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Returning Alumni Daniel Gabittas Explores Teenage Obesity Rates
I am Daniel Gabbitas, an Exercise and Sports Science undergraduate at Aberystwyth University and alumnus of the school. I joined King's College in 2006 and graduated in 2015. During my time at school, I studied Maths, Spanish and Geography as A Levels. At the moment I am still at university studying Exercise and Sports Science as a BSc and graduating this upcoming summer in May. The reason I chose to study in Aberystwyth was due to my gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition that took place in Snowdonia in north Wales. During my expedition, I began to become very fond of Wales; the views were breathtaking, the people we met treated us nicely and it felt like the right place to study. Sports Science was a degree which was suggested by Mr McNally, the school’s university advisor, during my UCAS application period. I have always been involved in sports in and outside of school. The thought of wanting to help people enhance their life experiences through sport really caught my attention and I felt it was an opportunity that shouldn't be ignored, as sports have always been involved in my life. During my 9 years at King's College, I became obsessed with the stage and sports, I performed in the first school musicals that were brought back in such as Fame, Grease and Rock of Ages. Not only did I perform in the musicals but also being part of the school's orchestra and its own rock band, I was performing on stage every few weeks. This helped me secure a role as a senior prefect team and in particular the Head of Performing Arts. As time went on, I represented the school in many sports, such as in football and basketball tournaments, during the school's athletic competitions and the annual cross-country event. Representing the school with non-academic activities made me feel like I was part of the school, it made other students and I part of a team, creating long-lasting friendships. In 2015, when I graduated I won a COBIS award for the contribution to school life.
The reason I am currently came back at King's College is to get students to participate in my university dissertation project that looks into the teenage obesity rates in Spain. There have been statements and articles stating that Spain's teenage obesity rate was 40% between the ages of 12 and 16. My dissertation is arguing against these statements by using a closed populated area, at which results of the dissertation will be known later in the year. A reason why I chose teenage obesity is due to the lack of knowledge on how important nutrition and exercise is on a daily basis, whether it's a 5 pieces of fruit or vegetables a day habit or performing over 90 minutes of exercise a week routine.
The advice I would give to my younger self in school would be to listen to yourself when choosing your subjects for IGCSE and A levels, don't be scared to study something different from your friends, study what you enjoy and find interesting. Remember if you do your best, it will all sort itself out.
Daniel Gabbitas - King’s College Soto Alumnus
Cordan Cake Factory Visit
To provide a real-life example of a production line in a large, machine intensive organisation, A Level Business students were taken to Codan just outside Madrid. On arriving at the factory we were assailed by the mouth watering aroma of baking cookies and magdalenas. Staff at the factory provided an enlightening presentation about the ingredients used in Codan’s trademark ‘Conche’ cookies before handing out protective clothing and taking us on a tour of the factory. Photography was not allowed on the factory floor but our students got to see each part of the production process, with ingredients being squirted onto the production line, shaped, baked, cooled and then packaged. Despite the enormous temptation to reach over and pluck a freshly baked and delicious-smelling cookie from the open production line, our students behaved impeccably and even the teachers managed to restrain themselves!
The visit also provided an insight into quality control and waste management, as any faulty products were separated out and had to be thrown away. We also learned that whilst demand in January was fairly light, with the factory operating at 75% capacity, in the run-up to Christmas, all of the production lines had been in operation around the clock to meet the surge in demand from supermarkets and shops around the country.
Following the tour, we were each handed a fresh conche cookie to eat, then students took part in a competition to create the most interesting cookie from a set of ingredients. There were some truly innovative ideas and everybody got to eat their design at the end. To work off all the extra calories, students were then invited to take part in some outdoor sporting activities in the staff recreational area.
When students were asked what they learned most from the trip their answers included:
“I learned about the importance of organisation and efficiency in production for the food industry”
“I learned that businesses should be very organised to enable continuous production”
“I loved to learn and see how Codan’s products were produced through all the stages”
“A wonderful experience and I am full of excitement to visit the factory on another occasion! Everyone was very professional and knew what they were doing”
“It was a truly enriching opportunity! The production process was especially interesting”
By A Level Business Students