Tuesday, 19 July 2011



I (Jamie O'Donnell) visited the tennis courts to interview Mr Curl about the day’s activities. Mr Curl said that they had just finished the 1st round and all the players were on top form. The age of the players was lower school with Year 7 v Year 8. The matches were interesting to watch and no individual could be identified as a potential winner however the eventual winner of the morning session was Matthew Eason. Matthew played well against Thomas Ikin in the Final.

The weather was dry however it was possible that there could be rainy patches throughout the day. Mr Curl was hoping that the day would stay dry so that everybody could have a fun filled activity. The activity did not start without a hitch!!! The problems incurred were people not turning up, people with no rackets and people in the wrong teams.

It was noted that there was only 2 girls in this morning’s activity. Molly said that the activity was “good but confusing to start with”. Katie said “it’s cool as we get to play in a tournament” she also said “this activity has friendly people and I am looking forward to the full day”.


If anyone thinks the days of great British film making are gone, they need to take a look at the world of celluloid created in BBEC today.

Three films, each of which has a massive fan base and movie addict following, were given a unique tribute which further confirmed their enduring appeal on the Silver Screen.

 From the gory horror of ‘Shaun of the Dead’, to the magical world of the ever popular, global phenomenon which is Harry Potter, and the unforgettable ‘Star Wars’, students re-created highlights in those movies with their own unique spin on those familiar scenes. 

But it wasn’t all lights, camera and action. First, there were costumes and props to be provided if the movies moments were to be recognisable to the audience; students were busily engaged in constructing robot R2D2 and a television complete with coat hanger aerial, whilst Harry’s cloak and other Potter merchandise provided the perfect look.

Filming hadn’t started when the report was filed, but the serious rehearsals were underway with a baseball bat used to threatening effect, a Voldermort practising that chillingly hoarse voice, and roving robot R2D on the move.

Look out Hollywood –  BBEC Film Productions are on their way!


Ever wondered how you would cope if faced with a person who was unconscious, bleeding heavily or choking?

 Today a group of BBEC students have received training from a trainer who, with experience in the Fire Service and the British Red Cross, was able to provide ‘hands on’ guidance in every sense.

 A disturbing sight awaited visitors to Maths 3: an alarming number of corpses decapitated at the waist which, thankfully, turned out to be a number of Resuscitation Annies, the First Aider’s invaluable teaching aid. ‘Annie’ is a dummy who, despite having no body from below the waist, provides a perfect ‘pretend human’for practising compressions and mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Trainer Phil ensured students were given up to date training as, surprisingly perhaps, life saving methods have changed as medical knowledge improves. Did you know, for example, that if you suspect someone is unconscious there is no need to check for a pulse – start compressions immediately and unlike previous advice, apply thirty compressions followed by two breaths?

Today’s BBEC students are far more equipped to deal with an emergency requiring first aid than they were yesterday.  Let’s hope they are not required to use their newly acquired skills but if they are, those in need will be in good hands!


No boredom in Maths 2 as board games ruled and students were locked in battle, not only playing Battleships but Monopoly and Chess; there was certainly no shortage of the known and the not so well known games to choose from and competition was fierce.

Jonathan Dinsdale was enjoying counting his wads of money rather than actually playing Monopoly but there was some serious gaming absorbing four studious chess players, including Mr Whitelegg – do Mathematicians make superior chess players? – and an atmosphere of calm reigned. 


A Science Lab was transformed into a Potters’ Paradise as students benefited from the skills of potter Jane of  fired4U Pottery Painting Studio.

Jane provided a selection of mugs, bowls and other blank pottery items which students painted with their own designs which were eye-catching, original and colourful. The painting stage required patience and  meticulous detail and there was no doubt the results were looking polished and professional. Jane will glaze and fire the pottery at her studio in Hennel Lane, Walton le Dale, and they will be ready for collection soon.  This was creative fun at its best and the students are looking forward to receiving their finished item.

                           DAY OF CLAY

Art 1 was a hive of messy activity as slabs of clay were rolled and moulded into shape for the creation of a piece of mechanical sculptural work.

Eduardo Paolozzi was an expert in this unusual form of art / sculpture and inspired by examples of his grand designs and spectacular scale constructions, the students set to work to produce their own Paolozzi style robot! 

Work was well underway and how the final product will be assembled has yet to be seen ……… looking forward to viewing the clay robot once it emerges from the raw material!


This year all activities were in school. There were a variety such as Cupcake making, Ceramics, Highland games, Hair and Nail, Cricket, Rounder’s and lots more.

We (Anisha, Jessica and Preena) took a look in the Tech rooms and saw the Cup Cakes activity proving very popular with the girls (nice to see a few boys there as well). The teachers assisting the cupcake bakers were Ms Large and Mrs Chilton. By 9.45am, all the mixtures had been made and students were already dolloping delicious looking mixture into the cake cases.

Cup cake making was a half day activity and the students were looking forward to experimenting with t-shirt printing after lunch.

Today -Activities Day - was a very special day for warhammer lovers because they got to play their favourite hobby all day with Mr. Stockley here at BBEC. Wow!

Warhammer is a very technical, precise and expensive game (£1.50 for a normal soldier) to play. It’s also a very creative game because you paint and add pieces onto soldiers. The dice roll is what decides how many shots and moves you have. If you’re just starting out the space marines or a battle set is the way to go because they are the simplest and easiest to use. Only certain soldiers can work together for example orks and grey knights don’t work with each other, however some soldiers have special abilities to manipulate soldiers from different troops over to their side. The rules are very precise and need to be followed or the game won’t work properly.

It was all action in the gym today, with two professional Kick Boxing instructors putting some 20 students from Years 7 - 9 through their paces and teaching them the art of round house, axe and scissor kicks!

Kickboxing is a similar sport to boxing, using your feet to strike your opponent not your hands. Kickboxing is an interesting sport and can be played by both girls and boys. It’s a sport that involves taking on an opponent and needs skilled professionals to teach you all the moves.

Thursday, 14 July 2011


Whilst many students were preparing debates, others were experimenting with dishes to delight the judges in a fabulous end of term competition: MASTERCHEF. The event was organised by the amazing Mrs Sims, to whom we extend a massive THANK-YOU for the untold hard work she has put into this venture.
The competition was hugely popular - attracting would-be chefs from across all year groups - and was fiercely contested. Nonetheless, as with all competitions, there could only be one winner, and this year the accolade of Masterchef 2011 was accorded Ben Calcutt of 7B.

Congratulations to Ben and a massive thank you to everyone who participated and helped in any way. A special thanks is extended to the various judges, and in particular to those who officiated in the final - a very tense occasion, indeed!

And here is what Ben had to say about the experience:

When I found out that I had won I couldn’t believe it. The rest of the contestants had produced excellent food and I thought that they had a really good chance of winning. But in the end it was me who took the title. Nick Wall, Mr Morris, Mrs Sims and other judges congratulated me and said the food was delicious. I made pea puree with chorizo and salmon. Then pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce and lemon chicken followed by a strawberry fool. Mr Pemberton said that the strawberry fool was lovely.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


After frantic preparations over the last three weeks, the Lower School Debating Competition finally took place in the penultimate week of term - and what performances we saw  across all three year groups.

Congratulations go to the following students who successfully proposed the motion: Kia Morne and Tom Griffiths (Yr7), Laura Oldfield and Hanna Mogra; (Yr8) Tom Griffiths (Yr7) and Saskia Starritt (Yr 8); Emma Robinson and Henry Cookson & Hope Jordan and Martin McClintock (Yr 9). 

The motion was defeated by the following speakers: Katie Cooper and Eleanor English & Decland Court and Caroline McHale (Yr 7); Kat Kirkbride and Rebecca Lund (Yr 8); Aimee Harper and Josh Mascord (Yr 9).  Very well done.

Thanks and commiserations go to Isabelle Rayworth, Olivia Dymond, Joe Hyde, Archie Calder, Laura Dewhurst and Madeline Bennett (Yr7); Andrew Connell, Catherine Hamilton, Beth Cuckson, Georgina Round, Lucas Fell and Katie Anderton (Yr 8); Abby Welsh Emily Seagrave, Shauntelle Austin, Dan McClean and Abbie Betteridge (Year 9).

Thanks must also go to the News of the World, Katie Price, Ryan Giggs and Kate Middleton/The Duchess of Cambridge for inspiring so many of the speakers - both for and against.

Finally I extend a huge thank you to those parents who have supported the students with scriptwriting and provided a listening ear as they practised ...and practised... and practised.

Ms Cox

ImageChefcom I Am Awesome

Here is a slideshow of last year's debates

BBEC Debates 2010 on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


With a little help from Autocollage


Look at all the cool piccies I have done!

I did them on a webstite called Photovisi. Here is a link to it: http://www.photovisi.com/

Have a play on it yourself and make some cool pictures of you and your friends, family and pets.

There are lots of different types of collages you can do for example . . . Girly, love, Nature, Hand-drawn and Fun!! :D

Tuesday, 5 July 2011


Last week at Media Club we experimented with some free online software that allowed us to alter photos taken on Sports Day and create a rather different look. What do you think?