Left: The Caedmon School BBC School Report News Team.
The Tempest - With a Twist
(You think you know the story of the Tempest until you see this)
On Wednesday night, both Hollie and I (Rosa) went to see 'Return To The Forbidden Planet '- with complimentary BBC reviewer tickets - at Whitby Pavilion. 'Return To The Forbidden Planet' is a musical by playwright Bob Carlton, based on William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and the 1950's sci-fi film 'Forbidden Planet'. Although usually major theatre companies do their version of 'Return To The Forbidden Planet', this version was put on by local theatre group, Whitby Area Theatre Company.
We seemed to have entered the world of the Forbidden Planet even before we had made our way into the auditorium, with women dressed in 60's style clothing welcoming us on board the ship. When we were seated, the 'crew' went through the safety procedures with us and then we took flight on an all-singing, all-dancing futuristic airline.
With spectacular solos and commendable choreography, this is a show not to miss! If you too want to fly with the crew of the Star Ship Albatross, the Star Ship is stopping at the Whitby Pavilion from the 27th March-29th March at 7:30pm each night, and a matinee at 2:30pm on 29th March. With tickets for the circle at £9 for 16yrs and under and adults £12, and tickets for the stalls at £11 for adults and £8 for 16yrs and under. This show is definitely worth the money. In fact, its one of the best shows we have ever seen.
(Right) Sports Reporter, Corey, who played Ariel-the soft hearted robot-in 'Return to the Forbidden Planet'
Reporters: Hollie & Rosa
Will Two Become One?
The plans for Caedmon School to merge with Whitby community College are the talk of the town. The two schools are hoping to join together next September. Caedmon school teaches pupils from 11-14 and Whitby community college teaches pupils from 14-18. At the moment the LA and governors (of both schools)are discussing whether to merge together.
If the merger does go ahead Caedmon School will officially close. The school building will only close for one day though, then both schools will re-open as one single school with a shared uniform, staff and house system – provisionally called Caedmon College, Whitby. County councillor, Arthur Baker said: "We all share the same aspirations:- to ensure that children in the Whitby area have the best education experience they can, and achieve the best they can. Bringing the two schools together as one would enable the combined expertise of the staff to be deployed more efficiently for all pupils and will build on the collaborative work already taking place."
The plan is to create a better education for the children in the Whitby area. The majority of pupils in both schools think that a completely new name should be made instead of just putting the two names together.
It is proposed that there will be a competition for the pupils to design the Caedmon College Whitby logo; the winning student will get a huge prize that has been held a secret from all students in both schools.
Left: See recordings of staff and pupils, including Mr Hewitt, speaking about the merger.
Was Shakespeare from Yorkshire?
Some recent evidence suggests that the famous playwright, William Shakespeare, may have come from Yorkshire descent. A group of historians working at a local secondary school claim to have found a link between northern dialect and some examples of the language Shakespeare used, including some words used that were only used in areas such as North Yorkshire.
Historical records state that the writer was born on 26th April 1564 in Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, and failed to visit the county of Yorkshire in his lifetime. However, it is believed much of the language in his plays stems from olden Yorkshire words and sayings.
The students first became interested after reading an article about one of Shakespeare's First Folio manuscripts which is on show in York as part of The York Literary Festival. After reading some pieces of Shakespeare's work they began to see similarities in his language and some examples of modern work, for instance, 'thee', 'thine', 'thissen' and 'thou' are still used in some parts of the county.
Students at the school explained to us how much of a breakthrough this was for them and if these speculations prove to be true it could change how we see history – and Yorkshire - forever. A student said "The language that he speaks actually comes from Yorkshire. Eeh bah gum! The evidence is more or less conclusive."
Reporters: Laura, Asta and Emma
Latest Update on Whitby Nuke Threat
Since our earlier report below (two weeks ago) the current situation between Russia and Ukraine has escalated, with Russia taking over the Crimea, formerly part of the Ukraine. Tension is growing within the countries, with Russian troops and armoured vehicles massing on the Ukraine border. Shots have been fired, military bases over-run and at least one person killed.
Since RAF Fyling Dales, a missile and aircraft tracking centre, is only 10 miles out of Whitby, Whitby school pupils are on the edge of their seats. The base would be one of the first targets for a nuclear strike if international war did break out. The nuclear blast would reach Caedmon School within a matter of minutes and totally flatten the buildings.
We are keeping a nervous eye on the situation.
UK Kids Blast Ukraine Nuke Threat
Whitby pupils from Caedmon School, North Yorkshire are terrified that they could be nuked at any moment. In the event of a war with Russia developing over the Ukraine crisis, Whitby will be one of the first targets for a tactical nuclear strike. The reason? RAF Fylingdales, an aircraft, missile and satellite tracking station, is located just outside Whitby. The fact that war in the east could break out at any minute is putting the young people of Whitby on the edge of their seats. This has all happened because of the collapse of Ukraine's goverment. Russia has already moved troops to the Crimea area and the threat of war there is very real. In fact, Russia says it has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile.
Several pupils from Caedmon school were interviewed. One pupil said, 'I don't believe it will happen; it's a load of rubbish.' However, another pupil said, 'I am terrified. I am scared it will happen. The Russian government should grow up and stop being such a bully.'
Military expert, geography teacher and ex-RAF serviceman, Mr. Colclough said, 'There is a possibility of a tactical strike on Fylingdales - you never know. To live through a nuclear attack my advice is to dive underground and wear a strong helmet.'
Another member of staff who is an ex-RAF serviceman, Science Technician Mr. Hartley, commented , ' If a 100 megaton Tsar Bomba, the biggest nuclear bomb, does strike you would need to get underground within seconds or the air blast and shock wave following the explosion will annihilate you. After that you need a special suit or you will die from the radiation poisoning. Nothing of the school would be left standing.'
Reporters: Ryan, Dan and Sophie from the Caedmon News Report Team
Technology Taking Over
In our modern society, technology has had a huge impact on people everywhere in the world.
Lots of people do realize that we are being taken over by it. Many studies have been taken in order to show how much we really are addicted to our phones, computers, TV's ect.
There is a lot of belief among teachers that students are overly attached to technology and that it is therefore tampering with learning and causing issues with attention span. But others believe that technology is an important step in a students learning.
Today, students use iPods, Ipads, phones, laptops, and different tablets to use the internet to help them with their homework. Don't know a word? Google it. Don't know the answer to this math
problem? Use a calculator. And so on. Does this make sense?
Many argue that as a society we have gotten too, busy and we need these devices to make our days easier.
Although it does in fact make our daily lives easier, our
addictions are getting our of hand.
Some people believe that eventually technology will
take over and there's nothing much we can really do to stop
it. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is kind of sad.
Our future generations are going to grow up with
technology, this may make their learning better, but also could stop the traditional learning system. As computers, phones ect. are getting more advanced, communication skills are failing. It is quite difficult to be sociable on the internet, as it cuts off real life chat. Chatting on the internet with friends can be very enjoyable, but it does eliminate social skills. The question is, should we be cutting out technology A bit more, or should we encourage it?
Whitby Affected As Sports England to Cut F.A Funds By Millions
'Sports England', who are responsible for distributing money to the countries sports associations, have opted to cut the F.A's 4-yearly fund from 30M to 28.4m due to lack of participation in certain sports such as cricket, hockey and the biggest shock, football! FA general Alex Horne spoke to the BBC earlier and said, "It's obviously disappointing to hear the Sports England is cutting funding to football especially when the challenges faced by the FA at the moment are so acute." Out of the six sports facing fund losses football is taking the biggest blow as figures show from December there has been a significant drop in players who are partaking in the sport for at least 30 minutes a week.
In total, there is 1.84M who is playing regularly according to Sport England's last survey in January - which is a fall of 100,000 from last year.
"Taking 1.6 million from the FA sends across a real strong message to not only them, but the sports associations across England that they need to meet targets they set seriously." Jennie Price, Sports England Chief Executive. Although it seems this has happened out of the blue Sports England did warn FA about the fund loss if it could not halt the fall in numbers. Mr Laws, who is currently an MP of the Labour Party, believes that the cuts to the FA will cause a knock on effect to schools and other small organisations. In local areas as the English Football Association will not be able to inject there funds into small towns like Whitby.
Sports Reporter: Cory
Big Hair: Life Saving Fashion?
It seems that 'Big Hair' is in fashion at Caedmon School and is becoming increasingly popular throughout Whitby. Many pupils are wearing 'Big Hair' at the moment. One boy's big hair actually saved his life. Joe, a year 9 pupil, recently had a bike accident. While he was speed-peddling down a steep hill in Whitby his friend stopped in front of him, causing a collision which saw Joe flying through the air. A witness told us that his large afro protected his head when he hit the road and bounced on his hair. Thanks to his unusual 'crash helmet' he only suffered minor injuries to his face including a nose break and some bruising to his forehead.
We also have Elliot whose hair has swept the school by storm. His hair style, sides and back razored close with a long floppy quiff, is commonly known as the "Ice Gem" and has become increasingly popular amongst the more fashion conscious lads. When Elliot was asked where the hair style came from he surprisingly replied that his grandma was the one who cut his hair into this cool new style.
Girls are also cashing in on the big hair look. Many of the stylish young ladies in the school are now wearing the 'Bouffant' look - a hair style which looks like a lion's main, although a little less messy, and held up skyward with lots of spray and carefully applied gel!
One things for sure - 'Big Hair' is the most popular look right now. Even some of the teachers are going for a shaggy, curly look!
Yorkshire Coast Landslide at Book Awards
On 11th March, nine Caedmon pupils were lucky enough to attend the Yorkshire Coast Book Awards. We were invited to the awards, held in Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast, so we could vote on the day for the book we enjoyed the most from a short list of six books. Each of us had to read all six books to make us eligible to attend the awards.
The winner by a landslide victory was 'Wonder' by R.J Palacio, a very moving book about a boy with a facial deformity. I managed to interview the guest author at the awards, Sally Nicholls. She told me exclusively: 'Personally, I like funny books. I also like stories with characters that fit with the story plot.' Sally ran a high speed, high powered writers' workshop in the afternoon which was interesting and mentally challenging.
Students who went to these prestigious awards said they enjoyed the day out and they would recommend it to anyone – especially with the chicken on the stick buffet lunch! Next year's awards are already eagerly looked forward to, with Whitby schools planning to hold their own version of a childrens' book awards.
Brilliant Bradford Enrichment Trip
On Wednesday 12 March Year 8 went on a school trip to Bradford. Our aim was to experience something of a multicultural city and to learn about different religions represented in the area. We visited a mosque and a Gurdwara (a Sikh temple). Some of our year group were not looking forward to the trip as they did not know what to expect but in the end we were all glad that we went as it was an informative day – as well as a lot of fun.
Our first visit was to a mosque. As we got off the bus we were greeted by our Muslim host. He was friendly and helpful, showing us how Muslims clean certain parts of the body for Allah (their God) before they pray. We also learnt that they needed to be physically, mentally and spiritually prepared before they pray 5 times a day.
After lunch we visited the Gurdwara. Our Sikh hosts were really friendly and informative. The Sikh religion has three principles: remember God, work hard and honestly and be charitable (Sikhs share 10% of their time and income on charitable works). A Caedmon pupil we interviewed said, 'The trip was very educational and we learnt lots of facts about other religions. We also got to go shopping in the famous Bombay Stores which was a fabulous experience! It was filled with many items of ethnic clothing, jewellery and footwear which were all amazingly colourful.'
The trip was fun and a success as lots was learnt and we found that Bradford was much nicer than some of us had expected!
Reporters: Jess and Danielle