Two weeks ago, I went back to school again for my last official day at school in year 12. I got mini lessons from each of my subjects where we discussed some of the work we completed over the past few months as well as completing some practice questions. The day was slightly similar to the week before when we went into school, keeping 2 metres apart etc. However, the timings of the school day were slightly different. Sis84 also got to spend an hour at school on the same day I went in, she thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of her friends.
Since going into school, I have completed an online Cyber Course where I learnt skills such as Penetration testing, Encryption, Open Source Intelligence and Digital Forensics. It was a virtual course across the country and at the end of the course we got to do some ‘Capture the Flag’ activities which my team did not do very well in. Overall, I learnt many new skills and am inspired to look into Cyber Security in the future.
Finally, I have also completed my EPQ project on left-handedness. In the last official week of year 12, I completed my presentation (again virtually) as well as handing in my final essay.
All this concluded my year 12 and I am looking forward to seeing how year 13 turns out!
This week I went back into school for the day. It was very weird to be back after 107 days without being inside the building. Yes, you read that right, 107 days defeating Phineas and Ferb record of ‘104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it …’.
When I arrived at school, there was a strict layout in place and so we entered through the main school gate. We were always 2 metres apart and even got to wear our own home clothes! On top of that, it was a late morning start at 9:30 am compared to the usual 8:30 am start.
For the first half of the day we did some well being activities discussing how working at home has been going and how it differs from being at school. We had a one-on-one with our form tutors and also did a kahoot about lock down news (where I placed first). The second part was creating SMART targets within each of our subjects.
For lunch, we were able to sit outside in our bubble and caught up over the past 3 months.
For the second half of the day we completed some UCAS work. We also discussed what we needed to do over the summer holidays such as writing our personal statements and researching universities as well as different courses. During this I also had a quick EPQ meeting with my supervisor. This led to the end of the day where we used the one way system to leave school.
Our classrooms were set up with desks being 2m apart as well as only having a small number of students (I had 7 other people in my bubble). Overall, the day was very useful allthough it was very weird being back at school again after so many months of learning from home.
Over the past weekend I completed online Strategy and Evolution. For the past 2 years I have helped out with Strategy and attended Evolution as a participant. The weather has usually been warm and sunny during this camp and this year also lived up to the warm weather.
During this weekend we would complete different activities on the Saturday earning points as a team. Different activities would include; nail painting, obstacle course, wire maze, first aid, bag check, ring toss etc. For the online version we were set 15 activities to complete. These included; spending a night outside, nail painting, first aid, drinking a pint of water, designing a new weapon, making ice cream, creating your own campsite, etc.
Blue and I both participated together and Blue tried to paint my nails in triple blue. I really enjoyed participating and so did Blue and we cannot wait until we can go camping again.
Today’s blog is going to be Blue interviewing Brian Florence Mount-Battenberg Winsor II.
Hi, Brian let us start with an easy question. Is it true you were stolen on the Jamboree? At first, yes. I was just chilling with my pal Nick when these British girls came to speak to him and kidnapped me in the process. It turned out to be quite fun anyway since I was gifted a bowtie and they put me on a pole so I could look out upon the jamboree site and say hello to everyone who passed by. It was not a very long kidnapping either since I returned to my fellow Americans later that evening. The fact I remain with my British family now was all a completely legal adoption.
I see, what is your favourite food? An easy win for vegan shrimp. It has been my favourite for as long as I can remember. Being vegan does limit my options and it is not the cheapest thing for mum to keep buying but man does it taste good. Thankfully, it does not seem to be top of many other people’s list so there is always a stack in the supermarkets.
Speaking of food, do your prefer double Gloucester cheese or Shropshire Blue cheese? Hmm, being vegan I have never tasted either so that is a limitation. Equally, one of my parents is from Shropshire and the other is from Gloucestershire so that does not help either. I do live in Shropshire though and it is a great place so for that I will say Shropshire Blue cheese. The colour blue reminds me of the sea as well so that is a bonus.
If you could have a superpower what would you choose? I can already fly, and I am convinced I am psychic so that would be pointless to have again. Maybe teleportation though? I know I can fly but it is a long way to Florida when I want to see my old family so that would definitely be helpful. Also seeing my British family would be easier as well but the world is scary without mum with me so it would have to be the kind of teleportation where I can bring people with me.
What is your favourite campfire song? Oh, you will never get to Heaven definitely. I have only sung it once, but it was a lot of fun. It makes fun of all my British family since they are scouts but not flamingos, so it is a lot of fun. I do like most campfire songs since they are a time that everyone comes together with smiling faces. One of the best parts about camping is the campfire to me.
Brian you sound like a brave flamingo so, do you have any fears? Well, I know I don’t like flying but I think that’s more because I have to do it with my legs in luggage below so that’s not fear so to speak. We did have a few lightning storms at jamboree which was very scary, and I had to go curl up with someone each time so that is probably my biggest fear. Second would definitely be supermarkets stopping selling vegan shrimp.
A controversial question, who is your favourite from Double Blue? This is hard! They are all this one big family who I all love. I mean my parents, Leanne, and Hannah, they give me food and are always there for hugs if I am scared. My godparents, Frankie, and Liv, they are awesome and are always fun to be around. Jess and Jess are great people too who always sneak my extra food when my parents say I have had enough already. One of the leaders, Justin, is pretty cool as well. Oh, and there is also Jacob who is the reason I have my fabulous bow tie. Yet, I do not think I can actually choose a single person from the unit.
Finally, to conclude this interview, do you prefer England or Florida? This one is hard, they are both so different. I love British accents so being in England helps with that. The weather in Florida is a lot warmer which I am used to and even when its sunny in Britain they seem to complain about it which is annoying. Vegan shrimp is easier to find in England as well which is important. So, I guess my answer is England, but I love both places dearly!
Thank so much Brian, go and eat some vegan shrimp.
So, today marks 84 days since I last was at school. I have been ‘home schooling’ myself since being set work online as well as competing various assessments. Since this, I have been reading lots of books as well as binging Netflix a lot. I have also been catching up on a few of my TV shows and am very happy as I’ve got the crossover I’ve been waiting for on DVD – Crisis on Infinite Earth’s (I am an avid fan of the Flash). – 84
Hi, it’s Sis84 here and I’m going to talk to you about how recently I have been talking to Scouts from different countries. This is to work towards my world challenge badge to get me my gold award. I had the help of 84’s jamboree contacts to do this.
I talked to 7 people from all over the world from America to Brazil to China. I talked to them about scouting, themselves, and the countries where they live. It was fun to learn about their lives and countries.
I learnt many things about how scouting works where they come from as well as other things about what they are like as a person as well. Some things I learnt were that they have different names and ages to UK sections of scouting. (so our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, and Network were different.) I also learnt that in some countries in Guiding they allow boys whereas in the UK Guiding is girls only.
I talked to these people across roughly a whole weekend. I found out how different states do scouting differently. As well as how other countries do scouting differently. Some of the things I learnt were very interesting. Here are some things I learnt:
The amount of people in their groups is very different – one person I spoke to only had 5 people in their group
Most of their uniforms are very similar with only a few changes to make them different
Each place has slightly different badges and awards
They do different things during their meetings – and their meetings are different lengths and happen at different intervals.
The age limits for their different sections change slightly as well as their names.
Today we have been celebrating VE Day. This morning we had a two minute silence at 11 O’Clock to remember all those who lost their lives. After this we enjoyed some time out in the sun eating Danish Pastries for a late breakfast.
At 3 O’Clock we listened to Winston Churchill’s Speech before having a tea party. We had Scones, Tuna and Cucumber as well as Cheese Sandwiches, Jam and Cream biscuits, Jelly Babies, Sausage Rolls as well as Cheese and Onion Rolls.
In the early evening I read some of my book and also played some Animal Crossing. We then ate dinner before joining in with our counties ‘We will survive’ camp. This included a ‘pass the boot’ video, learning how to pack our kit, a spot the difference quiz as well as general Scouting knowledge and finally making smores using tea lights. We also watched the Queens speech before heading to bed outside in the garden.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and enjoyed decorating my tent in the garden as well as our house.
Today’s blog is going to be slightly different- it is an update on EJ2020. A few weeks ago we were told that it has been postponed until next year due to the current pandemic however, due to turning 17 recently, I will be over the age of 18 next summer. At the time, we had to wait for our national organisations to respond with what they will do and on Saturday (2nd May) I discovered that UK Scouting decided that over 18s will not be able to attend as participants whom if the Jamboree was put on this summer would have been.
I am very disappointing by this decision made due to having spent the last year fundraising with many of my peers. This action has not been taken very well by all year 12 students as other national Scout organisations are still allowing those who will turn 18 to attend including UK Girl Guiding.
I would like to challenge this as why should we be disadvantaged after all our hard work fundraising?