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School uniform – Good or Bad?

uk-sc01“RELAXED, liberal schools that shun uniforms and encourage pupils to call teachers by their first names produce students who are more highly motivated than more disciplined establishments, according to research by Harvard University.”

54% of students find school boring, so why do we have a uniform if it’s proven that schools do better dressed down? Because we look smarter? Because it’s a status symbol? Or are we just dressed like this to show that the school maintains control over their troublesome students?

Well we all hate those ugly blazers and uncomfortable tights (especially in the summer when they stick!)– Who is actually going to stand up for the uniforms?  

Does the school gain profit from our uniform? Do they want us to be miserable in our clothes? School uniforms are from a different era when young people were supposed to be seen not heard.  So while school is a place where we can be ourselves, we can’t express our individuality?

What are your views is school uniform good or bad for us?




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Syria – Should we act?

English: A volcano called Syria

English: A volcano called Syria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the big issues of today is Syria. Riots started in March 2011 when civilians wanted political prisoners freed.  The protests started relativity peacefully as part of the “Arab Spring” but the government respond very violently. It rapidly spiralled out of control with protests starting in all the major cities including Damascus and Deraa. Tanks have invaded the cities.  Over 110,000 people  have been shot, shelled and poisoned.  The protests have now turned into a civil war nation wide with many children killed and injured. The red cross and other charities like it have been setting up various camps outside of Syria to help refugees. The UN (united nations) have been urging  President Assad to do something about this.

This week there has been a chemical weapons disarmament deal done by John Kerry (USA) and Sergei Lavrov (Russia) which means that Syria have seven days to declare all its chemical weapons.  If they don’t there will be  serious action will be taken by Russia and America.

David Cameron recently lost a vote to take military action in Syria.  If the Assad government doesnt comply with the chemical weapon agreement should Britain intervene and support Ameriaca in strikes against the Syrian Government.

What do you think? Should we fight them or help them?

100% of the people asked Syria Freind or Foe answered foe!

Syria 1

Syria 2



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Your future the all new I Level

exams-4050886In September 2015 the new I level (Intermediate level) exams will be introduced. Their introduction will be the biggest change in school qualifications for over 30 years.  And guess what, we, the current year 7, will be the first to sit the new exams. The reason is according to Ofqual, the exams regulator, is that a growing number of schools had lost confidence in GCSEs.


View our interview with experienced senior teacher.

I level interview from Atticus HGS on Vimeo.


So what’s the deal?

  • The aim of the new exams is to provide greater differentiation between the best students so they are going to b harder.
  • The new changes, will apply first to qualifications in English, maths, physics, chemistry, biology, double science, history and geography. Other subjects will be ready to be taught from 2016.
  • This will means we will sit a combination of I levels and GCSEs.
  • Under the plans the highest grade will be an 8 and the lowest will be a 1.
  • Coursework will no longer be part of the formal assessment, except in science, where 10% of your marks will be awarded for practical experiments.
  • Under the new system, all end-of-course exams will be taken in the summer, except for English and maths papers that can also be sat in November. This is the end of modules. This will mean the end of lots of re-sit exams.

Have your say.

Are these changes good? Are you happy to be the first year to sit these exams?



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Tour De France Week 1

hqdefaultThe Tour De France has been running for over a week now and has lots of great events! Here is some the stages so far…

Stage         Start                             Finish          Length         Date

1                Porto-Vecchino           Bastia           213km         29/6/13

2                Bastia                          Ajaccio         156km         30/6/13

3                Ajaccio                        Calvi            145.5km      1/7/13

4                Nice                             Nice              25km          2/7/13

5                Cagnes sur Mer           Marsielle       228.5km     3/7/13

6                Aix en Provence          Montpellier   176.5km     4/7/13

7                Montpellier                  Albi               205.5km    5/7/13


It has been an excellent start to the Tour De France this year despite the chaos of stage 1. Chris Froome the Kenyan born Sky and British cyclist has taken the yellow jersey which is very good news for team SKY!

Watch the chaos of stage one unfold as a bus gets stuck under the finishing line.

Keep reading to find out more about the upcoming stages in next weeks article and what happened!

Related articles

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Life in the Sea Cadets

Sergeant Steve Wood of Harrogate Sea Cadets came to speak at the Y7 assembly on 17th of  June to tell us about life as a Sea Cadet.  He is a volunteer who helps young people work towards joining the Navy and  fulfil their dreams.  However, you don’t need to want to join the Navy to join the Cadets. The Junior Cadets are aimed at young people aged below 12.  When you become 13 you move up to the official Sea Cadets. It is a  great hobby and  can help you learn important life skills..


Sergeant Wood described the range of great activities available through Sea Cadets including mountain biking, sailing, wind surfing, climbing, paddle sports, and rowing.   They do lots of camping,  and you learn how to survive in the wild in “Camp Craft” training. You can even do courses in Liverpool, its on the sea. He explained that when you want to go to college or university or apply for a job, you can put all these things on your c.v.

We asked Sergeant Wood how many recruits go through the Harrogate branch and he said that a new course starts every 18 weeks.  However, if you cant wait you can  join at any time.  If you are interested in joining you can find Sergeant Wood in the Hub where he works in the kitchen.  You can also find out more details about the Harrogate branch of the Sea Cadets by clicking here. 

The interview.



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End of year exams


English: A typical Junior Certificate exam hall.

exam hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know if you can, but I can definitely tell the exams  are here! Students are getting homework in on time and seem to be staying awake really late revising. Sure, it’s good to revise but we need sleep as well. These tests are really important, they determine where you go, and what set you will be in next year. DON’T BLOW IT! Year Leaders will have probably sent out a sort of Ibooklet saying the best ways to revise, you need to keep looking back at this! You can’t risk messing up! Please please please revise for your exams. But remember, just try your best! 

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National Smile Month

From the 20th May to the 20 June 2013 we have had NATIONAL SMILE MONTH!  National Smile Month is the UK’s largest oral health campaign.

The Y7 Atticus Team  interviewed local dentist, Dr Andrew Rufnell, to ask him a few questions about smiles and teeth.

Firstly we asked him what were his top 5 tips for healthy teeth.  He thought for a few minutes before listing four:-

1.  No fizzy drinks

2. Brush your teeth twice a day

3. Visit your dentist regularly

4. Be careful about what you eat, cut down on the sugar.

We asked him what the funniest thing that had ever happened in his dental surgery.  He said that someone actually fell asleep whilst he was working on their mouth and,  ”boy did they snore”!!  ”Oh yes” he said suddenly interrupting his story, “number 5 wear a mouth guard”.  Its essential if you play rugby but also if you play other sports like hockey.  It should be part of school kit lists.

Does he get scared when he goes to the dentist we enquired? He admitted he does get bit scared but thinks that it is good to be a bit nervous about going to the dentist.

Thank you to Dr Rufnell and if you are looking for a new dentist you can find his surgery on Otley Rd and he is really very nice.

If you would like to find out about who won the smile competition please go to the story on it.

BY Will Banks



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Tour De France

This is going to be my weekly column covering the Tour  De France which starts on Saturday 29th June.  It is the 100th tour and Team Sky are again in a great position to win with Chris Froome a pre-race favourite. I hope you will keep reading  until it ends on Sunday 21st June.


Watch a fly through of the first stage in Corsica and then an interview with Chris Froome.


Happy Cycling

Will Banks

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kids rule BGT

Britain's Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent (Photo credit: mrlerone)

Kids rule Britans Got Talent  don’t they? Now officials are complaining  that there is too much stress involved for the children, and that many may find it intimidating by being watched by millions of strangers. A lot of young people are for this, but not us.

Why, because many kids have incredible talents! if you watched this year’s show you will know what I mean! If a child has a talent and they want to share it with the country then they should be allowed to.  This is one of the only ways that this is possible.  Yet if they ban kids from BGT then some children’s talents could go unappreciated and to waist.  Silly people and bullies saying they’re rubbish risks ruining it for everyone.

Jack Carroll a star in the making?

Jack and Cormac – are they really going to make it at 13 and 14 years old. Is it the issue? Cant we and they simply enjoy their talent.

Malaki Paul struggles with stage fright. At only nine years old should he have been on stage?


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Merida – really to be changed?

184676-merida-makeoverRecently Disney released Brave an feature length animation about an adventurous girl who didn’t want to be the princess everyone expected. Set in Scotland a long time ago she refused to tie her wild hair up. She was a strong and powerful female role model. Now Disney has decided to change her and defeat the point of the entire film.

In this new Merida, they have put a belt in place of her signature bow and arrows and she is wearing the exact dress that she tried so hard to get out of in the film.


For her fans these changes have undermined the character or Merida and the purpose of the whole film.  This has been another one of the changes that Disney made to film characters. These changes have raised a lot of controversy and thankfully Disney has now reversed the decision.



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Meet the HGS divers

Last week Rosie, Isla and Tom from the Harrogate Diving Club, competed in  the G-Star  competition at the John Charles Aquatics centre in Leeds. The event is held annually in Leeds and considered to be the toughest of the domestic club invite competitions. There were 15 British clubs competing as well as divers from Ireland, Sweden, Canada and South Africa. Sadly none of them won, but they tried there best.   Follow this  link if you want more  information about the Harrogate Diving Club or are interested in joining them.

Diving Competition at John Charles from Atticus HGS on Vimeo.

In the interview I referred to Jack Wilson.  He is in fact Jack Laugher and you can view his Look North interview below.

You can see him diving here.

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Harrogate Gang Show Spectacular

The Harrogate Gang Show takes place every 2 years in April in the royal hall, it is a show put on by the members of the Harrogate Scout and Guide association. Children from as young as 5 years old to 18 years old took part in creating a singing, dancing and toe tapping spectacular!

gang show

Here are some of the highlights

This year’s show was kicked off with a hearty version of ‘Be Part of our Gang’ a song specially written for gang shows. The Brownies and Cubs gave a very enthusiastic rendition of Gareth Malone’s choir, ‘Do Re Mi’ followed by ‘A Handful of Songs’, and ‘I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing’. The Rainbows and Beavers took a trip to the bottom of the sea and told some very fishy jokes before singing ‘Under the Sea’.

 It was all hoting  when suddenly Apollo 11 landed.  Out came a group of Guides and Scouts who had turned into spacemen. Our very own Neil Armstrong arrived singing ‘A Weekend On the Moon’ and was later joined by Buzz Aldrin.  Other songs included ‘Catch a Falling Star ,‘Good Morning Star Shine’, ,‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ followed by ‘Fly Me To the Moon’ , ‘Moon River’ and rounded it off by spending ‘A Weekend On The Moon’.


 ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ started the Oscar’s ceremony. The first award went to Titanic for the best film presented by ‘Helen Mirren’ who fortunately kept her remarks clean. We sang ‘New York, New York’ in tribute to Martin Scorsese, before Sharon Osborn gave the award for best song we then sang ‘Skyfall’. This was followed by an award presented by Kylie Minogue .for best cartoon which was given to Toy Story we sang ‘you’ve got a friend in me’. The final award was for best actress presented to ‘Anne Hathaway’ our final song was ‘do you hear the people sing’.

Click to link to the Harrogate & District Gang Show gallery and see the rehearsals.

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