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Bugsy Malone at Redruth School

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*** UPDATED: 2012-03-11 *** On reading the review on the school’s website many of the things I identified during this post were rectified and they produced an excellent show once again. To read their review go to Bugsy Malone Review. I would like to congratulate Sarah Mottart and the team involved for the great shows that the school always puts on. It was a shame not to be involved with it, or to get to see an evening performance due to university commitments.

I thought I should say before you read this that I didn’t realise how critical I was until I reread this back to myself.

This morning I saw Bugsy Malone at Redruth School: A Technology College, the first show out of the last four that I have not been involved with the lights or sound.

The new headmaster, Craig Martin, has made some great changes since I was last there and the school looks much smarter now. A new smart reception area for visitors and parents. A few other changes that weren’t major and didn’t stand out but the feel was a much nicer environment.

Got to see lots of my old teachers, which was very nice and they were happy to see me.

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What I am currently doing

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I know I have not been posting regularly but I just haven’t had the time. I have been very busy and still am,

Basically I am doing a redesign of the internal web app that I created for KMHS.

The application at the moment is in two separate parts which I will incorporate into one so that code can be utilized across them. The parts are:

A Lone Worker/Monitoring System
This allows the staff to set a time and details of a client to be set and the console plays an audible tone once the time goes past the time set. The staff then call to check that the worker is okay and will then clear the alert.
Call Logging System
This is a way for all the calls that KMHS takes to be logged in a Database and can then be queried to create a report to print for each client. There are two at the moment Vets and Business, but when I create the new Database, there will be several (eight or nine at the moment) and these will be easy to add to.

These parts utilize the same database so it make sense that they use the same code and can communicate to one another, as all data is linked to DDI’s which each of KMHS’ clients have uniquely.

My new application will have lots more added features and will feature some use of AJAX to perform the displaying of different forms for each DDI, and to display the monitoring console. I will be writing it in PHP using a MySQL database and writing using OOP.

I am doing this redesign for one of several reasons:

  1. The original design was basic
  2. The original was not expandable
  3. The original had more than one way of doing the same thing
  4. The original was very resource intensive
  5. The original was hard to update
  6. So I can get some money
  7. So that it will be much more pleasing to look at
  8. So that it will function faster
  9. So that it will be easier and much more secure to update
  10. So that it can minimize as much human error when calls are being inputted

I will update this post with some screenshots of the current system for you to all look at and say how bad they are. Well they are not that bad they are just too plain and simple. Even though that is what is required, they do work and are easy(ish) to use, they are not easy to change and update and the code for them is all over the place.

Having programmed some of this I do believe that some of what I have created is not TRUE OOP, but I will be improving on to make it better all the time and as this is the first time I have used OOP to write programs it will not necessarily be right.

So what else am I going to get up to for the rest of the summer?

Well, hopefully I will be redesigning this blog (don’t get your hopes up it may not happen) and also I will be waiting for GCSE results. I am going on holiday in the caravan with my family for I think it is ten days in August. I will also be getting ready for entering the sixth form. Which on Friday I will be going in to discuss one of the courses I really want to do which happens to clash with some f the other choices I have made, and it had to be one of the courses I was most looking forward to doing.

Well I am going to finish there as I am pretty tired and am off to bed. Goodnight. =D

GCSE’s approaching fast

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My GCSE exams are approaching fast. Lots of coursework and lots of revision. The first exam I have is Drama…

TOMORROW and Thursday!

I will have to do my speech on my lighting and then do our performance. I am beginning to feel a bit nervous but I am sure it will be fine although thinking about it I need to adjust my speech a little so I am off to do that now.

Also can any one that is reading my blog please leave a comment so I know who is reading it.

Few posts

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Over the last few weeks and for the next few months I will probably not be posting too many as I have alot of coursework and revision to do for my GCSE’s.

When I say alot, I mean ALOT. At the moment I have Media Studies to hand in on Wed 30th Jan and also English to hand in Thu 7th Feb. I also have Drama stuff to do where I have to write down all my lighting designs and set up the lighting program for before Easter.

So because of school work, there will not be much posted on here. One thing I will however post on here is alot of stuff on Sweeney Todd, our school production, in which I am doing the lighting for.

I hope to see you at Sweeney Todd! (See a previous post for more details) 

Rerigged our lighting today

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Well today I have been at school for longer than most as I was helping to rerig our drama lighting rig. It was very interesting and now we are all set for Sweeney Todd in a couple of weeks.

We finished rigging at about 7 pm. But we finally got it done. There was four of us. We set up the scaffolding and once it was set up I went up to the control room where we needed to plug in each of the lights that were needed so we could focus them.

I enjoyed it alot, and am looking forward to actually using the rig on Tuesday in my Drama lesson.

Sweeney Todd

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The schools Musical Sweeney Todd is fast approaching.

Rehearsals are well under way. Jason Sinclair and I are doing the lighting for the musical. It will be a very good show, one not to be missed.

It is on on the 5th 6th and 7th of February. The price will be £3 for adults and £2 for children. It starts at 7pm.

Please come along if you can make it. It will be in the main school hall. Tickets are available now, from Miss Johnson in the Curriculum Support Office. So if you phone Redruth School, they will be able to give you more details.

Although I will add a few more details on here when I find them out.

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