BBC School Report 2014: Pupils takeover the news

BBC School Report 2014

Thursday 27th March is BBC School  News Report Day 2014.

Enthusiastic news teams from Dunraven School in Streatham and St Thomas More Language in Chelsea and Fulham, worked with London CLC to report on the stories that matter to them. Here are the students reports, along with their editorials explaining their choices. We’d welcome your thoughts!

St Thomas More: Vandalism

Litter around our school is a big problem in our eyes, as many people just drop their food wrappers on the ground even though there are many bins around for them to put rubbish in. People just can’t be bothered to walk over to the bin and drop it in! Vandalism on the whole is terrible: chewing gum under tables, broken computers, desks that are graffitied on, etc… We would love to help stop vandalism in our school, and that’s why we chose it as the subject of our news report.

St Thomas More: School Dinners

School Dinners aren’t liked by many people. School children say that they are cold most of the time and are not nice because the quality of ingredients. However the dinner ladies defend themselves by saying that it is not their fault; they have to follow certain food books made by the company they work for. Children would like the quality of the preparation and the ingredients improved, but they also understand that £2.70 for a school dinner is a good price for a meal that can keep you going for the whole day. School dinners are a cheap and easy choice for parents, and for the price the company can’t make beautiful food for everyone!

St Thomas More: New GCSE Framework

GCSEs are the exams that every student in every school must take at the end of their Secondary School life. They determine your future. The exam boards are replacing the current grades with the numbers 1-9 and we think this makes things much more confusing. The new GCSEs will be a lot harder; they will be based on one exam at the end of Year 11 rather than numerous exams. This puts more pressure on the children as they won’t be able to improve if their score is below the required pass grade. In our opinion, this is a bad thing as it brings more pressure and could cause another distraction and mean more people fail.

St Thomas More: Cyber- bulling

We believe cyber bullying is deadly and extremely underestimated in society today. Victims of cyber bullying are isolated and it can cause depression, self-harm and in the extreme cases suicide (e.g. the Amanda Todd story). Cyber bullying is the worst form of bullying as many people are connected to the internet and it is easy to publicly humiliate someone and to masquerade as a different person. Cyberbullied victims are also abused more intensely as the cyberbully is behind a screen. Cyber bullying must be stopped; the danger is underestimated and the results are very harmful.

Dunraven School: News Report 2014

Dunraven School students report on the issues that matter to them including; fines for lateness and poor attendance, healthy eating, WW1, The Brazil world cup and their own take on the changes to the GCSE framework.


First World War anniversary

We chose this topic because there are lots of different interpretations on WW1 and we wanted to show as many of them as we could with the interviewees and our ideas. This year is the start of WW1 100 years ago from the end of June to the start of July. We wanted to know who would fight for their country in its hour of need and why. Not every understands what the First World War did to Britain and we wanted people to recognise what happened. WW1 is something that everyone will be interested, as it is relevant to everyone in the UK.

GCSE changes

The GCSE looks set to change, so we wrote our story on the change to the GCSE because we wanted to highlight what they will have to do to prepare and how it will affect them, also so future students will be prepared instead of being thrown straight into it without much warning. We think that the story will make students more aware and hopefully encourage them to learn more about what they can do to prepare themselves to get the best possible result. Furthermore we think that it’s a story that will affect everyone, teachers and students alike.

Attendance fine

We chose the story about the £60 fine because we believe punctuality is a major part of school life;however most of the members of our group thought this fine was a negative implementation into the school, however I (Freddie) believe that the fine is positive as it should have a large impact on student’s attitude to punctuality and school life in general.

Carl Warner food art

Our report was inspired by Carl Warner, a photographer and artist who creates landscapes out of food, which are specifically designed to inspire children around the world to eat more healthily. Although his main goals were to make kids eat healthily, is he just giving kids mixed messages? In our report, we investigated the effects of his art on children of today. However, we thought that although he may have had good intentions, the effects on children are not exactly what he expected.

Nicolas Anelka ‘quenelle’ gesture

Many people feel deeply offended after Nicolas Anelka performed, what has been described as an anti-Semitic gesture – the Quenelle gesture. Anelka explains that this was merely to support his friends. Even so, being a role model requires the responsibility of setting a good example – a responsibility that is widely dismissed by people needed to fulfil it. Youth admirers globally describe their disappointment in West Brom and mainly at Anelka, whilst fans around the world feel that Anelka should have been more controlled. If he had done so, Zoopla would still be sponsoring West Bromwich and the team would not have been in such a dire situation because of one person.

Sports Relief

We chose this story because it was a very relevant event which was coming up soon and we questioned what we would do as a school this year for Sports Relief. We thought that our project was successful because our topic was most talked about by pupils and staff in our school. It caused controversy over where the money goes and we pursued our topic investigative reporters.

World Cup

Our school report which was based on the World Cup in Brazil had a more political view towards the World Cup instead of a view on the sport itself. We asked our interviewee what she thought of the World Cup, the protests and the deaths which occurred during the process of building the stadiums.To us, football is a very important subject which is why we based our story on this. The World Cup is a very special occasion as it only happens every four years, plus we can see our countries play in this special event. We really enjoyed making this school report and making the school report on a subject we enjoy made it even better.

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