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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2004, 07:43:04 pm »
An update on the competition results.

The judges said several times that it was a very close thing as to who would win.  See www.calorvillageoftheyear.org website. The judges  comments on Bembridge, Isle of Wight, the national winner, showed that Bembridge did not do that much more than Brookmans Park.  

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2004, 09:11:09 pm »
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So why do Chancellors have such a terrible website? No information, no staff lists, no governors lists etc?


I did ask the head teacher this at the award ceremony. He said a new site had been developed, and it should be going live 'shortly'.

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Didn't the judges check it out before making the award? Sounds like more 'spin' from Chancellors to me.


But it was not a school competition. It was a village of the year competition. The school website was not part of the submission.

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Maybe the editor should establish how many pupils at Chancellors come from the village before making such wild claims that the school is a village school rather than in it.


I've looked up the thread, but cannot see anywhere where Dave has mentioned that.

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Chancellors makes NO EFFORT to deal with the local residents, makes NO APPARENT EFFORT to suggest a sensible traffic management scheme (as other local schools do) and does nothing to support the clear up of litter that its pupils kindly deposit. And thats without the underage smokers that one local resident provides a bucket for their butts, as otherwise the garden would be overrun. Chancellors contribute little visible towards this website - all praise to the team that run it, but keep the pre 16 holding camp out of it!


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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #32 on: December 10, 2004, 09:51:30 pm »
I was not referring to Dave, but to John Frasers 'congratulations to Chancellors too'. The comment was illogical and irrational as you note - but thats Chancellors spinning for you!

If Chancellors played such a big role (according to JF) then maybe the £500 should be used to contribute to the travel costs of those village children who did not get in to the village secondary school!

As for the rest, it seemed like a good opportunity to mention the serious downsides of the non-village village secondary school.

Great award, well done, keep Chancellors out of it. If they are nothing to do with it, why try and spin them in? And apologies to the editor - I meant JF. :)
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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2004, 09:31:34 pm »
Well I have been very critical of Chancellorís School in the past. Particularly with regard to its attitude to Brookmans Park. They have frequently stated that they see themselves as part of the community of feeder schools and not part of the village community. To represent the village whilst retaining such an attitude would clearly be two faced. Rather than accuse them of hypocrisy, Iíd like to think that they have decided to take a more community minded spirit and become part of Brookmans Park again. And that is what I congratulated them for.

Time will tell if this transformation is real or a figment of my optimistic nature. Perhaps you should bring the problems of the school run to the attention of the headmaster and see how he reacts.
 

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2004, 09:38:52 pm »
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Chancellors makes NO EFFORT to deal with the local residents, makes NO APPARENT EFFORT to suggest a sensible traffic management scheme (as other local schools do) and does nothing to support the clear up of litter that its pupils kindly deposit.


Chancellors does make a huge effort to clear up litter dropped in the school. Staff clear up litter during break and lunch times and everyday a particular form clear up litter after lunch - however, I acknowledge they don't clean litter dropped outside the school, and if there are cigarette buts in somebodys garden and outside the school then wouldn't these come from the Brookmans Park residents children ???
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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2004, 06:14:57 pm »
The reasons why Brookmans Park was regional winner in the Calor Village of the year competition were these.

1. The school has specialist school status in maths and computing which enables it to offer free computer training to local schools, organisations and businesses.  The local community raised the initial £50,000 to enable the school to obtain that status.

2. This website which the judges found fun and easy to use.  We all know that!  And it is supported by various local businesses.

3. The village library offers inetrnet access.

Be proud of the national recongnition that Brookmans Park has gained.  Despite the gripes aired elsewhere on this site, BP is a very nce place to live.

The issues of school run traffic etc are nothing to do with this competition so why muddy the issue?  Start your own thread on the Forum if you wish to get something off your chest.  Why highjack this one?

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #36 on: December 12, 2004, 08:56:17 pm »
Bob, sorry but I have to disagree. Many people have felt that Chancellorís has had a very poor attitude to Brookmans Park in the past. They have said that they belong to ďthe community of feeder schoolsĒ rather than the community of Brookmans Park. As I understand it, the award was given to the village. Agent Orange clearly feels that accepting the award is not consistent with their previous attitude. A view I fully agree with.

Iím very pleased that the village won the award. Iím pleased with the recognition given to the village I like living in. But Chancellorís School could not accept this award Ė or even go in for it - and retain its integrity, unless it had changed itís attitude towards the village. I know this might seem like people are raining on the parade, but the points Agent Orange raised are entirely relevant.

So again. Congratulations to everyone involved in this site and extra congratulations to Chancellorís School for deciding to be part of the village community once more.
 

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #37 on: December 13, 2004, 02:37:09 pm »
The simple fact is that BP would not have won THIS competition if the school had not gained specialist school staus in computing.  The school did not enter this competition - the whole village did. ::)

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2004, 12:37:38 pm »
Strata
May I suggest that the cigarette butts are from the children waiting for their, often very late, parents or minders to collect them. Although I suspect it is both and although I applaud Chancellors for making the effort to keep the school tidy, I remember the days when outside the school was just as important to them as was the way the children behaved out of school. My children were frequently reminded that they were ambassadors for the school and their behaviour was just as important out of school as in it.
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Iím sorry to hear of the aggravations you have to put up with from the pupils and their parents; there behaviour is totally unacceptable and is a sign of the degeneration of Chancellors school on a whole. It is all very well gaining special status but should it be at the cost of the moral standards of its pupils.
Otherwise my congratulations must go to the Brookmans Park website and they really should have won this without Chancellors being taken into consideration.
I think the £500 should go to any improvements for the website or any other communication access for the village.
 

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #39 on: December 15, 2004, 04:21:41 pm »
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I think the £500 should go to any improvements for the website or any other communication access for the village.


Hi Margaret,

I think it best that Bob Horrocks, who put the village forward for the award, decides what to do with the money on behalf of the parish council. I know Bob is watching this thread for suggestions.

Thanks for thinking about this site, but we don't need any funds. If money was offered to www.brookmans.com we would donate it to the Positive Internet Company who have hosted the site for free for almost seven years.

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2004, 01:09:35 pm »
Sorry to correct you Dave but it will be North Mymms Parish Council that will decide on how to spend the money, not just me.  NMPC will be discussing this on 5 January so I would app[reciate ideas before then.

The money should be spent for the benefit of Brookmans Park, but £500 does not go far in IT terms.

Happy Christmas to one and all.  This award was a good note on which to end the year.

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2005, 07:51:30 pm »
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NMPC will be discussing this on 5 January so I would appreciate ideas before then. The money should be spent for the benefit of Brookmans Park, but £500 does not go far in IT terms.


Hi Bob,

Any outcome from yesterday's parish council meeting regarding the spending of the prize money? By the way, Chancelllor's School has relaunched its website since the award was made.  It's a big improvement on the previous offering.  http://www.chancellors.herts.sch.uk/
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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #42 on: February 01, 2005, 02:30:49 pm »
Brookmans Park won £500 as East of England ICT Village of the Year 2004.  The Parish Council has met and decided to spend the money like this:

£100 to register the www.brookmans.com internet address for the next five years, and

£400 to Brookmans Park library on ICT related items.  Herts Library Service are to let us know just what they will spend it on.  The Village of the Year judges' comments included mention of the fact that anyone can get on the internet at the village library, so it seems fair to let the libarary benefit.

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #43 on: February 01, 2005, 06:08:52 pm »
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£100 to register the www.brookmans.com internet address for the next five years,


http://www.joker.com will register a domain for under 35GBP for 5 years.
 

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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #44 on: February 02, 2005, 12:03:18 am »
However, Positive Internet who we host the site with, do provide all their hosting services to us for free, as they feel this is a 'positive community venture', and have done for the last five years. Yes, it may be possible for us to save a few pounds by shopping around for the domain name renewal, but the free hosting provided for us by Positive, including the practically unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth is worth way more than that.
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Re: ICT Village of the Year 2004
« Reply #45 on: February 03, 2005, 10:09:21 pm »
The Positive Internet Company deal is that they register the domain, renew it, host the site, and offer email. The cost is £25 per year with a 20% discount for paying for five years in full (due in April). So we get five years for £100.

Up until now, the team running the site has covered this charge from their own pockets, but we are grateful for the gesture from North Mymms Parish Council to cover the cost out of the ICT Village of the year 2004 winnings.

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