BBC South Today interviews Wallingford School Nasio Students
We are delighted to present a short clip from Adina Campbell's Nasio Trust documentary on BBC South Today, 21st December 2015. Adina interviews three of our students, who describe their experience with The Nasio Trust in Kenya, October 2015.
Copyright BBC South Today. Used with permission.
Show My Homework - New Apps Available
Show My Homework, the site we use to record all subjects' homework, has released new versions of their Show My Homework apps for iOS and Android.
Sixth Form Opportunities - Dec 2015
Dear Students & Parents,
Well done to our students for another term of very hard work. The Christmas break marks the end of the longest stretch in the year and many of you should be proud of the huge parts of courses that you have completed so far.
The break is also a chance to reflect on longer term goals. More specifically, students should be thinking about what they can do to give themselves the best possible chance of securing a place at their desired destination, be it University, College, Apprenticeship or Employment.
The best students from elsewhere in the country are using these types of opportunies to give them a step up - please don't be left behind!
The School Officers are teaming up with BBC Oxford to help the homeless in our community this Christmas- and we need your help!
We are collecting new pairs of socks (in the main office) with the hope of raising 1000 pairs before school breaks up. If this target is reached, there will be a non-school uniform day on the last day of term: Friday 18th December.
Year 12 Chemistry Trip
Recently, a group of 6th Form chemistry students spent the day at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory learning about current research in the field of chemistry. After a brief introduction into the work of ISIS, the world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences, we had the opportunity to experiment with biological catalysts and make (or in our case attempt to make) alpha gold particles. We learnt about new polymers that are being developed synthetically and studied the intricate structures of natural materials that scientists hope to one day replicate. Amongst others, the opportunity to eat ice cream made with liquid nitrogen was indeed a highlight!
- Helena, Year 12
Oxford Parliament Day - 19th November 2015
The 4 of us (and not forgetting Mrs Mummery, of course) set off for the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, where we were greeted upon arrival with a ballot paper asking us, on a scale of 1 – 5, how good we thought Parliament was at holding the government to account, with 1 being that Parliament was very incompetent, or something along those lines. The result, from over 70 other students along with ourselves, was an overwhelming 2 out of 5 – not so good, then.
We were first tasked with answering whether Parliament should remain in Westminster, then received a lecture from Baroness Kennedy detailing the work that she does on select committees, particularly those surrounding Justice and the ECJ, outlining what the ECJ actually is and how it is different from the ECHR, and telling us of her work as a QC defending human rights, which was very informative and interesting.
We paused for a quick break and listened to the history of Oxford Parliament and how it sat during the Civil War, and how they'd decided that it was time to bring it back. We were then informed of the select committee hearing that was to be held after lunch, with rumours that Stella Creasy MP would be partaking.
The ballot from the morning was repeated to see if anyone had changed their minds drastically on how well Parliament holds the government to account, albeit the result was only a 3 out of 5 competency rating, up from 2 a few hours earlier.
After lunch, we listened to a select committee hearing, chaired by Nicola Blackwood MP, surrounding Ebola (and what could be done to better a response to it were an outbreak like the one seen in the past year to happen again) and internet data (about who stores our personal internet data) which was the best part of the day, hearing from Glasgow North West MP Carol Monaghan and Walsall South MP Valerie Vaz.
In all, we came away more informed and enthused about the role of Parliament and the work that they do, even if Ms Creasy had not been able to sit on this select committee hearing.
- Sean, Year 12
Little Shop Of Horrors, 10th-12th December 2015
Based on 1960 film about a man-eating plant, this musical tells the story of Seymour, a poor struggling florist living & working in the downtown miserable New York suburb of Skid Row, whose luck changes overnight when he discovers a strange & unusual plant, & brings it back to the flower shop where he works. The plant, named The Audrey Two, after the love of his life, attracts lots of interest & business booms. The downside is the plant rejects all normal plant food in favour of human blood. As Seymour desperately tries to contain this fact, the plant grows & demands more. Seymour's love interest, Audrey, has a masochistic & abusive dentist for a boyfriend, and the plant convinces him that the man "sure looks like plant food to me!" If you like your musicals served with a fair smattering of dark and sinister plot developments, this is for you! And this year we have a special guest appearance by an Audrey Two in all its forms, coming all the way from Leicester!
For tickets please follow the link to Positickets:
We look forward to welcoming you between the 10th-12th December!
Little Shop Of Horrors Trailer
3rd Report on Nasio Students
Oxfordshire teens help support Kenyan communities
Teenagers from Oxfordshire have travelled more than 6,000 miles to help a charity project which supports poor communities in Kenya. As our reporter Adina Campbell discovered, Healthcare is one of the biggest problems. You may find some of the imagaes upsettingPosted by BBC South Today on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
2nd Report on Nasio Students
BBC South Today's second report:
Teenagers helping orphans in Kenya
A group of teenagers from Oxfordshire have travelled to Kenya to support hundreds of orphans living in poverty. They were helping the Abingdon-based charity The Nasio Trust which provides a lifeline to rural communities. Our reporter Adina Campbell traveled with themPosted by BBC South Today on Wednesday, November 18, 2015