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FP3Peaks Expedition Hill-Walking Training – 27 June 2013

There’s now just over a week to go until the start of our Three Peaks weekend. Next Friday, approximately 40 Year 12s (including myself) will head up to Yorkshire in school minibuses. Then, on the Saturday (6 July), we’ll set off on the mammoth trek itself.

Said to be 26 miles long, including roughly 10,000 ft of ascent, we’re looking to complete the course in under ten hours.

REACH THE TOP: Miss MacAngus, Mr Zair, and Mr Taylor, with Pete Watt at the top of Winter Hill. (IMG_6557)

Having missed last week’s training hike to participate in my church’s Music Festival, I joined four others for a hill-walking session after-school today.

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‘The Stag’: Hot Off The Press – 21 October 2012

I made quite clear from my application letter that, if I were to be made Editor of The Stag (Furze Platt’s Sixth Form-produced newspaper), there’d be some pretty major changes. I’d give it a radical redesign, creating in the process a strong layout template for all future editions to be based on. I’d change the publication frequency, by moving from an inconsistent monthly system to a more realistic termly turnaround schedule. Above all else, I would give The Stag a new direction, declaring it would cover ‘some of the biggest stories of recent weeks, with top comment and features’.

I didn’t get the top job.

In fact, not one single person did. Instead, Mr Richards (Head of Sixth Form) approached me in June to form a small group to take over the running of the newspaper for this academic year. After a series of meetings and discussions, we both agreed to have three (rather than one, as before) Executive Editors, splitting the workload between myself and two others (Chloe Banks and Jack Cooper).

FIRST BATCH: Editions of the new-look school newsmagazine, The Stag. (IMG_3875)

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Daniel Meyer: Musician and Magistrate – 15 October 2012

In the third of an ongoing series of “talks by interesting people about interesting things”, BBC Symphony Orchestra violinist Daniel Meyer told attendees of this week’s Seniores seminar of his musical career and his involvement in the UK’s justice system, explaining how he juggles rehearsals and tours between his voluntary work as a magistrate.

“When your school wrote to me, asking me to come in and talk to you about any one of the topics on the list they sent me, I looked at it and thought ‘I’m not suitable for any of these’, so gently rejected the invitation”, Daniel Meyer confesses. “Then they wrote back and asked me to come in anyway to talk about what I do. So I apologise in advance if this turns out to be quite boring – perhaps give me some kind of signal, like frequent fidgeting or discrete texting under your blazers.”

My fellow students and I – altogether making up an audience of about fifty – chuckle politely, while Meyer pours a glass of water from the bottle he’d been provided with and sits down on the chair I’d put out for him.

MUSIC MAESTRO: Daniel Meyer (centre) performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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