From: St Thomas'
Knives are bad - especially if they are used for killing people, and that happens more and more often in London. Last year many more people were killed by knives in the capital than the year before. 80 people died - 4 teenagers on New Years Eve itself. And many more people were hurt. It is not allowed to carry a knife out in the street, but knives are easy to get hold of and many people do it anyway. Killing is a terrible crime and if the person is caught, he or she goes to court and the judge decides if the person didn't do it or if they did. If the person is found guilty, he or she could go to jail for using a knife. The court will decide how long the person stays in jail. Of course knives are also good tools used for good things. For food, for example, when you need to chop veg or fruit. This is why we cannot get rid of knives completely but you have to be able to handle it, and know when to use it. By: Shylen  
From: St Osmunds
February 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 (which allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time) with December 2018 marking 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK.  2018 will celebrate this key step in the process towards female emancipation and universal suffrage with a full year of events across the country. New Zealand was the first country to allow women to vote in 1893. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote only in 2011. But in many countries around the world girls are still fighting for their rights to receive the same education as boys. According to UNESCO estimates, 130 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age—half of them in sub-Saharan Africa— will never enter a classroom And so, although they might be allowed to vote, if they can’t even go to school to learn about the world, what is the point? Few have it in them to fight for the right of girls to be equal to boys as hard as Malala Yousefvai. She was almost killed by the Taliban, a group of men who forbid girls in areas of Pakistan from going to school and certainly from voting. She survived the attack and now campaigns for girls’ education around the world. The youngest ever Young Nobel Peace Prize winner is now an inspiration for men and women across the world and she is only 20. On 16th January 2018, it was announced that The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) in cooperation with the Malala Fund has donated the equivalent of £505,715 to build a school for girls in Pakistan.The school is being constructed in the Swat Valley, Malala’s home district, and will open its doors to 350 girls in its 11 classrooms once completed in April. Gradually, the school will expand to accommodate 1,000 girl students of all grades. Who knows, one of them might become president one day? By - Lara (and Patricia)
From: St Thomas'
Sleep. We all do it. But why is it so important and how can it keep us healthy? How can it help... Your emotional well-being? Whilst you sleep, your brain prepares for the next day. It also helps you remember things. So, if you have a performance and need to remember your lines, try getting a good nights sleep. Your physical health? “Okay, so sleep is shockingly important for your emotions but what does it do for your physical health?” many people ask. Well, prepared to be amazed. Probably you didn’t know that the lack of sleep is related to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Furthermore, if you lose sleep, there is a greater risk of obesity. Your performance throughout the day? You can probably guess that sleep loss would make you feel slightly tired throughout the day. However, you most likely won't know that even losing a tiny amount of sleep can lead to micro-sleeps, which are brief moments of uncontrollable sleep during times when you would normally be awake. As you can imagine this would be especially problematic when driving. Speaking of driving - did you know that driver sleepiness causes approximately 100,000 car accidents resulting in around 1500 deaths each year? You may be wondering: how much sleep do I need? It really depends on your age: Infants below 1 year of age should get about 12-16 hours of sleep. Children aged 1-2 years old should have 11-14 hours of sleep; 3-5 year olds need 10-13 hours, and 6-12 year olds need 9-12 hours. If you are a teenager, 13-18, you should make sure you get 8-10 hours of sleep and adults are recommended 8-7 hours sleep per night. I will certainly be trying to get some more sleep, although I...I am not t-tired at all...zzzzzz.   By: Martha
From: St Osmunds
Star wars has been a worldwide phenomenon, entertaining almost three generations and has been the inspiration of many toys, video games and much more. But how has this film franchise become what it is today? Star Wars was created by a director called George Lucas, who owns a film company called LucasFilm. The first film he made was called A New Hope and was released in 1977. At that time Mr Lucas did not know the phenomenon it would become so he did not use the fanciest effects. In fact the lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used was made of a bike handlebar, a rod and finally a camera shutter for the button to switch it on. The same lightsaber is used in The last Jedi which is coming out this week. After the fans' reaction to the first film it became clear that George Lucas and his team would have to make a sequel. Not soon after, there were three films : A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Those films made their director think in greater depth about the story line, so number one became number four and two became five and three became six. Three prequels were made and they all made fans crazy about this new franchise, it was like that for a few years. Nothing really was made except for a couple of new toys and video games until Disney (a much loved film company) decided to buy the company which Mr Lucas owned. By then, all the famous Star Wars actors such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher had aged so they not only had to ask them to join again but had to summon a cast full of fresh new faces. Since then two films have been made : The Force Awakens (another sequel) and Rogue One (a spin off). The Last Jedi is released in the UK on Friday the 15th of December. Buckle up your seat belts, Star Wars fans, because Disney are planning to make at least four more films.  Will you watch them all? By : Inigo  
UK
From: Belmont Primary
The food chain Co-op is going to drop its best-by dates on the packaging and keep old foods in the aisles until somebody buys it. Recently, Co-op announced that they will be dropping their best-by dates on many products and sell unpopular (or, unsold) foods for a long time. This will lower the huge waste of food that is currently a problem and help people save instead of throwing away. Bbest-by dates are often inaccurate - the food is actually good a lot longer than is printed on the label. This might also let faster rottening foods stay on the aisle, worry some people. It will save co-op a lot of money but food quality could be lowered. Some foods will stay just fine with a bit more time if they are preserved well, though some foods don't last that long. Will this been a success for Co-op, or will it be a recipe for disaster? By: George
From: Belmont Primary
On 27 November 2017, Prince Harry got engaged with American actress Meghan Markle. Harry and Meghan have decided to get married at Windsor Castle in Spring 2018. Strangely, Ms Markle has already been married to American actor Trevor Engelson. If you remember, the same thing happened with Prince Charles; he got married, divorced and got married again. Meghan is an American actress who comes from Los Angeles, California. The Royal family says that it is very pleased with the news, and the Queen has given her approval. Are you happy for them too? By: Adam
From: St Osmunds
The answer was a resounding 'yes! ' when Prince Harry asked (American girlfriend) Megan Markle to marry him last month. Harry and Megan had been a couple for sixteen months and are clearly meant for each other : both keen humanitarians and fun, kind individuals. But they had spent a lot of time apart, traveling a lot to see each other : she lived in Toronto, Canada until recently when she moved to Kensington Palace, London, so that they could be together after she finished filming the latest series of legal drama 'Suits' in which she has starred for the last seven seasons. Happily for them they will not be apart much longer : Harry and Megan will get to spend Christmas together at Sandringham with the Queen. This is the very first time this has happened. Usually you have to be married to a member of the Royal family before you are invited to spend Christmas with them. But things are changing fast and the royal family seems happy to embrace new ways of thinking and doing things. We know they will get married in May 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and there are sure to be thousands of people cheering them on from both America and the UK as they have lots of fans. There will no doubt be lots of speculation about what the dress will look like and who will design it...Also will George and Charlotte be pageboy and flower girl? When Kate and William got married in 2011, the country celebrated by holding thousands of street parties in their neighbourhoods so will happen this time round too?      
From: St Osmunds
Every year companies spend thousands of pounds on their Christmas advertisement campaigns, and this year is no different. It is estimated that a record of £6 billion will be spent in total on creating festive adverts. In Aldi's Christmas campaign you are introduced to Kevin and Katie, a couple of carrots, and in M&S's to Paddington bear, who mistakes a thief for Santa Claus. During the John Lewis advert, reportedly made at a cost of £7 million, you meet Moz "the monster under the bed" and enjoy the touching two minute tale of his friendship with a young boy named Joe. Did you ever wonder if these adverts work? Last year, Aldi's sales were increased by 15%, and it is believed its advertising campaign is the main cause, and John Lewis's ad was viewed online 26 million times. This year, however, John Lewis have been accused of copying award-wining illustrator Chris Riddell's very first picture book, Mr Underbed. However, John Lewis argue that "monsters under the bed disturbing children from sleep" is a well known theme, so therefore it was not specifically copied from his best selling novel. This incident is not the first time they have been have been accused of copyright infringement: Monty the penguin was also similar to the main character in 'lost and found' by Oliver Jeffers.
From: Barnes
The Bloodhound SSC becomes the world's fastest car. Imagine sitting in a car going faster than a commercial plane.  The Bloodhound goes at 1,000 mph, goes from 0-600 mph in less than 16 seconds and is 13.4 metres long. That’s longer than a bus! It will use jet engines and a rocket booster to make it go at its top speed. It needs 400 litres of fuel.  The car is made of titanium, aluminium and carbon fibre, which are all strong materials that are very light compaired to their size. The Bloodhound SSC is extremely streamline and has a very sharp point.
From: Barnes
Mali, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, is no ordinary dog. She is trained to sniff out explosives and insurgents (enemy troops) and for her bravery he has been awarded the Dickin Medal. The medal is equivalent to a Victoria Cross which is awarded to armed forces who have done an act of bravery. Except the Dickin medal is just for animals. On 15 November, Mali was awarded the medal for bravery and life-saving skills while fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. Mali helped save British lives in a special mission that lasted seven and a half hours, sniffing out insurgents and explosives, despite being in the direct gunfire line. The brave canine was seriously hurt by gunfire, injured on the front legs and the chest. Luckily it made a full recovery back in England.  Mali has now retired but is helping teach other dogs to save the lives of the British soliders. Mali's current owner, Corporal Daniel Hatley, says he is "extremely proud" of her and the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), the charity that awarded Mali the medal says Mali dislayed "truly awesome ability and determination".  
From: St Osmunds
A new super strain of malaria has been found in parts of Cambodia and parts of Thailand, Laos, and now southern Vietnam - and it's causing alarm amongst scientists because the parasite causing it cannot be killed with anti-malaria drugs. The biggest fear is that it can spread further and eventually jump to Africa, where 92% of all malaria cases take place- and then further around the world. Malaria infects over 200 million people a year, particularly children. It is normally treated with artemisinin in combination with piperaquine, however, the parasite has evolved to resist both. Michael Chew, from the Wellcome Trust medical research charity, said: "The spread of this malaria 'superbug' strain, resistant to the most effective drug we have, is alarming and has major implications for public health globally. Around 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant infections, including malaria. If nothing is done, this could increase to millions of people every year by 2050. The good news is that in November, top researchers have succeeded in breeding a malaria-resistant form of mosquito using gene-editing. The genetically modified Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes -- normal versions of which are a common carrier of the disease in India and the Middle East -- can't carry or pass on the disease.  This Californian study, if successful, would provide great news to combat one of the deadliest diseases of all time.        
From: St Osmunds
Blue Planet 2 was finally released on the 29th October to huge acclaim and its last episode aired on BBC last night. The new series, filled with underwater adventures and eye - opening animals caught on camera, was still narrated by Sir David Attenborough.  Over 10.3 million viewers tuned in every Sunday, beating the audience watching the X-factor. Some of its most amazing sequences showed a type of fish which changed its gender from female to male . Another amazing sequence showed a fish that caught a clam, then carried it by using its teeth to the nearest rock where it would smash it until it would open. This demonstrated that some fish are clever enough to use tools. Above all, the series raised awareness about climate change and how the ice is melting at rapid speed. The animals are dying and will no longer have a home if we do not stop polluting or over-fishing. A sequence showing the damage caused by plastic waste in our oceans was particularly distressing. So please if you haven't already, watch the series on I-player and help protect the environment and our oceans.
From: St Thomas'
Lemuria and Mu are two legendary (that means, probably not real) continents that came to the public's attention in the wake of renewed interest in the mythological city of Atlantis, said to have sunk to the bottom of the sea when the Greek gods thought the people living on the island had misbehaved. As envisioned by the British zoologist Phillip Sclater (1829-1913), Lemuria was a piece of land that was once joined with Madagascar. Sclater had a scientific theory that was disapproved, and yet the views are divided: some people still think Lemuria and Mu is real but just very hard to find. Others think they are myths or legends like Atlantis (although some people believe Atlantis was a real place as well, somewhere close to southern Spain). Whatever theory one has, for now it remains a mystery. By: Joseph
From: St Thomas'
Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) is a facial disfigurement disorder affecting the ears, eyes, mouth and chin. Complications can be hearing loss, breathing problems, and cleft palate, which is when there is a split or gap in the lip or roof of the moth. A new movie, Wonder, tells the story of a child who suffers this rare condition and how he struggles in school. TCS is autosomal dominant, which means that you only need to inherit the TCS abnormal gene from one parent to get the syndrome (often both of parents have to have a disease for it to be passed on to the children). In this case, the abnormal gene is dominant and the other is recessive. TCS is not curable and it normally comes with underdevelopment of the lower jaw and zygomatic bone (cheek bone). You may have heard of the new film Wonder. The child it is about is named August in he has TCS. The disease influences August's social environment and relationships. For example, the other children in his class make up a "game" called the Plague where if anybody touches August they get the deformed touch. This is a film from the USA. It came out on 14th November 2017. Maybe it makes people understand better so that they are not as mean to those who suffer from TCS By: Bibi  
From: Belmont Primary
In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated at the end of November. Here you get to know what it is and why it is celebrated. This year Thanksgiving falls on the 23rd November, but it is always on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a tradition to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in the US and has been originated from the harvest festival. People usually eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn and green bean casserole. Americans really like Thanksgiving because you spend time with your family and it is not so much about buying things and giving presents. By: Helen
From: Barnes
John Lewis has banned girls' and boys' labels on their clothes. They have also separated the areas where the girls' and boys' clothes are put. Styles haven't changed though - you'll still find floral dresses and skirts but the retailer is simply proving that they can be worn by girls and boys. Caroline Bettis, the head of children's wear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear." John Lewis's website still has separate sections but changes are planned. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “I have no idea what would possessed John Lewis to do this. Boys and girls labels and signs are informative. I think removing them could be very confusing for the consumer. It appears political correctness continues to march and, whether it is going in the right direction, is a point for debate. I cannot see many customers buying a dress for their six-year-old boy.”
From: St Thomas'
My name is James and I live in North Kensington in London. I will tell you about buses in our city. Because I go on them every Wednesday, Friday, Thursday and Saturday. Firstly, there are the main buses I take and where they go: First bus is the number 7. The 7 goes from East Acton to Oxford Circus. Next bus is the 70. It goes from Chiswick Business Park to South Kensington. (The 70 is an electric bus.) Next bus is the 23. The 23 goes from Aldwich in the city centre to Westbourne Park. Another one is the 228. It goes from Central Middlesex Hospital to Maida Hill The Chipperham. My next one is the 295. The 295 goes from Clapham Junction to Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury's, not so far from my school. Next bus is the 52. The 52 goes from Victoria to Willesden Bus Gargage. My final bus is the 452. The 452 goes from Kensal Rise to Vauxhall. Now that I have told you about my main buses, I will tell you about when I got on the wrong one: I had just came out of Barclay's Bank and I was at the Notting Hill Gate Station bus stop. I live on a road that either the 28 to Westbourne Park , the 52 to Chesterton Road or the 452 to Chesterton Road can take me to. I was waiting for the 452 and the 28 appeared. We got on that one without really looking, but then I noticed that me and my mum got on the wrong bus. We instantly got off. I thought my mum would be cross but instead she was happy. Although I was very tired when we got home because Barclays could not help us with what we wanted. By: Joseph
From: St Thomas'
Family is important to you because they are there for you your whole life. They help you grow up and if you didn't have a family, you would not even have been born! In your family the main people for you are your mum and your dad. You should love your family no matter what. If they annoy you, still love them. Even if they irritate you, they would do everything for you and whatever you can name they will try to help you. Love them with all your heart just like I love my family. Some people don't have a family and are really sad because they have no one who looks after them. We just need to be grateful to our families. If they need some time you, give them some so that to they know you are respecting them. Just love them with all your heart. By: Shylen
From: St Thomas'
The race is always on. Car makers constantly tryto beat each other to come up with the fastest car in the world. Right now, a small car maker has taken the lead. The 278 mph Koenigsegg Agera RS is now the world's fastest car. The small Swedish automaker's Agera RS supercar has claimed the title of World's Fastest Production Car at 277.9 mph. "Production" means a car you can actually buy, as opposed to one built in just one by one. But it's possible to go even faster than the Koenigsegg. A car broke the absolute world record a long time ago - in fact, it broke the sound barrier of 343 meter per second! The English car Thrust SSC, driven by a fighter jet pilot, holds the world land speed record, set already on 15 October 1997, when it achieved a speed of 1,228 km/h (763 mph) and became the first land vehicle to officially break the sound barrier. Another SSC car, the "Bloodhound" is working on beating the Thurst. Wow! What fast cars. By: Ressa
From: St Thomas'
From gaming, texting, to selfies, technology has been a big trend - but are we using it for too long every day? Blue Light Exposure to blue light comes from a variety of technologies including computers, smartphones, televisions, and normal lights. Studies have found that blue wavelengths suppress delta brainwaves, which induce sleep, and boost alpha wavelengths, which create alertness. A double whammy. That alertness will keep you awake, making you feel sleepy in the morning and causes less concentration at school. Alternatives There are are always different hobbies to try instead of having your eyes staying fixed on screens all day. You could try a new sport that is fit for you. Or be creative and do some arts and craft.  You could  recycle old things in your house for something no one would of constructed but you! Or perhaps you could spent some time with your family by playing board games or even watching a movie together. So you can see that there are infinite varieties of things to do instead of technology. However, it doesn't mean you can't use your phone ever again. It's just a piece of advice saying: It's good to stop using devices at least 1 hour before you sleep. It is also to say that you will miss a lot of interesting surprises around you in life if you stay on screens.  By : Nermin  
From: Rusuzumiro
Azam Rwanda premier league champions, Rayon Sports were crowned winners of the 2017 Agaciro football championship on Saturday 16 September 2017 at Amahoro stadium, on the third match day of the annual Agaciro Development Fund sponsored championship. The blues defeated APR FC 1-0 thanks to a well taken brilliant free kick in the 87th minute by former APR left back Eric RUTANGA which went past goalie Emery MVUYEKURE. APR FC were forced to finish the game with ten men after Muhadjiri HAKIZIMANA was sent off, following a second bookable offence with fifteen minutes to end of the game. However, the win was not enough to grant them the blue title of winner. This had to be decided through a random draw as APR FC, Rayon Sports and AS Kigali all tied on six points but were separated by goals. Unlike the normal Article 7 championship regulations that tosses a coin to determine the winner, first and second runner-ups when teams tie on same points, Rayon Sports were declared winners and bagged the championships cash prize worth 3 million Rwandan Francs (approx. GBP £2,660) and a trophy. APR FC who finished second, pocketed 2 millions Rwandan Francs (approx. £1,770) while AS Kigali finished third to bag 1 million Rwandan Francs (approx. GBP£885). The tournament was organised by Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) in the collaboration with AGACIRO Development Fund (Ag DF) as part of raising funds towards the Rwanda’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.
From: Belmont Primary
The ex-England manager, Sam Allardyce, has replaced Ronald Koeman as manager at Everton FC, a professional football club in Liverpool that is (at time of writing) on 13th place in the Premier League. Allardyce was born in 19 October 1954 in a town called Dudley, in England. His father, Robert Allardyce, was a police sergeant, and Sam's older brother was named after his father. Sam Allardyce failed his 11+ exam, and later found out that he was dyslexic. His footballing career started with Dudley Town and has taken him to many clubs through the years. He later moved to Bolton Wanderers and was then offered a move to Derby County, but it was bettered by Sunderland, who would pay him £300. Tom Cowie (the chairman) sacked Knighton, the club manager, and the new one left Allardyce out of the team at the start of the season. That made him move to Millwall, who were able to match Sunderland's wages and also pay out a £30,000 signing on fee and a £10,000 loyalty bonus. After a few more teams, he joined his last team Preston North End. He then retired. Now, as Everton's manager, he has put the team's losing ways to an end, with a 4-1 win over West Ham, and then 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. By: Daniel
From: Belmont Primary
The footballer Neymar de Santos JR has left Spanish top liga "La Liga" in a multi-million euro deal. Neymar shocked the world as he moved to French Ligue 1 to join Paris Saint Germain. He is being paid a record breaking 200 million euros for changing teams. He left the revered front attack squad MSN, including world class players Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. In the first game for his new club he scored and got an assist; a glorious start in a new team. He is now part of  a new attacking squad, who's ship-name is MCN (Kyilian Mbappe, Edison Cavani, and Neymar). Overall, many fans are angry with his decision, which was down to tax fraud problems with the Spanish court, and the money that he and his father Neymar SR will receive - hence the new nickname, 'Moneymar.'   Have your say!   By: Daniel
From: Barnes
The two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso is on his way to the triple crown. The Spanish driver won in Monaco, and he has been training for Indy 500 (the American version of F1 that is raced on an oval track) at McLaren Honda. Fortunately, the Honda engine is able to compete with Chevrolet's engine - its biggest competitor. It will be a relief for him to be driving fast again. Many drivers think that Alonso has the race-pace but others doubt it. It will certainly be a challenge! The speed is much faster in Indy 500 than F1, with only four straightforward corners. In the qualifying round, 35-year old Alonso's average speed was 370 km/h! There is no such thing as braking in Indy. Will Alonso be able to adapt from F1 and be a winner?     Now reporting after the race and i am extremely sad that his pace couldn't last until the end. An engine failure occurred near to the end of the race. He had the lead for 3 laps but Takuma Sato  took the win. I am sure Alonso is disappointed but he will have a chance next year. By Tom.