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    The Difference between Homeschool and Being at Home

    By Sienna Marsh, Year 7

    Schools closed

    In the wake of the government’s new ‘lockdown’ measures, many students are now experiencing homeschooling for the first time. While some people could be exhilarated to see what homeschooling is like, others might also be sad about leaving school, because they are used to the way school works and like meeting up with friends.

    One of the things about homeschooling is that it is more confusing for those of us who haven’t been in quarantine before, whereas in school you know what you are doing as you are used to following a schedule. When at school, for example, you have a timetable and you follow that, and you also stick to the time of the lessons. At home, however, you might as well be doing any lesson at any time because no one (except for your parents) can tell you off. Therefore, it might be better in quarantine/homeschool, because students can have more flexibility and control over their studying.

    This might, however, have an impact on when you come back to school, because you will then be used to being homeschooled and might find it hard to adapt back to a strict timetable. The school has advised all students to stick to their normal timetables, such as to complete activities for English during the normal English hour. If we do this, it means we won’t miss out on any of our learning.

    So, stay safe and keep your mind active while we are unable to go to school. Make the most of the time to complete as much learning as possible. You might surprise yourself in how much you actually learn, if you really put your mind to it!

    Self-Defence Survey

    By Isobelle Fenton, Year 8

    A recent survey on the Learning Platform asked students for their opinions about whether they thought that self-defence and first aid should be a mandatory (has to be done) part of education. The poll was influenced by a news story a while ago about the girl who was attacked and killed; if more people knew about dangers and how to help themselves, such tragedies could be prevented.

    Self-defence could easily fit into the PE curriculum, since it is teaching you how to protect yourself, and potentially others. Either PE teachers could be trained to teach it, or trainers could come in to school to teach students directly. This could be a useful skill to have, since younger – and potentially more at risk – people can defend themselves easier.

    Some people may argue that young people might decide to use these defensive skills to hurt another student, if they get into a fight. However, self- defence does teach self-discipline, and it would be a risk worth taking. Punishments could be created for those who hurt each other, and rewards for those who are sensible during the classes.

    First aid is the initial response to most injuries or similar health problems. There are many obvious advantages, since anyone trained in first aid can save a life by helping for a few minutes, or help someone to save another life. The best way to teach this could be in Life Skills, and PE – maybe in the PE lessons about self-defence.

    The Results

    An overwhelming majority of students voted that both self-defence and first aid should be a part of the curriculum. Of 34 participants, only 4 said self- defence should not, while 2 said first-aid shouldn’t. Most answers for yes mentioned strangers and the danger in the world. The answers for no seemed to be about people using it against each other unnecessarily, or not needing it. Now students have had their say, could these topics find their way onto the curriculum for 2021?

    Let's Stop Littering

    By Sienna Marsh, Year 7

    All of us will accidently litter from time to time, no matter how hard we try not to, as the wind is sometimes so strong that it plucks litter out of your hands. Sadly, however, some people think it is okay to deliberately litter.

    We are all responsible. It only takes one person to do it, for others to then think that it is cool and acceptable; these people then copy and that is what leads to a pollution problem. When lots of people litter, others then start to think that one more piece of litter won’t do any real damage, meaning it will just keep building up. This can then cause all sorts of problems, like attracting rats and mice, leading to infections.

    Instead, we should put rubbish into bins, so we can feel better and not have a guilty conscience. If you see litter, don’t walk past it, either; pick it up and put it in a bin. Furthermore, there are two other alternatives called recycle and reuse. Both options are better for the environment, because less litter then goes into landfills. If we recycle what we use, then it is economically beneficial in numerous ways because it can be used to create new products. We should reuse what we can; for example, why not keep and reuse a plastic bottle?

    If you see someone littering, tell someone (maybe a teacher) and they can get it picked up and fixed. To help reduce littler, Wath Academy also have a litter pick at lunchtime. It is open for everyone to get involved. Not only will our school be cleaner and nicer, it will also help our environment.

    The school has a good system for getting rid of rubbish, but it doesn’t mean that we are all not responsible for our own littering. In a million years, we will either have a terrible world or a fantastic world, but it all depends on our actions today. Stop the litter and make Britain a place of greatness. Wath Academy is right to take littering seriously, because think about all the dangers that the world is facing because of the litter. Don’t do things you’ll regret at a young age, because you will have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life.