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The Young Archivist's Group

Last Updated: 12/10/2018 10:05:04

Location: Old Chapel

Aim: To restore the School’s history and tell the story of Old Bromsgrovians

This week we went to the Old Chapel (a chapel next to the Humanities Building) to have a look at the work that the Young Archivists are doing and how they take care of the School's history.

When you think of an archive, what usually comes to mind? A desolate, dark and dusty room littered with pictures lost in the past? Or a back room in a museum? Here at Bromsgrove School, the archive is different, there are still some exhibits that have to be sorted and categorised, but they have done a lot of work although they only started several months ago.

The Bromsgrove Service Young Archivist's Group consists of ten students who are very eager to preserve and convey the School's history to visitors, staff and students. They carefully de-frame and sort pictures, read and summarise texts or reports on special events that have taken place at the School over time or research on some of the School's most important Headmasters and students.

Analysing and categorising old letters, documents and pictures in advance of curating the exhibits.

The equipment needed for the deframing of a picture.

Lots of documents are still waiting to be sorted and digitalised.

Group 1, right: Two students are carefully deframing a School photo.

Questions asked:

1. What are you doing?

There are a range of activities which the archivists conduct and there are around nine students. De-framing photographs, preparing exhibitions, figuring out what is in the old boxes. Exhibitions can be in Routh Hall on the First World War etc. They also answer enquiries people may have about the School, e.g. about alumni who came here in the past.

2. Why have you chosen this activity?

I was particularly interested in the historical background of the School and it is fascinating to learn about the life of Old Bromsgrovians.

3. What interests you the most so far?

Getting in touch with history from the actual documents and photographs, working with books dating back to 1860’s on who won scholarships.

4. What skills do you think are needed to become an archivist?

For a School Archivist, an interest in history, attention to detail, research skills, knowledge of conservation and preservation, cataloging, exhibition and curatorial skills, writing skills to share information.

5. What have you learned from this activity?

I appreciate the long history of the School. It is important to preserve it.

6. Where does most of the information come from?

The most information-abundant years are from the last fifty years. A lot of Old Bromsgrovians donate collections from their own photo albums to the School. However, today, the digitalising and storing of photos may be a potential problem as it is harder to get hold of paper copies.

Old folders that contain pictures and texts from the time of the First World War.

Several old documents stored in boxes are still in the queue for sorting and digitalising.

A School photograph taken just before the year 2000.

- Kornkrist Mahathorn, Yann-Nicholas Meister and Ruilin Song

The Charity Club

Last Updated: 12/10/2018 09:49:56

Despite only being late September, the chilling north wind seemed to have taken the fellow Bromsgrove students by surprise. It seems that winter, and inevitably, Christmas, is right around the corner… though a group of students seem to already be preparing for it.

Today, we ventured into the humanities building to interview the bright Bromsgrove Service: Crafting Club. Though it is only a humble group composed of just under ten students, the room radiated of a merry atmosphere. it is evident that these pupils enjoy and pour their passion into this activity. When asked why they chose the activity, they said that they “enjoy charity work” and find it meaningful to “use their passion to help others besides themselves”.

As of now, these students are crafting Christmas-themed tags, bookmarks and cards for charity, in which they plan to sell later at the School Christmas Carol concert. However, these crafts are not only locked in the School gates; these students also plan to sell them at the Worcester craft fair, though it will be the Young Enterprise team who will take the products and sell them in their place.

The money raised from the selling of these Christmas-themed crafts go a charity called the Primrose Hospice, which is an independent charity for patients and families living with a life-limiting illness in the county. The School has supported this charity for a couple of years already, and some of the staff even have connections with the place.

Thank you for reading this week’s article! If there's any feedback you would like to submit, or an area of the School you want us to write about, feel free to contact us or leave a comment!

- Kornkrist Mahathorn, Yann-Nicholas Meister and Ruilin Song

Bromsgrove Yearly Reviews

Last Updated: 12/06/2017 16:57:25

Bromsgrove School has always been at the heart of the community, whether it’s raising money for those less fortunate or being able to expand their knowledge and expertise. Both The Young Enterprise and Flourishing Fiver programmes cater top this and once again, the teams have seen tremendous success this year.

Flourishing Fiver
This year, a team of 13 students comprising Fifth Form, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth worked tirelessly to raise as much money as possible for local charity, Primrose Hospice. This activity works by the Hospice giving each student £5 at the start of the year which they can use in enterprising ways in order to raise more. Last year’s team raised just over £1400 and so the new team very quickly made it their mission to beat this accomplishment. That drive and determination never left them with them hosting more events than ever before. There have been numerous film nights held in the LRC where snacks have been sold, Page House enjoyed a Christmas Party in the Hospitality Suite and they designed and sold calendars including pictures taken by students in the School. All of their efforts have led to a total of over £2300 being raised, a record breaking amount. All students involved should be very proud of their efforts.

Young Enterprise

The 13 students which make up ‘Embark’ decided on their product of a balancing wine bottle holder early on in the process and have spent the year updating their designs and ensuring high quality. The team, who were originally selected based on their potential in interview, have truly flourished both in terms of the specific skills they have developed as well in confidence. Going from strength to strength throughout the year, the team took on board the advice they were given after being placed Third at the Worcester Christmas Market and going on to win Best Trade Stand and Best Overall Company at the Spring Trade Fair. The end of year competition saw them take home Best Company Report and Best Overall Company at the Area Final and the Best Company Report again at the Regional Final which was against some excellent teams. This year’s team should be particularly proud of the way they have come together as a team and most significantly from a business stance, the significant amount of profit they have made. The skills they have developed and memories they have made will now stay with them as they move forward with their education and future careers.

Survival Guide to Gold DofE

Last Updated: 15/05/2017 17:03:31

Survival Guide to Gold DofE

All the tips and tricks that I wished somebody had told me, on how to survive your Gold Duke of Edinburugh. From one gold ‘DofEer’ to another- it’s really not as scary as it sounds!

1. Don’t walk in silence. Your sanity is important so keep morale high. Try singing, you’ll be half finished by the time you’ve gone through all the musicals on Broadway.

2. The socks may be expensive but that’s because they work. Don’t be put off by walking socks just because the price is higher than ‘regular’ socks, it can be the difference between a bloody foot and a clean one.

3. Boil in a bag all day, every day. They only take 10 minutes to cook and instead of getting to camp, scoffing 10 chocolate bars and crawling into bed you can get the right calories and the energy you need for the next hike. Plus they allow for no washing up!

4. Your waterproof rucksack is not waterproof. Wrap all your clothing and belongings in bin bags to prevent them from getting soaked through. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

5. Beyond the beaten track will be your best friend. No this tip is not about straying from your map, it’s about food. Food that is small, won’t crumble inside your rucksack and has a high calorie intake. But don’t worry, for those of you who have trouble finding the correct food it comes in vegetarian, vegan, halal and kosher too.

6. Don’t sleep on a slant. Although this tip may seem obvious you’d be surprised at how flat land looks when it is actually the very opposite. If you don’t want your campmate almost on top of you when you’re sleeping check to see if you’ve pitched your tent on a slant.

7. For the girls: being on your period on DofE isn’t as bad as it seems. It may seem like the worst possible moment that Mother Nature could strike but it’s actually not that bad. The walking takes away the cramps and you get so distracted by the mountain surroundings that you actually forget. Plus you get to eat double what is the advised daily calorie intake because you’re doing constant exercise – no more fatty ice cream.

How to have a successful exam session this Summer

Last Updated: 24/04/2017 16:51:59

Revision techniques

The summer term means exams are looming and stress levels are running high and as the Easter holidays come to an end student’s start panicking about how little revision they have done. The truth is, there isn’t a line that you cross that claims your revision has finished. There is never enough revision that one can do but don’t fret, just because you haven’t revised from dawn till dusk every day of the week doesn’t mean that you can’t pass with flying colours. Here are 7 revision tips that will guarantee that it’s never too late to start revising.

1. Draw up a revision timetable
Research shows that shorter 20-30 minute spells work best, because your concentration is much higher.

2. Exercise
Physical activity increases heart rate which makes the blood circulate faster. This in turn ensures that brain gets more oxygen which increases productivity whilst reducing tiredness and stress.

3. Reward yourself
People who manage to find the right balance between study and leisure are the ones who get the top marks.

4. Use your family and friends
Ask people around you to give you tests and feedback.

5. Do plenty of past papers
Most exam boards nowadays put a lot of emphasis on exam technique and simply familiarising yourself with it before the exam can often save you time and help to earn marks at the exam.

6. Make summary notes
The best way to memorise information is by making notes over and over again. The most successful candidates often make as many as three sets of the same notes in a run up to the exams which help them to memorise the required information.

7. Stay positive!
Your life isn’t over if you don’t ace your exams so take the pressure off. You don’t need 100% in exams to go far in life, your own drive will take you way further.

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