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Riseholme Move

Rachel, Lucy and Eniko report on the plans for Bishop Burton College to move to the Lincolnshire showground.


George reports on whether bus prices are too high.

Flight MH370

Lewis and Warren interview an ex RAF member and an air cadet from the school about the mystery of MH370.

Six Nations

In this report we are talking about the Six Nations. We look at how the six countries that take part (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France and Italy) are doing in the games. We also talk about the origins of the games and how they became what they are today.

The Legacy of Film

Pete Genders of Lincoln Ritz Cinema, Mr Mattley and the cast of Red Dwarf give their thoughts on the legacy of cinema.

Chewing Gum and Graffiti

Lauren and Ellie report on the problems of chewing gum and graffiti.

Winter Olympics

Walter, George and Oakley report on how people enjoyed the Winter Olympics.

Energy Bills

The energy company SSE has frozen the prices its energy bills at the current rate, for gas and electricity, until 2016. This was announced on Wednesday 26th March 2014. The SSE is one of the “Big Six” – the top six energy suppliers in Britain – and it is the first company to freeze the prices, but the other companies are expected to follow. A teacher at William Farr School said “it is a good thing because if all of the companies would freeze, it would help lots of people across Britain”.

We spoke to some Sixth formers and the overall opinion was that it was good as long as the prices were low and stayed low. However, for SSE customers the energy bills went up in the autumn by 8.2%. According to the BBC “the SSE, which has 9.5 million customer accounts, said the freeze would lower profits, but it would "streamline" its business to cover the shortfall.”

Energy Bills.jpgThey are going to “streamline” their company by cutting their investment into windfarms and other renewable energy sources. This is worrying to some people because in the future we will need renewable energy sources if we keep using the fossil fuels in the way that we are doing. We did a brief survey and 100% of people said that we need to continue to invest in renewable energy sources.

The Guardian noted that the “SSE also promised that staff would not face compulsory redundancies as it seeks to save £100million a year”. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband said the freeze was a result of their policies. One person we spoke to said “There is no doubt that Labour was responsible for the energy price freeze, as that has been their policy for several months.”

The announcement came six months after the company attacked labour’s pledge to freeze energy prices for 20 months after the general election. At the time SSE “price freezes will lead to unsustainable loss-making retail businesses”. Yesterday it said the move was possible by reducing profits, implementing a cost-cutting programme including 500 job losses, and because of the government’s cuts to green levies on bills. It was labelled “cynical move to pre-empt a competition investigation” by energy price campaigners.


by Laura

School Report Team

Mudslide in America

On Saturday, the town Oso, north of Seattle, was covered with a 54m wall of mud. Unfortunately, around 24 people have died, with 176 people still missing. Officials have located eight people, but at this moment they cannot get to them. More than 30 homes have been destroyed, but there is still hope. About 200 people have been searching for survivors day and night.

A four year old boy was found sinking in mud like quick sand, luckily he was pulled out by a helicopter crew. His father and his three siblings are still missing. A six-month baby was saved after four men, hearing the baby cry, went to find him. The police said it was too dangerous for them to go in, nevertheless they continued with their search. The baby’s mother was also found, but both of her legs were broken.

We asked four people the same question: do you think there are any more survivors under the debris.

“Probably, because I believe that nothing is impossible.”

“Yes, because people can go 40 days without food, but it also depends if they are suffocating or not.”

“People haven’t probably be found because all the pressure of the mud and all the collapsed houses have been put under pressure of the people that may be underneath the debris, so the people just need big machinery to probably move the debris.”

“They may still be survivors because mud and debris might not have landed on their chest and not squished it so they can still breath.”

By Lauren and Ellie

The Paralympics

The Paralympics are a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities. The latest example of these games was the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia where Team GB had great success.

On Day 1 - We certainly started off with a bang, with partially sighted athlete Jade Etherington and guide Catherine Powell winning the 1st silver medal of the games in the Alpine Skiing. The GB curling team also competed, but unfortunately lost to Canada 6—3.

On Day 2 - Team GB won no medals, but the curlers were very successful. They had 2 games, and won both of them. Their first game of the day was against Canada which they won 6—4, and then they beat Korea 8—4 later on.

Day 3 - Success for Paralympics GB with Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell winning a bronze on top of their earlier silver. On top of that Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans won Great Britain’s first ever winter Paralympic Gold Medal! The Luck continued in the curling where Great Britain thrashed Slovakia 12—2!

On Day 4 - There were no Alpine Skiing medals up for grabs, but the curlers were still competing. The GB squad were thrashed by Finland 13—4, but at the end of the day GB beat Norway 7—3.

In the Alpine Skiing on day 5 - Jade Etherington and Catherine Powell won yet another silver medal and the Wheelchair Curling GB were thrashed once again, this time by Russia 11—2.

Day 6 -No medals in the Alpine Skiing today and the curlers had their final 2 round robin matches. The first was against the USA which they won 8—7, and then their 2nd match against China which sadly ended in defeat. The final score was China-6—GB-3.

On Day 7 - In the Alpine Skiing, Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell managed yet another silver medal to add to their collection!

Day 8 - No medals in the alpine skiing today, but the curlers were in the semi-finals. The lost their semi-final pretty badly 13—4, but they still managed to make it through to the bronze medal match. They were up against China which they won 7—3! Another bronze medal for Team GB!

Day 9 – Again no medals for Paralympics GB, but they did feature in the alpine skiing. Jade Etherington did not start due to illness and Kelly Gallagher crashed out, but Millie Knight competed and came in 5th.

Jade Etherington who won 3 silvers and a bronze medal, from Lincoln, will be welcomed back with an open top bus tour going past the Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and some schools. The parade will be held on Friday April 4th. The ‘golden girl’ may also be granted the ‘Freedom of Bourne’.

We interviewed the chief executive of Boccia England, Paul Chambers who works for an organisation designed to meet the growing needs of boccia and to support the athletes. GBBF (Great Britain Boccia Federation) helps support boccia with the use of funding:

This is what the funding is designed to do:

Formulating and implementing a World Class Performance Plan for GB Boccia,

Preparing Great Britain athletes and teams for participation in world ranking events with the aim of qualifying a BC1/2 team, BC3 pair and BC4 pair and individual athletes for the Paralympic Games,

Establishing appropriate policies and protocols for the development of athletes, coaches and officials across Great Britain, for delivery by the member organisations.

This is how the interview went:


Walter reports on the national weather.

Healthy Eating

Rachel, Alicia, Jessica and Lizzie report on school dinners and healthy eating.


Recently it has been discovered that people have more weird and wonderful dreams because of the moon. The content of our dreams doesn’t vary with the seasons or with the days of the week, but in the week or so surrounding a full moon they do. Physiologist, Richard Wiseman, analysed the experiences of 1000 volunteers who were played sounds as they slept. He was surprised to discover that in the days surrounding a new moon they had a bizarre dream. He said some might dream about riding a dragon or having their iPod smashed up or even getting superhero powers. It was also discovered that people tend to sleep more soundly when there is a full moon.

Sporting Legacy

Two years ago we had the Olympics in our home country which was such a success and had such an impact on the world of sport. The motto was ‘inspire a generation’ and we set out to see if it did. Money was put into the youth development of many Olympic events, such as £300,000 was being put into a programme helping young disabled people to get involved with sport. Also Sainsbury’s have launched an event to help youth sport in Britain; the 2014 School Games in Manchester. As well Youth Sport Trust are holding camps for young people to get involved in, so they can develop skills which are crucial in sport, such as leadership and teamwork. 

Athletes from Team GB, for example Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis have made efforts to inspire and motivate the next generation. The Olympic venues are used for the public, the £300 million Olympic park site being transformed into Queen Elizabeth Park. The Athletes' Village, was home to 17,000 athletes and officials from 200 countries. It will be turned into 2,818 homes which will be known as East Village. Other areas of the Park will be turned into four more residential areas over the coming years.

All these reasons suggest that the sports over the past two years have definitely left some form of legacy but has it left an impact.

There has been a big dispute lately and the reason for this is whether the London 2012 Olympic Games left behind the legacy that was desired by the games organiser’s and community.

In London 2012 the Paralympics were a big focus at the Olympiad because that’s where the heart of the games would probably lie but for many disabled athletes and youngsters that want to take up sport this legacy just has not been found. A vast majority of disabled people have said that since the London Games things have got no better and it is still as hard as ever to get involved in a Paralympic sport.

However, since the recent Sochi 2014 winter Paralympic games took place GB has had some reason to be inspired as the Paralympian Jade Etherington achieved 4 medals in the games. This shows that even if you have a disability (visual impairment) in Jade’s case you can still participate in sport.

The legacy from sport in England has different thoughts. Our school has several athletes in it one of them is Elizabeth aged 14 who is a GB kayaker. Elizabeth trains 12 times a week at many different locations such as the strength and conditioning gym, Lincoln Brayford and water sports centre Nottingham. She is hoping to get to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In order to gain the experience and knowledge she travels Europe entering major competitions such as world championships and European championships. She is sponsored by Jantex and Extreme G which are two of the best sponsors you can get in kayaking.

How did you get into kayaking?

I started kayaking because of my brother and my aunty and finally I found the one thing I really enjoyed. Once I started I knew I was good at it and after coming 3rd in my first race. It was what I was meant to do.

Why do you love kayaking?

Because everyone is so supportive and without it I don’t know what I would do. I have also made so many new friends.

Are you excited about your future in the sport?

Yes, because I hope to be able to reach all my goals, keep meeting new people and making new friends. I want to achieve all that I can. Also I want to end up like Rachel Capan and Revy Simmon.

What things go through your head at the start line?

Just all the practising that I have done and that I know I can do it. I also think of my race plan and relax, I try not to focus on the other competitors.

How do you feel about the opportunity of being in the Olympics?

Very happy and excited because it means that all my hard work has paid off and everyone is proud.

We asked another successful athlete who plays tennis for England named Otto.

How did you get into tennis?

I went to a training session and from that moment I wanted to be a tennis player. From then on the passion just stuck with me.

Why do you love tennis?

I love it because of the physical side of it. The fitness involved and the techniques.

Are you excited about the future in this sport?

Well, I travel around Europe already so the future will be pretty similar I hope.

We then interviewed Lewis a keen 13 year old football player who plays for Lincoln under 13’s. In order to become the best he can he trains twice a week and plays a match once a week. His role models in the sport is Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry.

How did you get into football?

I played it when I was 9-10 and from then on I just stuck with it because I loved it.

Why do you love football?

Because you have the freedom to do anything with in the rules like try new things. Also it is a good career to go through.

Are you excited about your future in this sport?

Yes, I feel it is the right path.

We asked one of the teachers what they thought…

Do you think, after the Olympic success a sports legacy has been left in Britain?

A bit, there has been a positive increase in attitudes towards sport however I am disappointed with the waste following the newly built village for the Olympics. Since we have inadequate funding to support the buildings, the money that was invested is wasted.

As a result, have you been motivated to get involved?

Yes I have. I recently participated in the school ski trip round about the same time. I have also joined the gym, so yes I have.

Would you try to get your students involved with sports?

Yes of course, definitely. Whenever people come and ask for sports activities and new activities regardless of sport or not, I try to achieve their demands. Even as a school we were recently involved in cups even just yesterday. I agree.

Do you think the school does enough to promote sport?

If not why?

Yes I think it does. As a school we try and get as many people involved with sports. If you’re asking if we do enough then no, we can always do more. But overall I would say we do more than enough.

We then asked the same questions to another teacher…

Yes, I think so. People are more aware what’s generally on and do more. Bike sales have gone up because people bike more. People are raising more awareness towards sport.

Yes. I think particularly the Paralympics did it for me because I thought if they can do it I can do it. And now twice a week I go to the gym and I feel better for it.

Yes. As a form tutor I get them doing as much exercise as I can. Doing walks and things for charity.

Students are really lucky to be in Will Farr, there is a whole range of sports. Good PE staff who experiment with sports. Playing lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee. There are chances to compete in house, county and national.


by Odin and Tom


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