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Our Top Revision Tips

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The sun is out, the birds are singing, exam season is looming and revision has begun. Well, revision *should* have begun. But don’t panic; to make the most of your time among the books, here are some tips to make sure you’re revising smart as well as hard. Don’t Cram Your brain is an amazing machine, but it’s not a …

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Three in five adults worried about what to do with kids during Easter holidays

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With Easter holidays just around the corner a new survey shows that parents are under increasing pressure to keep their kids entertained. According to research on behalf of Sphero who make app-controlled robotic toys like the Ollie (pictured above) parents are worried about what to do with the kids in the holidays and 20% admit they are more stressed out than during …

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Basildon Lower Academy students attended the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

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Four year 8 Basildon Lower Academy students attended the regional final of the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge last Tuesday 17th March; the youngest team out of all the 30 participating schools on the day. The five hour event was held at Bancrofts’ School, in Woodford Green, London, and the Basildon Academies produced a superb performance in each round of the …

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Basildon Academy students have been chosen to be in a Haven Holidays production

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Five of Basildon Academy’s talented year 7 Drama students have been chosen to be part of Haven Holidays’ ensemble for The Fun Stars’ new production preview of Musikids. The students were auditioned and cast after school by Upper Academy’s performing arts teacher Miss Stoddard, who picked the outstanding five for their confidence and performance ability in musical theatre. The five …

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Basildon Academy wins the ICAEW BASE National Business and Accounting regional heat

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A team of Basildon Academy sixth formers have won the regional heat of the ICAEW BASE National Business and Accounting competition. The competition, which took place in Barking Technical Skills Academy, saw four Basildon Academy students, Reece McMillan, Sabri Atalay, Kristin, Knowlden and Peter Dennis, acting as chartered accountants for a ‘new client’, with two hours to perform three business …

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Computers developed that replicate human brain!

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Researchers are working on making computers based on the human brain. Scientists from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton and the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have used optical fibres called chalcogenides to reproduce the ways neural networks and synapses in the brain work. Existing computers try to work with …

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Basildon Upper Academy has won the Basildon and Billericay District Senior Football League

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Basildon Upper Academy’s football team has been working hard, and has managed to win the Basildon and Billericay District Senior Football League. Made up of Year 10 and 11s, and captained by Bayley Robinson, the Upper Academy football team played seven games, winning six and drawing one With seven goals, Sean Mears was the team’s player who scored the most …

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How to get into child psychotherapy

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As part of Basildon Upper Academy’s Careers Day on Thursday, child psychotherapist Bonnie Herivel spoke to the students about how she got to where she is today, and gave them advice on their future careers. Working for a child psychotherapy charity that deals with children who are getting into trouble with the police or at school, Bonnie speaks to 11 …

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Ex West Ham FC’s Bobby Barnes and celeb designer Joey Bevan speak to Basildon Academy students

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Basildon Upper Academy played host to a careers event on Thursday, 5th March, where the students got the chance to hear how to get into many different industries from local business people, and famous faces, such as Deputy Chief Executive of the Professional Footballer’s Association, Bobby Barnes and fashion designer and celebrity stylist Joey Bevan. The students spoke to 18 …

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Dermot O’Leary’s 24 hour ‘Danceathon’ for Comic Relief. Father Ted’s dancing priest anyone?

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It’s Comic Relief a week on Friday (March 13) which can mean only thing: celebrities doing crazy things to raise money for a good cause. One of the most crazy is X Factor host Dermot O’Leary – who it’s widely acknowledged can’t dance to save his life – taking part in a 24-hour dance marathon, or danceathon. As part of the …

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Charleston – Nothing but pure fun!

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Basildon Academies student Holly Edwards looks at the history of the Charleston… Just by watching couples dance the Charleston, it wears you out! However, each step is performed with so much passion, commitment and fun which will rub off on the audience as it fills you with so much energy due to its rhythm and beat. Most dance critics are …

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SD card that can hold up to 20 hours of full HD video – how awesome is that?

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This week sees the annual mobile phone fest in Barcelona where most of the major phone manufacturers gather to announce new products, including Samsung with its new high end Android phones: the Galaxy S6 and the curved screen Galaxy S6 Edge. However, one of the most interesting launches came from SanDisk which caused a bit of a stir at Mobile …

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Do teachers put girls off Maths and Science?

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When it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) careers, women are still massively underrepresented compared to men. But new study suggests that this disparity could start as early as age 11. Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the University of Warwick discovered teachers’ unconscious prejudices meant they underestimated girls’ abilities in maths and science from around this age. …

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Here’s what you WON’T be wearing after London Fashion Week #LFW

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ShinyShiny’s star columnist Lauren Bravo looks at some of the fashion disasters from this year’s London Fashion Week that definitely aren’t going to get you rushing to the shops! Fashion! Turn to the left! No seriously, there’s an art student just over your shoulder wearing a stuffed skunk as a bonnet. As we near the end of our biannual jaunt …

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Facebook launches suicide prevention tool in the US

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Facebook has launched a new tool in the US to help users who are worried about a friend’s risk of suicide. In the past users have posted about taking their own lives, on Facebook, but no action was taken in time. This tool will help people report posts which will trigger a message from the site. According to BBC Newsbeat, …

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Is Joey Essex dating a girl called Reem?

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Is this fate or just ridiculous? Famous for creating the catchphrase ‘Reem’, Joey Essex is now apparently going out with a girl called Reem! According to the Metro, the ex-TOWIE star met Reem Mesha, an air hostess for the Emirates Airline, while on holiday in Dubai, and she’s posted a picture of the two together at the Cirque Le Soir nightclub …

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Basildon Sporting Village teams up with Badminton England

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Fancy becoming the next badminton world champ or simply want to to try your hand at a new sport to keep fit? In a bid to get more people of all ages and abilities playing, Everyone Active – which operates Basildon Sporting Village and Eversley Leisure Centre in conjunction with Basildon Council  – has teamed up with Badminton England, the …

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No more Orange Wednesdays for EE customers

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Today is the last day that EE mobile phone users can use an Orange Wednesday deal, letting them claim two cinema tickets for the price of one. EE announced last year that it was ending the popular promotion, as its customers’ ‘viewing habits had evolved’, and promises to have another package to offer soon. In a statement issued in December, EE said: …