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Animal Welfare

Jezebel and Maisie from The Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport are reporting on animal welfare and finding out what students and teachers think of it.

Giving you extra through extra-curricular!


Our video report is about extra-curricular activities. What is their importance? Do they help learning? Are they helpful towards your future? What do they teach you? We asked two students and four teachers, including the head, what their views on extra-curricular activities are.

 Reporters: Ellie and Katie

Camerawoman: Jess

Editor: Lucy

BBC Mental Health and Wellbeing in students

Students, Alice and Holly, tackle the taboo subject of mental health in their school, aided by their talented teachers.

Our report is all about being heard, telling others and stopping what isn’t right. We wanted people to listen to students and teachers; whether you do or don’t have mental issues there is always someone that you CAN talk to – don’t hide it inside, you are not alone. So no matter if you’re a girl or a boy, young or old, there is always a chance to sort it out.

Selfish Selfies?


Would you risk your life for a ‘perfect’ selfie? Since phones and selfies have swept the nation, people have been risking their lives and lives of others. From sitting on a crumbling cliff, to driving on a busy motorway.


In Dorset, you will find West Bay- famous in ‘Broadchurch’- where several cliff warnings have been issued, yet people still go on the dangerous cliffs. Only in this week’s newspaper, was a picture of a woman sat on the edge of the East Cliff, taking a selfie. After the cliff being in Broadchurch, it seemed like a good place to take the picture, for the young women. Not far behind her, was a man, with two young children. He was holding a selfie stick, again trying to get a perfect selfie on East Cliff. Only just last year there was a rock fall. Luckily no one was hurt…this time. But it just goes to show how unstable these cliffs are.


Not only are these ‘selfie takers’ putting themselves in danger, but they are also risking the lives of the public who are walking on the beach below the cliff and the risking the lives of the rescue services, if something serious happened. It is irresponsible and unnecessary.


I asked some students on what they thought about taking selfies:

‘ I take two to four selfies a day and takes about five attempts until I have ‘my perfect’ selfie!’ quoted by Kitti.

‘I take selfies because they make me feel confident. I can be myself!’ quoted by Nia.

‘I don’t think selfies are important, but I do enjoy taking them!’ quoted by Eva.

‘I wouldn’t risk my life for a selfie! My life is a hundred times more important!’ quoted by Beth.


I asked Bridport Harbour Master about the cliff selfie and he quoted:

‘ It isn’t sensible to go on the edge or under the cliffs. Though many warnings have been issued, people still don’t listen or understand just how dangerous the cliffs are!’


Some people would argue that selfies are harmless, but with the idea of ‘extreme selfies’ on the rise, these ‘harmless’ selfies are endangering lives. Would you risk your life for the ‘perfect’ selfie?


By Lily


Libraries and reading

Recently, the government have been cutting funding for local community centers such as libraries. These cuts have been devastating for everyone in the local society.

340 libraries could close in the next five years.

Reading is a very important part of life, so it is necessary that at school we enforce how vital reading is to pupils’ futures.

Here at The Sir John Colfox Academy we are passionate about reading.


We interviewed Mrs Dixon, our school librarian.

Why is reading so important to you?

When I read I feel I learn more than I originally wanted to learn. Books make you look at things that you wouldn’t normally look at.


Why is reading so important to students?

Reading is important to students as it broadens their knowledge, feeds their imagination and helps them to read and write and to express themselves.


How have cuts to education and library services affected our school?

Massively. This library used to belong to Dorset educational library service so we could access books. The government cut the funding for the library services so they had to close down. Our school needs money for equipment to keep it going, as it is a learning resource area. The cuts are dreadful.


How have we managed to fill our library?

By doing all sorts! We are mainly encouraging student donations as they get 5 house points for every book. Also we set up a competition for the teachers to find who could donate the most books. The winner went home early on Friday!


We are having a new library system, what is it about?

The new library system is a working progress. It delivers on many different level; it combines teaching and books.  Students can talk to each other and recommend books. It is great.


You did a Readathon, what was it and why was it important?

The Readathon was an event where selected students came in their pyjamas to the library to read all day. This was to encourage children to come in and use the library more often.



We also quizzed Mrs Wright, the school reading coordinator.


You did a competition for the teachers to donate the most books, why did you do it?

I thought it would be good for teachers to feel more responsible for donating books. Even if the teachers only donated one book each, there would be one hundred books donated.


Why are books so important to you?

My parents used to read for me, and it helped me learn to be human and feel emotions without having to physically do it.


What do you think about the library cuts?

I’m a bit sad about it. I think it is encouraging children to use screens more, and I don’t think that is a good thing.