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    The Torch

    The Torch March/April 2018
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    March/April 2018

    These pages contain highlights from the latest issue of The Torch, the student newspaper of Wath Comprehensive School.

    The full newspaper is available to view by selecting the cover.

    Previous editions (going all the way back to 1930) are available on the back issues page.


    By Elena Cretu, Year 7

    From Dumbstruck Day to Ear Muff Day, here are some dates to add to your diary to make March memorable!

    Ear Muff Day: 13th March

    Ear Muff Day celebrates a warm invention...the ear muff! People in cold climates can really appreciate this day. Ear muffs keep your ears warm, and protect you from ear infections and earaches resulting from icy cold wind and weather. Manufacturers have responded to their popularity with a variety of designs and colours, making one to fit almost anyone's personality.

    Origin of "Ear Muff Day": Big-eared Chester Greenwood is the father of the Earmuff. Greenwood patented the "Champion Ear Protector" on March 13, 1877. They  later became known as "ear mufflers", and were eventually shortened to "earmuffs".

    It’s really easy to celebrate Ear Muff Day.... just wear your ear muffs!  Though, we have to wonder... Why celebrate Ear Muff Day in March? Wouldn’t it be more appreciated if it was held in January or February, during the coldest days of the winter?

    Dumbstruck Day: 15th March

    Dumbstruck Day is a day to be totally dumbstruck over the things you see, hear and read. Some people are dumbstruck on a regular basis, day in and day out. Fortunately, that's not you (we hope).  However, this day is a chance to spend an entire day feeling totally dumbstruck—without guilt or embarrassment.

    Origin of "Dumbstruck Day": we are totally dumbstruck that no one has stepped forward and claimed to be the creator of this day.

    Make Your Own Holiday Day: 26th March

    Make Your Own Holiday Day allows you to make today a special day for anything you want. The objective is to allow one day for any topic or event that has otherwise escaped recognition... up to now.  It’s your chance to skip all of the red tape, bypass all of the effort, and create a special day of any kind. Simply declare your special day on Make Your Own Holiday Day!

    Good Friday: 30th March (date varies yearly)

    On a more serious note, you might want to remember Good Friday.  Also called "Dark Friday", this is a day of solemn prayer and the final day of fasting for the long Lenten season, the day on which Christians remember how Jesus Christ died. Christ was nailed to the cross at noon and his death came at three o'clock in the afternoon; Christians spend this time in prayer and silence.  Christ died for us… but only in human form. He then arose from the dead on Easter Sunday morning to show us that there is life after death in heaven.

    KS4 STEM Space Challenge

    By Isabella Aaltio, Lauren Williams, Elizabeth Gray, Year 9

    On Wednesday 14th March, twelve students from Years 9, 10 and 11 participated in the Space Challenge (STEM), including both a German team and a Spanish team. Eight other schools were competing against our school.

    The challenge was to create a space hotel, fill in design sheets and data sheets, and create a model of the hotel: students had to factor in thinking about how much one pound of mass would cost to get into space and how to keep people exercised in a zero gravity situation. After that, they had to do a marketing tweet in their specific language, and also required was a marketing presentation in the specific language and an engineering presentation in English.

    They  also had  a taster in Russian. This involved all the students standing up and reciting Russian numbers they had learned, as well as meeting new people from the other schools and having conversations in Russian. 

    At the end of all the excitement and invention, the winners were announced: Wath’s Spanish team came runners up and received certificates.

    Overall, it was a very enjoyable day and highly recommended if you do languages.  

    Anne Frank Ambassadors at Riverside House

    By Lauren Williams, Year 9

    On 27th February and 8th March, Anne Frank ambassadors visited and presented the ‘Anne Frank and You’ exhibition at Riverside House in Rotherham. They presented the information they had previously learned from the panels that made up the exhibition to a series of primary schools. The display consisted of a collection of panels that made up the two sections of the exhibition: the historical section and the contemporary section.

    The ambassadors had been preparing for this from the first Monday back at school, as well as attending a launch event where the exhibition was delivered to the Mayor.

    The historical section was all about the life of Anne Frank and her family, as well as the effect of the  Nazi occupation on the millions of Jews living throughout both the Netherlands and Germany. In the contemporary section, we talked to the primary school kids about modern issues regarding equality, injustice, racism and conflicts. We discussed how these issues would make them feel if they were in that particular person’s situation, and how they may act in their place.

    The ambassadors that participated in this training and teaching event were as follows: Emily Darrel, Rhiannon Sewell, Thomas Dermott, Shae Dufty, Lauren Williams, Caitie Swallow Kacey Robinson, Isaac Woffenden, Daniel Nutley and Joe Hepworth.