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A-level successes at City of Norwich School

CNS sixth formers have achieved an excellent set of results this year in A-levels.
A dozen students have achieved straight A and A* grades with three achieving three or more A*grades. Five students have successfully been offered places at Oxbridge or to study medical and veterinary sciences. The average points score has also improved overall from last year’s results. The percentage of A*-C grades is 71pc.
“We are pleased to have another great set of results that reflects the dedication and commitment of our students and everyone at home and at CNS who has supported them. Our vibrant, dynamic and large sixth form contributes greatly to school life, I will miss them all but am confident that they will do well in whatever path they choose,”  said  Jim Nixon, headteacher at CNS, an Ormiston Academy.
Girls continue to excel at CNS in the STEMM subjects of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. Three girls achieved A and A* grades in maths and physics.
Emma Cartner achieved A* in biology, A in chemistry and A in maths. She is going to Sheffield to study medicine.
Kara Kordtoimiekel achieved Bs in biology, chemistry and maths and is going to Nottingham University to study veterinary sciences.
She said: “I’m so excited, it’s all I have ever wanted to do, to be a vet.”
Lucy Rodd achieved A in biology, A in chemistry, A in maths and an A in her extended project qualification (EPQ). She is going to Birmingham to study biochemistry.
Kimberley Shone has also excelled in STEMM subjects. She is the title holder for the OAT Einstein Award and was chosen from 32,000 students across the OAT network to receive it. Kimberley will study mechanical engineering at Loughborough University after achieving two A*s in maths and physics and an A in product design.
CNS sixth form has a dedicated programme to help students apply for places within Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.
Mikey Matthews achieved four A*s in computer science, maths, further maths and physics. He is going to study computer sciences at Cambridge University.
Emma Wilson Kemsley achieved A*s in biology, computer sciences and physics and A in maths. She is going to Oxford to study biomedical sciences.
Edmund Jones achieved As in geography, economics and maths and will study economics and management at Oxford University.
James Whyman, 18, who was head boy at sixth form is delighted with his results. James will study natural sciences at Durham University after achieving four A*s in chemistry, maths, physics and his EPQ.
Student Rachel Brooker achieved fantastic results against the odds. Rachel studied hard for her A-levels during a time when she also needed to care for her mum who had a long-term illness. During Rachel’s studies, her mum sadly died from cancer. Rachel achieved an A* in philosophy and ethics, and As in politics, history and an EPQ. She is now going to Kings College in London to study history and international relations.
“I’m so happy, and I’m really proud. My dad cried on the phone when I told him. I’m thinking about becoming a political journalist after my degree.”
Karen Treby, sixth-form coordinator, said: “We’re so proud of Rachel, she is incredibly focused and organised and is an inspiration to her peers.”
Pictured, from left: Oxbridge students with Matt Sprake, deputy headteacher. From left: Mikey Matthews, (off to Cambridge University) Edmund Jones, and Emma Wilson Kemsley (off to Oxford University). Photo: ORMISTON ACADEMIES TRUST

 

 

Cringleford man charged with East Harling murder

A man from Cringleford  will appear before a judge tomorrow, Tuesday August 15, after being charged with the murder of Peter Wrighton (pictured).

23-year-old Alexander Palmer, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, was charged early this morning and later appeared in front of magistrates in Norwich.

The charge came after 83- year-old Mr Wrighton, from Banham, received fatal stab wounds in woodland near East Harling last Saturday morning, August 5th.

The Street, in East Harling, remains closed while the investigation continues and officers are still working in the area, providing reassurance, speaking with witnesses and conducting house to house and CCTV enquiries.

Detectives are also searching and forensically examining a number of locations which are linked to the  investigation.

Youth spat in elderly woman’s face

Police are looking for a youth who spat in the face of an elderly woman in Norwich.
The assault happened between 2pm 2.30pm on Friday  July 21 when the victim was walking along Corie Road heading towards Dehague Road, which borders Eaton Park.
A group of three or four males approached the victim from the other side of the road and one of them spat in her face.
The suspect fled the scene with his friends who were all on bicycles. He is described as being white, approximately 15-years-old, with dark short hair. He was wearing a white top and grey trousers/jogging bottoms.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the assault.
Contact PC Ian Betts from Earlham Police Station on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


 

Libraries help beat loneliness

Norfolk’s pioneering library project to tackle loneliness has been recognised in a national report by Arts Council England. The Library and Information Service’s Libraries Loneliness project was among five national schemes singled out for praise in the report, which looked at the contribution organisations make to combat isolation in our communities.
One in five people aged over 65 in Norfolk is believed to be lonely, and local libraries and mobile libraries are part of Norfolk County Council’s In Good Company campaign, which aims to promote positive ways in which people can connect with others.
Since the libraries started their part of the project last November, they have almost doubled the number of activities for older people, from 57 to 113.
This ranges from creating a welcoming atmosphere where staff listen and talk to visitors and weekly tea and coffee sessions to a timetable of regular activities.
These include: Just a Cuppa, which provides companionship and allows staff to identify signs of loneliness and offer support; Knit and Natter and Crochet and Chat sessions; and games of Scrabble. Some libraries also hold Colour Me Calm activities, colouring sessions where participants can talk as little or as much as they like in a relaxed atmosphere. Jan Holden, Head of Norfolk Library and Information Service, said: “It is really fantastic that the great work our libraries do to support communities has been recognised by Arts Council England. It gives other libraries across the UK a good example of a great project. Our libraries are places where vulnerable people will always be welcome and our staff are brilliant at ensuring our service responds to their needs.”
Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “It is great that our loneliness project is leading the way nationally and helping to ensure that people in our Norfolk communities feel less isolated.”
Research by the Local Government Association shows being lonely can increase your risk of premature death by 30pc. It also suggests that being lonely is more harmful to your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Cool customers needed for Norfolk competition

Electrical retailer JB Postle has a cool competition with a Norfolk theme this summer.
They want people to make use of their artistic skills to create a wrap-around design on a Smeg fridge. The only criteria is that the design has to be Norfolk linked hence #FabNorfolk as the competition title!
Nikki Filby said: “The design #FabNorfolk could be anything people associate with our lovely county, maybe Cromer Pier, the crabbing industry, the lovely landscape, the seaside, our iconic buildings in the city or just simply a chance to promote your Norfolk Charity, Business or Organisation”
The competition, which runs now until September, has two winning categories – an individual entry and one for organisations. The group category could mean a business, charity or sports organisation and you can enter as many times as they wish!
The individual winner will receive a bespoke day or night out in Norfolk for four people worth at least £200 and will depend on the interest and age of the individual winner! It could be anything from a trip to the zoo or a night out on the town! Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed to have fun in our home county!
The group design chosen will receive £200 to donate to a local Norfolk charity of their choice, so if you want to raise money for an important cause, get your thinking hat on!
“We wanted a way to engage with the community and celebrate our wonderful county so we thought this would be a great way to find out what Norfolk means to people whether they live here or are visiting” said Nikki.
JB Postle have a Smeg blackboard fridge which has been touring JB Postle’s local branches in Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham and North Walsham and has even been seen on Cromer Pier. The team will be taking the fridge to Worstead Festival on July 29 and 30 where there will be some surprises on the day and a chance to take part in the competition.
Nikki said any business which might like to have the fridge to visit them should get in touch to give staff the chance to get artistic with chalk pens.
The competition was launched on Cromer Pier and entries have now started to come in.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing what people come up with,” said Nikki. “Look out on social media for news!” You can follow each of the JB Postle branches on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @JBPostle
Call the Cromer store on 01263 512134 to find out more about hosting the Smeg blackboard fridge and if you would like to volunteer as a competition judge, call Nikki on 01263 735326.

Free child seats checks

Norfolk County Council’s road safety team and crews from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service are once again taking to the road during the school holidays to host more than a dozen free child car seat checks across the county.

More Norfolk children are killed or seriously injured whilst in a car than they are as a pedestrian or cyclist. One in three child car seats are incorrectly fitted in Norfolk but almost all of these can be fixed immediately.

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong. The events are running until August 16, 10am until 2pm at the locations listed below.  Families are invited to come along to get their child seats checked and to ask our team of experts about any aspect of road safety.
The county council’s road safety experts are also using the 18 free child seat safety checks to encourage parents to keep children rear facing in the car for much longer than families traditionally do in this country.
Scandinavian countries routinely keep their children in a rear facing seat until they are four or five years old. Research proves this is five times safer than the UK approach of putting a child in a forward facing seat at around nine months old.
Iain Temperton, the county council’s road safety manager, said: “I would urge anybody carrying young people to visit one of our events. It will only take five minutes but that will be time well spent if it improves the safety of the next generation of road users.”
Alistair Steele, consultant anaesthetist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn said: “During my time as an air ambulance doctor and as a trauma doctor I have seen too many children severely injured from car accidents. In addition to the messages about driving safely we really want to help parents and carers get the right advice about child safety in cars, and there is a confusing array of restraints and booster systems available.
“The best thing to do is to take advice from a professional car seat fitter to ensure you’ve not only chosen a safe seat but also it is installed correctly.”
Child seat safety check events are taking place in the following locations from 10am until 2pm:Mon 24 July  Norwich – Tesco Harford Bridge
Tue 25 July  North Walsham – Sainsburys
Wed 26 July Sheringham – Tesco
Thu 27 July Aylsham – Tesco
Fri 28 July  Stalham- Tesco
Sat 29 July Holt – Budgens
Mon 31 July Norwich – Longwater Sainsburys
Tue 1 Aug Wymondham – Waitrose
Wed 2 Aug  Thetford – Sainsburys
Thu 3 Aug Diss – Morrisons
Fri 4 Aug Great Yarmouth – Asda
Mon 7 Aug Dereham – Tesco
Tue 8 Aug Downham Market – Tesco (2pm-6pm)
Wed 9 Aug Kings Lynn – Sainsburys
Thu 10 Aug Fakenham – Tesco
Fri 11 Aug Swaffham – Tesco
Tue 15 Aug Norwich – Sprowston Tesco
Wed 16 Aug Norwich – Hall Road Asda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lights! Camera! Action! for Eaton pupils

Sixty Year 6 students from Eaton Primary School hosted a special screening at Cinema City on Wednesday, June 21, that featured a series of the children’s adverts, music videos and short films made in conjunction with City College Norwich’s creative media department.

The 10- and 11-year-olds invited their parents to watch the work that was produced during a week-long project with 30 Level 3 creative media production students from City College Norwich. After a pre-production day at Eaton Primary School, the young pupils spent three days working with the students in the college’s virtual television studio and media editing suites to put together their final projects.

The aim of the project was to give the Eaton Primary School children a taste of media production and to also open their eyes to the opportunities open to them beyond school.

Eaton Primary School pupil Poppy Dawson, 11,said: “We’ve learnt how to use cameras, how to act and how all the technology works. My favourite bit was filming all the different types of shots with the cameras. Our film was about ninjas kidnapping the Queen and I was very excited to see the final product at Cinema City. Having our film shown on the big screen felt really weird because I was the one filming it so it made me feel kind of important.”

City College Norwich media production student Mia Dann, 18, said: “I’ve enjoyed seeing how enthusiastic the children are about the project and it’s been great to see how passionate they are about something that I’m passionate about too. Having our work shown at Cinema City has been really good and it was really nice to actually see our project being played on a bigger screen.”

Cara MacDonald, creative media production lecturer at the college said: “We’ve been doing this project for a few years now and have found that both sets of students get so much out of the experience. The children from Eaton Primary School have been so creative throughout the project and have produced some excellent quality work. I’m really impressed with the work that they have produced and was so proud to see their final edits on the big screen at Cinema City.”

 

 

Min’s going bald for change

Domestic Abuse campaigner Min Grob is facing a close shave to help a charity for those affected by  domestic abuse in Norfolk and Waveney.

“You know that song ‘I want to wash that man right out of my hair’? Well I want to cut him out.

“It’s taken some time to get up the courage to do it but now is the right time,” she said. “You always know when something has happened because people change their hair… well I was 50 this year and I wanted to go into the second half of my life unencumbered –  and that includes hair!”

She will be losing her long, dark hair at Leeway’s domestic violence conference on July 14 and she hopes to raise at least £2000.

“They have had a 27 per cent increase in demand, but not the corresponding funding,” said Min, founder of Conference on Coercive Control.

She is already making plans for her new hair, when it grows back but for now she plans a summer “swathed in scarves, maybe a panama” with a collection of bobble hats for the colder winter months.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Min should visit: virginmoneygiving.com/BaldForChange.