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 Annie -The Musical Extravaganza

By Cerys, BBC News School Reporter

 

Photo: The cast and crew of Titus Salt School’s production of ‘Annie The Musical’

 

 

Titus Salt School students have been working tirelessly over the past few months, in preparation for this year’s production of ‘Annie-The Musical’. The performance was on for three evenings (9th, 10th, 11th February 2016). It was evident how much hard work the pupils and Miss Gaukroger had put into it in every scene.

It was a tremendous performance by all involved. The pupils who played the main roles were; Jenni as Annie, Mr Warbucks, was played by Tyler and Devon played Grace. Furthermore, Tyler (Mr Warbucks ) had only a limited time to learn her lines and all the things that came with it. She took over from the previous actor as he had to drop out last minute. Due to Tyler’s commitment and hard work, she fulfilled the role perfectly. In the show there were a lot of younger actors involved this year, with big parts, as they were portraying orphans.

The performance itself went down a storm, excluding the minor hiccup on the first night as the cast and crew didn’t realise how much interest the musical would create. However, the rest of the show went swimmingly.

On the next night (Wednesday 10th February) the show was at its peak, with an almost flawless performance. Unfortunately, the person who played Annie didn’t feel that it went best from her point of view. However, we all agreed that she did a superb job.

Likewise, on Thursday, it seemed to go extremely well. Even though there were slight microphone errors, the actors coped amazingly and just carried on. At the end of the last night, the whole cast chipped in towards small gifts for the teachers and helpers. These people made sure the play went well so deserved recognition. Overall, the play was a massive success and the audience seemed to enjoy it. I can’t wait to see what they are going pull out of the bag next year!

 

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Has the introduction of Goal Line Technology – revolutionary or a waste of time?

By Tom and Lincoln, BBC News School Reporters

 

Photo: Taken at Bradford City by Lincoln

 

 

After Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal in the 2010 World Cup match against Germany, goal line technology has been introduced into football.

However, how has it affected the way we play football and how the future of football could evolve? Goal line technology has been introduced into major leagues such as the Barclays Premier League and Bundesliga. However, this is not the case for the lower leagues, such as, Sky Bet Championship leagues 1 and 2 who can sometimes feel let down by the F.A (Football Association). They perhaps feel that goals are scored in all games, so referees are under the same amount of pressure to make the correct decision.

We asked a member of the P.E staff at Titus Salt School whether he agrees with Goal Line Technology being used, “Yes because it makes things fair and even, however, no because they have never had it on football before and I think it should be left to the referee, that’s the way football is”.

There are several versions of Goal line Technology one example is Hawkeye which is what is used in the Bundesliga. This is where many cameras monitor the goal line and if the ball goes over the line the referee has a watch which beeps and tells him if it is a goal, if the ball doesn’t cross the line the watch doesn’t beep. Trials in Holland are also taking place, trailing offside technology but some people say football decisions should not be left to technology it should be left to the referee because this is what adds to the excitement of football.

Goal line technology is just one way that football might be affected by video technology. The new Fifa president Gianni Infantino is keen to introduce more video technology into football, He said this when asked about the future of video technology:

"We cannot close our eyes to the future but it doesn't mean to say it will work.”

The video ref will manage situations like players being offside, fouls, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties.

A lot of people like the idea of a video ref because it means that football will become a fairer game.

However a lot of people don’t like the idea of a video ref one reason is people think that if there is a video referee it will disrupt the flow of the game if every time there is a foul the video ref has to be consulted about the decision. Another reason is having a video ref will take some excitement out of the game if every decision was exactly correct. The final reason is people think that some decisions will still be too hard to make even with video technology such as handballs, there are loads of different views about what is and what isn’t a handball in football.

We asked a supporter of FC Halifax Town for his views on more video technology being implemented into football and this is what he said:

“I think goal line technology has been a good addition to the game however it has only worked because the decisions have been available to the ref quickly.”

“I think the problem with wider use of video technology is that it would slow down and disrupt the game which would spoil the spectacle for the fans who paid to watch their team.”

Overall, the idea of goal line technology will always provoke discussion, whether people agree with it or not.  

 

         

 

Move over AR, VR is here

By Hayden and Zack, BBC News School Reporters

Virtual reality, or VR for short, is the term used to describe a computer-generated simulation of a 3D image or environment that can be interacted within a realistic way. This is evolving into a large trend these past few years, with the introduction of virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift; which brings gaming to a whole new level. In the next few years, we can expect continuous support for these platforms, innovating and fresh new experiences, in all game genres. As the lines between video games and reality begin to blur, developers will learn the strengths of VR and utilise them to create something the gaming industry has never experienced before.

Moreover, virtual reality is not just being used in gaming, but is introducing itself to use within other areas. For example, in the medical field, virtual reality programs are being used to train a new generation of doctors in surgery and it gives a safe way to practice or check performance. It can also aid with therapy for conditions such as PTSD, and even with support for the disabled or people with phantom limb pain. Furthermore, it can aid doctors with operating on specific parts of your body that are hard to access or to simply help diagnose any problems, such as, internal bleeding or cancer.

Another example of virtual reality becoming useful is in the classroom, teaching children about a wide range of subjects. In history, students could walk around a virtual museum, with different challenges which are set by your learning ability. However, real historical sites or even a simulation of historical events could be simulated in virtual reality, giving students a more “hands on” approach to learning, maybe helping pupils who don’t learn by writing. In English, student could live parts of a novel they are studying, to help them understand the events in the book; or in science, pupils could dissect an animal of their choice and learn about its body structure.

This could save schools and the government lots of money that could be utilised in other areas. Also, this could motivate children, who otherwise would disrupt or be bored in class. However, some are still spectacle of VR in the classroom as a computing teacher at Titus Salt explains, “I would love to demonstrate virtual reality in my lessons, but as for the practicality of it, I am not sure as of yet”.

A third example of this could be that virtual reality can be used by architectures, which could use advanced VR to view and possibly develop structures. This is important because it can be costly to develop building plans and accurate simulations could limit the chance of mistakes. Additionally, it can help them view what the final product could look like and help them to think of solutions to potential problems.

Clearly, the list of ways that virtual reality could help in different jobs is endless. This all shows that, although the main focus of VR at the moment is gaming, it can branch out and really affect many people in a number of ways. We can only ensure this if the platform gets the necessary support for these developments. Therefore, as a society, we must demonstrate that we want these developments to benefit the community.

 

         

 

E.U: Your View?

By Rachel, BBC News School Reporter

Over 40 years ago, the UK joined the EU, but now our membership is being reconsidered . The question on everyone’s mind is,  should Britain stay in the EU,  or would we be better off without it? Today we have interviewed a  retired woman, who preferred not to  be named, in order to understand the views of the ordinary people in the UK . She has lived here since before the EU began.

What do you personally think the EU is about?

I personally think that the EU is a lot of countries who have come together and back each other up if war was to break out. Or if anything bad was to happen to one of the countries everyone else would help out.

Do you think there are any disadvantages to the EU?

Like with everything, there are always going to be some problems, but I don’t really think that there is anything major .

So do you think we should stay or leave the EU then?

I think that we should certainly stay in the EU, because I feel a lot more secure knowing that other countries will back us up if anything happened. Also, I quite enjoy going on my holidays to other European countries and being in the EU makes travelling to other countries so much easier.

And lastly, do you think that anythi ng will be able to change your mind before you vote in the referendum on Thursday 23rd June?

No, not really, I am pretty confident with my choice and don’t think that anyone will be able to change my opinion now.

Of course there are many advantages of leaving the EU as well, as some people argue that we will have more control over our borders, we will be able to make stronger trade deals with other nations and we could restore Britain’s special legal system. So many people have already made up their minds about whether or not they want to stay in the EU, have you?

 

         

 

Planting Space with Titus Salt School

By Manav and Eesa, BBC News School Reporter

 Photo: Manav (left) and Eesa (right), excited about the space seeds

 

Titus Salt School has earned the once in a lifetime opportunity of growing their very own seeds sent from a space station. The whole concept stems from testing whether humanity can survive on a different planet.

Titus Salt has won a competition which means that we will be receiving some seeds from a space station, and will be growing them in school. These seeds have been up in space for the last few months as a way of testing whether zero-gravity conditions affect the way they grow. The concept of being able to grow these within school is unimaginably exciting and will go will go down in Titus Salt School’s history.

The reason why these seeds need to be nurtured is because the conditions are so different in space so it is important to keep an eye on the seeds’ progress. We interviewed a teacher from Titus Salt School to gather some more information.

Could these seeds help us to create a colonised life on Mars for humans?

Stephen Hawking once said the only way for the human race to survive the expansion of our slowly growing star that will ultimately engulf the Earth is to colonise the darkness of space. (This information has not been written out word for word).

Our UN foretold the future which may be written in the depth of Mars. If the ice at the North and South Polls melts, Scientists estimate we should be left with a 35 metre deep ocean, which will be detrimental to everyone on earth.

After facing this monstrosity of an obstacle, we are left with another; humans will be unable to breathe the air on Mars because the atmosphere is 90% carbon based, as well as having barely any oxygen. However, solving the first puzzle gives us an easy answer for the next:

1. Scientists could separate the oxygen and hydrogen from the water using electricity.

2. Colonisers could begin to grow plantations, fundamentally absorbing the Carbon Dioxide and releasing oxygen.

If these things do accrue then we have sustainable life on Mars

However, it has been said that the sun is expected to engulf the earth in flames after billions of years, meaning mine and your generation won't have to worry, unless you're reading this billions of years into the future. Well if that's the case best of luck.

 Here are some of the questions and answers we asked the teacher in charge of the space seeds.

What is your opinion on the seeds?

 It’s very exciting to be a part of the national experiment. The Seeds which we are going to receive in April are really going to help the UK and European Space Agency see how Zero gravity effects seeds. Also, see how realistic growing foods in space is and how/if we could sustain life in space!

What are you thinking of doing with the space seeds?

We will receive 200 seeds in total – 100 will have been on the ISS with Tim Peak and the other 100 have been left on earth. We won’t know which seeds have been in space while the experiment is taking place to make sure it is a fair experiment. The seeds will be planted and looked after by students at Titus Salt School – our very own ‘Rocket Scientists’. The ‘Rocket Scientist will complete the experiment over 35 days and will input the data about each of the 200 seeds’ growth – these will then get sent to the UK Space Agency and RHS. These will then be analysed and the results will be published in late September 2016.

What are the benefits of the space seeds?

 The experiment will help the UK space Agency and the RHS see how some seeds being kept at zero gravity has affected their germination compared to the seeds being kept on earth gravity. This will help us see if we can grow plants/food in space and see if we could actually live in space.

How will they aid NASA in their research?

The research has been funded but the UK Space Agency and also by the RHS to get more schools in the UK ‘growing’ – it will help to see if plants and foods could be grown in space.

What do you think the space seeds will prove (predictions)?

I am hoping that the seeds which have been kept in zero gravity will still grow; I think they might grow at a slower rate than the seeds that have been kept on earth.

So, as you can see, Titus Salt School has been blessed with this amazing opportunity and we cannot wait to see the results. Keep an eye on the sky.