Year 12 joint Biology & Geography field trip 2016
87 students and 7 staff set off for the Isle of Wight on the joint field trip on the 11th March for 4 days of hard work and fun. We had really warm weather, so the layers of thermals were thankfully not needed this year! We stayed at the PGL site, Little Canada and were very well looked after there by the field studies staff, with the girls working in groups of 6 with specialist instructors.
Saskia Clark - CCHSG’s Own Olympian
Saskia Clark, the world class Olympic Silver Medallist 470 sailor, is preparing to compete in her 3rd Olympic Games this summer in Rio. Did you know that she was a past pupil at our school?
An orca at Orlando’s popular SeaWorld attraction has been declared critically ill.
It had been announced previously that Tilikum the orca has a bacterial lung infection and on Tuesday, a post on SeaWorld’s online blog revealed he has been unresponsive to treatment so far.
As there is no cure for the orca’s disease, the staff veterinarian team is trying their best to manage the infection and make the orca comfortable.
In a video posted on the SeaWorld blog, vet Dr. Scott Gearhart said, "I wish I could say I was tremendously optimistic about Tilikum and his future but he has a disease that is chronic and progressive and at some point might cause his death."
Gearhart also said Tilikum would have died a long time ago if he contracted the disease in the wild, as at the age of 35 he is in the upper end of the life expectancy scale for male orcas in the wild.
Although Tilikum is a popular character in SeaWorld’s shows, the attraction have said the famous orca will not be replaced.
Over the last few weeks, the orca’s health has been deteriorating and he has been becoming lethargic, therefore has been pulled out of shows.
Tilikum has had an eventful career. At the age of two, he was taken to Sealand in British Columbia, Canada after being captured in Iceland.
In February 1991, a trainer fell into a pool with three orcas, including Tilikum. It was reported that Tilikum pulled the 20-year-old student to the bottom, where she drowned.
He was later put up for sale and SeaWorld Orlando requested a permit to buy him. They made the case for why another death wouldn’t happen in Orlando. “SeaWorld’s animals are all highly trained and are accustomed to interacting with trainers; Sealand’s animals are essentially untrained.”
Tilikum was brought to SeaWorld and from then on he performed in shows until it was discovered that he was unwell.
Image courtesy of the Science Photo Library
By Cora and Eleanor
All across England, junior doctors (doctors who are still deciding which area of medicine to specialise in) are striking over the 24-hour NHS government proposal.
At first, we naturally thought this was another boring political issue that wouldn’t affect us. However, we will all be in hospital at some point and if the people looking after us are exhausted then that is very dangerous.
One junior doctor states that in the last eight years she has three weeks off; in those eight years, she developed a disability and lost two brothers. If Jeremy Hunt goes ahead with his plans then the doctors argue that their holidays and family time will decrease massively. Usually a junior doctor is in their twenties or thirties so may just be starting a family. Some argue we are expecting too much of our healthcare professionals.
The new contract could help income rise from £37,000 a year to £38,500. This is the main point Mr Hunt is using in his campaign. Who wouldn’t want an extra £1,500 in their bank account?
So, do you think the junior doctors should have higher pay but longer hours, or do you believe that they should keep the current pay rate and work the same hours? There are good arguments for either side: people fall unwell at all times of the day but we want our doctors to be in top form if our in their life is in their hands.
A few months ago, my sister wanted to lose weight (typical). Her friend recommended vegetarianism. After six months of meat-free weight loss, my sister started searching for the benefits of vegetarianism. Bring on the lectures (and the lettuce)!
I thought I could scoff at her, but after a while, I realised how much the meat industry was affecting our planet.
Soon, our whole family started to support her, and we really enjoyed the vegetarian lifestyle. The benefits that soon followed have convinced us to strive towards being a vegetarian as much as possible, without it affecting our daily routine.
Today, I chose to write about this subject as I thought it would spread the facts and the, quite frankly, alarming statistics about the meat industry’s day-to-day carnage and the massacre that has gone unquestioned for centuries.
To find out students’ attitudes to vegetarianism, Eleanor and I interviewed form 7H. I expected to find many vegetarians as it is an expanding way of life. To my surprise, only 6.25% of the class were vegetarians, and neither by choice - Nikki and Hrishita have grown up as veggies due to their religious beliefs.
Busy completing my investigation!
* 2,000,000,000 tonnes of food are wasted every year
* 5,000-20,000 gallons of water are required to raise 1kg of meat
* 2.6 million cattle, 10 million pigs, 14.5 million sheep and lambs, 80 million fish and 950 million birds are killed every year in Britain for food
* By the year 2050, around 50 species of fish will become extinct in the Atlantic Ocean
* Just one person going vegetarian a year will save around 162,500 gallons of water a year
If you want to give vegetarianism a go, here is a quick, guilt-free recipe that you can enjoy at your leisure:
Spicy Mushroom and Broccoli Noodles, from BBC Good Food
* 1 low-salt vegetable stock cube
* 2 nests medium egg noodles
* 1 small head broccoli, broken into florets
* 1 tbsp sesame oil
* 250g pack shiitake or chestnut mushroom, thickly sliced
* 1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
* ½ tsp chilli flakes, or crumble one dried chilli into pieces
* 4 spring onion, thinly sliced
* 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
* Handful roasted cashew nuts
1) Put the stock cube into a pan of water, then bring to the boil. Add the noodles, bring the stock back to the boil and cook for 2 mins. Add the broccoli and boil for 2 mins more. Reserve a cup of the stock, then drain the noodles and veg.
2) Heat a frying pan or wok, add the sesame oil and stir-fry the mushrooms for 2 mins until turning golden. Add the garlic, chilli flakes and most of the spring onions, cook 1 min more, then tip in the noodles and broccoli. Splash in 3 tbsp of the stock and the hoisin sauce, then toss together for 1 min using a pair of tongs or 2 wooden spoons. Serve the noodles scattered with the cashew nuts and remaining spring onions. Add a dash more sesame oil to taste, if you like.
Students from Colchester County High School for Girls asked Colchester’s MP, Will Quince, some questions…
Image courtesy of BBC News
Q: Hello, Mr Quince. What makes Colchester great?
A: ‘Colchester is not only the oldest recorded town in the country but the fastest growing.
‘We were the first Roman capital of Britain and are fortunate to live in a town with so much history.
‘We have World class facilities for the Arts and leisure including beautiful parks and open spaces.
‘Our town also has an exciting future with businesses opening and re-locating here and more and more people wanting to move here.’
Q: How do you think we could make Colchester better?
A: ‘There is a lot to do but my focus is on transport and I also sit on the Transport Select Committee.
‘To unlock our town’s potential and business growth, we need investment in the major road and rail infrastructure. That means the A12 and A120 and our rail line to London being upgraded.’
Q: What do you have to do to become an MP?
A: ‘Simple really – get elected! However, this is easier said than done. Everyone takes a different route but I came up through local government first.
‘Usually it involves membership and activism in a political party and then working your way up to being selected by your party to fight a parliamentary seat.
‘It’s then a lot of hard work to persuade people in your constituency to support and vote for you.’
Q: What does your average day consist of?
A: ‘Every day is different but usually includes time in the House of Commons Chamber either for a debate or questions to cabinet members, time in the office responding to emails and letters, meeting local businesses and charities and lobby groups. Most days also include votes and meetings with Ministers and Cabinet members.’
Q: How does it feel to represent Colchester?
A: ‘It is a huge honour and great responsibility.’
Q: What's your favourite part of being an MP?
A: ‘The ability to help people with their issues locally and to bring about change and to influence Government policy nationally.’
Q: What's the most challenging part of your job?
A: ‘The role involves taking difficult decisions and sometimes you face criticism for the decision you make.
The most difficult part is being away from my family Monday to Thursday when I am in London.’
Thank you for talking to us, Mr Quince!
By Rhiannon, Helen and Maria
The EU referendum: a popular political discussion for 2016. This could affect every UK citizen, yet many do not understand what is going to happen this June… Should we stay or leave?
What is the EU?
The European Union (also known as the EU) is a group of twenty-eight different countries whose governments try to work together to ensure peace is maintained.
It began five years after the Second World War ended. To ensure peace, France and Germany (along with four other countries) signed a treaty to share their resources in 1950.
The UK was one of the first members to join the EU during their wave of expansion in the year of 1973.
But why is there a referendum?
David Cameron promised in 2013 that if he was voted in as PM he would hold a referendum for all British people over the age of eighteen to decide whether or not we should remain in the EU.
Our survey – students’ opinions
We completed a survey to discover whether students (if they could vote) would want to stay in the EU, leave the EU or required more information before voting. Out of a total of 230 pupils and staff asked, the most popular answer was to stay in the EU, with 59% of the vote. Next was the group of children who would like more information, on 64 votes. Finally, was the vote to leave the EU, with only 30 votes.
Many people do not know enough to decide at this time whetherto vote to stay or leave the EU. This includes Year 12 student Francesca who joked, ‘I thought that Brexit was something to do with breakfast’.
Another view is from Colchester’s MP Will Quince, who we asked for his views on the subject. He told us that he will be voting to leave the EU but that he ‘will not be playing a role in the Leave campaign or campaigning in Colchester for a Leave vote.
‘My number one priority remains my job as the MP for Colchester, working for local people.
‘This is a matter that, ultimately, will be decided by the British people, not politicians.’
Will the British people agree with the results of our survey, and vote to remain? We’ll find out on Thursday 23rd June.
Here are some reasons some say we should vote to leave the EU:
1. Freedom to make stronger trade deals with other nations.
2. Freedom to spend UK resources presently through EU membership in the UK to the advantage of our people.
3. Freedom to control our national borders.
4. Freedom to restore Britain’s specific legal system.
5. Freedom to deregulate the EU’s costly mass of laws.
6. Freedom to make major savings for British consumers.
7. Freedom to improve the British economy and generate more jobs.
8. Freedom to regenerate Britain’s fisheries.
9. Freedom to save the NHS from EU threats to undermine it by harmonising healthcare across the EU, and to reduce welfare payments to non-UK EU citizens.
10. Freedom to restore British customs and traditions.
According to Better Off Out Campaign
Here are some reasons some say we should vote to stay in the EU:
1. Jobs - Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs.
2. Exports & Investments - The EU buys over 50 per cent of UK exports (54 per cent of goods, 40 per cent of services).Over 300,000 British companies and 74 per cent of British exporters operate in other EU markets.
3. Trade - The EU negotiates trade agreements with the rest of the world. Outside the EU Britain would have to renegotiate trade deals alone. While the EU is the world’s largest market, a UK outside the EU would not be a high priority for other counties to negotiate a trade deal.
4. Consumer Clout - British families enjoy lower mobile phone roaming charges, lower credit card fees, cheaper flights and proper compensation when flights are delayed or cancelled. These sorts of benefits could not be achieved by Britain alone.
5. Clean Environment - Through commonly agreed EU standards, national Governments have achieved improvements to the quality of air, rivers and beaches. Good for Britain and good for Britons holidaying or living abroad!
6. Freedom to work and study abroad (and easy travel) - 1.4 million British people live abroad in the EU. More than 14,500 UK students took part in the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange scheme in 2012-13. Driving licences issued in the UK are valid throughout the EU.
7. Peace and democracy - The EU has helped secure peace among previously warring western European nations. It helped to consolidate democracy in Spain, Portugal, Greece and former Soviet bloc countries and helped preserve peace in the Balkans since the end of the Balkans War. With the UN it now plays a leading role in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and democracy building.
8. Equal pay and non-discrimination - Equal pay for men and women is enshrined in EU law, as are bans on discrimination by age, race or sexual orientation. This benefits Britain and British people who live in other EU countries.
9. Influence in the world - As 28 democracies, and as the world’s biggest market, we are strong when we work together. Britain is represented in many international organisations in joint EU delegations – giving Britain more influence than it would have alone. The EU has played a major role in climate, world trade and development.
10. Research funding-The UK is the second largest beneficiary of EU research funds, and the British Government expects future EU research funding to constitute a vital source of income for our world-leading universities and companies
According to ProEuropa
The hashtag #RideForOlivia is taking the internet world by storm, as riding idols such as Charlotte Dujardin pay their tributes to Olivia Inglis, who died on Sunday following a fall from her horse.
Inglis, a teenage rider from Australia, died on Sunday 6th of March in an accident whilst competing in the Scone Horse Trials.
Her horse, Coriolanus, struggled over a combination jump in the cross country section of the competition, before he flipped over and landed on the 17-year-old.
Inglis died at the scene despite medics’ attempts to revive her.
The tribute to Inglis was launched by her family, encouraging riders from around the world to post or share their favourite picture or video with the hashtag #RideForOlivia.
The posts will then be put together, making a mosaic of Olivia for her grieving family.
By Thursday at 8:00GMT, already over 120,000 people had used the hashtag, on Instagram alone.
Famous riding idols around the world including Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin have paid their tributes, with Dujardin writing ‘#rideforolivia today and everyday’.
Image courtesy of Twitter/@CSJDujardin
The movement echoes a similar campaign to mark the death of an Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes, in 2014.
A death in sport can create a big impact; it seems that some regard sportspeople as superheroes, capable of remarkable feats.
Horse-riding is a sport known for its high risk factor, with over 100 recorded deaths a year, so watching an equestrian fly round a course of death-defying jumps can seem like magic to a spectator. When the illusion shatters, it hits hard.
Mrs Folkerd from Colchester County High School for Girls says, ‘Being a PE teacher, I understand the dedicated hours of training required to become an elite athlete – it is sad that the effort is lost when the person dies, especially if it happens before they get to reach their peak.’
The Inglis family has remained one of the biggest names in Australia’s horse racing and breeding industry for over 130 years.
On Monday 2nd May, North Hill in Colchester is to be turned to a gigantic water slide to raise money for a cancer charity.
The event is to be organised by Cancer Research UK to help support teenagers
and children living with cancer the UK.
Scientists are working to treat young people who carry cancer symptoms and look towards residents in our country to help.
Slide Rider, a 250m long water slide, has been planned for the May Bank Holiday weekend. Residents have been encouraged to book tickets and attend the event.
In addition, Colchester Market will be opened for the first time on a Bank Holiday, thanks to the Colchester council. Fun family friendly events will take place in Castle Park.
People all over Colchester are advised to join in the fun!