There are no fewer than three blogs this week from pupils and teachers! Thanks very much to everyone who has contributed!
Teachers have been working in small groups to deliver themed lessons to a number of our classes. Once such group, or ‘triad’ was looking at the effects of social media, and Chloe and Bethan from Y9 have provided this blog to show their perspective on what they learned.
Last week Miss Johnston, Mrs Weston and Mr Coombes took part in triad lessons. We looked at social media and were asked the contentious question: is it beneficial or detrimental to our society? At the end of the week, we had to present our findings and research in a final project. We tried to have totally paperless lessons meaning we worked on chromebooks and typed on worksheets using google docs, that the teachers had prepared beforehand.
The unit of lessons started by having a small debate in our class discussing as to whether we thought social media was detrimental or beneficial. The class was almost a 50/50 split with most people on the fence. The next lesson, with Mr Coombes, taught us about reliability and that we should always cite our sources and look at where our research is coming from as it may be biased. We looked at what made a reliable news article and when to spot fake news.
At the end of the unit, we had to present our findings in front of the class. We all enjoyed focusing on different topics and being more creative in our work. Our group created a short film about the negative impacts that social media can have on your everyday life outside of your phone. Whilst others made presentations on google slides showing each social media platform from different points of views. At the end of the topic, we concluded that our class thought it was detrimental. This was a surprising realisation considering that the majority of us have at least one of these apps.
We thoroughly enjoyed these lessons and have been reminded of the need to be careful with regards to social media. It can be a great tool for connecting people around the world and sharing knowledge, friendship and kindness. However, social media can also become an unhealthy obsession that negatively impacts a young person’s life and wellbeing. Overall, be sensible and stay safe online!
One member of the class contributed a poem, which I think is very powerful indeed. Thank you, Isobel.
Spread among fake faces,
A gracious gift to some.
Where none dare to emote,
So scripted do they speak,
On every word they dote.
Connection without contact,
Not meeting face to face,
Here they use this second life,
In solely digital space.
Yet little do they ponder
What lies beyond their screen,
And little thought is given,
To the perfection it may seem.
For troubles this may bring,
Or troubles already come,
Disconnected from reality,
Perfection comes undone.
Some of our girls took part on a UK wide Dance Festival in Stoke on Wednesday. Here’s a report from our Lead Teacher for PE, Mrs Perry.
The day started bright and early at 5am. The girls were excited for the competition, but not so much the journey ahead! We arrived at around 9am in Stoke on Trent along with hundreds of pupils from all over the UK. Our category wasn’t competing until 1pm, but we had a morning of workshops and observing the other categories perform! I must say, I was blown away by the standard on show. Our girls competed in the largest category of 10 finalists. Their performance can be seen on @RCCS_MrsPerry twitter account! The girls came an amazing 4th in the UK!
You will see smiles in the photo above, which makes the PE Department proud. But what you don’t see are the hours and hours of practice that these girls have put in. You don’t see the late evenings in extra private tuition, you don’t see the lows that inevitably come with a performance sport. These girls have not only done Risca and their families proud but they have most importantly done themselves proud. The part that makes me beam with pride as their PE teacher is the conversations I hear on the bus journey home. “I can’t wait to be better next year!”
Well done everyone on this great achievement!
Finally, a report on another STEM activity from Mrs Hill in the Science Faculty, this time some work we’ve been doing with Technocamps.
A group of year eight students have had a busy few days this week working with Technocamps to improve their knowledge in STEM subjects.
They started off by building and mastering how to control their own Lego robots, to showing admirable resilience when coding their robots to allow them to turn at specific angles using their numerical skills. Their use of great problem solving skills ensured their robots changed in the right directions, using colour sensors in order to try and be victorious at the final robot wars!
The students also developed their DCF skills further through designing and coding their own games which was a great experience. The students are looking forward to the final day of their challenge next Friday. A massive thank you to the Technocamps team
Thank you Mrs Hill for facilitating these workshops.
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