The Biggest Issue – Term One

Wednesday 2nd December 2020 The Biggest Issue

Our first half term at Derby UTC has flown by with so much to celebrate and share. From our inaugural virtual Macmillan coffee morning to online careers days with Bombardier, it really has been non-stop!

Jeans for Genes Day!

The history of Jeans for Genes in the UK begins in 1991 after Paul Newman set up The CGD Research Trust and Support Group. The aim of the charity was to find a cure for his son and other CGD sufferers through effective gene therapy. The concept of wearing jeans for the day came from one of the Trust’s own supporters, Rosemarie Rymer. The first Jeans for Genes campaign was in 1992. It was then the CGD Trust mailed 20,00 schools in the UK with a view to having them all join the campaign. The successful event raised nearly £50,000. Then, the following campaign in 1994 saw a further £55,000 raised. In 1997, the Trust partnered with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and two other bigger immunodeficiency charities. This boosted the amount of funds to £800,000 that year, and £2.7 million the following year.

Did you know?

  • Macmillan raised over £229,000 last year!
  • Some tornadoes can be faster than Formula One race cars!
  • There are 2,000 thunderstorms on Earth every minute.
  • The wind is silent until it blows against something.
  • There are ice caves in Iceland that have hot springs.

Virtual Macmillan Coffee Morning!

On 25th September, students and staff at Derby UTC Pride Park held a virtual coffee morning to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Residents from care homes across Derby were invited to participate via Zoom, conversing with students from years 9, 10 and 12, whilst enjoying cake and coffee. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. Plans are now in place to make this event a regular occurrence. Students will also be writing to residents, hopefully becoming lifelong friends.

Health Care students who have decided to pursue careers in medicine also spoke to us. ”It was so great to use the communication skills we had learnt in our lessons. It was really clear to see how much the people we spoke to enjoyed the event. We are hoping to keep in touch!”


Boys Don’t Cry Quiz

  1. Who are the main characters?
  2. Which chapter has the phrase, ’Melanie fished in her pocket for her cigarettes.’ in it?
  3. What is Emma’s last name?
  4. What is the name of Emma’s mum?
  5. Who wrote ”Boys Don’t Cry”?