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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 144 - 25th April 2007
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racing cars visit Bridstow School
La Grue and Kevo (Thunder) Metcalf took their 'Legend' racing
cars to Bridstow Primary on Sunday morning, where a fair
was held to raise funds for the school.
cars may look tiny but, made in California and powered by
Yamaha FJ 1200 motorcycle engines, they are regularly raced
at speeds of 110 miles per hour.
La Grue, from Bridstow, who is comparatively new to 'Legend'
racing, performed very well at Mallory park in Leicestershire
recently, finishing all three races and this week will be
racing again at Donnington.
raise funds for the school, table sales were held in the
school hall, children were allowed to sit in Nicola's 'Legend'
and Kevo's yellow 'Legend' was filled with balloons for
a 'How many balloons in the taxi' competition.
competition was won by John Ralphs and approximately £160
was raised in total for the school.
Pictured with the yellow Legend, Kevo can be seen with Stephen Allen
and Poppy La Grue. Ref: DSC_6176
Nicola La Grue with her blue Legend. Ref: DSC_6179
Guess how many balloons. Ref: DSC_6185
York Trip 2007 (woo!)
Jessica Seal, Emma Crawford, Sofi and Tony Mustow
a seven and a half hour flight a group of twenty-four students
and three teachers from The John Kyrle sixth form centre
arrived at JFK airport for five days to learn about international
relations and to seize the opportunity to explore the Big
a welcome night's sleep we went on a bus tour to see the
magnificent sights that the city had to offer. At the Islamic
Centre we learned about Muslims in America and were given
the chance to go to a mosque, which for most of us was a
first experience. We were greeted by an Imam who spoke to
us about Islam and answered questions on a large variety
of issues. Our next stop was the United Nations Headquarters
where we learnt about the UN, the critical role of the Peace
Keepers, the Security Council and human rights.
the afternoon we visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
with its paintings by Van Gough, Picasso, Dali and many
Zero was very thought provoking; the very site that we had
all seen news footage of in 2001 was where we were standing;
right where all the catastrophic events took place. We also
visited the church opposite ground Zero which was used as
a refuge for rescue workers; the church was full of thank
you letters and cards from people that had lost loved ones
in 9/11. Mid afternoon we were met by a tour guide, who
Harlem, the industrial part of the city. We saw famous places
such as the Cotton Club, Apollo Theatre and learnt the history
of the area.
last day in New York was the day where we could go to The
Natural History Museum. The famous museum made you feel
as though you were travelling back in time. With terrifying
dinosaurs the height of the building, ancient tribes dressed
in their elaborate costumes, the huge animals that now look
so different, the sea life, the birds, cowboys and Indians
all under one roof. Central park was opposite the Natural
History Museum, so a walk though it was just too appealing.
it a wasp? Is it a hornet?
scary looking monster was found in Weston-under-Penyard
by Lyn Hill-Escort on Wednesday last. As you can see, it
is pretty large. Another, even larger specimen has also
been seen in Ross but not caught.
from research which Jay Hill, Landlord of the Prince of
Wales pub has been undertaking over the past week, the markings
are not quite those of an ordinary or even a queen wasp
or those of a hornet. Jay is wondering if it is one of a
type of wasp which has been arriving recently on the South
Coast, from Africa due to the warmer climate we have been
experiencing of late.
there any experts out there with the answer? If so, please
email and I will
publish the answer in a future 'Wyenot News'.
Wild at Bridstow Primary School
Primary School now has it's very own Nature Reserve created
on what was once unused and untended land to the rear of
the school building. The transformation started around two
and a half years ago with the planting of some native trees
around what was then a muddy, overgrown pond.
building work being done on the school to create a Library,
the whole outlook towards the rear of the school changed
as windows and doors were put into the back wall and, all
of a sudden, everyone could see what was behind the school!!
The view over the fields towards Bridstow village and St.
Bridget's church is wonderful, but was spoiled. by the view
immediately outside the new back door of the school.
. . .
Hannah, James, George, Billy, Bobbie, Amy and Mrs. Rose Kibble in
the new wildlife garden. Ref: DSC_6188
Kibble, a professional gardener and a parent of two children
at the school, started work to clear the area and create
a wildlife garden. First of all, she stripped away the old
turf and replaced this with grass containing wildflowers.
This is known as a "Nectar Bar" and would be a magnet for
butterflies and bees.
then dug out the existing pond, removing the invasive species
of plants that had clogged it and carefully restocked it
with plants that would be attractive to view as well as
attractive to wildlife. Her hard work has paid off as the
pond now has frogs and smooth newts living in it quite happily.
children at Bridstow have also been very busy making their
school as green and eco-friendly as possible. They have
a wormery, log piles as housing for all sorts of creepy
crawlies and two compost bins. The children also recently
planted thirty native trees, donated by the Woodland Trust
under their "Trees for All" campaign, along the top edge
of their playing field.
. . .
The new wildlife garden. Ref: DSC_6195
school also has plans to create an outdoor classroom alongside
their wildlife garden so that children can enjoy the peace
and quiet outside in the fresh air whilst still doing their
Kibble has also been responsible for setting up a Gardening
Club at the school run by her on a Monday afternoon after
school. This has proved so popular that if any more children
ask to join, there may have to be a waiting list! The young
gardeners have planted pots and containers around the school
grounds and are soon going to start work on some raised
beds in which they will grow their own vegetables. They
grow everything from seed and hope to be able to sell any
excess produce to raise funds to buy further equipment and
seeds for the Gardening Club.
aim is to not only make Gardening Club self-sufficient,'
explained Rose 'But also to encourage the children to think
about where their food comes from and to hopefully make
more healthy choices with the food they eat.'
all of the work done at the school, Rose has been very generously
supported by the Garden Store, Ross Farm Feeds, Walford
Timber and Pengethley Nurseries, all of whom have donated
items used either in the wildlife garden or by the Gardening
The garden as it used to be.
garden as it used to be.
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