Tag Archives: Batley Girl’s High School

Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – June Update

It’s not Rocket Science or is it?

Picture1We are over the Moon literally with results here on the farm as we plant the seeds of education and look forward to the future. The added value to our student’s education here on the farm can’t be emphasised enough and with seed from the International Space Station, an activity linked with the UK Space Agency, is no better place to blast off.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – May Update

The Rocket seed experiment continues more so with our year nine students and several specific data recordings have now been noted.

The number of seeds sown, number of days until the first seed germinated, number of seeds that germinated by day 10, number of days it took for the first true leaves to grow, number of seedlings still alive on day 17 and finally to date the height of the tallest seedling in each tray.

The need to control the growing conditions that includes the amount of light and water provided during the experiment has allowed the students a better understanding of this Science experiment.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – April Update

Growing Plants in Space – is it possible to grow our own food on other planets, millions of miles away from Earth?

This is a questions that space biologists need our help to determine and this experiment has been introduced to schools to help support our better understanding.

Our yrs7 and 9 students have taken on board the experiment linked to the International Space Station and the British astronaut Tim Peake’s activity of growing in a controlled sample of seeds that have orbited the earth alongside those that have not. Wow.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – March Update

The poor wet conditions of winter  look to be giving way to drier periods but the farm grounds are still awash with mud.

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The web footed birds are having a great time sifting through the muddy water to feed while the chickens and goats are not very happy at all as they are being increasingly confined to ever decreasing areas of green pastures.

Then every now and then we see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel with a warm dry day that suggests spring is on its way!

The rock gardens narcissus and heathers flowering is a positive sign and welcomed.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – January Update

The poor weather conditions look to be continuing up and down the country similar to how it left us in 2015 with the land saturated, rivers bursting their banks, buildings and bridges being washed away. It’s not quite the same here on one of the highest points around but the farm grounds are awash with mud.

The web footed birds are having a great time sifting through the muddy water to feed while the chickens and goats are not very happy at all as they are being increasingly confined to ever decreasing areas of green pastures.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – December Update

I thought that the water logged grounds of the farm were difficult to cope with then with the unfortunate situation of flooding in and around Cumbria and especially Carlisle with bridges collapsing, schools closed, hospitals having to cancel operations and with domestic housing flooded repeatedly and people being evacuated made me realise just how lucky we are being on high ground here at Batley Girl’s High. Then with Malham Cove having a flowing waterfall for the first time in living history wonders will never cease.

Staff from the Ponderosa Rural Theraputic Centre in Hecmondwike made a reciprical visited to our school for our annual East meets West activity recently. Items of jewellry made by the centres adult service users and our students, during our first visit to the centre, were made available for purchase on the night along with eggs and plants that were made available from the schools farm.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – November Update

Our year 9 students during their Enrichment activity have been involved with the seasonal activity of planting saplings obtained through the Woodland Trust.

Rowan were chosen by using the Identification Parade chart and with several of last years saplings being lost to the elements these new ones were planted in the same area. The rodent protection collars and canes were positioned to support the saplings from the strong winds.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – September Update

Picture4The early signs of nest building with the finch is looking even more promising as we note that one of the nest boxes now contain six tiny eggs and with one of the White Doves sitting on a couple of eggs as well students will be eagerly anticipating the hatch in a couple of weeks or so!

Following a deep cleaning of the hen house and the building of new nest boxes it looks as though egg laying may be on the return again within the main hen house. An infestation of the nocturnal red spider mite may have been responsible for disturbing the flock of birds resulting in poor egg production while the seasonal moult took place.

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Community Fund – Bately Girls’ High School – August Update

Our new aviary at the farm has been stocked with quail, doves, finch and budgies during the summer and school holiday period and it looks like all the birds are settling in well. Signs of nest building with the finch is a promising sign.

When the Fox visited the farm in July and caused mayhem with the loss of many of our TRA members birds it meant that a new flock was needed without delay and we were able to help incubate two types of hen eggs using our new incubator during the school holidays. The Boven and Rhode Island Red chicks were hatched and are growing nicely now. However with this and an unknown problem with our own birds it has resulted in not having any eggs produced on the farm at all at the moment.

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