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Wingfield BBC School Report 2016

 

 Welcome to BBC School Report 2016, stay tuned for the latest news from the Wingfield Academy reporting team

 Cyber Bullying & Depression - what it is and what can be done to stop it

Declan & Georgia

Cyber Bullying: Cyber bullying only seems to happen online. You can receive just 1 message but that message can drag you down. Cyber bullying happens online such as on Facebook, messages and many more other social media sites.

Denigration - This is when someone sends other people information that’s false. It’s also known as “spreading rumours”. This can be very damaging and it is very untrue. The people/person doing this can even send others photos of the innocent person that may be offensive, rude and the pictures could probably not even be that innocent person.

Depression can develop as a result of cyber bullying. It can lead to a variety of outcomes such as, anxiety, self- harm, suicidal thoughts, stress, isolation, harassment and also health issues.

 How to solve this?...
 

Here in Wingfield Academy, we have a wide variety of ways to solve situations. For example, informing your form tutors, speaking to a member of staff/ SLT,YTL and if it is a serious matter, going to see a staff member in the HUB. The HUB is a safe zone in school where people that have experienced or are experiencing bullying can feel comfortable without being harassed by other students whilst continuing with their education. This will improve social skills and will make you feel more comfortable around school and in lesson. If it is outside of school make sure your parents/ guardians are aware of what is happening and don't suffer in silence.

            
 

 Kalenga asks the question - are electronic devices ruining our generation?
 

We hear it all the time - "Young people today are so concentrated on electronics that they forget to spend time with their friends and family. They’re more interested in who they meet online, people say, classifying these as their ‘real friends’. When they do spend time with their friends and/or family, it is only for a short amount of time so they can get back on their device." Many believe that this situation isn’t confined to young people as some parents use devices such as phones, iPads and tablets to sooth or quieten their children.

Only last weekend, I saw a four year old child in a well-known, popular restaurant, eating a meal whilst watching ‘Peppa Pig’ on a tablet surrounded by its family.  Instead of pulling a funny face or trying to entertain them in some way, these parents put a device in front of their child whilst they were eating. Why? Because it’s easier than parenting.  Children and babies in particular, need good stimulation from their parents. Surely, parents are the best app for any child.
 

I asked my classmates how many hours they spend on any electronic devices and the average amount of time was 6 hours per non-school day whilst adults averaged 6.5 hours a day.One student I interviewed said “I’ve had my phone taken off me by my mum and as a result I feel more concentrated at school, I feel healthier and my sleeping schedule has improved and obviously I’m far more sociable.”
 

Fascinating Fact: Americans check their phones 8 billion times a day. Just imagine, that’s 8 billion heads going down to look at a phone when they could be watching what’s going on around them!

 

 What is the Zika virus and how close is it to the UK?

By Lauren and Cody.
 

By the end of 2016 the CDC (Centre of Disease Control) has a predicted amount of 700,000 people who could be infected with the Zika virus. Since January this year four cases have already been reported in the UK and numbers are suspected to rise.
The name Zika came from the Zika Forest in Uganda in 1947.The first cases were deemed by authorities as not a threat.
Recently, the virus has spread to Latin America and Mexico. The disease is part of the virus family flaviviridae with the genus flavivirus.The disease has now proven to be a bigger threat than Ebola which killed 11,000 in Africa alone.
 

How is it transmitted?
The virus is transmitted by female mosquitos.
Firstly, the mosquitos feed on infected blood. The infected blood travels to the mid gut and the virus enters the circulatory system. Then the virus travels to the salivary glands and the mosquito bites again injecting the virus with infected saliva into the host before feeding on the blood.
 

Symptoms:
The main symptoms are fever, joint pains, rash and red eyes which last for several days to a week. In worst cases, the virus can cause Microcephaly which is delayed growth of the brain in unborn babies. Pregnant women have been advised not to travel to south America or Mexico as their unborn children could be affected.
 

Risks for the future:
In the UK and Ireland there have been several cases reported. Earlier today, we went around school and asked several students and teachers what they thought of the virus and this is what they said:
 

Two students say that the people should be made more aware and we need a better vaccine. They also said that people should be vaccinated long before holidays to South America as a week before you fly, the vaccine won’t stop the risks of being contaminated.
 

Mr Picton, who is assistant head teacher at our school, said that the Zika virus should be dealt with common sense, not hysteria and should be seen as a great challenge for the world and if we could combine the developed countries sense and expertise, we could create a better vaccine.
Mr Davis, who is head teacher, said that the virus should be dealt with sensitively and should take consideration to the thoughts and feelings of families affected. Another teacher said that they weren’t all that bothered because we’ve had health scares like this before and they have been treated.
 

Mrs Cliffe, school librarian, said that it isn’t a very good as its airborne and that the top scientists should be doing more research on cures. Also, Miss Williams, a science teacher, said that the government should donate money to the areas badly affected and she wouldn’t go to areas badly affected.
In the areas badly affected, people are combatting Zika by using genetically modified mosquitos to pass a vaccine on. Also, areas are being gassed to reduce the mosquito population by 90%.
 

Threat to the UK
The Zika virus doesn’t occur in the UK. However, there have been 10 cases diagnosed in UK travellers. All aircraft returning to the UK from countries currently affected by active Zika virus transmission will be sprayed with insecticide as part of a comprehensive government response to the disease.If you are travelling to regions where these diseases occur you should ideally seek travel health advice from your GP, practice nurse or a travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.  

 

How Gaming is Good for You By Daniel
 

Everyone sees the bad sides of gaming but however I want to prove that it isn’t as bad as everyone says it is.

To all the parents saying that you cannot make a living out of gaming they are wrong as there are plenty of jobs to do with gaming.If you are a hardcore PC gamer then the Dota 2 championship, which is situated in Seattle centre, is for you. 16 teams battle out against each other and the winner gets $2.8 million.Also a young man by the name of Joshua Fisher-Lambert from Sheffield is a drone (a remote-controlled pilotless aircraft) apprentice who has found a great use for all the skills he has developed playing on his PlayStation and Dreamcast as a child. He is becoming a drone operator in the construction industry at a surveyor’s company.
 

In a recent study people gave dyslexic kids a video game console and it helped them read a lot better than before. Furthermore fast paced games like 'Call of Duty' help concentration and can help eyesight. 'Minecraft' helps a child’s creativity grow. Most games help pain and stress relief.However looking at a screen for too long can give you headaches and tiredness but people can control this.In my opinion gaming can be good for you in some situations like when you are bored but just playing it on hours on end it will seriously affect your body and brain.

 

 

The dangers of drinking and taking drugs by Lilli-Mae
 

Drinking alcohol and taking drugs is said to be an inevitable part of growing up, this generation is obsessed with trying out new things (illegal or not). But are drugs and alcohol causing more damage than we are familiar with?
 

As we know, more underage teens are taking drugs and drinking alcohol each year, this damage could be prevented if children/teens are more knowledgeable about the effects and traumas caused by drug and alcohol intake at such a young age.
 

Why do teens start drinking and taking drugs?
 

Many adults view drinking as a way for teens to rebel against their rules but is this problem deeper than we think? There are multiple reasons for teens to begin drinking and taking drugs, most of these situations being triggered by peer pressure and/or stress. Peer pressure may be more serious than we think. Every day a number of teens are influenced by TV programmes and films, making the situation worse. Teens are then pressured by peers into smoking and drinking and school teachers may not give the students the support and closure they need. Mrs Wootton-Ashforth, assistant headteacher and designated safe guarding leader at Wingfield Academy said “I would listen to the student’s story about their drug intake and remind them that I cannot provide confidentiality, meaning that I would have to pass on any information from the student that could put them at risk. I would then make contact with the student’s parents/carers and inform them of the information the student had told me. If it was a serious concern that which put the child at risk of immediate harm I would have to make contact with social care and the social workers who work there. I would usually inform the parents/carers immediately but not always, depending on if that would make the situation more difficult for the student.”
 

A girl who requested to stay anonymous shared her story with us and how it made her vulnerable to unsafe situations.
 

“It all started out at the park, late at night with a bunch of my mates. I always hung around with the older kids, constantly fooling around and getting up to things people in my year wouldn’t dream of doing. Two of the girls had brought out loads of crates of beer and we thought it would be clever to drink it all. A friend’s uncle got us some weed and this other powdery stuff (I still to this day don’t know what it was). We mixed it together and they all dared me to have some as I was the youngest. I guess they thought it would be funny. My hands were trembling as I took the first drag but after about four drags my mind was messed up anyway. I remember seeing this video on face book the next day of me vigorously shaking and falling over park benches. After that my “friends” completely ditched me. It took me a while to figure out what it was that I’d done wrong but then it hit me. Nothing!  I was famous for being the girl in the “Year seven girl off her head.”  I felt so worthless and useless but there was nothing I could do. It was entirely my fault. I took the drugs and drank the alcohol. I was the one putting myself in these situations and I was the one making bad choices. I remembered how taking those drugs made me forget about life, escape from reality and not have a single care in the world. So after not thinking it through that much I decided it was the only way for me to simply forget. I stated taking drugs again, every week I would meet this guy and he’d give me what I needed. All he wanted in return was my body. I went back to his place and told him that I hadn’t done this before, he said it didn’t matter and that I was all he needed. I felt this wave of shock go through my body and I assumed it was the only way. I would do this every week in order for the drugs I needed. One time, when I was on my way to his place at around 9:30pm, one of my teachers went past. I was just going up the steps towards his flat and she pulled up and asked what I was doing. I immediately broke down to her and at that moment I realised what I was doing was so wrong. I told her everything and she took me back to her place. She said that my dealer was a horrible man, exploiting a young girl who was extremely vulnerable. She said she wouldn’t call the police but the next morning he was arrested. I was so upset again thinking it was my fault but my teacher re-assured me that everything would be alright. I began attending counselling and after that I got myself some real friends. Now I talk to young people just like me who are taking or thinking about taking drugs. It’s so amazing to know that now I can help people who were in my exact situation.”
 

This girl didn’t get the immediate help she required, meaning her situation was extremely unfortunate, but if you know anyone suffering from peer pressure it is important to speak up. If you are being pressured into taking drugs or alcohol and don’t feel comfortable talking to friends or family then teachers will always give you the re-assurance you need and provide you with vital information on how to get yourself back on track. There are also many websites and helplines so just remember that you’re never alone.

 

 Eve discusses the issue of schools and their attitudes to students going to the toilet in lessons.

Some children, who attend school, have felt the urgent need to go to the toilet but state they have been disallowed this by their teacher. This has led to some people claiming that this has led to bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections and a child’s attention will be focused on the discomfort of needing the toilet rather than their work. Phrases like “surely you can wait” and “you should have gone at lunch/break time” are popular statements amongst the staff of schools around the globe.
 

The main excuse for being refused access to the toilet is that it will present a distraction from learning, and that the students will spend more time in the toilet than necessary, as a way of avoiding learning. But surely, some state, that if a child is so desperately in need of the toilet, that it could be catastrophic or problematic, they should be allowed to go? After all, in the world of work, if you need the toilet, you can come and go as you may please; without consent from your boss or manager, so why isn’t school the same?
The main reason that not all children are allowed access is that if schools did not operate control over toilet requests, then there would be a disruptively high amount of students leaving and returning from lessons. There is also the argument that schools have the responsibility of teaching young people, that they cannot always be allowed access to the toilet. Some say that schools have a responsibility of teaching students this, preparing them for the outside world after they leave school.
 

Questioned on the matter, one headteacher said “We have implemented a rule, called ‘the common sense approach’ with regards to toilet requests, which is where if teachers can see that the child is desperate for the toilet, they are allowed to go, as long as it isn’t at the very beginning or at the very end of the lesson. ” The reason for this is that at both of these times, opportunities to go to the toilet have been given.Some teachers say that the children should learn to go to the toilet at the right given time, and rightly so, but when they need it, they have a right to go!
 

The students state that they have to explain why they need the toilet, and have been pressured to lie, as they don’t want to explain themselves. A student, who wants to remain anonymous, has had a past experience, where the teacher wouldn’t let them go and unfortunately had wet themselves, resulting in embarrassment and humiliation for the child!
When a child transitions from a primary school to secondary school, It may be difficult not go to the toilet in lessons, as they would have been allowed to go to the toilet when they wanted. The ‘toilet rule’ should have been put in place when the child was in foundation, as it would have been easier to abide by in the later stage, as the child would be taught how and when to go to the toilet.
 

However, when in exams, the children aren’t allowed to go to the toilet unaccompanied, as part of a ‘clampdown’ on would be cheats. This is understandable, as if you are caught cheating on a test, you would be disqualified and your test will not be counted. Although, in the earlier stage of secondary school, it isn’t as serious as the later years. The question is, is it a breach of the child’s rights if he/she is disallowed to the toilet when needed?
In conclusion, I wonder if headlines such as ‘Secondary schools ban kids from using toilet.’ and ‘School denies outright ban on toilet breaks’ could have been avoided if all schools adopted the ‘common sense’ rule of so many.

Is Magic Real or Fake?

Magic. The power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Many people debate on whether it is real or whether it is fake or if in actual fact, theydon’t know. Well, today’s report is going to give you both sides of the argument from celebrities such as Dynamo and some citizens from Rotherham.

For years and years, the big question on magic has always been there, unanswered. Many claim it’s just the power of illusion, whereas numerous people disagree. One particular famous magician, who goes by the stage name of Dynamo (Stephen Frayne), was born in Bradford on 17th December 1982. He has countlessly commented on this dispute, always referring back to illusion. One of his inspirational quotes was “Some people think it’s impossible to change the future... but in reality, the future is only what you make it”.
We asked a few people at Wingfield Academy do you think magic is real or fake?

 

 

Real Fake
“It is real because right
how can you disappear
through a coat without it
Being real….. and then
Reappear again”.  A quote Daniel
Ultimately it is not possible for example, a helicopter to disappear under a sheet so magic has to be an illusion ”A teacher from Wingfield
“No solution for it being fake”. Zach They are tricks, not magic.” Billie
’Real because magicians make people disappear in a box, then make a different person appear in the box. That’s what Dynamo does’’ kalenga “Fake, its science you can see what they are doing” Shanaide


 

 

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