Japan Day 2008

The following video shows some of the OUTSTANDING pieces of art that Year 9 students who attended the textiles session created during yesterday’s Japan Day. These individual pieces are going to be stitched together to produce huge banners which we will be displaying in the department soon!

Vodpod videos no longer available.Well done to those of you who took part in the Taikko drumming demonstration – it was fantastic!

Japan Day

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Live Earth

Today a series of Live Earth concerts have taken place at 9 locations around the world. Live Earth is a 24 hour concert series which is set to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. It is marking the beginning of a multi-year campaign “led by the Alliance for Climate protection, The Climate Group and other international organisations to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve global warming”. Find out more about Live Earth here.

Madonna, inspired by the Climate Change campaign has written a new song called “Hey You” especially for the Live Earth event. She is playing at the Wembley Stadium concert. The video for Hey You can be viewed here (please note as this is hosted on YouTube it will not show in school)

News of the concerts can be followed here:

Japan’s Ageing Population

This is an issue that Year 11 and 12 students will have been looking at in preparation for the forthcoming GCSE and AS exam’s. Japan’s slow population growth has been a cause for concern for a number of years, with concerns that a reduced workforce resulting from fewer young people will mean that Japan will be in a position where they find it will struggle to support the elderly. In 2000, one in six people in Japan were over the age of 65. This excellent audio slideshow considering the issues surrounding Japan’s rapidly ageing society was published on the web by the guardian today and is well worth looking at / listening to (particularly Year 11 and Year 12 students!)

See this written article “Japan’s age-old problem” for further reading.