Raising aspirations is one of the chief aims of York ISSP. Forty students from York partnership schools were inspired by recent Oxford University experience.
Congratulations to our co-founder Jonathan Taylor on being awarded the MBE for services to the York Independent State School Partnership.
Review of ‘Young People & The Media’
Given by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu
As we looked out the window yesterday afternoon, we knew nothing would make us go out again in the pouring rain and the chilly winds – except of course another great ISSP lecture, this time by the Archbishop of York … and we were not disappointed!
To begin with Dr John Sentamu talked about how older people have always been complaining about the young. In fact, they have been complaining for centuries. Even in 4BC Plato complained about the youth of his day.
The Archbishop went on to say that, more recently, Punks and Mods and Rockers (all before our time!) have been described by the media in a negative way. The media speaks negatively of young people nowadays by using words such as ‘hoodies’, ‘louts’, ‘thugs’ and ‘yobs’. This creates a cycle of mistrust and fear. Interestingly, the Archbishop quoted that the only time that teenagers are given sympathy in the media, is when they die. This certainly gave us something to think about.
Next, he stated that the digital revolution is happening fast. Facebook, Twitter and Apple products, etc, have only been around in the last ten years. The Archbishop then asked us to guess how many times a person would check their phone each day. 10? 20? perhaps 30? No, 150 times per day on average!
It is now a fact that social media is affecting our daily routine and behaviour. If, for example, you wake up in the night to check for messages, news or updates you will then start to suffer from tiredness and fatigue in the morning. This can then affect our work and our mood. The Archbishop confessed that he left his phone on day and night during the Olympic Games, when he was notified of every medal and goal scored!
We need to learn how to control our use of social media so that we can express our own opinions. At this time, we have a perfect opportunity. We can ‘tweet’, ‘blog’ and share our ideas with the world and we can influence people to make the best choices in life. However, we can’t just do this by ‘friending’ and ‘following’. We need to have a voice and we need to use social media as a helpful tool, not as a hindrance.
The Archbishop says that we should never see social media as ‘un-Godly’. Even though social media has a bad reputation, it is actually the users that cause this, by using it irresponsibly. We should use it to express ourselves and to create a better world. We should use it to communicate truth, love, care and compassion. Social media is a tool – not the master. Wise words.
After speaking, we were eager to ask questions. All-in-all we had a fascinating insight into the life of the Archbishop of York and how he uses social media in a positive way. It was an evening not to be missed. Thank you to everyone involved.
ART – Map Portraits
Wanted: ‘Inspiring young artists who want to learn new techniques and explore portraiture, looking at identity and where we feel we belong.’
In this project, you will produce exciting large scale self-portraits and work against a background of maps that show a significant place which is personal to yourselves – it may be somewhere you live, have lived, where members of your extended family live or where your parents were born. Do your grandparents live in Wales for example? You can also include symbols, images, signs and text that reflect your interests as well. The map and other memorabilia background will make up a narrative and tell the story of who you are.
• You will need to bring at least three photographs of yourself; head and shoulders only; close-ups; to give you some choices as your project progresses. Please print these off (or photocopy the originals) beforehand and bring them with you on the first day.
• Also, please bring in a map that has some significance for you. When unfolded this map should approximately cover a piece of A1 paper. This map will become part of the art work and will not be returned to you in a pristine condition! An OS map from a shop or one from home (old, new or photocopied) is ideal.
• During the project, you will master drawing skills, and learn new techniques of creating drama and impact in your work. You will become adept at using pen and ink and painting techniques, as well as using mixed media.
• Working on a large scale, you will learn about creating a bold composition, and be inspired by the work of artists and illustrators.
We will celebrate our achievements by displaying our work together on the final day.
We are looking for bright, creative and original writers to create a variety of written pieces in a relaxed, supportive environment with experts. You can try your hand at competitive short story writing, song writing (instruments welcome), composing poetry, journalistic or play writing and have the chance to get started on a novel.
You will be free to work alone and/or with others and at the end of the week perform your best work to your peers. This is a ’best of both worlds’ situation to be in – the freedom to choose what you love to do but to have access to experts in the field for inspiration and teaching.
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How can we grow a burger from a petri dish? How can we feed a population using low nutrient soil? This workshop will investigate how bioengineers are developing the use of bacteria to feed the growing population. We will start by looking at genetics to see how we can transfer important genes to bacteria to improve food production. By looking at key case studies we will analyse the effect of enzymes in yoghurt making, cheese production and lactose free milk. We will then apply our new skills to investigate how bioengineering can be optimised. We will optimise enzymes used within juice making to decrease waste, increase yield and increase profits. Be prepared to apply your laboratory and logical thinking skills to see if we can solve world hunger by using bacterial genetics.
MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS (and Computer Science Solutions)
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We will look at advanced topics from different areas of mathematics including algebra, number, calculus, mechanics and statistics.
As well as deriving and proving the concepts we will then look at how they are used in Computer Science and will do some game making, programming and develop our own AI systems.
USEFUL PSYCHOLOGY – with a dash of ‘Mind Control Magic’
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This is an opportunity to get an insight into Psychology and how our growing understanding of the human brain might affect your future in intriguing ways! This course gets you involved in interactive demonstrations and activities so that you can get a handle on some of the latest scientific research and put it to good use in your own mind and brain. You will be introduced to the mental tools that allow you to cut through the neuro-nonsense in the media so that you can sift out the really useful neuro-scientific findings and techniques and put them into practice. Indeed you will start to be able to see the difference between Science and Pseudo-Science in general. You will learn ‘mind control’ techniques both ancient and modern – including practical tips and tricks that you can use yourself! Plus, you will learn a little about how stage magic works, through an understanding of information processing in the brain and hypnosis. You will practise practical skills in memory and in ‘positive psychology’. You will find out how to measure and reflect on your personality to make the most of your capabilities. You will explore how you could maximise your own mental health and become the best possible version of yourself.