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  Newspaper Comic Strips 
by Elmarie
Throughout the 20th and into the 21st Century, comic strips have brought the funny side to newspapers. They are mostly used to create humorous stories or express political views.
History of the Comic Strip;
Although official Comic Strips only started to emerge in the 20th Century, storytelling using pictures had existed throughout history. One classic example of this is the famous Bayeux Tapestry which has pictures recording the events of the Norman Conquest. The First Newspaper Comic Strips appeared in North America in the late 19th Century with ‘The Yellow Kid’. However art combining words had been already evolving gradually therefore the reality couldn’t have shocked the public.
People’s Opinions;
What would newspapers be like without Comic Strips? I asked a few people this question. Despite the interesting and funny stories, many people believed that it wouldn’t make a difference. In fact, they even stated that it would be better as newspapers could be more ‘serious’ and even ‘fun’. “I would rather if they did because they are more fun”.
Therefore, based on People’s opinions, if all comic strips in Newspapers were stripped a huge chunk of the art industry. Cartoonists such as Scott Adams would only have comic books to fall back on, which is not the best as comic book, have declined since the 1990s.
However due to their funny wit it is highly unlikely the removal of comic strips from newspapers will proceed. After all, it’s nice to see a comic strip once in a while that will brighten your day.
  Orchestra day 
by Rachel, interview by Abigail
Today at Woolmer Hill School, an orchestra day was held for some primary school pupils and some Woolmer Hill pupils. Younger children come to our school to learn a particular piece of music, and perform this to their parents.
The pupils of the primary schools are very talented and have come from many schools across the area. They have taken time out of their own schools to do what they enjoy most: making music.
We went to find out what one Shottermill primary school teacher thought about the day:
“The kids are really enjoying the day!”
“Do you think that they will take these skills on into secondary school?”
“I hope so. I hope that they carry on with their violin lessons and music lessons.”
  Picture taken from commons.wikimedia.org
Learning a musical instrument can benefit your learning in many ways such as: it can increase your memory capacity. It can improve your organizational skills. You can also improve your mathematical skills.
  Forced adoption 
by Elmarie
Between the 1950s and 1970s a forced adoption policy was carried out where un-married mothers, especially teenage, were forced to give away their babies to married couples who couldn’t bear a child. Today, 21st March 2013, the Australian PM Julia Gillard delivered an apology to people affected by this policy.
“We deplore the shameful practises that denied you, the mothers, the fundamental rights and responsibilities to love and care for your children” – Words , which resulted in a small pool of tears, from the Prime Minister herself at the Parliament house in Canberra.
Moreover the Prime Minister stated that the Government of Australia would fund £3.4 million to improve specialist support and mental health care for those affected by the tragedy.
Reports showed that a lot of people gave up their children based on the judgement of unmarried motherhood which suggests not all mothers were generally forced. However many did state that they were drugged, while others said that their signature was forged.
Despite this ‘shameful’ act, the Prime Minister’s speech has surely stated the government’s full responsibility for it and hopefully no such act would ever occur in Australia again.
  Let Them Eat Cake! 
by Phoebe
Last week students at Woolmer Hill were given the task to raise as much money as possible for Comic relief these events included cakes sales, competitions, wearing red and sponsored bands.
Woolmer Hill managed to raise over £500 pounds for comic relief. ‘The great Woolmer Hill bake off’ took place last Wednesday and Thursday, flourishes of red embellished the food technology department as students battled it out to become the overall winner.
There were three teachers acting as the judges, tasting all of the entries and debating over who should be the winner in each category; best tasting, best teamwork, best decorations and overall winner.
Miss Rudd, one of the judges, quoted for us: ‘I was very impressed with the calibre of baking and the high point of the competition was definitely judging the cakes.’ The winners of the overall best cupcakes were Phoebe and Sophia who decorated their cupcakes along the theme of rainbows. The ‘best tasting’ award was given to Abbey for her marshmallow and melted chocolate cupcakes. Mrs Taylor, another judge, also quoted about the bake off ‘The buzz to the event really showed the school at the best, it brought everyone together and created a fantastic atmosphere. I ate too much cake but I was amazed by the standard of the cakes. The day after at the cake sale was fabulous as the cakes sold out within ten minutes!’ The cake sale for the students and Woolmer Hill was a great success and we have achieved a lot in a small space of time.
A record breaking £75 million was raised across the UK on red nose day, well done to everyone who contributed.
  World Book Day 
by Simon and Phoebe
Last week was world book day, and children all over the country celebrated authors, illustrators, books and most importantly immersing themselves in a good read. The generosities of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers have helped children and young people receive millions of book vouchers for sixteen years.
We live in the era of technology, video games and the ever-growing internet; it is impossible to take in all the entertainment and information available to us. Reading may be time consuming, but interested educators have found that reading plays a role in academic achievement.
We went to talk to our own literature guru - our school Librarian - to find out her opinions on this topic...
What is your favorite book?
The secret of Spiggy hall
What is your favorite genre of books?
Do you like books that are easy reads or challenging?
Do you think pupils go for easy reads or challenging reads?
Easy reads
What genre of books do pupils tend to enjoy?
Comedy, thrillers, fantasy and adventure.
A study last year revealed that four out of ten councils were cutting funding for libraries this year compared with the year before. If we want our libraries to stock the genres of books that we like to enjoy, we need to push for more funding and support!
  Horse meat has become beneficial to the local butchers 
by Abigail
Due to the recent horse meat scandal, many Tesco customers have diverted to their local butchers. Tesco now lacks trust from their previous customers; so they have decided to go to their trusted, community butchers.
This has a positive impact on the butchers, because they are receiving more income and more customers. Yet, this is having a negative impact on big brands such as: Tesco, Findus etc…
People visiting their local butchers are beginning to realise that for a little more money they can receive better quality meat.
But we think Tesco will survive since it has such a variety of products and so many customers.
Picture taken from thenerdyvet.com
  21st March... Press Released 
Get ready… BBC School News Report is back at Woolmer Hill for 2013, in what promises to be a feast of fuel-injected newsflashes…
Today, schools across the UK will be making their own news reports, and our team of student journalists will be out in full force: sourcing stories and investigating leads, in order to bring you the news you need to know. Deadlines, interviews, editorials – this will be the real thing.
Have a cutting-edge story that you’d like us to investigate? Or a unique take on a current news item? Drop into our newsroom at the English Hub and link up with one of our reporters.
Most importantly - keep an eye on this website throughout the day as we bring you the broadcasts that count.
  Journalism Group prepares for March 2013 

2012's super independent team of Year 8 reporters - now Year 9!
Journalism Group to run the event this year
Our extracurricular journalism group has been working hard since September, learning to collaborate constructively under time constraints in order to practise producing quality reporting, both for our school newsletter and in preparation for next year's BBC School Report.
We will be visiting the Guildford BBC broadcasting centre on Wednesday, 19 December 2012, in order to gain valuable insight into how a broadcasting house feels, looks and operates. Our group normally meets on a Wednesday, and we have been investigating topics such as bullying as well reporting on various celebratory events across the school.
Watch this space for further developments on the web page and preparations for the big day in March - where, even more so than last year, pupils are running the event.

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