As you all know trying to persuade people to pick up their rubbish is a thankless task. Since starting at Fulston Manor in September 2018 we have realised that the litter around the school site and in house areas is appalling.
Litter is classed as rubbish such as: paper, cans, and bottles left lying in an open area or public place. Common excuses for littering include: the bins not being emptied often enough; ‘It’s not my problem’ mind-set; the bin is too far away; showing off to peers.
Litter: we’ve all seen it. Polluting our oceans and eradicating entire species. Every day we grow immune to the sight of litter. Places such as the Pacific Garbage Patch and the outskirts and slums of Mumbai piled high with others rubbish. As the saying goes ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ however that’s not the case- soon we will be the victims of a litter apocalypse. If we don’t alter our attitude towards litter and link it to responsibility it may be too late, and we are unable to reverse years of damage and pollution.
This edition focuses on the litter that is destroying our environment. During our newspaper discussions, a proposal was made that perhaps students in the Bridge Centre and school detentions should do something productive around school instead of writing lines or completing arbitrary work. This got us thinking; should students in Bridge and school detention be made to complete community service and pick up litter around the school site instead?
In conversation with another student, who will remain anonymous, said that this was a good idea, and that it would be more stimulating and entertaining then doing work in bridge. A lot of the other students in the group seemed to agree with them. We asked seven (some wish to stay anonymous) members of staff their opinions on this, and the only staff members that we asked who disagreed was Mrs Collins of the French department, who said and “it doesn’t add to their education” and “they still have a right to their education”.
At the start of this academic year, Mrs Franks (Assistant Headteacher) introduced a new idea for the starting year 7s. This concept of this new idea was to prepare new arrivals for the discipline given at Fulston Manor School, such as the rules that new students should abide by. Induction week consists of approximately the first two weeks of school. It was also to help new students learn their way around the school grounds and to get them used to the new environment in which they’ve been brought into.
Schools across the UK use end of year examinations as a form of class determination. On top of GCSEs and A-levels, end of year exams are sat by students from years 7 to 10 but the stress levels increase with any form of exam whether it’s a mid-term or end of term. Charities such as the NSPCC and Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2016/17 – a rise of 11% over the past 2 years. 1 in 5 of these took place in May as pupils faced upcoming exams with many telling counsellors they were struggling with subjects, excessive amounts of homework, revision, pressure to achieve good grades and feeling unprepared.