Business & Economics Trip to Stamford Bridge!

IMG 2443 2Year 12 & 13 A-Level Business and Economics students from the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form visited London on the 19th & 20th January to further enrich their classroom studies. Their tour of the Bank of England Museum included an opportunity to hold a gold bullion bar worth a whopping £344,000! Students also examined how the Bank of England uses interest rates to help the economy. On the second day, students were taken on a business tour of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club. They listened as hosts explained how a match day is financed and took a closer look at the latest sponsorship deals that Chelsea had received, worth an estimated £40 million per season!

Pictured are our students along with Business Studies teacher Mrs Myers in the Chelsea Football Club changing rooms!

Meabh meets MARC

Meabh and MARCIf somebody had told me that last week I would be at the University of Lincoln playing rock, paper, scissors with a robot I would probably have just laughed at them but that is what happened: -

Like all good Journalists, using your contacts is essential to getting a good story. Until recently my Mum worked at the University of Lincoln and when I saw an advert asking for volunteers to interact with MARC, (Multi-Actuated Robotic Companion), I asked her if she still had any contacts at the University who could help me be a part of this fascinating study.

Conducted by robotics experts from the University of Lincoln, the study found that a person is much more likely to warm to an interactive robot if it shows human-like ‘cognitive biases’ – deviations in judgement which form our individual characteristics and personalities, complete with errors and imperfections.

The investigation was conducted by PhD researcher Mriganka Biswas and overseen by Dr John Murray from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science. After a few email conversations with Mriganka I managed to get him to agree to a chat about his studies and let me meet MARC.

The design of MARC is supplied by the open source project InMoov. I asked Mriganka why he decided to introduce flaws in to the robot’s ‘character’ for this study?

“Our research explores how we can make a robot’s interactive behaviour more familiar to humans, by introducing imperfections such as judgemental mistakes, wrong assumptions, expressing tiredness or boredom for a repetitive task like factory work or car production. By developing these cognitive biases in the robots and making them behave as imperfectly as humans we have shown that flaws in their ‘characters’ help humans to understand, relate to and interact with the robots more easily.”

To watch my interview with Mriganka Biswas and see me play Paper, Scissors, Stone with MARC click http://youngjournalistacademy.com/2016/02/19/yja-meets-marc/

Primary Dance Thank You

FullSizeRender 5A MASSIVE thank you to all the local primary schools who participated in the Primary Dance Festival. This culminated in three performances at the Terry O'Toole Theatre on the 11th February and several educational workshops at North Kesteven School. Lots of young people were involved and have worked really hard to produce pieces which were shown to parents and the other schools. It was a fantastic evening full of creativity and teamwork and we hope to see you again soon!

It’s a Fairy Tale!

reception display 3Mia Thorpe in Year 13 who studies BTEC Art has completed these amazing creations for Unit 3 of her course which is about ideas and concepts. Mia's theme is fairy tales! The dress designs are located in our main reception so please do pop by and have a look!

Visit to Westminster

Meg Melvyn and KatieTwo Year 13 NK students from the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form were invited by BBC Radio Lincolnshire to join them on a visit to the Houses of Parliament on the 25th January. Katie and Megan, who are studying A-Level Government and Politics, along with a selection of Radio Lincolnshire listeners were driven down by coach, provided with a tour of the House of Lords and allowed the opportunity to quiz our local Lincolnshire MPs about issues that really matter to young people. Katie questioned Edward Leigh MP about costs relating to school transport while Megan focussed on how young people can afford to purchase their own homes. Programme presenter Melvyn Prior contacted us to say that both students were great ambassadors for North Kesteven School while programme producer commented that "they really were a credit to your school - and contributed some great questions to the MPs discussions". Our thanks go to BBC Radio Lincolnshire for inviting us to take part.

Thank you from the Attendance Team!

P1050470Thank you to our parents and carers for supporting your child to have fantastic school attendance!

Our overall school attendance percentage for Years 7 to 11 has risen 1.3% since this time last year!

Years 7- 11

2015

94.6%

2016

95.9%

Years 7 – 13

2015

93.7%

2016

95.5%

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Our attendance policy can be found on our website by following this link : - http://www.nkschool.co.uk/about-us/policies-information/attendance-policy

Giving Nation Project

IMG 3439Ellie Jackson, Keena Wray, Yasmin Spence and Ella Ronan are pictured handing over a cheque to Karen Mason, a representative from the charity Mind. Form 9AA chose this charity as part of the Year 9 PSD Giving Nation Project.  The form group organised a name the teddy competition and ‘mocktails’ were also sold at lunchtime under the canopy. The form chose this charity as they wanted to raise awareness of Mind and all the work that it undertakes relating to mental health.