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North Korea Tests Warheads

by Samuel

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has claimed that his scientists have been able to develop a miniature nuclear bomb, one small enough to fit in a ballistic missile. The North’s leader has stated that this is the ultimate nuclear deterrent.

Only one picture has been released by the Korean leader (see right); analysts all over the world a trying to decipher whether this is true. Although no 100% accurate proof has to be deciphered, analysts have found that it could not be a thermonuclear bomb or hydrogen bomb. This severely reduces the yield and therefore destructive power.  Even though it is highly unlikely that it is a thermonuclear bomb, the possibility of a nuclear bomb on a ballistic missile is a huge threat to its neighbouring countries and the US. This has been made doubly dangerous because of Kim Jong-Un’s attitude towards the west. Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, has threatened indiscriminate strikes against the US and South Korea.

North and South Korea are still at war… technically, the Korean War never truly ended because they only signed a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

At the moment it has been hard for people to predict what is going to happen but people are worried about an impending war. Dev, a year 9 student from Brockington College said: “The 2 countries should come to a permanent peace treaty, or the UN will have to step in, if not; it will be a very brutal war between the 2 nations”. However, Mr Barton, a History teacher at our school said, “Across history, countless countries have bragged about their power even when they don’t have that power level, I believe that it is not the truth”.


Flash Flooding in Leicestershire

by Ellie-Mai, George, Ella & Lucy

27.4mm (1 inch) in the last 10hrs

In the Leicestershire countryside there has been a significant amount of rain fall over the past few days. Due to this there have been many areas  affected with severe flash flooding. It has mainly affected areas of the midlands.

More than 160 lower–level flood alerts  have been distributed across much of England , where the rain hit hardest. On Wednesday, British Transport Police created human barriers to hold back crowds at London Euston after trains between Rugby and Milton Keynes were cancelled.

Over in Warwickshire, 14 schools were closed  due to severe flooding. Commuters returning from work in Market Harborough found their cars submerged. However Cosby village centre was also transformed into a lake.

Firefighters rescued 3 occupants of a car stuck on Lutterworth Road, Walcote, yesterday  lunchtime. The services technical rescue team were also on hand to help a man trapped in his car I Sumley Road, Smeeton Westerby, also yesterday.

Unfortunately, the flooding continues to cause severe disruption on some roads, including sections of the A428 and A3400 in Warwickshire.

Drivers were forced to turn back from a railway bridge in Fosse Road, Syston, that was made impossible to pass by water.

Emergency services are still underway with trying to control this case of severe flooding. Leicestershire police tweeted “Please do not attempt to drive through any flooded areas, water is deeper than expected even in areas that don’t usually flood.”

We interviewed five teachers from Brockington college.

Mr Smith (English teacher), “flooding can be very inconvenient and the government should do more to stop it.”

Mr Southall (head teacher), “ I’m concerned about building work on the floodplains– building on the green belt. Is it global warming or a natural phenomenon.”

Mr Ilersic (Humanities teacher), “ a lot of building and concrete take away the green areas which absorb the water.”

Mr Barton (Humanities teacher), “ the local government should do more to stop the flooding.”

Miss Styles ( Music teacher), “ The government have built on so many floodplains that the water cannot be absorbed by the ground and the drains cannot take away enough water.”

Many people have expressed their opinions on this issue. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that the government are taking immediate action to supress the flooding  and they should be planning for future events and putting into place more flood defences.

Police in Rutland have described the situation as nasty with numerous roads blocked. That included the A6121 under the railway bridge between South Luffenham and Ketton. Main Street, in Whissendine, was closed to traffic.

Volunteers from Leicestershire and Rutland 4×4 response team were on standby to assist stranded motorists.

Leicester City centre did not escape the deluge, which flooded the basement of the tourist information centre, on Gallowtree gate.

Flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency last night remained in place along the length of the River Soar and its tributaries, as well as  Wreake as Syston.

The weather is set to brighten up over the next few days, with warmer temperatures.





‘Queen Backs Brexit’ Sun Tabloid States

by Samuel, Max, Denis & Connor

Yesterday, the Sun reported on the front page that HRH the Queen allegedly stated that ‘the EU is headed in the wrong direction.’The Sun stands by the report, even though it was only reported by two sources.

Buckingham Palace have stated that the Queen is strictly neutral on political matters.

Nick Clegg, who was allegedly present when the remarks were made, remarked that he recalled no such statement and that the story was ‘nonsense.’

The Prime Minister has stated that he has no idea when the allegations came from, and has ensured everyone that it was not the so-called Brexit supporte, Michael Gove.

A spokesman from Buckingham Palace has said, “We can confirm that we have this morning written to the chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation to register a complaint about the front page story in today’s Sun newspaper.”

The Sun’s editor-in-chief has outlined, ‘We knew much more than we published’ and that, when asked by the BBC about whether or not the Queen’s alleged remarks were made before it was known that there was to be an EU referendum, he said that 2011 (the year the statements were allegedly made) was a year where the EU was getting unstable and that it was a certainty that there was to be a referendum.

Mr Smith and Mr Howell, teachers at our school said, “the entire thing is a hoax just to sell newspapers and get more money”. Mrs Wright, another teacher, has said that the Queen “has to be neutral, and that this is just propaganda”. Miss Howard has said,  “it’s up for speculation and that the press shouldn’t tarnish the reputation of the monarchy.”


Junior Doctors to Strike Again

by Sarah, Sophie & Reesha

Young doctors plan for further strike action

All over the country junior doctors have gone on a 48 hour strike. The reasons for this is that the government want to reduce the pay and funding for junior doctors. It has also been proposed that younger doctors could work longer hours on amended contracts in a bid to extend NHS services. This is the third strike that the younger doctors have been on recently.

During this strike, almost all the doctors’ surgeries and practices in England have been effected; this has placed a massive strain upon services for many patients , including facilities for the terminally ill and emergency rooms up and down the country. Over 5000 operations have been cancelled as a result of low staffing; thousands of tests and check-up have been affected as well this.

Junior doctors are continuing to strike in response to government changing NHS provision and contracts and the doctors have not agreed to such changes. The government has changed NHS contracts because the government claimed that it was unfair and outdated.

We carried out a survey and asked many NHS patients questions. One member of the public described this issue as a good way that the doctors can push forward their point of view and how they feel about this matter. They stated, “ I stand behind them all the way they should get enough pay for what they do for this country. The government are applying too much pressure to the staff in hospitals which make them exhausted and that is when the amount of mistakes doctors make increases and could endanger a patients life.”

There have been many arguments to do with the junior doctors strike. On the other hand, many people do not agree with this due to family members and loves ones being hospitalized with no care or treatment available.



Felix Fights on with help from footy heroes

by Bailey, Tom, Georgia & Sophie

Cancer blogs goes viral

Felix, 10, was diagnosed with leukaemia in January earlier this year. Since then, he has committed himself to writing daily blogs on his Facebook page.

Felix, from Bournemouth but since his treatment began school life has taken a back seat in life. He doesn’t let this affect him and tries to live his life to the full whilst he can.

His first post on his Facebook page, on the 8th February read:

“This is my story. The story of a 10 year old boy”

“The story, which at the moment, is a bit of a curve ball”

“I have acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia”

Felix previously played for Bournemouth Poppies and is a huge Bournemouth fan. Only last week Felix received a visit from Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager, at his family home by the South coast. Eddie was reported to have had tea with Felix and his parent’s and brother Rufus. Just to make Felix’s experience even better, Eddie gave Felix a signed shirt from all of the players and invited him to watch a training session and meet his heroes.

Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells. Acute leukaemia means the condition progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment. Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells. Acute leukaemia means the condition progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment. Felix is showing extreme bravery in fighting this condition and continues to stay positive and inspire others with his blogs.

Felix’s Facebook page has nearly 3000 likes as his message of stay positive and never give up going viral. His humour on his page brings a smile to people’s face which was his goal from the start. As a very selfless child, he thanks Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group for all the help they are giving him in his battle.

One of Felix’s biggest admirers is his Mum who is always full of praise for her little hero. “Felix means happy. He’s always been a happy kid who loves making people laugh because life’s too serious and hard enough as it is. I’m incredibly proud of him.”

Here are various quotes who have heard about Felix’s incredible story:

Mrs Cassidy – One of my friend’s daughter’s was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 14. Her biggest hero was Shane Filan from Westlife. Her aim in life was to meet him, and all her positivity paid off when she got the chance to meet her biggest hero. Sadly, she passed away the next day; but her fight was amazing but leukaemia won the fight. When having a disease as bad as leukaemia, positivity is the key, having a sense of humour may help you win the fight so well done Felix. One of the mains things to remember when going through something like this is that there is always hope… always.

Mr Patel – Felix is exceptionally brave to start a blog about his disease especially as he’s so young. The fact that he doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him, he just wants to share his story in the hope he helps someone who is going through the same thing as him. But he’s also making people aware of ALL while also making people laugh at the same time.

Felix’s story is truly inspiring and is continuing to put a smile on people’s faces.


£100k Value of Stuffed Animals Stolen

by Andrew, Eliose, Emily & Caitlin

A chimpanzee with a top hat, a lion, a wolf, and a flamingo are only a portion of the many stuffed animals in a theft from a warehouse in Wandsworth, the total value of the goods missing worth £100, 000. Police say that the theft took place at around 19:20 GMT on Tuesday 1st March. Totally, eighteen antique animals were stolen, along with a globe. It is believed that the burglars arrived in a Luton van with a grey cab and a white body. Using axle grinders to break in, they stole the valuables and fled.

The public are finding this “unsettling”, and in some cases “useless”. However, a teacher from a Leicester college stated, “I like the fact they’d steal something that is more precious and well-crafted rather than a hunk of trainers from [a sports shop]…” However, another teacher from the same school claimed that he “[doesn’t] really have much opinion on it because there are more important things going on in the world.” Though widely opinionated, others have gone on to mention that they don’t believe in such. One student simply asked “Is this real?” when approached about the subject.

Police have and are asking for help to find the stolen antiques and they have also sent out a few officers to go out on a search. Detective Constable Edward Bird said: “This was not a random crime, the burglars had come prepared and well equipped.” Other than the already stated animals, the missing items also included a sloth, baboon, penguin, giraffe, and few others. Bird also stated “The items they stole are of high value and are very distinctive.”

The culprits on the scene were unnamed and still unfound and so far, no suspects have been made. The warehouse is being searched for clues and misfits of who and why they did it.

Police reports have suspected that the culprits broke into the warehouse, stashed the animals and the globe then fled the scene, driving the Luton van away – all before 8 GMT.


Today’s Teens Under Too Much Pressure?

by Reilly, Phoebe, Izzie & Bethan

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. Pressure has been key part to play towards this staggering rise, school results and body image being the most significant. But is there excessive pressure being applied to pupils around GCSE’s; or are they just being encouraged to fulfil their potential?

Laura Tennant, an experienced journalist and mother of teenagers, strongly believes that times have changed since she was at school- for the worse. Reflecting on her school days, she told us that the teachers cared about producing a rounded individual; she believes that current teachers are more bothered about their position in the school league tables. “The temptation to constantly compare and contrast yourself with other kids via social media was not ever-present when I was at school,” she says. Bullies find it easy to intimidate on social media as they’re hidden behind a screen. In addition to that, people post pictures of themselves edited and perfected, misleading teenagers to believe that is how you should look.

On the other hand, Sophia Cannon (a Mother of twins) alongside Mr Smith (another English teacher from Brockington College) both outlined that the amount of pressure applied on students is acceptable. “I make no apologies for putting my children under pressure to succeed. I give them high aspirations because the modern world is a tough place and without work and pressure they will fail,” Sophia says. In addition, Mr Smith thinks that the amount of exams should be reduced; however, any upcoming exam should be correctly prepared for and teachers should positively apply pressure.

We spoke to some teachers at Brockington and we had a varied opinion on the topic. We spoke to a successful drama teacher, Mrs Hawthorne, and she stated “Personally, I think children are completely put under too much pressure. The Government is changing the way GCSE subjects work, for example Drama is 70% written assessment and 30% acting. This will put pressure on children that are talented at acting but struggle when it comes to writing”. We also asked an experienced Mathematics teacher, Mrs Goddard, and she stated, “There is far too much pressure on pupils to have to achieve high levels; too much testing is causing anxiety for pupils. Children are now being given a lot of targets that they have to achieve, which adds the pressure of achieving it. Social media makes people feel the pressure of how to look. When children or teenagers see photo shopped images in magazines, it makes them feel conscious of what they look and they feel like they are constantly being judged.

To combat this to some degree, the severity of mental health has been recognised on a national level; the Government have produced five steps to a healthy mental wellbeing and 1 billion pounds extra funding has been put into mental health services. For more information, visit http://www.nhs.uk/video/pages/five-steps-to-mental-wellbeing.aspx


Adele Makes Dreams Come True

by Maisy, Kayleigh, Scarlett, Molly & Kate


After seeing the twelve year old’s banner stating it was her, “dream to sing with Adele”, Adele herself invited the young autistic girl, Emily Tammam, up onto the stage to sing her iconic hit, “Someone Like You”.

This month has been a busy one for Adele as the Grammy-award winning music artist has undertaken her world tour. As part of the tour, Adele has performed at the MEN Manchester Arena for the first time in five years.

Adele is known worldwide for her kind, welcoming personality; Tuesday night of her world tour was no exception.

Emily Tammam stood with her father, holding up the decorated sign and Her dad told reported, “her favourite singer is Adele and she just made a homemade sign which said “It’s my dream to sing with Adele”. I said, “Yeah, bring it with you”.

Just before the end, Adele turned, looked and read it out – and she said, “Okay, just come on stage then””.

Once on the stage, Adele told her she was going to be singing “Someone like you”, coincidentally Emily’s favourite song. Adele stepped out of the spotlight and left the girl to sing solo to the crowd. Obviously, she was very shocked and nervous, leading to her singing slightly out of time. In response to this, Adele once again stepped up and sang with Emily, much to her delight.

Ray Tammam – Emily’s 45 year old father – attended the gig without his make-up presenter wife Vicky, 37, while his nine-year-old son Jack was looked after by his grandmother at the time. Mr Tammam said he paid the highest price for his tickets, which was £95, however, the whole experience made the evening a truly priceless moment for them both.

Emily Tammam, a huge super-fan of the feisty redhead vocalist, suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition which affects her joints and saw her temporarily lose the use of her legs two years ago. After six months, Emily finally recovered and can walk again, however is unable to, ‘go long distances or do anything particularly physical,’ Mr Tammam said. According to her father, the young girl is autistic and was also diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which has led to difficulties with social situations the past.

Not all celebrities appear to be as generous with their time as Adele. Justin Bieber charges $2000 for a selfie and $925 for a group photo with other people. Similarly, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas charge fans $10,000 for a meet and greet, dinner, backstage tour and exclusive goodies but have to pay for concert tickets separately.

Adele has done many more kind acts; on March 1st of this year, she visited a seriously ill 12 year old when on a break from her tour. Adele’s act of kindness have inspired many people and other celebrities to open their hearts to friends or fans.



Brockington Remembers

This year, being the centenary of the start of The Great War, 1914-1918, we decided to create a display of poppies in our central courtyard area. The staff and pupils worked together on the project to make one poppy to represent each of the 5,293 lives lost in World War 1 by Leicestershire citizens.

WWI Memorial (3 of 8)The display was helped on its way by almost every member of the school community in a superb team effort, from designing and building to making and displaying each poppy. The resulting display is quite stunning and was the focal point of our act of Remembrance, which took place on Tuesday 11 November 2014.

We were privileged to be joined on this day by World War II veterans, Eric Lockley and Peter Winkless (Governor at the college), and post-World War II veterans, Roger Palmer and Dale Richardson, (Site Manager at the college).

Every pupil, member of staff and visitor to the college gathered in the courtyard area at 10.30 am. The brass ensemble played a fanfare, then Mr Southall, Principal, welcomed all guests and visitors, and spoke about just one of the lives represented by the poppies in the display, that of Private Frank Timson from Enderby. A full account of the life of Private Timson can be found on the following page.
Phoebe Howe (8I) read a WW1 poem, The Solider, by Rupert Brooke and a college governor, Fran Speake, gave an address about the Gospel of Saint John which was printed and given to all servicemen in WW1 as a source of comfort. More information about the Gospel of Saint John is also provided later in this bulletin.

Remberance Day 2014 (21 of 33)Just before 11.00 am, The Last Post was performed by Jessica Lapworth (9N) and a two minute silence followed, which was impeccable observed by all. The veterans laid their wreaths on the poppy display, and Yvonne Doores (Staff Governor), Samantha Parsons (9O), Laura Hall (8I) and Joe Matthews (7G) were joined by invited parents and grandparents in scattering the remaining poppies in the display to bring the total to 5,293. This poignant act of Remembrance was brought to a close by Sue Williamson (School Health Coordinator) as she sounded the Reveille.

Private Frank Timson – 1985-1915

pvttimson1Over the course of World War 1, 5,293 citizens of Leicestershire lost their lives. One of those lives was that of Frank Timson.

According to Enderby Heritage Group records, the 1901 census shows that Private Frank Timson was born in 1895, the youngest son of Thomas and Annie Timson. He lived at 125 John Street, Enderby and was one of 11 children. Private Timson joined the 2nd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment when he was only 17 years old, not much older than some of our Year 9 pupils at Brockington.

He arrived in France just over one hundred years ago, on
9 September 1914. He fought in battles at Armentiers, Ypres and Neuve Chappelle and records show he was ‘thrice wounded’. Private Timson returned to action on Sunday 9 May 1915, but sadly, only six days later, he was killed in action at the Battle of Festubert on Saturday 15 May 1915, aged 20 years old.

The battalion diary entry for that day reads as follows:

‘At 11.30 pm, the leading platoons went forward to the assault, closely supported by the second line. The lines in rear went forward to take up the positions vacated by the leading line. At the same time, the enemy opened a very heavy fire with rifles and machine guns. A few minutes afterwards, trench mortars and shrapnel searched the stream and the ground on both sides of it. The enemy threw from their parapet some kind of fire grenade which burst into fire on impact with the ground, and these with continuous flames of all colours, literally turned night into day. Each succeeding line came under very heavy fire, the bridges got so blocked and the obstacles caused by fallen trees and shell holes so impeded movement that effective support could not be given. At 12 midnight, reports were received from the front that our attack could not reach the German line and orders were then given to withdraw to our own trenches.’ (‘Their Name Liveth Forevermore’ – Michael Doyle)

pvttimson2Private Frank Timson is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais in France and his name can be found on the marble war memorial plaque at St John the Baptist Parish Church in Enderby.

‘Private Frank Timson was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger and finally passed out of the sight of man by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that his name be not forgotten.’ (royalleicestershireregiment.org.uk)

St John’s Gospel
(Address by Fran Speake – 11 November 2014)

As soon as war broke out in 1914, Scripture Gift Mission were given the task of printing small booklets, containing one of the stories of Jesus, known as gospels, on low quality paper to make them cheap to buy. They were small enough to fit in the top pocket of a uniform, with rounded edges to prevent creasing. St John’s Gospel was chosen for the soldiers and the cover, which was the same colour as their uniform, read, “The Gospel (good news) according to St John. Active Service 1914 – 18 Please carry this in your pocket and read it every day.”

They needed someone to write a word of encouragement that could be printed on the inside front cover. Someone thought of writing to Lord Roberts, who had been one of the most successful commanders of the British Army in the 19th century and, although now 82 years old, he was still planning visits to the troops in France. Young men still looked up to him as their hero. He agreed and everyone expected him to type it, but he wrote a handwritten message which read “25th August 1914. I ask you to put your trust in God. He will watch over you and strengthen you. You will find in this little book, guidance when you are in health, comfort when you are in sickness, and strength when you are in adversity.”

stjohnThat message meant so much. Soldiers found comfort and reassurance in the Bible, and many made a commitment to God. Mayors of cities bought these gospels to give to new recruits as they shook hands and wished them well at recruitment centres, church leaders bought them to give to people in small villages and some visited the volunteer’s home to give them a copy of the gospel as well so they had a common link with their sons who were away fighting.

By the end of the war, 43 million booklets of St John’s Gospel and others had been distributed right across Europe, including Russia, to soldiers, prisoners of war, nurses, etc. Many soldiers signed the declaration at the back of the gospel saying they accepted Jesus as their Saviour and many died with them in their pockets. Sometimes when their bodies were searched, it was only their name and address on the declaration that identified them and the gospel was sent home to the family.

This year these gospels have been reproduced; same colour, same size, same cheap paper, and same font for writing. The centenary copies provide a link back to 1914 and help us to remember those who read the words of hope, of comfort and of peace. Words of life as we remember those who gave their lives in World War 1, that we might live.

But Lord Roberts’ message also speaks to us across the century, encouraging us to trust in God and reminding each of us that the Bible can give us “guidance when we are in good health, comfort when we are ill, and strength when we are going through difficult times.”


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