Our BBC Young Reporter club were lucky enough to interview a Journalist, Megan Ford from the Nursing Times, this week. Pupils planned and asked questions about the ins and outs of Journalism and the best way to get into the profession. It was a really great insight for the pupils and they were excellent! Mr Hickman

 

MENTAL HEALTH


Mental health is one of the most important things in our personal lives and need to be taken care of. It can affect normal things in our personal lifes and other people that we care for.

I have interviewed some students, asked them some questions about mental health.

The first question I asked was ‘Why do you think mental health is important?’

The students said “People suffer from it and it could lead to bigger problems.”

The next question I asked was ‘Do you think the school takes care Of mental health well?’ The students said “Yes and no because it takes a lot to come forward but I’m not really sure.” The last question I asked was ‘What in your life helps you with mental health?’

The students said “Looking after two Puppies helps me take my mind away from my worries. Going on my phone helps me forget about everything else around me.

 

Different types of mental health:

  • Mood disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Personality disorders.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Trauma-related disorders.
  • Substance abuse disorders.

 

If you ever have that feeling here are some reasons NOT to commit suicide:

  1. You only have one life don’t waste it, try and turn it around.
  2. Suicide doesn’t take the pain away. It gives it to someone else.
  3. It’s a permanent solution for a temporary problem
  • About 19% of young people contemplate or attempt suicide each year
  • If you have ever thought about taking your life, please phone this number: 01708 765200

Or, if you prefer, email is available too.  info@supportline.org.uk

The diagnosis of mental illness is a highly debated topic. There have been many disagreements in the world about what is and isn’t a mental illness. The answer is changed by our society and culture, but most mental illnesses happen in all places. Many people also don’t get a diagnosis as society has made them think that they are irrelevant, though they are just as important as physical injurys.

By Charlie

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Iconic women right now

The Amazing Emma Watson
Emma Watson is one of the most influential people of our generation right now. She is most known for her acting career, she is a strong and powerful feminist/activist who speaks up more than most. Emma Watson is not only a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador but a HeForShe spokesperson. Emma has given speeches across the globe,  emphasizing the importance of women’s political participation and education for all girls. “Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It is not prescriptive it is not dogmatic. Its all about giving you a choice. If you want to run for Prime minister, you can. if you do not that is wonderful too. Gender equality is your issue too. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. All we are here to do is to give you a choice.” this is just one of the many inspiring quotes Emma Watson has said.

 

The outstanding Michelle Obama
Out of all the reasons Michelle Obama is one of the most exceptional women right now one of the most prominent is because her through time in the white house as first lady to Barack Obama and being a mother of two she still manages to be her true self. From authoring her book all about her childhood and growing up to be the superb women that she is today and dealing with the media and the people in the world who want to discriminate against Michelle because of her gender or skin colour. “Every girl, no matter where she lives deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her” One of the many quotes that Michelle Obama has said I believe that this really nails the idea of equality. Michelle is a courageous feminist who will never stop inspiring people to be their best selves.

Who's next
This question will always be around as the word can never have enough feminists who motivate and prompt the younger generations to come to step forward and challenge the thoughts of those who disagree with equality. It is important to know that you do not have to be a female to be a feminist. You can a feminist no matter who you are. As long as you take a stand and believe. But the real question is do you want to be the future? Do you want to be a role model?

Interviews-
A student at our school Everlyn said an inspiring feminist is Emma Watson. Everlyn said that feminists are not just females but men too. One example is that without the men in parliament that agreed with the suffragettes it would have taken a lot longer to get women votes and be at the place we are today.

I also interviewed Layla, Keira and Neve they too agreed that an inspiring woman today is Malala Yousufzai. They said its inspiring hearing about girls our age in the world not having the education we often take for granted. They also said that we never here about how education for girls in the Uk finally came around.

 

The Amazing Emma Watson
Emma Watson is one of the most influential people of our generation right now. She is most known for her acting career, she is a strong and powerful feminist/activist who speaks up more than most. Emma Watson is not only a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador but a HeForShe spokesperson. Emma has given speeches across the globe,  emphasizing the importance of women’s political participation and education for all girls. “Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It is not prescriptive it is not dogmatic. Its all about giving you a choice. If you want to run for Prime minister, you can. if you do not that is wonderful too. Gender equality is your issue too. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. All we are here to do is to give you a choice.” this is just one of the many inspiring quotes Emma Watson has said.

 

The outstanding Michelle Obama
Out of all the reasons Michelle Obama is one of the most exceptional women right now one of the most prominent is because her through time in the white house as first lady to Barack Obama and being a mother of two she still manages to be her true self. From authoring her book all about her childhood and growing up to be the superb women that she is today and dealing with the media and the people in the world who want to discriminate against Michelle because of her gender or skin colour. “Every girl, no matter where she lives deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her” One of the many quotes that Michelle Obama has said I believe that this really nails the idea of equality. Michelle is a courageous feminist who will never stop inspiring people to be their best selves.

Who's next
This question will always be around as the word can never have enough feminists who motivate and prompt the younger generations to come to step forward and challenge the thoughts of those who disagree with equality. It is important to know that you do not have to be a female to be a feminist. You can a feminist no matter who you are. As long as you take a stand and believe. But the real question is do you want to be the future? Do you want to be a role model?

Interviews-
A student at our school Everlyn said an inspiring feminist is Emma Watson. Everlyn said that feminists are not just females but men too. One example is that without the men in parliament that agreed with the suffragettes it would have taken a lot longer to get women votes and be at the place we are today.

I also interviewed Layla, Keira and Neve they too agreed that an inspiring woman today is Malala Yousufzai. They said its inspiring hearing about girls our age in the world not having the education we often take for granted. They also said that we never here about how education for girls in the Uk finally came around.

By Izzy

Students went out interviewing around the College

 

 

Code, Create, Game, The life of Scratch.

Scratch is a coding game where you can see other people's cods and you can create your own

Today on The Scratch Articles we are focusing on popularity of Scratch games globally and the best scratch inventors. We have noticed the increase in users on scratch rise by over 2 million in the past month.  Top reporters, Mark and George are attempting to solve this, why. Some believe that school children do this as homework; others that it is on the News more. As the popularity grows the knowledge of Scratch will increase globally. In this article, we are telling you about scratch games and if they are good for school children and we will tell you all about scratch.

Due to research, Scratch when used in education can instruct students from the ages of 8-16, both Primary and Secondary, but people from all ages can access scratch, code, create and learn. There is even a Scratch Junior for younger children under the age of 8 who want to code on Scratch later in their life.

If you wanted to, you could code a game for other scratch users to play and enjoy. Here are some simple instructions on how to create a game for other users: Start a new project. To code in Scratch, first open the page on Scratch at MIT. … Drag the code blocks. The code blocks are on the left-hand side of the screen. … Click on sprites to code for them. Click on each sprite to code for that sprite. … Watch your code run. Run to the place. Below is a picture to represent a code someone has made on Scratch.

Scratch is a free-to-use and safe program that is fun to code on and easy to understand and play around in. Great for schools and Computer Science teaching. This teaches you how to code and can be used to help people based on their GSCE choices and in later life if they take a job that involves coding.

A Scratch fan who was interviewed commented that; “it will be easy for beginner coders to start their journey.” This shows that Scratch should be in schools for computer lessons.

After research on Scratch popularity and interviewing we have found that the majority of children aged 12+ do not use scratch. Most people in secondary school have not used Scratch so were unable to answer. They did think that the idea of scratch – to help young minds code and learn would be helpful in a computer science lesson. Overall, Scratch is a great app to learn with.

 

By George and Mark

 

Behind a Smile!

Why it’s important to know about Mental Health

Mental Health can affect people in many ways, from stress to disorders, and it’s important you know that if you have problems that are affecting your daily life, that you can talk to so many people.

 

Anxiety and Stress-

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, like a worry or a fear, maybe you’ll feel anxious because you’ve forgotten your homework, or maybe because you are about to do something you’re most afraid of. But either way, worrying about too much and keeping it bottled up inside can really affect your health and how you sleep.

Stress is kind of like anxiety, except it’s the bodies reaction, not the minds. Its what happens when you feel threatened or under pressure and can cause panic and trouble focusing or maybe feeling confident.

 

Depression-

Depression includes changes of emotions and how you act, you may feel tearful, upset, agitated and all this leaves you feeling worthless, empty and hopeless.

Depression is seen as one of the most common reasons for suicide because it is an illness that affects your mental health. It is also seen as a mood disorder and can be one of the causes in ruined friendships and family problems.

 

Eating Disorders-

While eating disorders are usually seen as an illness that most commonly affects teenage girls, it can also affect anyone, irrespective of there age, gender or race.

An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to yourself and food. It involves problems with how much you eat, and becoming obsessed with how you look and how much you weigh.

It is important to remember that how much you weigh and how you look should NOT affect how much you eat or how you treat yourself.

 

Insomnia-

Insomnia is when you have the inability to fall or stay asleep.  Lack of sleep can take effect your mood and how you feel. It is usually caused by stress, irregular sleep schedules, bad sleep habits, anxiety, depression, physical illness or pain.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)-

OCD is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has obsessions, thoughts and/or compulsions that the feel an urge to repeat. It can be triggered from excessive fears that lead the person to want to resolve it as soon as possible.

E.g.- She or He may have the sudden fear of catching germs from doing something so then feels the need to wash she/he’s hands, sometimes a certain amount of times.

 

Addiction-

Addiction is a complex condition which causes the brain to need something specific, example: An addiction to food, drinking etc.

By Millie

 

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