Winners of “Technicians Make it Happen” photo competition announced

Young people awarded prizes by the British Science Association in photo competition showcasing technicians.

The British Science Association (BSA) has today announced the winners of the Technicians Make it Happen photo competition. The announcement took place at Thorpe Park during the BSA’s Great British Science Club celebration event, which is being held to celebrate 30 years of CREST Awards.

The BSA partnered with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation on their Technicians Make it Happen campaign to promote the valuable role that technicians play within society and the UK economy. The photo competition was run earlier this year as part of British Science Week and saw hundreds of entries from students across the UK.

Youngsters were asked to create a scene conveying the type of job their chosen technician does. They could use every day materials found in the kitchen or classroom, and any backdrops they could make themselves. They could also act out the scene by dressing up a teddy bear, teacher or a parent as their technician of choice. They then took a photo of their scene and shared it via Twitter.

The winners and their respective categories are as follows:

  • Emma Mitchell from Bradley Stoke Community School won: The most interesting technician job featured
  • Benjamin Lai from Holy Trinity School, Northwood won: The most creative scene
  • Nathan Bolter from Lewis School Pengam won: The best descriptive Tweet
  • Aanyaa Jajodia from Hounslow Heath Infant & Nursery School won: The people’s choice award

The shortlisted finalists were invited to the celebration event being held at Thorpe Park today to mark the end of the CREST Award’s 30th anniversary year. The winners received an array of prizes, including a Nikon DSLR camera kit and Fujifilm instant cameras.

Maria Rossini, Head of Education at the British Science Association, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the finalists of this fantastic competition. The standard of entries was very high so it was a difficult choice for us to make, but everyone did brilliantly. We loved seeing the creative and innovative approaches taken by students, and seeing the huge variety of technicians featured in their photos. The Technicians Make it Happen competition and wider campaign has provided a great platform for a profession that is often overlooked or misunderstood. It has been a pleasure to be involved and we hope it will have inspired many young people to explore these wonderful and varied career paths.”

Michelle Rea, Communications Manager at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, said: “It has been so encouraging to see all of the superb entries that have been submitted to the Technicians Make it Happen photo competition. The standard has been excellent and it is wonderful to see young people of all ages engaging with the fantastic careers on offer for technicians in this country. Congratulations to the winners and all those who took part.”

PRIMARY PUPILS ENCOURAGED TO KEEP LEARNING DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

 

‘Make Your World Bigger’ digital challenge aims to prevent ‘summer slide’ and rewards learning with prizes

Primary school pupils are being encouraged to continue their love of learning this summer by taking part in an exciting new digital challenge.

‘Make Your World Bigger’ is being launched by Discovery Education to inspire children to keep learning and prevent a dip in academic skills during the long summer break.

Children taking part will watch a series of Discovery video clips, collecting fun facts to answer questions along the way. From exploring natural world wonders to discovering new technology, the video challenge will take children on a fascinating journey of film. It will also tempt youngsters away from their screens by signposting fun practical projects including star gazing, butterfly spotting and guitar making.

Ten goody bags packed with VR headsets, DVDs, space shuttle kits, night vision goggles and more are on offer for the winning entrants – and pupils can also win prizes for their school.

Parents are being asked to encourage their children to join the challenge, which will provide access to Discovery Education Espresso’s digital learning service between July and September. The award-winning platform – which features videos from Discovery Channel, Discovery Science and Animal Planet – will help parents and carers to keep learning alive, igniting children’s curiosity about the wider world and using screen time in a positive way.

One of the schools taking part is Greet Primary in Sparkhill, Birmingham. Assistant Headteacher Matthew Haydon said:

“The Make Your World Bigger Challenge is a great way for children to keep learning and achieving over the summer holidays, and to use screen time in a positive way. The digital aspect will really appeal to our pupils and we’ll be encouraging as many as possible to take part.”

Also entering the challenge is Westlands Community Primary in Chelmsford. Year 2 teacher Rob Burdge said:

“Make Your World Bigger is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to broaden their horizons this summer. Our pupils will be taking part and we are looking forward to hearing all about it in September.”

Catherine Howard, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education said:

“The start of the holidays doesn’t mean that learning must stop. Many parents want their children to keep discovering and achieving beyond the end of term – and Make Your World Bigger will enable them to do so while having fun. From exploring the limits of outer space to diving to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the challenge will keep young learners engaged — and inspire them to continue to discover and learn new things.”

The Make Your World Bigger Challenge is open to children aged 7 to 11. To take part visit www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/summer before the end of the summer holidays. Families entering the challenge will receive free home access to Discovery Education Espresso until 10th September, when the Make Your World Bigger competition closes. With over 23,000 learning resources including interactive games, ebooks and short videos, the award-winning platform has something to spark interest in every child.

Those taking part are encouraged to Tweet about making their world bigger using #MYWBchallenge.

Royal visit marks achievement of students with autism at Baston House School

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, congratulates students for their award-winning garden

Thrill and excitement filled the air this week when The Countess of Wessex, visited students at Baston House School in Bromley, Kent – an Outcomes First Group centre of excellence in education and development for children aged 5 – 19 with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) – to congratulate them on winning the Alice Street Trophy for the beautiful school garden they created.

 

Dignitaries Anna Kennedy (OBE), Autism Ambassador for Outcomes First Group; Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, Mayor of Bromley; Colonel Robert Murfin TD DL,  Deputy Lieutenant of Bromley; Jane Bailey,  Director of Education LB Bromley and Anthony Comben,  Chairman,  London Children’s Flower Society and Roger Colvin, Group Chairman Outcomes First Group also lined up to applaud the students for their terrific achievement.

 

The Countess’s visit, as Patron of the London Children’s Flower Society (LCFS), followed the official presentation of a silver trophy by gardener and TV presenter David Domoney and Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners Paul Rochford at The LCFS Trophy Ceremony in the Livery Hall at London’s Guildhall last October.

Baston House students also made sure that the garden they created had a low environmental impact by making 4 compost bins and a wormery to dispose of food waste from the school,  using water from a butt rather than a tap and seeds saved from the previous year and others kindly donated by the LCFS. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are regularly harvested and used in Food Tech lessons.
The beautiful wildlife-friendly orange, yellow, red and purple cottage garden created by 20 of the 65 8-19 year old learners from Baston House and overseen by Cai Draper, Outdoor Learning Instructor,  features a wonderful array of sunflowers, marigolds, poppies, snapdragons, stocks, nasturtiums, raspberries, potatoes, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, french beans, borlotti beans, parsley, chives, mint.  Other students from the school helped by watering and tending the garden.

Commenting on the visit and her students’ brilliant achievements Sally Pettitt, Placements Manager, Baston House School, said, “A Royal visit is ‘a first’ for us – the students were absolutely delighted!  At Baston House we strive to provide effective specialist education and support to pupils on the autistic spectrum and to their families, enabling pupils to achieve their full potential in education and in life outside school.  Our goal is to break down the barriers to learning that our students encounter and to help them equip themselves for as independent a life as possible outside of school.  Royal recognition of our beautiful school garden created by our students is a fitting tribute to them and the great life skills they have acquired here.”

 

Winners of “Technicians Make it Happen” photo competition announced

Young people awarded prizes by the British Science Association in photo competition showcasing technicians.

The British Science Association (BSA) has today announced the winners of the Technicians Make it Happen photo competition. The announcement took place at Thorpe Park during the BSA’s Great British Science Club celebration event, which is being held to celebrate 30 years of CREST Awards.

The BSA partnered with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation on their Technicians Make it Happen campaign to promote the valuable role that technicians play within society and the UK economy. The photo competition was run earlier this year as part of British Science Week and saw hundreds of entries from students across the UK.

Youngsters were asked to create a scene conveying the type of job their chosen technician does. They could use every day materials found in the kitchen or classroom, and any backdrops they could make themselves. They could also act out the scene by dressing up a teddy bear, teacher or a parent as their technician of choice. They then took a photo of their scene and shared it via Twitter.

The winners and their respective categories are as follows:

  • Emma Mitchell from Bradley Stoke Community School won: The most interesting technician job featured
  • Benjamin Lai from Holy Trinity School, Northwood won: The most creative scene
  • Nathan Bolter from Lewis School Pengam won: The best descriptive Tweet
  • Aanyaa Jajodia from Hounslow Heath Infant & Nursery School won: The people’s choice award

The shortlisted finalists were invited to the celebration event being held at Thorpe Park today to mark the end of the CREST Award’s 30th anniversary year. The winners received an array of prizes, including a Nikon DSLR camera kit and Fujifilm instant cameras.

Maria Rossini, Head of Education at the British Science Association, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the finalists of this fantastic competition. The standard of entries was very high so it was a difficult choice for us to make, but everyone did brilliantly. We loved seeing the creative and innovative approaches taken by students, and seeing the huge variety of technicians featured in their photos. The Technicians Make it Happen competition and wider campaign has provided a great platform for a profession that is often overlooked or misunderstood. It has been a pleasure to be involved and we hope it will have inspired many young people to explore these wonderful and varied career paths.”

Michelle Rea, Communications Manager at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, said: “It has been so encouraging to see all of the superb entries that have been submitted to the Technicians Make it Happen photo competition. The standard has been excellent and it is wonderful to see young people of all ages engaging with the fantastic careers on offer for technicians in this country. Congratulations to the winners and all those who took part.”

CDG SHINES A BEACON ON LEADING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

Catering Design Group (CDG), the award-winning restaurant and commercial kitchen design company, has completed a dramatic transformation of the catering facilities at The Beacon in Chesham Bois – one of the UK’s leading independent preparatory day schools for boys aged four to 13 years.

 

Having experienced continued year-on-year growth in pupil numbers and with limited space in the existing kitchen and servery, the school recognised that it needed to upgrade and expand. Commissioned by independent contract caterers Wilson Vale, the brief to CDG was to re-design the existing kitchen and servery areas to accommodate not only the increasing numbers, but also the school’s forward thinking values and the caterer’s fresh food ethos. In addition, the 15th century listed dining hall is considered ‘the beating heart of the school’, so it was important that the designs reflected the school’s ethos of caring and nurturing, whilst also providing an educational experience for the boys.

 

A new extension was built to house the kitchen facility and a temporary solution provided for the duration of the build. Flexibility was key across back-of-house. The kitchen design has a modern approach incorporating the latest Frima technology and Rational combination ovens, to ensure the caterers were able to produce a wide variety of menu items.  The space and layout were improved to maximise operational efficiency, giving the catering team the ability to demonstrate their craft skills.

 

The new space was required to accommodate large volumes at peak times – approximately 530 pupils, 100 teaching and administration staff, plus a busy hospitality service for evening functions.  In a single week the catering operation could serve 3,000 school lunches, 100 breakfasts, fine dining for 24 school governors and up to 300 match teas.

 

In the dining area, CDG created a contemporary, interactive experience for both pupils and staff. A new state-of-the-art servery was created to showcase the fresh, seasonal ingredients and the back-of-house team at work. The servery includes pull-down heat lamps on the hot counter, rather than heated gantries, to add to the feeling of openness whilst also creating a warmer, softer look.   The design features a window through to the baking area so that pupils could watch their cakes being made.

 

The design replicates the school’s brand colours, all the way through to the stackable chairs, chosen to save space and to ensure maximum flexibility of the space.

 

Edward Stothard, Bursar, The Beacon, commented: “The new facility is already having a huge impact on both the staff and pupils, reducing queuing times, enhancing the presentation of the food, whilst also making it a talking point. The investment is also reaping the benefits from a marketing point of view, when showing around prospective parents.

 

He continues: “We have a tremendous sense of caring and nurturing here at The Beacon. It’s not just about where everyone gathers to eat; it’s also an educational experience for the boys to learn about the importance of nutrition and making healthy eating choices. Additionally, we also want to cultivate a love of good food. We are absolutely delighted with the end result. CDG completely delivered on the brief, creating flexibility across both front- and back-of-house within the constraints of a listed building.”

 

Alan Beddie, Managing Director, Wilson Vale, added: “We have a long-standing partnership with CDG, having worked with them on many projects within the independent education sector so we had every confidence that they would deliver, both operationally and aesthetically.  Their expertise and established reputation in both the education and heritage sectors meant they knew exactly what was needed to fulfil the brief. The new facility showcases our focus on craft skills, nutrition and seasonality to encourage healthy eating choices and a love of great food at The Beacon School.”

 

Philip Howard, Managing Director, CDG, commented: “This was a challenging but hugely rewarding project for the team. The planning and heritage restrictions meant we had to overcome some hurdles, which were quickly resolved with smart, practical solutions. For front-of-house it was important that we created a vibrant and stimulating environment, where the benefits of choosing a healthy, balanced meal were showcased in an engaging way for the pupils. As the engine room of every catering operation, it was vital that the equipment and design were both efficient and flexible to meet Wilson Vale’s operational requirements and cope with the school’s continued growth.”

 

For further information visit www.cateringdesign.co.uk or call: 01327 314 860