DEBATE MATE NEWS- Round 2 of the Urban Debate League
Last week the debate team attended Round 2 of the Urban Debate League at Sydenham School. Students excelled again and won 3 out of 4 debates giving the other schools in the area a run for their money. The students have been working really hard and prepared for this competition. Their speeches were excellent and they worked well as a team ensuring that they gained as many points as possible. It was great to see the students expressing their opinions on various topics with eloquence and passion. Well done to all the students involved.
Yr 9 trip to Lord of the Flies at Churchill Theatre
Year 9 students have studied the novel “Lord of the Flies” to prepare for English GCSE and we are organising a trip to see a play adaptation of the text at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley on Thursday 17th March 2016.
The matinee performance starts at 2.30pm, and we will leave from school after lunch and take the bus to Bromley. The performance will end at approximately 4.30pm and students will be dismissed to make their own way home from the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.
The total cost of the trip is £15.50. Please make the payment for this via ParentMail2 or by cheque (cheques should be made payable to Bonus Pastor Catholic College).
Please make the payment, complete and return the reply slip to the student’s English teacher by Friday 12th February 2016.
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Debate Club News
Last Thursday students from Debate Club went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College to compete in Round 2 of the Urban Debate League with other schools from Lewisham and Bromley. They lost two debates but won the next two beating Deptford Green and St Thomas More School. The debate was on the motion: ‘This House would punish football clubs for the behaviour of their fans’. Well done to Jude Antwi-Boasiako, Tia Wheeler, Andre Williams, Kiara Bailey, Anthony Offiah, Jada Denton, Dolapo Ajayi, Eliezer Gore, Tahira Olokun, Olivia Imie and Dylan Sewell. They all worked really well as a team and presented their arguments with passion and confidence.
Out of 200 schools across the UK Bonus Pastor Catholic College are ranked 34th based on their performance in the Urban Debate League. This is an incredible achievement for the school and students.
The next competition will be the Debate Mate Cup at the London School of Economics on Thursday 16 April.
Debate Club is now held on Wednesdays in the main hall, 3.15-4.15pm.
English Debate Team Leader
Je Suis Charlie
Good morning next tomorrow,
From where our troubles lay.
We sit beneath your cherry tree
To watch it rock and sway.
But winter soon, the leaves will swoon
And fall upon the ground.
The winds will turn and snow will fall
Though scarcely make a sound.
The future lies before us
Like a field of frozen snow.
Be careful how you tread it,
For every step will show.
A Poem by Penelope Bentham 9PL
So praise upon a nation,
Bare it in your soul.
Spread the glow to all who’ll heed.
Embrace the frost and cold.
Stand hand in hand together,
Ring bells of liberty.
Recite the words that bind us,
These words: Je suis Charlie.
Imagine a huge Victorian cemetery with creeping ivy, cold, damp stone, tall majestic trees and a gentle mist – now describe it!This term in English Year 7 students have been learning about how to effectively describe places and create atmosphere in their writing. In preparation for their final assessment students went on a research trip to the beautiful and Victorian Nunhead cemetery where they took in the eerie atmosphere and made notes on the sights, sounds and smells they experienced.
Students enjoyed the trip and in particular an encounter with a woodcutter who showed them how to make furniture from wood found in the cemetery. It was a great trip and if you haven’t visited Nunhead cemetery before the Year 7s would recommend a trip!
On Tuesday 4th November 2014, students from Debate Club attended the Debate Mate launch in Westminster.
This was a great opportunity for them to experience what the programme is about and find out about how they can use their voice to get more involved in debating and competitions. Students also got the opportunity to watch a brilliant show debate with some of the top debaters in the country. They got involved in the discussion and were keen to share their opinions on the topic.
Debate Club continues every Tuesday after school (3.15-4.14pm) so come along and get involved.
Yr 9 students were entered for a competition run by Young Writers:
Students were asked to submit a poem on the theme of war and conflict. Several Year 9 students were successful and have had their poem published in an anthology. They will receive a copy of the book with their poem published in it. There is also a copy of the anthology in the College Library. The winners were:
Ashley Buckle Natalia Wieckowska Raphael Ajasa Alashe Brian Kenemo Penelope Bentham Pelumi Onasanya
Hannah Olatunbosun Monay Thomas Thenushan Sivanesan Charis Bechan
Congratulations, you are all now published writers. Here is Hannah Olatunbosun's winning entry
She rises with a silencer on her tongue
Crouched and at the ready
Air rattling in her lung Her lips are poppy red
Bitter-sweet she is,
Unfortunately her love is dead
On this marked day she enters the field
The bomb ticking away behind her eyes
Hoping her luck has healed All guns blazing her words shoot you straight in the heart
Like wounded soldier you feel the bleed
And she's adding to her body art
She sings what she calls a lullaby to pass the time
"Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag"
But her innocence doesn't excuse the crime You can't see she's fighting each day
A blade in between her fingers
She's slipping away
At full action it is
Debris falling down her face
The exploding of rockets across the sky-"whizz" Finally she ends it all
Silence no crackling crimson on the wall
She doesn't answer the call
English Achievement Badges
The English Achievement badges will be awarded to students who are making outstanding progress in English lessons or taking part in English after school clubs. The first students to wear the special English badge will be Hannah and the other published poets above.
We have also introduced special Creative Writing badges, which will be awarded to students who have produced a really interesting or imaginative piece of creative writing or who have made progress with their creative writing. Talk to your English teacher if you want to try for an achievement badge.
Debate Club badges are also available
English Language GCSE Coursework
All Year 11 students have now completed their GCSE English Language coursework. The students have
completed 3 assignments showing their skills in
- writing to argue,
- writing a description of a place, and
- writing to respond to another text.
These assignments count for 40% of the total GCSE grade. Nearly all of Year 11 have achieved an A*-C grade for their finished coursework folder.
Remember that it is still possible to improve your coursework! Coursework Clinic runs every Friday in WF04. It is a drop in session where you can work on redrafting your coursework on the laptops.
On Tuesday 21st October, Fourteen Year 8 students from Mr McGregor and Ms Fourie's class were chosen for their hard work and progress with reading to meet best selling children's Horror Author Darren Shan. The famous author of the Zom B horror series. The students went to Forest Hill School with Mrs Baverstock , to meet and chat with the author, hear him read from his Zom B books and get a chance to buy a signed copy of his latest book. You can read more about DarrenShan on his website: www.DarrenShan.com
Or read a review of the book from the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/children_sbookreviews/9568888/Zom-B-by-Darren-Shan-review.html
Raspberry Pi and the BBC
This week, students were invited to Langley Park School for Boys to take part in a joint project aimed at getting students to operate a relatively inexpensive device called a Raspberry Pi to calculate and write code for computers to measure weather wind speeds, temperatures and precipitation.
This was also filmed by the BBC as part of their ongoing school’s programme. The students were very knowledgeable about using the device and worked excellently with a number of organisations throughout the day.
As part of the BBC school report we went to Langley park boy’s school to meet the creators of one of the cheapest computers in the world, The Raspberry Pi. We learnt how to use a programing language called python which is easy to use and available to anyone. We learned how to make a weather station using this programing language and how to collect and visualise this data into an easy to use monitor.
We had to learn how to convert rotations from the weather station and calculate the wind speed. For that we had to use some maths to find out the speed and we found out that you can use a ‘code’ which does all the calculations almost instantly and that a computer is a more efficient way of calculating the data. Also this shows us the real world applications of using ‘code’ for example being able to collect data from many weather stations across the country and using this to predict what the weather will be and how it can help get more accurate weather predictions.
As well as this, we presented an item for BBC school report on this topic, explaining it. I think learning how to program is becoming more and more vital in our ever advancing world and now that computers are being integrated into more and more devices, it is becoming more important that the future generation understands and are able to program.
Sean Bermingham Year 9
On Tuesday 10th of June, some other students and I from Bonus Pastor Catholic Collage went to Langley Park School for boys as a part of the BBC school report to do some reporting and weather coding. We had to use a coding programme and a piece of technology called Raspberry Pi to find out the weather. We had to hook up equipment that measured the weather up to the Raspberry Pi to find out the weather the programme measured the air quality, amount of rainfall, humidity, wind speed and wind direction. I then had to memorise a little script and recite it in front of the camera.
I really enjoyed my experience as reporting as it was fun and it gave me a taste of what reporters go through. When we were doing coding I found it interesting as the Raspberry Pi could do so many things. Throughout the course of the daymy partner and I had to enter codes into the computer database and dissect what the codes did, the codes performed a multiple amount of tasks like predicting contact between wires, calculate wind speed and provide visual data. I was lucky enough to have the chance to report outside. I found it fun and exciting I had to do a multiple amount of takes to get it perfect some takes needed to be repeated because of lighting, background voice projection and most of all keeping my eyes on the camera. To conclude I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Langley Park School for Boys. The students and the teachers at the school were ever so nice and gave us a warm welcome I would without a shadow of a doubt do it all over again.
Tahira Olokun Year 8
Debate Training Workshop, March 2014
A selection of students from Year 7, 8 and 9 really enjoyed participating in a whole day of debate training.
They were superb in the final debate – offering well thought out and articulate comments. Becci, who was with us all day, said how impressed she was at their verbal skills, good behaviour and their ability to listen to each other so, they did the school proud!
At the end of the workshop, each student was asked to complete an evaluation of the day. Here is a selection of their comments:
I learned how to use tactics and humour to my advantage. Dolapo Ajayi
Learning how to structure speech for debating. I loved everything about debating. Tahira Olokun
I learned today how to make an argument even when I disagree! Ezeira Munangatire
A new idea for me was the use of emotion in my speeches. Nicole McCarthy
I learned how to speak with confidence and how to make strong points. I liked everything. Natalia Wieckowska
I learned how to improve my debating skills and also how to work in a formal debate set up. Joe Curran
The workshop made debating really fun and helped me to speak confidently in front of a big crowd. Mary Peja
I found out how to oppose an opinion formally. Jude Antwi-Boasiako
Today I found out how to prepare and plan a formal debate. James Kelly
I have learned how to work with a team and support them in what they are saying. John Gaffney
I learned how to be confident, use eye contact and PEEL and style. Sunmi Savage
The first video we were shown was quite fun and it got me interested in debating. Owen Amenze
I learned how to use my knowledge and process it into a formal argument. Osas Egharevba