18th March 2015
Dear Parents / Carers
While not quite on the scale of the 1999 total eclipse, the eclipse, which will be taking place on Friday, will be significant. We would like to give our students an opportunity to observe the image of the eclipse using any devices they have made for the purpose. We have emphasised throughout lessons and tutor times that it is imperative that students must not look directly at the sun under any circumstances. We would be grateful if you would give them the same message.
Viewing devices can be as simple as using 2 pieces of white card or paper, held about a metre apart to throw the shadow of the eclipse from one onto the other, or can be a little more complicated using a homemade pinhole camera. The instructions on how to make various viewing devices are included in the following internet links. (These links have also been tweeted by the school and are on the school website.)
(This video explains how to make a pinhole camera and emphasises again the importance of not looking directly at the sun.)
(These websites contain instructions about how to make various devices that can be used to observe the eclipse, including how to use 2 pieces of white card, with a hole in one. Again, these sites emphasise the importance of not looking at the sun directly.)
Of course, there is the potential that the elements will conspire against us and the event will be an anti-climax. Therefore, the decision on whether we allow our students to observe the eclipse will be dependent upon the weather. If the sky is clear, the timing of the eclipse is such that students will be expected to register with their tutors and then go to first lesson as normal before going outside.
If, however, you do not wish your child to be involved in this activity please email the college at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr D. Brett
Head of Secondary Education