LEARNING IS CHILD’S PLAY – KIDS ARE CHALLENGED THROUGH GAME
children are more likely to progress with maths when fractions are
fun and equations are exciting. Gone are the days when maths
equalled tiresome times-tables, dull division and mind-numbing
Now, a leading UK educational company is speaking the language kids
understand and tutoring through computer games. Online maths
Whizz.com is launching
Maths-Whizz Challenge in GAME stores nationwide from Saturday, 31
“We’re thrilled to announce our deal with GAME. It shows that computer game
stores are seeing the potential of a winning combination of
education and games. By launching the product in GAME, we’re
bypassing traditional educational sales routes and going straight to
a store which children love. As of
Saturday, there’s going to be tens of thousands of Maths-Whizz
Challenge games available around the country.” says
Richard Marett, CEO of Whizz.com.
Maths-Whizz Challenge is £14.99 and is aimed at children aged 7 to
12. However, the game can be fun for all the family, allowing kids
and parents to compete against each other.
“Research by Whizz.com has shown that the average adult in the
UK has a ‘maths age’ of just 10.5. So
children stand a really good chance of beating their mums and dads.
We also think children work better when challenged by others,
especially at Key Stage 2 level. Giving them the chance to beat
their parents at mathematical games gives them confidence and makes
them more willing to learn.” says Marett.
River Nile – Birkdale Beach
SSGB recently noted
that the outflow from the Rive Nile on Birkdale Beach looked like it
was in a possible state of pollution with sewage coming out of the
outlet and revolting smells emanating from the area.
Pat Regan (SSGB founder) quickly wrote for clarification to the
Environment Agency and to ask if the EA inspector could have a look
at this particular site. We are also aware that the site has been
inspected by Conservative PPC, Cllr Brenda Porter and her
colleagues, Cath Regan (Birkdale's Conservative Spokesperson) and Mr
Tony Crabtree. The EA wrote back to Mr Regan on 29 January 2009.
They have now inspected the site and told SSGB that:- “There
were 1 or 2 bits of sewage litter on the banks of the channel. The
odour was the seaweedy type odour that you tend to get on the beach
- not especially pleasant, but not something I would have attributed
The EA stated that samples were “acceptable” but also said:-
“There was a slightly higher organic carbon figure from the right
side, which could indicate a small pollution source, but the value
was very low and not something we would be able to investigate
unless it deteriorated further. The ammonia (which is usually a good
indication of sewage pollution) was too low to be detected in both
SSGB are urging the EA to keep a vigilant eye on this old
watercourse and to monitor it at regular intervals for several
protected species, including Natterjack toad, frequent this area.
Merseyside Police cycle across the country for cancer research
A group of
Merseyside Police Officers presented Clatterbridge Cancer Research
with a cheque for more than £2,000 on Monday, 12 January 2008.
The five Police Officers took part in a coast to coast bike ride
from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in July to raise funds to pioneer
cancer treatment research for patients in the North West.
The demanding all-terrain route normally takes three to four days to
complete, but to make the challenge that extra bit tougher, Mike
Farrington, Dave Brent, Dave Keegan, Mark Howard and Mike Carroll
decided to complete it within just two days. Bad weather and
blisters did not dampen their spirits, and the officers cycled on to
help fund the development of more personalised cancer treatments
tailored to the individual and the specific features of each cancer.
The officers felt that the challenge was a tough one – their
shortened completion time and lack of training added
difficulty; however the end goal made their efforts worthwhile. The
group chose Clatterbridge Cancer Research (CCR) as the charity to
support because several of the team have friends and relatives who
have experienced cancer and therefore understand the true importance
of CCR’s work.
Mike Farrington says:- “I was inspired by the large donation
cheques I had seen displayed on previous visits to the charity, and
was determined to present CCR with one myself one day.”
This ambition was realised when they visited the JK Douglas
Laboratories and presented a cheque to Donna Baxter, Finance Manager
and Jo Parry, Fundraising Manager for CCR.
Jo Parry says of the team’s efforts:- “It was really great to
meet the group when they came in. Their stories of the challenge
were hilarious, but it was also really touching and sobering to find
out why they took part to begin with.
All five of them did really well considering they admitted to not
doing as much training as they should have! They have done so well
to raise such a fantastic sum of money, which will go a long way to
help fund our research work. We are so grateful to them for their
efforts, and to everyone who supported them along the way. The team
are hoping to better their efforts so we look forward to working
with them again in the future.”
For more information about Clatterbridge Cancer Research or to make
a donation, please contact CCR on 0151 343 4300 or email Jo Parry on