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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 167 - Wednesday, 3rd October 2007
Kyrle celebrates in style
26th has always been a fantastic day of exciting activities
at John Kyrle High School and this year was no exception.
European Day of Languages is a day when many schools across
the country celebrate linguistic diversity and the benefits
of being able to speak another language. There was a variety
of exciting opportunities available at John Kyrle and the
day was a huge success.
Seven pupils made a superb effort to dress up in costumes
from a European country - there were representations from
all corners of the globe, ranging from typical stripey T-shirts
and berets to Spanish matadors and even a Scottish man complete
with kilt and sporran! There were prizes for the two pupils
who made the best effort from each tutor group.
Even the local Primary schools were invited to take part.
The pupils were given the opportunity to sample a delicious
selection of tapas and Seville orange juice from Spain,
French breads and orangina from France and Frigadellem from
Germany before completing a questionnaire based on their
sultry rhythms of salsa resounded from the Main Hall as
pupils tried out their dance techniques with Mely from Mexico.
Mely aims to teach children Spanish through movement and
certainly made the pupils work hard, whilst at the same
time having tremendous fun. Throughout the day, younger
pupils were busy making a 'piñata', which they were able
to smash open in dramatic fashion at the finale.
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With languages Teacher, Tracey Tumelty, Cameron Powell, Kieren Ravenhill,
Nev Campbell, Mitchell Challenger, Francesca Green, Chloe Childs,
Alice Cassan, Sadie Brooker and Lily Lane in European costume. Ref:
children were silenced into concentration as British Sign
Language teacher, Sian Pritchard, taught them to sign their
name and even spell out 'John Kyrle'.
older pupils managed to build very realistic models of the
Eiffel Tower from straws. They were thrilled when Head teacher,
Nigel Griffiths arrived to present a cup for the best model.
recently opened Language Laboratory came into its own as
a taster session in Mandarin Chinese was also available.
It is recognized that Chinese is a language that is going
to become ever more popular and John Kyrle is seeking to
include Chinese in its curriculum alongside French, Spanish,
German and Italian. A basic taster session in Russian was
also provided as pupils learned to say their names and count
up to twenty.
Tumelty, Languages Manager commented, 'Globalization and
increased opportunities to work abroad as well as business
developments in this country mean that it is even more pertinent
that our youngsters develop foreign language skills in order
to work effectively, even in their own country.'
delicious European menu of paella, pasta, baguettes and
coq au vin was available in the canteen at lunchtime; the
canteen was decorated with flags and balloons, complete
with menus in three different languages. 'We were all exhausted
by the end of the day, but felt that the youngsters had
such a fantastic opportunity to extend their knowledge of
Europe and its languages that it was well worth it,' said
Tracey Tumelty. The
Languages Department are most grateful to everyone throughout
the school who contributed to make the day such a success.'
Learning British Sign Language, the class spell out John Kyrle High
School hello.Ref: DSC_1238
Mely Verce from Mexico teaches Spanish Dancing in the hall. Ref:
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Week - the 'Nautical Edition' of Wyenot News
was suggested by Paul Meredith that I should use that title.
As we finish compiling this week's news, both Tina and I
are feeling very rough, with a nasty cold and cough. We
would both rather have just have been tucked up in bed for
the past five hours, so I hope it is not too badly put together.
Far from being able to get to bed though, after completing
this issue of the news in the early hours of Wednesday,
I still need to stay awake enough to collect Sarah and Bernice
from the Majorettes coach returning from the European Championships
in Slovenia at around 4:00 am. News on how well the British
Champs from Ross-on-Wye did in the competition will be published
in next week's issue.
week has provided some very enjoyable moments plus one which
has made me extremely mad. On Saturday, we launched the
Wyenot boat on the River Wye. There is more on this later
in the news but for now, that was one of those really enjoyable
days. My cold had just come on that morning but the enjoyment
of the day kept it at bay until the evening. For the first
time in years, when we arrived back home I felt extremely
tired but not that horrible type of being tired after working,
which is what I usually experience - it was that nice kind
of feeling tired, which follows a good and thoroughly enjoyable
day out, or even a holiday. It had been so long since I
had last experienced a feeling like it, I had forgotten
what it was like.
really bad day came later, on Monday. It was my birthday.
I always hate my birthday, it makes me depressed because,
not only am I another year older, it falls at the beginning
of that time when the days are getting short and I suffer
terribly with that SAD syndrome caused by lack of daylight.
Other than the cold, which Tina was now beginning to pick
up, I was actually feeling fine until I went into town and
we parked in the Somerfield car park. When I stopped the
car, I realized that I did not have any change for the parking
machine and so we went to the shop to change a note. In
the five minutes it took me to get to the shop and back,
one of the local traffic wardens had slapped a birthday
present parking ticket on my windscreen and disappeared
from the face of the earth. He / she must have watched and
waited for their moment.
day, I park several times in that damned car park, while
photographing stuff about town, for the good of the town
and in particular, for Herefordshire Council and I always,
always, always put my 30p in the slot and buy a ticket.
On Saturday for example, I did not have the 30p, so put
50p in for the hour as the machines do not give change.
I never try to avoid it and this is what makes me so mad.
All of the traffic wardens know my car, it is unmistakable
with 'Wyenot News' plastered all over it and they all must
see that I buy a ticket every time but it seems they just
waited for their opportunity.
have not had chance to write to Herefordshire Council to
object yet as I have been editing their publicity press
releases all day, all of which are published at no expense
to Herefordshire Council whatsoever in this week's news.
Nil illigitemi carborundum, with 'illigitemi' being the
rest of Monday was back to being nice, with both of my sons
visiting, a long phone conversation with my brother in Italy
and plans for filming from the new Wyenot News boat. Having
shown several visitors to my house throughout the day the
first television quality test edit of footage taken so far
for my local wildlife film, all of whom have been impressed,
I feel very positive that it is going to turn out to be
a good marketable product.
'nautical edition' of Wyenot News has been a bit rushed
together due to taking Monday out and our illness but I
hope you still enjoy it . . .
Relaxing Break Thanks to Broome Farm and NFU Magazine
the photograph below are Dawn and Keith Francis of Llanfair
Caereinion, (try saying that after a cider or two!) enjoying
a relaxing cider break at Broome Farm, Peterstow last weekend.
NFU Magazine approached John Draper, proprietor of Broome
Farm B&B some time ago, asking if he and
wife Hilary would be willing for them to offer a weekend
cider break as a prize in a competition they were holding.
John received several enquiries from people entering the
competition telling him that if they won, they would like
to book a certain weekend but if they didn't win, they would
still like to book it in any case. The eventual winners
of the break were extremely pleased with their win.
told Wyenot News, 'It's Keith who subscribes to NFU Magazine.
I'm the one who likes to enter the competitions.' The couple
then told us about their weekend. Apart from enjoying a
trip into Ross-on-Wye town centre, they enjoyed an orchard
walk at Broome Farm's Ross
Cider and Perry Co., which is run by Hilary's
brother, Mike Johnson.
also watched cider making in progress, enjoyed a couple
of Broome Farm cream teas, met the alpacas and dined in
the Cider Press restaurant.
and Keith were particularly pleased with their break at
Broome Farm as their dog, Gizmo was made to feel as welcome
as they were.
not try Broome Farm for a relaxing break yourself. The Daily
Mail recently listed them in their top places to visit during
Prize winners Keith and Dawn Francis with Gizmo, relaxing in the
lounge at Broome Farm. Ref: DSC_1304
Postmen Support Macmillan
and staff at Royal Mail in Ross held a fund-raising coffee
and activities morning for Macmillan, after finishing their
deliveries on Friday morning. Money raised is to go towards
the new Charles Renton Unit at Hereford Hospital.
been a postman myself for a while, to bring in money during
the early stages building up 'Wyenot News', it was nice
to go along and meet old friends again and enjoy a coffee.
Especially, knowing from first hand experience with my son
how much the new unit is needed to help local cancer sufferers.
help with the fund-raising, local businessman, Craig Bevan,
took along his Mobile
Ferrari Racing Challenge, which proved to be particularly
popular with both postmen and visitors, some from John Kyrle
High School alike. Pictured below, the true to life, mobile
Ferrari racing car simulator can be hired for both events
Postmen and visitors enjoy coffee and cakes at Royal Mail on Friday
morning. Ref: DSC_1255
Mrs. Joyce Thomas MBE DL with Rachel Makin, Luke Mayo and Steph
Vinall from JKHS watch the postmen race their Ferrari cars. Ref:
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Coffee Morning for Macmillan
Macmillan Cancer Support group held its coffee morning at
the Baptist Church in Ross on Saturday. The coffee morning,
to raise funds for the Charles Renton Unit in Hereford was
one of several in the town and the committee would like
to thank every one who turned out to support the event.
A total of £265 was raised. The
group would also like to thank The Baptist Church for their
generosity in allowing use of the building.
Macmillan Committee's Autumn programme commences with a
quiz night on Wednesday 24th October at Ross Conservative
Club at 7.30pm. All teams are welcome. The Macmillan stall
in the new Ross-on-Wye indoor market will be continuing
for a while.
Chris Webb, Pauline McRae, Joyce Thomas MBE DL, Teresa Napthine,
Jo Fowkes, Anne Ednean, Ruby Price and Enid Gibbons and Soosie Pinnell.
Serving coffee to customer, Renate Van Geleren. Ref: DSC_1300
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you very much for your understanding and help.
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