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Autumn 2009

Local Girl Going for Gold…
By Georgina Gallagher
REBECCA Watts, a pupil of The Snaith School and a resident of Snaith has recently been named the fastest girl in Yorkshire. Becky, age 15, has been running now for several years. When spoken to, Watts revealed how it feels to be an outstanding national runner, her “strenuous” training routine and just how good she really is! Not only is Watts the fastest girl in Yorkshire, she is the 4th fastest girl in England, also one of the top ten fastest girls in the whole of the United Kingdom. Recently Watts has competed in two major events, English Schools, in which she came 4th in the 100m but unfortunately got disqualified in the relay due to inexperienced team members. However in the UK School Games held in Cardiff, she came 8th in 100m. To be at this level at the age is a phenomenal achievement. Becky is also Humberside 100m champion, and Wakefield 100m and 200m champion for under 17’s. Watts told us how she has been injured many times due to her strenuous training, and how she was injured quite seriously when doing long jump. Becky told us that although she enjoyed doing long jump, she no longer does that sport in

Rebecca Watts fastest in Yorkshire
fear of another serious injury. To maintain the standard she is at, Becky trains a total of three hours at her Wakefield club a week, in two one-anda-half hour lessons. She also maintains a healthy diet and daily stretches. When talking to Watts about her weekly routine, she insists that “It’s not hard work as long as you have got good concentration.” Although Becky is highly recognised in the athletic world, she is very modest of her achievements, saying “I don’t like to make a big deal of it, because it’s not a big deal. Of course I like winning, but that’s not what I run for, I run because I love the feeling.” How extremely reserved of her! Fortunately she doesn’t have to boast for herself she has her friends to do it for her. Becky has an amazing personal best in 100m sprint, 12.2 seconds, and 200m, 25.6 seconds. Also Watts has a fantastic array of 19 trophies and 20 medals. When we asked Becky what the dream was, she replied “Well the dream I guess is to be in the Olympics, either the next one or the one after. It’s every athlete’s dream. But I don’t want to jinx it, so I’m just going to aim for that and see where it gets me.” All I have to say is if you get there Becky, I’ll be expecting a ticket for this article.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! Watts it a bird? Watts it a plane? No its Becky!

GCSE Success!
By Bradley Marsden
THE recently departed year 11 students were celebrating in August as their GCSE results arrived. This year, there were some of the best results the school has ever seen, and the pupils were rewarded for all their hard work throughout the year. After a nail-biting climax to 5 years of hard-work, 156 students got a total of 1,849 A*-G grades, an increase of 251 from the previous year. The pupils themselves got some superb individual results. For example: (number of A*-C in brackets) Emma Gill (15); Samuel Morgan (14); Luke Nicholson (14); Jason Wong (14). The Year 10 students also got their results in Maths, RE, Science and Statistics. These results

SUCCESS: Happy faces all round on results day

were also some of the best in the school’s history and are a testament to the hard work the students have put in, not just in the past year, but throughout their Snaith School careers. I’m sure you’ll join me in thanking the teaching staff at school for all their hard work and encouragement throughout the year, as without them none of this would have been possible.

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Gingers Take Over!
By Rebecca White
IT isn’t something everyone has heard about but these things are cropping up across the continent; ginger festivals! Over the past few years ginger appreciation festivals have been appearing in countries such as Wales and the Netherlands with gingers gaining free entry to the event and in most bars around the host town getting free drinks. Surprisingly more non-gingers have been going to these events than regular gingers! Mr Rowenhourst, a non-ginger who started the annual festival in the South East of the Netherlands, dreamt up the festival after looking for ginger models to paint and after receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications he decided to create the festival for the flame haired people to come together and talk about their experiences; most of which are bullying. Others come here to share ideas such as Brigitte van Hengel, who has a successful all ginger modelling agency but is also looking to add an all ginger theatre company to that list. Another idea was an all ginger community, based in, where else but the world’s capital for gingers, Scotland! This idea was born because some people at the event were disappointed about not passing their ginger locks to their children and believed that if a pure ginger colony exists then all their offspring would be ginger themselves. So what is with the current love of gingers? In previous years they have been the butt of many jokes but now the world has gone ginger crazy with national ‘Hug a Ginger Day’ (11th March) and ‘Ginger Appreciation Day’ (25th May) cropping up on some peoples calendars. This ginger reporter loves the whole new love of gingers and can’t wait until we shall soon be ruling the world!

1110 Miles, 51 Days, 45 Marathons, 1 Man
By Jasmine Wright SNAITH school is not ginger-ist!
FORTY-SEVEN year-old comedian Eddie Izzard is more comfortable on stage performing outlandish comedy wearing fishnets and high heels, but on the 26th July he swapped these for a pair of shorts and sensible running shoes. The run, which is the equivalent of a staggering 43 marathons, took him 52 days to complete and had him admiring the sights of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Armed with a selection of British flags and only five weeks training, he set off from London’s Trafalgar Square at 6am. Izzard admitted that the furthest he had ever run in preparation was 5 miles, which is a mere drop in the ocean when it is com-

Snaith Sports Hall: for the community?
By Charlotte Ambler
RECENTLY, Snaith Sports Hall has changed its name to Snaith & District Community And Sports Association. The committee is run by several members of the public who want to support, use and promote the Sports Hall to benefit the community. Although the Sports Hall is on School grounds, it is completely independent. Every month there is a family disco, a farmer’s market and bingo. The events that take place are supposed to be aimed at every age group in the community, so what is there for teenagers? Many activities are provided for teenagers in and around the Snaith area, including; roller discos and cheer leading. The cheer leading lessons were provided by outside dance teachers. The roller disco takes place a few times a year, which hopefully could be more

pared with the mean feat of the 1110 miles which lay ahead of him. Before he embarked on his running mission he told his supporters via his website that, “I am off on a great adventure.” He ran at least 27 miles a day, six days a week. Izzard explained to reporters that people are having a hard time believing his phenomenal achievement. However his countless blisters, the absence of his toenails and a total of 14 pairs of worn out trainers act as evidence of his 1110 mile journey. Not only did he endure the pain of having his feet bandaged before running but he after he finished each day of running he was forced to have an ice bath. His aim was to raise thousands of pounds for Sport Relief and hoped in the process to raise public support for

the looming London 2012 Olympics Games. He received enormous public support from an ex-marine who ran alongside him for a few miles, to a man who presented Izzard with a bottle of Glenfiddich whisky. The blog on his website where he updated fans about his progress was bombarded with messages of encouragement and support for the comic. The amount raised currently stands at £20,000 but as donations are still being taken in this figure is set to rise. Now with 1110 miles under his belt, Izzard is digging out his heels and is preparing to take to the stage for a new 44 date tour, a setting which he feels more at home with.

often with a greater support from the public. The committee were hoping to start a ‘Band Night’ similar to those held by Selby Town Hall. Room Taken (consisting of Jordan Bagguley, James Safford, Jack Hargreaves, Annabelle Leetham and Rick Womersley) volunteered to play: however there was not enough interest in this idea and not enough bands wanted to play. The Hall can also be hired out for private functions and this is where the Year 11 Dinner Dance is held. For more information visit: www.

Snaith School students write up a storm
By Katharine Oliver
SIXTEEN students from year 11 received an amazing opportunity to visit the Press Association in Howden; PA is the UK’s leading multimedia news and information provider. Over the past month the students have been working on individual articles and their hard work has resulted in the production of this newspaper. This is the third year that students have been able to create a newspaper for their school and community. It is part of the English Gifted and Talented Programme so students have been selected on their interest in this subject. The project is run by Mr Williams, the head of English. Last year the students who worked on the newspaper did excellently, the newspaper was read by many and was enjoyed by all pupils and teachers as well as the local community. This year the students have promised to make their newspaper the best one yet. The pupils assigned themselves roles within the newspaper ranging from Editor to features writer. They met every Wednesday and Friday lunchtime to get the articles finished, with each pupil writing at least two articles for the newspaper. Once they arrived at PA News they experienced what the writers do on a daily basis. Pupils included Rebecca White, Anna Hinchcliffe, Jasmine Wright, Charlotte Ambler, Katharine Oliver, Megan Taylor, Sophie Johnson, Alex Millward, Ryan Esley, Jonny Crossley, Tom Sefton, Jess Holmes, Georgie Gallagher, Gareth Baker, Brad Marsden and James Thornton.

The Junction - a new direction for Goole
By Jessica Holmes
THE Junction is to be a fantastic new facility for the people of Goole. The plan to convert the market place into a new arts centre wasn’t originally very popular, but when some of the features Goole Town Council wished to include in the building became clearer, the news led to people beginning to warm to the idea. Such ideas include showing films more suited for autistic children and special showings for babies and toddlers so that the parents wouldn’t worry they are disturbing other filmgoers. The Junction is undoubtedly going to be an amazing place especially after the demolition of the stage at Goole High School and the closing down of The Gate Theatre. Countless different arts groups around the area needed somewhere to put on shows and this has everything they will need under one roof. It’s going to have a 170-seat auditorium with more comfort than is already available, a café bar, a large workshop area and meeting rooms. This place will be great for Goole because it provides everything that it is lacking. Many people especially teenagers have struggled in the past to get to places like the cinema in the holidays because the closest one would be either in Castleford or Doncaster; not anymore, as there will be films showing in the main auditorium. On the café walls, space will be left for budding local artists to showcase their work - this shows the appreciation the Junction’s founders have for the local community. The Junction is due to open this autumn and an open day will be held on November 7th, featuring tours and taster sessions in the workshop, and then more officially to mark the opening, ticketed shows will be held involving mainly local performers. The people of Goole and the surrounding area are very privileged to have such a well-rounded building, it contains a variety of fabulous things that Goole has long needed.

SAY CHEESE! The PA News Crew

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Medd in the Middle
By Rebecca White
WHAT has Mr Medd and a naked man with a chicken got in common? They are both subjects of Antony Gormley’s living sculpture! Since 1841 the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square has never had a permanent sculpture. Instead several artists have done temporary sculptures such as Mark Quinn’s controversial sculpture; Alison Lapper Pregnant. A portrait of disabled artist Alison Lapper when she was 8 months pregnant, the 3.5m high sculpture was carved out of a single block of white marble. As well as Thomas Schütte’s sculpture, Model for a Hotel 2007 has been situated on the Plinth since November 2007. It is built of specially engineered glass in yellow, red and blue which collects the light, reflecting it through the edges. But now a new sculpture has been started and one of our teachers will soon be part of it! Mr Medd was one of the 33,900 applicants but unlike most of them he became part of the 2,400 that will be getting not just fifteen minutes of fame but a whole hour! On his application Mr Medd describes himself as competitive, creative and moody. (You can make up your own mind about the latter!) When this paper went to print our art teacher didn’t have an idea what to do but was thinking of “running a competition within school to come up with an idea.” So far the other plinthers have all done some outrageous, thought provoking and down-right weird during their hour up on the plinth. Some people have used the plinth as a soap box to voice their political views, others to just get naked! The brains behind the living sculpture project, Antony Gormley who also made the Angel of the North, said before the event “I would be very upset if somebody didn’t take their clothes off.” Luckily for him, and unfortunately for the passers by, his wish was granted. The art department has also managed to integrate the fourth plinth project into the curriculum. Mr Medd told us “With the year sevens we have begun a new identity project and within this we have got the pupils to research about Gormley and also tell me what they’d do if they had an hour up on the plinth.” Maybe we could see Mr Medd using these ideas when he’s up there! The sculpture project started in July and culminates in October, the highlights of the week have been on the Sky Arts channel or you can get a live feed on www.oneandother. If you are interested in watching Mr Medd become a piece of art watch on line on October 13th between four and five pm. I hope you all join me and the rest of the students on the paper in wishing Mr Medd the best of luck and that he doesn’t make too much of a fool of himself!

CHALLENGE: Mr Medd training for October 13th

New Faces, New Places
By Gaz Baker
and the uniform is nice I also like the fact that P.E is more sport based and that science is much more interactive. THOMAS Rennie: I really like how clean the school is and how all the teachers make you feel welcome and involved in things. I also really like the science lessons as we get to do our own experiments which we never did in primary. MOLLY Parr: I think that the food here is so much better than at primary and this place is so much bigger than I’m used to, to be honest I can’t really think of anything I don’t like about it. After talking to these new pupils it seems that the Snaith School has impressed most of them and it appears that they are all very happy to be part of the Snaith School community. Let’s hope they stay as enthusiastic through the rest of their time here. It is apparent that the Snaith School really is the place to be when you’re a small fish in a big pond.

FIRST: Rachel Wardell

Mairead Rodden during her hour long spot in Trafalgar Square as part of the One and Other exhibition.

pictured with Antony Gormley, standing in front of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in central London as she prepares be the first member of the public to

THE time of year has come around again when the Snaith School reopens its doors after a long summer break, and with the new school year comes new pupils, most of whom seem eager to start their life at secondary school. If you’ve ever been in year seven you know what it’s like and how strange starting at a new school can be. A few year sevens have kindly agreed to tell me what they think of the Snaith School. STEVEN Bellamy: I think that the school is lots bigger and much easier to get lost in than my old school but I think that the teachers are much better and I also like the fact that you get more freedom than at primary. PHOEBE Parrish: I like the school because you don’t have the same teacher for the whole day and also the food is much better and there is loads more space than at primary. BRODIE Keelty: I like having more space

PUPILS: New year sevens

Time for Change
By Georgina Gallagher
THE chance to change! Recently the Speaking and Listening room has had excellent opportunities to change and expand. Miss Montague, the head of healthy schools, Miss Mallinson, the school’s coordinator, Kenny Ingram, a former pupil and myself have been working hard to provide more services for our school. Before the change, the Speaking and Listening room offered a variety of help and advice, but that’s all it did offer. Now with the help of the governors and the sexual health committee, Jo Bamford the school nurse, can offer an even larger variety of advice, and practical help. The newly refurbished Speaking and Listening room has now added bereavement counselling, condom demonstration, condom distribution, pregnancy testing and chlamydia testing, to the original services such as, advice on how to stop smoking or taking drugs, advice on sex, peer mentoring and many more. This change means that we are now up-to-date with many schools. Jo Bamford runs the Speaking and Listening room, and is there every Tuesday lunch time. But as soon as the new services are up and running smoothly, both Miss Mallinson and Miss Montague have decided that a more frequent visit would be better suited. Until Tuesday 22nd not many people knew about the campaign, however on Tuesday a letter went out to all pupils, teachers and parents to inform them about the change and confirming the new plans. Also, on Thursday 24th after school a “positive choices” meeting was held, at which if any parents had doubts, they could go and speak to Jo. So far it has been agreed that some of these new services are only going to be available for students in year 9 or above. However these decisions are not only based on age, they are based on maturity also. A private record will be kept of anybody who visits the Drop-In centre. The sexual health team have put a lot of effort into this and it’s great that they can finally see a successful outcome.

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Teacher Top Trumps
Mrs Midgley

I’m at secondary school get me out of here!
by Katharine Oliver
WHEN starting secondary school it can be a very scary experience especially if you’re the only person who has moved to this school from your old primary school. Also some pupils find it harder to settle to a new environment, there is nothing wrong if you are like this. At times this school can appear to be scary, and with older siblings telling you about all the bad things that could happen to you when you’re here for example getting your head flushed down the toilet. These are just rumours, all the teachers are very welcoming and friendly. There are students who come to this school who need extra help. Early this year 15 students spent eight weeks training to be peer mentors. These students would mentor younger pupils who need extra guidance at this school. Ms Mallinson taught these 15 students about how to speak to the mentees, how to read body language and how to make them feel better about themselves. The mentors are as follows Charlotte Ambler, Anna Hinchcliffe, Becky White, Katharine Oliver, Sam Clarkson, Josh Breeden, Lewis Kellet, Rachel Taylor, Nicole Masterman, Lucy Mellish, Kia Foster, Lewet Breary and Charlotte Markall. Everything is confidential apart from where there are safety risks, mentors would not have been chosen if they could not keep secrets. The mentors then meet with the mentees every week and talk about home life and how they are coping in school. Mentors help the younger students with problems towards school and learning as school is very important you need to listen in class and have a positive attitude at school. You will be able to recognise the mentors because they all have a yellow mentor badge and they have a smiley face badge on their tie to show that they are friendly, happy people who are very approachable they will

Favourite Film: Singer: Food: Place: Actor: TV Show: Sport:

P.S I Love You Cascada Yorkshire Pud Doncaster Jean Claude van Dam CSI Rugby

Mr Smith

not bite. They are just here to help and make school life for younger students easier and less frightening.

School Council shake up!
by Charlotte Ambler Favourite Film: Singer: Food: Place: Actor: TV Show: Sport: Gladiator Kings of Leon Mexican Chicago Al Pachino Maxelda Basketball
WITH the help of Ms Mallinson and Miss years 9 to 11. Year 7s and 8s will evenBentley, Snaith School Council has been tually join the groups. Pupils were given re-launched. Students from all years were training from the ‘School Councils UK’, asked to apply for a position on the council. this included discussing what we would This was done by filling in an application like our School Council to achieve and form which included many questions such teamwork exercises. as ‘Why do you want to be on the School Our current School Council is very different from the previous one. Now pupils Council?’. Once members were chosen from every are much more independent, chairing form, they were asked to start target their own meetings and with a staff memgroups. These were education, eco schools ber of their choice sitting in on meetings. and social media and publicity. Each group School Council updates will be availhave their own targets which they wish to able to see on the School Council notice achieve, such as improving the options book- board, located outside Miss Bentley’s lets, achiev- office. ing a green When asked, Miss Bentley stated that award and ‘the School Council was re-launched to publicising make positive changes to our school, to the School give our pupil’s a voice that will be heard and to hopefully bring new ideas to our Council. These are school. Whereas in the last School Counrun by stu- cil the same ideas were continuously COUCILLORS: Two School Council representatives dents from being brought up and nothing changed.’ has to be when I was up to my knees in stinking, black mud in the school pond after falling in! What do you like to do in by Sophie Johnson DON’T you just love going your spare time? to gigs and concerts? Where I love drawing and reading. I read every day. you can dance, sing and just enjoy the general atmosphere Who is your favourite with complete strangers who band? share a common interest with My all time favourite you. Nothing beats the thrill artist has to be Joni of seeing your chosen artist in Mitchell… but my the flesh or being enthralled by favourite current band is the performance whether it’s the Kings of Leon. Bowling for Soup or Tinchy Stryder. Well with the upcoming gigs this year in the surrounding areas, you can do just that! There are many bands and singers everyone will enjoy, whether you listen to alternative, to rap or to dance! To find different concerts you can look on or www.see Enjoy!

A day in the life of Ms Mallinson
By Anna Hinchcliffe
THE staff at school aren’t just made up of teachers, there are also teaching assistants, caretakers, technicians, secretaries…and Ms Mallinson, the Extended Schools Coordinator. Her role is vital within the school, but what does she actually do? What is the purpose of an Extended Schools Coordinator? To extend the purpose of schools, so instead of schools being just 9am whilst 4pm, our schools can become a place of life long learning. What is your average day like? My morning starts with a cup of coffee, and then emails are my first priority. Every day is different, sometimes I’m at meetings in Goole, or sometimes I am involved in workshops. When I am in school my lunchtimes are taken up with talking to students. I officially finish work at 4 o’clock, but sometimes I have meetings or peer mentor training. Once a month I attend Regeneration Partnership meetings within the community. What is the most interesting or strangest thing you have ever done while working at the Snaith School? The best thing I have ever done is visit a recording studio while taking part in the year ten Summer Camp. The strangest thing

Great gigs, ’mazing music

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Tantalising trips
THE Snaith School organises many fun and interesting trips for it’s pupils, in fact there are so many trips taking place its hard to keep track of which trip is doing what. So here is a breakdown on all of the up coming trips so you won’t miss a thing. English trip to London: The English department is organising a Shakespearian style trip to London where students going will experience the Globe Theatre first hand. Not only will they get to see a professional performance of one of Shakespeare’s famous plays but afterwards they will get a guided tour of the theatre and have the chance to attend a workshop with the performers where they will have a chance to brush up their own acting skills. As if this wasn’t enough the next day pupils will be dining in style either at the renowned Planet Hollywood or in the incredibly swish Convent Garden. There will also be another tour afterwards possibly to the Natural History Museum or maybe to see a play. This fantastic trip is taking place on the 17th andApril 2010 and at a very reasonable price of £155

By Gaz Baker

places will go fast. This is a must for people interested in drama or English. But maybe drama isn’t your thing, maybe you prefer something sporting. If so the Snaith School has organised yet another excellent value ski trip to Oberlungau in Austria. This trip includes thirty hours of ski tuition and full ski gear hire for a whole six days. And it doesn’t stop there either pupils going will also receive the full apres ski package which includes bowling, a pizza night, curling and a inter-student ski race. The accommodation is also excellent. Pupils will be staying at the hotel Lindenhof a three star hotel with a range of facilities including shops, cafes ice skating rink and disco. At the moment only a few places remain and at £740 these won’t last long. The trip will take place from the 12th to the 20th February 2010. So now that you know exactly what is going on in trips you may consider going to some and you can be sure more trips lie on the horizon for the Snaith School.

School splashes out on pond!
By Bradley Marsden
THE Snaith School’s new, improved pond has been completed. The old pond has been removed and a larger pond has been installed. The new pond is eco-friendly and is now specifically designed to attract wildlife. The area is securely gated to protect against vandals and has 5 wooden benches to create an “outdoor learning area”. This is to create a different aspect to the science department’s learning environment, allowing outdoor lessons so pupils can now see what they are learning about as opposed to just hearing it. The new pond will also benefit the local community, local primary schools have already used it, and it is now a real asset not only to the school, but also the surrounding area. None of this however would be possible if it wasn’t for a grant from the Big Lottery Awards For All scheme. The grant of £6,220 was a significant chunk of the total amount spent and without it the pond would not be of the high standard it is today. I’m sure that you will agree that this is a welcome addition to the learning environment at school which will provide valuable knowledge for pupils in the years to come and you will join me in thanking those who without their help none of this would have been possible.

Teacher Top Trumps
Mr Williams

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Miss Burrows

Gifted and Talented Oxford experience
By Charlotte Ambler
JOHN Leggott College gave four lucky students an opportunity to visit the prestigious Oxford University for two days and stay overnight at Lincoln College Halls of Residence. On the 25th June, Sammie Andrews 11AR, James Thornton 11GG, Ryan Elsley and Charlotte Ambler 11SC stayed with 35 students from other schools around the Lincolnshire area. Pupils were split into groups, which would help them to make new friends. Students were given a tour of Lincoln College and Oxford. As well as participating in various tasks, such as building a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows, advertising a product and writing a newspaper. They were also taken for a visit around the Oxford University Museum of History and the Pitt Rivers Museum. Both containing exhibits such as shrunken heads, totem poles and various animal skeletons. On the second day pupils could also sample different subjects, taught by the first year students. Lessons included Law, Maths, Science, Music, Latin American, History and Psychology. Before returning home, pupils were shown around St. Catherine’s college, which is one of the most modern colleges. It was designed and built to resemble a bar code. The groups were also taken to various sights such as the Bodleian library, which contains every book ever published since 1602, and to the ‘Bridge of Sighs’. Students were also given the opportunity to join an on-line ‘ementoring’ service, which would help them to keep in touch with fellow peers and their group leaders.

Favourite Film: Singer: Food: Place: Actor: TV Show: Sport:

Snatch Barry Manilow Cheesecake Doncaster Jason Statham Criminal Minds Shopping

Mr Smithson

Ryan Elsley thought ‘the trip was very interesting and a fantastic opportunity to make new friends. I would definitely recommend going on this trip to any younger year groups.’

Romy Garbutt from South Axeholme School said ‘I really enjoyed the visit to Oxford university. It gave me a much clearer idea of what higher education is like.’

Favourite Film: Singer: Food: Place: Actor: TV Show: Sport:

Rush Hour 3 Tinchy Stryder Pizza Bridlington Will Smith Law and Order Football

Wired into work experience
EACH year, thousands of students in Years 10 and 11 go off to work experience. For a fortnight pupils from England, Scotland and Wales spend their time in the world of adult work. Some students look forward to what must appear to be two weeks off school. Others will dread being taken away from their sheltered school life and being thrown into a very different world. But why do schools send students away to experience work? To answer this question, and to find out more, I went to talk to Mrs. Belton who has been arranging placements at the Snaith

By Thomas Sefton
Has work experience changed since you were at school? ‘Loads, the IT office used to be a flat. Two girls would live there for a week (during the day) on five pounds. They had to feed themselves and entertain, two members of staff and a parent each. Cooking, cleaning, tidying.’ What is the most interesting placement you’ve arranged? ‘The most interesting? It was when one student went to a funeral parlour in York. J. Rymers. Shows there’s a placement for everyone.’ Finally, do you like your job with work experience?

So why do student go on work experience? ‘Well, it builds confidence, improves their social skills and prepares them for working life. It can help them make decisions about their actual career. Say they want to work in a bank, and after spending a couple of weeks at a bank decide they would like a more ‘hands on’ career.’ How many placements go well for pupils? ‘Nearly all of them. 95%. Students enjoy their places and get something from them: a decision about their future. Some get a

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Who’s your role model? Food For
By Sophie Johnson
DURING my summer holiday whenever I got bored, I would read; books, newspapers, magazines, anything that had been left about by a member of my family, I would read. So after becoming tired of articles about the dog that could walk on his hind legs, and how to lose 4 pounds in a week, I was reduced to one of my sisters’ teen magazines that were shoved under the sofa. I flicked through the articles about horoscopes and the ‘get voting on Hollywood’s top hunks’ pages, when one article caught my attention. It was titled ‘Mum’s in debt … because I want to be famous!’, and there were pictures of a teenage girl posing for what looked like a professional photoshoot. The model could have been no older than me. As I read through her story, I was shocked at how much her life had been influenced by certain types of celebrity. She said ‘I’m going to be the next Katie Price and nothing will stop me from becoming famous! Mum thinks I’ve got what it takes to be a big star too…’ But is Katie Price really a ‘Big star?’ I was stunned, that a girl so young aspired to be a glamour model when she got older; and her mother encouraged her in her pursuit for fame – but at a cost. Now, her loving mother is £10,000 in debt! – and saving up for her daughter’s 18th birthday present: a nose job, liposuction and a boob job. So who do you think is the role model responsible for these actions? Is it the celebrity, who frequently ‘graces’ the front page of every woman’s magazine with her presence, or the mother who spends an obscene amount of money and encourages her daughter to follow a dream? I was so intrigued by this, that I decided to research more into role models for kids. I found a web page on the BBC with quotes from 6 to 15 year olds, who lived all over Britain (some even from the USA). Some of their comments were

“My role models are the people fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are brave and it's unfortunate that some people prefer Miley Cyrus to those who die in their efforts to help their country."
Emily, 12, Broadstone, UK

surprising, and others were typical. Here are some of them:

is the best singer ever, my teacher looks a bit like her!"
Meggie, 11, Lincolnshire, England

By Megan Taylor
TAKE a break from revising and treat yourself. Here are 3 quick and easy recipes that will keep you going and taste great.

"My mum is my role model because she is much better than any old celebrity, and she loves me."
Emma, 11, USA

"My role model is my uncle because like me, he is deaf but he is a really great person." but 'Cheryl Cole' and 'Rihanna' don't really do anything except sing (they don't even write their own music!). We should be looking at people like Mozart and Picasso who contributed to the world!"
Luke, 10, Belfast, UK

Daniel, 14, London, UK "No offence or anything

"I love Mozart, we are currently doing about him at my boarding school and he is wicked. He is such a good musician and really did make a difference to the world with his music."
Harry, 14, London, England Role models these days are mainly celebrities, but traditional role models like the soldiers from past and present disputes, authors and even our relatives still have a place in our hearts. The most admired role models from my research are Barack Obama, Cheryl Cole and Miley Cyrus – whether you agree is totally up to you, but if not, the one thing I want you to do is think. Who is your role model?

Barack Obama

Crazy Cinnamon Toast
For those cold and chilly days to come:

Slice of Bread Sugar Cinnamon Butter or Margarine

1. Preheat Grill to Medium heat. 2. Toast the bread then spread with butter. 3. Sprinkle the slice generously with sugar and cinnamon. 4. Place under the grill until the sugar has melted and the butter starts to bubble. 5. Serve with hot chocolate with cream and mini marshmallows.

Cheryl Cole

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Bring a taste of Italy to your kitchen

2 slices of bread (white/ brown/ wholegrain: you choose!) A couple of tomatoes Garlic clove Onion (red or white, but red works better)

"My role model is Cheryl Cole because she

Miley Cyrus

CO Crackdown
By Ryan Elsley
SNAITH Secondary School has taken drastic action recently in the fight for the environment. After a review of the energy policy at the school, there was a stark realisation. The low ‘F’ rating is a sharp contrast with the recent exam results. Around £20,000 was spent last year printing on 65 printers. A printing system was installed, in which only six printers are used across the entire school. Students and staff were shown how to use the printers and a relatively smooth transition was made. Students now print using their logins. This keeps a record of all printing, allowing greater control over printing. There is a system to prevent accidental printing and double side printing is a standard option. Not everyone is happy with the new printing however, some staff see lessons being interrupted due to printing and an overall inconvenience to everyone involved. The price is one worth taking though, the majority think, in order to save money and the environment. Printing isn’t the only change being made; recycling is being taken more seriously, with a paper recycling box in every classroom and a new recycling skip has been brought in recently. Automatic lights are being used in most areas of the school; these are able to turn themselves off if no one is in the room. Such initiatives are at the core of appearing as an environmentallyfriendly school.

Local Bands Rock Out!
By Anna Hinchcliffe
ON Sunday 4th October, Selby’s Riverside Bar hosted an ‘Under 18’s All Dayer’ where many local bands in the area have been given the opportunity to play. Among others, Solitude is one of the talented bands playing at Riverside this October. The band members, Joe Milner (lead vocals), Jack Monkhouse (lead guitar), Tom Wiseman (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Chris Edis (bass guitar) and Eddy Banks (drums), have been performing together since 2008. Since then they have taken part in Selby’s Battle of the Bands 2009, coming third in the finals. Solitude are based on 70s and 80s hard rock, and are influenced by bands such as Deep Purple and Pink Floyd. When interviewed, Tom Wiseman, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, said that for him the best venue the band has ever played in was Selby Town Hall, the Battle of the Bands (heat one): ‘the crowd were so up for it, there was so much energy’. In the future the band aim to produce an album and hope to be offered a recording contract. At Riverside Solitude plan on performing ten original songs and three covers (one cover the band plan on using is ‘Breaking the Law’ by Judas Priest). Solitude will be playing at Xscape’s ‘The Loft’ on the 18th October, and will be at Riverside again on the 1st November in another ‘All Dayer’. So good luck to Solitude and all of the other local bands taking part, and let’s hope it’s a successful event. SOLITUDE: In concert

1. Chop tomatoes and onions into small chunks and mix together. If you take out the juice in the middle of the tomatoes it will be easier. 2. Toast the bread. 3. Half the garlic clove and rub one side of the clove on one slice of bread and the other half of the clove on the other slice of bread. 4. Throw the tomatoes and onion mix over each slice till they are covered and either eat cold like this or stick them under the grill for a few minutes and enjoy!

Mega Decka Sandwich
For hungry people who can’t cook

4 slices of thick bread 2 Tomatoes Butter or Margarine Sliced Cheese Red Onion Lettuce Olive Coleslaw Chicken or other meat (optional for vegetarians) Cocktail Stick

1. Lightly butter your bread then slice the tomatoes and onion thinly (you may need swimming goggles when cutting the onion!). 2. Slice your lettuce into pieces just bigger than your slices of bread and then rinse well. 3. Spread coleslaw sparingly over the bread, then cover with lettuce and sprinkle with red onion and cover with cheese. 4. Put on your meat, chicken, pork, beef, whatever you like. 5. Now repeat this once more depending on the amounts of decks you want or how hungry you are! When you’ve finished, put on your top slice of bread, put an olive on a cocktail stick and push through sandwich to hold it all together.

COPIERS: Cutting Carbon

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Resistance to Muse is futile
By Jonathan Crossley
THREE years after the release of Black Holes and Revelations the symphonic rock behemoth, Muse, rise again to bring the world to its knees. Since their last release the Devonshire Trio have moved to Lake Como, Italy and built their very own studio. This album is the first that Muse have self-produced so I was unsure what to expect. But any worries I had were short-lived, the catchy bassline that kicks off Uprising is not dissimilar to Starlight from the previous album. Track 2, Resistance, is a huge contrast to the opener. With modern piano sections and what remind me of disco-style drums it seems this track would be easy to dance to. Then the chorus kicks in, the guitar gets louder, the voice gets more powerful and the bass-line takes the beat to make way for the drum fills by Dom Howard. United States of Eurasia is a piece that sounds very similar to Queen. Starting with calming piano, vocals and strings it sounds like a ballad. This basis then builds up to a welcome guitar entry. This then evolves into a chorus screaming ‘Eurasia’ and finishes with Collateral Damage, a beautiful work of Chopin-esque piano by Matt Bellamy. Track 6, Unnatural Selection, bears a great similarity to New Born (Origin Of Symmetry, 2001) with a catchy guitar riff and vocal effects that are guaranteed to stay in your head for days. MK Ultra sounds unlike anything Muse have ever produced. Huge exaggerated synthesizers throughout, you could imagine this being mixed and played in Ibiza. Although when analysed the synth sounds break down into strings playing the same theme. Again the vocals shine through as being a major

Whap out your winter woolies!
By Katharine Oliver
SUMMER is coming to an end, it’s getting colder and festival season is nearly over so the shorts need to go back in the wardrobe and the scarves and woolly hats need to come out. Chunky knitwear has been very popular on the autumn/winter catwalks, and since it’s nearly winter its great timing for knitwear to be popular. It’s all about textures they have been seen a lot on the catwalks, think about a lot of overlapping textures. Oversized jumpers or cardigans mixed with furry accessories for example scarfs and hats will guarantee to keep you warm at night. Topshop, River Island and Debenhams are good places to find knitwear and even though some of their items can be a bit pricey it’s nearly winter so you need to get some woolies to keep you warm. If you need some ideas on what to wear on a night out or just casual gatherings then you need a bit of vava boom in your wardrobe. French chic has sashayed onto the catwalk for autumn/ winter. Mixing flirty edges, and masculine shapes with fluffy fur jackets and skirts. Think tough with a soft edge, team leather trousers or wet look leggings with a frilly blouse, and harden sweet bubble silhouettes with rocky boots and bold accessories. Asos is a great place to buy dresses and shoes, and Primark is good to get accessories, you can get some big and bold necklaces which will make a good impression and add a quirky style to the outfit. If a lot of you haven’t managed to save any pennies to buy some new clothes then mix and match summer clothes but don’t wear a vest and shorts – try wearing jeans with a vest and a woolly cardigan. Charity shops are good places to get outfits at a great price and even though most people think that it would be really bad to be caught in a charity shop there are always fantastic finds there and you will definitely find vintage outfits there. Hopefully with these tips you can look hot this winter.

point. MK Ultra is certainly my favourite on the album. The album finishes with the Exogenesis Symphony. This full orchestral work was written by Matt who admitted it was daunting. Piano takes the lead in Part Two (Cross-Pollination) after Part One (Overture) which was dominated by strings. The album finishes with ExogenesisSymphony Part Three (Redemption), a peaceful Adagio which combines both the piano and strings from earlier in the album to finish off the Exogenesis masterpiece. Of the five studio albums that Muse have created this is my personal favourite because the variety between the eleven tracks makes the album extremely likeable. The Resistance is a must for any rock fans, with its catchy riffs and Queen-like piano but could also appeal to fans of pop and dance, thanks to the drumming and cool keyboard effects.

WOOLIES: Chunky knitwear adds some va-va boom

Harry, as spellbinding as ever
By Alex Millward
HARRY Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the latest release from the hugely successful series adapted for the screen by Steve Kloves. THE film showcases the continuing adventures of Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The film follows the pattern set by its predecessors and those expecting a radical piece of cinema will go home feeling disappointed, however, fans of the series and those willing to suspend their disbelief for two and a half hours will no doubt find it enjoyable. The script is quick, clever and occasionally very funny however it deviates from the book quite substantially and this may upset Potter purists. The ending is nothing like the original text, it is quite sudden and although it sets things up nicely for the next film it feels rushed. The film is definitely more adult than its forerunners with love lives of the characters taking centre stage although it doesn’t become a teen drama and is still interesting for the older viewers. The action scenes are firstrate and the special effects will have you jumping out of your seat and highlights include a battle in the fields around the Weasley house. The casting is excellent, Jim Broadbent’s performance as Slughorn is funny throughout and towards the end it’s even a little moving. The regular cast returns and give solid performances but nobody really stands out. This is arguably the best film in the series and it looks and sounds great on the big screen, it will probably take a lot of flak from those who want JK Rowling’s every word to be recreated on film but for everybody who just enjoys a good movie I wound recommend seeing it even if it’s just to get ready for the next one

Musicians quibble over new law
By Jonathan Crossley
ON Thursday 24th September a summit was held in London. The conference was held to discuss the problem of illegal downloading. Compared to 2008, fewer young people are using illegal file-sharing websites but the reduction is minimal, 63%-61% respectively, says a recent survey. All artists recording music were welcome to attend the debate. Some of the big names that were there included Lily Allen, Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane and Ed O’Brien of Radiohead. All artists attending shared concerns about illegal file-sharing being a major threat to the music industry. Plans to cut the internet of those downloading illegally were opposed by some of the stars, including Ed O’Brien and Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, who felt that cutting individual’s internet connection was far too drastic. This motion was backed by ISPA, representing service providers, who called it a ‘disproportionate response.’ However Lily Allen led the campaign to disconnect frequent downloaders, claiming that smaller acts who rely on music sales were suffering greatly. Ed O’Brien described the summit as ‘heated at times,’ he also said that Allen was ‘extremely brave’ to turn up. This is because recently she posted a blog about filesharers that was not well received, having provoked a violent reaction from fans. The media was not permitted to enter the summit and Lily Allen refused to be interviewed about the proceedings. Before a final decision is reached on how to handle illegal downloaders there will be more debates similar to this one. Currently artists seem to be agreed that frequent file-sharers should have their internet ‘squeezed’ rather than to be cut off. This will mean that their internet speeds are reduced so that they can send and receive e-mails and purchase items online but it will be impractical to download music files.

The Crimea keeps it local
By Jasmine Wright
IT’S 1:45pm on an unseasonably warm day for September, the car park of the Crimea Tavern in Castleford, is steadily filling up to the sound of local band the Eric’s sound checking. By 2pm the music is in full flow as the Eric’s perform hit after hit of classic rock. It is their job to get the crowd juiced up for the six other bands, and their objective is almost met as some of the slightly merrier onlookers are already singing along. Their cheeky banter between songs showed a softer side to these intimidating experienced rockers wearing fierce slogan T-shirts. Unleashed bring with them an annoying fake American accent which does not match up with their hometown of Royston. Their set list comprised mainly of metal songs that nobody knew however the front man’s energy and enthusiasm still had feet tapping and heads banging. Local band Sumdy’s Dad present a collection of indie rock anthems which fail to achieve an overwhelming response. However when the opening chorus of the Kings of Leon hit “Use Somebody” is bellowed through the speakers, drinks are in the air, arms are waving and everyone is singing along. The evening however belonged to one band and one band only: the baby-faced No Mercy For Percy whose infectious punk covers of pop classics stole the show. Belting out song after song, the band really gets the crowd going. Despite their initial nerves and shyness they quickly overcome this and steal the show. Spectators who are more used to rocking along to heavy metal can not help but join in with No Mercy For Percy’s version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. The crowd are whipped up into a frenzy when front man Ryan Whittaker orders the crowd to form a “bum chain” or a conga line to you and me, when his band play “Gay Bar.” They finish their set with the old Proclaimers favourite “500 Miles”. The song has the entire 200 plus crowd echoing every word back with startling volume. And the reason for this afternoon of loud music and an even louder crowd was to raise money, with all proceeds from the collection bucket going to Lock Lane under 11s and a Multiple Sclerosis charity.

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Sailing Away
Snaith Superstar Sails to Success.
By James Thornton TO many people, Jack Wetherell seems like an ordinary pupil, but under the tanned skin and curly hair is a sailing champion! Jack (15) has had many successes. To name a few, the young sailor is the Topper Nationwide 5 Champion 08. To get this hard earned victory he beat over 200 other sailors at Carsington Sailing Club. Jack earned a respectable bronze on his Laser Radial in the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Volvo Youth Nationals. He also came 27th overall in the Laser Radial Youth Europeans, 2nd of the under 16s. Jack frequently races internationally, in Wales, Ireland and even Denmark! His latest success was 9th at the recent Laser Radial qualifier at Newhaven and Seaford, again he came 2nd of the under 19s. Only one year ago, after becoming the Topper Nationwide Champion 08, he changed his boat to a Laser Radial and as you can see from the list of results he has made a big impression from only one year on the new boat. He was selected for the RYA Radial Transitional Training Squad in addition to being part of the Snaith School’s Gifted and Talented Development Squad. How did the young Topper Champion become such a success? After seeing him race, the answer is obvious, through intense training, determination and a very supporting family. The Wetherell family have been a big influence over Jack’s sailing career. One visit to Beavers Sailing Club, the home club of this sailing family, shows the whole family in action. Julie (mum) heads the Topper fleet, Jack leading the Laser Radial Radials and his father Tony and brother Henry racing together to success on an RS 200! Henry is just as competitive as his older brother, racing along side in the Topper Nationwide earning 11th place, he was the top 12 year old, the second just made the top 100. Henry and former world champion father Tony race together on the double handed RS200 and came 1st in the 2008 Beaver Regatta Jack frequently trains at his local club, Beavers Sailing Club, in Sykehouse. The club’s inland reservoir holds around 120 acres of water, this sounds impressive but to Jack it is ‘just a puddle‘. This sailor goes out to practise or race almost every weekend, if not in Sykehouse, somewhere much more exotic. When sailing out to sea this young racer can travel up to three miles to find suitable winds. Jack has been sailing since he was only four years old, now a local success and an inspiration to all, I hope you’ll join me in congratulating him on what he has done and wish him well in the future, possibly the 2016 Olympics.

SAILING: The stern-faced sailer!

Flying high for Great Britain!
By Jess Holmes FLYING High for Great Britain, Richard Womersley of West Cowick, local paramotor enthusiast has just represented his country in the world paramotor championships in the Czech Republic. Ric who is a member of the Yorkshire Owls Club, had been flying the motorised paraglider for two years before he was old enough to take part competitively. So it’s no surprise that he did enter this year. In fact he entered for the nationals in Worchester and at only sixteen achieved an impressive sixth place out of seventy-six competitors who were all older than he was. Ric who finished at The Snaith School last year has now started this September at John Leggot College taking Physics, Psychology, Maths and Music Technology, while also being the drummer for the local band Room Taken. So as you can imagine he’s very busy but when offered a place as the reserve pilot on Great Britain’s team how can you refuse? The Championship was nine long days and he had to cope with early mornings and late nights every day but he said it was all worth it because it was a great experience. He flew in tasks including pylon racing, economy and navigation. He said, “I was tired out but it was well worth been able to represent my country in an International competition.” The British team did very well in the competition, achieving silver but almost gold, so obviously all their hard work gave them the great results I’m sure they deserve. So if you didn’t know about Ric and his flying machine you can look out for him next time you go for a walk round Snaith. Even if you don’t see him in the skies don’t worry, just keep an eye on the local papers – I’m sure it’s not the last we’ll hear from him. Pictures credited to Pascal Cambel Jones.

FLYING in the Czech Republic, Ric powers on.