Help our Libraries!

Year 7 student journalist Ben Coyle tells us about the cuts that libraries across North Yorkshire are facing and how you can help…

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The libraries in North Yorkshire are facing cuts. This means that the libraries themselves may be closed. A library near where I live shut down a few years ago due to cost cutting.

Some libraries have had a good idea, they are getting volunteers and young volunteers to help out, therefore cutting the cost of staff wages. What this is doing is making libraries cheaper to run. Some libraries are also opening local council centres, such as one of the libraries near to me, Filey Library, which has recently got a lot more volunteers to keep the library open.

They have recently opened a Scarborough Borough Council ‘desk’ in the library. They have friendly staff and have quite a lot of books. They run the Summer Reading Challenge, which you can read about below. I have been going to this library for about 10 years and have got to know the staff well.

Have you ever been to your local library? Or are books something that gather dust in your house? Have you ever wanted a book, that maybe you don’t quite have enough for? Libraries are free. You can go and register, get a free card, then take out books from that library, for no amount of money.

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Something in summer known as the Summer Reading Challenge is back again for 2017. Are you a great reader? Are you over 13? Go down to your local library, and over the summer holidays GET INVOLVED!

The libraries are open to young volunteers to go to the libraries and help this summer. Under 13? Still want to get involved? Join in the Summer Reading Challenge, and go to events. Enjoy the books you read. Wait a few more years, and you can help too.

All North Yorkshire libraries run the reading challenge. It takes place over the summer holidays, so if you are busy in term time, don’t worry, you can still enter. Primary school students who complete the challenge can ask to get their certificates at school, and students at secondary school who want to take part can request for it to be collected at their library. To discover more about the Summer Reading Challenge, there is some information, and more to be released on this website. https://readingagency.org.uk/

If you want to know more about your library, view the http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/23003/Libraries-and-archives

If you want to visit the online library catalogue to see if there is something of interest to you, or to join today, right now, without using your library (follow the instructions on the website) go to https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/northyorkshire/

By Ben Coyle, Year 7

All photographs taken in Malton School library

The Lambing Season

 

Our Year 8 student journalist Sam Milson tells us about his recent experience helping with the lambing on his grandmother’s smallholding…

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I deeply love the Easter season because of lambing time. My Grandma owns a small amount of ewes and a tup (male sheep). She puts the tup in the field so that he can mate with the ewes then she takes extra care in checking that they are lambing okay.

Some sheep need help in lambing whilst some don’t but if one needs help but doesn’t receive it, then the lamb will almost certainly die. But that’s where I come in, to help lamb the sheep. If it needs help then I will pull it out and make sure it is breathing. I also do other small jobs which matter very much.

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One job that I had this year was to guard a tied up sheep. Some sheep show malevolence towards their lambs because they might smell differently if they are twins. And in this case the ewe did not like one of her lambs and was acting very maliciously towards it. Not only was that a problem but she would not let the little lamb feed. So my Grandma, being a very clever woman, put the two lambs in a tightly packed cage so that they smell the same, but also tied the ewe up when it was feeding time so that both lambs would get a sufficient amount of milk.

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One problem with this was that the ewe could strangle herself, that’s why I had to watch her. And now she loves both lambs equally and protects them both the same amount!

Also, in lambing it is very expensive to buy milk powder for pet lambs and more mineral pellets for older ones and if you don’t get money back from the sales of the lambs then you lose a considerable amount of money.

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That is the main reason why it is such a disappointment when a lovely lamb doesn’t make it. In one case that we have had this year, a little lamb had half formed in the ewe’s body, but only half, so when she was ready to lamb she was struggling. We got it out, it was a massive disappointment to find out that it was a lost cause and a loss of a cute little lamb.

So I suppose we have our ups and downs in lambing but it’s all worth it in the long run. The money is an added extra I suppose because the thing we enjoy the most are the sleepless nights, the enjoyable feeling of new life and helping the ewe to raise such adorable animals.

 

By Samuel Milson, Year 8

 

Emma Watson: The Feminist and the Fairy Tale

Emma Watson: The Feminist and the Fairy Tale

Year 11 Student journalists Ellie Smith and Beth Forbes have been looking into feminism and why actress Emma Watson is a true modern day feminist…

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What is a feminist? Someone who resents all men and vouches for an uprising of the superiority of women? No, they are not.

A feminist is, by googled definition, ‘someone who supports the advocacy of women’s right on the ground of the equality of the sexes’. Feminism is not a dirty word. Feminism is not inclusive to women.

There is inequality between genders across the world, less so in westernised countries but factors such as the pay gap still remain a problem. The average pay gap is estimated to be a 59% difference between men and women’s wages; this gap is thought to take 170 years (calculated by the World Economic Forum) to close completely.

Feminists also protest for the equal right of reproduction, particularly abortion. Women have a moral right to decide what to do with their bodies and the banning of abortion puts their health at risk by forcing them to go to illegal/informal abortionists.

Emma Watson has recently been in the news with her Vanity Fair photoshoot. Posing with nothing but a white, crotchet shawl, she faces backlash from other feminists who called her a hypocrite and that she was ‘going against’ feminism ideals.

She replied to the hate saying, “Feminism is about having a choice. It’s not a stick with which to beat other women. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, and it’s about equality”.

Feminism is a synonym of equality.

Emma Watson’s recent appearance in Disney’s live remake of their animated classic; Beauty and the Beast, saw her take centre stage as the protagonist Belle- a young woman living in a provincial town who longs for adventure in the great wide somewhere, but is constantly trailed by egotistic Gaston who wants her hand in marriage.

When Belle’s father, Maurice is taken captive by a Beast, Belle sacrifices her freedom so her Father can return to the traditional French village. After days spent with the Beast she considered feeling something that wasn’t there before.

Gaston soon hears about Belle being held hostage and rallies the villagers to kill the Beast. After a tense fight between the Beast and Gaston, both fall but [spoiler] as Belle mourns his apparent death, it is revealed he is Price Adam. It is a tale as old as time.

Emma took the role of Belle, after declining the role of the protagonist in Cinderella because “Belle is a true heroine, in the original you don’t get much sense of Belle, who she is before she meets Beast, I wanted to create a backstory”. Belle challenges the gender roles of the film, being the only woman who was literate. She tries to teach a girl to read, but the villagers disrupt her because they don’t believe girls should get an education.

Belle is a feminist and the village represent the general population who are unsure if they should follow society’s gender roles. ie Male superiority.

Emma also mirrors Belle’s love of books, where she recently placed books written by “powerful” women around the London Underground to inspire commuters to read.

To finalise, Emma Watson is a pioneer of women’s rights and feminism both on-screen and in reality.

By Ellie Smith and Beth Forbes

A Day at the Stables

Year 10 Student journalist and horse-lover Zaneta Rykowska tells us about a forthcoming school trip to the riding stables in Norton.

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A small group of students have got the chance to visit ex-jockey Richard Fahey’s stables to learn something about horse racing and working with horses. The event is organised by Flying Futures CIC.

On Friday, April 21st at 9:30am the students must wake up earlier in their holidays but they won’t mind because they are going to see beautiful race horses. We will also go to see veteran jockeys at Jack Berry House. I have been researching this stable and they have many amazing horses in training and for sale. I am really looking forward to the visit.

By Zaneta Rykowska, Year 10

Do Teenagers still read in today’s world?

Student Journalist Lauma Viksna, Year 10, has been researching how much reading today’s teenagers do…plus some recommended reading…

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Just take a walk down the street or a glance in the local shopping mall. How many young people do you see who seem to be attached to their mobile phones?

It’s no wonder popular belief has it that books will no longer be a thing in the future – however, novels are still being written and bought. So there must still be somebody reading them, right?

We decided to delve in and find out whether the book still appeals to the younger generations.

We asked two students from our book club to tell us about their reading habits. The first question we asked was which authors they like, and why.

“My favourite author is Roald Dahl because his creative writing style is really individual; nobody else writes quite like him. Dahl isn’t afraid to try new styles and techniques in his stories,” said Adam Newsam.

Another student, Kayla Cleworth, told us that her favourite writer is Paige Toon.

“I really like that teenage girls can relate to Paige’s books. Characters in her books often deal with anxiety, school drama and generally the whole process of discovering who you are.”

We then asked the two students why they joined the book club for our Personal Development Activity (PDA) sessions. Adam said, “I joined because I want to improve my reading. On average, it takes me about three months to read a single book – and I want to work on that.”

As for Kayla, she too enjoys reading and tells us that she became part of the book club for the opportunity to read so more often.

If you too enjoy reading but are short for ideas, we have put together a list of the best Young Adult novels for you.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Young Sherlock by Andrew Lane
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 

Something new for PDA

Lawrence Houghton, Year 7, has been finding out about some new PDA sessions for next term…

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You could choose nature rambling

Malton School has recently added some new personal development sessions for KS3, 4 and 5 that are options for next term. These include table tennis, softball, rounders, nature rambling and chat-up lines: growing good relationships (this session is for Ks3 and is run by Hope Central). Archaeology is also back where students will get a chance to get out to do some digging.

The personal development activities (PDA) take place on a Thursday. There are about 30 different activities to do. We do PDA to develop skills outside of lessons, such as sport skills, working independently and to also work as part of a team. The PDA sessions are for STUDENTS ONLY!!

By Lawrence Houghton 7L

It’s Red Nose Day!

Student Journalist Ben Coyle, Year 7, tells us what’s happening at Malton School for Red Nose Day today…

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Last time it was Sports Relief.. This year it’s Red Nose Day!

Last year’s Sports Relief made £72,505,165!  This year could be even better. As usual, Malton School will be helping raise money for the charity , Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day which takes place today, March 24th, is always fun, and there is always lots of excitement. It is great for students to have the chance to raise money and support the world-famous charity. It gives you experience for a possible future job; the chance to know you’re helping out a charity that helps people around the world and just gives you the chance to have fun and know you’re helping people get a better life around the world.

Red Nose Day started in 1988, and has grown ever since. In the first year they made £76,610 in total. They hope to make even more this year.

As a Year 7, I can’t wait for the opportunity to help people around the world and participate in Malton School’s fundraising. It is a great opportunity for all year groups to have fun and be able to participate in helping people that need help and who don’t have the same lives as us around the world.

This year Malton School is helping to raise money for Comic Relief. You can wear red to school if you bring in £1. At break time there will be a cake sale at the West Wing Reception. At lunchtime there will be a football match between staff against the sixth formers on the 3G pitch. Then on the field from 1:10 there will be a tug of war… After the football, the losers have some sort of losers’ punishment coming their way…watch this space!