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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

How was the education affected by covid 19?

Everyone knows covid. It took 3 years of our life and over six months stuck in our homes, with multiple lockdowns. It seems not that long ago, but it was coming up to 3 years since the dreadful time began.

Covid affected a lot of people, with around 759,407,939 people having had covid across the world and around 6,866,421 of those people died across the world.

Covid also affected many kids’ education, and they could not attend school unless urgent. They had to home school, learning from home with virtual lessons, but it still was not the same. Covid still has an effect of student's education. Classrooms are still stuck on learning by being given information, then answering questions and repeating. The number of practical's have dropped and the ‘fun’ in school is decreasing. Education is more fun and effective when students are having fun, as it can help them retain more information.

An MRC pupil says that education after covid is that “we don’t know as much. We missed out SATS and missed a lot of school since we were at home. We missed a lot"

By Caitlin and Lily


School Strikes, what’s happening?

Teacher strikes. What’s happening and how is this affecting children’s learning?  Many teachers in schools around the UK have been going on strikes as many argue that they aren't getting paid enough, most teachers say they spend around eight hours on a Sunday planning lessons, so they only really have a one-day break and strongly feel they don't get paid enough.

Teachers have only had a 5% pay rise. Many teachers are also quitting their jobs as sometimes they don’t have enough money to pay their bills as the cost of living is going up by nearly £250 a month, leading to a shortage of teaching staff, which impacts on the students. The government have offered a one-off £1000 payment for all teachers working in the UK. Teachers have also been asking for much more due to the cost of living, because even with a small pay rise, most still can’t afford a lot.


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Formula One:

The time has come again for the biggest racing programme in the world. 20 drivers fight for their place on the podium and only one will be crowned world champion.

This weekend, to no-one's surprise, Max Verstappen claimed pole position once again. Close behind were Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Lando Norris (Mclaren). Sadly, in the race, Lando was pushed down to P17 and didn’t finish 66 laps due to the rain. Max Verstappen however stayed in P1 and won the race once again.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez expects that Mercedes Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso are beginning to challenge Red Bull’s dominance. Red Bull will be reeled in by their rivals as this season progresses due to a lack of major upgrades, Perez has admitted. Fans have also agreed with this statement because of other teams' progress in the last 4 races.

Overall, this season is going to be a very interesting one...


Students went out interviewing around the College




90’s Rock


Britpop music originally started gaining popularity in the late 80’s with the Stone Roses album ‘’Stone Roses’’. This album was released in 1989 and is known as one of the first Britpop albums, with hit songs such as ‘’I Wanna Be Adored’’ and ‘’She Bangs The Drums.’’. Blur took over the scene for a while, followed by Oasis who released their first EP ‘’Supersonic’’ with hit songs such as ‘’Supersonic’’. Supersonic later went number one in the Uk charts just a few weeks after it was released. Blur later released the album ‘’Parklife’’ in the same year and some of the songs went number one. This sparked one of the biggest band rivalries in music history.


American Rock

As well as Britpop, American rock was one of the biggest part of the 90s music scene. One of the prime examples is Nirvana. One of the biggest rock bands of the 90s. Releasing their second album in 1991 ‘’Nevermind’’ with hit songs in the UK, US, and taking over the English rock scene with guitarist Kurt Cobain being a fan favourite. They Released two more hit albums before Kurt Cobain died in 1994. This encouraged Drummer Dave Grohl to form one of the most influential bands of all time, The Foo Fighters. Releasing their first album ‘’Foo Fighters’’ in 1995.  Then in 1997 they released one of their best albums ‘’The Colour  And The Shape’’. This is one of the best Foo Fighters albums ever, mixing a heavy rock sound with a romantic 80s sound. Their last album of the 90s came in 99’ with the album ‘’There Is Nothing Left To Lose’’.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers were one of the biggest late 90s American bands. Originally releasing their first few albums in the late 80s but not catching popularity until 99’ with their album ‘’Californiacation’’ This album had worldwide hits.  Pearl Jam released their big hit album in 1991 ‘’Ten’’ with hits like ‘’Even Flow’’. These songs reached across the atlantic to the UK and had a massive influence on rock at the time. They later went on to release 5 more albums in the 90s.

To conclude this, I think that Foo Fighters have been the best band from this generation, they made songs that generations for years to come will remember. They kept on making albums into the 2020s’ with their new album ‘’But Here We Are’’ based of the death of their long-time drummer Taylor Hawkins, but with their new drummer I can see the band lasting on for a good 4 or 5 years to come.

By Oliver


Sweden wins Eurovision 2023 22/5/23

Sweden wins with a shocking 583 points!

Loreen from Sweden wins The Eurovision Song contest 2023 winning the Jury vote with Käärijä from Finland coming in second.

With the exhilarating final taking place a few weeks ago, the winner was announced late into the night, with the contest ending at around midnight.

The hosts for the night were Alicia Dixon, Hannah Waddingham, Julia Sanina, and Graham Norton, who was also commentating for the BBC.

The interval act included many pervious Eurovision stars singing famous songs, such as Netta who won for Israel in 2018, Duncan Lawrence who won for The Netherlands in 2019, Sam Ryder who won for the UK in 2022 and more.

First was taken by Sweden with 583 points, second by Finland with 526 points, third by Israel with 362 points, fourth by Italy with 350 points and fifth by Norway with 268 points. At the opposite end of the table, Germany came last with 18 points and the UK was second to bottom with 24 points.

The semi finals left many acts out of the final, unable to participate but lowering the number of acts to 26.

The 2024 contest will take place in an undecided city in Sweden next May.

By Alice

Eurovision 2023

Its time again for the biggest European song contest, on the 14th of May Eurovision lit up Liverpool and the UK for the first time since 1998. This year marks the 67th edition of the contest.

Originally, Ukraine won 2022 with their song “Stefania” by Kalush Orchestra however UK took the responsibility of hosting due to the war with Ukraine and Russia. Additionally, Tymofii Muzychuk of Kalush decided to auction their winning trophy and donate the money to a charity that is supporting Ukraine throughout the war.

This year’s winner however is Loreen from Sweden who won 11 years ago in 2012 with her song Euphoria. Her newest song Tattoo was a hit with many influencers already and spiked in fame after her win this year. Much controversy has been cause by her win because people have been saying things such as “It’s unfair that she should have entered twice after her win in 2012”. On the other hand, others have been delighted to hear that her “Talent has been recognised”.

We had some amazing acts this year including Estonia, Alika with the song “Bridges” and the high-ranking Israel, Noa Kirel with the song “Unicorn”.  Fans were anticipating Finland for the win but unfortunately the public have awarded Sweden with the winning 284 points.

Overall, this year was chaotic and unusual like every other year. We are all anticipating 2024.

By Beatrice



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