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Ghost: The Musical

Rooks Heath has done it again. Last year it was Les Miserables that took the stage and surprised everyone by its extraordinary performance. Now Ghost has set the new standards for the next play because of its amazing actors and teachers who took the time to organize this play like Mr Ring, Ms Christensen and Ms Daly.

The story is based on a rich couple who move to New York for a new life but her husband dies and she is miserable and a new adventure starts.

One student said “it was great!”

The hardworking teachers who spent night and day organising this wonderful play did a great job.

By Abdi

 

Ghost: The Musical

The performance was put on by the Music and Drama Department and its actors consisted of the BTEC drama students. Rooks Heath’s students put on an amazing performance with Sapphyre and Noah playing the leads and many others playing interesting roles. Mr Ring, Miss Daly and Miss Christensen all co-produced and led the performers to victory.

There were two BTEC classes which meant the play was split up over the three days on the 13th 14th 15th of December. Parents and children alike attended and the packed hall watched the story unfold as the West End performance and film was acted out.

It is about a man, Noah’s character, Sam being killed in an alleyway. He dies and can’t go to heaven, but instead of going to heaven he stays with his partner Molly (Sapphyre). Rooks Heath emulated their performance of last year’s Les Miserable and they showed the outstanding talent of Sapphyre as Molly, Jade as Ode Mae Brown and Noah as Sam

A student who went to see the play said “It was very modern and entertaining” and also said “It was very funny and it was FUN!”

As the performances come to an end and another outstanding play shines, Rooks Heath continue to show their talent and amazing reputation of putting on blockbusters.

By Alex

 

Ghost at Rooks Heath College!

On 11th, 12th and 13th February Rooks Heath College put on the musical ‘Ghost’ in the hall. Ms Daly and Mr Ring co- directed this performance.

‘Ghost’ ,the original film, is about a man named Sam who is murdered. He can’t go to heaven; instead he stays with his partner because he feels that she was in danger.

Rooks Heath used the West End musical version and put on an amazing performance. The lead actors and actresses were Sapphyre as Molly, Jade as Ode Mae Brown and Noah as Sam.

One of the students that went to watch the play said “I liked it because it was modern and entertaining.”

Another commented “my sister told me about the movie and it looked quite funny….. It was funny.’’

One of the teachers said “I loved Sapphyre’s singing. It was West End quality.”

Another great performance from RHC!

By Amran

 

More Humvees to Ukraine from the US

 The US has confirmed that they will send more Humvees to Ukraine to end the war. A senior administration said that they will send the heavily armoured Humvees, drones, night vision devices and medical kits on Wednesday. They want to send all the equipment to Ukraine so it will keep them equipped for a short while. The drones and other equipment, not including the Humvees, are worth about $75 m.

Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs said that in the past few days there have new more transfers of Russian tanks, armoured vehicles, heavily artillery and rocket equipment over the border to the separatists in eastern Ukraine.   

The Ukrainian Crisis has got worse since a year ago. The crisis began with riots caused by Pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych when he abandoned a deal with the European Union in favour of stronger ties with Russia. The government does not allow the people in Ukraine to talk Russian instead of Ukrainian. The crisis is mainly taking place in Donbass.

One lady in the war area had this to say “This conflict cannot be solved by sending weapons and drones because then it will get worse and more people will lose their lives for no reason.”

Another boy commented “Other countries do not help our country, because they try to help and kill innocent people or they will bomb places which will make our country worse. Other countries send medicines but they will never come to our county. They send food but the only food they give us is dry bread.”

Vladimir Putin and Barrack Obama continue to work on plans to solve the crisis by not including any force or any weapon so it will keep Ukraine safe and it won’t let innocent people lose their lives for nothing.

By Arun

 

Musical 'Ghost' hits Rooks Heath College!

Building up the success of the school musicals, Les Miserables last year, to the musical ‘Ghost’ this year. In the last week of half term, Rooks Heath College organised and performed the musical ‘Ghost’ in the hall. Mr Ring (music teacher), Miss Daly (drama teacher) and Miss Christensen (Head of Music) co-directed this performance.

Two BTEC Performing Arts classes presented ‘Ghost’ the musical this year. Rooks Heath uses the West End musical version and put on an amazing performance. The lead actors and actresses were Sapphyre as Molly, Jade as Ode Mae Brown and Noah as Sam.

‘Ghost’ the original film is about the tragic story of Sam and Molly who are overjoyed at the purchase of their first apartment together. They really feel that they can start living the dream, until one night when their world is turned upside down. Sam is murdered. He cannot go to heaven, but instead stays with his partner as he feels she is in danger.

One student had this to say‘’My sister told me about the movie and it looked quite fun… It was fun. The musical was very modern and entertaining as well.’’

Another commented‘’It required a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Not only was this a College production, the Year 10s and 13s were being examined for their performance. We spent hours rehearsing, often staying behind late after school.’’

Rooks Heath College continues to have a successful run of musical productions.

By Arun

 

Syria's Disappeared

Thousands of Syrians have vanished without a trace, disappeared since the country's uprising began in March 2011. Held and not able to communicate by the governments, or militant groups at secret locations across the country, prisoners are often kept in inhuman conditions. Some are tortured; others go on to be killed. For relatives left behind, the pain of not knowing what has happened to their loved ones is unbearable.

The past beheadings of Western hostages by Islamic State militants in Syria generated shock and disgrace around the world. Yet many more Syrians are also suffering at the hands of kidnappers from violent rebel groups, or government security forces - their existence often denied by their captors due to their utter disgust of what they have been through.

Many just disappeared, leaving families with no knowledge of their whereabouts, someone who we interviewed sated:

"In affect, these people just vanished."

A group of masked, armed men stormed in to Samira's office on the outskirts of Damascus in East Ghouta, says Yassin, capturing the four of them along with their laptops. One of those kidnaped was on a Skype call with his brother at the time. He overheard the captors shouting "infidels" and "enemies of God" at their victims.

Yassin, also a campaigner and writer, was "in total shock" after hearing the news via phone calls from friends.

"I didn't do anything, I couldn't do anything," he recalls.

The kidnappers, Yassin believes, were members of the militant Islamist group Jaysh al-Islam, who control parts of Damascus at the time. They objected to Razan's plans to set up a legal organisation in the capital's east, he says.

“It represents a long struggle that did not just start today, or with the Syrian revolution, but a long time ago, as part of our struggle with the Syrian regime itself”

By Hana

 

Musical hits Rooks Heath College!

In the last week of half term, Rooks Heath College put on the musical ‘Ghost’ in the hall. Ms Daly and Mr Ring co-directed this performance.

‘Ghost’ the original film is about a man named Sam who is murdered. He cannot go to heaven, but instead stays with his partner as he feels she is in danger.

The lead actors and actresses were Sapphire as Molly, Jade as Ode Mae Brown, Mahmoud and Noah as Sam.

Many people enjoyed it and one student had this to say “It was very modern and entertaining.”

Another commented: “my sister told me about the movie and it looked quite fun… it was fun.”

Rooks Heath used the West End musical version and created an amazing version of their own.

By Hana 

 

Ghost at Rooks Heath College!

In the last week of term, the Rooks Heath drama team astonished the crowd with a moving performance of the musical ‘Ghost’. Ms Daly and Mr Ring acted as the directors.

The original film is about a man who is murdered and acts as a guardian ghost for his wife, as he senses she is in danger. The lead actors were: Noah, Sapphyre and Jade. Josephine, who was a spectator said, “The production was extremely modern and entertaining. “

The performance was a huge success, much to the relief of the cast. Lots of work and dedication was accorded to the members, but it was worth every minute. Ms Daly quoted “It was a huge challenge, however the students put in a lot of hours and there was some incredibly talented cast members.”

Overall the production was a huge success, many people found it highly entertaining. They also commented on how they wish the school would hold another production similar to Ghost.

The fees were used to fund a trip, which RHC is hoping to execute at the end of the academic year which will be to Butlins.

By Sumayyah

 

Musical Rocks Rooks Heath

In the last week of half term, Rooks Heath College put on the musical ‘Ghost’ in the hall. Ms Daly and Mr Ring co-directed this performance.

The original film ‘Ghost’ is about a man named Sam, played by Noah and Mahmoud, who cannot go to heaven, but instead stays with his partner as he feels she is in danger.

Rooks Heath used the West End musical version and put on an amazing performance. The lead actors and actresses were Sapphyre as Molly, Jade as Ode Mae Brown and Noah and Mahmoud as Sam.

One student who watched the play said “It was very modern and entertaining”

Another commented “My sister told me about the movie and it looked quite interesting and it was!”  

By Wardat 

 

GTA 5 Release Shocks the World

 The game called Grand theft auto 5 which came out on the 17th of September 2013 it got a total of $800,000,000 on its first day alone and got $2,000,000,000 altogether. Rockstar is the gaming company that created the Grand theft auto franchise. Also just in America alone $33,000,000 copies were sold. Did you know ½ of America called in sick to buy this game on the release date.

Here is one question people ask, does GTA 5 make people violent? The answer is no if 2,000,000,000 copies were sold then at least 1,000,000,000 play GTA 5 and maybe about 10 or 100 or 1000 in those people become violent so ¾ of the people who bought it just wanted to just have fun and for e.g. if you are angry for some reason then you play GTA 5 you will take out your anger on maybe things in the game and not in real life, but also it is bad because what if you like killing all those people in the game and you like it and you kill people in real life that’s bad also, but I doubt that will happen.

By Ajmal

 

Solar Eclipse

 On Friday 20th March the next solar eclipse is coming. This is going to be a huge event. Norway will be seeing a full eclipse while the rest of Europe will see a partial eclipse.

A solar eclipse is when the moon gets in between the Sun and the Earth. It’s unusual because the Earth, Sun and the Moon all have to align.  It is a rare event and is possibly when the Moon is at exactly the right distance from the Earth. Even the small amount of Sun peeking out from behind the Moon during an eclipse is enough to make you go blind. Never look at the Sun through binoculars, or a telescope. Don't look directly at the Sun through sunglasses, or exposed photographic film - they will not protect your eyes. 

If you want to see the eclipse safely, then it is very important you read below. All you have to do is take a piece of paper, take a pen and then make a hole no more than 4mm. When you see a solar eclipse take another piece of paper, then take the paper you made a whole in and then put the paper in front of the eclipse and the other paper to see the light. There are also special glasses to look at the eclipse.

By Akeef

 

'An Inspector Calls' in at Rooks Heath College

As weird as it sounds, it is a play ‘An inspector Calls’ which came to Rooks Heath College on the 19th of March courtesy of a touring theatre company ‘Drama Impact.’ The Year 11’s witnessed the play.

The Year 11’s were treated to a workshop on the play which is one of their set texts for an English Literature exam. The workshop lasted an hour and was helpful for the students as they were shown the historical and social context of the play, as well as what it was about.

Ms Humphreys, who organised the workshop said “To be honest I don’t think they liked it as much as I would have liked and it is going to help them a lot”

An envious Year 8 said “That sounds fun, why don’t we do that stuff?”

It was a great experience for those Year 11s and will help their chances of a great mark and for it to be acted out with real actors was spectacular.

By Alex

 

Pies Pies Pies and The Misery of Teachers

On the 19th of March Rooks Heath Collegel put on one of the funniest events for the charity Comic Relief on Red Nose Day. Five teachers, of which were high up at the school, received a pie in the face from 25 different people selected from a raffle, whilst extremely fun it was all to raise money.

The students walked on to the stage where the teachers were waiting and the pie was smeared in their face. Fun stuff!

Mr Todd, a PE teacher, Mr King, another PE teacher and Dr Reavley, the HEAD, Mrs Corzberg Deputy Head and finally the final PE teacher Mr Williams all took part. One most notable was Mrs Corzberg as she wore a shower hat and a raincoat topped off with a pair of goggles. They were obviously prepared to sacrifice some respect, but well done to them for raising a lot of money for charity and not only raising for charity, but raising an enormous crowd to go along with it.

A teacher not involved in the smearing said, “They were very brave for charity and I would never do that!”

A student said “I like how Mr Todd got the most pies and I liked the entire thing.”

I must praise the people who took part in the event and hope we raised a large total for Comic Relief.

By Alex 

 

Pie the Teachers

On 19th March teachers at Rooks Heath College were pied in the face, all to raise money for Comic Relief.

The select few students were allowed to walk up to their chosen teacher and pie them straight in the face!

Mr Todd, Mrs Corzberg, Mr King, Dr Reavley and Mr Williams took part and were covered in pie for the rest of the day. Well done them!

Another student said ‘’the people that were watching have said it was very funny and I have enjoyed watching’’ and ‘’ it was nice to see teachers getting pied.’ Well done teachers!

By Amran

 

The Solar Eclipse 2015

 This month, on the 20th of March, Friday, there will be a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon lines up exactly to the Earth and the Sun. The solar eclipse occurs at full Moon. Thousands of people around the world will be watching to see the eclipse. It is a very exciting and entertaining day.

The last solar eclipse occurred in 1999, the next solar eclipse after this one is predicted to be in 2026. It is rare because the shadow the moon casts on Earth is small and only affects certain places. You need special protective glasses to make sure you do not damage your eyes. The glasses are cheap and you can buy them online. We interviewed a science teacher at Rooks Heath about how she is going to view the solar eclipse and she said ‘I am going to take a few classes to view the solar eclipse, but not make them look at the sun!’

By Kivraj & Anas

 

Pie in the Face?

 On 19th March 2015 five teachers at Rooks Heath College got pied in the face by five students from each year to raise money for Comic Relief. The select few students from each year group were allowed to walk up to their own choice of target and pie them straight in the face if they had a good aim with their throwing. 

Students were to pay £1 to buy a raffle ticket so that they had a chance of being the one who could pie a teacher. Students could buy as many raffle tickets as they want, but many students did not buy one because they said that they would not have a chance to pie the teacher because there were too many people who bought a raffle ticket.

Mr Todd, Mrs Corzberg, Mr King, Dr Reavly and Mr Williams took part and were covered with pie for the rest of the day. Mr Todd was the one who was pied the most out of all the teachers.

Mr Todd had this to say. 'I got pied by many students. I told them before that no one should pie me or else they were in trouble but they did not listen to me. They just pied me in my face many times.'

A student who pied a teacher had this to say. 'This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to pie a teacher in their face without getting in trouble. I am happy that I bought the raffle ticket. I enjoyed it so much.'

Rooks Heath has reached more than £2000+ excluding Mufti Day for Comic Relief, but they are still counting. Thank you for raising money for Comic Relief and taking part in all the activities.    

By Arun

 

Students Pie the Teachers!

On the 19th of March, five teachers were pied in the face to raise money for Comic Relief. Five students in each year were picked from a raffle and were allowed to walk up to their chosen teacher and put a pie in their face.

The teachers involved were Dr Reavely, Mr Todd, Mr King, Mr Williams and Mrs Corzberg and were covered with cream for the rest of the day! So far Rooks Heath College raised a huge £2000 and are still counting! Also, so far Comic Relief, have raised a staggering £78,082,988 for Red Nose Day!One teacher said, “It was so funny!”

Another student stated, “Everyone pied Mr Todd, it was hilarious!”

Rooks Heath have done all they can to help everyone in poverty and have raised thousands of pounds. Hopefully, in the future they will continue to raise lots of money for the poor and unprivileged people, especially in Africa.

By Hamzah

 

Ghost: The Musical

In the last week of half term, Rooks Heath put on another play after the success of Les Miserable. Ghost: The Musical that was on the February 11th, 12th and 13th and was hugely successful. Miss Daily and Mr Ring, the co-producers, said that they planned this event for three months.

‘Ghost’ is about a man named Sam who is murdered. He cannot go to Heaven, but instead stays with his partner as he feels she is in danger. Rooks Heath performed an amazing show. The lead actors and actresses were Sapphyre as Molly, Jade as Ode Mae Brown and Noah as Sam.

One student said that it was ‘brilliant’ and that ‘all of the actors should be proud of themselves.’  Well done RHC!

By Jensen

 

Teachers Get Taught a Lesson

On the 19th March 2015 Mr Todd, Mrs Corzberg, Mr King, Dr Reavley and Mr Williams all took part in a teacher’s pie to raise money for Comic Relief. It was unfortunate for them as they had to walk around all day with their face covered in pie.

A lucky few children selected in a raffle to go up and pie the teacher of their choice. It was fun for everyone apart from the teachers and especially Mr Todd as he was undoubtedly pied the most.

One student said ‘It was hilarious to see a teacher get pied’

Students donated £1 to Comic Relief in exchange for a ticket to be put in a raffle for a chance to be selected as the lucky few to pie a teacher.

One of the students selected said ‘I was very happy to be selected and I had a very fun time.’

Mr King commented ‘I am so happy I am not Mr Todd as he got pied lots more times than any other teacher there’

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the few selected and a moment the will definitely not forget. 

By Kai

 

Teachers Got Demolished

On the 19th of March teachers at Rooks Heath College were pied in the face all to raise money for Comic Relief.

The selected few students were allowed to walk up to their chosen teacher and pie them straight in the face!

Mr Todd, Mrs Corzberg, Mr King, Dr Reavley and Mr Williams took part and were covered in pie for the rest of the day. Well done them!

The teachers had this to say “OH WHY DID WE PLAN THIS WE WERE SOO STUPID!' But Mr Todd said “All the people who pied us have a C3”.

Another Student said “I WAS SOO LUCKY I GOT PICKED ALL THOSE TIMES I GOT A C3 FOR NOT BRINGING MY P.E KIT.'

Students had to pay only £1 to get a raffle then when they get there raffle there name will be written on the right hand side of the raffle book. Then all the teachers will put the raffle in a hat and the lucky 5 raffle tickets will be selected.

Mr Williams had to say “I am so glad I am not Mr Todd or I would be covered with white pie and walking home with people thinking I am some idiot."

A student said “It was a really special thing which I can never do again unless my luck continues."

By Mark

 

An Inspector Calls Comes to Rooks Heath

On the 18th March, Inspector Calls came to Rooks Heath and performed a production which is highly beneficial in the year 11’s upcoming literature exams. After watching the performance, the year 11’s participated in a workshop in which the year 11’s acted alongside the actors, a touring theatre company.

It gave the students an insight into the historical and social context of the play.

Miss Humphreys organised the workshop commented, “It was very beneficial, however I expected there to be more relevant context.”

By Sumayyah

 

Would You Spy on Your Children?

An app has been released in the US, New Zealand, Canada and Australia and it is soon to come to Britain. It is used to spy on what your kids are doing with the use of social media.

The TeenSafe app is a monitoring system which can be downloaded onto a child's phone or laptop that allows parents to see deleted texts, mobile locations and when their child has their cell phone.

I asked some people if they thought it was right:

A year 8 boy said: “I would feel horrified to know my parents are watching me!”

By Tia