The government are attempting to stop dangerous dog attacks by making it mandatory that a chip is inserted under their skin when they are puppies. The chip will contain information about their human owner so that, should they bite someone, the owner can be traced and be made to answer for the actions of their pet. 5000 dogs are chipped voluntarily in the UK every week and it has been compulsory to chip your dog in Northern Ireland since Easter. This measure can be seen as controversial because it will be up to the owners to pay for their dogs to be chipped, this may make it impossible for many families to own a dog as it can cost between £20-30 per chip. However, it must be asked the extent to which this provision will stop dangerous dog incidents. It will not really make the attacks stop, it will just mean there is someone to blame after the attacks happen. There may be more effective ways of solving this problem such as not breeding aggressive dog types, prevention through muzzles or ensuring that dogs are kept on their leads at all times. The chipping measures seem fairly weak in dealing with an important problem.
Angelika Bobkovica (Year7) said: "I think it is a really good idea, because it will save time and make it easier to find out who owns the dogs."
Lauren Carter (Year 7) said: "It's a good idea because it's easy to identify them but, it's a bad idea as well, if the government are making you do it, you shouldn't have to pay for it."
Due to the current restrictions that we all face we are unable to host our annual Open Night for prospective pupils and their parents/carers. We acknowledge the important decision that you all are set to make in selecting your preference for secondary education in 2021 and are keen for that decision to be an informed one.
Thus, we are hosting a Virtual Open Night on Thursday 8th October 2020 for all pupils that are considering Sirius Academy West as their destination for September 2021. The evening will feature the premiere of our own short film and also provide additional links to other informative videos. These will include introductions to key staff, testimonials from current students, overviews of the varied subjects and courses available at the academy, and an all access tour following a current student during an academy day.
The event will also promote the academy’s thorough transition programme that seeks to remove barriers to movement from Year 6 to Year 7 and allow all pupils to thrive on arrival. Despite the enforced closure in March, many pupils in our local Primary Schools have already started this journey with themed visits to the academy in Year 5.
The academy has been heavily oversubscribed for places within Year 7 in recent years and we expect this to be repeated again this year. We encourage pupils and parents to not miss out!
For any additional information regarding the event, and/or details regarding the transition process, please contact Mr Gordon on (01482) 352939. All of the Year 6 pupils in our local Primary Schools will soon receive individual invites to their evening.