Wow! What a fantastic day we had with our BBC School Reporters. Our budding journalists were very busy making the news on BBC School Report day on Thursday 15th March. We even featured on BBC South East on the day with our story on a charity close to all of our hearts – Charlotte’s Bag.
You can read all of our reports here:
Charlotte's Bag Interview
BBC School Report - Interview with Clay, our school dog
Year 11 Study Tips
Newman Rugby Interview
Charlie, Jack and Ellie on Politics
Year 8 Creative Writing
Newman Rugby Academy
Newman Rugby Academy was started in 2015 and has since become famous for incredibly high-quality rugby. It is one of few non-professional rugby academies around; young, talented players flock to the Newman College to try out.
The Rugby Academy is a chance for students attending Newman College to play rugby alongside their studies. It was since won many awards and has become famous for its great rugby (see http://www.cncs.co.uk/newman-rugby-academy-best-in-south/ for a full list of awards won).
Mr W Horscroft leads this course and also coaches the Y7s – 11s along with Mr N Lester-Card.
However, it looks like it’s not only the 16s and over this has affected. Since the Academy was started many players feel it has positively affected their game.
Ryder from the Y8 rugby team says, ‘The impact of rugby academy players coaching me has been enriching and very helpful to my development as a rugby player in many ways. The most important of which was how they taught me experiences in rugby games from another players view. I could relate to what they were saying and remember times when the things there were saying had happened to me in a match. They helped me understand rugby more as a game – not just personally, but as a team. They show me what a great rugby player I could be if I applied myself and used what they had taught me in a real match scenario.’
The Rugby Academy has not only increased the popularity and numbers of Newman College it has also seeped through to the lower years and instilled a sense of belonging and an incentive to the boys in the lower rugby years. It has overall improved rugby all around the school and has strengthened the incredible prestige owed to Newman for their rugby.
By, Jake – 7PR
What Kids Are Reading
You all read, everybody does. It might not be ‘cool’ and might, to some people, seem ‘stupid’. But the truth is everybody reads, it might not be books, but words and reading are a heavily embedded part of all modern, human cultures.
But this report is on how well and at what level kids are reading.
Research made by Professor Keith Topping at the University of Dundee in Scotland show that when kids come to secondary school they are reading at a lower level and easier books than they were at primary school. Obviously, this does not apply to everybody.
They could be many factors (reasons) why kids are reading at a less advanced level that at primary. One of the most likely ones is phones and other electrical devices.
Most secondary schools now allow phones at break and Newman is one of those. I am not saying phones are a bad thing though, but what they do do is act like a permanent extension of a kid’s hand.
Blue light is the light you see on your phone. It doesn’t just affect concentration levels it also stops kids (and adults) from having high quality sleep and it also makes kids act like they are ‘addicted’ to their phone.
At Newman we do our best to encourage reading and have the Accelerated Reader Scheme and our school library. The Accelerated Reader is a brilliant idea as I makes kids want to read to get points but now, in their spare time, many children would rather play on their phone than read a book.
Mrs Gladwin (our librarian) says that ‘she believes that that is not the case at Cardinal Newman because we have the Accelerated Reader and we do our best to encourage reading’, however when talked to about how phones affect reading she did think that the issue with phones did need to be addressed.
By, Jake – 7PR
Clay is the CNCS school dog, owned by Miss Amicucci, an inclusion member of staff. He works up in learning support for students who are suffering from anxiety or who are upset. The Boxer dog is happy, sweet and calming to be with.
I interviewed Miss Amicucci to know more information about how he helps students in their learning. “Clay is a therapy dog” she said. Students know that he’s there and his presence calms them. Miss said that she has seen a big difference from the students before clay and after- they have been able to feel more relaxed when learning with him. Also, she mentioned how she and Clay will go to Cottesmore St Mary’s on a Thursday so that the children there can see and stroke him.
My classmate, Jasmine, sometimes goes to learning support to learn and visit Clay. She said that he makes the thought of extra learning more fun and welcoming. “He’s soft and comfortable to be around”. Although sometimes he can be a bit distracting, Jasmine said that overall, Clay makes Learning support more enjoyable.
Clay is a very mild tempered dog and loves engaging and playing with student; he helps uplift the atmosphere of Cardinal Newman. He is always comforting if you are stressed, anxious or sad.
A fire near hove lagoon started at 8:40 this morning and is billowing out smoke.
The fire was started in a wood storage area but quickly spread to the surrounding area.
We called Amy Morgan who lives on Glastonbury Road which is one road away from the site of the fire.
Amy Morgan attends Cardinal Newman and is in Yr13.
When called she said ‘She woke up at 12:00 because her phone was ringing and she had missed many calls from her mum and friends who had heard about the fire.’
She says that the smoke in her room was so bad that she still can’t go inside.
I asked her what thoughts went through her head when she realised what had happened and she said that ‘she was not scared as such but nervous for people closer to the fire and relieved that she had woken up before the smoke in her room had affected her’.
She wasn’t that worried about herself, but she was happy that she was far enough from the fire for the flames not to spread towards her.
She is still very relieved that she is ok and that no one was hurt.
She sent us photos from outside her house and these are the photos you can see here.
The reason for the fire is still under question.
Jake – 7PR