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BBC News Report NHP - 27th March 2014

Once again, the budding journalists from Notting Hill Preparatory School will be making the news for real on 27 March 2014

as they take part in BBC News School Report.

We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later. 

In the meantime, take a look at what our students produced last year.



BBC News School Report Day at NHP - 21 March 2013


By Ciara, Joe, Will, Edward, Delilah and Scarlett

New research shows that increasing numbers of under 25’s are growing attached to Facebook.

Figures show:

More than half of people under 25 check their Facebook at least once a day.

18% of that same group can’t go more than a couple of hours without checking their accounts.

We have all been exposed to the exploding trend of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the first tweet. Nowadays when children get home from school the first thing they think

to do is check their social networking sites.

Artemis aged twelve says, “I think the problem is that once a friend joins a social networking site, the rest of the group feel

the need to join as well.”

Joe aged 13 states, “I think that it’s great because you can talk to your friends when they're not around and know what’s going

on in your community.”

 Our Science teacher Miss Butler thinks that,

“Facebook is good in moderation. It is okay to check it and keep up with your friends. However, I also think that it can

affect your emotions, by people posting photos of you that you don’t like or mean comments.”

It is unclear what the status of social networking will be over the next seven years. It is clear that issues like bullying,

self esteem and addiction need to be constantly updated.

Click here to hear their report:

BBC News Social Networking Gets a Like



By Hugo, Ludo, Joe and Felix

A new crab specimen is the biggest crab ever to be displayed in Europe. The crab, which has a claw span of 2.7m, has been dubbed Big Daddy - after the seventies

wrestler Shirley Crabtree.

The giant Japanese Spider Crab has just arrived at a Blackpool aquarium. Big daddy is now the main attraction at the town's Sea Life Centre.

The giant crustacean was saved from the Japanese fish market and flown to the UK, where he spent a few months in quarantine in Dorset before being moved to


Crabs of this size are considered delicacies in Japan. He is set to join a smaller female Japanese Spider Crab at the Sea Life Centre where staff hopes

the pair will have offspring.

Japanese spider crabs are mostly found off the southern coasts of the Japanese island of Honshu, from Tokyo Bay to Kagoshima Prefecture.

Outlying populations have been found in Iwate Prefecture and off Su-ao in Taiwan. Adults can be found at depths of up to 600 m (2,000 ft), or as shallow as 50 m (160 ft).

We asked out classmates what they think about the rare fish found in Japanese fish markets?

Edward age 11: ‘I don’t think it is fair to eat such rare fish, and it is not fair that they are killed just for food’.

Joe F. age 12: ‘I think it’s cruel to eat and kill such rare animals. They are a limited and advanced species.'

Felix age 12: ‘If people are desperate for food it is ok, but when there are so many other species of not endangered fish

why choose the rare ones’.

Click here to hear their report:

BBC News Mutant Meal Saved from Fish Market



By: Ally, Artemis, Tiger and Emmanuel

The police are changing the way they look for missing people. They are no longer searching for up to one third of people who have failed to return home.

They have re-defined their guidelines in terms of missing people. However, it is believed, this is designed to avoid embarrassment from the average of

327,000 people missing per year.

Police ignore 1 in 3 missing people cases. Reaching and retrieving from the main article, many are shocked by this news.

People wonder how long this has been going on. If their family members would have been found if this was not the case.

Police are working on the most important cases as a priority. They need to work out which cases are more important than others.

Our classmates had the following to say on the matter:

Ciara, 12: "I think that it’s awful, people can’t be forgotten. If you were that person in that particular situation, you’d want your loved one to be found."

Hugo, 12: "People are relying on the police to keep the community safe. They should jump right on it and find out what happened."

Tiger, 12:  "It’s okay that police don’t look at all cases because some people will phone up the police when their missing person has only been gone for 2 hours.

The case may not be as important as others, for they might me stuck on a delayed tube."

Click here to hear their report:

BBC News Forgotten People



By: Zoe, Evie, Lara and Nell

A huge number of doctors have recently admitted that they have been prescribing fake pills (Placebos) to some patients across the country.

Figures show that around 97% of doctors have given out some form of Placebo.

A placebo is a fake pill made of sugar and no active ingredients. They trick the body into believing that they have taken a real pill, the body will then be

able to fight viruses or diseases, curing itself.

Doctor Jeromy Howick says, “This is not about doctors deceiving patients. If your body expects a response from a pill, it can activate one.”

We talked to some students and teachers about what they’d do if they were given the Placebos. Most of were critical of doctors using placebos.

They said that they would feel irritated, disappointed or tricked. Some said that they would probably change GPs or ask for real pills. Then we asked them

that if the pills didn't work, would their trust in the doctor be the same? “NO,” was the resounding answer.

 Ally 12 years old:

“If I was given Placebos and the treatment didn't work I would feel lied to. I would think that the doctors are very untrustworthy.”

When asked how she would feel if she took a normal medication and it didn’t work.

Ally said, “If I was given proven medication and it didn't work I would be upset but there isn't much I can do because it's proven medication.”

Click here to hear their report:

BBC News Mind Over Matter





BBC News School Report Day at NHP - 16 November 2012

A New batch of School Reporters at NHP had their first all-day News-day and have managed to file some compelling stories across a range of topics and issues.  Please see their reports below.  Stay tuned for more reports as the Year progresses.

BBC School News Report

Notting Hill Prep School

16 November 2012

Filed by Ciara, Artemis, Edward and Ludo

Artemis From Notting Hill Prep School in West London, reporting for the BBC News School Report says, “We are all familiar with the myriad of Cyber-Bullying stories being filed over the past few years.  And this may seem like just another cyber bullying story, but what if the Teachers were the victims?

A surprising trend is coming to light where teachers and educators are being victimized by both parents and students on the web."

Ludo, from Year 7, spoke with Miss. Butler the Head of Science at NHP.  Miss. Butler said, “ Though never experiencing Cyber-bullying myself, the Internet opens up avenues to children that they may not have experienced before. It is a lot easier writing something nasty over the internet than it is saying the same things to someone’s face. Children doing this must be aware of the consequences.”

Mr. Thomas another teacher at NHP speaking about possible causes to the rise of cyber-bullying said, “Students who have been born in the 'Internet Age' and have not lived in a time without the Internet are not fully aware of the consequences that can arise when being irresponsible on the web. “

Hugo, a Year 8 student at NHP, offered an insightful opinion from a younger generation. “I think it is appalling and teachers should stand up for themselves and all cases of Cyber-bullying of adults and children should be eradicated.”

BBC School Reporter, Ciara has learned that a help-line has been set up for teachers who have been victims of cyber-bullying.  Victims can call and seek assistance and advice on how to deal with this new trend.

If you or someone you know is a victim of Cyber-bullying it is important to seek support from a trusted source, such as a friend, teacher, parent, colleague, police or local authority.


NHP BBC News School Report Sport

Joe, Emmanuel, Will, Ally and Scarlett have filed a report on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Amazing Bicycle Kick Goal.

Click on the file above and open in iTunes to hear their report.

NHP BBC New School Report International - Malala Yousafzai

Delilah, Tiger, Nell, and Hugo have filed a report on Malala Yousafzai, the young girl shot by members of the Taliban for championing education rights for women and girls. 

Click on the file above and open in iTunes to hear their report.




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