Students from this school will be making the news for real on 21 March 2013 as they take part in BBC News School Report.
We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.
Summer, Chloe and Ella investigate Bullying
There are many ways to obtain fags, by shops, family and friends, but that is only meant to be for when you’re 18. So how do underage smokers get their tobacco?
We interviewed a smoking pupil and these were his replies.
|Reporter||“Who gets you your fags?”|
|Reporter||“How long have you smoked for?”|
|Person||“For 4 years”|
|Reporter||“What reasons do you smoke for”|
|Person||“I smoke through depression and my friends do.”|
So where do they smoke then when they are at school?
I spoke to various students to find out their hang out spots.
|field||Out of bounds||In plain sight|
|25% ( of people )||70% (of people)||5% (of people )|
In most schools around Essex and England people under 18 smoke, but what do they smoke? Some people may offer a cigarette but they are actually offering weed, or other things that can be smoked. When you smoke tobacco you inhale around 4000 harmful chemicals, like tar, rat poisoning and hydrogen cyanide. With all the chemicals, it causes long term illnesses like stroke and lung cancer. Most people who start smoking young find it more difficult to quit, and become addicted easier.
Most schools have policies against smoking like if you are caught in the grounds more than once smoking; you’re given a school detention and parents are notified. Also staff aren’t allowed to smoke on sight and pupils can’t smoke at all whilst in school uniform. If they continue they are given a full day of isolation.
Teens the do’s and don’ts
As pre-teens, in the next couple of years we’ll be exposed to stuff; so much stuff in fact; we will still want to be watching Dora the Explorer.
One of these things is drugs, they may seem enticing, an escape, but don’t do it! You’re probably expecting me to go into a crazy song about the do’s and don’ts of drugs, but if I could over an article page, I would. But I don’t have the luxury.
Accept you have the luxury of reading our fun and interesting report!
Drugs may seem ‘cool’ to the untrained eye, but if you really think that, you haven’t been properly educated on the matter. When you have been to as many talk/information days as I have, you’ll be scared to death if anyone dare go out of the house without checking their fire alarm, or if you see cigarette smoke.
But what if you really saw someone taking drugs? How would you react? Would you dob on them? Would you join in? Would it be because of peer pressure or on your own accord???
So who’s ready, who wants to be a druggy-onaire?
In this part of a report, we are going to show you the life of someone who has experienced the powerful effects of drugs, on people who are our age.
The most common drug used by our peers in school is cannabis; here is a story of someone who has used to use this drug.
From talk to frank.
Cannabis is a drug, created by a natural source, making it surprisingly easy to grow in the right conditions. Which makes surprising job opportunities for young; stupid drug dealers. Unlike the movies, local town drug dealers always get caught.
Cannabis has a lot of street names such as………….. Weed, skunk, sinsemilla, sensi, resin, Puff, Pot, Marijuana, herb, hashish, hash, grass, ganja, draw, Dope, Bud, bhang.
People say that because cannabis is grown from a natural source, they say it is harmless. But this is wrong; cannabis can give adverse effects like the one seen above and also long term ones such as mental health problems formed from taking cannabis at a young age.
But now us teens are exposed to more harmful drugs, such as ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and aerosols.
Aerosols are one of the most easy to get hold of substances, making it one of the most lucrative .But also the most dangerous.
Drugs have many (jazzy) street names such as … special k, donkey dust, hippie crack, Tai high Hawaiian haze, blue cheese and meow meow.
I know I’m being incredibly immature but such jazzy names as these do not deserve to be under the umbrella of drugs. Special k should not be the street name of ketamine but cereal, hippie crack should be treasured incense not nitrous oxide.
With the nations help we can reform Britain, grab a reckless teenager either side AND STAY OFF THAT SPECIAL K!!!! ( not the cereal , have as much of that as you want!)
But on a serious note, drugs are a serious matter and if you start there is always a road back , but from every journey you come from it leaves its scares and how do we stop avoid these scars ruining our beautiful face??
DON’T DO IT !! do dah dah dah da do do doooooo
For our BBC report we wanted people’s views on superdry coats. We did this by interview a range of students, with and without superdry coats. We wanted to know whether superdry’s are worth their price.
Here are some facts about Superdry Coats:
- Ø This is part of the logo that is on the coat: 極度乾燥 which means ‘Extreme Dry’.
- Ø They are originally made in Japan.
- Ø It is a transnational corporation.
Our results showed that a majority of our interviewees brought their superdry coat to fit in with the crowd. However they say they don’t want to follow the trend. Those with coats gave a better review than those without. The people without superdry coats gave an overall similar answer. They mostly thought that they were overly expensive. Despite this, there were still a few that did agree with the price, and said: ‘you get what you pay for’.
Most people with a superdry coat said that they found the coat very useful, and fulfilled their needs. They said that it kept them warm and dry.
Personally, I am glad I got my superdry coat. It is warm, and has a soft inside. Even though they are a very popular brand, I like it because it is a good make and a very good coat. I think they are popular because people tell their friends about it, and then they tell other people, etc… I think they are not worth their money, even though they are very good.
Quote from Interviewer, Summer
I disagree with my partner I don’t want a superdry coat, I feel they are over brought; also we can get better coats for a cheaper price. I’m happy with my current coat and don’t wish to buy one due to its popularity rather than its quality.
Quote from interviewer, Chloe
9 planets, 7 continents, 7 seas, 204 countries, more than 6billon people
And I’m still single’
Valentine’s Day; a national holiday celebrated by people who are in love, or people who want to create it. Every February the 14th, flowers, chocolates and roses are exchanged.
But what is the actual point?
To be honest who actually knows the reason why we humiliate ourselves every year to declare our love?
Some people say that Valentine’s Day is a roman fertility festival; others believe it is a tribute to the Christian martyr St. Valentines who performed Christian marriages in secret, while under the roman rule. Most people think that Valentines is just a holiday, whether spiritual or sentimental, But a lot of people do not realise there is a commercial side to it. Did you know?…
1) In America the average spending is $13.19 billion and that America is one of the world’s most in debt countries?
2) The average number of roses produced is 196 million
3) The average number of cards produced is 180 million
Valentines should be the ultimate declaration of love, the saint himself knew it, February is supposed to be the month of romance especially in roman tradition. St. Valentine was said to be a priest in ancient Rome, when the emperor declared that young men were not allowed to marry as they were better soldiers than the older ones, as the emperor could not waste any soldiers being tied down to a wife and family. Valentine was outraged, and continued to carry out marriages in secret. When found out, he was sentenced to death. Then it is said that he healed his jailer’s daughter and fell in love with her, and before his execution it is said that he signed a letter to her ‘from your Valentine’ a tradition that is still carried out today.
Even though Valentines is a celebration for some, for others it can be downright miserable! I think Valentines is the only ‘selective’ holiday, as some are excluded, especially if there not in a relationship, unlike Christmas, Halloween and Easter. Even though some choose to celebrate it anyway, like this year my Valentine would be my cat.
14 miserable facts about Valentines… Did you know? …
1. In the two week period leading up to Valentine’s Day, American sales of gold jewellery lead to 34 million metric tons of waste.
2. The vast majority of roses sold for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America, wasting fossil fuels.
3. Valentine’s Day traces its roots to an ancient pagan holiday called Lupercalia, in which men stripped naked, grabbed whips, and spanked young women in hopes of increasing their fertility.
4. The Christian martyr St. Valentine was beheaded on February 14 for performing marriages in secret.
5. Research suggests that 75 per cent of suicide attempts are attributable to relationship problems.
6. 46 percent of Americans will exchange Valentine’s Day candy.
7. 67 percent of Americans are overweight or obese.
8. The first Valentine’s Day card was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. He remained a prisoner of war for the next twenty-four years.
9. A recent poll found that one in ten young adults admitted to feeling lonely, insecure, depressed, or unwanted on Valentine’s Day. And that’s just the ones that admitted it.
10. Forty per cent of people have negative feelings towards Valentine’s Day.
11. The famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, in which seven Chicago gangsters were gunned down on February 14, 1929, was one of the bloodiest in mob history.
12. 64 per cent of American men do not make Valentine’s Day plans in advance.
13. Candy hearts taste like crap.
14. Even if you’re really, really in love right now, you’re still going to die eventually.
So here we have it, Valentine’s Day, optional to some but great fun. But we also forget that it also has a sentimental meaning, and it was the sacrifice of two lovers that made this great day for us all.
By Willow and Ella. Harwich and Dovercourt high school