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A School That Goes Bald!

 Sports relief fever has hit Rooks Heath and its side effects are making year eights go bald! Everyone is doing their best to raise money for sports relief. Some teachers have caught the fever too but that’s not a problem as it is more money for charity.

Year 8 students went around the school asking for sponsors as they were getting their head shaved by the Head of Year Mr P Todd and some other teaches from different departments. Our reporter Hemzah was at the event and he had this to say. “Well it was an amazing event, everyone enjoyed it and the place was over crowded, although Mr Todd was terrible at shaving.”

We are hoping to exceed the amount of money raised from last year which was just under £3,000.

By Hemzah

Chelsea Reign Over Turkish Giants Galatasary

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC faced Galatasary to advance towards the quarter final stage in the Champions League. Starting the match with a constellation goal from Samuel Eto`o in the 4th minute. Earlier in the Match, Chelsea fans gave their tributes to former player of Chelsea, Didier Drogba.

In the match Chelsea kept their possession, but Galatasary lacked their defence in the second half of the game. Gary Cahill made a late 80 minute goal to carry Chelsea to the quarter final stage.

The match ended 3-1 by aggregate from the 1st leg. Now Chelsea advance to the quarter final stage of the Champions League. 

By Ayub

Crimea

On Sunday more than 96 percent of people who took part in a vote said Crimea should join Russia. The parliament of Crimea has formally applied to join Russia. In Crimea the vote was announced in under two weeks. Many people living in the region refused to take part in the vote.

But leaders in Europe and the United States say the vote was illegal. A vote like this is called a referendum and usually they are announced a long time before voting actually takes place.

Guide: What’s happening in Ukraine? 

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin says the vote was fair. When the vote was announced some Ukrainian TV channels were made unavailable in Crimea. Some were replaced with Russian channels.

By Summer

Crises in Ukraine

On Sunday more than 96% of people took part in a vote that said Crimea should join Russia. The president of Russia VLADIMIR PITIN said that the vote was fair.

Leaders in Europe and United States say that the vote was illegal. Banky Moon is going to Ukraine to sort it out and the U.N can call a legal vote to decide if Ukraine can join Russia.

It all started over some people in Ukraine wanting to join Russia, but other people did not want that to happen.

One teacher said, “I think it must be scary that this has happened”.

Another teacher said, “I’m worried about it and it might start a war”.

No one will know what will happen to Ukraine. We will hear more later this week.

Disney Moves To The UK!

 The Disney Channel is going to make its first ever movie in the UK. The film will be made at Arley Hall in Cheshire. Arley Hall has previously been seen on Coronation Street.

Evermoor (the film) will be the first UK production to be shown on the Disney Channel. It is a story about an American teenager who leaves her home in the US for a new start in England.

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Lovato all became worldwide stars after appearing in Disney Channel films, so this is set to be a hit as well.

By Deanna

UK Disney

 For the very first time Disney channel will be making a movie in the UK called Evermoor.

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Lavato will all be in this movie. The film will be made at Arley Hall in Cheshire. Arley Hall has previously been seen on Coronation Street.

One student said “I wouldn’t mind it because a famous channel is making an awesome movie in the UK”

Also, Evermoor will be the first UK production to be shown on the Disney channel. People watch out for that movie. 

England Goes Silver

 Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell have been presented with their silver medals for the Women’s Downhill.

On Saturday Jade Etherington became the first woman to win a Winter Paralympic skiing medal on snow. The ceremony is at Sochi on Jade’s 23th birthday.  

Etherington said: “We haven’t skied as well as that ever, it was one of our best runs and we pulled back a couple of seconds.”

“It was tough, it hurt all the way down. We are really annoyed not to get the gold and it was so close again to Frantceva but we got a medal and we will continue fighting.”

“It is crazy especially as this is my first ever Paralympics and we have had such a bumpy season.”

“Hopefully everyone can see from the time that we did fight for it, we didn’t just come down to get the silver and we did GB proud.”

Jade finished 2.73 seconds behind Slovakia’s Henrieta Fartasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova.

We all hope that Britain gets many more silver medals and maybe a few gold medals too!

Excellent International Evening

 On 11th March 2014 Rooks Heath College held  an amazing International Evening to show case all the different cultures in the college and raise money for charity. It was a shining night with lots of tasty food and drink.

Everyone was dancing happily and watching lovely flags around the hall. Everyone had a great night.

One student had this to say “I had great time and had fun. I enjoyed the delicious food and I tried lots of tasty food. Thank you everyone!”

In this International evening was a great event which raised money for an international charity.

Malaysian Plane Missing!

A Malaysian plane went missing two weeks ago with 239 people on board. The country’s department of civil Aviation has stated that “pings” were picked up from the plane after military radar last detected it over the Strait of Malacca at 02:15 on 8th March.

The plane was, apparently, at one stage heading in the direction of India. It has been reported that military radar might not have been operating as the threat level is considered generally low.

At 9pm on the 20th March there was a news conference about the missing plane that disappeared nearly two weeks ago on its way to Beijing. Satellite images show two objects in the southern Indian Ocean that may have come from the plane.

The debris seen was 1460 miles from Pertain Australia, In the Indian Ocean. The Australian Air force has been sent to find out if it is from the plane the, but harsh weather has slowed them down. The debris was spotted alongside a busy shipping route and could be containers that have fallen from the ships.

Two passengers from the plane boarded using stolen passports. There is no evidence to link them to the missing flight MH370 Malaysian Authorities confirmed that the passengers stole document’s from an Italian and an Austrian man. The men have been identified as Pouria Mehrdad, 18, and Delavan Mohammad, 29, both Iranian.

The agency’s secretary general told reporters “If Malaysian airlines were able to check the passports correctly we would not have to decide whether the men are terrorists”

At around 01:19 on the 8th March they lost contact with the plane. The Malaysian Authorities spotted an unidentified plane across the sky which has now been identified as the flight MH370.

If the family of those on board do not get more information then they are threatening to go on hunger strike. The search still continues to find the missing plane.

By Shamia

Man Of Steel Sequel Announced

 The blockbuster of 2013 “Man of Steel” (directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavil) has finally announced its sequel.

It was announced at the San Diego comic con 2013 at the highly anticipated 75th anniversary of Superman panel. Zack Snyder made a surprising appearance alongside Henry Cavill at Comic con and thanked the comic community for their support during Man of Steel 2. He then announced that in 2016 Man of Steel 2 is in development.

Batman will make an appearance in the film and he will be played by Ben Affleck. A comic, which contained both Superman and Batman, was the ‘Dark Knight Returns’, but Zack Snyder stated that the film will not be based on that comic. Wonder Woman is also going to be in the film, she will be played by Gal Gadot. She played a role in the ‘Fast and Furious’ film series. Lex Luthor will make an appearance in the film, but the actor has not been announced. There has been a lot of hate towards Ben Affleck as fans think he is not suitable for the role of Batman.

We all await this very exciting movie!

Miny Mercury - The Shrinking Planet

The planet Mercury is about 7km smaller today than when its crust first solidified over four billion years ago.

The planet Mercury has shrunk in size since it first formed, according to the US space agency, NASA. Mercury is now about four miles smaller from its centre to the surface, than when it was first formed.

Dr Paul Byrne from the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC is the lead author on the Nature Geoscience paper. He marvelled at the surface features on the planet.

"Some of these lobate scarps are enormous," he told BBC News.

Because Mercury has a liquid core, (like Earth) it cooled down over millions of years, causing it to shrink. This has caused the surface of the planet to scrunch up forming mountain- like areas called scarps.

It was estimated to be about 4,000 in diameter and is takes up more than 60% of the planets mass. There is only a thin rocky layer covering it, planets metal core is its best feature. There may be some of the metal core still liquid, but most of it has cooled and solidified, as a result it has lost volume.

Europe and Japan plan to launch a joint mission to Mercury to follow up Messenger's observations.

Destruction in Russia and Ukraine

The parliament of Crimea has formally applied to join Russia. On Sunday more than 96 percent of people who took part in a vote said Crimea should join Russia. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin says the vote was fair, but leaders in Europe and the United States say the vote was illegal.

Many people living in the region refused to take part in the vote. A vote like this is called a referendum and usually they are announced and arranged in under two weeks. When the vote was announced some Ukrainian TV channels were made unavailable in Crimea. Some were replaced with Russian channels.

By Hakeem

The Missing Plane

 Flight MH370 has crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Flight departed at 12:41am (1441 GMT Friday), and was due to land in Beijing at 6:30am (2230 GMT) the same day. On board the Boeing 777-200ER were 227 passengers and 12 crew.

 
Robots

 Scientist are finding out what robots can do by researching into the animal world.

Robots are being inspired by ants, bulls, cheetahs and even fleas. What robots can do, and the way they are designed, is getting more and more advanced all the time.

One student said, “this is weird because they are annoying and talkative."

Another said, “they are intelligent."

More and more robots are becoming very intelligent.

By Ifrah

Sport Relief 2014

 Sport Relief is once again at Rooks Heath. Lots of events have been organised for Sport Relief including a 1 mile run and a sponsored head shaving.

Different years and tutor groups all over Rooks Heath have organised various events like wearing their own sport clothes and taking part in the 1 mile walk, or run for charity.

One teacher who had his head shaved, Mr King said “Mr Todd stole my hair!”

One student who had his head shaved too said “I’m happy to do this for charity, but sadly my pretty hair is gone.”

All money goes to a great cause and we look forward to seeing how much Rooks Heath have raised.

By Ifrah

Sport Relief At Rooks Heath

 Sport Relief is once again supported at Rooks Heath College. Lots of events have been organised for the Sport Relief week including shaving heads, doing a mile run and a non-uniform day.

Different years and tutor groups have been organising various events like a bake sale and a fun fair.

One teacher who is participating by having his head shaved had this to say “I am not looking forward to this because I want to keep my hair."

One student said “I am looking forward to this because I can do what I want and raise money for charity."

Rooks Heath is hoping to raise lots of money for this great cause.

By Samuel

The New Crime Stopping Coin

 The current one pound coin was made in 1998. There are problems with people trying to forge coins which is illegal, there is told to be over 4.5 million fake pound coins in existence. The new coin will be introduced in 2017. The Queen’s face and on the other side there will be a competition which will decide what will go on the other side of the new one pound coin.

Adam chief of the executive royal mint said “it is our aim to produce a pioneering new coin that will help to reduce the opportunities for counterfeiting.”    

The Shrinking Of Mercury

 US space agency NASA think the planet Mercury has shrunk since it was first formed.

Mercury is now four miles smaller from its centre to the surface than when it was formed over four billion years ago.

As its core has cooled down over millions of years the planet has shrunk a little bit and, because of this, the surface of the planet Mercury has scrunched up causing mountain- like areas to form, called scraps.

One student said, “It is terrifying! What if Earth shrinks too?”

Luckily, Earth has not shrunk, for now. 

By Ashweetha

The Big Zoo Slumber Party

A huge experiment was carried out at Bristol Zoo to find out what animals get up to at night.

We already know that giraffes only sleep for around four hours a day; but the way different animals sleep is still a bit of a mystery.

Zoo keepers hid night vision cameras in the animal enclosures to see which animal slept the most.

They found out that lions and gorillas slept for around 8 hours each, while penguins kipped for just three hours each.

Interesting stuff!

By Ashweetha

The Planet That Gets Old!

The planet Mercury has shrunk since the time it was first formed.

It has shrunk about four miles and this has caused wrinkles on the surface of the planet that are mountain-like. These mountain-like wrinkles are called scarps.

 It is thought that Mercury has a liquid core, like Earth. After it has finished forming, the liquid core cooled down a few hundred degrees, despite it being the closest planet to the sun, and this caused the gases trapped within the magma to escape and cause the crust to deflate and make the scarps on the surface. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun so it has taken four billion years for the crust to deflate.

One student commented “well, this could prove that Mercury was like Earth, which could mean that there was life on the planet and this could prove that Earth could shrink in millions of years too.”

By Hemzah

The Russian and Crimean Saga

The parliament of Crimea has formally applied to join Russia. On Sunday more than 96 percent of people who took part in a vote said Crimea should join Russia. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin says the vote was fair, but leaders in Europe and the United States say the vote was illegal.

What’s happening in Ukraine?

Many people living in the region refused to take part in the vote. A vote like this is called a referendum and usually they are announced a long time before voting actually takes place. In Crimea the vote was announced and arranged in under two weeks. When the vote was announced some Ukrainian TV channel were made unavailable in Crimea. Some were replaced with Russian channels.

The Vote For Crimea

Crimea has decided to no longer be a part of Ukraine and has decided to join Russia. The referendum was announced two weeks ago and the swift vote is in favour of Crimea to break away from Ukraine.

The Ukrainian prime minister called the vote a scam and claims the vote was fixed. When the vote was announced many Ukrainian TV channels were replaced with Russian Channels, which led to some suspicion. The EU will go to discuss matters in Ukraine.

One person had this to say “I think it is a very scary thought and this is potentially dangerous, but I am hoping it will not escalate into a war because the EU will step in and stop it from beginning.”

Ukraine has cut off the electricity in Crimea which was expected after the loss of Crimea. Crimea has bit back and has got generators to power their most important buildings.

By Rahim