BBC School Report 2016

The BBC school report team have spent the whole day working hard to meet deadlines and write reports about issues we are facing as a school, country and a world. We would like to thank the library for letting us use the computers and we’d like to thank the English department; mainly Miss Seymore and Miss Croft for helping s throughout the day. Students involved are Lucy, Scarlett, Emily, Maliha, Ruby, Maia, Caitlin, Ethan, Alice, Jasmine, Ellie, Johnathan, Maya, Kayla, Moni.

We started off the day by brainstorming ideas and researching about our chosen topics. Afterwards, we started to write them out and piece all information together, Lucy then proof read and edited any mistakes made. We hope you enjoyed reading all of our articles.

Written Reports

Animal Hunting

9th March 2016
By Maya, Moni, Ellie and Kayla

Animal hunting, also known as poaching, is an illegal sport in the UK. It has been around for thousands of years, when they started off mostly with bears and foxes. Unfortunately, the range of animals that are being hunted, is expanding. Especially animals with habitats located in forests and woods. Animals such as: elk, boar, rhinos, lions, deer, foxes and rams.

21,000 – 25,000 foxes are killed each year; 400 – 1,400 mink are killed per season; 160 red deer are killed per year and 1,650 hares are killed per season. This is just a small number of cases. There are so many animals that are in danger, and the supporting teams and groups such as the WWF are doing the best they can to make sure these animals survive.

Animals are being hunted for not only the entertainment, but also for money as animals can be used to make medicine as their fur is valuable to suppliers and manufacturers; for example, tigers are mostly used for medicine, and elephants’ tusks contain valuable ivory. There are many companies and sites supporting and companying for the innocent creatures, but there are still thousands of animals in danger, and a number of animals are disappearing because of this sport. Hunters are mostly capable of this and use handguns, shotguns, rifles and bows and arrows to hunt.

Animals in Sport

As well as this, greyhounds are being forced to race for human enjoyment. Consequently, they are confined in a small cage or kennel for long periods of time. They compete in a race, which only lasts a few minutes and are then put back into their confined cage. Although greyhounds get social time, massages and treats, they spend hours in confined spaces for training, or whilst they wait for their race. Many greyhounds are killed because if they are not the best racers. Some don’t even go near a race track before they are killed because they are not good enough to put on a show. When a dog is too old or ill to race, it is abandoned or killed. Dogs start racing when they are 18 months old and can retire at the age of 4 or 5, but most don’t ever live to this age because of the harsh conditions of their lifestyle. The greyhounds are treated like machines that are just used for enjoyment of humans, much like a game.

A survey of 15 pupils state that over two thirds think greyhound racing unacceptable because they are forced to endure training and confined spaces before and after races.

Animal Testing

Famous companies, such as MAC and TRESemmé are responsible for testing on animals to make sure their products work and are suitable for us as humans. By testing on these animals, scientists are able to expand their knowledge and maybe even discover a cure for the diseases or illnesses that have an impact on our world today. It is a controversial issue that plagues the developed world.

Many animals, including rabbits, are being harmed by companies testing their cosmetic products on them. It’s still happening even though scientists have found a cheaper, faster and less harmful way of trying new makeup and beauty creams. They developed artificial human skin and eyes with all the body’s natural properties in the 1920s.

They studied human cells and tissues to make an accurate model of the human for precise results. Vital organ models were also used to help them in this study. But for some reason, animal testing for cosmetics is still happening. The question is: Is it acceptable to test on animals for medicine or cosmetics? If we knew how many cosmetic companies used animal testing, would this make us less willing to buy their products?

We asked students at Chancellor’s School about their opinion on animal testing:

“I disagree with animal testing because, it is cruel and animals do not need to be tested on as scientists have alternative ways to experiment with drugs/medicine.”

“I disagree with testing cosmetics on animals. Cosmetics does not benefit humans as much as medicine/drugs do, due to this, I believe that testing on animals for medical reasons is acceptable. If humans have to risk testing on animals to help those in need, it is a risk we must take.”

“I do disagree with testing cosmetic and household products on animals as it is just wasting animals’ health and lives. Although, it has not stopped me from buying products which may have been tested on animals. On the other hand, I do agree with testing medicine and drugs on animals as they are more important for humans.”

It seems that people are against testing on animals for cosmetics, but this wouldn’t deter them from buying the products, suggesting that animal welfare is not such a priority to a vast majority of people. People are more accepting of the idea when it comes to medicine, as it can benefit the wellbeing of humans.

Animals in Captivity

Zoos are great places to see animals and wildlife. However the animals that we love to visit, aren’t always happy animals, because they are kept in Zoos. They may start to change the way they behave; this is caused by boredom, frustration, depression and the fact that they have been removed from their natural habitats. This is called ‘zoochosis’. The first signs of this are the following; bar biting, circling, rocking, swaying (elephants are most likely do this, as they mimic the swaying grass that they would have seen in their natural habitat), pacing, rolling, twisting or the nodding of the neck, excessive grooming and vomiting.

People will always have their own opinion on whether it is or isn’t right for animals to be kept in a zoo; we asked a variety of people what their beliefs on animals in captivity are:

“If an animal had an illness or was endangered then, yes. But if they have been taken from the wild and away from their family then, no.” - aged 11

“No, because ‘Blackfish’ the movie, shows how stressed the animals can get when in captivity”- aged 25

“I think it is ok to have animals kept in a zoo because people can see what you don’t see every day, plus they get looked after more and are less likely to die” – aged 11

“They can be kept in a zoo as long as they’re treated properly and are being looked after by an experienced zoo keeper, they will have more of a chance at survival then they would in the wild” – aged 12

“I only think that they should be kept in a zoo if it is for breeding purposes “- aged 23

After getting people’s opinions on the subject, it is evident that most people said either it is acceptable in certain scenarios. Such as: breeding if the animal is endangered; or caring for the animal to help it survive. They also spoke about getting an experienced zoo keeper to look after the animals; when hiring, zoos are always looking out for people who share the same vision for the future- wanting to make a difference.

Next time you visit a zoo think about how the animals feel.

Do animal have Rights? Yes! We hope this article has helped to persuade you to think about the welfare of animals in the same way you would view that of a human’s.

It’s Barbie’s Birthday; Only Girls Allowed

9th March 2016

57 years ago today, Mattel launched the fashion doll, Barbie. Remembered as one of the most iconic toys of all time, Barbie lives in millions of homes all around the world. To many eyes, to receive a Barbie Doll is a dream come true. However, is Barbie as innocent as she seems?

Children’s ambitions in the past few years have been altered by gender related toys. Girls, pressured to have skinny waists, be tall and attractive. Boys, influenced to be muscular and indestructible. Children as young as eight are being encouraged to mirror their image. Is this really what we want for the future generation?

In this world today, children should have the right to choose from a variety of jobs but Barbie dolls and action men are limiting their choices. Many girls want to go into the beauty industry because of the image that Barbie is creating that all girls should be ‘slim’ and ‘pretty’. However action men are promoting a muscular and well-built body image so lots of young boys are encouraged to go into a job that requires physical strength.

Brands made for the younger male generally include building blocks. It requires the mind to think logically, preparing them for an engineering career. The trouble with this, is the fact it is aimed towards only boys, (e.g. Lego) leaving girls to more imaginative paths. Younger females, can sometimes receive plastic kitchens, preparing them for a gender stereotyped life as a housewife. Why should toys limit people’s ambitions?

Nevertheless, many toy companies are adapting their products to portray a regular person. Examples of companies doing this, could be Mattel, have created many different sizes of women to be curvy, tall and petite. This could be the start of a new and improved era of diversifying toys.

How are Body Images Influenced by the Media?

9th March 2015
By Lucy and Scarlett

Whether we approve or not, social media has stormed its way into our lives. Last year, the number of social media accounts reached a staggering 2.1 billion and photo sharing has become more popular.

For many, celebrities are considered as idols and they feel the need to match their styles and ideas portrayed by their social media pictures.

A clear demonstration that young girls’ body images have been influenced by celebrities is displayed through the waist trainer craze. These are corset-like contraptions worn tightly around your midsection to achieve a smaller waist.

Similar to those worn in the fifteen hundreds, the idea is to wear it for a certain amount of time every day, and eventually, your body "molds" itself into a slimmer figure. Celebrities, including the famous Kardashian sisters frequently advertise their waist training “successes” on their social media pages.

This implies to their followers that a thin, unnatural waist line is desirable, further mutating young people’s perception of an ideal body. Not only does this force additional pressure on to young girls, it has the potential to create a new insecurity. When people feel like they don’t conform to the socially-accepted ideas of an ideal figure, it can lead to depression.

Although social media doesn’t appeal to everyone, ideas of body image are still communicated to a wide audience. Popular media sources for the older generation are magazines; images of female bodies are everywhere, with women advertising everything from perfume to cars. Popular models are becoming younger, taller and thinner, with companies’ belief that a thin model is more likely to sell a product.

Twenty years ago, the average model weighed 8 per cent less than the average woman – but today’s models weigh 23 per cent less. Similarly, males with an increasingly muscular physique are being used more frequently in advertising.

Not only do magazines make people compare themselves to these unreal representations, women’s magazines are full of articles obsessed with weight loss. From the latest fad diets to countless articles with information on how to get "perfect" abdominal muscles. The message communicated by these magazines to teenagers and adults alike loses sight of what’s important.

Hopefully you will agree that our shape, weight and build should not affect which clothes we wear, careers we pursue and lives we lead.

Girls According to Girls

9th March 2015
By Maliha, Ruby, Maia and Caitlin

Gender equality: an issue throughout today’s media. From various campaigns for feminine equality to pay gaps between men and women, this topics encompasses many aspects and various questions.

What is a girl? Why do boys get to play contact sports? Why do men get paid more than women for the same role? With our new age in society, maybe it is time to change these misconceptions. After all, this era is one of change.

We asked Chancellor's School students what they think a girl is.

“Someone who struggles on a daily basis to avoid being stereotyped.”

“Whoever she wants to be.”

“A human being.”

“Someone who is equal to everyone else.”

“A girl can be anyone.”

“A mystery.”

“Someone who appreciates her friends, is aware of who they are and knows what defines them as a person.”

“Opinionated, smart and strong.”

“Pretty in her own way.”

Although we have an avid awareness of gender equality in our community, it hasn’t yet influenced the working world ‘Gender equality in the workplace won’t be achievable until 2095.’ These are the newest statistics from the HeforShe campaign by the UN.

Why is this? ‘Women earn £300,000 less than men working overtime,’ – The Guardian. Why is this? Men are seen as superior to women and are seen as harder-workers because they are more suited to more complicated jobs roles such a mechanical engineering and jobs that involve using your brains more.

Pay gap is the difference between the amounts of money paid to women and men, often doing the same work. However, some industries such as IT are looking for more women to work for them as they are more efficient and work in a different way to men. The demand for women is increasing but, in the future, will men become less superior to men? Will we ever become equal when it comes to jobs?

Influences from celebrities that have very strong opinions of gender stereotyping have helped change the view of a certain gender.

‘It is important for us to recognise and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!’ – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an amazing role model for young and teenage girls, because she encouraged equality between men and women. She was a poet who wrote about life as an African American woman living in America, which in those days could be quite difficult due to racism and inequality. These poems have changed people’s views on how women were treated, being belittled because of their gender. Maya Angelou was an inspiration for all women and has played a key role in gender equality.

‘Call me a diva or a feminazi, it won’t stop me from trying to do the right thing.’ – Emma Watson

Emma Watson is a brilliant role model for girls, because she is currently protesting for women’s rights. She has decided to take a year off of her acting career to study pursue gender studies. Emma is an amazing lady as she is fighting to relieve the body image pressure on teenage girls.

So to conclude gender equality is still a major issue and one that influences our generation. But with the media and strong influences, some development has been made for our ideas on gender and sex. This gradual change will hopefully improve all our lives for the better.

Rotary Technology Competition

9th March 2015
By Emily

On Tuesday 8th March 2016, 12 students from Chancellors School participated in the Rotary Technology Competition.

The teams were give a brief about constructing a bridge to meet the specification. This was:

The bridge had to connect a roadway but have enough room to let a Barge pass under it and it had to be stable enough to support a 1kg weight. Each side of the bridge had to open simultaneously.

Firstly, the teams had to brainstorm and plan several designs and produce a portfolio displaying their ideas. They had to come up with a final idea and produce 3D drawings and plans.

After a lot of planning and thought, the teams began to build their bridges; they used a variety of materials including card, wood, string and a lot of hot glue! “We were in a rather sticky situation!” said Fabio. This took the majority if the day as well as coming up with a name and logo for their design.

Next the judges tested the bridges using 1kg weights and testing the mechanisms of the drawbridge.

After the judges had tested and judged each team’s bridges, they came to a decision that:

“Get Over It” (the year 10 team of Fabio, Ewan, Hannah and Jonny) came first in the intermediate category and won a cash prize of £60.

The year 9 team also did very well and came first in the beginner category, winning £40. And the other year 10 team came second in the intermediate category.

Overall, a great win for Chancellor's School and an exiting experience for the Product Design students.

John Warner School Model United Nations

9th March 2015
By Emily

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of February, 6 Year 10 students from Chancellor’s school participated in a model United Nations conference at John Warner School.

Emily, Ryan, Lucy P, Lucy M, Thomas and Fabio are all keen History students who prepared for and performed extremely well in the conference. The team represented Spain and her views on a variety of Global concerns.

The conference required a large amount of dedication; in order to prepare information about Spain’s views on subjects such as Non-Proliferation and Sex abuse.

There were six different committee members that each delegate could represent: Security Council, represented by Emily; Political, represented by Fabio; Human Rights, represented by Ryan; Economic and Social, represented by Thomas; Environmental, represented by Lucy M and finally Historical, represented by Lucy P.

Each of the Delegates prepared a short policy statement detailing a brief representation of Spain’s views on the matter. Some delegates prepared a resolution in order to try and resolve the problems mentioned in their policy statement and one that followed the beliefs of the country. All delegates worked extremely hard to prepare for the conference.

When it came to the day, the 6 delegates from Chancellors met in the main hall along with all the other teams representing different countries from schools across Hertfordshire. The delegates were introduced to the John Warner School MUN team, before going into separate committee rooms to carry out the lobbying process.

Lobbying is where delegates, whom have prepared a resolution, can propose it to other delegates, who will sign the resolution of it agrees with their country’s policies and beliefs. If a resolution gets at least seven countries’ signatures, then it is valid to be discussed in the debating process.

In the debating process, the resolution is read out by the delegate it belongs to. In the Security Council committee, the resolutions is debated clause by clause, but in all other committees, the resolution is discussed as a whole. After it has been read, the delegate can open themselves up to points of information, where other delegates can oppose of agree with the resolution, offer up amendments or get rid of the clause or resolution. After all opinions have been said, the committee votes for the resolution or clause to be passed or denied.

All the resolutions that are passed then go on to be discussed in the general assembly, which took place on the Sunday. This was the same as the debating process, but with every delegate of every committee is involved.

At the end of the general assembly, there were speeches by the team and awards were given to exceptional delegates. Overall, the experience was amazing and members of the Chancellor’s team wish to participate in other conferences in the future.

Hertfordshire Secondary School Swimming Gala

9th March 2015
By Jonathan and Ethan

Breaking News!!

The world number 2 Maria Sharapova failed a drug test in January due to traces of meldonium. “Many people were shocked about this but were very happy she was honest.” said Serena Williams. "It's just taking responsibility, which she admitted she was ready to do."

Sharapova has been taking meldomium since 2006 for health reasons. Bollettieri said “She made a very honest mistake.” Her sponsors such as Nike, tag- heur and Porsche have all stopped the sponsorship due to this finding. Meanwhile, Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev says he expects Sharapova to play at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The Women`s Tennis Association chief executive Steve Simon said “the ban will range between 6 months and 4 years.” Former head of UK Sport anti-doping Michele Verroken said a ban could be shorter if Sharapova can prove she needed to take meldomium for health purposes.

Run, Swim, Cycle, Jump, Race to Victory

On the eighteenth to the twentieth of March, Britain will be hosting the annual Sport Relief fundraising telethon.

Thousands of schools across Britain will be taking part by donating one pound for a red nose provided by local stores such as Sainsburys. Thousands of sponsored runs, swims, cycles, jumps and racing events are taking place across the country.

Many celebrities including BBC presenters have been doing their bit for Sport ReloiefEven the Tottenham striker Harry Kane has done his part by visiting an Enfield primary school and showing off his hula hooping skills.

This weekend the 57 hour football match ended the teams were Robbie savage versus Alan Shearer. Team shearer claimed victory in the epic battle of the five-a-sides with a staggering 547 goals scored to team savage’s 529 goals. The raised 50k 30 of it on behalf of team shearer and the rest to team savage

Breakthrough Teams

Football fans have been wondering why recently Leicester city F.C have clawed their way to the top of the league.

Their manger is the Italian Claudio Ranieri who has manged many great teams including Puteolana, Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus and Leicester. In the match leister played Norwich there was an earthquake that was measured with a magnitude of 0.3 this happened in the 89’ when Ulloa scored a last minute goal. This earthquake was even heard in a primary school 500m away. Their goal keeper Kasper Schmeichel has made a massive 84 saves. They are prominently at the top by 5 points and have been predicted to win the league but do they have what it takes?

Interview with Simon Martin

We interviewed Mr.S.Martin an avid Sportsman and head of year 10 for the latest Chancellor’s School Sport News.

What do you think of Leicster’s Success?

‘After their lucky win against Watford I can’t believe how that happened but they are doing alright in the league. It shows that you can turn it around this team have the potential to do wonders.

“They are a very successful team considering their first starting 11 only cost £20million. I think that they are doing very well for a team that last season were at the bottom to come up and be the top. It shows that you shouldn’t lose hope in your team.’

How well are the school doing at sport?

‘ Yes we are doing quite well all year groups made it to the district football semi-finals. The year 11s on Monday narrowly lost to Owens. Yesterday year 7 played Hertswood and we won and got through to the final. Mr Hesling is doing well with the year 9 rugby they made it to the final. The girls are doing well in netball I know we have some talented young players.

“We also have lots of achievements reached outside of school. We have Maia doing well in Taekwon-Do competing in Finland in April. We also have Emmile rerepresenting England in football. So there is a lot of talent in our school.”