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Spring Edition 2019

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  • Headmistress
  • Headmaster
  • Regis
  • Brancaster
  • Attenborough
  • College
  • Schools
  • Gyngell
  • Savage
  • Bank
  • Village
  • Boning
  • Miller
  • Minchin
  • Cowell
  • Fogle
  • Grylls
Bear Grylls, Ben Fogle, Louise Minchin & Cressida Cowell all contribute to this packed edition on the wonders of the great outdoors! Win a family holiday to Forte Village, Sardinia and join our Holland & Holland school clay tournament. It's our best issue yet!!

FUN FACTS You speak

FUN FACTS You speak about 4,800 words a day Pencil lead and diamonds are made of the same thing. Both are pure carbon just formed under different pressures and temperatures Grasshoppers existed BEFORE dinosaurs! Fruit flies were the first living creatures to be sent into space The opposite sides of the dice always add up to seven Lemons contain MORE SUGAR than strawberries Your foot and your forearm are exactly the same length If you make a mistake writing with a pen, you can use the skin of a cucumber to erase it You’ ll NEVER guess what? We’ve rounded up our favourite fascinating facts for you to wow your friends with this spring If the human eye was a digital camera it would be 576 mega pixels The Aztecs used chocolate as currency. People under Aztec rule could use cocoa beans to pay their taxes and finally… Apples, peaches and raspberries are all members of the rose family The Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply The sun is 330,330 times larger than the Earth A rabbit’s teeth NEVER stop growing A group of owls is called a PARLIAMENT 11% of people are LEFT HANDED A Rubik’s Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different combinations! PHOTOGRAPHY: © SHUTTERSTOCK, PIXABAY, PUREPNG.COM 50 ★ SPRI NG 19

INTERVIEW Learning to love OUR PLANET Following on from the huge success of her documentary Drowning in Plastics, Liz Bonnin shares her passion for protecting the environment and creating its next generation of responsible custodians When did your love of nature first develop? Growing up in the mountains in the south of France, my sister and I were immersed in nature. Without realising it at the time, that instilled in me not only a love for the natural world but a real curiosity for all living things. At school I was naturally drawn to the sciences and I really enjoyed biology and chemistry. Who are your inspirations? Sir David Attenborough has been a huge influence in my life. I think the programmes that he makes and the way that he has changed natural history communication through programming is second to none. I also remember reading the journals of Charles Darwin that led to his revolutionary theory of evolution by natural selection. His theory at the time was extremely controversial, but his curiosity and passion for the natural world inspired him to fearlessly and boldly continue to tackle difficult questions, and that made a marked impression on me. As far as women are concerned Jane Goodall and Sylvia Earle are also my heroes. Again, Jane Goodall was somebody who was suggesting new ideas and theories at a time when it wasn’t acceptable to think of animals as sentient and emotional beings, but she stuck to her beliefs and observations, and her work has helped to change the way we perceive animals. Should education play a role in getting our kids outside and inspired by nature? Absolutely. And I’ll give you an example of an ›› Filming a documentary in Egypt investigating how space archeology is revealing hidden tombs. SPRI NG 19 ★ 51