Sky Is The Limit For LVS Ascot Media Studies Students  As Recording Session Helps Drive Future Technology

A group of thirty media studies students from LVS Ascot school enjoyed a unique learning experience at the Sky TV studios in London recently. The special behind the scenes visit took place on Thursday 12th September, with pupils’ voices being recorded to help Sky perfect their voice recognition software. It also allowed pupils in Years 10 to 13 to enhance their GCSE, A-level and BTEC preparations by seeing at first hand life at the busy Sky Academy studios.

The recording session saw pupils from the independent all-ability school approached to support Sky’s development of exciting new voice recognition technology by providing the voices of teenagers for them. The students were taken into soundproofed booths to be recorded talking, which will be amongst the samples used to drive technology by providing a range of pitch, tone speed and accents that will allow customers to control tvs with their voice.

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At St George’s School, in Ascot, Friday 13th September 2019 marked a day of huge excitement and celebration for St George’s School in Ascot as the all-girls school’s new Swimming Pool Complex was officially unveiled.

The £5.6m facility, which took just over 12 months to complete, was opened by sports presenter, journalist and former St George’s pupil Kirsty Gallacher in the presence of Governors, Staff, Parents and Pupils.  This impressive indoor 6-lane, 25m swimming pool adjoins the existing school sports hall and boasts a stunning view of the school’s extensive playing fields through the magnificent south-facing panoramic windows.

Commenting on the new pool, Headmistress Liz Hewer said: “I am thrilled with this incredibly impressive facility and the future opportunities this will now offer for both performance swimmers and for health, exercise and enjoyment for everyone. With the introduction of our new 11+ and 13+ swimming scholarships last year, I am confident that we will inspire and develop the next generation of elite swimmers.  Our Swim Squad has already used the pool to train this week, using the new equipment ahead of their first gala next week.  As well as a new facility for our current pupils and staff, we have already hosted our first local swimming lessons and we look forward to opening up our venue to other schools and clubs in the local community.”

The architects for the project were Windsor based firm, Edgington Spink & Hyne and the building contractors were Kingerlee Ltd.

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Charters School in Sunningdale has recently received a set of new rugby posts from Leading Outcomes, a local consultancy company that specialises in delivering projects, programmes and transformation activities to help businesses achieve their objectives.

The donation, which will support the development of grass roots rugby at the school, will benefit students from every year group.

The CEO of Leading Outcomes, Drew Davy, visited the school on Wednesday 11th September to meet some of the students who will benefit from the new equipment.

Read more: Leading Outcomes Donates Rugby Posts to Charters

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Events to mark the European Day of Languages took place on Thursday 26th September at Papplewick  along with thousands of other schools across Europe.  With 6,000 languages spoken in the world behind each of which lies a rich and varied culture EDL aims to celebrate this diversity by sharing the importance of languages and the fun that can be had through learning them.  The boys wore costumes for the day ranging from the basic colours of a European flag, to a traditional consume from any European country of their choice, and attended workshops hosted by parents and pupils which included covering the history of Portugal, a Spanish Language class led by a Spanish student, a German culture workshop, and learning about Russian cuisine. The boys were encouraged to use a European language throughout the day in their interactions with others.

Tom Bunbury Headmaster said  " European Languages Day is such a popular day to celebrate in the Michaelmas term and it is especially fascinating to see the variety of costumes,  boys and staff alike!" 

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Papplewick old boy James Haskell, ex England rugby union player and fitness guru, returned again to his old school on Tuesday 10th September.  James who is embarking on a new career in the heavyweight division of Mixed Martial Arts enjoyed a game of handball with the boys at breaktime and quickly came to the conclusion that becoming a World MMA champion was more likely that becoming a Papplewick Handball Champion!  After picking up some top tips from the U9s he then visited the famous herpetology club in the science lab and did some 'overcoming of fears' training making friends with a python and a tarantula!

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said " James was on top form as always, and many thanks to him for being such a good sport - it's always a pleasure to welcome him back."

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The Holy Trinity Church Summer Festival, took place on the Holy Trinity School field, in glorious sunshine, on Sunday September 15th.  The ladies tug ' war team overcame the men's team, as pictured above.  The event was hugely enjoyed by local families with attractions such as football darts, live music, refreshments by Rendezvous Cafe, and appearances by a police vehicle and a fire engine. There was a short presentation about their forthcoming production - Little Shop of Horrors, by Ocean Theatre. The Hope Trust was also promoting their forthcoming production, the Mikado, at the Cordes Hall in October, while the Rotary Club of Ascot took the opportunity to promote the 2020 New Year Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race.  The afternoon rounded off with the Silent Auction, which offered superb prizes such as a round of golf at Sunningdale.

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Local road safety schemes, footpath improvements and flood defences are all set to receive a cash boost following approval by the RBWM Cabinet, including flood prevention works in an area of North Ascot.

Cabinet members approved plans to allocate funds to a number of highways and flood defence schemes following the announcement that further funds would be allocated to highways projects in the 2019/20 budget. 

These schemes include:

  • Local safety improvements on Courthouse Road in Maidenhead.
  • Footway improvements will be made to Kings Road, Sunninghill, Shirley Avenue, Datchet and Kings Road, Windsor.
  • Flood prevention improvements to Oaklands Drive / Oaklands Court, Ascot and Horton and Wraysbury drains.

    The schemes benefitting from the funding include:

Read more: More Flood Prevention Cash for Oaklands Drive/Court Area of Ascot