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Ringmer Community College took two teams of students to Brighton University to compete with 14 other schools in a Slot Car Challenge event. This event was sponsored by imeche and allowed competitors to gain a Bronze level CREST Award.
The Morning started with the students getting into two teams. As it turned out, they decided to make a team of females and a team of males. The teams had 4 hours to design and build an electric slot car that had to compete under a number of challenges.
The engineering Challenges: -
- The slot car should be capable of carrying a weight up a steep hill
- The slot car should be capable of carrying a trailer and ring a strategically placed bell.
- Design work showing team work, design solutions and dimensions.
Marks were awarded for time, course completion, aesthetics and team work.
The boys team started work and got stuck in to build a sound car, but unfortunately tested it to destruction! This left them a small amount of time to rebuild another car so that they could finish the tasks. Despite several technical issues the boys persevered and were able to complete most of the challenges. They were congratulated on their design work.
The girls started slow and cautiously getting to grips with the instructions and the equipment. Once they started the girls were quietly confident and designed several features to allow them to access more points. The girls were awarded 3rd place, winning a team cup and again Ringmer were congratulated on their design work.
STEM Robot Building Event – 23.02.2016
On 23 February 2016, Ms Noelle Oyunga and Mr Tommer Spence ran a STEM event at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form, building Ant Weight Robots. Noelle and Tommer, currently undertaking degrees with Brighton University within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), are Ambassadors for the subject area and as part of their course are doing outreach work with schools. Ringmer Community College were lucky enough to have them run a workshop with students and parents/carers building remote controlled ant weight robots which must weigh less that 150g and fit inside a 10cm cube. Ant weight robots first made an appearance on BBC’s Robot Wars where contestants would enter their remote control robots to fight others, attempting to immobilise or destroy their opponent to win the match.
Mr Shear, Assistant Principal and teacher of Technology at Ringmer, explained he felt it important that students are learning skills relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Science: “Currently 72% of businesses rely of people with STEM skills. There will be significant growth in new jobs but also massive replacement demand in the future. Employers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy based industries have identified a shortfall of 40,000 technician operators by 2022. The number of those studying for degrees in STEM subjects must increase by over 40% on current levels if demand is to be met and for the UK to be effective in this industry. By holding these types of events and making these subjects more accessible via our curriculum in practical application and project based learning, we hope to instil the necessary skills students need to be able to work in these industries, use STEM to find solutions to every day problems and to give them the best life chances for their future.”
Mr Kim Pearce, a parent who took part in the event, said: “My own family found the different aspects of the STEM experience informative, challenging and engaging. I also noted the excitement/enjoyment from all the other family participants as well.”
Year 9 Engineers
Possible future engineers visited Brighton University on Thursday 5th February 2015 to get some hands on experience with some cutting edge technology. Students designed biscuit cutters on a 3D programme called Solid Works and then downloaded their files to a 3D printer, which created their design from ABS plastic. Students also used a computer controlled lathe to make a pull chord handle out of aluminium and etched in copper using vinyl sheet cut to their design on the computer. Some of the students also soldered together a warning light kit and programmed it using 'basic' so it created varying light pattern depending on incoming light levels.
All students were enthusiastic and felt that the experience would help them in their option choices coming up soon.
I would like to thank all the staff at Brighton University who helped create the day.
Mr Mason, Teacher of Engineering
Year 7 Visit to see Jonny Ball
Year 7 were invited by the Head of Firle Primary School to attend a workshop delivered by Jonny Ball. The workshop made reference to the laws of motion, Pythagoras theorem, fulcrum effect and magic cards. The delivery was typical Jonny Ball, full of humour and practical. hands on education.
Jessica Wells was so impressed she decided to write a letter of thanks.
All had a great time and were fully entertained!
Year 7 STEM Visit
Ringmer Community college was invited to take our year 7 students to work in the Learning Adventure Centre within Brighton Marina to on Friday 17th October 2014.
The brief was to use modern technology in the form of iPads and the latest educational apps. The students focused and fully engaged in the task of digital photography and publishing skills in order to produce a tourist booklet of Brighton Marina. The idea behind this trip was to link STEM with literacy and creative writing.
The Students had a fantastic time and reveled in the creative space provided as well as being able to walk around the Marina taking interesting photos of fountains, shops, sculptures and boats.
Souther Water - STEM Day
On 15 July 2014, our most able students from Years 8 and 9 took part in a STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to enhance their understanding and aptitude for problems solving, creative thinking, design and engineering.
Students worked in groups on a water themed engineering project called the Drain Crane. Their challenge was to build a crane with either hydraulic or pneumatic systems to separate items from the drain. The items that needed to be separated were representing fat, oil and grease, providing the students with an insight into engineering and to help them understand the importance of what not to pour down the drain.
The day concluded by testing the designs against a criteria of performance, team work, aesthetics, cost and marketing.
Well done to all the students who took part and competing in this event. A very successful day!
Year 8 Holocaust Survivor Talk
On 25th of April 2014, the year 9 students had the amazing and a once in a lifetime opportunity that will not exist to the future generation, to meet a real Holocaust survivor at Ringmer Community College. This was exciting for people like me to experience, as history comes along as a interesting and fun subject for the students who selected the GCSE as a option.
I was lucky enough to be on the front row of the hall where the survivor, Ladislaus Löb took to the front and spoke for 2 hours about his unbelievable survival as a Jew back in World War Two. When I saw him, it was hard to print the image in my head as a memory because of all the feelings that this guy's still here on earth to share his story to us. When I heard him talk, I was expecting a somewhat English accent since he moved to the UK back in 1963, however his accent had a hint of German/Austrian which surprised me!
He talked about his story in great detail, adding on additional thoughts and moments in the story for everytime he moved onto a new subject. His story was fascinating, there was never really a moment when I got bored. He told us about his life before the Holocaust, he pointed out his mother who died when he was only 9 because of a lung disease, that was incurable because there where no anti-biotics back then. He was born on the 8th May 1933 in Kolozsvár, in Hungary. Ladislaus was the only child.
Hitler was taking away Jews in Germany to concentration and death camps, Ladislaus was aware of this however on 19th March 1944, the German army occupied Hungary forcing Jews (by law) to wear a yellow star of David to signify their religion. Ladislaus had to move to a ghetto in May. During a bombing in Kolozsvár, him and his father escaped and moved to a camp in Budapest. It contained a lot of Jews labeled as a part of an exchange commite ran by a man called Rezsö Kasztner who was at the time, negotiating with Hitler. Rezsö was paying the Nazis to not go to Auschwitz (a death camp)
However on 30th June 1944, the Jews, including Ladislaus, were taken to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany by a horrible cattle truck.
Because they were exchanged, Ladislaus was treated better than all the other Jews in the camp. For example, he was allowed to have a closed off section to accommodate him, he was also allowed to keep his original clothes and take part in religious activities, school took place aswell. However they were still starved and suffered from illness due to poor lifestyle.
On 16th of August, 300 Jews were taken away from Bergen-Belsen. Ladislaus and his father were not included but were told they would soon move to Switzerland. Back then, Switzerland was safe because it was classed as a "neautural" country during the war.
Ladislaus was treated back to health when he arrived with his father on 7th December. All 700 Jews decided to move away to England, USA or somewhere else. Sadly, Rezsö got assasinated in Israel.
To celebrate and pass on his story, he wrote a book in more detail than this article called "Dealing With Satan" (A paperback on Rezsö Kasztner who Ladislaus says "saved" his life) He continues visiting schools and colleges to spread the story of the Holocaust to the children of the 21st Century. He says its not a lie and the point is to keep the memory alive it for generations to come.
There were some sad moments, happy moments, moments of laughter and moments of what would be tears if this happened to you. There were times when I was angry about Nazis killing Jews, thinking that its "ok" to do that. But it really was a amazing moment to witness Ladilaus talk so calmly about such a horrific event, and that's why, in my opinion, he acts almost like a legend.
I hope that this story will get passed on. After all, we all have a story of our lives to tell... but this Holocaust survivor's story is probably more than the average human being's story; therefore making it something special.
by Rosie Skinner
Maths G&T Days
On 14 March Ringmer Community College embraces National Pi Day (3.14 in the American date format) by students having a diet of cake and numbers. These students investigated relationships between circumference and diameter, moving into areas of sector and segment theory.
Ringmer’s Mathematicians were se the challenge to produce a tetrahedron inside a tetrahedron and then climb inside their creation. This workshop was designed to bring to life the world of 3D shapes in a way that students would find memorable. The structures were produced from different sized dowel rods and fixed together with elastic bands. Staff were amazed at the speed in which the structures were created and the attention to detail. Students and staff had a great day making these shapes and look forward to making more exotic shapes next time.
Year 9 'A Team' Viist to Brighton Art Museum
Year 9 students visited the Brighton Art Museum and attended a workshop on their topic of 'organic and mechanic'.
Harvey Badcock, Sophie Smith, Cloé Frost, Izzy Wright, Jacob Oyarzarbal and Ella Niner took a number of pictures relating to this theme and here are some of the examples. The powerpoint presentation was created by Harvey Badcock to feed back on their experience.
The students enjoyed exploring all the different elements of art that was displayed.
Southern School's Book Awards
On Friday 10th January, a group of Year 9 students attended the Southern School's Book Awards and Roedean School in Brighton; Beatrix Cameron, James Glaysher, Tim Peck, Vanessa Norman and Ruben Greyson impeccably represented Ringmer Community College at this prestigious event. From September to December the 5 students had been reading through the shortlisted authors: Kevin Brooks, Kate Cann, Sally Gardener, Simon Mayo and Michelle Harrison, with the evening finale being to reward the winner with the coveted trophy.
Over the past few months the students and I had met weekly, during book club, to discuss and debate the books; finally voting on our favourites to be tallied with the 38 other schools. The evening was a great success and a fantastic celebration to end our months of dedication. We heard from 3 of the 5 authors, with Simon Mayo and Michelle Harrison being unable to come (but they sent video messages!). Brooks, Cann and Gardnener each gave a heart-felt account of the writing process, inspiration and plans for sequels, or not! The students were in awe as the books came alive again, re-visiting the adventures and scandals we had so eagerly debated. The time then came to unveil the winner; Malorie Blackman (author of many novels and the current Children’s Laureate) announced that it was Kevin Brooks, author of ‘The Bunker Diaries’. I was exceptionally pleased, it was my favourite story by far – a novel I highly recommend. The students were equally as pleased, although some had wished the Kate Cann’s ‘Witch Crag’ had won, her tale of a post-apocalyptic world with a teenage-love undercurrent was a near favourite in our debates. Brooks acceptance speech was emotional, with the audience hanging on his every word – it was a great experience to see how the achievement for Brooks was so overwhelming, he had previously divulged that the book had been continually turned down for 15 years!
The best was yet to come though, as after the presentations we were able to buy the novels and meet the authors. I headed straight for Kevin Brooks, Miss Blythe (the PGCE) queued for Sally Gardener whereas all the students waited patiently for Kate Cann. They were a ball of excitement as they hit the front, only pausing to smile sweetly and nervously when face-to-face with their new writing idol. They were soon relaxed and chatty, handing over their books to be signed and asking the inevitable questions, “when is the sequel coming out?” only to be told it wasn’t but we could “write to her publishers!” - A threat taken seriously as this is our project this term!
Overall it was a fantastic evening; Roedean played superb hosts and the students immensely enjoyed the chance to meet “real life authors”. I am happy to be a part of this tradition at Ringmer, and knowing that the waiting list has over 60 schools wanting to take part we are lucky that Mrs Whitlock became a member so early on. This will surely be the first of many visits for me to the Southern School’s Book Awards.
Miss Hamiton, Teacher of English
Into The Harbour
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of British composer Benjamin Britten, Glyndebourne education put together a piece to be performed by a collaboration of all its youth groups. Ringmer Community College had Anna Simonetti, Stephanie Banatvala, Eleri Jones and Flint Pascoe-Easterby all performing “Into the Harbour, Carry me Home” at Glyndebourne Opera House on the 22nd November 2013. The piece included some of his most famous work: music from 'Turn of the Screw', 'Peter Grimes', 'Billy Budd' and 'Albert Herring' was all learnt and performed. Themes like vulnerability, decisions made by young people, self-awareness and the understanding of life were used to portray the journey from early childhood to adolescence. Although we spent an initial week of workshops in the summer holidays after auditioning (to contribute and develop ideas) , the majority of rehearsals were 6hrs Saturday and Sunday most weekends for three months, closer to the time we also took part in after-school until late evening rehearsals and of course a full final dress on the day, which the school very kindly supported us with. So it's been a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun! They also gave us the opportunity to take part in exciting workshops such as stage combat. We're very lucky to live so close to such a fantastic opera house, which takes pride in enriching children with the arts. Glyndebourne education department continues to help us to develop vital skills like the ability to deliver a performance, interact with others in many different situations, helping us build our confidence but also lets us have a great time meeting new people to do what we enjoy!
Written by Stephanie Banatvala
Amnesty International Members Meeting
On 25 October 2013, Ringmer's Amnesty International student, Lucy Finnegan, Anna Copper-Lloyd, Mollie Stevens, Stephanie Banatvala, Jacob Oyarzabal and Toby Scott attended a meeting with MP Norman Baker and fellow Amnesty International members from other schools. They met to plan joint campaigns for the year and the next meeting will be held at Ringmer in Spring 2014.
Archaeology Visit July 2013
On 12 July 2013, 15 students spent the day with the Culver Archaeological Survey at Bridge Farm on a dig to find evidence of a Roman town in Ringmer. The students, Victoria Body, Joe Gander, Leah Hockley, Daniel Jasper, Oliver Messih, Lauren Mumford, Sophie Penfold, Holly Tonkin, Jasmine Warriner, Ben Wyllie, Tyler Maxted, Charlie Silvester, Kayleigh Jones and Becky Gander not only had a tour of the site but got their hands dirty in the trenches and washing finds. One group made the most significant find of the day, a piece of Roman glass from a high status house or villa!
Art Workshop with Ringmer Primary
Ringmer Primary Pupils attended an Art Workshop at Ringmer Community College to encourage closer links between the two schools and to support the primary school in producing art work for their newly refurbished library.
Mr Shaun Powell, Deputy Head at the primary school, accompanied 6 pupils to the workshop ran by Mark Madriaga, the Learning Leader for Visual and Media Art at the college, with the help of 3 year 9 students The resulting work, inspired by the student's 'Top Ten' books was of a very high standard and impressed the older students and Mr Madriaga.
Mr Madriaga said: "Many thanks for the support and enthusiasm of Shaun Powell and the primary pupils for attending. Many thanks, also to Mr Shear, Rose Burrell, Philly Hunter, Bluebell Nicholls and Holly Parkinson for their guidance and supporting this link within the community."
Design Technology A-Team
Linking Year 10 with Product Design and STEM Ambassadors at the University of Brighton
Ringmer Community College was invited to send some of our most able Year 10 Product Design students to the University of Birghton to work alongside some of their STEM Ambassadors on 3 June 2013.
The course, led by STEM Sussex, encouraged participants to explore different aspects of design through a series of workshops, whilst developing team building skills.
The student's first task was to take place in toy hacking to encourage:
- reuse of materials
- skills and resources exchange
- continuation of play from childhood
- social interaction
- creative learning
This concept was inspired by Toy Story and was a great success as it really did encourage the students to think outside of the box.
During the second workshop students had to undertake a design task. The brief was to design and make, using card engineering, an amplifer for the iphone. The students were encouraged to go through the design process of sketching, modeling and developing in order to achieve a functional product. Several of our students won a design prize of an attachable amplifer for the iphone.
The students are to be congratulated as they behaved in a manner fitting of a Ringmer student and completed all their tasks with enthusiasm and purpose.
Many thanks to Brighton University for putting on this event and inviting us to attend.
You're Hired 2013
So the Apprentice is complete and the winners are………..
This activity was created to help students understand Personal, Learning, Thinking Skills (PLTS) in a non-academic environment. It was ran during mentor time and included set tasks which students could win. All the attending Apprentices (45 of them) were split in to 4 teams and given a task each week under the management of two appointed team leaders. The tasks were as follows:
The Application – Each student had to write a letter of application to explain why they should be The Apprentice 2013. This showed their ability to apply themselves and to look at what could make them good employees.
The Barter – Each team had to buy set items from the mentor groups and return with all the items with as much cash as possible. This showed their confidence in approaching unknown groups and working to set deadlines.
The Hatch – Each team were given an egg which was dropped out of a window and they had to invent a devise which could stop it from breaking on impact. This showed their ability to work in a team with creativity and flair without cracking under pressure.
The Creation – Each team had to reinvent a breakfast cereal, present it in a sales pitch and a make up a TV advert to act out. This showed how they could present things and showed their ability to ‘think on their feet’.
The Welcome – Each team had to help an angry parent in reception to deal with his son’s missing PE bag. It wasn’t a real parent but thanks to Mr Lockyer for his acting skills! This showed their skills in negotiation and problem solving and above all remaining calm.
Community Cohesion – Each finalist (Chris, Wilf and Josh) selected their team from the other Apprentices who had either been fired or had dropped out under the pressure! They then had to create a community cohesion activity that had as many followers or interest. This had to be done over the Easter holidays with evidence on the return to school. Chris’s team created a proposal to open a pedestrian crossing outside the school and had been in touch with the local Counsellor and had created a public petition. Josh’s team created a sponsored walk/run for Cancer Research which developed quite a lot of interest. Finally Wilf and his team stuck a piece of paper on the from page of the Sussex Express stating his desire to win the Apprentice.
The organiser of the events, Mr Dean said: "This was a fun and sometimes thought provoking activity aimed at all students. The ones that decided to give it a go will all receive credits and an attendance certificate, the winners will be given a prize and will run the next event as the ‘Sugars’. We are very lucky to have an environment where all students can support each other through these types of activities and I am so pleased with the initiative, leadership, team work and humour they displayed. Here’s to the next one!"
On 31 January 2013 Year 8 Gifted and Talented students presented their designs for a new sculpture for the courtyard outside the main hall at the college.
Some ideas were exciting and used aspects of Eco and Sustainability, other embraced learning concepts of 'PLTS' and 'Raise the roof' but the chosen design was by Year 8 student, Cloe Frost. Her design was thought to have innovative ideas incorporating all aspects of Ringmer Community College surrounded in a tree design. This could be interpreted and used in many ways such as for House ideas and subject areas.
Mr Mark Madriaga, Learning Leader for Visual and Media Arts said: "All the submitted designs were interesting and individual. Well done to all who participated, especially to Cloe Frost."
Sussex University: Gifted & Talented
Why Sussex University?
With a compact rural campus surrounded by the South Downs and the close proximity to Brighton, Sussex University is a fun-filled and diverse place for the students to explore. The welcome was informative and provided a very comprehensive but realistic outline of university and student life.
Students were then taken on a tour of the campus looking at the main areas of the university, looking at the library, various departments and the social facilities.
An interactive research experience with the computational biology department grabbed their attention and stretched their analytical and problem solving capabilities, providing them with a hands-on practical session on what university life is like. With their interest peaked they set to the task enthusiastically, giving feedback to the lecturers with their findings. Much of which was gratefully received and correct.
The final part of the day entailed a slow meander through the campus where any questions the students had were fielded by the university ambassadors, leaving them with food for thought and renewed enthusiasm to achieve their goals in order to make their university aspirations a reality.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. Our students left with a real buzz and it cemented their aspirations for further education.
A special thank you to Sussex University and the ambassador team.
Sussex University liaison: Adam Wilmsmore
University Ambassadors: Hayden Barclay
Gifted & Talented Humanities Project
Students identified as having a special interest in and talent for History and Geography were given the opportunity to do some extra History and Geography in the Summer Holidays.
Students got to choose the topic and how to go about the research.
They also got to decide how to present their ideas.
Natalie Moorhouse, Learning Leader for Humanities reviewed the History pojects that the Gifted and Talented students produced and was very impressed with the outcomes:
- a research project into smuggling in Dorset
- a research project into the four castles that make up the House system( Jacob Oyarzabal)
- a research project into how to make a Mummy and Egyptian gods (Bea Cameron),
- a display about Roman Britain (Stanley Chalmers),
- recreating trench letters from World War I (Ben Noton and Harry Covell)
- recreating (in a slightly scary way) Roman, Greek and Norse gods and comparing them (Ashley Carter)
- and a film about World War One using Lego ( Daniel Starnes and Ashley Carter).
Natalie reported: 'As you can imagine, it’s taken me a while to assimilate but I should now like to congratulate all the students for their imagination and hard work. I have spoken to them all about their projects and put my comments on post-it notes for them to read. I hope to put the fruits of their labour on display around the college and it goes without saying that they have earned their places in the Honours Book!
I hope the students enjoyed the challenge.
Well done again!'
Ms Natalie Moorhouse,
Learning Leader for Humanities