BBC News School Report
Today seven of our students from Years 8, 10 and 11 will be writing a range of articles about topics that affect both our school community at MCMA as well as society as a whole.
These topics will include Science, International Women’s Day, Healthy Eating, How We Can Prepare for Bad Weather In Our School and the UK.
We are hoping to have a filmed “round up” of all our stories with two of our very own News Reporters Yomi and Chloe.
Meet our News Team …
from back left: Chloe, Yomi, Rachel, Isabella, Bronte, Hajarah and Heather.
International Women’s Day at MCMA
International Women’s Day highlights all women’s rights and celebrates their accomplishments. The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day was, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” The United Nations observance of the day on 8th March reflected on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda. It focused on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. The Academy focused upon the day by reading articles and writing about women who inspire them.
Here at MCMA we have the opinion of Miss Hands, Senior Vice Principal, about international woman’s day. As a strong advocate for women, she speaks passionately about gender equality. Miss Hands said: “It’s a very special and important day and I am very lucky to have now work with inspirational women and have an inspirational mother and grandmother. As there are still differences in equality having an identified day raises awareness globally.” However, she did touch on an important area. “I feel that we still have a glass ceiling. For example, evidence shows that we are still living in a society where women don’t always earn the same as men for doing similar jobs.” Miss Hands also stressed the importance of raising awareness about this day and the issues around gender equality for both boys and girls.
Life for women has shown dramatic changes over recent decades. Mrs Smith our Principal is a working mother and appreciates the support of her family and others in enabling her to balance both her job and a career that she is clearly passionate about. Mrs Smith was invited to comment on BBC Breakfast last week about the retention of women aged 30-39 in the teaching career. Like many employers, MCMA are committed to looking at how they can support their employees by considering flexible working requests, whilst also balancing the needs of the pupils within the academy and the timetable constraints. As Mrs Smith points out, ‘Flexible working encompasses a range of measures and does not just include part time requests. For example, they also include allowing parents of both genders to attend their own children’s nativity plays. This can have a very positive impact on everyone.’
Lots of positive work is being done to address the balance between men and women. At MCMA girls and boys are treated fairly and equally and the academy’s values reflect this, as well as this being a key value of the Cooperative Academies Trust that we are proud to belong to. Having such equality in our schools makes us better citizens and more able to ensure that such issues are being reflected both in our local communities and in our global society.
Reporter: Bronte for BBC School Report at MCMA
Our interview with Miss Hands
Life in Space, Tim Peake’s Latest Mission
After a high profile astronaut has recently set off on his six month long mission to space, we have decided to report on what life would really be like in space.
Mr Day from the science department in MCMA has given us some insight on the type of things the astronaut will be experiencing, the type of scientific work he is doing in space, and the overall purpose of it.
First of all let’s consider what life would be like for an astronaut, it would certainly be exciting but it would literally be a pressured environment to exist in! Mr Day tells us that it would be extraordinary, that you would obviously have to receive years of training of how to adjust to a microgravity atmosphere and how to cope with the stresses and strains you experience.
Mr Day has been following Tim Peake’s tweets and he has been giving an understanding on the strange things happening in an astronaut’s body. One interesting aspect made was that however much you prepare for it, actually going to space would be nothing like the preparation, he described it as something ‘AMAZING!’
The question we sometimes wonder though is what it’s like to deal with zero gravity. Our science teacher says it would take a few days based on the research he has done, however dealing with what you expect is different to dealing with the actual reality.
We asked Mr Day to tell us more about the mission Tim Peake is carrying out and the safety measures he will have to take when setting off and whilst he is out there in space. Surely there are more risks in space than on earth.
But what is the actual purpose of his mission, what does he hope to achieve? After doing some research and receiving more insight from Mr Day we have found a few interesting pieces of information and images.
A study that Tim Peake is carrying out is investigating how the human body is affected by microgravity conditions and doing lots of experiments put forward by a range of scientists to raise the profile of science. An interesting thing he has done is taken lots of rocket seeds into space which will come back in a weeks’ time so we can see how they grow in microgravity conditions. He has actually got many school children involved in this project and we here at MCMA have applied to be one of the schools involved in this project!
By doing this mission, Tim Peake is making a difference, like many other astronauts over the years and he is putting himself at risk. Training for such a mission requires the astronaut to be physically fit as well as mentally aware and able to respond to changing situations rapidly. For example, during the actual launch, they have little control because of computer programming but they have to be ready to deal with unusual situations and changes, which is where the meticulous training helps.
Mr Day told us he would love to more than anything else in the world to spend time at the ISS. It’s almost like he is an adult with a little boy’s aspirations! The final question which gets all our brains ticking and what Mr Day feels very passionate about is whether there actually is a point in these astronauts going to space and whether the technology that scientists are searching for could be found in space. Mr Day’s response was simple, , ‘There is absolutely a point to it, there is always something to learn. Apollo missions from the early 70s and late sixties is one of the reasons why we have been able to make technologically advances.’
The key message Mr Day wanted to get across is that, ‘Being an astronaut and going to space is not a holiday, it’s a job!’
Reporter: Chloe for BBC School Project at MCMA
Are we prepared for more bad weather in the UK?
This year’s winter weather has been the worst in years. Last December, the temperature and climates appear to have been on a rollercoaster. Though the end of year cold was mild and hardly any snow, ‘Miserable March’ has given us what December should have, with frost, cold wind and even four inches of snow! We have also had ten storms in the course of winter to now. Many schools had to be closed due to the unexpected snow fall last week, and those that remained open, such as ours, had a struggle to progress through the snowy day. Many school students found joy in the snow, having fun and making snowmen but that did not stop the concern for more bad weather in the future.
Spring seems to have been put on hold, as more bad weather is predicted to carry on until late March. When Spring does arrive, there is a high chance that there will be no more extreme weather until next winter, but there is a possibility that there could be more bad weather sometime this year. This is supported by Miss Davis, a Geography teacher at MCMA who said, ‘We have learnt from the weather this year to prepare for more bad weather over the course of the next few years. Our school has been thinking of ways to improve to protect the school from extreme weather. We have a very interesting building which includes high specifications and elements such as a living roof, which can all help to enable us to respond to any extreme weather conditions.’
It will not just be heavy rainfall, frosty mornings and cold chills, but there has been issued a ‘Yellow Warning’ for the future as heavy gales will gradually make their way towards the UK in the next few days. Many are warning everyone to be careful and keep an eye on the weather due to strong winds and heavy rainfall. For the next week, the weather may improve but there will still be a chance of heavy rainfall, but it looks like the sunshine will be starting to come out of hiding, and the temperatures will gradually become much warmer. Maybe Spring will come on time after all. We can only hope!
Reporter: Heather for BBC School Report at MCMA
Putting others before ourselves
Do we care enough about each other these days or are we all too worried about our own problems? Who is more at risk? Does something need to be done about this? Is it a serious issue?
There once was a time where we all put each other first but that isn’t always the case now, no matter how old we are, because we all have many problems of our own. For example, young people can sometimes be so concerned their education, their appearance shopping and their own futures, that they forget about others. Additionally, adults are always busy with their work and families, that they don’t always seem to have enough time for other things.
All these things can have a consequence and we do not always see that there are people around us that need our support as they have no family and friends who visit them so they spend their time mostly alone. Statistics show that there is a rise in people living by themselves and that sometimes they have no one to turn to. Previous research done by newspapers such as the Telegraph show that 68% of people that live alone are women aged 65 and over. This means that unless we think more about others, we may be in danger of neglecting the elderly.
Do you try to keep in touch with your grandparents? Would you help anyone even if you didn’t know them? (And stop judging people before you know them.) Would you offer your guidance or help to someone if you could see that they needed a hand because they are struggling?
However, it isn’t one particular age group it is everyone that needs to be able to feel they can go to someone, so why isn’t it happening?
We can, should and need to help out others as if we needed help from someone we would want their support or. We can do this by trying to reach out to one another and just doing small acts of kindness to change the world! We could do these simple acts that would show someone that they aren’t forgotten or alone or they are just as important as everyone else. We often forget how much it can mean to others by saying simple things such as please and thank you. Here at MCMA, respect is a key value and we are taught to respect everyone through our words and our actions equally. It is important that we remember not to assume. Take an interest in others, respect them and look out for everyone.
Here at MCMA, we are lucky to have dedicated staff who do a great deal for us and fellow pupils who are also very considerate. As a society, we need to continue to remember to put others before ourselves and to put the value of respect into all that we do. Taking time for others is key.
Reporter: Hajarah for BBC school report at MCMA
How to Eat Healthily
Healthy eating and Healthy living is always high on various agendas for discussion. Here at MCMA, we have some new initiatives in place to makes sure our staff and students are encouraged to live healthier lives and make the right choices. Many of you will already have seen our innovative signage, our ‘mile run’ and our ‘swap’ initiative will be launched soon.
However, how can we build on the expert knowledge of our staff in order to make sure that we continue to provide health snacks and meals which are nutritiously balanced? We interviewed the Canteen Manager at MCMA, Mrs Diane Hall, to find out more about this.
We asked Mrs Hall how she manages to produce such a varied and healthy menu choice for such a reasonable price.
Mrs Hall explained to us the work that is put into the meal plans. During the summer months, the nutritional balance is assessed and the meals are organised so that pupils don’t have too many carbohydrates and are offered a balanced diet whilst in school. The menu is colour coded so that pupils can be clear as to the food groups that they are eating and we learn about this in Food Technology as well.
However, it is also important that we think about how we eat at home as well. We hope that initiatives such as Mrs Hall’s cookery book and the lessons that we have in food technology will enable us to keep making healthy choices.
Mrs Hall has a wide range of experience having worked in the catering industry for 34 years! Our health really is in good hands!
Reporter: Rachel for BBC School Report at MCMA
Childhood obesity are increasing in UK
In the UK, are children getting what they need from their lifestyle.
The standard amount of exercise
In the UK, most children will not get at least 60 minutes moderate activity or vigorous activity per day. This is quite a concerning stastic!
What is moderate activity?
Moderate activity includes walking, playing in the school playground, walking the dog and cycling. Moderate activity raises your heart rate and makes you sweat. One way that you can tell if you’re doing moderate activity is whether you can talk and sing during these sorts of activities. Vigorous activity includes basketball, running, football, and fitness. Vigorous activity makes you breathe fast. One way you can tell if you are undertaking vigorous activity is you shouldn’t be able to talk. Vigorous activity is better for you than moderate activity; however, both can improve your fitness level.
A good lifestyle requires you to eat a balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis. Miss Brandariz, a Dance Teacher here at MCMA is an advocate of a ‘good lifestyle’ She says, ‘You are not healthy if you just eat well and don’t exercise or vice versa. You have to do both! ‘
The problem with healthy diet
Often, children find it very difficult to eat a healthy diet. This could be due to too many fast foods available or not knowing if the foods are healthy or not, because they haven’t got enough knowledge to decide. For example, buying a salad box may appear to be healthy, but if it has too much fat in the dressing it might be just as bad as having a burger! We asked Diane Hall Catering Manager from MCMA her thoughts on healthy eating for pupils, she said ‘I do my best to keep the students healthy at school, however I do appreciate that it can be difficult to think that you can afford a healthy diet, or have the motivation to cook after a long day at school or work.
What can we do to improve our children’s lifestyle?
Here are some tips and ideas that you can improve your lifestyle:
1) Drink at least 2 litres of water per a day
Water can stop us from becoming dehydrated. It energises you and it will flush out toxins from your body.
2) Do one hour of exercise everyday
Exercise can help you to get a better fitness and stronger body. It will burn fat and enable you to have a more toned figure
3) Have a balance diet
A balanced diet is one that provides each of the key food groups in the right quantities.
4) Eat breakfast
Breakfast will help you feel fuller for longer and set you up for the day!
5) Eat less junk food
Junk foods are bad for you, because they often have too much sugar and fat. Everyone should keep their intake to a minimum.
Reporter: Isabella BBC school report at MCMA