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Reports by 8 Indigo

Comic Relief

 Now I know there are many people all over the world who don’t like going to school, but on the other hand there are children, especially in Asia and Africa who are desperate to go to school because they know how important education is.

As a school, Rooks Heath we are celebrating Comic Relief and raising money to change people’s lives. We also celebrated Red Nose Day on Friday 13th by wearing funny red noses and we had a non-uniform day as well.

Here are some events that we are doing as a school to raise money for Comic Relief:

- Comic Relief Funfair

- Pie the Teacher

- A dance

- Bake Sale

- Comic Relief Show run by our very own 6th Formers!

As a school, so far we have raised over £1,000 and hopefully we will be able to raise much more. This is an opportunity for us not just saving and changing people’s lives, but also to help us realise how lucky we are.

By Catrina

 

Gaming

 Today we will be introducing and informing you about the new FIFA 15 update. The main purpose of the update is to put price ranges on players to make the gamer aware of how much the players are worth. The new price ranges also stop coin selling an illegitimate way of earning coins without having to continuously play the game. Many players also buy FIFA Coins to open packs. At the moment the only other way to make in game purchases is to buy packs by buying FIFA points which gamers believe are overpriced. Nearly all FIFA Gamers believe there is no point in the update.

The new update also puts a stop to trading; a more efficient method gamers use to earn coins without having to play continuously. There are a few easy steps to trading.

1.     First buy a cheap player.

2.     Secondly sell the player for more than you bought him

3.     If you keep repeating these steps in time you will surely earn a lot of coins

EA has also not fixed security issues. People are being scammed and hacked and EA I believe has not done anything to fix this.

By Tahir 

 

Social Media Madness

 What is social media? Do you use social media?  We all have used social media at some time in our lives. Social media has various uses such as contacting one another through different means, from introducing ourselves to new people and sharing their personal life and images.

Social media can acquaint you with many people however; it is undefinable who to trust and how to decide the person’s character. Social media can increase your popularity as you tell the whole world your day to day life; there are many dangers but the way to deal with them is by taking control over them before they take control over you…

Why do people use social media? People use social media to talk to friends around the world such as people like my mother and aunt who uses social media to talk to each other in Finland. 

A student Tahir from Rooks Heath College said, “I prefer instagram as a social media because it has a variety of uses and you can talk to one another while also looking at pictures and videos of your choices.”

Another student said, “I like social media so I can talk to my friends, family as well as video chat and make groups with my friends so I can discuss a certain topic such as school, football or something personal I want to share.”

A teacher said “I enjoy social media because it gives me the pleasure of communicating with family which I personally enjoy.”

According to a new emarketer report, “Worldwide Social Network Users: 2013 Forecast and Comparative Estimates,” nearly one in four people worldwide will use social networks in 2013. The number of social network users around the world will rise from 1.47 billion in 2012 to 1.73 billion this year, an 18% increase.

By Zane and Samay

 

Cyber Bullying Today

 Have you ever heard about cyber bullying or come across it? Do you want to know about it? If so read on..

So what is cyber bullying? Cyber bullying is when a child or teen is sent nasty images, rude pictures, etc like these through social media or the internet.

Did you know that?

  • Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online.
  • 1 in 4 children has experience it more than once.
  • 70% of students report seeing, frequent bullying online.
  • Over 80% of teens use a mobile phone regularly which is why they get bullied the most.
  • 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a big problem.
  • 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying someone in person. 

Here are some ways in which people can be affected by cyber bullying:

  • A fast drop in grades and performance.
  • Skipping school and lessons.
  • Sudden self-esteem issues.
  • Complaints of illnesses.
  • Use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Self-harming

Cyber bullying is a very serious issue and you need to know how to prevent it. Here are some tips about how to do so:

- Never post personal information

- Always check the TO: field

- Don't be gullible - if it is too good to be true, then clearly it is. Don't be fooled

- Don't respond to any angry message with anger

 -Never open messages from strangers

By Mohammed and Kieran

 

Red Nose Day

On 13th March 2015 it was Red Nose Day and lots of people were raising money in events all over the country. Also on Friday evening there were stars from Radio and Television to help raise money from donations.

Lenny Henry has been involved in Comic Relief since it began in July 1985 - 30 years ago!

It was amazing this year because £960m was raised to help 50 million people and that’s no joke!  There are 7.7m people living in slums have received aid from Comic Relief. Over 250,000 African children have been educated, 6 million Africans have been treated for malaria, 2 million children vaccinated around the world and that’s just some of the great things being done helping people from Africa and GB.

Well done folks!  An amazing sum of monies have been raised

By Alex 

 

Comic Relief

 Comic Relief is a British charity first launched in 1988 by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry.  It has been continuing to allow people to ‘do something funny for money’!

Celebrities, adults, teens, school children, teachers and everyone who got involved this year raised millions of pounds.  Various schools, companies and celebrities took part in events that enabled people to have better lives.  The amount of money raised was the most that has been raised in over 30 years.  As of last week, I understand that this is now over the £1 billion mark.

Some celebrities took part in events such as Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Bake Off, and even Dermot O’Leary did a 24 hour ‘danceathon’ non-stop outside the BBC and raised over £643,336!  His feet must ache!!

Sam Smith and John Legend teamed up and sang Sam Smith’s amazing single ‘Lay me down’  which was  the official Comic Relief 2015 song.  A lovely song by two amazing artists!  Let’s hope it raises lots of money to help others!

Our school Rooks Heath College did its own fundraising events such as Pie the Teachers, bake sale, mufti day where we were allowed to attend school in our clothes and wear silly noses for charity. The day was complete with a carefully choreographed dance session ‘To Uptown Funk’.

By Kira 

 

BBC News Report: Sport

Are you a fan of sport? Well if you are, read on...

 Let’s start with football. We are in Week 29 of the Premier League.

On Saturday, Crystal Palace beat QPR 3-1,

West Brom beat Stoke 1-0,

Arsenal beat West Ham 3-0,

Sunderland lost to Aston Villa 4-0, and Leister and Hull drew 0-0.

Now to a surprise result: Man City lost 1-0 to Burnley. Burnley are 18th in the table, and Man City are 2nd.

On Sunday, Chelsea and Southampton drew 1-1, Everton beat Newcastle 3-0, and Man United beat Tottenham 3-0.

Finally on  Monday, Liverpool beat Swansea 1-0.

Moving on to the ICC Cricket World Cup.

On Friday, New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 3 wickets.

England beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets.

On Saturday, India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets, and Australia beat Scotland by 7 wickets.

On Sunday, West Indies beat UAE by 6 wickets, and Pakistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets.

Now on to tennis and the Davis Cup.

France beat Germany 3-2 and are going to play Great Britain who beat USA 3-2.

Australia beat Czech Republic 3-2 and are going on to play Kazakhstan who beat Italy 3-2. Serbia beat Croatia 5-0 and are going to play Argentina who beat Brazil 3-2.

And finally Canada beat Japan –32 and are going to be up against Belgium who beat

Switzerland 3-2.

 The quarter-finals will be taking place in July—we are so looking forward to that!.

That’s all for now.

By Jenny and Sara

 

Tamil's Best Tunes

 I like Tamil songs because it makes me feel happy and I love being able to dance to Tamil music.

I listen to Tamil songs when I am unhappy, stressed or just when I want to relax.

My favorite Tamil song is from the movie ‘Yaan’ .The song is called 'Aathangara Orathil'. This song is composed by Harris Jayaraj. The hero is Jiiva the heroine is Thulasi Nair.

The Top 10 Tamil songs for  2015 in my opinion are:

1.Kaadhal Kan Kattudhe from Kaaki Sattai

2.Enakenna Yaarum Illaye from Aako

3.Merasalaayitten from I

4.Unakkena Venum Sollu from Yennai Arindhaal

5.Danga maari Oodhari from Anegan

6.I Am So Cool from Kaaki Sattai

7.Endi Ippadi from Enakkul Oruvan

8.Saayore Saayore from Moone Moonu Varthai

9.Roja Kadale from Anegan

10.Mazhai Vara Pogudhae from Yennai Arindhaal

Have a listen to one of them – just try it…

By Risniga 

 

The Bicycle Society

 This is an interesting article for those who are interested in cycling. On Monday 9th March, the Bicycle Society paid a visit to Rooks Heath College in South Harrow. They were invited to Rooks Heath College by Ms Grover (Head of Year 8) to have a fun day with her year 8 students.

At the end of the day, she was very pleased to have invited them and she was happy to see the smiling faces of her Year 8 students, this is what she had to say, “I was pleased that I invited the Bicycle Society in to spend a day with different students during the day. Groups of students were given an allotted time during the day and in that time the students had fun with the bicycle society. Some even said that they should come again.”  

We were taught how to be safe on our bikes, cycling techniques and most importantly the Society encouraged us to cycle so that we can be healthy and safe.

This clearly tells us that the students enjoyed their day and Ms Grover was happy too. This event was just for the students to have fun and enjoy.

Kiti another student agrees, “It was an awesome hour of my day, I would love it if Ms Grover organised it again! The whole of year 8 didn’t do it, but people like me were very interested, and we had a jolly good day even though I fell and still have the graze and bruises on my knees - it was a fantastic day”

I loved it and look forward to another event like this!  Thank you Ms Grover!

By Riya