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Cycle challenge for boarding bursaries
Staff from Badminton School, Bristol, led by Headmistress Rebecca Tear, completed a 367- mile cycle ride in August, to raise awareness and vital funds for the boarding school bursary charity, The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (SpringBoard).
The effort has raised more than £1,200 for The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation.
Rebecca herself has said: “I am very proud to have completed the cycle ride in support of such a great cause. It was fantastic
to visit some of the schools that provide places to children funded by SpringBoard. I am delighted that we ended at Mount Kelly, where I went to school and who supported me through my Sixth Form with a scholarship and by offering a boarding space when it was much needed.”
Last month (August) Rebecca and her team cycled from Framlingham College in Suffolk (the most Easterly School supported by SpringBoard) to Mount Kelly School in Devon (the charity’s most Westerly
School). Along the way, the cyclists stopped overnight at  ve schools supported by the charity (St Edmunds College in Ware, Wycombe Abbey School, Warminster School, Taunton School).
Members of The Bike Ride team included Rachel Macfarlane (Operations Manager at Badminton School), Richard Tear (Badminton School volunteer) and Chelsea Hayes from School Truck. Along the way, they were accompanied by staff from the schools they visited.
SpringBoard helps children who are deeply disadvantaged by their personal circumstances (through no fault of their own), by enabling them to attend
state or independent boarding school. There, they receive a unique opportunity to ful l their academic and personal potential.
From this month (September)
the charity supports more than 600 disadvantaged children, through a merger with the Royal National Children’s Foundation (RNCF). The charity receives no statutory funding and depends on voluntary donations to continue its vital work.
Young game designers
Lower sixth formers Adriano Matousek and Aravind Prabhakaran from Abingdon School, Oxfordshire, were both shortlisted for the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition for their game apps.
Aravind and Adriano learnt to code in their spare time using blogs and videos, before going on to design and create their own games, Cosine and Evade.
Adriano, aged 17 from Oxford, said, “I became interested in game design because I was curious as to how games were made and having learnt how to code in 2D, I’d like to go on to 3D.”
Both games are free and available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Adriano’s game Evade has add-ons, which are available to buy with all proceeds going to the charity Blue Skye Thinking.
Both boys would like to go on to study Computer Science at University and are currently working on their EPQs.
Pictured l to r: Aravind Prabhakaran and Adriano Matousek
Michael Buerk chairs the big debate
Renowned BBC journalist and Solihull School alumnus Michael Buerk returned to the school last term to lead a debate into one of 2017’s biggest talking points – the media phenomenon of fake news.
Michael chaired the fourth annual staging of The Big Debate, where experts and students pitted their wits against one another in a bid to make the most compelling argument on a topical issue.
This year’s debate centred around a type of journalism which consists of spreading deliberate misinformation or
hoaxes through print, broadcast or online media publications. The proposition was ‘This House would jail the owner of media organisations which publish factually misleading news’.
Legal professional and fellow Solihull alumnus James Field paired up with upper  fth student Oliver Rooney to put forward the proposition; with BBC business journalist Simon Neville and lower sixth student Cerys Stans eld making up the opposition.
At the end of the evening, the audience voted for the most
convincing argument and the opposition – those against the idea that media owners should be punished – were declared the winners.
Michael, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, attended the independent school between 1955 and 1965 and is the patron of its Debating Society.
The day also featured a debating competition for under-15s, which saw a number of schools visit Solihull from as far away as Cardiff.
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