Yesterday saw our fantastic team U-Time travel to London to try and follow up their semi-final success in May.
After a very early start – particularly taxing as the group had presented their idea late into the evening before at the Year 8 Graduation evening – we set off driving to London, with the team being a delight throughout the journey.
The competition was fierce, with the twelve teams representing the very best Big Ideas from across the country. From water filters to used oil disposal, the creativity on display was an inspiration. After hearing eight other pitches, however, it was once again our exceptional team’s opportunity to speak with confidence, passion and a poise that belied their age, to an audience that included their competitors and a number of MP’s. The ardent enthusiasm they radiated was a delight to behold. They fended off the judges’ questions well, and waited in trepidation to see who would be deemed the winners.
After some long and difficult deliberation, SBSJ’s team were proudly awarded 3rd place from amongst these titans of Big Ideas.
I am sure that Chris would join me in saying that it has been a privilege to work with this fantastic team in developing their idea and rehearsing their pitch. They are a true credit to our learning community.
Jastin Barrientos, Matthew Sowden, Millie Fearnley, Beth Edwards, Rohan Shah, Carlton Danga
A particular thank you for Mrs Maslen, our driver, without whom the trip would not have been possible.
Report by Mr C Murtland
We are a group of 12 and 13 year olds at a secondary school in West Yorkshire. We have planned and designed an app for autistic children as part of the 'Solutions for the Planet' competition.
We are so pleased that we have reached the final, and now we need YOUR help! The aim of the app is to help children affected by autism to get into a routine and make decisions through the app (what to eat, what to wear etc.) We hope our app can help these children by making it easier to manage everyday life and gain independence and confidence. The app also includes a section called ParenTime to allow parents and carers to monitor their child's progress. We would like to ask for your donations in order to create a prototype of our UTime app and help make the lives of autistic children that little bit easier.