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Schools News


Life’s one big drama!


Pupils from King’s College, Wimbledon trod the boards at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and two upper sixth students from Latymer Upper were


awarded places to study at RADA.


Elsewhere, Malvern St


The Social Network tells the story of how


Facebook was founded Social media – the full story


Students from The Heathland School in Hounslow got together with over 100 other students from the borough for a student conference on the cost and benefi ts of social media. During the day the students worked in small groups to consider the meaning of “democratisation of information”, privacy issues in light of the recent super-injunction cases in the UK, and the potential social costs and benefi ts of social networking sites. Professor Ravinder Barn from the Centre of Crimology and Sociology at Royal Holloway was the keynote speaker at the conference and challenged the students to discuss and consider the power and impact of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.


IT’S GOOD TO TALK… BT and The Communication Trust, as part of the national 2011 Hello


campaign, have launched a new Facebook application, called Talk Gym, to help young people aged 14-19 develop their communication skills. The free resource can help build verbal communication skills, so people can express themselves more eff ectively. The Talk Gym app. gets users to check their “talk fi tness” by asking six questions about themselves and then asking the same questions to a friend via Facebook. The answers appear anonymously in a graph and the app uses the responses to assess the individual’s communication ability. The feedback


highlights why communication skills are important and gives tips on being clear, listening and talking in groups. There are also videos presented by people giving peer-to-peer advice on becoming better communicators.


FOREIGN EXCHANGE OF THE WEEK STATISTICS


Studies show that students who leave school without


any qualifi cations can suff er a greater risk of heart disease


The Economic And Social Research Council


The King’s School, Chester has conducted its biggest ever Spanish Exchange programme, with 45 Spanish pupils between the ages of 13 and 18 visiting over a period of 11 days. Spanish students at King’s are visiting their exchange partners during half term.


Autumn 2011 FirstEleven 5 www.fi rstelevenmagazine.co.uk


James School for Girls are lending a


helping hand at Birmingham theatre’s


production of Survive! The


show is directed by Carole Todd and Dame Judi Dench is patron. Arts Education in Chiswick


recently held its graduation ceremony to celebrate


students’ achievements, with West End star Nigel Harman as a special guest speaker.


King’s College, Wimbledon at the Edinburgh Fringe


A signed illustration of Johnny Depp for Survive!





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