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Diversity Board

One of my aims as Head Girl was to encourage more discussion about diversity, and what makes us all unique! Fortunately, I was given the platform to do this, and spent last week working with some very fantastic and talented artists from years 7-9. They spent Monday – Thursday making and decorating their masks, as well as creating a presentation that would involve them looking and learning about various cultures from their assigned continent. On Friday, we had the diversity celebration day, to celebrate all their hard work!
I tried to buy a selection of “diverse” foods from around the world, and all who took part (after wonderfully presenting their work to an audience), were able to help themselves to the food at the end!
It was such a fantastic week, and the work couldn’t have been done without the help of Mrs Hyam, Mrs Reid, Rachel Broderick, Aria Patel and Laura Bayne!
Look out for the “diversity board” that’ll be up – with all masks – soon, in the English/ Business block!
A massive thank you must also go to everyone who took part!! You’re all fantastic 😊 The judges really enjoyed watching and listening to your presentations!
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Roundup 108 : Friday 16th March 2018

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Steve McCarney [1996]

After gaining his A levels in the Sixth Form, Steve went on to gain a BA in Leisure Management with Sports Sciences. at the University of Gloucester.  His career progresses as a Senior Consultant and then Branch Manager at ADR Networks before moving to his present company; MANE  As Key Accounts Manager and currently Global Aerospace Accounts Manager he has been instrumental in developing Mane into the biggest global supplier of staff to the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and supply chain.  Steve has working on major projects for Boeing and Airbus, including work in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Middle East, USA and The Philippines.  MANE specialising in aircraft design, repair and interior structures.

Steve sees his primary focus is on the supply of exceptional engineering and technical personnel, covering permanent, contract and temporary positions, across all engineering and manufacturing functions.

Steve is married and has three daughters

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Former vice chairman of Arsenal and FA gives seal of approval to school project

Alan and David Dein March 2018The former vice chairman of the Football Association has given his seal of approval to a controversial artificial pitch at a Harpenden school. David Dein, who was also a vicechairman of Arsenal Football Club, visited Roundwood Park School to view the plans for a community pitch currently under construction. Roundwood was given planning permission for a third generation (3G) pitch and floodlighting to be used by both pupils and local club Harpenden Colts last year.

Although hundreds of supporters signed a petition backing its construction, there was strong opposition claiming it would produce excessive noise and light for nearby residents. David praised the school’s efforts in pushing through the application: “I want to wish you all every success in your project in developing the new artificial pitch. I hope from it you will find the next Tony Adams, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard to come through for the England team; it is so necessary, well done.”

To help it deliver The Roundwood Park Community Pitch, Roundwood Park School, Harpenden Colts, the Football Foundation and Watford FC Community were recently given a £500,000 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities, which is funded alongside Sports England and delivered by sports charity, the Football Foundation. While visiting the school, David also spoke to pupils about taking pride in their work, making the most of opportunities, and the benefits of taking risks in life.

One student said: “He inspired me to be more risky sometimes in order to get what I want in life and to be successful you need to stick your neck out, be original and always be punctual.”

David was instrumental in convincing some of the biggest football talent to join Arsenal, including Arsène Wenger, and was one of the main architects of the Premier League in 1992.

Roundwood Park School is currently fund raising for the pitch. Donors will be acknowledged on a paving stone inscription close to the new build.

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Roundup 107 : Friday 2nd March 2018

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