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Chulmleigh Community College's Journal page: Uganda, drug education and The Only Way is Essex

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

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This week's dedicated school page has been put together by students from Chulmleigh Community College.

THIRTY-ONE students and staff from Chulmleigh Community College headed off to Uganda on February 13 for a trip of a lifetime.

The visit took four years to plan, along with sterling efforts by a number of the students’ parents to raise funds for Busu, the college’s partner school. Their goal was £2,000 to re-decorate the school.

Fundraising activities included a school disco, Christmas hamper raffles, cake and craft sales at Christmas fairs at the college and Eggesford Garden Centre, a coffee morning at Chulmleigh Town Hall, a quiz, a Zumbathon, a cash donation and two very successful Bag2School collections.

The group was delighted to achieve and, in fact, exceed the target and £1,500 has already been sent to the school to purchase paint.

Eakers DIY in Crediton donated painting equipment and a number of local businesses donated draw prizes for the Zumbathon.

Some of the money raised has been used to purchase specially printed pencils which will be given to every child in the school (about 900) and a volleyball net has been purchased along with a track pump and replacement needles to go with a large number of volleyballs donated by the college PE department.

Each traveller has been corresponding with a pen pal and so a final gift was the purchase and printing of a commemorative T-shirt.

This is where an enterprising opportunity came in as the Business Studies department was approached to see if this was a task they could fulfil.

Huge thanks to Lorna Talbot, head of Business Studies, who undertook the design work and produced an excellent end product – all UK travellers will be presented with a T-shirt together with another one for their pen pal.

Any money left in the fundraising pot will be sent to the school as there are always jobs to be done.

We are sure that all the Busu students will get a huge amount of benefit from all the fundraising, either personally or as a whole school, and this would not have been possible without the help of some very committed and supportive parents and staff. Thank you!

Karen Povey

THE Only Way is Essex – what a joke!

It makes me sick just thinking about it.

I can’t think of a programme that disappoints me as much as this.

Allow me to educate you on this dire excuse of a programme.

The actors are drenched in fake tan, fake boobs and fake eyelashes; what is there to admire?

Unless, of course, you find plastic attractive. Layered in a colour which leads to a perfect skin tone of… orange. Orange is a desired look apparently and despite their efforts to look “reem”, they really look like orang-utans.

No wonder they can’t talk properly with the amount of Botox they have solidifying their facial muscles.

Anyway, why is Essex so special? Why not the only way is Wales or Kent? Essex used to be known as a rough place. Now all of a sudden it’s glamorous, glorious and full of glimmering people and clothes.

I would much rather watch “The Only Way Is Devon” and watch sheep all day, although it would probably be twisted so much that the farmers would be feeding their pet ostriches.

One of my main objections is that this programme has absolutely nothing to do with Essex.

This show is adhering to the common stereotypes of our country, showing how apparently, without working and money you can somehow achieve: huge yet tasteless houses, perfect yet false bodies, wild yet tacky all night parties, and a “hot” but as thick as two short planks (or in some cases only one) boyfriend.

I would actually describe this as English TV hitting an all time low.

So “The Only Way Is Essex”, do you love it or loathe it? Anyway got to run, I’m on set in five! Reem!

Lucy Brown

AT 2.40pm, we queued up to attend an extended assembly, based on drugs.

The police, visited our school, and bought along a sniffer dog, too.

It was fun and so interesting to watch it sniff out these bagged substances.

However, the assembly was very informative too. The police told us about class A, B and C drugs, what they are, and the after effects.

For example, cannabis can lead you to become agitated, paranoid, tired and can lead later on in life to mental illnesses.

I would never dream of touching them but in case you ever got pressured to do it, then you can confidently turn around and say “no”. It’s such a good idea to have assemblies like this, so kids remember that the effects of taking drugs and being caught can shatter your future, no matter how “cool” it may be at the time.

Ellie Dine

IT CANNOT be argued that my home county of Devon has always been and continues to be an inspiring and creative place to live.

Writers such as Michael Morpurgo, the creator of War Horse and the late poet, Ted Hughes, each finding their inspiration in the beautiful landscape within 10 miles of my home near Chulmleigh.

Though I can’t compare my talents to such well-known figures, I too use the landscape around me to stimulate my imagination and help me with my writing.

Over the past two years I have completed four novels which will be ready to publish soon.

In my spare time I love reading and often finish a book in a day. This has enabled me to review new books for Amazon and, more recently, I have been invited to do the same for the Waterstones’ website.

My latest literary development is my blog Hummingbird Reviews, (hummingbirdreviews.blog.com) where I hope to review books and films on a regular basis for a range of audiences.

It is my ambition to work in creative arts as a camera woman and I’m hoping to study journalism and film at college.

Caitlin Pharoah O’ Reilly

I USE codeacademy.com as an extra-curricular topic for Gifted and Talented.

I find it good to use because while it is easy to use and starts off really basic, you can use it to learn amazingly complex coding languages and make lots of fun projects.

My favourite language is Java.

Jonathan Eaton

ON February 7 five of the business studies groups from Chulmleigh Academy Trust had certain products to sell at the school disco to make money for their new businesses.

All five groups had different products to sell including drinks, hotdogs, lip tattoos, glow sticks, crisps and sweets.

It was a very successful evening for all groups.

Angus Westaway

SINCE the age of 10 I’ve been unofficially collecting animal skulls.

These have been sitting on a shelf, quite happily gathering dust for some time, but when I heard that the art department would be interested in bones I was happy to donate them.

And I’m pleased that I did as it also prompted a long overdue spring clean of my room.

I’m sure the school will make much better use of them than me!

Jeffrey Powell

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