BBC School News Report

BBC School News Report is a journalism project for students aged 11 to 18 across the UK. Students make the news and upload it to the school website that is then linked to the BBC via their interactive map. This means that our news is accessible to a worldwide BBC audience. BBC School News Report showcases the work of School Reporters across BBC programmes in the UK on News Day. 

News articles produced by our students on News Day over recent years are shown below:

Are Dogs Really Dangerous or are owners treating them ruff? March 2019

Are Dogs Really Dangerous or are owners treating them ruff?

The dangerous dog act is a law that stops all dangerous dogs being allowed in the UK. In 1991, the Government introduced this law because apparently too many people were getting hurt due to these dogs. Four types in particular were identified by the Act: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro.

Now, let me ask you something. Is it the dog that trains itself to be bad or the owner?

Equality is important, even in dogs. It is said that the Government do not refer to the dogs as their breeds; they are called ‘type’. That is just cruel. Would you like to be called ‘that’ or ‘type’? No, I didn’t think so.

However, I know that if they get rid of the law people would live in distress. They believe that if they get rid of the law, it means there is a higher risk of a human population decrease. It won’t be a major decrease but there is a chance. There are always going to be people who despise dogs but there are also people who love dogs. An anonymous person is quoted as saying: “I love dogs but I would hate one of my family members to get hurt.”

People are moderately similar to dogs. How? I’ll tell you. We get angry and if it gets out of control we have to go to anger management classes or therapy. Why when a dog gets angry, because of their past or owners, they get put down? It’s not fair!

When reporters asked a young girl, Poppy J, the question of ‘Do you think dogs are dangerous?’ she replied: “I feel as though each dog can be really well behaved if trained in the correct way. However, if this does not occur, they can become what the government think is dangerous. The majority of the time it isn’t their fault that they're dangerous because they have been treated critically by mankind”

There is also Rosie H who believes “Some dogs have instincts to hunt and kill which is dangerous, but if dogs are trained from a young age, they can

be good. In some respects I think the dangerous dog act could let the ban slide, because it can be the way they are treated, and if they are trained, they can be tamed. However, if the banned dogs have very strong instincts, they could be very hard to train and be a threat. For that reason I think the DDA (dangerous dog act) should stay in place, or make an exception and make a law which says the dogs must have a special type of training.”

“When the dog bit me, it was like a tap turning on” said Claire Ryder, 24, who was attacked by a vicious bull terrier on the 5th of March 2019, noted Teesside Live. The dog left her with a fatal lip injury which led her needing plastic surgery. This serious incident is one example of the need for the DDA law to be present today.  

A dog’s mind-set and behaviour depends on their life at the moment and their past. Treat a dog bad, it comes out bad and vice versa. In conclusion, I feel that the DDA was a bad idea, to a certain extent. If they were more lenient, a higher amount of people would be support the ludicrous law. On the other hand, the DDA was a necessary law. This is because in 2005 nearly thirty people were killed or fatally hurt by one of the 4 dangerous dog breeds.

Report by Hannah, Year 8, 6th March 2019 


Article 13: The End of YouTube’s Golden Age? March 2019

Article 13: The End of YouTube’s Golden Age?

Article 13, a term stating copyright laws that are enforced more. The term is that copyrighted videos, songs, photos and material of the like will be fully removed from content sharing services, like YouTube. This can affect a huge amount of gamers streaming and YouTubers jobs on the site. Also, it can affect advertising, jobs and people’s liking of video-streaming sites.

YouTube and many other people on the site were trying to stop this, as they were sure that they would lose a couple thousand views and will possibly fail to keep up with the YouTube algorithm, meaning it should change. YouTube’s Twitter account has been posting multiple links to petitions to have the terms of Article 13 changed. 

One avid YouTube user, during an interview, has said “Basically, I think YouTube will just be destroyed, all YouTubers will use copyrighted material in some way, they will try and make a good video, this is how they make their money and a lot of YouTubers will lose their job and I think maybe YouTube will shut down”. When the question about ad revenue came up, there was an agreement: “I believe that they will lose money because ads are an essential part of a YouTuber’s career and so they could be pulled from the site, so they will lose money if Article 13 is put into effect”.

Finally, advertisements, but most likely sponsorships, could be banned because of copyrighted images being used, so people would get a copyright strike.

“There is a chance that it could be near impossible to enforce, because of how large YouTube is”, says a local Computer Science Teacher.

Overall, we will have to wait and see what the impacts of Article 13 are when it comes into effect.

Jericho, Year 8 


Brexit: Is it going ahead? March 2019

Brexit: Is it going ahead?

Lately people have been asking the question: “Will we be leaving the EU by the 29th March?” and the answer to that is, probably not.

Mrs May has said MPs will have the ability to have a second vote on a Brexit deal by 12th March. If MPs reject her deal again, they will be asked to vote on whether they would like to leave the EU without a deal instead (they are expected to say no to this). If they do say no, Mrs May will ask MPs to vote on whether the leaving date of the 29 March should be pushed back. Mrs May has said that the latest it would go to is the end of June and that would "almost certainly" be a one-off. The most votes for leaving came from England and Wales; however, Scotland and Northern Ireland wanted to stay. After the vote, members of both anti-Brexit countries revealed that they wanted to leave the United Kingdom, become independent and stay in the EU. This would make the crossing borders a lot more complicated hence there are already protests to stop this. The Financial Times noted that “There is evidence in the polling data that a minority of Leave supporters are changing their minds about the way they voted in the referendum— notably among those influenced by the state of the economy, and younger people.”

We interviewed a person, who wishes to remain anonymous, who said: “That’s how we do it; we enjoy a nice and sunny beach in Spain or Southern France, come back home and vote for Brexit. Just because some “smart” politician said it will be better for our healthcare. I’m telling you: Brexit is the worst thing that will happen to us. And it definitely won’t improve our healthcare, or anything else. And if it’s going to be a No-Deal Brexit, which is quite likely, the UK’s borders will be shut and we can’t enjoy Spain’s sunny beaches anymore. Oh, and a top tip: go down to the nearest supermarket and buy as much food as possible. That way you might survive Brexit.”

Further to this, according to the Daily Mail, the IRA planted Explosive packages in yellow jiffy bags that were sent to Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo station. The envelopes had a 2018 Irish postage stamp and had Dublin as their return addresses. Irish police are investigating possible links to the New IRA and Brexit. Heathrow was badly disrupted because they had to evacuate the building due to the fact that the small IED blew up and started a small fire.

The Guardian noted that Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former mayor of New York, stated “Brexit is the single stupidest thing any country has ever done, apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president.” He then stated: “My former wife was a Brit, my daughters have British passports, so we love England – it’s the father of our country, I suppose. But what they are doing is not good and there is no easy way to get out of it because if they don’t pay a penalty, everyone else would drop out. So they can’t get as good of a deal as they had before.”

Our studies within school show that 42% of people know what Brexit is. However, 58% do not know or are not sure what Brexit is which is concerning when you consider how imminent this is. If you compare it to the voting stats which were 51.9% voted leave to 48.1% voted stay, it is fairly similar. If you add the fact that leaving was better funded and advertised than the stay campaign, you can see how we ended up here.

The Independent claims that Donald Trump stated that “Brexit will be a great thing for Britain to do” and “I thought the UK was so smart in getting out.”   

The final question is, how will Britain fair in the months and even years to come?

By Charlie and Balint, Year 8


The Price of Pollution - March 2019

The Price of Pollution

Plastic is becoming more and more abused in the retailing world. This means it is becoming harder to buy anything that does not contain plastic. Producers are using plastic for everything such as fruit, meat, bottles and lots more. It is even sneaking into green grocers and butchers where you would not expect to find it.

The reason why people still buy plastic is because it is lots cheaper than buying sustainable material. One example being that in Tesco a four pint plastic bottle of milk costs £1.10. Yet, if you were to buy four one pints delivered in a glass bottle, it would cost £3.24. This is a problem because consumers are not willing to pay the extra price of using glass bottles instead and then having them washed although many would prefer to use deliveries but don’t because of the expense.

Some different places are trying to solve these problems by recycling plastic materials. Various schools are having competitions over which form can bring in the most milk bottle lids, (don’t worry there is a purpose for this). Once the competition is over, all the milk bottle lids will be sent to Lush (a body shop) to be recycled and used as packaging. Another solution is to donate plastic bags, bottles, food containers, bins and other plastics to recycling bins. This may sound obvious but it clearly isn’t because it doesn’t seem to be happening. An evident solution is to support some charities such as “Plastic Oceans”, a website that tries to persuade businesses to reduce their plastic usage. You can make a difference by contacting the businesses yourself and telling them the impact it’s having on the Earth.

Some passionate people who want to completely get rid of plastic in their lives will struggle because even things like shampoo bars are difficult to find at overly expensive prices like a £9.00 D R Harris Arlington Shampoo bar. People are also starting to take a higher interest in soap dispensers than bars of soap which is unusual because surely people would want to save their planet?

Lots of people feel strongly about this matter including a concerned interviewee, who cares about the environment and the impact we are having on wildlife, said: “The Government should make people aware about the fine for people who are spotted littering on purpose because it would make a big difference to the current pollution situation.”

Two Oceans Aquarium state that: “Plastic pollution causes great harm to the organisms big and small that encounter it. From tiny corals to majestic whales, more than 700 marine species are known to be killed either by the ingestion of plastic or entanglement - resulting in more than 100 million animal deaths a year, that we know of. Right now there are more than 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. That's 51 trillion deadly hazards that animals need to avoid.”

Biologists are becoming extremely concerned about the threats it is putting on river life. This is a very serious matter and should be seen to before it is too late and the planet is ruined.

Emma, Year 8


Gender pay gap: women falling short? March 2019

Gender pay gap: women falling short?

Within modern society, the pay gap has become normality to many people, and is scarcely addressed as a serious problem. The gender pay gap is affecting woman in medium paid jobs and above. Due to sexism and gender inequality there has always been a pay gap between male and female workers. The pay gap is an issue occurring across the globe but affects high income countries the most. Which leads to the question, are woman getting what they deserve in the 21st century?

In the UK, women earn 9.1% less on average than men per hour in full time jobs which equals to about £1.32 less for women. Some surprising offenders are Ryanair who pay female employees only 71.8% of a men’s wage, when they are doing the same job. Even the women keeping us safe, such as the police, get 27.5% less than male police officers.

Maternity leave is big factor that affects woman’s income. Female employees get up to 52 weeks of maternity leave but most come back after 26 weeks due to financial problems in supporting their child’s development. This can also lead to demotion because their co-workers will have a more developed skill set due to their time off. This leads to men being 40% more likely to be promoted just because women are expected to stay home and look after their family after giving birth.

According to the BBCs research, many women say they aren’t outraged by the recently released figures because it is expected. Most companies are male dominated, so do women really have a say? Will speaking out put their job in danger or will it finally be taken into consideration?

After interviewing pupils of both genders we came to the conclusion that many people agree that the pay gap is completely unfair and should be changed. We asked the pupils what they thought of the pay gap. One of the female students stated “It’s unfair because women work as hard as men do”.

While the response we got from the male students was somewhat similar as they said “I hate it” and “I think it’s completely unfair”. Our head mistress said “women can do a job just as well as men can” but she went on to say “I believe I am equal to men in my profession as a teacher” showing she believes there is little gender inequality in teaching, especially as she holds the position of the highest authority in school. Although we have noticed that more male teachers are in positions of authority even though the female teachers outnumber the male staff.

Mr Poeti, Head of Years 8 and 9 at Woolmer Hill, stated that “Regardless of gender, the best person for the job should have the job.”

As we previously recognised, the pay gap only affects jobs with medium pay and above. One example of a no pay gap company is fast food restaurants such as McDonalds. According to the business section on the BBC website, only 8% of companies have no pay gap. Also, there are 5% more women in lower paid jobs.

Back in April 2018, a group of female cross party MPs launched a campaign called #paymetoo to end the gender pay gap. For example, within the labour party there is a 4% gender pay gap. Before that, in 2017, the prime minister announced a new drive to clsoe the pay gap.

Theresa May delivered a speech in Birmingham in which she said:  “if you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man” as a point of injustice that needed to be fought against.

In conclusion, we have discovered no reason for a pay gap other than being in favour for men. Throughout time we have gotten so far with gender equality. Women gained the vote. Women gained the right to work. So why aren’t we working for equal pay?

Gracie and Lyla, Year 8



Will women ever be equal? March 2019

Will women ever be equal?

Over the past few years, the issue of women’s equality has been a current topic again due to the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote. It is an important issue that isn’t addressed enough in modern society. The problem is often addressed through sport but also happens in other jobs and industries.

Recently, a report commented, in one 7-8 page newspaper sports review, only about men - not one article was about a woman. This is shocking as so much is going on in sport at the moment to do with women, such as Laura Muir won two gold medals last weekend at the European Indoor championships.

Miss Rowley, an English teacher at a secondary school, said: “I think it seems unfair that so much funding and support is put into men’s sport and not an equal amount into sport for women.” Currently the women’s Six Nations are running alongside the men’s Six Nations. It began on February 1st and ends on March 17th.  There are many websites with pages long of information on men’s Six Nations rugby however female Six Nations only has a few with much less information.

One key part of gender inequality is the pay gap and in general the difference in money and funding between the two genders. For example, women who play in the women’s super league get paid £26,752 on annum; however, men get paid on average £2.64 million a year - nearly 100 times the women’s figure. The prize money is also very different: the USA women’s team won the world cup picking up a £1.5 million reward yet the men at the same tournament took away a £26.5 million prize. That is so unfair! One reason that men get more money is that there is more coverage and there are more sponsors for men so more money is invested and tickets can cost more. This means that more money is accumulated so can go towards the prize money.

A PE teacher, Miss Bell, stated: “Males get paid more than females; there is more coverage of male sport than there is female sport. There is also a greater opportunity for males to females.”

Another problem is girls at a younger age are often told they can’t play rugby or even football because it is a boys’ sport. This then means there are fewer women to keep the teams going and fewer young people interested in matches.

A survey showed that 40% of women in the sport industry face gender discrimination. And even more shockingly, 30% experienced inappropriate behaviour from the opposite gender, yet only 1 in 10 men had experienced it. 40% of women felt that their gender could have a negative impact in the way in which they are valued by others.

Despite all this, some sports are making an effort. Hockey has got the same priced tickets for men’s and women’s matches. Netball is also now being broadcast on TV and matches are selling out.

This will be a problem for the foreseeable future but it is great to see some sports making breakthroughs and hope that this continues into the future. 

Poppy, Year 8


Phonophobia - Phono-what? March 2019

Phonophobia - Phono-what?

People with Phonophobia fear loud sound. It is an anxiety disorder, not a hearing disorder. Phonophobia is also called Ligyrophobia. The name "Phonophobia" originates from the Greek words for sound and fear.

This common, yet unnoticeable condition, occurs commonly in most young children but may occur in adults as well. Sudden loud and unexpected sound can cause anxiety attacks in a person who suffers from Phonophobia. People with Phonophobia may be fearful of devices that can suddenly emit loud sounds, such as alarms.

Sensory overload in relation to noise may be referred to as hypersensitivity to noise or Phonophobia. This may develop following brain injury or injury to the inner ear. Everyday sounds or frequencies may be experienced as uncomfortably loud or painful. These sounds/frequencies would be perceived as normal and comfortable by people without brain injury.

Sometimes you can notice some of the symptoms of Phonophobia. This can be, a desire to flee, intense fear of loud sounds, excessive sweating, irregular heartbeat, nausea or dizziness, a panic attack, fainting or a severe mood swing after hearing a loud sound.

There is no single, proven treatment available that can cure Phonophobia. However, popular types of therapy have proven useful in helping people cope with the symptoms of Phonophobia. Exposure therapy is when exposing the patient to the source of their anxiety or its context without the intention to cause any danger. Doing so is thought to help them overcome their anxiety or distress. And cognitive behavioural therapy is among the most popular. They can be used in combination with prescription medication to help reduce anxiety and ease stress.

One person who has Phonophobia, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated: "It can be uncomfortable and tiring. It causes less concentration and struggling to cope in loud environments. Phonophobia can affect mine and others lives, it does not give you the freedom to go everywhere you want or even need." 

I wrote this article to tell others about this problem and how it affects people with Phonophobia. I suffer from Phonophobia and so do many others, I just wanted to show that Phonophobia is no laughing matter and it does affect people who suffer from it.

Have you ever considered you suffer from Phonophobia? Consult your local GP; please do not do a self-diagnosis using the internet.

Source to find out more about Phonophobia:

Evelyn, Year 8


Will there ever be an end to Animal Cruelty? March 2019

Beaten, Abused and Tortured: Will there ever be an end to Animal Cruelty?

All around the globe, animals are being burnt, tortured and kept in bad conditions with no food or water – leaving them starved. Every year, over 100 million animals are killed world wide for laboratory experiments, medicines, food and cosmetics. These are innocent animals that don’t deserve to be treated in this vile, monstrous manner. 2 .7 million animals are abandoned on the streets every year and it’s slowly increasing due to the lack of rescue centres and adoptions happening across the globe.

The RSPCA is an organisation that is funded by donations from the British public. They rescue mistreated animals, nurse them back to full health and raise them for adoption. Regardless of this, if an animal is in the shelter for more than 72 hours (3 days) they have to be euthanized to make room for new animals in the shelter.

However, there are currently only nine shelters in the UK and there is no government funding. The charity has to raise £110 million a year. The RSPCA is so important to the UKs animal welfare system and, on average, every 30 seconds someone in the UK dials their animal cruelty helpline. 41,000 animals are taken into the shelters every year.

Another issue the RSPCA faces is that the average working salary is £13,186 more than what the RSPCA rescuers earn per year. Therefore people don’t want to apply for this job because it’s not really a living wage.

The first law for animal cruelty was made in 1876 and now the maximum fine for animal abuse is £20,000. The maximum sentence from the Crown Court is 5 years however from Magistrate is only 12 months.

Poppy J, from Woolmer Hill School, said that: “I think it is horrible and a disgrace and more funding should be put towards it. I think there should be harsher laws and more awareness raised to children and adults.”

There is still so much more we could do to help stop this, such as: reporting cases as soon as you see it to 0300 1234 999 (the 24 hour report helpline); donating to the rescue centres near you; teaching children how to respect animals from a young age; and offer a foster home to ill, injured and mistreated animals who have been rescued from cruelty and neglect.

Would you want your beloved pet treated in such a disgusting, sickening way? Join the campaign to help end animal cruelty once and for all.

Poppy and Louise, Year 8



Equal Skills, Equal Rewards? March 2019

Equal Skills, Equal Rewards?

If I were to ask you to give examples of famous sports legends, I’m sure that most of you would with answers such as; Ronaldo, Kane, or Murray. Only a small percentage of you would answer with sports women such as; Steph Houghton, Karen Bardsley, or Serena Williams. I bet almost all of you don’t even know who they are.

This is because male sports are proven to have more coverage on TV. One student said: “I try to watch women’s football on TV, and it is incredibly hard to find, whereas men’s football is always on the most popular channels.” Stories on women’s sports average 77 seconds, which is nearly 50% shorter than male focused sports stories.

Average ticket prices for a men’s football match is £31 (for a standard seat). However, the average price for a ticket to a women’s match is under £6 (for a standard seat). This might be because women’s football has fewer views than men, but people may think the reason this is because men are better players than women. People who watch football, may think that men’s football is better quality and they play better than a woman would ever be able to, which is definitely not the case, it is just that the viewers haven’t been exposed enough to the female sport.

Everyone thinks that footballers get paid excessive amounts of money, which is true in some respects, but is not the case for female footballers. For instance, the average pay for a professional male footballer is 2.64 million pounds a year. This is a huge difference compared to a female professional footballer’s wage, because they get paid an average of £26,752 a year! That is just over half of a male’s average weekly pay.

We interviewed a student, who is a budding female football player, and she said: “I think it’s not fair that men get paid more than women, but I think that the reason for this is because not enough companies are advertising women’s games. If there was more advertisement, to try to get more people to watch the female footballers, more profits would be made, and this could increase the wage of the female players.”

A female P.E. Teacher was also interviewed, to give her opinion on this topic, and she said: “I think there needs to be equal opportunity for boys and girls, in all sports. That goes for boys in netball, boys in rounder’s etc. I think there needs to be an equal level of coverage of male and female sports on TV.”

One interviewed male P.E. Teacher: “I think it could be a potential problem for females around the secondary school age, who might want to peruse a career in elite sport. They might be put off due to the financial differences.”

A survey was completed to see how many males and females won the BBC Sports Personality Roll of Honour. The results were astonishing. From the 1954 to 2018, 70 people have won the award in total. 53 of them being male and a mere 17 female! This should not be this way. Does this show that males are dominating women?

This is disgusting to think that in this day and age there is still such an equality gap seeing how far we have come with diversity in communities. For years, the perception has been that males are stronger and provide better sports entertainment; this mind-set must change if equality is to be achieved. Although this is a major issue, slowly, things are improving and evening out. We hope that one day everyone will be treated equally.

Rosie and Lara, Year 8



World Book day- How can a book get a break when it’s always getting checked out? March 2019

World Book day- How can a book get a break when it’s always getting checked out?

World book day is a day when people can read as much as they like. People read for pleasure and satisfaction. The 23rd of April 1995 was the first world book day. People used to get together with their book clubs and read as much as they possibly could. This year, the brilliant book day is on Thursday the 7th of March.

At my school, we take world book day very seriously and competitively. Our magnificent librarian, Mrs Ewing, sets up some of the best activities such as: Battleships with books. In this activity, you have to travel around the library finding clues. Those clues help you find book titles Mrs Ewing’s picked. There are also many other games to do with books.

What is World Book Day about?

“It’s about promoting reading, reading for pleasure, enjoyment of books, sharing stories and recommendations. It’s a celebration to highlight that books are important” Quoted Mrs Ewing.

Many people from all over the world find reading a saviour and a sanctuary. They say books relieve stress and anxiety. I one hundred per cent agree. Reading is a life skill and the more you read, the more successful you will be. Some of the most popular children’s authors include: David Walliams who wrote Awful Auntie; Michael Morpurgo who wrote War horse; and Jacqueline Wilson who wrote Hetty Feather. Many young children ages 5-15 like reading books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney. I, myself, have read Jeff’s books and I adored them. They are so easy to read yet extremely gripping.

On World Book Day you get free book tokens which allows you to go to any book store that you are able to spend your tokens at. You choose one book and use you token to pay for it. Most people would think you have to pay for the token but no! The token and book come free!

In conclusion, Woolmer Hill has an amazing library thanks to our wonderful librarian and World book day is more important than you think it is. Reading books is a great way to spend your time when you are bored or even when you need to de-stress. Remember, Keep calm and Read a book.

Hannah, Year 8, 6th March 2019 


Smoking, Vaping … Brilliant or Bonkers? March 2019

Smoking, Vaping … Brilliant or Bonkers?

This article is about the dangers and the positives of smoking and vaping. In this modern day, vaping and smoking is becoming increasingly popular, but are we all aware of the consequences?

Smoking dangers…

In 1 single cigarette there are over 4,000 chemicals. Some of these chemicals include hydrogen cyanide - that was a chemical used to kill people in gas chambers and poison used on Death row we know this is in cigarettes as it is found in cigarette smoke. Also carbon monoxide is found in cigarette smoke and car exhausts; it is lethal in large amounts. Also, tar is found in cigarettes and tar creates a sticky brown substance inside your lungs. This makes fatty substances passing through the artery to stick to this wall, this causes blockages making it harder for the oxygen to travel to your brain and to your heart. This can cause heart attacks and strokes. Here are some of the harmful chemicals smokers are inhaling into their bodies. Would you like to be inhaling these? Sounds like a nice diet: rat poison, rocket fuel, batteries and poison used on Death Row. There are also over 50+ known cancers that cigarettes cause.

The positives of smoking:

·        Smoking lowers the risk of knee replacement surgery.

·        Smoking lowers risk of Parkinson’s disease .

·        Smoking lowers risk of obesity.

·        Smoking lowers risk of death after a heart attack but you are more prone to have a heart attack by smoking.

·        Smoking helps the heart drug Clopidogrel work better .

Zoe from gave an interview about her smoking life and she said what she liked about smoking was: “the bonding I experienced with other smokers. The feeling of creating a ritual. Watching the cigarette burn and watching the smoke swirl.” She also said what satisfaction she felt from smoking.


Vaping is one of the many ways people have tried to quit smoking. But is it significantly different and better than smoking?

Vaping is the title for an electric cigarette, it contains e -liquids or juices which gives your vape a flavour. Some positives of vaping are its safer than smoking, it doesn’t make your environment smell of smoke so no obnoxious odours. There are lots of flavours and vaping 360 says “endless options to choose in e-juice.”

But as these e-cigarettes are so new, we are not aware of all of the dangers. But for everything in cigarettes it is suggested that they are in vapes as well but in a lower quantity so they are still very dangerous. 

In a school survey, it was noted that 52.94% of people thought vaping was ‘stupid’ and  76.94% said smoking was ‘stupid’. 94.12% said they never thought about vaping or smoking. 58.82% also said you should be 21 years old to be able to smoke. Whereas, 52.94% said the age should be 21 years old for vaping which suggests that people think that vaping is not as bad as smoking.

In conclusion, smoking and vaping have their good points but also a lot of bad points. We hope this helped you understand the dangers and positives of vaping and smoking. Thanks to the British Heart Foundation, Live Science, PubMed and Zoe from for their research.

By Peter and Josh, Year 8                                

Stephen Hawking Remembered 2018

Stephen Hawking Remembered 2018

Hello I am Max, and this is more of WH news.

Yesterday morning, the tragic news of Stephen Hawking’s death was announced.

Tributes are flowing in because of this news. Stephen Hawking had a brilliant sense of humour and a brilliant brain. His humour was very creative and was demonstrated on many TV shows, such as: The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.

He developed Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND) when he was in university which left him nearly paralysed. He spoke using a voice synthesizer by selecting letters using his cheek, he was able to communicate with others. He had a tablet computer on the arm of his wheelchair which used windows; this allowed him to access his emails, the internet and Microsoft word to write his lectures.

His science

Stephen Hawking is well known due to his scientific achievements. He discovered the black hole and discovered large amounts about them; his scientific achievements have allowed everyone to see how the universe really works. He has greatly advanced how we understand the universe.

He was obsessed with black holes and found out so many things, for example black holes would disappear and release a burst of energy equivalent to a million megaton hydrogen bombs.

He met many important people, including presidents of America and Queen Elizabeth II and many more. Barack Obama gave him the presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour in 2009.

Mrs Francis, Physics teacher and Head of Science said, “We mourn the loss of an extraordinary physicist and cosmologist who has paved the way for future development in the understanding of space, life and the universe. The fact that so many students know of this man shows his value to science.”

Max, Year 7, Woolmer Hill School

Carnegie Award Books Announced March 2018

Carnegie Award Books Announced

Carnegie awards are awards for the best children’s book and is an award given by librarians. It is a short list of eight books. These books are:

  • ‘Wed Wabbit’ - Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)
  • ‘After the Fire’ - Will Hill. (Usborne Publishing)
  • ‘Where the World Ends’- Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne Publishing)
  • ‘Rook’- Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)
  • ‘Release’ - Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
  • ‘Saint Death’ - Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
  • ‘The Hate U Give’ - Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
  • ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ -Lauren Wolk (Corgi)

The books that are nominated have to be read by the Judges. Normally there are twenty books but they narrow it down to eight books at this stage. Today, on the 15th March, the short list came out. Some children read some of the voted books (well as many as they can) and they have to say what they think about those books they’ve read. Students can meet weekly to discuss their opinions of the books and enjoy a biscuit or two.

Woolmer Hill School will compete against other local schools on the 13th June. They will be the host school for the first time in a few years. The Librarian, Mrs Ewing, is very excited about this event.

Alice and Leo, Year 7, Woolmer Hill School


International Womens Day March 2018

International Women’s Day

International women’s day is a day celebrated by many women and men all over the world. It’s a celebration of all the challenges women have overcome throughout history.

The first international women’s day ever celebrated on March 8th was in 1914. Women have done many things throughout history to campaign for equal rights between men and women. Women’s inventions have not always been recognised either:

Women’s inventions include :

  • Kevlar (which is used in bullet proof vests) invented by Stephanie Kwolek, Monopoly (A popular family board game) invented by Elizabeth Magie,
  • Wind screen wipers invented by Mary Anderson.
  • Caller ID invented by DR Shirley Ann Jackson
  • And computer software invented by Grace Hopper. She also popularized the term “de-bugging” when a moth was removed from inside her machine.

As well as these many inventions women have been fighting for equal rights by taking part in marches and protests, for example: In 1908, fifteen thousand women went through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and equal voting rights. Later, in 1911, for the first time international women’s day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. In 1914, there was a march from bow to Trafalgar Square for women’s suffrage. Sylvia Pankhurst, the leader of the suffrage, was arrested on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square.

One of the most well-known women who campaigned for women’s rights was Sylvia Pankhurst: Sylvia Pankhurst was the daughter of a suffragette co-founder.

A suffragette was a group of women who fought for women’s rights in the late 19th century. While she was working for the suffragettes she designed banners, flags, decorated halls and spoke to large audiences. In 1906, Sylvia went to prison for the first time, in prison she was force fed and spent weeks and months on sleep , thirst and hunger strikes.

During this time women would wear the colours white, green and purple: this is so any suffragettes could easily recognise each other and talk about women’s rights. They usually wore these colours using jewellery as they were discrete. There are many campaigns for women’s and girls’ equality, including: WAGGGS, he for she, and 50/50:

50/50 is a campaign for actresses and actors to be represented in equal numbers that has been active for the past two years. Actresses and actors such as Dame Penelope Wilton, Olivia Colman, Charlie Murphy, Rebecca Front and Emma Watson are actively working to help.

A South African politician who acts as United Nations official, and the Executive Director of UN Women, made a speech about 50/50 to the Chatham House Members, and stated: ‘No country in the world has achieved gender equality.In fact, we are alarmingly unequal.’

Emma Watson, who also made a speech, stated: ‘When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press. At 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn't want to appear “muscly". When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings. I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.’

We interviewed teachers and asked them what they thought about the reasons 50/50 is campaigning. Their feelings were very diverse. Miss Collins, a history teacher, stated she understood the need for the campaign, but was “a little conflicted.”

One of the school’s maths teachers, Mrs Taylor, said “I think it’s sad that there is even a need to campaign. I have two daughters myself, and I would expect them to be paid as much as any man!” Also, one English teacher commented: “it is a really important reason they are campaigning.”

From the 50/50 campaign, we can infer that this fight has been happening for a long time and is still a divisive topic. The suffragettes fought for it, Emma Watson and 50/50 are fighting for it. One thing is for sure, the war for equality is not over.

Lizzie and Katie, Year 7, Woolmer Hill School 

Orchestra Day and Young Musician of the Year 2018

Orchestra Day And Young Musician of the Year.

Good afternoon this is Charlie with more of the WH news.

This is the 16th year of Orchestra day. This year it occurs today on Thursday 15th March. Woolmer Hill music teacher, Mr Matthew Nash, is running the day using his years of expertise. Year 8 pupil, Tilly, who is a violin player, commented on orchestra day saying: “It’s a good experience for all. It’s a great place to make new friends and helps improve your academic achievements. It is a great way to be cooperative.”

Mr Matthew Nash explains that he runs Orchestra Day because “It promotes music at Woolmer Hill” and “encourages participation”. Taking place in Woolmer Hill School’s hall, pupils from local schools such as Shottermill, St Bart’s and Beacon Hill will partake. Year 11pupil, Ruthie explains “That I really enjoy music and like watching others who enjoy it too.” Another year 11, Dan, also praises the events saying: “I want to inspire others to do music as well.”

Young Musician of the Year.

Also this evening, Young Musician of the Year will consist of a competition for senior solos, junior solos and duets. This is also organised by Mr Matthew Nash. Winner of Young Musician of the Year 2017, Annie, is quoted as saying “It’s an amazing experience because you learn how to connect with the audience and it helps you understand how to perform.” She says “I think it made solely for people to be seen, stand out and challenge themselves and most importantly HAVE FUN!”

Charles, Year 7, Woolmer Hill School


Gun Violence in schools – should guns be banned? March 2018

Gun Violence in schools – should guns be banned?

A generation raised by gun violence sends a loud message to the adults:


Last year in 2017 there were 15,549 deaths which are 15,549 more deaths than anyone wanted. On average 89 out of 100 people do own a gun in America. There have been eight school shootings since the start of 2018.

Thousands of students in the United States walked out of class on Wednesday 14th March to protest gun violence- they walked out for 17 minutes for the seventeen people killed at Florida Marjory stoneman Douglas high school one month ago. The walkout began around in each time zone!

A few participants read the names of the victims of the ghastly shootings. At Granada hills charter high school in LA, pupils lay down on the football field to spell out the one word that represents their feelings to the violence- that word: ENOUGH.

The demonstrations continued throughout the day through numerous cities. Participants waved signs and chanted ‘enough’ as they marched through the streets and rallied in front of government buildings, including the White House.

They called on lawmakers to do something about it, before another school falls victim to the atrocities. Many children and adults have lost something from gun violence and many people are now standing up to it. Yet there may be some pros.

Terrorists are now able to access guns and bombs- so if a teacher can access guns it may save lives, for example, if a dangerous person is in the school they can shoot them. 55% of American citizens said they wanted stricter gun laws, and a mere 10% of people wanted less strict laws; one in three people wanted the law to stay the same. In the last several years, there has been a rise of those favouring stricter gun measures.

Some people think that having teachers carry guns would act as a deterrent to school shooters and terrorists to even come there in the first place. Local student, Spencer, said that he “believes a man and woman should have a right to protect their house and believes a man should have the right to defend anyone who can’t defend themselves.”

Although the Parkland School had an armed sheriff’s deputy, this did not stop an attack as he never even encountered the gunman. Another opinion in this debate is should this even be the job of a teacher?

We have exclusive interviews from teachers and students from a school in the U.K about what they think about guns: One teacher, Mrs Gregory, said that: “No, they would not want to be responsible for having a gun, that guns should not be in schools. It’s a stupid idea.”

Mrs Ewing, a former resident of the United States of America, “I personally think that the gun culture in America is out of control. Assault rifles should be banned because they are designed for violence. This has been an argument for a long time and small increments should be made. They (the government) need to start somewhere with this divisive subject.”

A Year 7 pupil, from Woolmer Hill, said: “When I was in America there was a shooting in Dolores Park, San Francisco where there were three gunmen who shot three people and critically injured them. This was quite shocking because I had never experienced being near a shooting before.”

Another pupil gave the advice: “Don’t bully or give people a hard time - sometimes the shooters are the people who are angry and lonely. They often shoot people to get rid of and cure their frustration. Remember you don’t know what people will be going through at home.”

As American politicians continue to debate this topic, the fate of gun laws hangs in the balance.

Harvey, Max, Cassius and Balint, Year 7, Woolmer Hill School




UK Teacher Shortage 2018

UK Teacher Shortage

This week the government have been discussing the topic of a teacher shortage in the UK. There is a lack of teachers in Britain because the demand is too high for the teachers so they are leaving the profession. As the number of pupils is growing, this is a cause for concern for the country.

From 2010 to 2012 there has been a rise by 15,500 in teachers in primary schools but in the same amount of time there has been a drop in secondary schools by 10,800 teachers.

Ofsted have even commented on the lack of teachers “pupils are part of the reason that new teachers are leaving” they also said “teacher recruitment had always been an issue”   

We were talking to some of the teachers in our school to see what they think about this. Miss Rowley, English teacher, says: “I wanted to be a teacher because it’s a rewarding job because you can see results of your efforts and you can be proud of pupils. You can also help pupils achieve their dreams and get their dream jobs.”

Hopefully the government will resolve these issues soon so that one of the longest running professions can continue to grow.


Alice and Leo, Year 7, Woolmer Hill School

Generalising Genders - Thursday 16 Mar 2017



From sports to uniform, we will be discussing gender stereotypes in school.

For years the media has been covering the fight for gender equality. From Maya Angelou to Emma Watson and Ryan Gosling, celebrities are inspiring youngsters to support this issue and help bring about full equality. But this raised the question to, how good is gender equality in schools? We interviewed teachers around our school too see the different opinions and how it should be approached.

We thought that sport within schools was the main school subject that stereotyped and segregated genders. We are lucky at our school to have a mixed gender PE department, with mixed gender class and equal opportunities for pupils to play all sport, despite the stereotypical gender that goes with that sport. Mr Bone, a new PE teacher said that he thought that, “sports shouldn’t be gender specific, and we are very lucky here at Woolmer hill that everyone can participate in the sports they enjoy”. We think our school is taking a good step towards gender equality in the sports industry and other schools should follow. Cerys, a pupil at Woolmer Hill, was recently an ambassador for the This Girl Can campaign that was aimed to get girls into sport without the embarrassment and feeling of judgement. She mentioned that, “some girls might be more comfortable participating in single sex classes”. However, she went on to say that with mixed classes comes the ability to be confident in sport in front of other genders. We think that if mixed PE classes are the norm, then pupils would be used to it and never have to feel judged by other genders, but be encouraged and helped by them. In addition to that, Mr Emery, our head of PE, said that he thought it was good if, for example, “Miss Kevern, taught rugby”, a stereotypically male sport, “and I taught netball”, a stereotypical female sport. This would mean that the students would have someone to look up to and see that they can do it because the stigma would be broken down. He also went on to say that he thinks that the media coverage is improving because of advancements in technology, so multiple things can play at once which will improve the coverage of female sports. This, along with campaigns, such as the This Girl Can campaign, helps to encourage the younger generation to participate in sports if they want to, regardless of the gender they identify with.

Uniform is another big component when it comes to gender segregation. When you walk into a clothing store you will see a boy section and girls section, but is this the way forward? Many big fashion designers currently are producing unisex clothes, some masculine, and some feminine for all genders. However, for this to translate to school uniform there would need to be a unisex uniform that is for all genders. We asked teachers about this and they were all generally for it. We also discussed the fact that girls are allowed to wear trousers, but boys can’t wear skirts. Our drama teacher, Ms Ahmed stated, “If the girls wear trousers, I think that the boys should be able to wear skirts” She went on to add that boys should be allowed to wear skirts whether it is for a gender identity reason, or just for a fashion or comfort choice. Miss Rowley, an English teacher, commented that, “It’s about what you are comfortable in, what you are comfortable wearing.” We think that school uniform should be gender neutral, and while it’s there to limit self-expression and individuality, it shouldn’t been restricting pupils comfort and identity within their uniform.

Some of these ideas to encourage gender equality come with challenges. We talked to Mr Barraud, our deputy head about how we would go about gender equality in the uniform rules; this is where we stumbled across some problems. He did believe that a gender neutral school uniform is the way the worlds heading; however, he didn’t believe that we are ready for that yet. Moreover, while he agreed that in certain situations, such as gender identity, boys should be allowed to wear skirts. Although, he said that there would have to be a discussion and it couldn’t be a free rule for all because it may be abused by certain people wearing them as a joke. This could hurt the feelings of students who want to wear a skirt for a gender identity reason, which would pause the progression in equality. In addition to that, Mr Emery stated that, “I don’t think the gap is ever going to fully close in things such as football”, this is due to the grand scale of it; however, this doesn’t mean that we can’t have complete gender equality in other sports.

In conclusion, to combat this issue, we need to raise awareness and educate people on the issue of gender identity in schools. This would enable schools to improve gender equality within uniform because they could have neutral uniforms and anyone could wear what they feel comfortable in without the fear of being mocked.  Moreover, we think that schools should follow in our footsteps and have mixed gender PE classes that offer opportunities for all. While this would be a step forward in the right direction, there is still a long way to go until true gender equality has been achiever, and we can’t let it be swept under the bus or forgotten about until we have achieved complete equality.


By India and Sarah, year 10, Woolmer Hill School


Young Musician of the Year - Thursday 16 Mar 2017


Woolmer Hill Young Musician of the Year 2017

In its 15th year, this musical event occurs this year on Thursday 16th March. Woolmer Hill music teacher Mr Matthew Nash is running the day using his years of expertise. Taking place in Woolmer Hill School’s hall, pupils from local schools such as Shottermill, St Bartholomew’s and Beacon Hill will partake. The evening will consist of a competition for senior solos, junior solos and duets. Prizes and trophies are up for grabs.

Mr Matthew Nash explains that he runs Orchestra Day because “It promotes music at Woolmer Hill” and “encourages participation”. He thinks that this event encourages Junior School pupils to carry on with their music and playing instruments throughout their time at Woolmer Hill. Most importantly, he wants pupils to “have fun!”

He also stated: “(Young Musician of the Year) was set up by hard work and dedication and asking friends (also musicians) to help out”. Also, “Music enhances: teamwork, responsibility, creativity, punctuality, resilience, maths, language skills, social skills and cultural awareness”. This must mean that playing music is healthy and good for the mind.

A Year 10 Woolmer Hill pupil, Anastasia, is taking part in the Young Musician of the Year and says:

“I want to challenge myself and music is one of my most loved hobbies and I want to benefit from the hard work I have done”.

Also takes music as an extra GCSE in Woolmer Hill School. Her opinion of the music and Woolmer Hill School is “I am very grateful for this opportunity to do what I like on a higher scale also being able to have both academic and artistic successes. Woolmer Hill has made this experience possible”.

A Group of Guitarists said they were a “bit nervous” and thought it was a little scary but felt that they will gain “skill, learn new songs, learning new notes and  confidence.” One enthusiastic pupil also felt that one of the best outcomes from today’s events will be “fame!”

Overall, the event will be enjoyable and fun for everyone. The event will begin at 7pm tonight, all are welcome.

By Louie


Haslemere Hogs - Thursday 16 Mar 2017


Haslemere Hogs

You may be asking what a Haslemere hog is, well, we’re here to tell you.                                                               

A Haslemere Hog is a project using local artists and schools to decorate 60 fiberglass hogs that will be shown throughout the area for about three months. If you want sponsors, you need someone to sponsor £200 per hog just to decorate it or if you want to pre purchase the hog and decorate it will cost £400. This means once the hogs have been on show you will get it back and you won’t have to fight for it.


We, the Woolmer Hill school and many other schools and groups from the community of Haslemere community have decorated a hog to help out a few charities within the area (e.g: Kaleidoscope Trust, Action Medical Research for Children, Positive Action and the Haslemere Penny Ha’penny Trust).

Lots of schools around the community and area are participating in the Haslemere Hog. A couple of these schools are: Shottermill junior school, the royal school, St Bartholomew’s school amongst many others.

As well as schools, several amazing artists are also participating in the Haslemere Hog and a few of these are: Phil Bates, Melissa King and David Paynter Picassos and there are several more involved.

The Woolmer Hill School, have used our student’s best works to decorate the hog. These pieces of work are from many different subjects including art, drama, science, English, maths, the humanities and many more. The art teachers and technicians from Woolmer hill have made a collage on the hog then it will be decorated in varnish to make it water proof so it can be displayed outside.

One of the geography teachers at Woolmer Hill, Miss Van Rijn, said: “I did submit work, the work which I submitted included: graphs, volcano diagrams and maps”. She also said she thought the hog was “awesome” and she particularly liked that the hog was colourful and different things from all subjects were included.

Another teacher at Woolmer hill who also helped with the hog was the head of modern foreign languages, Miss Reynolds, stated: “I looked at some work and decided which pieces of work were appropriate”. Additionally she said was: “I think it looks beautiful and is fantastic to have” and that her favourite part of the hog that was that every subject had been included.

Our last member of staff Ms Handley, who is one of our school receptionists, said that “it looks amazing and my favourite part is the sausages on the hog’s nose.”

In our opinion, we think that Woolmer Hill’s creation of the hog is absolutely amazing and is a nice opportunity to bring all the community together. Another reason we like this hog is because all the different subject were included and they fit together so well.

By Bronwyn, Emma, Lucy and Wardah


Broadcasting for the B.B.C. - Thursday 16 Mar 2017


Broadcasting for the BBC

BBC Northampton is a very popular radio station which broadcasts weather, daily news and play songs. Two Woolmer Hill school students interviewed Isaac Brightmore who works for the BBC as an assistant technical broadcaster.

Isaac Brightmore stated: ‘‘my main role is to work on OB’s (Outside Broadcasts), this can be anything from broadcasting from schools to a pub or in the middle of a field using our satellite van (Verv). Part of the job requires me to interpret the producer of the show’s plan and explain how it is/not possible through the equipment we possess and compromise. I’m also able to give IT tech support for laptops and desktops PC’s for the journalists, repair equipment and drive live shows from the studio as an assistant producer or by playing out a pre-recorded show.’’

Isaac was interested in working for the BBC because:  His uncle works as an online journalist for the BBC and has been somewhat of a ‘‘role model’’ for me. He continued to say ‘‘I’ve known about the reputation the BBC has as an employer, how it treats its employees and where it could take me. I’ve always had a passion for music, media and technology and working for the BBC was the best combination of all my interests.’’

Before getting a job, Isaac was working as a session musician and in retail after graduating university. He was saying: looking for an opportunity to grow and learn as well as express his creativity. “The BBC is a reputable employer and you can expect any of its positions to receive numerous applicants. My job is relatively niche as there are only two engineers for the entire building but still receives multiple applicants of varying skill.”

In regards to qualifications, Isaac advised:

“Having a qualification in a related field is a big help; I studied Music Practice and Production at university and the skills I learnt there were transferable to work in radio though it wasn’t apparent to me at the time. There was a lot that I had to learn on the job but by showing how keen I was, I made the transition from freelancer to full time after 1 year.”

Overall working at the BBC seems to be a great opportunity for various skills to be developed.

Next, we wanted to find out Isaac’s taste in music, because of his place of work. He told us he enjoys folk, jazz and rock and that he can play lots of instruments. Isaac enjoys writing his own songs and singing live. What a talented man!

Everyone in life has goals they would like to achieve. So, we asked Isaac ‘What would you like to achieve in your job?’ He thought for a small while before replying: “I want to work on a large-scale event like a music festival to test my abilities and see how varied this job really is. I’d also like to become more confident and self-reliant in my role which will come with time and experience.”

Isaac Brightmore’s advice for future BBC Radio applicants: “Don’t be shy, I was lucky enough to be where I am just by knocking on their door and handing a CV in, volunteering and finding suitable work experience is key. Knowing what you want to do/study and showing an interest for the position/employer within your free time will put you above your competitors. If you’re struggling to find what you want to do, knowing what you dislike can be just as helpful at finding your dream job as long as you know that nothing in life worth having comes easy.’

Concluding our interview, we thanked Isaac for his time and help. It was extremely interesting interviewing somebody who worked in such a cool environment and we hope to do it again soon! We hope that our readers also feel very inspired.

By Megan and Josie.


The Woolmer Hill Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Thursday 17 Mar 2016


The Woolmer Hill ‘Mad Hatter’s’ tea party                                                             

The Mad Hatter visited Woolmer Hill School when the year 11 GCSE hospitality and catering cohort hosted a tea party on Wednesday 10th February. They had a range of delicious foods, from cream horns and quiche, to carrot salad and a colossal cupcake!

The guests had a long table, decorated with quotes and characters from Alice in Wonderland, and people from all over the school were there indulging in the array of foods that year 11 had produced, including staff of the year 11s’ choice.

 The way that the students had presented the food created an illusion of serenity and professionalism but all had changed once we stepped into the kitchen. The illusion that had us fooled had disappeared and we stepped into the real story: a mixture of flour and pans, which proved their hard work and effort.  

By Olivia


A Day in the Life of a BBC School News Reporter - Wednesday 16 Mar 2016


BBC News School Report

On Thursday 11th March, thirteen intrepid students took on one enormous challenge: reporting the news for the day. Each year, BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. These reports are uploaded to their school’s dedicated webpage, which is linked to the BBC. But what is it like to take part?  One thing’s for sure: there’s never a dull moment!

08.45: time to hold our first editorial meeting of the day. Guidelines on how to stay safe and legal are recapped, and the process for booking in and out the equipment is outlined: camera (which we bought this week from funds raised by Journalism Club!), iPad, press passes, pens…all present and correct. At this point, the inaugural biscuit count is undertaken. The outcome: plenty of supplies to get us through any story we may encounter. Time to deadline: 6 hours 25 minutes.

09.00: reporters are given half an hour to get their fingers on the pulse of today’s news; are there any breaking stories? The ‘5 Ws’ need to be investigated to determine whether it will be newsworthy: who, what, where, when, why. Time to deadline: 6 hours 10 minutes.

09.30: meet back at the main table for our second editorial meeting to feed back on the stories we have uncovered. We aren’t allowed to report on crime, and are unsure whether one of our stories might touch on this, so it’s time for our first check-in with the BBC to query whether we can cover this. Whilst we await their response, we decide on who will be covering what reports in the run up to break time. Two of our reporters have left the LRC to interview Mr Bridger for their news article. Time to deadline: 5 hours 40 minutes.

10.00: we hear back from the BBC – it’s a no-go on the story we queried, as it may develop into a criminal case. Not to worry, we have stories on phobias, ‘social suicide’,  junior doctors’ strikes, the EU referendum, Minecraft’s new education app, the Syrian orphan re-learning how to walk…not to mention a giant bunny rabbit and the proverbially British weather report. Three reporters are out filming the introduction to their news broadcast. Meanwhile, inside the LRC, the lollipops are out and the Rich Teas are open: we mean business. Time to deadline: 5 hours 10 minutes.

11.05: break time. An opportunity for us to capture interviews with other students. The LRC opens for the break time rush, and gives us a good opportunity to publicise BBC News School Report. Time to deadline: 4 hours 05 minutes.

11.30: time to update the BBC on what we’re up to. We email them with the stories we’ve decided to run with. We overcome a technical glitch with the camera by sourcing a card reader from the Art department (thank you Mrs Jones!). We have our first two written reports up on the dedicated Woolmer Hill BBC News School Report webpage. The Midget Gems are finished and the chocolate digestives are on the go. Time to deadline: 3 hours 40 minutes.

13.25: a flurry of activity over the past two hours; we’ve had survey collation, interview-backdrop-making, weather-report-graphic designing…plus we’re trying desperately to source an expert who can define what phobias are to give this story credibility. We’ve tried Haslemere Hospital, a Lead Matron, and all of the science department are busy! We’ve also been phoning the Eagle and BBC Radio Surrey to get a shout-out. Time to deadline: 1 hour 45 minutes.

14.10: lunchtime over. The LRC returns to a reporter-only zone. Furthermore, all attempts at biscuit pilfering by non-reporters were successfully handled. One of our reporters has just left to travel to Beacon Hill and cover their ‘Very Important Bear’ story. Apart from this we are in full editing mode. All the chocolate chip cookies are gone. Time to deadline: 1 hour.

15.00: intense mouse clicking fills the air. Will our edits make the deadline? It’s only ten minutes away!

15.10: most reports are in – success! All written reports are uploaded, and our roaming reporter has returned with her info. But another pesky technical glitch means we’re having problems uploading the video stories then embedding them to our webpage! DEADLINE REACHED.

15.15: reporters are released from their duties, with Mrs Law and Miss Bourne still working on the uploads…

16.00: an online video editor is contacted who resolves the technical problem – hurrah! – and the videos are uploaded ASAP. The empty biscuit packets flutter in the breeze from our sighs of relief…


Woolmer Hill Journalism Club does BBC School Report - Wednesday 24 Feb 2016

We are delighted to announce that the Woolmer Hill Journalism Club is taking part in the BBC School Report on March 10th 2016. We have a team of dedicated reporters ready to deliver articles about phobias, dicsrimination and computer games so far.


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