BBC School Report 2013 is Here!
Should people with high authority use social networks? Many people, such as the government, have taken to use popular websites such as twitter to keep up with the 21st century.
(Interviews with Mrs Alderton, Mr Dawson, Ellie, Olivia, Charlie and Annabel Tiffin)
Many members of the government, even local members, have joined social networking sites to try and keep in touch with the younger generation. There are many mixed opinions on this subject. However many people thought they should be allowed to do this, even people with such high authority.
If people such as the government are on twitter are they more likely to leak out valuable information? We interviewed a variety of people to get their opinions and views on whether people with high authority use social networks.
Only one person out of the 6 interviewees disagreed and said they should not be a part of social network sites, this was because they thought they should be focusing on their jobs, not posting a tweet.
In conclusion we were still undecided on our opinion but many of our interviewees were certain on what they thought. So, should people with high authority use social networks?
Girl of 6 drowns in canal whilst her twin brother looks on in horror
Imie Harrison, age 6, was found struggling to breath after she had tried to clamber over a lock gate, but fell into the water of Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. CJ Harrison, her 6 year old twin, looked helplessly at the canal at which his twin sister had fallen into.
In the early evening of Tuesday 19th March, Imie, her twin brother, and her two friends were playing beside the canal, over half a mile away from their home unsupervised.
Imie and her friend were playing on the lock gate, when all of a sudden they both fell into the canal, and with very quick reactions, CJ and the other 6 year old girl went to help them.
CJ went running down with open arms trying to grasp Imie out of the water, and the other young girl jumped in to try and save her friend.
CJ ran half a mile to get his mum, Lisa Harrison for help, which then called emergency services and got 2 ambulances, 1 helicopter and 9 police cars.
Unfortunately, when they got Imie out of the canal, she had suffered from a suspected cardiac arrest by the freezing water and was also found unconscious.
Imie died before they had the chance to get her to the hospital. Her friend that fell in too had hypothermia.
Their family are still in disbelief, and wish their angel to sleep tight.
Watch our video about the same topic here:
Are you a dog person?
What do you think of dogs? We asked this question to some students and teachers in our school this is what they said…
Are you a dog person or a cat person? Well, studies show that dogs can be more intelligent than cats! Hard to believe we know! There was a recent story in the paper showing just how clever dogs really are, instead of running around in circles all day chasing his tail this clever dog knows when its owner is going to go into a coma because of her diabetes.
6 year old dog owner Alena Hugh’s who has a type of diabetes and is too young to know when she might fall into a coma. Maisie (dog) trained by medical Detection Dogs, can smell when Alena’s blood sugar is high or low and will nudge her until the youngster can respond to take action. Alena from Doncaster is the youngest person in the UK to have a dog that is so special to do this.
Watch our video below to find out what CHHS thinks:
Attack on the beach!
By Jake, Tom, Dan, Ryan, Kian
On a beach in La Jolla just north of San Diego in California, a mother seal and her cubs were attacked by a group of youths. They were punched and kicked and seriously injured. The mayor of San Diego has announced the beach has been closed down for 2-3 months but only at night.
The abuse on the seals has been captured on a 24 hour seal cam. More than 1,000 people have been to visit the site including people from the UK, Russia and Iran.
‘It’s truly disgusting!’
Quote by Josh
‘Unfortunately animal cruelty is on the rise because people are failing to look after their own pets.’
Quote by Miss Taylor, CHHS
As you can tell by the quotes people feel very strongly about what happened on the now depressing and horrifying site that on the beach where it all happened.
The people who did this horrific crime will face up to a £20,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
This is just one of the many incidents that are related to animal cruelty each year and we rely on organisations such as the RSPCA to deal with these issues. Stop animal cruelty today!
'The beach is also known as children’s pool because of the sheltered seas so it is very shallow and calm so it is very safe that is why the seals go there'. A quote from Bryan Pease a lawyer for the animal protection and rescue said.
‘It is great that the mayor is closing the beach at night because the seals don’t have any protection’
View our video on the same topic below:
Play Production Made ‘Easy Street’
Following up from Cheadle Hulme High Schools performances of Annie, we have interviewed the people that have helped get the musical to where it is today.
Our team wanted to find out about how Annie went from a script into a full blown performance, not only did we want to interview the actors themselves but the people behind the scenes that helped everything run smoothly.
Our first interviewee was Charlie aged 14, who worked the lights alongside Jake, aged 13. We asked Charlie if he found his role in the play hard or tasking. “Yes, quite, because we always had to be paying attention and focused. I haven’t really watched the play at all because all my attention has been focused on being in the right place at the right time.” We also asked Charlie if any mishaps had occurred whilst in the middle of a performance. “Yeah, there had been. In Wednesday’s performance one of the top lights stopped working, luckily no one noticed and it didn’t affect the performance too much.”
Next we interviewed Tilly, aka ‘Miss Hannigan’, who played a key role in the production. She told us “I have really enjoyed my role in ‘Annie’ although learning lines can be difficult and annoying because it cuts into school time.” We also asked Tilly if she felt she had gained in confidence the more she performed. “Yes, I feel I have because you just get used to being on stage and learn how to deal with the audience.”
After interviewing all of these people, all important in making the musical run perfectly, we now understand the complex process that goes into turning paper into play. It’s a long, time consuming process and all involved deserve a big round of applause.
Watch our video below on the same topic:
Video: CHHS Staff and Students Discuss their Hobbies:
This year Comic Relief raised a record £75,107,851 so far and two years ago they raised £74.3 million. Since it started 25 years ago they have raised over 750 million pounds.
We wanted to know if instead of sending celebrities to Africa we should send highly qualified doctors and nurses. Even though sending celebrities encourages people to donate money, the people in Africa would benefit more by being treated by fully trained nurses and doctors.
60% of the money raised goes to Africa helping reunite families, building schools and other facilities and buying treatment for illnesses .And the other 40% goes to the UK for many different charities such as a helpline for children suffering from bullying.
We have some interviews with people’s views on comic relief.
Interviewer: What do you think about Comic Relief?
Charlotte: I think it is a very good cause and it is good for the country because other people can see what we are doing and might be inspired to help others as well.
Emma: In my opinion I think Comic Relief is very good because it shows our country in a nice way, unfortunately I have never watched a Comic Relief show.
Sophia: I think Comic Relief is a great cause since it helps other people in places like Africa where people are less fortunate than us.
Annabel Tiffin: I think Comic Relief is a fantastic way to raise lots of money for charity they use comedy then you get people interested. You can see Peter Kay doing silly things and it attracts attention, but the important thing is to see the real thing videos, the comedy just drags people in…
Interviewer: Do you think instead of sending celebrities to Africa we should send doctors and nurses?
Charlotte: I think that fewer celebrities should go the places where people need help. It is good for people to see what we are doing for the people who are less advantaged than us. I also think more doctors and nurses should go and help and train people over there to look after ill or sick people.
Sophia: I think it is great that celebrities go to Africa but it may be better if more doctors go over there because then they will be able to help.
Annabel Tiffin: Celebrities going out is an important part of it because they make the films we see and that what makes us want to give money as we see where our money is going. So I think you need both, doctors and nurses need a lot more to go out there and stay from a longer time maybe one or two weeks, where as the celebrities are only out there for a few days.
By Olivia, Olivia, Ellie and Lizzy.
Watch another clip on Comic Relief here:
John Shiels, Chief Executive of the Manchester United Foundation is ‘always concerned’ about the development of a young player.
Written by Erinn, age 14
Earlier this week I interviewed Mr John Shiels on what I thought was going to be an article where I slate the club on its long term effects on young boys and how their life long dreams were utterly ruined; however, I found that in actual reality the club do everything they can to make the boys feel individual and pull together people of all ages and abilities.
Me: In your opinion through what you see/know, do the boys say starting at my age (14) stand a chance of making the Manchester United Team?
John Shiels: Well, we have an academy which starts at 8 years old, however we have 20 development places which all start at the age of 6. All the kids in the country come in for 6 weeks (hundreds of them) to see who we can keep, we keep quite a few, so then in the future, say 1 player from every age group would be really good and go on to play professionally and from the youth group. However a lot do drop out.
Me: Right, do you believe the boys or even young adults get a lot of pressure may that be minor or immense? For example do you believe the parents pile it on or do the coaches be supportive?
John Shiels: We really try to make the child have fun and enjoy and if they become a player, fantastic. Up to the age of 16 that we’re not to bothered about getting a child professional, but always concerned how they develop, that’s the key. We like to be positive, coaches don’t shout on the line, they observe. To be honest if the parents put pressure on their child, we don’t like it, we drop the children in the end, it all stops. We like supportiveness.
Me: So what happens after going through the stages of training? At what stage do the club sign professional forms and start salaries?
John Shiels: I’m not sure if it’s going to change slightly because of the law in staying in education till 18; but we do scholarships where they would start in year 11 pre- Christmas. It’s for 2 years, exactly like 6th form; if a boy looks really good we offer more and do except late developers. Just like work though we can take 16 year olds on straight away but they would have to really knuckle down.
Me: In the first place what do your scouts look for?
John Shiels: Just like all clubs you get any English youngsters who have ability (any sort) and we take them to the development centres. For finding hidden Ronaldo’s/Rooney’s we don’t just look around the country, we look around the world. We go very complex when we look for good players. When looking around the world we get scouts to go to under 15 international matches because we know already they have talent. When we look in this country we look at boys who have already been involved from a young age.
Me: Following from that do the boys you train just need skills, good attitude and physical ability?
John Shiels: When we get them and choose them they need to be technically good but if they want to be good it’s the attitude that keeps them here. Good person, Good player.
Me: Football has been slagged off by the press about not sticking to the purity of the sport and for being all about the money and fame, so as a club and sport what morals do you believe you have to teach/maintain? For example do you make them know about drugs, partying, the bad decisions money can make?
John Shiels: Temptation is obviously there but we give so much guidance and a lot of work is done with the youngsters, we have a group for that. We teach a lot about spotting false friends and watch your drink, eat well keep to your sport. But all the professionals are very disciplined/ focused and have clean living, but as I described the players do Social Education and are well aware of everything.
Me: Are the boys intelligent, do you recommend when being trained to keep education a priority? So the kid doesn’t think I’ve made it already. So basically in your honest opinions do you believe the boys should keep another option open as it can be a hard sport to break into?
John Shiels: It is such a gamble, so few get to the top, not many actually get to be the big professionals. But we always recommend keeping education and options open, but if we believe someone needs to take a different path we help them there. Here at Man United we have an educational welfare officer who keeps the education going. Even when you become a scholar you always have to do one day of education, they want you to pass, GCSEs or BTECs whatever.
As you can evaluate from that too Mr Shiels has full belief on ‘youngsters’ potential and is all about the development, I was shocked to hear how children from the age of 6 get the oppurtunity to train with Manchester United but by the very least disaPpointed. This is inspiring to hear and we enjoy the mult-culterelness that the club brings by introducing local players and joining them as one unit with the young boys from other countries.
"Back in my day..."; Could mobile technology pull schooling into 2013?
Many parents know the irritation of a one word answer or a hurried grunt to simple questions such as" how was your day", as their child chooses a cyber conversation over human interaction.
But instead of banning them from schools, should we harness the power in our pockets?
Mum of three and local guide leader Claire thinks we should take advantage of new technology. "At our guide unit, we used to have a complete ban on mobile phones, but now we try and take advantage of them. I trust my children to use their mobile's sensibly, and i know my guides will too, so why not use them? Mobiles help us to find out about the rest of the world from our own guide hut, and can help us with all kinds of things, from research to music."
And she isn't the only one that agrees. Many teachers are now taking advantage of laptops and computers to aid research in lessons, and see the potential of these personal computers, as do students.
However, some people have their doubts, like local high school teacher Miss A. "Although i think mobiles are great, and i love to have them as a research resource, i am worried about the idea. Some students may take advantage of this freedom, and go off task to social networking sites. Although this is a risk with all computers in school, we can monitor school devices, but we really have no control over mobiles, and what students do with them.
"Also, if students don't have the latest phones they could be made to feel inferior, or cyber bullying could become a larger problem."
Some students are also questioning having mobiles in the classroom. Teenagers like Christoph and Josh were worried about their phones not being good enough. "The internet on my phone is rubbish, it's always really slow and annoying, and i know i can't afford a new one until my contract runs out, i don't want people seeing mine and I'd want to go on games if i had my phone out."