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From: Barnes
By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. We seriously need to do something about our plastic pollution. Plastic is terrible for the environment. David Attenborough really brought the issue home and now, brilliantly, we hear about it all the time. In countries and cities around the world, the call for the end of single-use plastics is at an all-time high. Stores such as Iceland and Ikea have introduced plastic bans that will go into effect within the next couple of years. Meanwhile, plastic straws and cutlery have been targeted by numerous retailers, including McDonald's in the UK, and having a plastic bag is enough to send you to jail in some countries. Bans on plastic bags have already proved to be extremely effective in the countries that have them. In the UK, for example, the introduction of a 5p plastic bag charge introduced in 2015 has brought about an 83% reduction in plastic bag use. Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute! In one hour our plastic pollution could fill the whole V&A museum! Plastics have changed the world. However, the rapid growth of middle-class and industrial economies has drastically increased the world's plastic consumption in recent decades – and infrastructure development has not kept pace. The result is a dramatic increase in plastic waste.
From: St Osmunds
Children's Mental Health Week was celebrated from the 4th - 10th of February, and the theme this year was Healthy: Inside and Out. The week is aimed at how we take care of both our minds and bodies. Scott Lunn, from the NHS, explained why we must look after both our physical health and mental health. He said: 'Being healthy isn't just about looking after our bodies its about looking after our minds too. This is called mental health and is just as important as physical health. The two are connected; a healthy body strengthens the mind.' 'When we are experiencing emotions like anger, happiness or nervousness, our bodies show it too. If we angry, we may feel hot; if we are happy, we might feel energetic; if we are nervous, we might get butterflies in our tummy. This happens because blood moves away from the stomach to the brain, legs and arms in case you need to think or react quickly. That is how strong the link is between body and mind.' To stay both physically and mentally healthy, you must try to eat a balanced diet with a good variety of foods, including fruit and vegetables. Food like sweets, biscuits and sugary drinks will make your sugar levels rise but then fall rapidly, leaving you feeling tired and irritable. Being Active: Getting some exercise everyday will lead to a happy and healthy mind and along with an agile and fit body. Even ten minutes brisk walking or an hour of a favourite sport, can improve your alertness and/or energy mood. Sleep: Getting enough sleep and not staying up late will help you feel better and more energised and attentive. Staying up late looking at a screen "can harm your sleeping patterns", says the National Sleep Foundation. The blue light that the screen emits may effect the hormone, known as melatonin, that helps you sleep. Before going to bed the doctors recommend at least an hour away from the screen. Getting enough to eat: although vegetables and fruit are always portrayed as the best possible thing to eat, it is extremely important to have a balanced diet and indulge a mix of different foods, from all the different food groups: (dairy, vegetable, fruit and sweets) We hope you follow our advice to stay healthy, 'Inside and Out,' and spread this information to your friends and family members.  
From: St Osmunds
On the 26th November 2018, space crew NASA successfully landed a spacecraft on the red planet, Mars. This is marking the start of a two year mission to discover more about Mars. Only 40% of NASA's attempted landings have ended in success yet this one was described as perfect and flawless. The ship, named InSight, took 6 months to reach Mars from Earth and 7 minutes to descend onto the surface before landing at 7:53pm. NASA crew called the the tense landing the “seven minutes of terror”. It’s the first time in 6 years that a spacecraft has landed on Mars. Now that InSight has landed on Mars, NASA are planning to probe deep beneath the surface of our neighbouring planet to measure temperatures and allow study of its seismic activity. Scientists aim to discover a new species of life on Mars. They plan to find sources of water on Mars -- perhaps even find out if is might be safe to send people up to the red planet. Currently, scientists are celebrating the start of a two year mission to discover the hidden secrets that lie beneath the planet's exterior. We're all excited to find out if someday in the future humans from planet Earth could go live on Mars.                            
From: St Osmunds
On the 7th November, 21 Vietnamese migrants — 11 of them children, many as young as 12 — have been found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in the British port of New haven, East Sussex. They had been smuggled across borders, hidden between cases of sparkling water. Investigators believe a Romanian man was driving the lorry and he has been charged for entering the UK illegally. Vietnam consistently ranks as one of the top countries for potential victims of trafficking, abuse and and modern day slavery in the UK. The UK's leading children charity NSPCC reports that over 2100 children were identified as potential victims of trafficking last year. Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse, says the NSPCC. "Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold". But is still unknown what the exact number of children being trafficked per day in the UK is. The charity said that is because "trafficking is a hidden crime and recorded statistics are almost certainly an under-estimate". But their staggering evidence suggests that 2 out of 5 potential victims of modern slavery found in the UK were children. The most common cases to be trafficked into the UK are people from Albania,Vietnam, Afghanistan and Eritrea. It is important to stay alert: children can be very blind when it comes to this matter and are easily targeted because they are so vulnerable. Human trafficking is around us but hardly ever seen with a naked-eye. So we need to beware of its dangers, keep a close eye when we are alone or with friends, and never talk or go with a stranger. By : Delfina