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From: St Osmunds
On the 26th September, a beluga whale drifted up from the Arctic and was found swimming in the river Thames, in Gravesend near Kent. It's the most southerly sighting of a beluga ever.  Rescue teams from the Port of London Authority (or PLA) are on permanent standby in case the whale, who seems to have lost its way 1500 miles from its natural habitat, gets into any danger. Martin Garside of the PLA  said there had been many discussions about rescuing the beluga and ferrying it out to sea, but it would be a very distressing task for the animal. He said it would preferable if it could make its way out to the ocean naturally. Mr Garside also warned: “the many onlookers who circle around in boats, fly drones over the whale’s head and gather in droves along the river banks should leave it in peace”. This is not the first time a whale has swam up the Thames. In 2006, 2013 and 2016, whales have been washed up into the river but none of them were a beluga. Belugas are the smallest of all whales. They look like large dolphins, reaching 4 metres in length. They are easily recognized by the white colour of their skin and bulbous foreheads (called "melons"). They are also known as ‘the Canaries of the Seas” because of their very distinctive voices. There is a natural concern about plastic pollution levels in the Thames. Would the beluga eat well, and would it survive? New reports from the 6th October suggest it is ‘foraging normally’ and Martin Garside stated that: ''This whale has stayed in the same spot for more or less six days, which is a relief. Other whales have been in a hurry to get back but this whale has got comfortable.” Most of the whale’s movements are being tracked by experts of the PLA from a boat moored to a barge which causes minimum stress to the whale. It has now been nicknamed Benny the Beluga. As this article is published, Benny appears to be in no hurry to leave the river and return to the sea and experts warn he could stay there for months. If it still here by spring, and the Thames warms up, Benny could be airlifted from the Thames and flown 1,150 miles to Iceland in an extraordinary "Free Willy-style" rescue mission. We will of course keep you posted. In the meanwhile, we wish Benny good luck and to stay safe! By: Elise, Eve and Florence  
From: St Osmunds
At St Osmund's, our Primary School in South West London, we met the Whale Company. They held a very inspirational talk about their battle to combat Plastic Pollution.  Although plastic can be beneficial - only 24% is recycled, meaning that 76% ends up either in land fill or worse - our rivers and the ocean. There they never biodegrade. We are a school very close to the River Thames and what they said and showed us was shocking and made us really want to help. What does the Whale Company do? Carolyn and Carlos founded The Whale Company 12 years ago after realising that the amount of plastic in our rivers and oceans was rising and killing whales and other marine life. This was long before Blue Planet made us all realise how close we were to environmental catastrophe. They started making paddle boards using plastic bottles, and have done some very hard paddle marathons in many different countries across Europe. Their action have attracted media attention and changed how many of those countries deal with plastic recycling and use. They are currently paddling down the Thames from its source to the sea. Next week they will deliver messages and solution ideas to our Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, in Parliament. They hope, as we do, that this will help change the way Great Britain deals with plastic pollution What do they say? They told us:  " We know MPs are talking about plastic pollution a lot more today and it’s going in the right direction, but we need to take immediate action – not to just talk about it for years.” For Carolyn and Carlos, local government needs to be more active because “we’re all confused about how to recycle, it varies between boroughs and needs to be standardised and supermarkets and shops need to understand that we don’t want all this plastic". Some countries have already been great at banning plastic items,  and people's habits are changing, but now the rest need to follow and act fast. Raising Money for The Whale Company We also were proud that the small "charity" we founded at St Osmund's, H.A.N.D, was able to help raise some money for the Whale Company's amazing paddle marathon down the Thames. H.A.N.D stands for Helpless Animals Need Defence - and we are fighting to solve the problem of pollution, deforestation and poaching once and for all. We have the same ambition as all those animal charities fighting for wildlife to thrive again and the Whale Company really moved us into action. We were very proud to sponsor the Whale Company giving roughly 220 pounds from cake sale and speeches. We might not be able be right by the Thames supporting them by their side, but we will all be thinking of them and we know that they will have a great impact. We wish them a great marathon and best of luck at Parliament. By : Millie, Isla and Amelie      
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
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.