Posts Tagged ‘World Challenge’

BSCS student seeks business sponsorship for Peru expedition

Posted on Wednesday 4th January 2012 at 12:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Ross Startin, Bradley Stoke World Challenge (2013)

A 16-year-old A-level student from Bradley Stoke is sketching out plans to trek across the Andes Mountains and carry out conservation work in Peru.

Ross Startin, who is studying four AS-levels at Bradley Stoke Community School’s Post-16 Centre, is aiming to spend four weeks in Peru, as part of a World Challenge expedition in July/August 2013, for which he hopes to raise £4,000 worth of sponsorship from businesses in Bristol and south Gloucestershire.

During the expedition, Ross and a team of 15 students will go on short hikes to acclimatise themselves to the local food, climate and culture, followed by a four- to eight-day trek across the Andes Mountains, reaching altitudes of up to 5,000m; and visit villages and pre-Inca sites.

They will then get involved in community work (e.g. building shelters) or conservation work and finally, relax by exploring the area’s forests, mountains, jungles and coastlines during the fourth week.

Ross says:

“I am very excited by the prospect of taking part in the expedition, which will be a major challenge, but the most immediate challenge is how to raise £3,995 for the trip, so I am hoping that businesses and architectural companies in Bristol and south Gloucestershire will appreciate my enthusiasm and be interested in sponsoring my involvement.”

Read more about the aims of the World Challenge trip to Peru »

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Indian Night to raise funds for BSCS World Challenge trip

Posted on Thursday 24th February 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

World Challenge - Indian Night

A student from Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) is organising an ‘Indian Night’ to raise funds for the school’s 2011 World Challenge project.

Ahmed Hussain

Ahmed Hussain, who needs to raise nearly £3,000 to join the educational trip to Southern India, says the event will be “a myriad of fun, with creative and talented performances”.

On offer will be Indian henna tattoos, Bollywood dancing, a colourful fashion show and a chance to win some great prizes in a raffle.

Food lovers can indulge in cuisine made from exotic spices and authentic ingredients especially prepared for them using traditional methods. The freshly-made meal consisting of starters, curries and Indian sweets (served in a buffet) is described as a “truly unique feast” and is included in the £15 entrance charge.

There will be a carefully chosen wine list and a choice of three bottled beers including Cobra and Kingfisher, all the way from India.

“Get prepared to enjoy the history, beauty and elegance of India”, enthused Ahmed in a letter to The Journal.

The event takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 18th March at BSCS, Fiddlers Wood Lane.

For more details please contact Ahmed via email at or phone the BSCS office on 01454 868840.

Previous fundraising events staged by BSCS World Challenge students have included a comedy show starring local impressionist Paul Burling (organised by Emily Baber) and a Battle of the Bands contest (organised by Sam Beaumont and Joel Ip).

Read on for more details of the World Challenge trip to India »

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Battle of the Bands Final gets the crowd swaying

Posted on Sunday 7th November 2010 at 5:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Battle of the Bands 2010

Last night’s Battle of the Bands Final saw Thornbury group Cassette emerge as victors in front of a sell-out crowd at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS).

The five-piece band, whose members all attend Castle School Sixth Form, clinched the £200 prize after topping the audience vote, which took place after each of the nine groups/artists had performed a six-minute set.

The enthusiastic 200-strong audience, a mixture of teenagers and proud parents, helped create a great atmosphere with many leaving their seats to create a swaying mass in front of the stage.

All the bands performed to a remarkably high standard, despite some being relatively inexperienced and at least one making their first public appearance.

Pieces performed by the bands ranged from a cover of the Lady Gaga hit “Just dance” by winners Cassette to self-written work like runners-up Pan Arcadia’s “Whats’ my age”.

The highly successful evening, which was organised by BSCS students Sam Beaumont and Joel Ip,  raised around £1,200 towards the cost of the pair’s World Challenge educational trip to India in August 2011.

Read on for the full results and photos of all the bands in action »

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Local bands to battle it out for 2011 Festival slot

Posted on Monday 1st November 2010 at 9:33 am by SH (Editor)

Battle of the Bands contest, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

The Battle of the Bands contest reaches an exciting climax this coming weekend when nine young local groups and solo artists compete for a £200 prize.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 6th November at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) from 7pm, will see the audience vote for their favourite band and select the overall champion.

The evening promises to be a memorable event as these young talented musicians are bursting with enthusiasm and excitement.

For recently-formed bands Motivate, Empty Within and The Students this will be their first gig, while other entries like Cassette have been together for over two years and have a string of successful gigs behind them.

One thing they all share is a vision for success: “Our dream is to play to thousands of people and they then sing our songs back to us!”, say Pan Arcadia, who were formed just a month ago.

The winning band will be invited to play a 45 minute set, centre stage at the Bradley Stoke Community Festival in June 2011.

Read on to find out how to buy tickets for the Battle of the Bands »

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