A year later and I have left, after a very traumatic and stressful period of illness which left me literally on the brink, and which caused my family endless weeks and months of worry and pain. There are a host of reasons how and why, and I look back at the numerous occasions when I sought support only to be denied. We were suppose to work in a blame free culture. There are so many sadnesses and dreadful incidents which I could dwell on, but it would not change the outcome – I think that was inevitable. I never thought I would leave my students, ‘my’ school, the position of responsibility, and my role assisting in student learning. The grief and feelings of such huge loss are akin to a close bereavement – a huge part of me has died.

So I will tell you that I had some truly wonderful experiences with inspiring and exceptional students. Each one of them has blessed me with their gifts of patience, humility, resourcefulness, humour, forgiveness…. and I could list a thousand more ways in which each student fed my passion for learning and made me a better human being. I salute those young people and hope they all succeed and prosper, enjoy love and respect, and have long and healthy lives.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10543142/Maxine-Powell-obituary.html

Maxine Powell, who has died aged 98, was an etiquette and deportment guru recruited by Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, to help package his black stars for the white pop music market.

Before moving to Motown, Maxine ran her own “Finishing and Modelling School” in Detroit where, in the 1950s, she broke new ground by persuading Detroit’s major automobile companies to use black models at their trade shows and by placing her girls with advertisers that bought space in local newspapers. “In the 1950s, there was no market for black models and blacks didn’t make the papers unless they committed a crime or did something naughty,” she recalled.

Berry Gordy’s sisters — Loucye, Esther and Gwen — attended Maxine Powell’s school and Gwen became one of her top models. She brought Maxine Powell to Motown in 1964 and introduced her to her brother, a fledgling songwriter who had founded his small record label five years earlier.

Berry Gordy had become convinced that something had to be done to improve the image of his singers, many of them Detroit street kids with attitude who lacked discipline and finesse. In 1962, the Motown roster’s first “Motor Town” touring revue had been characterised by the copious consumption of whisky and marijuana offstage, and nervousness and lack of professionalism onstage. What was required, he felt, was an in-house “grooming school”.

It was decided that Motown’s chief talent scout, Harvey Fuqua, would run the operation, with Maxine Powell coming aboard as a consultant to make Motown’s performers fit “for kings and queens”. It was her idea to call the new division “Artistic Development”.

Her department soon became known as “Motown University”, and recording artists were required to attend Maxine Powell’s classes for two hours every day. “They were all from humble backgrounds, from the streets and the projects,” she recalled. “Some of them were crude and rude and some of them were speaking street language. All they wanted was a hit record. I’m the woman who gave them class.”

Maxine Powell worked with all of Motown’s stars, including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. She taught them basic table manners and how to stand, walk, speak and shake hands, emphasising the importance of body language, public speaking, appropriate clothing and etiquette. “Everybody walks,” she explained, “but I teach how to glide.”

Among other things she taught them how not to alienate their fans by losing their cool or giving negative answers in interviews; for promotional photographs, stars were instructed to pose with one foot forward. Female singers were exhorted to “remember your gloves, walk with class — and never, ever protrude the buttocks”, even when bending down to pick something up, because it was like telling audiences to “kiss my ass”. If any of her protégés objected to such injunctions, she would say: “Do not confuse me with your parents — they’re stuck with you. I’m not.”

One of her more challenging pupils was Diana Ross who, Maxine Powell recalled, “came in a bit snooty. And I worked with her to show that there was a vast difference between being snooty, and being gracious and classy, because snooty people are insecure… I taught her not to bend in all directions and act as if she was going to swallow the microphone while making ugly faces… I also wanted her to get rid of her eye-popping routine, and she did.”

Though the singer was never cured of her overweening ego, Diana Ross did call up Maxine Powell on to a Broadway stage many years later (by which time Ross had become an international superstar), and introduced her to the audience as the woman who had taught her everything she knew.

Maxine Powell’s training helped to establish the ladylike glamour of Motown’s female singers and girl groups and the refinement and polish of the men that set the Detroit label apart from its scruffier competition and made it so successful. As one commentator observed: “All of Miss Powell’s ladies remembered their training. Their wigs were always impeccable. They exited cars like Princess Grace. The men — Smokey Robinson, Levi Stubbs, Marvin Gaye — exuded a kind of suave, reined-in sexuality that appealed to black audiences and didn’t frighten white ones.”

She was born Maxine Blair at Texarkana, Texas, on May 30 1915 and brought up by an aunt in Chicago. After studying dance at the Sammy Dyer School of Theatre, and modelling at a John Robert Powers School, she began her career as an actress, becoming a member of the first black theatre group to perform at the Chicago Theatre. “I always got in places where blacks were not supposed to get,” she recalled. “I never saw prejudice, I just saw human beings. I knew if you had class, style and refinement that it would make you outstanding around the world.”

In 1948 she moved to Detroit where, in 1951, she opened the Maxine Powell Finishing and Modeling School, the city’s first black school of its type. As well as running her school she became the chief negotiator for a civic group devoted to desegregating the city.

In 1969 Motown began moving its operations to Los Angeles, and Maxine Powell left the company; but she continued to teach at various institutions around Detroit until recently.

Maxine Powell’s commitment to her protégés continued long after she left Motown, and she had a keen eye for backsliders. Many years after transforming Marvin Gaye (who, she recalled, had slouched grumpily into his first class wearing some sort of white rag on his head) from rough diamond into suave crooner, she attended a Gaye concert in Detroit where she noted with dismay that the singer had gained weight. “Marvin was fat!” she exclaimed. “Much too fat to be dancing!” After the concert she told him to let his two skinny male dancers do the moving around until he had lost the flab.

The only star who never needed her advice was Stevie Wonder who, as she recalled, “was always beautiful”.

Maxine Powell’s marriage to James Powell was dissolved.

Maxine Powell, born May 30 1915, died October 14 2013

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**Some basics:**

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Multiples of 2, 3 and 5 are written 2*n, 3n, 5n* respectively

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As this is a multiple of 2, it is an even number

Let

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As this is a multiple of 2, it is an even number

Let

andmbe two numbers, thenn2m+1will be odd and2nwill be even, so

is a multiple of 2, so it is an even number

Therefore, is an odd number

Let

nbe an integer, thenn+1, andn+2will be consecutive integers.

Since 3 is a factor of this result, so the sum of the 3 consecutive integers will be divisible by 3.

In any 3 consecutive integers, one number is always a multiple of 2, and one will be a multiple of 3

Let the multiple of 2 be written 2n and the multiple of 3 be written 3m

Their product is (2n)(3m) = 6mn

Therefore, the product having a factor of 6, is divisible by 6.

Let two integer numbers be

mandn, then2m+1and2n+1will both be odd numbersUsing the difference of two squares i.e.

So 4 is a factor

If m and n are both even then (m-n) is even, and has a factor of 2

If m or n is even and the other odd then (m+n+1) is even and has a factor of 2

Therefore is divisible by 8

Let

nbe an integer, thenn+1will be a consecutive integer.

This represents the sum of the two consecutive integers.

Let

nbe an integer, thenn+1will be a consecutive integer.

has a factor 2, and as

nandn+1are consecutive, one must be even, and therefore be a multiple of 2So must be divisible by 4

Therefore must have remainder 1 when divided by 4

Let

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Whether

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Either

nwill be odd andn+1will be even, or vice versaSince 25 is odd, odd x odd x even = even, i.e. their product is an even number

Saint Swithun is the saint most associated with Winchester. http://winchester-cathedral.org.uk/history-treasures/famous-people/st-swithun-the-cathedral%e2%80%99s-patron-saint/

This beautiful cathedral, even on a dull cloudy November day has a light the shines within that is more than the sum of its treasures. There are many stories, tales and interesting facts illuminated by the many experienced guides who share their knowledge with fascinating narratives. A community as thriving in its humanity as a school, rich in the diversity of the visitors and locals who frequent it. Recommended a worthwhile visit, to sit and meditate, people watch, learn of our English and European heritage, listen to the choir or simply to give thanks in prayer. The Bible is a remarkable testament to devotion and duty – its artwork is still fresh and vibrant.

The cafe round the front evokes a similar atmosphere. Their hot chocolate was excellent.

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Why not aspire to be wonderful?

Why not demand to be a maverick?

Why not reflect on being unique?

Why not endeavour to be incomparable?

Why not be resolutely amazing?

Why settle for outstanding when you can be so much more?

Year 11 Mathematicians did extremely well in their March Exams – what a fantastic achievement.

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A chance to make your mark on the world?

To do something for your family and loved ones?

Another opportunity to make money?

Go see Banksy’s other work

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