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Torbay Trojans Training Sunday 3rd July 2022

Next training session is on Sunday, 10am to 13:00 at Foxhole playing field.

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#Trojans,#Football,#Training,#AlwaysTrojan

Fixtures

Fixtures 2022 10/4 – Bristol – Home 17/4 – Somerset – Away 15/5 – Bristol – Home 29/5 – Cornwall – Home 5/6 – Somerset – Away 17/7 – Bristol – Away 24/7 – Somerset – Home 7/8 – Cornwall – Away

Escape to Freedom – latest FSF video

The Free Software Foundation have released their latest video to promote software freedom.

This can be found here.

I need to watch on a better, but it looks good.

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#FreeSoftwareFroundation,#FSF.#Video,#EscapeToFreedom

Stamp out spiking

Drink spiking is becoming a huge issue world wide. This is now not simply adding a drug to drinks, but has now included people being injected directly (which is also assault).

We need to stamp this out.

Dawn Dines, is leading this campaign and runs training courses for bar managers to help raise awareness and know what to do if this happens. Please see links below for lots of resources etc.

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#Drink,#Spiking,#Campaign,#StampOutSpiking,#Training

Are DBS Checks worth the paper they are written on

Schools in the United Kingdom are duty bound by law to “Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people”. This does not just apply to schools but other institutions, who look after or work with children and young people in some capacity, including the vulnerable.

Over the past few years, we seem to have seen evidence of failure to protect people.

I have previously mentioned “Everyone's Invited” and the catalogue of failures that meant children and young people were subjected to rape and sexual assault by other students, what is worse, is that the very teachers charged with welfare did nothing effective, ignored victims or made the victim feel they were lying and it was their fault.

It seems, that despite the usual sound bytes, nothing has changed. The following are two recent BBC news articles

This is the tip of the iceberg. There seems be endless failures, endless excuses and endless use of “Lessons will be leaned” I feel it is time to stop making excuses and time for real action.

It appears the UK has more problems, a 2013 BBC report Children 'already two years behind at start of school' However fast forward to post pandemic 2022, the Daily Mail report from July 2022 Lost children of lockdown reported the same sort of problems, As this was happening pre-covid then I do question if Covid is actually to blame for this. .

Neglect is part of keeping children safe in education. This is a statutory document for all staff working with children, which defines neglect as:-

Neglect: the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or
psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

If, for the moment we disregard those with physical / learning disabilities (as they have a reasonable reason) and just look at those for whom there seems to little or no reason why they should be wearing a nappy etc at 4. We need to ask serious questions.

Why this this happening, who are we recruiting in to these positions of trust, who we also entrust to act in the INTEREST OF THE CHILD.

Granted parents need support, so lets support them with properly funded schemes. However there has to be a point where the system steps in and removes the child.

Another example of failure

So, none of the people who failed children have been sacked, this means they are free to get jobs elsewhere, and probably allow the same to happen again. In Without a police caution, warning or a criminal conviction, nothing will show up on DBS checks, not sure how other background checks end up with heads of children;s services, being offered employment, when they have failed in their last post.

DBS checks are just one part of safer recruitment, but it is VITAL that we can trust this system.

We need to get a grip. After 12 years of Conservative rule nothing seems to have changed.

Code Club 2/7/2022

Next code club is :- Saturday 2nd July 2022. 10am to 12:00 Paignton Library & Information Centre

So more of the same,

  • Scratch
  • HTML/CSS,
  • Python.
  • Hour Of code
  • Whatever else we can do during the session

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 2nd July 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next STEM Group meeting is 9th July 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

Torbay Trojans Training Sunday 26th June 2022

Next training session is on Sunday, 10am to 13:00 at Foxhole playing field.

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#Trojans,#Football,#Training,#AlwaysTrojan

Fixtures

Fixtures 2022 10/4 – Bristol – Home 17/4 – Somerset – Away 15/5 – Bristol – Home 29/5 – Cornwall – Home 5/6 – Somerset – Away 17/7 – Bristol – Away 24/7 – Somerset – Home 7/8 – Cornwall – Away

Global Beatles Day 25/6/2022

Global Beatles day falls on the 25th June each year. This coincides with the anniversary of the band appearing on the BBC One world programme as part of the worlds first global live broadcast.

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#Beatles,#Music,#Celebration,#GlobalBeatlesDay,#OneWorld,#BBC,#AllYouNeedIsLove,#25061967

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Code Club 18/6/2022 Write Up

Next code club is :- Saturday 2nd July 10am to 12:00 Paignton Library & Information Centre

So a busy session today. Before the session started, I set up a drinks station with a jug of water, bottle of juice along with some paper cups.

Today, attendees worked on Scratch, HTML / CSS, I also had two attendees complete Hour of code. I also helped an attendee with their laptop, in so far as connecting to a monitor as their laptop screen is not working. They left with an HDMI cable so they could at least use it at home connected to a TV or monitor.

I think hour of code is a really good icebreaker for sessions, esp as the theming for Minecraft, Starwars and Frozen should appeal to a wide range of users.

Lucy also dropped in with a notebook and a large lever arch file for the STEM group resources.

During the session the four netbooks were also charged. These will be used to help teach the GNU / Linux command shell and Shell scripting to who ever is interested, however this also links in with wider projects to help people who want to self host.

So some really good work today, people are already booked in for the next session. I am still working on getting the lego Mindstorms working.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit,#OpenToEmployment

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 2nd July 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next STEM Group meeting is 9th July 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

Torbay Trojans Training Sunday 19th June 2022

Next training session is on Sunday, 10am to 13:00 at Foxhole playing field.

We are now going to prepare for our next fixture on 17th July, which will be Bristol, Away.

My job for Sunday, is to mark out a field area with cones and yard markers. This will help the practice session, player positioning etc.

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#Trojans,#Football,#Training,#AlwaysTrojan

Fixtures

Fixtures 2022 10/4 – Bristol – Home 17/4 – Somerset – Away 15/5 – Bristol – Home 29/5 – Cornwall – Home 5/6 – Somerset – Away 17/7 – Bristol – Away 24/7 – Somerset – Home 7/8 – Cornwall – Away

Code Club 18/6/2022

Next code club is :- Saturday 18th June. 10am to 12:00 Paignton Library & Information Centre

So more of the same, Scratch, HTML/CSS, Python. I am looking to start also running through the BASH command line series at some point. I have some netbooks set up for this, so there can be a practical element to learning too.

These videos were part of the cybersecurity series. However this is now being refactored in to a more comprehensive series about using the GNU/Linux command line, bash scripting, text editing and more.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 2nd July 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next STEM Group meeting is 9th July 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.