16 6th formers and 2
members of staff from Range High School enjoyed a truly
international flying visit to Switzerland and France recently.
From their base in the centre of Geneva, they spent a day at CERN,
the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. It was one of Europe's
first joint ventures and now has 21 member states. They use the
world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the
basic constituents of matter, providing insights into the
fundamental laws of nature. It wasn't just the science, technology
and engineering (and canteen!) that were impressive, but also the
whole environment with over 3500 scientists (a third of whom are
students), from 42 countries working together in all languages was
The following day they visited the United Nations 'Office' (which
was a huge complex) home of the Human Rights Council, among other
activities, where we were able to see worldwide representatives in
session and learn about the roles and missions of the UN. You
couldn't fail to contemplate world issues after seeing the site,
including the UK chair right beside the Ukraine chair in the
artfully arranged Council chamber. After a trip to the IT museum, we
had some time to enjoy the weather, the famous lake, and chocolate
shops, some taking advantage of the duty free 'limit' of as much
chocolate as you want. So success all round!
Action Group Sefton's newest Political Party!
FORMBY Residents' Action
Group FRAG have become one of the newest political parties in the
country as they received notification from the Electoral Commission
that their application has been authorised.
FRAG was formed by committee members of FRAGOFF in order to give
local residents a choice at this year's Council elections and the
opportunity to register their concerns about Sefton Council's plans
to build a another 1,000 homes in Formby, most of them on green belt
land, if their proposed Draft Local Plan is ratified sometime next
Maria Bennett, Chair of FRAGOFF, will be standing in Ravenmeols ward
and, if elected, will use her position to challenge the local plan
and fight for a better deal for residents of Formby. Derek Baxter
FRAGOFF Committee Member said:- "if you like FRAGOFF then vote
He continued, "We are completely independent, having no ties
to any party, and have supporters of all political persuasions. All
we ask is that the electorate change their usual voting habits this
time, and send a message to the Council they cannot ignore. If
elected FRAG will put residents and the local community first,
acting in their interests and representing their wishes to the best
of our ability. We will not have our hands tied by belonging to any
of the national political parties."
THE FRAG party will be out on the streets of Formby campaigning in
the run up to polling day on 22 May 2014.
children told to steer clear of the tracks this Easter!
THE Easter school holidays
have arrived and with them come lighter nights and long days for
children; which seem to draw youngsters to the railway. British
Transport Police is warning all children to be aware of the dangers
posed by the railway and to stay away from the tracks. Historically,
the school holidays have often seen an upturn in incidents of
children trespassing and causing trouble on the railway.
Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon said:- "For some reason
children seem to be drawn to the railway and, when they are there,
seem oblivious to the potential dangers. Sadly, time after time, we
receive reports of youngsters trespassing on the railway, whether to
take a shortcut or just out of curiosity. Whatever the reason, the
potential for serious harm remains; both from the electric current
which runs through the rails and overhead lines and the trains
themselves; and in Merseyside we have seen the tragic consequences
with a number of incidents in which young people have lost their
This year BTP wants the school holidays to be fun for all; and to
pass without incident on the railway.
CI McKinnon said:- "We have done a lot of work in schools
educating youngsters about the danger posed by the railway and want
all parents to lend a hand. We work hard to keep children away from
the railway, but we need help in making sure the message reaches the
right people. In the meantime officers will be out and about across
the network, working to tackle crime and to keep youngsters away
from the tracks."