Yr11 Triple Science – @Bristol DNA Detectives & Ice Skating

29 students became forensic scientists to compare DNA samples from a crime scene with those from a group of suspects.  Using gel electrophoresis to separate DNA digested with restriction enzymes, every group had an excellent result in seeing distinctive genetic ‘fingerprints’ to distinguish between the samples and so identify the true suspect.

Then it was out into Millennium Square for some ice skating under the planetarium.  A lot was learned about resultant forces, momentum as well as the issues of a low friction environment.  Thanks to all students and staff for making this an event that is sure to become a popular feature of our Triple Science course.IMG_20161209_151327
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Year 9 students can now make their curriculum choices online. You will need to log into the VLE to do so. Once logged in, click here and follow the instructions on screen.

Curriculum choices now online.

Hannah Sharpe

Troubled Lives: We can all become addiction’s prisoner…
“I’m Debra and I am an addict”
“I was an A* student at school- I studied art and design- went on to become a manager for B&Q that covered the South-West of England. I then started going out for drinks at nightclubs with friends after work. I never got drunk, I was always aware of what I was doing, but one night, I was drinking a glass of wine and unbeknown to me, a stranger dropped ketamine into my drink. The stranger then raped me. That one night changed everything…”
“I was a mess. All the time. Every day, drowning the memories of that night with alcohol. I tried doing drugs, but they were never strong enough to release me from the hell that I was enduring. I was probably off my face from alcohol most days; I couldn’t even walk the dog without downing at least a shot of vodka. At that stage, alcohol was my friend, helping me get through each day, (or so I thought) however, what I hadn’t realised yet was that alcohol wasn’t at all my friend, but an insidious addiction that was slowly killing me!”
“I smashed my face from falling down the stairs, cut my elbow open which needed over twenty stitches and at one point, I even attempted to hang myself from my dad’s loft but I was extremely lucky that my brother immediately found me, saving my life. I realised then that I had to get help.”
“My councillor suggested that I start a programme at Broadway Lodge in Weston Super-Mare to put a stop to my addiction. I started a 24 week programme and now I only have a couple of weeks left. Without the help of the people at Broadway Lodge, I know that I wouldn’t be here today and I know that I’m extraordinarily lucky to even get onto the list for the programme. There are others I know that are literally DYING to get onto the list for help, regarding their addiction.”-Debra (Recovering Alcoholic)
Before I heard about Debra’s story, I didn’t really have an opinion on the idea of addiction. I knew that drugs were taken by people who just wanted to leave the world for a bit; be it a nice, mellow high or the feeling of being whacked around the head with a pillowcase full of spanners. Or in this case, with alcohol, drowning away their problems. I’ve always thought that the addiction was their own fault, I never thought about how it could have been triggered. Could this have happened to anyone?
I found Debra’s story extremely poignant. Almost as if her forthright description was chiselling at my brain; remodelling my conjecture and mutating my thoughts. Yes, she was the one who picked up those drinks, ‘chugging’ them down, god knows how many times. However, that one event that occurred, we can all agree, changed Debra for the worse, but is she really to blame for her addiction, or was it her rapist? It really struck me down to the core- what she must have gone through and how on earth was she meant to forget it- that’s it, she couldn’t. I can’t even imagine the purgatory she must have suffered.
Broadway Lodge is a place where addicts can turn to, to put an end to their addiction, for good. Hundreds of people from ages as young as 17, have made life changing decisions by putting down their names to get onto the special programmes that Broadway Lodge offer, in order to turn their lives around. A 2014 survey showed that 93% of patients who had completed the 24 week programme, have now got their lives back on track and have left their addictions behind them. These patients go through, what feels like torture to stop their addiction, which proves how much they both want and need the support and help from Broadway Lodge.
The latest budget cuts regarding Broadway Lodge, put forward by the Health and Social Care Commission is both pernicious and fatally flawed. The madness behind this idea is unbelievable. We are talking about lives at risk here due to addictions, which could in fact (much like Debra) not even be the patients fault. Debra didn’t grow up wanting to become an alcoholic and other addicts have most likely suffered absolute torment which could be a reason for their addiction- and yet the “Health” Commission still want them to suffer? If these budget cuts were to take place, what would happen to the addicts needing serious help who can’t get onto the list for the programme because of this change in scheme? How would these budget cuts benefit anyone? Surely nothing can be more important than a person’s health and sanity- NOT EVEN MONEY?
What would this gargantuan change do to our society? It’s important that we acknowledge the potential dangers of cutting this programme. Deaths will undoubtedly shoot up, not only due to overdoses, but, like Debra, the threats of suicide. More addicts will end up in hospital, possibly needing expensive treatment to save their lives- This could happen to a person a multiple of times because there is nowhere for them to seek help. This change could be catastrophic.
Debra’s story has reached out to me and I now have an opinion and so should you. Debra’s life hit such a low point that she needed something to deter her from the egregious nightmare she was constantly reliving and she chose alcohol. This was a random occurrence which could have happened to any one of us, but who or what would you turn to? She may have had an addictive personality which potentially encouraged her to drink continuously- but surely, just about anyone can fall into alcohol’s clutches and become addiction’s prisoner.

Actiontrack – On The Record 3

Students from across Somerset including several Heathfield Students feature on ‘On The Record 3’; a collection of songs written and performed by young people aged 11-18. Listen below:

If you would like to get involved with On The Record 5 as a performer, writer or technician speak to our Musician-in-Residence, Mr Cooke.
Listen to more Actiontrack Recordings at soundcloud.com/actiontrack

New year 9 Menu Homework

Spring Menu Homework  – Click for Menu

Menu Homework
Starter Due in Week commencing 18th Jan
Main due in Week commencing  1st Feb
Pudding due in week commencing 22nd Feb

 

Any problems see your teacher BEFORE your lesson.

 

We’ve been working closely with Mrs Martin in the Library and have created a New and exciting reading list (found below) for completing your menu homework.

Year 9 History Reading list – PDF

 

Year 8 Menu Homework

Spring menu homework year 8 – Click for Menu

Menu Homework
Starter Due in Week commencing 18th Jan
Main due in Week commencing  1st Feb
Pudding due in week commencing 22nd Feb

 

Any problems see your teacher BEFORE your lesson.

We’ve been working closely with Mrs Martin in the Library and have created a New and exciting reading list (found below) for completing your menu homework.

Year 8 History Reading list – PDF