Brexit

Brexit; a decision for one or for the country? The decision for Brexit has been made, with Article 50 poised to be triggered, what will be the impact for UK citizens, more importantly – how will this affect the community within Paulet High School?

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Brexit

Nathan, Ethan and Sam report

St Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow, Friday 17th March, is St Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day is a day for remembering the saint called Patrick. He was one of Ireland’s patron saints who ministered Christianity in the fifteenth century.

But what does St Patrick’s Day mean to you and how do we celebrate it?

We asked a few teachers at our school.

What is the traditional food for St Patrick’s Day?

The traditional food for St Patrick’s Day is corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew consisting of mutton, onions, potatoes and parsley. Instead of mutton, kid goat is sometimes used.

Why do you pinch someone on St Patrick’s Day?

People pinch others who are not wearing green.

This is because they believe that if you are wearing green you are invisible to leprechauns, and leprechauns pinch people who are not wearing green, so people remind each other of the leprechauns by pinching one another.

What is a Shamrock?

A shamrock is a traditional variety of clover, it has three leaves. Some shamrocks have four leaves and are very rare and considered to be lucky charms. Each leaf of the clover represents something. The first is hope the second is faith and the third is love. If there is a fourth it represents luck. Experts say that for every 10,000 three leaf clovers there is one four leaf clover.

Why do we wear green?

Green is one of the colours in the flag of Ireland, the country is also known as the Emerald isle, and it’s also the colour of the shamrock. According to the Christian Science monitor, the first original colour was blue, but was changed in the 17th century.

If you are celebrating St Patrick’s Day make sure you have a good one and make sure you wear green… otherwise you may get pinched!

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St Patrick Day PODCAST

Reported by Sam, Jack and Leah

500 Words Competition

The Paulet High School staff and pupils were interviewed about what reading means to them. We asked what they look for in a good book and if they had heard of the BBC’s 500 words competition. Our aim was to promote reading; which helps expand knowledge, relieves stress and makes you feel happier.

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500 words PODCAST

Report by Hannalore, Lottie and Phoebe

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers the musical, set in the early 1960’s, focuses upon the lives of twin brothers separated at birth – raised never knowing of the other’s existence. Secretly separated at birth, the play explores the theme of class and society whilst considering whether it is nature or nurture that defines who we are. Mickey; brought up alongside seven other siblings and a single mother, explores the poverty and bleakness of life in Liverpool for the poor and destitute. Edward experiences of life act as a stark contrast to Mickey; raised as an only child with a wealthy family. Life changes forever when the pair meet one fateful day, at the innocent age of seven, and become best friends – even Blood Brothers. The relationship between the pair develops throughout the play, resulting in the catastrophic deaths of the twins – whilst the audience are captivated by this scene at the beginning; they are left to ponder; what was the real cause of their deaths?

Why Blood Brothers?

The school has decided upon this production because it fits nicely into the GCSE syllabus; students will be studying the text for their GCSE English Literature examinations in year 11. Alongside this, the play deals with many common themes whilst maintaining a high balance of action and comedy – that will leave audiences both reaching for the tissues and holding their sides.

Our school production will be held on Wednesday 28th June and Thursday 29th June.

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Blood brothers

 

Report By Liv, Anya and Rachel.

Marmite’s 115th anniversary

Marmite, the world’s most loved or hated spread celebrates its 115th anniversary this very day. And to celebrate this occasion, we have been busy in the birth-place of Marmite, Burton-on-Trent, interviewing teaching staff at our school, asking the big question… do you love it, or hate it?

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Marmite Magnus and Max

 

Magnus and Max report

Scouting, what does it really mean?

All over the world children aged 5 to 14 in their spare time take part in scouting activities, like adventuring the outdoors, doing charity work and helping out around their local community.

The Scouts help young people to discover more about the world they live in, whether it’s the wider world or their local community. It encourages them to find more out about their own abilities as a person, and how they can make a difference. It also helps the scouts keep fit and healthy!

Each different group can be recognised by a different coloured Necker and on the right arm; several badges are used to locate precisely where the group is found. They work towards badges of achievements and these go on the right hand side of the uniform. Each badge represents a different task or skill that a scout has completed or mastered.

Traditional scouting activities consist of: camping, survival, cooking and a wide range of different sports events. In our video we explain some of the history around the creation of the scouts with further details of the badges you can earn. So sit back, relax and learn about Scouts!

Rupert & Joey

 

Flying High at Paulet High School!

This January, a new house system was launched at Paulet High School. It has created a lot of excitement and a buzz around the school.

There are many reasons for its implementation. Dividing the school into four houses has given the students and staff a sense of identity and belonging. The students came up with and voted for the house names, which are: Vulcan, Meteor, Spitfire and Lancaster. These are all names of fighter planes and it is hoped they will help the house system take off!

The new house system will enable there to be more competition and fun in the school. So far, there has been a staff cricket competition, a student football tournament and door decorating for World Book Day.

Next week there are plans for a House Bake Off! There have also been House Assemblies – where students attend with the rest of their house, from Year 7 to Year 13. This cohesion between year groups is a great benefit of the house system.

The idea for a house system came from history teacher Mr Kelly and ICT teacher Mr Peach. They both wanted to create something which brought together students and staff and it looks like it’s doing just that!


Ellie and Madison