BBC SCHOOL REPORT 2018
Cold War II?
A Russian man and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March the 4th; it has since been found that Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, may have been involved in the incident. A nerve agent was found to be responsible for their ‘catatonic state’. A policeman who helped the two at the time was also hospitalised. Theresa May has since taken action and expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the UK.
Sergei Skripal, one of the victims, was given refuge in Britain after being jailed in his home country for treason. He was later forgiven for passing the identities of Russian secret agents in Europe to the UK's MI6 spy agency and in 2010 he was one of four prisoners Moscow swapped for spies in the US in 2010.
This isn’t the first time that there have been suspicions of Russian involvement in mysterious deaths or illnesses in the UK and this incident marks a history of tensions between the West and Russia.
Will this incident and the stand –off between Theresa May and Putin lead to another Cold War?
The Cold War – a brief history…
The Cold War began soon after the Second World War spanning from 1945 to 1991 It was a war between the democratic countries and the communistic countries. For example most of eastern European countries were communist whereas the west was democratic. There was a metaphor used: “The iron curtain” splitting the NATO countries from the Warsaw Pact countries. This metaphorical divide split Europe in half with Germany’s east side being communist and west being democratic.
We asked some of our fellow journalists what their opinion was and how they think that this latest incident should be dealt with. One commented: “I believe that action should be taken on these events and that the government should crack down on terror attacks such as this” Furthermore, another student had this to say: “(It looks like) Russia were involved with the poisoning of Sergei Skripal because Vladimir Putin knew who in the Russian special services were double agents.” These students and the journalist shared the sense of outrage at the attack on the ex-Russian spie.
Cape’s long serving History teacher Mr T Garland believes that Russia were involved because Sergei Skripal was involved in the KGB, the Russian secret service, and so was Putin. ‘Since Putin knew that Sergei knew a lot, maybe too much, all Putin would have to do would be get rid of him…’ he commented. ‘Putin said and I quote “All ex-agents will kick the bucket” this implies that he is/ was trying to get rid of all of the double agents that were known to the agency and from other sources.’ It certainly seems to point towards Kremlin having some responsibility this time around.
The shadow Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party called for diplomacy. In response to Theresa May’s assertions about Russian involvement in the poisoning of Skripal, Mr Corbyn called for a “decisive and proportionate” response once an investigation by counter-terror officers in Salisbury has been completed.
He added this should be “focused on reducing conflicts and tensions rather than increasing them”, telling MPs: “Let us do all we can to ensure this never, ever happens again.”
Whatever the case, this latest incident marks a rise in tensions between the UK and Russia. Could diplomatic relations break down so far that we fall into another Ice Cold War?
by Josh and Finn
Plastic free: First the schools, then the world.
Cape Cornwall School and many other schools across the country decided to take part in a plastic free scheme. This is done by cutting out single use plastic and recycling everything we can. This is a great step forward for our schools and students all over the country. This is great because students are paving the way for a plastic free society and world, they are also taking home the information they learn and using it a home with their families. Soon enough the influence from schools and younger generations will change our country and make it much more eco-friendly and plastic free.
This is all very good but right now there is a huge problem with plastics in many other countries and still unsolved in ours. There are currently over 8 million metric tonnes of plastic being thrown into our oceans every year and tonnes of plastic being littered across our green lands and in our landfills. This is awful because many sea birds and animals are consuming the chemicals and toxins in plastic, which eventually kill them or give them cancer and tumours. It is also causing pollution in the ocean and lakes. This is all contributing to global warming and environmental damage. It also ruins our landscapes and its very disappointing to look out and see what we’ve done to our beautiful world.
This sounds extremely mortifying and the effects can catastrophic if we carry on at this rate. However, there are things we can do about it. Along with the plastic free scheme, recycling, cutting down on single use plastics and challenging our government until they decide to do something about the plastic monster thriving off our waste. We asked people in our school what they thing about it and this is some of them said:
We put these questions to Cape’s students and here are some of the responses:
What do you think of plastic free schools?
“Good because the environment is very special and we can’t afford to lose it.”
“100% behind it, I am part of the surfers against sewage”- Mr Bradley
How do you feel about global warming?
“I think its horrendous! Lots of polar bears and seals are dying because the ice sheets are melting and I’ve seen birds with their stomachs cut open and inside, their stomachs are full of plastic”
How do you help the environment?
“I recycle in and out of school and I think that using microbeads is stupid”
by Poppy and Morgan
Competition Success? We hope so!
500 words at Cape Cornwall School
The five hundred word writing task was an amazing competition involving hundreds of schools. The competition was organised by Chris Evans from BBC Radio 2. There are great things on offer for the winners: as well attending a spectacular 500 Words Final from Hampton Court Palace, where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio, this year they are introducing an extra special prize for 6 winners.
Year 8 students we interviewed were asked if they found it pressuring entering the competition. A few students thought the task was challenging but other students thought it was easy to write 500 words.
A person that we interviewed stated that he didn’t find his task very hard at all but thought it was a great opportunity. The students we questioned all entered the competition and were waiting eagerly to hear if they were winners.
One of our year 8s said that they thought that their story line was good but she said she didn’t use that many effective words.
All the students who entered received a certificate to celebrate and acknowledge the work that had gone into creating the stories. Pictured are all the year 8s, sporting their certificates.
We hope we have a winner amongst us because it would be fantastic if Cape was put on the map by a winning entry. We’d be chuffed to bits!
By Wesley, Jess and Leo
R.I.P. Stephen Hawking
Yesterday morning on the 14th of March Stephen Hawking sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep. Stephen Hawking was a highly regarded physicist who rejected a knighthood from the queen. Stephen Hawking lived a productive life, proving that he was right in many regards. Another way he lived a good life is that he lived 56 years past the time he was supposed to die.
We asked three teachers in our small secondary school in Cornwall, Cape Cornwall. They shared their thoughts: ‘The loss of Stephen Hawking was a loss of a great mind,’ commented one student. ‘Considering he was said to die in his early 20’s, he led a great life’ commented a teacher. Another said, that they thought he lived a long good life. We also asked if students and teachers believed in his theories. They unanimously did agree with him because of the evidence.
Stephen Hawking is famous for his work in Science. He has proven three theories to be correct. The three theories were called the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Theory. His most famous theory was the Black Hole Theory.
Stephen Hawking was 76 when he passed away after he declined a knight hood. When he passed away he left a family of 8; his wife, his 2 sons, his 2 sisters, his brother, his grandson and his daughter.
He had an illness called Motor Neurone Disease which stops the muscles in the arms and legs whilst slurring speech. This illness kills close to all its victims in early life.
On Cape teacher is quoted as saying: ‘He was a loss of a great mind and he lived a very good life.’ She also added: ‘I agree about his theories and happy he passed away with no struggle.’ A student said: ‘his death was upsetting and he lived a very good life. He was also happy, he did not struggle. Another commented that he found it was really sad. Hhe also said ‘he lived a great life along with his theories’. He was happy he passed away peacefully and was one of the best minds we ever had.
Finally, some words from the man himself: ‘Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.’
by Ben and James
Year 11 history trip
Recently Mr. Garland took a group of most able year 11s on a trip to Penwith collage in order for them to get a good idea of the history department in the college.
We asked his fellow History teacher, Miss Kessell, about if she thought the trip was a good idea. She stated the fact that they came back “with a better understanding and a more positive attitude toward History” relating to the fact that it was a great opportunity and therefore was a great idea. We also asked her if other subjects should do the same and she supported the fact that “it is important to have opportunities for other subjects”
The benefits of this trip consisted of things like allowing students to get a new understanding of history and an overall better feeling towards history.
Teens - 2018
Do you remember being a teen? How long ago were you a teen? Have you ever wondered what it’s like being a teen now in 2018? Well if you do this is an article of what it’s like and what we do.
One key thing in this day and age for us is having a phone. Apple, Samsung and millions of others. Usually people own a smart phone and some of us may get particularly upset if they don’t have the correct model or the wrong phone in general. For me, I love having a phone and sometimes feel I can’t live without it I have quite an expensive one and I love it. However Alex reported: ‘Phones for me are overrated, I prefer a simple more normal phone. I only need my Nokia!’ On the other hand Lee feels: ‘ Sometimes if you are considered to have a bad phone you may get judged, but I personally feel it doesn’t matter what phone you have but I prefer a smartphone to do more technical things.’ Mrs Green commented ‘Mobile phones weren’t in existence in the 80s when I was a teen, so we didn’t have any peer pressure to compete over the latest models. However, we were much like you adolescents now in lots of other ways. Not much changes: growing up is still a crazy affair as it was then! - a time of mixed up-ness but great fun at the same time.’
What also would link with this is social media. This subject is taking over for us teens, snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, messenger and lots others. An anonymous student feels ‘Social media is a great way to keep in contact with your friends and share your life and express feelings to friends’ I do agree with this and I use social media and I feel it is useful. But one problem occurring lots is teenagers sending ‘nudes’ (discreet images of teens) and getting into trouble with the police because they are feeling love or excitement. Also there are a lot of fake accounts out there making you do things so be careful. James gives advice for teens ‘check the account see what’s on it before you accept’.
Another thing in 2018 is computer games, a lot of young kids play games, whether it’s on a console or pc it is taking over. Lots of teens are on console a lot playing games and locked in there room, I have a console but I’m not on that much as I prefer to be outside and playing football. Ben is in the middle: ‘I feel its half and half with games. They are fun to play but can affect your health and keep you inside.’ One game that is blowing up at the minute is FORTNITE battle royal. It’s a game of a 100 players on a map. You have to loot up and the last one standing wins. You can play squads, duo or solo. My friends and I play this and it is a great way to chill out.
One key thing about growing up in teenage years is puberty. Changes in your body growing up, hair and growing to be a man or a woman. A lot of people experiencing this feel different: some bad and some good. A year 8 student commented: ‘You feel like you’re bigger and braver and can face new things and you feel different emotions good and bad. Another student believes: ‘it’s very terrifying due to the hate comments going through two powerful nations of North Korea and America.’
Overall, I feel growing up and all is a great way to make new memories, experience new things an become an adult, despite the difficulties in the world: growing up is a great adventure and it’s not so bad being a teen in 2018!
by Oscar, Alex and Lee
Options for Year 8
Options are a key thing in all our lives, what we like, what we aspire to be, so these are very important. However, this year at Cape Cornwall School there was a huge issue for photography lovers! Many students of Cape were upset and wanting answers as to why this subject is not an option this year. Mrs Green commented “Mrs Bletso was a fantastic and inspirational teacher, but her loss has been difficulty to replace and so that may account for why the school hasn’t been able to offer it to those taking options this year.”
This is a good subject because you can express your creativity with photos and can learn to use applications for editing with Photoshop and more creating impressive Art but sadly we cannot choose it for a subject. It is annoying but we have got a range of other good subjects to choose from.
Talking to an anonymous student that chose Photography for GCSEs, they said
“It’s a bad Idea not to do it because it won’t let the students express their creative side” Although despite his comments, we know there are other subjects such as Art, Music, DT and Drama where we have an opportunity to do this.
So, there are other subjects that are fun. The same student reported: “Geography is great, because it’s fun and educational, and DT too because it lets you be creative”
We asked what advice he could give to students in year 7 for going into year 8 and choosing their options. He responded: “Go for something that is fun and you enjoy”
Another student in year 11 offered advice: “Pick work that you will enjoy, Be sensible and pick the options what you think you will use for college and don’t pick something that your friends will do because your friends may be in a subject that you don’t like and is too hard. It can get harder when you reach year 11”
A year 10 girl shared: “If you want to do something creative but you can’t draw or paint and you are bad at art you should take Photography because the drawings aren’t as important and it all focuses on the elements in the photos”
A year 7 also reported: “I will see what happens when I get to that point because I don’t really know what I want to do yet so I am keeping an opened mind about it
Although these aren’t the options I wanted for the future and may impact the next few years we still have opportunities with lots of potential for college and beyond.
Snow in Cornwall; A travesty?
Due to climate change, towns in Cornwall experienced little snow. Until 28th of February, there had been no snow in Penwith since 2010 and nowhere near the fall that was seen this time round. Because of this, many villages were unprepared; St Just being one of the locations affected.
On the 1st of March, their local co-op had to temporarily close due to a lack of stock. One student spoke on this matter, commenting “local produce was brought to a halt because of these treacherous conditions”. Another toll that the weather took on the local area was the frozen over roads that in turn, made it extremely difficult for local civilians to flee the snow. Also, causing difficulties for delivery drivers trying to supply shops and eateries with basic resources – which links back to the unforeseen closure of stores in the area which left shelves empty.
Local schools were also affected by the predicted snow which lead them to close at short notice, leaving parents unaware of the circumstances. These schools included Cape Cornwall, Mounts Bay, Humphry Davy and Penwith/Truro College. The roads linking these schools and colleges to villages and towns where the majority of attendants live were deemed unsafe and were granted with a yellow warning of black ice.
The unexpected closure of local schools meant that students were able to make the most of the snow. Esme said: “We went sledging down at the rugby club fields. There were loads of us there and we all had a great fun. It’s not likely we’ll get the chance to do it again: it never snows in Cornwall!’ However, we hold out hope since snow is forecast this coming weekend.
Many have linked these unpredicted snow patterns of the past decades to global warming and increase in sea level. Scientists believe this because the heating of the planet lowers the chances of required conditions for snow.
St Just Skatepark Plans
Cornwall Council is working on a scheme to deliver a new skate park and other improvements at St Just Recreation Ground in Penwith and wants to know what residents think.
Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Councillor for St Just in Penwith, chaired a public meeting on Wednesday 13 September 2017 in the St Just Old Town Hall to discuss the findings of a recent local consultation and to develop proposals for the space. At the meeting, members of the public shared their views on what the town wanted and what funding was needed.
One of the schemes was a brand new Skate Park to benefit the young people of St. Just, which we also think is a fantastic idea. We interviewed Marna Blundy, Deputy Town Councillor about the plans. We asked her how much is was likely to cost. She responded: “Depends what we have to work on and we wouldn’t want to use all the ground because other people would want to use the ground as well.” This is really good because it means we can all have a voice and say what we think about what’s needed. Here are some of the ideas that she shared people have come up with so far:
- Get a graffiti wall
- Really high but cheap fence to stop people getting in
- Shut off the park at a certain time and open at a certain time
- Maybe hire a security guard.
- Hide security cameras, so they can capture everything but not get destroyed.
- Kiosk to buy drinks, food etc; the proceeds for this would be used to add security to the park.
- Trip alarms.
- Use tarmac instead of gravel so it does not bust up wheels.
- Think more about money side of things, not just spend it all on things more important for the skate park, things it needs.
- Get new better ramps
We interviewed some students of Cape Cornwall School about their opinions on the skate park and what they think we should do to improve it. Here is what we gathered:
One student had said ‘one way to improve the skate park is by using stronger, smoother materials.’
Another student commented ‘If we rebuilt the skate park it will leave an affect in the community because more people would be coming to St. Just for the skate park and other activities it will also help the local community as a whole it will also allow more people such as kids to do more things.’
We asked them how we could improve the skate park and they all said to ‘Make the park bigger because there was barely any space to fit anything in that area.’
This is a great opportunity for us to have a say about what goes on in our community and we look forward to benefitting from the plans that have been put in place. In the meantime, we need to speak up and share our ideas.
If you want to have your say then contact Sue James or go on to the St Just Skate Park Facebook page.
by Matt, Dean and Freddie
The Wizard of Oz Production
Cape Cornwall School has recently pulled off another stunning production, this time based on the well-known story, “The Wizard of Oz”. It took around 50 students and members of staff to complete, with every person working their very hardest. The drama teacher, head of the production, Ms Jack reported “it’s never easy to put together a show, but it is an exciting challenge. You never know how it’s going to go.”
Students who have seen it and been in it have all said it was amazing, the only downside being that a few of the rehearsals were sometimes boring, seeing as the dance routines were simplistic and that the students knew it so well. On the plus side, a year 8 described it as “one of the best plays I’ve seen and been in.” So, it seems that despite the hard work (and some boredom!), it paid off and made it to be a hit all round.
A Cape student who had seen both “Joseph and the Technicolour dream coat” (an earlier production) and “the Wizard of Oz” said she preferred the later production as it “kept her hanging on and you never knew what was going to happen next”.
The background slides were manned by a year ten and with a bit of help from the drama teacher (previously mentioned) and another teacher’s son. The year ten quoted “it was quite simple to put together as we looked at the script and searched up images that thought fitted, most of them that were used were from the actual film. Overall, I was very pleased as it all went very fluidly”.
Finally, Cape’s head Mrs Crawley reported “It was a fantastic production and I am really proud of the talented students who worked very hard to prepare and rehearse this production”.
We look forward to future productions and hope that Cape’s students stay as great at acting and performing as they have ever been!
by Shannon and Ella
Accelerated Reading success
Cape Cornwall School has recently become an Accelerated Reader School, but what does it mean for us here?
AR is a reading programme where students read books and then go online to the accelerated reading website. Then they take a quiz about the book to which they get immediate feedback. The students respond to this feedback and are motivated to make progress on their reading skills. The number of words that each student reads is added every time giving scores of words read; we have several millionaires at our school.
This is a great way to get students reading because it keeps their focus on the book and because all of their reading achievements are recorded.
Some individuals at Cape were interviewed about their opinions on the AR programme and their responses were:
That it was introduced to improve well developed literacy skills, reading ages and was proven to help views about reading. It is also thought to help students access different sorts of texts and there have been lots of successes. Over all it is very promising. One teacher commented: “It makes it easier for everyone, confidence is strength”.
However, there are mixed opinions towards AR. Some students are inspired to read books they wouldn’t have read before and lots of students have been enriched by the experiences of reading new materials, although it is not a silver bullet and some students find it “not that helpful”
“It can be nothing but a good thing”.
The opinions have varied throughout the ages. For example one year 7 said: “I think that accelerated reader was a brilliant idea to be created and an amazing idea to be added to our school and others as it helps you become a more confident reader. Confident readers help shape you and the future into which you want to be and give you bonuses as it would also help you make the future better”.
One year 8 commented “it’s not that helpful towards somethings but it helps you learn new words”
Since only year 7s and 8s are doing accelerated reading older students were asked what they thought about the barrier between key stage 3 and 4 and one of them commented “It could help some students but it should be optional”. Another person shared: “it would improve people’s confidence towards reading and it is a good thing to read”. After this I had asked about the barrier and the response was “it would be great to have year 9 do AR but year 10 and 11 are doing their exams so it would be better for them to study”.
Mrs Glock, our school librarian was asked her opinions. She runs AR, along with the head of English, Ms Rushbury. “People aren’t as confident in the beginning but once good results have been known they become more confident” she said.
Looking forward at other projects that Cape is involved in to develop Literacy Skills, she talked about Cape Cornwall book clubs such as the KYBA book club (Kernow Youth Book Awards) which has been made where the children read a group of books and then choose their favourite and in the future they are going to a ceremony to talk about that book and they also get to meet some of the authors (names not known). There is also a dyslexic help groups and there is a system called Reading champions where they buddy up a confident reader and a not so confident reader to help them improve.
by Vashti and Jack