From: St Osmunds
Exactly a year ago, during the night of the 14th and 15th of June 2017, a huge fire engulfed Grenfell Tower (a twenty seven storey tower block in West London) in flames. There are seventy one known deaths but there are still believed to be more; hundreds have been left homeless. It is thought that what caused the fire was an exploded fridge but there are still more theories. But still, a year on, the building still looks as if it has just been cremated. Tonight it will be lit green, and many vigils will be held in the memory of all those who died. People were told to stay in there rooms because it was thought that the doors to every flat was fire-proof, but it wasn't. Hours later the fire brigade changed their and just told everyone to get out: for some people it was too late. It is now believed that the reason the bock of flats went up in flames so quickly, was because of the cladding on the exterior of the building. An enquiry into the fire has begun hearing evidence this month. We now need to remember all the families that have been devastated by this tragedy and ensure this never happens again. By- Raphaela
From: St Osmunds
Next week is World Ocean's Day and it has just been revealed that 9 out of 24 whales found dead in the Mediterranean in recent years had all died because they had swallowed plastic. Our plastic.  Scientists even discovered an astounding 29 kilos of plastic in the stomach of a single sperm whale, which was washed up on the Southern coast of Spain. During the examination of the ten-metre-long  male whale, experts found many plastic bags, a jerry can and several pieces of rope and net. In the Greek island of Mykonos, one young whale swallowed more than a hundred items of plastic, including bags that were proved to have drifted with  the currents from over 500 miles away from the city of Thessaloniki. Do you know where your plastic bags end up?  In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that 14 billion pounds of plastic garbage was dumped into the ocean every year. A more recent study undertaken by the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey and Company showed the scale of the breakdown in the global plastic system. A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute! A whole 91% of pur plastic production does not get recycled. That means only 9% gets recycled. That is very little. If we carry on as usual, this is expected to increase to two garbage trucks full of plastic dumped into the ocean per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this will mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.   So what could you do to help? Recycle. Don't accept straws in restaurants and always bring a reusable bag when you go shopping. Also, support all these great charities out there fighting plastic pollution, like The Whale Company, who recently came to talk to our school. On  World Ocean’s Day, 8th June 2018, Carlos and Carolyn from the Whale Company will begin their journey along the Thames River from the navigable source at Lechlade to the sea at Gravesend. They will paddle 300km on their SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards) made out of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways and to deliver a ‘Message in a Bottle’ to parliament. We wish them great luck and will all be supporting their great campaign to change how our nation uses plastic, so that no more whales or other animals have to die. By Danni
From: St Osmunds
This week sees the launch of the "Wild Immersion" films. The Wild Immersion is a virtual reality entertainment production company which makes incredible films about wild natural environments. The audience is placed in 360° experiences through virtual reality (VR) headsets and immersive places, as if they were transported into the action. The Wild Immersion hopes to become the main producer of virtual reality movies about true experiences anywhere and is funded by the Jane Goodall institute who wants these films to transpose people (who would never be able to travel) on a safari to the wildest places and then make them care deeply for the environment.  Jane Goodall, who turned 84 this year is the one person who has completely shaped the way I look at nature. She is the conservationist that inspires me the most because of the amazing research she carried out in Tanzania on chimpanzees and the way she has always campaigned for a better understanding of their world and ours. She loved to see the similarities and differences between chimps and humans' behaviour. She did not have a Science degree from any university but proved that you can become anything you want by hard work and determination. Jane grew up in London, England and deeply loved animals even as a child.  When she was one her dad gave a chimp stuffed toy - her parents' friends said that it would scare her and give her nightmares - but in fact it became her favourite animal. At the age of five she went to a farm to look at the hen house and was fascinated with the chicken's eggs. Where did they come from? She always wanted to know things and always asked questions to find out more. When she became older she became a secretary and worked a bit in the film-making world but none of these were the things she aspired to be. 1956 is the year her life changed. A friend of hers invited her to their family's farm in Kenya, and there she met the amazing palaeontologist Louis Leakey who gave her the opportunity to go travel to Tanzania to study a group of chimpanzees. On July 14, 1960, Jane Goodall began setting up her camp at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania and made some astonishing discoveries about chimps and wrote many articles that gained international respect. Leakey later arranged for Jane to earn her Ph.D. in ethology (that's the science of animal behaviour) from Cambridge University. She was one of only eight people ever to have a doctoral dissertation accepted by Cambridge without first having an undergraduate degree. She has never stopped working since and is still travelling all over the world to make sure we understand how to best treat our environment and protect every creature that shares our planet.The numbers are chilling: 16,000 species are in danger of extinction, including a quarter of all mammals and one in five plant species. Her Wild Immersion series promises to be amazing and we can hope it will transform how everyone sees the world. As Jane Goodall said so well: "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved. The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves". By : Isla
From: St Osmunds
On Monday 23rd April, Alek Minassian drove a van at full speed into the busy pavement of Yonge Street.  He killed 10 and injuried 16.  He is not linked in any way, as far as the investigation could tell, to Islamic State - a terrorist organisation which has in the past used the same tactic to kill many on the streets of Nice, London, Barcelona, Berlin, New York City or Stockholm. Minassian comes from Richmond Hill - just outside Toronto. He went to a special needs school and was described as a ' Not very social person'. Although there has been much speculation, the police are still unsure of Alek's real motive. Some say he was upset about his lack of popularity with girls. Most of his victims were women and he is said to have been part of a club wanting revenge on them. What was truly remarkable about the attack, is how it ended. After the attack Alek Minassian was spotted getting out of his van by a police officer. He challenged the police officer, telling him he had a gun and wanted him to shoot him. The police officer just very calmly told him to surrender: "I don't care if you shoot. Just get down". Minassian did. The officer had called his bluff and was then greatly praised for being a hero and for showing remarkable restraint and not shooting the killer. In many other cases the terrorists are killed by the police. Minassian, however, was arrested instead and will face justice in a court of law. Canada had, until then, not seen the types of attacks that have plagued Europe and the U.S.A. As a result, many observers felt Canadians would be completely unprepared to handle such an event. They were wrong. Instead of panic there was calm. Within a relatively short period of time the city soon returned to normal. Toronto's reaction does not downplay the attack or the victims. But Canada's citizens have lived through numerous global attacks via social media and so were more prepared than anyone anticipated, and reacted with great professionalism.  They delivered a great lesson in counter-terror response for the world. By Jackson
UK
From: Barnes
New figures have revelled the size of the gender pay gap. Women have been questioning why men are being paid more than them. Well,here's why; to start with it is history which has put us in this situation of women being paid less. Another reason why men are getting paid more money is sexism. Sexism is when men get paid more even though women have the same job and the same role. The last reason is it is assumed by some that women should be at home, cleaning and looking after children not working in and office, earning money. One person who stands accused of sexism towards women is the President of America, Donald Trump.
From: Barnes
By Sydney and Arthur Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are both responding well to treatment after being found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury city centre. More than a month after the attack, counter-terrorism officers are working to find the origin of the nerve agent used in the attack on the double agent. But the government is convinced that Russia was behind the attack. Ministers have been asking the Russian government to admit what has happened. They haven't told us anything. This really can explain why Putin has so much power. Why did Russia even have the nerve agent? A police officer, who went to help Mr Skripal and his daughter, has been released from hospital, Wiltshire's chief constable said. Wiltshire Police named the officer as Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. Addressing the House of Commons, the Home Secretary said the attack was "attempted murder in the most cruel and public way".
From: Barnes
The Government in Wales is to introduce a ban on people smoking outside hospitals and schools by summer 2019 in bid to cut passive smoking and ‘un-normalize’ the act. Look around. What do you see? I see a dog. I see a cat. I see someone smoking. Smokers are pretty rare. There is one smoker for every 100 smokers. The Cardiff administration brought in the ban on smoking in indoor public places in April 2007, ahead of schools and in hospitals in Wales. While most hospitals already have no-smoking policies in their grounds, it is difficult for staff to enforce this. The government said people who flouted the ban could face fines. This will reduce suffering for non smokers.
From: St Osmunds
Did you know that there are more people speaking English in China (as their second language) than there are in the USA (where English is their first language) ? The Cambridge University Press just published a study that revealed that up to 350 million people in China have at least some knowledge of English - and at least another 100 million in India. That makes China the country in which English is spoken the most. In fact, according to the latest estimates of the World Economic Forum, around 1.5 billion people — or 20% of the global population — speak some English. And it is used widely as the only language for scientific and technological research.  Is is truly the world's "favourite language". But could this all change? According to a recent BBC report, advances in computer translation and voice-recognition technology are so great that people might soon be able to just speak their own language, and hear anyone answering back in their own language, machine-translated in real time. So English's days as the world's top global language may be numbered.  As  Robin Lustig, The Future of English, BBC World Service presenter puts it :"To put it at its most dramatic: the computers are coming, and they are winning". But David Crystal, author of English as a Global Language, thinks English will continue to dominate and not disappear in favour of Mandarin (the language spoken in China), for example.  “This is the first time we actually have a language spoken genuinely globally by every country in the world,” he said. But he does acknowledge that you cannot know exactly what the future holds for our language:  “There are no precedents to help us see what will happen.” Scientists believe that one language dies out roughly every 14 days. But English has so many speakers that it will probably continue to be the dominant language in the world for the rest of all our lives. But it might change, mixed with many other local words, and be a very different version of the English it is today. By : Hannah  
From: Barnes
An amazing Japanese company called Brave Robotics has created a real life tranformer! J-deite RIDE can change from a car into a robot while carrying two passengers This amazing robot is powered by a lithium battery and the automobile has 49 folding joints. Although it looks cool, the robot's top speed is 37km per hour and its walking speed is 100 metres per hour. But that dosn't mean we don't love the transformer all the same. Asretec sensai technologies, and Brave Robotics say that once their prototypes are fully developed, they're intending to commercialise for a use at amusement and theme parks. Next time you go to one, look out for the incredible robot! It'll sure put a smile on a few people's faces. 
From: Barnes
A young man has been filmed scaling a six-storey flat to save a child hanging from a balcony. Video of the incident has been watched over two million times on social media. According to a french newspaper, witnesses indicate the child had been left unattended and had ventured onto the balcony before getting stuck on the rail. The hero has also received an award from the French President Emmanuel Macron. The man, Mamoudou Gassama, was nicknamed spiderman.
From: Barnes
On the 17th of May, 1943, Britain was losing World War 2. Something had to be done so inventor, Barnes Wallace, came up with something never seen before. The bouncing bomb. This amazing bomb was able to skim along the water and, if the area and altitude was right, it would blow up at just the right moment. Barnes Wallace was inspired by a catapult and some marbles. He discovered if you shoot the marbles onto water it will go further than if you shoot it in thin air. He took this on to create the bouncing bombs which were revolutionary for the war. Once the bombs were made, the 716 squadron took the bombs and blew up the three main dams in Germany that were called Mohne, Eder and Eneppe. After the war, a film was made about the brave RAF pilots that carried out the raid. This year, it is the 75th year since the film was released and it was shown in the Royal Abert Hall. It was also shown in many cinemas and on television.     
From: Barnes
Everybody knows that animals have unique ways to defend themselves in  difficult conditions. Now a new type of ant has been discovered that basically explode to protect their tribe. When they explode they release a chemical that slowly stops the predator breathing but in the process of doing so the ant dies as well. This shows how determined it is to save its tribe. There are over 25 species of exploding ants. This species was discovered two weeks ago by scientists in South East Asia. The species is called Colobopsis explodens. Did you know that  there are over 12,000 species of ant? Exploding ants have been known about for over 200 years but this is the first one described since 1935. Scientists are currently researching what the chemical that the ants release is. Only the queen reproduces.
From: Barnes
Google has promised not to let its artificial intelligence be used in weapons or for anything that might weaken human rights, in the strongest stance yet taken by a big technology company to limit the potential harm from the powerful new science. It is a wonderful thing to have robots in our world, but what if they were used for bad instead of good? What if they were used for wrong instead of  instead of right? That would be terrible as they can act to do wrong. So google has promised to not let AI travel from the lab until it is ready. The commitment follows a storm of protest inside the company over the US military’s use of its vision recognition systems to guide drones even though the act will keep us safe. Robots like androids cost over £700,000.
From: Barnes
People often head to church to get blessed, but the practice has now spread to their pets. In Spain, pets were taken to churches to be blessed in a special ceremony. Cats and dogs were among the animals dressed in brightly coloured clothes and hats! The priest blessed them by putting holy water on their heads. The pets went into churches and sat through the whole ceremony with their owners as a priest  blessed them and  talked about the special day.            St Antonys day, when the ceremonies were held, is not all about the pets. It is a very important day for the people too.
From: Barnes
Emmanuel Macron, France's President, has made the baguette a cultural treasure shortly after  the same was done for  for pizza-making in Italy. "I know our bakers,'' claimed Macron after hosting a group of master bakers  and apprentice bread  and pastry makers at the Elyséé  Palace for the traditional sharing of ''gallete des rois'' cake to celebrate the new year. "They saw the Neapolitans had managed to get their pizza classed on UNESCO's world heritage list  and they said why can't we do the same for our  baguette? And they're right," he proudly announced.  "The baguette," he said "is envied around the world."
From: St Osmunds
Did you know that the first ever circus was born in Britain 250 years ago? It was 1768 and every circus, anywhere, began at that moment. Philip Astley, who was born in 1742, was the father of the modern circus. He owned horses and loved to do acrobatics on them. One day in 1768 he simply drew out a ring in a corner on the southern side of Westminster Bridge in London and filled it with astonishing acts – tumblers, horses, acrobats, jugglers, clowns. Astley's wife Patty beat a big drum and that provided the music that attracted the crowds. Soon huge crowds gathered to watch all the tricks. One of Patty's best known tricks involved circling the ring on horseback with swarms of bees covering her hands and arms like a muff. That's how the first circus was born. Every circus, anywhere in the world, began at that moment. The anniversary of this most popular, Made-In-Britan art and entertainment form will be marked in 2018 by UK - wide celebrations. Museums, filmmakers, designers, theatres, orchestras, schools, library and circuses will all join in. The circus will be celebrated everywhere. These six Cities of Circus - Blackpool, Norwich, Bristol, London, Belfast and Derry and Newcastle -  will glitter with dazzling shows, amazing exhibitions,  remarkable festivals and breathtaking events. Make sure you join in the fun ! - By Bridget      
From: Barnes
Checking into your Social media accounts could be a daily occurrence for you, or perhaps it is something you do morning, noon and night, or even every hour. Everybody uses social media in different ways but how do you know if you’re using it too much? How to know when your using Social Media too much Keeping up to date on what your friends are doing can be a useful advantage of social media, if done in moderation. If you find yourself trawling through your friends' friends and vague acquaintances' profiles then you're going too far. You don't need to know so much about a person’s life and it will distract you from concentrating on your own life. Facebook are Taking in your Personal Details Did you know that Facebook are taking in your personal details? No. You probably didn't. Facebook are taking in everyone's personal details to remind people that photos are a type of personal details Strangers are on Social Media too If a stranger in a street approached you asking for your name, age, phone number, names of family, friends and interests you, you'd probably be hesitant to give up that information. You give all that information to everyone you are sharing your profile with. All of those facts about you are not owned by you. Everyone needs to take care with things like this. Social Media cut down Teenagers might be hit by time limits soon on social media apps. Matt Hancock, the Government minister for Social Media, has suggested that the companies behind these sites need to do more to help children stay safe online. This is what he stated ''I think there is a genuine concern about the amount of screen time young people are clocking up and the negative impact it could have on their lives.'' About Social Media and who's allowed on it Here are some examples of Social Media: Facebook , Instagram, Twitter , WhatsApp and Oovoo . Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter and Oovoo all have an age restriction of 13 years . The message    What I am trying to say is that everybody needs to stay safe when online. Also, I'm trying to say that some people are spending far too long on Social Media instead of having fun else where. Everyone needs to stay safe online.
From: Barnes
The TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and disqualified from driving for 20 months after admitting drink-driving. McPartlin spoke in court only to confirm his personal details and enter his guilty plea. But, through his lawyer, he expressed his remorse for what had happened. The 42-year-old entertainer crashed into two vehicles after taking a corner at speed while under the influence in Richmond, south-west London, last month. He was more than twice the legal limit. McPartlin's driving ban can be reduced by five months, to a total of 15 months, if he completes a drink-drive programme by May 2019. He collided with another Mini  before driving "straight into the front of an oncoming car". This was very unlike him.      
From: Barnes
Cats and the internet. Is there a more perfect pairing? Perhaps you’ve captured a video of your cat, a friend’s cat, or even some random kitty doing something cute, smart, or dangerous. Your video might become tomorrow’s viral video hit. You don’t have to love cats to know that they’re enjoying a big surge in popularity, and much of that is from an increased media exposure. For many, this is a positive trend because it puts cats “on the front page” of many social media sites. A few special kitties have become financially lucrative for their owners. Although cats have rightfully earned the status of internet stars, their rise to fame has upsides and downsides. Cat videos can seem cute or funny, but they could also be cruel. Last year a three year old cat broke its spine and fractured its leg; this happened during a cat video.  
From: St Thomas'
If you meet a stranger you may find them nice or find them bad. Regardless, you need to get to know them in a safe way before you trust them. A stranger who is bad could for example kidnap you. When other people are around, they can help you, so it is always better not to be alone, but stay with friends or family when you are out and about. That is if you meet someone in the street. If you are on the internet, on the other hand, for example playing a game, and someone unknown texts you, you should not respond to them. Or, most importantly, you should not give them ANY information about your personal life, such as your real name, school, address or phone number. By: Shylen        
From: Barnes
A seal has been spotted living in the river Thames.  It is living in the area of river around Barnes Bridge in Richmond. Other residents have also seen it in the water in the area of Richmond upon Thames. In 1950 the Thames was considered biologically dead because of pollution but that has been reversed in recent years due to the improvement of the river's water quality. There have been seals in the Thames Estuary since 2010 but none have ventured much further up the river. The seal found in the river was a grey seal.
From: Barnes
          Ireland thumped England on St Patrick's Day in Twickenham to win the 6 nations and the third Grand Slam in their history in thrilling fashion. A grand slam is when a team in a league wins all of their games and the league itself.  Ireland ignited the St Patrick's Day celebrations by completing the Grand Slam as England collapsed to a 24-15 defeat. This is what the table looked like at the end of the league: Position.        PLAYED WINS   DRAWS   LOSSES    POINTS SCORED       POINTS SCORED AGAINST   POINT DIFFERENCE    POINTS 1.Ireland 5 5 0 0 160 82 78 26 2.Wales 5 3 0 2 119 83 36 15 3.Scotland 5 3 0 2 101 128 -27 13 4.France 5 2 0 3 108 94 14 11 5.England 5 2 0 3 102 92 10 10 6.Italy 5 0 0 5 92 203 -111 1 "Every team that I've had that's been a champion team has had a run like this," Eddie Jones the head coach of the England squad said. "It's just about being instrumental in how you remake yourself. We've had to develop the internal part of the team, how our coaching staff and players work together, how our team must take more responsibility for the game ... We've made some really good development in those areas. For us it's been an enormously beneficial if not disappointing tournament because we're finding out how to be a better team." After his team united a nation on St Patrick's Day, coach Joe Schmidt said the age divide within his Ireland squad helped secure this year's Six Nations championship. "Youthful enthusiasm is being tempered by the experienced guys that certainly have been there before," modestly said Joe Schmidt the Ireland head coach. "That blend is working quite well for us at the moment." The question is who will win the Rugby World Cup next year in Japan?
From: St Osmunds
On Tuesday 24th April, Liverpool and Roma had what we thought would be an intense matchup in the semi-final of the Champions League. As it turned out, Liverpool dominated from start to finish winning an astonishing 5-2 at Anfield.  Egyptian Mohamed Salah (who ironically used to play for Roma) scored 2 world class finishes and set up beautiful goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminio. Salah has had an altogether exceptional season and was deservedly named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year. His haul of 43 goals is the most by any player in all competitions in Europe's top five leagues this season. He scored 10 goals in the Champions League alone - the most, along with Roberto Firmino, by a Liverpool player in a single season in European competition. But in spite of their opponents' dazzling performance that night, Roma still managed to sneek in 2 away goals which means that the Italian club are still very much 'in it' and could come out on top in the second leg which will take place on Wednesday 2nd May. Edin Džeko tucked away a penalty and Diego Perotti scored with class late in the game. To conclude, this draw may have already been finished in the first leg, though Roma could easily get a place in the final of the Champions League. -By Thomas
From: Barnes
The football world cup qualified teams are out. In 2018, we have some exciting sports tournaments and events including the football World Cup. The list of teams that got through includes Germany, Spain, Portugal and England. Russia has been automatically qualified because they are hosts of the tournament. One of England's qualification games was against Ukraine; it ended with a 1 - 0 win. The first match of the tournament itself will be Russia vs Saudi Arabia.