Archive | May, 2012

Trainers – the real story



The Year 9 extended performing arts class have been working on a play called Trainers  which is about the low wages of the people who make big brand name trainers.  It is focused on the poor working conditions of the sweat shops that these people work in and the amount they are paid.  This story is set in the far east.  It starts with a girl called Laura who’s mother tells her that she can no longer afford to send her to school, and that she has to go work at the Oriental Footwear Company. Laura meets the unkind boss Mr Lee who tells her, after a long hard 12 hour day, that she has only earned £3.80 . The year 9s have been working very hard to pull these productions together with the help of their teacher Miss Sargison. 

The facts:

  • Almost half the toys in the US are produced in China, Thailand, and other Asian countries in sweatshops.
  • 85% of sweatshop workers are young women between the ages of 15-25
  • No health insurance is provided
  • On average, a migrant worker works about 12 hours a day, 26 days a month.
  • In a sweatshop in Capetown, there were only 3 toilets for about 2,000 workers
  • 200,00 children die annually due to the hazardous conditions in the sweatshops.

So where were your trainers made and how?  What responsibility do we have?

Trainers and shoes in Harrogate Grammar.  An international issue at our feet.






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british touring cars go to local crofts race course

On saturday 23rd – sunday 24th of june

The stars of Britain’s premier motor racing  championship are back at Croft! Honda ace Matt Neal won two of the three races  at Croft in 2011 on his way to the crown – can he do the same again in 2012 as  he seeks to equal Andy Rouse’s record of four titles? Two days of non-stop  bumper-to-bumper, fender-bending action featuring BTCC practice, qualifying and three races plus plenty more thrills and spills from the supporting  categories such as Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta Juniors  etc! Children 15 and under are admitted free to the  Circuit as long as accompanied by an adult.  A grandstand seat would also need to be purchased for Children.

it’s near Dalton-on-Tees in North Yorkshire, England.

the tickets cost around £13 – £78 which are quite cheap!

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Year 11 leavers’ interview

Interview with year 11


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Language Celebrations for Local Primary Schools

On Friday the 18th May 2012, a language celebration took place at Harrogate Grammar School for some of the local primary school children in the area.

Six groups of year five pupils from Rossett Acre, Forest, Pannal, Western, St Peter’s and Oatlands came to the Grammar school to take part in a fun filled morning of activites. On offer was Spanish, Italian and German for beginners, Handball, Tongue Twisters and Rowing. The carousel of activites was preceded by singing in various languages which was led by Miss Segal.

Despite the inclement weather, the children were able to enjoy the outdoor activities which were on offer. They showed a lot of enthusiasm while playing handball and during the other activities.

The first three sessions came to an end with a short break of biscuits, drinks and an activity of making flags and banners for different countries. This was to fit in with the Olympic theme of the day.

The activities came to an exciting end with the headteacher Mr Sherriff, presenting medals to all students. The enjoyment that they felt was clear on their faces as they happily watched the award ceremony.

The junior sports leaders were also on hand to help out throughout the morning.

There were also many pictures taken during the morning which show some of the exciting things the primary school students were able to take part in. 


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The Prince Of Wales Round About

Have you seen the new people Harrogate Borough Council have put on the Prince of Wales roundabout near Comet?
They have put four runners running around the roundabout for the Olympics, but they have got something wrong with them.  They are running around in a clockwise direction but if you go to the Olympic Games they will run in an anti-clockwise direction around the running track. This is because the Greeks who started the Olympic Games ran in an anti-clockwise direction and we all followed that tradition. It is also an advantage for the runner because the earth spins clockwise on its axis so the ground is slowly edging towards you as you’re running anti-clockwise.
I personally think the Council should do some research before they placed the runners.

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The new JAG (f-type)

From the great and glorious country of the UK, a new car is here. The first of its kind, it’s pure, it’s healthy,  JAGUAR F-TYPE  coming out next year of 2013.

At the moment, details are a little sketchy because it’s not due to go on sale until mid-2013, but we do know it will appear as a canvas-roofed convertible.

It’s also going to be the most focused Jag yet. Think XKR-S scale of things. Which might seem a bit of a paradox, given that convertibles aren’t normally associated with hardcore driving, but for various engineering and launch-timing issues, Jag is going down this route.

If you want this car get your head down, revise well for exams get a good job, save up and then hopefully this this car could be yours.

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Google Glasses

The Google Glasses


The Google glasses are only a prototype at the moment but they could be the future. These hi-tech glasses are made by Google and have got loads of features including a camera, Google+, weather when you look out of the window and will tell you whether your train has been delayed or if the station is closed when you walk into it. This device also has voice command, but the design is not great, instead of looking like normal glasses they are more cricular pieces of glass and also the price is£158.29, but still it could the next big thing. What do you think?

There is also a video about it which tells you lots more about the Google Glasses. Google Glasses video


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The Conflict between Sudan and South Sudan: Two Nations, One Conflict

The tensions between Sudan and its neighbour South Sudan are increasing after clashes along the border between the two countries.

South Sudan, which became the world’s most recent independent nation on the 9th July 2011, is demanding control over several key oil fields on the border with Sudan, and also the disputed region of Abyei. Both countries have appealed to the UN and the Foreign Ministers from the two nations have held talks to discuss a peace programme, but both the appeals and the talks came to nothing. Both nations are now launching attacks at each other across the border, and this looks set to continue for many months. The more experienced Sudanese Army, however, have the edge.

The South Sudanese have many other problems as well as the growing threat from the Sudanese Army. Over five million people in South Sudan are currently starving as a result of famine, and many are dying as a result. Aid agencies are sending food out to South Sudan, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.

Religion may also play a part in these problems. The population of Sudan is largely Muslim, while the population of South Sudan is largely Christian. While the two countries were united, Christians suffered massive persecution from the Muslim government. This was most apparent in the region of Darfur, where thousands of Christians were, and still are, killed and forced to leave their homes.


















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French Exchange Video



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The New Series of Doctor Who: What You need to Know

Although no specific date has been given, the new series of the hit science-fiction programme Doctor Who is expected to start broadcasting in the autumn of 2012. The series is again going to be split into two halves. There will be a Christmas Special in December and another eight episodes in 2013, which will lead up to the series’ climatic 50th anniversary. Matt Smith is returning to play the Doctor, while Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are also returning to play Amy and Rory for the first five episodes. A new companion is going to appear in the Christmas Special. This companion will be played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Some specific details have been given on the first five episodes of the series. The first episode has been written by Steven Moffat, the current head-writer, and directed by Nick Hurran, who directed last year’s The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex. The episode is going to see the dramatic return of the Daleks. But instead of just the current versions of the Doctor’s deadliest enemies, all of the previous versions of the Daleks are going to be appearing. The BBC has lauched a worldwide search for the White Daleks from the 1960′s and the Grey Daleks from the 1970′s and 1980′s. A selction of Gold Daleks from 2005-2010 are also appearing.

The second episode has been written by Chris Chibnall, whose previous stories include 42 and The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood. This episode has been directed by series newcomer Saul Metzstein. Also we will see the biggest set ever constructed in Doctor Who’s entire history in this episode.

The third episode has been written by Toby Whithouse, who has previously written School Reunion, The Vampires of Venice and The God Complex. The episode has also been directed by Metzstein. Also this episode will have a Western theme, and has been partly shot in Spain, which will double as America’a Wild West. There is also rumoured to be a monster called The Reckoner in this episode.

Very little detail has been given on the fourth episode of the series. We only know that it has been written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, who previously directed The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky.

The fifth episode has been written by Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran. This episode will see the departure of Amy and Rory from the series and also see the return of the Weeping Angels. Alex Kingston is also returning as River Song. The story has been partly shot in New York. Moffat has given some hints to what will make Amy and Rory leave the TARDIS crew, including the fact that Rory will die after been zapped into the past by a Weeping Angel.

Guest stars that are going to be appearing include David Bradley, Rupert Graves, Mark Williams, Garrick Hagon, Ben Browder, Adrian Scarborough, Andrew Brooke, Dominic Kemp, Rob Cavezos, David Gyasi and Michael McShane.

So let’s hope we will see plenty of excitement and adventure in the coming stories later this year!


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Brave! a new film

A new Disney film from is coming out this summer. Brave is a story about a girl that wants to be a boy in my words I mean she wants to go hunting and join the males in practise.

with the style of the movie it’s going towards how to train your dragon but this time the hero is a girl called merida played by kelly macdonald.

Directed by: Mark Andrews (the director of incredibales and the lion king) so i have high hopes for this movie as both of those movies are good, fingers cross it will be as good.

Produced by: Katherine Sarafian

Screenplay by: Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and John Ratzenberger

Music by: Patrick Doyle

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Switching Languages


现在, 很多同学和老师们都可以讲不止一种语言. 但是他们什么时候讲英语,什么时候讲母语呢?


来自哈若盖特文法中学的一名法语老师, Le Bourdon 先生说:“我不知道为什么,我跟我的三个孩子一起时会讲英语,但跟其中一个人谈话时则会讲法语”




Switching languages

Many students and teachers today can speak more than one language. But when do they actually speak English and when do they speak their own language?

As I found out, most people would speak their own language at home or to friends and relatives back in their own home country and would mostly speak English to friends and teachers at school, even if they’re friends are from e.g. china etc. they would speak English to communicate with each other all the same as they would find English an easier language and more comfortable to communicate with.

One French teacher from Harrogate Grammar School, Mr Le Bourdon said: ‘’I don’t know why but I usually speak English when talking to my three children all at once but then I would speak in French when just talking to one of them’’.

With me, I usually speak my home language, mandarin to my parents, my grandparents, friends and relatives back home but would always speak English to my friends and siblings.

But the good thing is that speaking another language looks good on university applications, CVs (Cultivated variety), job applications etc. Plus it gives you a whole new job opportunity-being an English translator etc.! It enables you to communicate with all different kinds of people around the world.

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