. Could humans go the same way as the dinosaurs of Earth’s past?

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Today’s feature articles in The Day

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  1. Emergency appeals have been launched for the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake but how much do they say about us?
  2. Representatives from some 5000 companies have signed a letter in support of David Cameron and George Osbourne.  But are the interests of business identical to those of the country at large?
  3. This week, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could make same-sex marriage a universal right across the entire country. The court is expected to rule against gay marriage bans. In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, a minister has resigned for making homophobic remarks. How far have we come in the struggle for gay rights?

Book of the Week


Have you heard of Walter Tull?  He led an inspiring and heroic life but his name is not well known.  This book tells his moving story.  He was orphaned at an early age, along with his younger brother, and sent to a children’s home in London.  He resisted bullies and showed great talent as a footballer, becoming a top class professional playing for Tottenham Hotspur, but endured racist taunts.  His footballing career was cut short by  World War I when his leadership skills were recognised and he became the first black officer in the British army.

A really amazing life!

This book is dyslexia friendly.


News Analysis – The Day

The Day is an online daily newspaper for schools. It’s a really useful site to get behind the news and understand the issues of the day including, of course, the General Election:

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Today’s three focus articles are:

  1. the earthquake in Nepal – could human-induced climate change be partly to blame?
  2. the latest Rich List - should we accept the rich getting richer?
  3. an independent report warns that none of the main political parties are giving enough detail about their budgets.  Are politicians keeping their true plans under wraps?

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Question of the Week

April 27th – What are your thoughts about the election?  Theme – Good Citizen

 ‘A person who does not vote has no right to complain.’  Louis L’amour

‘Being adequately informed is a democratic duty, just as the vote is a democratic right.  A misinformed electorate, voting without knowledge, is not a true democracy.’  Jay Griffiths

 ‘Young people need to vote.  They need to get out there.  Every vote counts.  Educate yourself too.  Don;t just vote.  Know what you’re voting for and stand by that.’  Nikki Read



Year 10 Careers Fair May 8th

If you have not done so already, please, fill in your options for the Careers Fair on May 8th. If you do not choose, we will allocate you to the workshops ourselves.

Ask your tutor or look on your email box for the link to the google form.The email will be from me.

Thanks if you have chosen already, you do not need to do anything else.

Marie Delâge-Martin