BBC School ReportOur students, making the news

schoolreportBBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link.

The New GCSE Grading System

The new GCSE grading system for England and Wales that has been introduced is creating mixed feelings among parents, teachers and students; however there are students that are confused and worried about it.

The new GCSE grading system, as set by the DfE (Department of Education) changes the grades from A*- F to 9-1, but only for Maths and English for the 2017 exams. In 2019, most other subjects will have changed to this new grading system as well, but many students and adults feel like having different subjects having different grades is too confusing. Some students already feel worried about SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels, but with the introduction of the new GCSE grading system, students are becoming even more confused and feel like the changes have been useless. They have been introduced to make GCSEs more challenging and to also address areas that have been failing. These have been changed by the entire study programme and exam formats.

One Year 11 student has reported:

“I think it’s pointless as nobody knows how it works or what the equivalents are. The first year is complicated as both students and teachers are confused.”

Another Year 11 has also reported:

“It’s really confusing” as it’s difficult to understand.

All UK Year 11 students will have to deal with this change, as well as course work being removed. Students are even more confused by the conversion rate not being 100% accurate, which, according to Laura McInerney, was a deliberate design choice by the government.

As a result of feeling more nervous, students have even been reported to break down in class and cry in the toilets (according to The Mirror). Another result is that students work too hard from stress and exhaust themselves with revision, as well as the new GCSE content being more challenging, which has put pressure on many students. 

Author: Daniel Star
Editors: Daniel Star & Mrs Kidd

The Federation and The Voice: Lia White

On 11th February 2017 Bramcote Collage’s very own Lia White went live on ITV’s The Voice.

Lia White is a 17-year-old singer who attends Bramcote Collage in Nottingham. She may be a singer, but is she an upcoming pop star now? She went live on The Voice’s blind auditions and had 2 coaches make a turn. She now takes a place on Team Will, as his pitch beat off fellow veteran coach Sir Tom Jones. She was immediately offered an opportunity to appear on Nation-wide news show, This Morning.

Is fame just around the corner then, for our very own Lia White?

 

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How Schools Are Supporting LGBTQ+

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender history month was in February and is a time that the LGBTQ+ community can celebrate their history with pride. Alderman White’s head teacher, Nicola Caley, said she felt like they should embrace all students in the school, whatever their sexuality .  It is supported through the staff focus group“Celebrating British Values Working Party”.  It is not just Alderman White supporting LGBTQ+; several other schools are also supporting LGBTQ+ as well.

The Alderman White’s Celebrating British Values Working Party focus group decided they should put up posters around the school of famous members of the LGBTQ+ community. The design of these posters is to help students respect and understand the LGBTQ+ community and its history better.

One of our interviewees said, “Schools have a responsibility to support the LGBTQ+ community and it would be surprising if they didn’t”. We asked the focus group if they knew any people in the school who are LGBTQ+ and they said that the world is made up of differences, and “we feel happy to be such a varied school”.

Luke Saunders and Callum Bardill

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Movie Report - Fantastic Beasts...

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find ThemFantastic beasts and where to find them is a Harry Potter spin off set in 1920 New York. A dark and powerful beast stalks the city leaving every wizard and witch in threat of being exposed . To make matters worse, a dark wizard called Grindelwald has been causing trouble in Europe but has seemingly vanished. Unaware to all of this, magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York to get a new beast, or so he says. On his way to a bank he hears a no-mag (American for muggle) talking about “Dark forces being at work! Wizards are to blame!” and meets Tina Goldstine. While caught up in all of this, multiple creatures from his case escape and cause a lot of trouble.

The film is a spellbinding trip into a new side of J.K Rowling’s wizarding world with the arrival of new creatures such as the demiguise , erumpent ,swooping evil and the obscurial. As well as this, the character development is incredible as the characters aren’t too bland. The film was based upon J.K Rowling’s comic relief story that is of the same name. The movie had a 73% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes (the most trusted movie rating website) and 84% of people enjoyed the movie .

Along with a spectacular plotline, the graphics are truly beautiful, the CGI is utterly breathtaking, and the magic looks almost real.

Personally I believe that the film is incredible and fantastic and left me wanting sequels which have been confirmed by J,K Rowling herself.

I would rate it 5 stars.

By Tom Green

The Alderman White Production

Arabian Night AuditionsThere is a spring term school play at Alderman White School and Language College featuring students from the local primary schools and students from Alderman White.

 The play is called ‘Once On an Arabian Night’ and is written and directed by Geoff Liptrot. The show is also contributed to by Mr Karsten Stephan and Cameron Wedgeworth. The production will be shown to the parents / guardians of the actors on Thursday 16th March, Friday 17th March, and Saturday 18th March 2017 in the main hall. The production takes place to persuade students to act and to increase their acting skills. The Alderman White school production has taken place since 1985 and may continue on for many years to come.

The play is set in the 1800s during the reign of Queen Victoria and is about a group of Englander children landing on a mythical Arabic island called Pashtan after their boat crashed into the reef surrounding said island. Raheem, Sultan of Pashtan, listens to stories about the Englander children’s adventures around the island told by his youngest (and most favoured) daughter, Fatima.

Fatima tells the stories to stop her father from sending the children out in a boat to the sea, whilst their parents try to find them. The stories include a jeweller trying to trick four children into buying nothing, therefore increasing her wealth, and the children getting back at her, and another story is about four different children making a tajine (stew) from a button.

Two students from Alderman White who are actors in the play have reported:

“I am really enjoying the play as it is fun for people who like acting.”

“I only like the play a bit because I only enjoy the songs and I don’t have a lot to say.”

Rugby Six Nations 2017

schoolreportThe Rugby six nations is back once again and there is lots of action. There are six countries taking part of in the rugby, they`re: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France. The Rugby Six Nations is a big competition that they take part in and show off their rugby skills. The Rugby Six Nations dates back 140 years. All six teams take it in turns to play one another (this means there will be 15 matches.)

Many matches have already taken place and here are the results: 

Scotland (27) vs Ireland (22)

England (19) vs France (16)

Wales (33) vs Italy (7)

Ireland (63) vs Italy (10)

England (21) vs Wales (16)

France (22) vs Scotland (16)

Scotland (29) vs Wales (13)

Ireland (19) vs France (9)

England (36) vs Italy (15)

Wales (22) vs Ireland (9)

France (40) vs Italy (18)

England (61) vs Scotland (21)

These are all of the matches that have been played and there are still three more to come. When a team wins a match, they receive 4 points, 2 points for a draw and 0 points if they lose. If a team score four or more tries they also receive a bonus point.

But the 18th of March is the day when the whole competition comes to end. Here are the matches to come:

Scotland vs Italy 12:30pm

France vs Wales 15:45pm

England vs Ireland 17:00pm

England have already retained the Six Nations trophy, but a win over Ireland on Saturday would see them take the Grand Slam AND set a new World Record for test match wins, a record they currently share with New Zeland.

You can watch the final rugby six nations matches (live) on BBC One at 12:00pm and you can listen to it on the BBC Radio at the same time.

 

Popular Games

69822 Tetris World 1Today, videogames are still a major part of young people’s lives. In fact, they have been around since 1958, and new releases appear almost every week and more and more people are queuing up to buy these games. 

The top 10 bestselling games of all time:

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

9. New Super Mario Bros.

8. Wii Sports Resort

7. Tetris (Game Boy)

6. Mario Kart Wii

5. Super Mario Bros.

4. Grand Theft Auto V

3. Wii Sports

2. Minecraft

1. Tetris (Mobile, iOS, BlackBerry OS, PlayStation Portable, Windows Phone, Android, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Entertainment System)

Tetris, the bestselling game, outnumbered its rivals by selling 4 times the amount that of its closest rival: Minecraft.

Most Popular Game Ever: Tetris

This game is an original in the gaming industry; when it started in 1984, Alexey Pajitnov was its engineer. Little did he know, 32 years later, it would have sold over 450 million copies. Over 2425 reviews, this game had a 4.5 star rating. This game is truly inspiring in the world of videogames. Many spinoffs of this game has been created, such as Hatris and Welltris.

Most Popular Current Game: Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2, a game released on the 21st February, has come in 2nd place on the UK sales charts for the week it was released. This game provides fast-paced multiplayer action on the alien planets of tomorrow.

Other Current Popular Games: Overwatch

Overwatch is a Blizzard Entertainment game based on their unreleased game: Titan. This game is unique with its myriad of 22 unique characters.

A new character has recently been added to Overwatch named Orisa; she is a tank but she is only available on the PC version right now. This game has made Blizzard entertainment famous.

Games have been popular for a multitude of years and in 2017 we are looking forward to games such as: Troll & I, Mass Effect: Andromeda, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Everything.

The Pokémon Trend

At Alderman White School, a trend of Pokémon cards started when a year 7 called James started bringing them in. Then more and more people in year 7 started bringing in Pokémon like Pikachu EXs and powerful EX tins. This trend was sparked by the release of Pokémon Go last summer which allowed younger generations to catch Pokémon in the real world.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) started in 1996 and is still going today.  Now, more and more Pokémon cards are being released for the new Pokémon Sun and Moon video game, where you catch Pokémon in the Alola Region on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. We meet the new bad guys Team Skull as well as a surprise nemesis.

The new Pokémon cards on sale alongside the video game Sun and Moon are even at sale for £3.99 at Chimera in Beeston. A Pokémon club is also held there where you can battle other people who collect Pokémon cards and trade your cards with others.

Daniel from year 7 said “My opinion on the Pokémon Trading Card Game is that it is a fun game that is good because it isn't on a gaming device, which means it doesn't use electricity and won't produce blue light.”

Crate Craziness

On the 19th October 2016, Year 7 from Alderman White and The Bramcote School made their way to crate stacking in Walesby Forest. Why you ask? Well, they went to Walesby Forest for a team-building experience, for crate stacking, they had to pile up crates until they got to eight crates high while someone balanced on top. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

Three Alderman White students have reported:

Emily has said: “It was quite challenging.” Another called Tilly said: “It was loads of fun but scary at the same time.” Tom, said: It was very fun when you get to knock over the crates at the end.”

Authors: Ruby and Megan
Editors: Daniel S. and Jack

A Sinking Feeling!

On 20th October 2016, most of Year 7 from Alderman White and The Bramcote School made their way to the lake in Walesby. Why you ask, to have a ‘whale’ of a time, while team building. At the lake, there was rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Most of the rafts sunk and some kayaks capsized.

Teachers and students from Alderman White had comments:

Ruby said: “It was fun, but cold.”

Ms. Kidd, a teacher, said: “All the children were terrified to get in but when they did they really enjoyed it.”

Authors: Ruby and Megan
Editors:  Daniel S. and Noah (and Ms. Kidd)