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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