After our dismal failure to excite any of the students at University Campus Suffolk about a secular students’ society (we haven’t given up though), and the reports of science students who won’t accept evolution, it’s heartening to hear that there’s still some freethinking on British campuses. Hurrah for the AHS! Read about it in The Independent.
The James Hemming essay prize will be awarded in July 2009. The competition is open to any student at a UK school or college studying for AS or A2 levels who will not have passed his or her 19th birthday by 31st March 2009. The subject is “In life, the meaning comes in living”. First prize £1000. Do you know someone who might enter?
An article by Kate Whiting in the East Anglian Daily Times yesterday refers to the resignation of Prof. Michael Reiss from the Royal Society last year, after he said that Creationism should be discussed in science lessons if students wanted to.
Send your family and friends (especially the scientifically confused ones) this Darwin Day greetings card for the 12th February. Spread the word about how wonderful evolution is. It’s designed to be printed on A4 and folded in four, as a notelet. It’s free!
The kids started a new (non-denominational) school today. And my first fight with the school is this afternoon. The school is supporting the Samaritan’s Purse shoebox operation, where children fill shoeboxes with toys etc for children in eastern Europe and Africa…and then the evangelical literature is added before they’re distributed.
Am very cross indeed. I’ve sourced an alternative – another Christian organisation but one which doesn’t put anything into the boxes and doesn’t send out propaganda. I’m currently compiling a dossier for the Headteacher, with whom I expect to have an interesting discussion real soon.
As revealed in The Evening Star, students at Holywells High spoke out against the possibility of the running of their school being handed over to the Church of England in September.
The students’ concerns are now shared by trade unions, who today revealed their opposition to academies’ abilities to operate outside the parliamentary approved School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.
6th-formers at Holywells High School, which is threated by a Church take-over, have vowed to campaign against the plans. Good for them! Read more in the Evening Star.
A BITTER tug-of- war has broken out today [17 October 2008] over the future of one of Ipswich’s most high-profile schools.
Despite improving GCSE rates and opposition from staff, Holywells High School could become a church-sponsored academy.
Although no final decision has been made and a full consultation is yet to take place, sources at multicultural Holywells High have hit out at a proposal to convert the school into an academy, saying they have been put under pressure by Suffolk County Council to become a faith school.
We will do whatever we can to support those who oppose the take-over of Holywells School by the Church. If you have any information, please get in touch.