Thursday 13th June
In the school gym
In the school gym
Four year 13 students, Dylan Clarke, Callum Stirling, Michael Weekes, Michael Tickell, from Oaklands sixth form took part in the National Science Competition Young Engineer(s) of the year at the Big Bang Fair 2013, London ExCel, March 13th. Their project ‘ Black Box for a Mars Probe’ won the regional heat at Crawley and earned them a place as a finalist at the Big Bang Fair .
They had a fantastic experience and were able to present their project to MP’s and other distinguished guests. One of the highlights was meeting the celebrity judges, with one student getting Ben Miller to sign his A level physics text book. Another highlight was Callum getting the opportunity to ask one of the two Noble prize guest speakers a question about their academic career and whether they had any doubts at anytime.
Sixth Formers from the CAFOD Action Group at Oaklands Catholic School pledged to write to their MPs last month as part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.
The group are sending letters asking MPs Mark Hoban (Fareham), Penny Mordaunt (Portsmouth North) and David Willetts (Havant) to write to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor on their behalf.
One in eight people go to bed with the pain of hunger. These students want politicians act – to keep promises on life saving aid, and to spill the beans on tax dodging in developing countries.
The Oakland students are leading the way in making their voices heard. During the next two weeks, we’re asking you to get in touch with your MP. Whether you prefer to email your MP, meet them or write them a letter, what matters is that every MP from every party hears loud and clear that global hunger matters to their constituents.
By calling for transparency, the students also want to see developing countries have access to more information about how much tax UK companies owe. This could help them collect the money they’re owed and generate funds needed to end hunger.
CAFOD Campaigns manager Claudia Elliot says: “This year, the UK government has a golden opportunity to take an international lead in tackling global hunger. This year’s Budget could kick-start the end of world hunger, but only if the Chancellor confirms that from 2013, Britain delivers on the long-promised target of 0.7% of national income to be spent on life-saving aid, to stop children dying of hunger and help the poorest people feed themselves.”
The Budget will be announced on 20 March. This will be our first big chance, as part of the IF… campaign, to get the UK government to tackle global hunger.
On Saturday the 22nd of December, students [mostly from our Sixth Form College] organised a “Flash Mob” in Commercial Road Portsmouth to raise money for a new gym to be built in Korogocho slum in Kenya. We are very close to achieving our goal of £17,000. The building is nearing completion and we hope that this summer we will send a delegation to be present at the official opening of this building that is going to change the lives of many people in Korogocho.
Please donate to:
Bank name: Natwest
Acc name: The Catholic Academy in Havant
Acc no.: 80745024
Sort code: 55-70-34
Reference: CAFOD Gym Project
To view the flashmob, please click this link
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