Monthly Archives: May 2013

Hove School Governor wins National Acclaim

From the Brighton and Hove News – Independent city news and views

http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2013/05/30/hove-school-governor-wins-national-acclaim/21626

A former Mayor of Brighton and Hove who chairs the board of governors at two local schools has won national recognition.

Jenny Barnard-Langston has been appointed a national leader for governance. She is the first in Brighton and Hove and one of just 130 across the country.

The Department for Education describes national leaders for governance as “highly effective chairs of governors, who use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in other schools and academies”. The role includes mentoring and giving advice.

Mrs Barnard-Langston chairs the board of governors at Blatchington Mill School in Hove, where she has been a governor since 2002, and Benfield Primary School in Portslade.

Jenny Barnard-Langston

Jenny Barnard-Langston

As a councillor, she chaired the East Sussex County Council Education Committee. During her 20 years as a councillor, she also served on Hove Borough Council and Brighton and Hove City Council.

She previously chaired the governors at Patcham High School, in Brighton, Somerhill Junior School, in Hove, and Cuckmere House School in Seaford.

She has also served as a governor at Davigdor Infant School and Hove Park School, in Hove, and she chaired the corporation board of Lewes Tertiary College, now Sussex Downs College.

She said: “I am delighted to take up this role as national leader of governance.”

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Cambridge International Exams

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Waterford pupil is the best in the world

30/05/2013 03:43:00BY SIBUSISO ZWANE
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imageArnaz Patel.

MBABANE – A pupil from Waterford Kamhlaba United World College has topped the world in Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language, Spanish.

Arnaz Patel received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award from Cambridge International Examinations for her outstanding performance in the November, 2012 Cambridge Examinations series.

Patel got an average of 99 per cent in a series of four Spanish papers. She said she could not believe it when she got the news that she was the best in the world.
“I feel very happy. I didn’t expect this when I was writing that exam,” she said. She also said what surprised her the most was that the exam seemed harder than the practice papers they had been writing in preparation.

Describing her work ethic, Patel said: “I do not overwork myself. I only do my work. I am not the type of person who wouldn’t have time for other things and I balance my schedule.”
The acting Principal of Waterford Kamhlaba, Bruce Wells, said the award recognised the talent, dedication and commitment for both the learners and staff.

He also said this was the second year in succession that a Waterford Kamhlaba pupil has been recognised for acquiring the best result in the subject.
Wells also paid special tribute to Patricia O’Connor from Chile, Patel’s Spanish teacher, for teaching her and preparing her well for the examinations. O’Connor described Patel’s achievement as a great one for herself and the school.

“She has made a great achievement and in Swaziland this is the only school that teaches Spanish as an accelerated course,” O’Connor said.
She also made mention that Patel was a special pupil who speaks fluent French, English, siSwati, and Portuguese.

Cyrus Patel, Arnaz’s father, congratulated her daughter and said the whole family was proud of her achievement.
“We are ecstatic about it. It is quite an achievement for her and an honour for the family,” he said.
The top performing learner received her award during a ceremony yesterday at Waterford Kamhlaba.

Cambridge Top in the World awards recognises the success of learners who have achieved the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.
Cambridge programmes are taken by learners in more than 9 000 schools in 160 countries.

The Art of Manipulation

It is a fact that we all try in one way or another to manipulate a situation.  We try to persuade, influence and use flattery to win people over.  Advertisers are constantly vying for our attention, salesmen are trained to chase the money and meet targets, politicians make promises and are after our votes to stay in power.  So where do we draw the line between truth and fabrication?  Can we survive by being truthful most of the time, all the time or do we tell little white lies to further the cause?

Look at these two scenarios.

Scenario One:  Miss Angel complains that Miss Manipulation has been rude to her.

Scenario Two:  Miss Archangel states that Miss Manipulation is very charismatic and has never lost her temper.

Question:  Who do you believe?

I am inclined to say Scenario One.  Miss Angel’s unfortunate experience should not be ruled out just because Miss Archangel did not experience the same scenario.