Archive for October, 2011

Word From the Streets w/c 10th October 2011 – AND FINALLY…

Two teachers from Oldham Sixth Form College have won £60,000 for creating rhymes that helped their pupils to learn facts for their A-Level exams. Sociology teachers, Claire Corrigan and Salim Rahman, covered subjects such as Marxism and feminism using tunes by Dolly Parton and Shania Twain. Both teachers won £10,000 whilst their college received £40,000 for a film they produced that came runner-up in a competition to find inspirational lessons. Claire said: “We used rap to talk about Marxism because it was associated with working class and the struggle against authority. For another idea, like functionalism, which is quite conservative More >

Word From the Streets w/c 10th October 2011 – QUOTES

“Kindness, empathy, generosity are all in short supply, and people used to learn it from the churches. I learnt it at Sunday school. Where do you learn it now? I don’t know.”

-       Dame Joan Bakewell, 78, on the lack of respect of modern day society.

“I’ve let my family down, I’ve let Martin Johnson down and I’ve let the people of England down.”

-       England rugby star, Manu Tuilagi, 20, apologising for jumping off a ferry in Auckland following England’s defeat to France in the Rugby World Cup.

“Tindall’s hardly a role model, is he? Imagine the effect it had on the young More >

Word From the Streets w/c 10th October 2011 – INTERNATIONALLY

An international competition is being held for 11 to 19-year-olds to design the 2012 Olympic garland. Young people have to design a garland that contains and features native species and the winning entrants will be on display at this London 2012 Games. They can participate in the Plant Champions competition through Botanic Gardens around the world. Julia Wilson, director of education at the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), said: “The philosophy behind all of these challenges is to raise awareness about the environment, but because our organisation is a plant conservation body we try to find some link to plants. More >

Word From the Streets w/c 10th October 2011 – NATIONALLY

The £500m Olympic Stadium will stay in public hands following a decision by the board of Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC). The decision was because of delays in negotiations between OPLC and West Ham United caused by ongoing legal disputes with Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient. However, it is likely that West Ham will continue to use the stadium but as £2m-a-year tenants. A statement from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The Government and Mayor of London have decided to end the current process to dispose of the Olympic stadium, which has become bogged down in a More >

Word From the Streets w/c 10th October 2011 – REGIONALLY

Prince’s Trust volunteers from Toxteth have been helping to create a sensory garden for residents at a nursing home in Liverpool. The volunteers, aged 16 to 25, were taking part in a 12-week development course based at Toxteth fire station. The project was delivered in partnership with Lovell Construction and also saw the young people bag packing at Asada in order to raise money for their programme. The sensory garden at Bishop’s Court Nursing Home, in Toxteth, saw repairs to a fountain, hanging sensory ornaments, creating a rock garden and installing a garden bench.

The Liverpool County FA (LCFA) has told More >

Word From the Streets w/c 10th October 2011 – LOCALLY

Pupils from The Barlow RC High school in Didsbury have been learning circus tricks. Pupils at the school have been given the opportunity to pick up the art of juggling, tumbling and plate-spinning. A shake-up in the school time-table has created a longer school day but allowed Wednesday afternoon’s to be free for fun activities. The circus sessions have been delivered by tutors from the Chorlton-based arts group Unity. The school is also intending to provide pupils with the opportunity to take part in street dance, DJ-ing and rapping, over the course of the year. Deputy head teacher Nicola Doward, More >

Word From the Streets w/c 10th October 2011

As we approach half term again – where will our young people be going, what is there for them to do and who is there to show them. Please log on to our link and sign our e-petition for free access to sports and leisure facilities:

Word From the Streets w/c 3rd October 2011 – AND FINALLY…

A pupil from an inner city school that has turned itself around and become a model school was given a standing ovation by conference crowd. Quddus Akinwale, 17, spoke about how the school was failing, classes were ‘riot’ and even the teachers couldn’t be bothered to turn up. But now the school is an academy, has a modern buildings and pupils have a sense of belonging allowing them to thrive. Quddus wants to attend a top university to become an engineer.

Word From the Streets w/c 3rd October 2011 – QUOTES

“The riots brought people together”

-       Manchester’ council leader Sir Richard Leese on the benefits of this summer’s riots. WFTS comments – Maybe if the kids were allowed more opportunities to be together constructively they wouldn’t have been so much destruction.

“I’ve made it very easy for everyone to judge me down the years and I’ve been my worst enemy – but people change.”

-       The new Joey Barton, action speaks louder than words, so time to prove it.

“We made it clear absolutely clear about the so-called legal threat. If [Tottenham] were to win in the High Court we would simply start the More >

Word From the Streets w/c 3rd October 2011 – INTERNATIONALLY

Brazil has been told by FIFA that it cannot offer half price tickets to pensioners during the 2014 World Cup. Opposition politicians in Brazil have also been criticising the government for giving away control of the tournament, allowing FIFA to walk away with profits from tournament tax free and effectively having a “a state within a state.” FIFA responded in a statement saying: “We do respect Brazil’s national laws and regulations – but the World Cup is a unique event.”

The agent behind the cricket match fixing scandal said that more than half of Pakistan’s team were receiving bribes to fix More >