Hove School Governor wins National Acclaim

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


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.”

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.

Murder in the Neighbourhood


On the evening of Friday 5th March 2013 at around 0930 pm, I heard the ear-piercing screams of a lady coming from one of the houses at the lower level of the estate.  The urgency and continuing screams attracted the attention of other neighbours and realizing that something was seriously wrong –  my son and I went round to investigate the matter.

Within minutes, we reached the location and found an almost unconscious mature lady lying on her back in the metal grilled gateway of her house surrounded by concerned neighbours.  I recognized one of them who told me that he had entered the house after hearing the screams and saw a man sitting on a chair with hands tied, possibly stabbed and there was a lot of blood.  He warned me not to go in.

The woman regained consciousness and was understandably hysterical.  Unfortunately, I do not speak Spanish so was unable to understand what she was saying.  It was, however, a frightening disturbing situation and the neighbours did everything they could to comfort her by providing water, blanket and trying to get her to sit on a chair.

The Police arrived about 15 minutes later and since there was nothing we could do to help, my son and I returned home .  We saw an ambulance drive past and realizing that it had missed the turning, waved our arms to attract the driver’s attention as it did a u-turn down the road.

Under the circumstances, going to bed was the last thing we wanted to do;  so my son and I went across the road to the Bar Cafe – we could not quite believe what had happened.  We were, however, relieved that there was a good film showing at the time; thank goodness for Michael Caine although in the Spanish language, there is no match to his distinguishable accent.

The next day, my neighbour sent me the newspaper article of the reported incident.


Febles Vicente Gonzalez, 60, was found murdered in a robbery yesterday in the municipality of Santa Ursula, Tenerife at his home in El Lagar Street which is in the neighbourhood of Cuesta de La Villa.  The thieves tortured and murdered him, then broke into the safe and stole its contents.

Febles Vicente Gonzalez was found dead about 2130 hours by his wife. His wife discovered the body after returning to the home. She told police that she found her husband’s body with his hands tied behind his back with cable ties and a rope around his neck as if he had been hanged.

At the crime scene, the Guardia Civil Police confirmed that the man had suffered a violent death.  The victim had been tied up and hanged.  Officers ruled out suicide and began to look for evidence. On inspection of the crime scene, there were indications that the motive could have been robbery and found that the safe had been blown up and emptied. The first indication suggests that the assault involved several people who knew the victim.

Are Some A-Level Subjects Better Than Others

education_iconWhen I attended the Wulfrun College of Further Education in Wolverhampton, I took what was then called the ‘Advanced Ordinary’ Level.  I’m wondering whether it was a con because hardly anyone I know have ever heard of it.  But it did actually exist in the 1970s!

So now I turn my focus to ‘A’ Levels which is something we can all identify with!

Located on the small island of Tenerife – it is rather hard to understand the significance of  ‘A’ Levels when competing internationally with other students.  Yes, there is a big world out there and considerable thought has to be given to the actual university.

Many Year 11 students will be making important decisions about what ‘A’ Levels to choose.  And of course, some might decide to take “easier” subjects rather than the “harder” subjects!  But should the focus be on what subjects will steer you to your career choice?

According to the Nick Morrison article in The Telegraph 7.00 am GMT 23 March 2013 – if a subject does not interest you – then you are less likely to achieve top grades.

This is an example of the current London School of Economics (LSE)  list of non-preferred A-level subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama/Theatre Studies
  • Home Economics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Sport Studies
  • Travel and Tourism

As opposed to the Trinity College, Cambridge:  A Levels suitable only as fourth subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Science
  • Citizenship
  • Communication Studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Dance
  • Environmental Science
  • General Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Home Economics
  • ICT
  • Leisure Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Perspectives on Science
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Sciece for Public Understanding
  • Sports Studies
  • Travel and Tourism
  • World Development

The subject choice will be complicated!  Read the whole article at the below link:


Scotland and the Slave Trade

Slave trade - If any Slave resist their Master

On Saturday 1st December 2012, which was a very rainy day, I made my way literally down the hill to  my neighbour Hilda’s house for a barbecue !  We were not at all put off by the “cats and dogs” spectacle since it was about 19C, wet but pleasant which was very unlike the British weather.

We sat in the garden area, on the terrace, at a table bedecked with huge pint sized glasses of alcohol.  I admittedly could not manage to drink such quantities  because I’m more of a “martini and lemon person” but it was, however, a most welcome sign of a forthcoming fun-fuelled evening.

The hosts Graham was of Scotland heritage and my friend Hilda of Norwegian nationality.  My friend Maureen was also there sitting at the table and is Scottish.  The conversation was in full swing and I mentioned that my surname is Campbell which probably derives from the times of slavery.  Perhaps, not a good move to mention that but it is a most significant part of who I am and it is a fact that I know some people would rather wish never existed.  The subject was not discussed in depth but I am sure might have warranted so at another time and another place!

A week later, on Saturday 1st December,  I did some research, like I normally do and came across Jackie Kay’s Guardian article of Saturday 24th March 2007 on Scotland’s Role in the Slave Trade which makes very uncomfortable but interesting reading.

Jackie Kay on Scotland’s Role in the Slave Trade

I found it most relevant to the above conversation scenario since both my friends Maureen or Graham came from Scotland and one of them was born in Glasgow; if I remember correctly.  I had no idea that Glasgow profited from the slave trade just as much as Liverpool, Bristol and London.  Now that’s history!

Gym Ball for Strengthening

The last time I wrote about my running experience was about a week ago and I’ve been out three times since then.  I managed to keep going for 5 km – the going was tough but the odd drizzle of rain every now and then was  a welcomed cool-down.

The one thing that has been needling me for quite a while now (and I haven’t mentioned it before) is the pain in my right hip; although it wasn’t so bad today,  I suspect that the weekend break gave it time to heal until the next bodily onslaught.

Anyway, whilst browsing through sports equipment at the local store in Santa Ursula, I came across the Rucanor exercise gym ball with diameter 90 cm including tube and plug.  Hopefully, that will do the trick since it claims that you can “use it to strengthen muscles and bones of the hips, legs, hands, arms and shoulders and to develop overall body balance and coordination.”

I will certainly give it a go since I need all the help I can get – one question though – have you got a pump?