Spring 2007 A real community newspaper Issue 17
Class community about it:
s Hill’s as it w
as AFTER: Now th
BEFORE: Mis e new commun
ity room Page 8
By Amy Adams facilities complete the picture. community members. courses will run for between
Courses already taking advantage Creche facilities can be arranged 6-8weeks and are free!
A NEWLY refurbished Community of the new surroundings include and provided by The Norton If you would like to join any of
Room is now open for use in The Basic Skills in literacy and Nursery. these activities or would like more
Norton School Humanities numeracy provided by Stockton Courses beginning this term
College. With its pale grey walls, information please contact Gill
Riverside College. include: Conversational Spanish
purple carpet and blinds it creates A Jewellery Making workshop was on Tuesdays 6-8pm, Sangster at the school on 01642
the perfect atmosphere to hold held recently and was attended by Conversational French on 557361.
courses for the community. Plants 20 would be designers including Mondays 6-8pm and Silk Painting Find out more about the building
along with tea and coffee making parents, pupils and wider on Wednesdays 6-8pm. Most work on pages 6 & 7
dunk! raced through the
game and beat the
of nine players who
are: Ali Beni who is
the running cap-
YEAH! They did it! amazingly 60-6. tain, Steven Green,
to the finals of the
They have an
amazing track re-
cord with other
schools as they
Steven Cross, James
Cannel, Joshua Tur-
ley, Dale Harrog,
Nigel Munemo, and
expected that it
have never lost a
match this season.
Ben Turner. We in-
terviewed the cap- Page 12
would be a tough They have beaten tain of the team Ali
game, the team
need to work hard.
teams such as St
Beni and he said
‘ We are glad we
beat U.C.A and we
are ready to do our
But to everybody's
surprise the team The team consists best in the final.’
ABOVE: The triumphant team from Norton School take a look...
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Page 2 Norton Buzz Spring 2007
By Alice Burns
THE Norton School Humanities
College has begun recycling all
Once the bags are full they are
placed outside the classroom door
at the end of a school day. Site
managers pick up the bags and
LEFT: One of
waste paper. Many reams of paper empty them into the blue recycle bags put in
were wasted over a term by simply skip provided by the local council.
being thrown into a bin after being each
This is then emptied as and when
used. Now this has been rectified required.
and each classroom has been is- The scheme is working really well
sued with a blue recycle bag into so far.
which all waste paper is collected. DOING TEIR BIT: Our recycling assistants
What can we do?
By Laura Wilkinson
RECYCLE paper. Save old newspapers and
junk mail. These can be placed in the blue
livered through your letterbox by charities.
These can also be filled with your old clothes.
Recycle garden waste. This can be recycled
PLAY YOUR PART:
Ways you can help
using compost bins. Leaves, grass cuttings,
recycle box or bag Stockton Council provide. vegetable peelings can all be placed in a com-
This will then be collected every two weeks post bin. After time this will turn into com-
with your wheelie-bin. post which can then be spread onto your
Recycle glass. All glass including coloured can garden.
be saved and recycled using the blue box in Most large supermarkets now have recycling
the same way. centre within their car parks. So if you have
Recycle clothes. Old clothes can be bagged up too much recycling for your blue box you can
and taken to recycle sites, usually near su- always pop down to your nearest centre.
permarkets, and put into the giant bins If we all do just one of these things it will help
provided. Occasionally plastic sacks are de- save the environment for future generations.
By Alice Burns tion of goods
amount we re-use and re-
EACH household produces Today's rubbish compared However, these changes will
about one tonne of rubbish to pre-1960s rubbish, con- not happen overnight, to in-
annually, amounting to ap- tains more products that crease recycling we need to:
proximately 27 million don't break down when collect more rubbish in
tonnes for the UK each year. they're put in the ground. recycling bins and on door-
That equals the weight of Packaging waste makes up steps ready to be recycled
about 2.7 million Diplodoc- about a quarter of all the build more recycling
us or around the same num- rubbish you put in your bin, plants
ber of people who live in the most of this could be re- educate people about
Greater Manchester area! cycled. recycling
The amount of rubbish we We need to increase the make sure there are
throw away is increasing for amount of rubbish that is enough rubbish trucks to
a number of reasons: recycled because we cannot collect the recyclable rub-
new packaging mater- carry on burying and burn- bish
ials and technology are be- ing rubbish forever. This is find ways of using the
ing developed recognised by the govern- recycled material by making
lifestyle changes, for ex- ment who are thinking of it into useful items. Did you
ample a greater reliance on ways we can reduce the know some fleece jackets
convenience/fast food amount of rubbish we pro- are made from recycled
increasing affluence, duce and increase the plastic bottles? NO NEED FOR RUBBISH: Here’s what could be recycled
leading to greater consump-
Did you know??? The human head contains 22 bones.
Spring 2007 Norton Buzz Page 3
By Emma Shepherd structures to create the overall
'bog body' of a man named
ARTIST Andy Broderick has Murphy and a woman named
been resident in The Gallery at Jill.
The Norton School Humanities Students had to commit to one
College this term. His wacky, un- hour per week to work on the
conventional ideas have been a project and their hard work will
massive hit with the students be rewarded with a bronze
who have been working with or- award within the Arts Mark.
ganic materials such as grass One pupil said, 'It's been great
and clay to produce a 'bogman'. using all natural materials-mak-
Various body parts; including Mr ing something out of nothing.
Dewell's legs and Miss Cory's It's definitely convinced me that
face, were moulded using a mix- this is what I really want to do at
ture of the natural ingredients college.'
and PVA glue. Once dry these Andy was born in Kilkenny, Ire-
were then placed over wire land but came over to the North
East in 2000 to study Fine Arts at
University of Teesside. His work
is inspired by bog bodies of
Scandinavia and the Celtic activ-
ity. He enjoys using organic and
natural materials for his art and
likes to encourage students to be
more aware of the environment
He said, 'This has been a very
positive experience. The pupils
have really embraced the
concept of using organic matter.
I was very lucky and given quite
a lot of freedom with the ori-
ginal brief so was able to work
on something I really enjoy.'
Andy's work will be exhibited in
The Gallery throughout the
Many of the pupils liked working
with Andy and it would be great
if he would come back. So lets
ART: Looks like everyone is having fun making the Bogman and ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE BOGMAN?: Looks like these kids and hope he does return and make
everyone is helping Mr Tomlinson aren’t afraid of the Bogman! more interesting art.
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Comenius Visitors SATs trauma By Emma Shepherd stressed which means
By Faye Todd There wiil be six members of to Newcastle to see The they may not do as
staff and four pupils visiting Centre for Life and The Baltic THIS might be well which i think is
THE Norton School from Turkey and three and also to Whitby where Don shocking news but the unfair.”
Humanities College has many members of staff coming from Rose, our school technician SATs might be I asked to a few
visitors throughout the year Poland will be leading the way to stopping. The students about their
but this April we have some The students, along with some historic sights. Finally we will Government decided opinions and they
very special visitors coming all of their teachers, are coming visit York where ‘York that SATs were putting had this to say, “I like
the way from Turkey and to the UK to see how we live Voluntary Society’ will be too much pressure on the SATs. It lets me
Poland. These visitors will be and also to see England. They giving us a guided tour pupils, also results know were I am and
staying at some of the homes will be taking part in many around this historic city. The were worse in the how I can do better. It
of Comenius members and activities including English visitors will leave on Friday Sat’s then in the also gives me different
will be doing a variety of lessons, Drama and Art. Local 20th April hopefully having smaller exams during challenges which I
activities around school. trips have also been arranged had a fantastic week. the year. Some like.” Here is another
students might agree opinion “I hate SATs
with the because I do really
Government’s well in all the little
decision, but let’s here exams but I got so
from some of the stressed before the
teachers that are SATs I didn’t do very
involved “ I think that well which upset me.”
the SATs are a very Students are made to
good idea because it do Sat’s in Year 3 and
lets us as teachers Year 9 and my
know how pupils are opinion is Year 3 is
getting on and too young to do SATs.
whether they should The Government
be helped on different think that pupils in
subjects” Another Year 3 should get
teacher had a Level 3 and Year 9
different opinion “ I should achieve Levels
think stopping SATs is 5-6.
a good thing. During So what do you think?
the year you can see Should SATs be GOVERNMENT: Neil Brake is the
COMENIUS VISITORS: Lets hope they like England the kids getting banned? man trying to stop SATs
Did you know??? Only One of the Seven Wonders Of The World
Page 4 Norton Buzz Spring 2007
Carlton conquers all!
By Kyle Ucarer
THE Year 6 children
brushed their teeth and
went to bed. The next
set off back to Carlton.
The children had to
day the children got up clean their wet suits
from Tilery Primary and started to clean and went to have tea.
School went to Carlton their room for an in- After tea all the chil-
Outdoor Centre on a spection. All the dren had to go to the
sleepover trip. children gathered in classroom and the chil-
First they got all their the barn and went for dren played some
suitcases and put them breakfast. Meanwhile games. Then the chil-
on the bus then every- the other group of chil- dren went to their
one sat down in their dren went for a long rooms and brushed
seats ready to go to walk. Most of the chil- their teeth and went to
Carlton. When they got dren jumped into the sleep. Waking up, the
to Carlton they all got muddy puddles. After kids got dressed and
to know some of the an exhausting walk went for their break-
instructors. They got they came back to fast. They got intro-
shown were their Carlton to have tea. duced to a new in-
rooms were after that After lunch the kids structor called Rupert
they went into the barn settled down to get and got all their gear
and sat in five rows. ready for bed. The chil- and set off for another
The children got shown
ABOVE & BELOW: Students enjoying their time at Carlton Outdoor Centre
dren woke up for an- day out. Rupert took
the wellington boots other exciting day, they the children out to the
they would be wearing got themselves ready Wayne Stones and
during their stay. Each and went to go and get weaseling. It was very
individual child was their breakfast. After windy and it started to
given four numbers to eating lunch one of the snow. When they ar-
remember. These num- groups set off on a rived back at Carlton
bers were important. forest adventure. In the camp they had their
The head instructor forest the kids had a tea. After they ate their
told each instructor the fun time tea they all went to the
group of children they building a den. They disco. After a long day
would be taking out. A had to do this activity walking and dancing
small group of children using logs and the children went to
went up to a bank branches. When the bed. They got up on
called Carlton Bank den was complete the the last day of their
which was very steep. kids sat inside and had trip; they all got their
Loads of the children a nice cup of hot bags
fell down. After a long chocolate. After a fun together and set off
day the children time in the forest they back to school.
Rub it in Super swim
By Rebecca Crellin
IN Norton Primary School
we have been learning
about a thing called mas-
sage with Miss Steel. It has
been great and it was very
calm after lessons and be-
fore lessons. I think it is very
good for the children and it
is very relaxing. We do it By Ashleigh Smith & Sam in our cluster, Crooksbarn people who didn't get
every day and we have part- Binns came first. Some of the races through did extremely well
ners. My partner is Natasha. that they had to do included and they were only a few
It is very cool. We do it in ON Tuesday 13th February backstroke, front crawl, milliseconds or seconds off
the wet area and hope it will some of Crooksbarn Primary butterfly, relay and from getting into the final.
calm the kids and make les- Year 5 and Year 6 children got breaststroke. Out of the They did their school proud.
sons fun for once. We do it the chance to take part in a whole team, unfortunately, We hope that everyone going
so we can be in a better swimming gala at Billingham not everyone got through to to the final will enjoy them-
mood and it helps us to be Forum. They did extremely the finals but everyone was selves and we wish them the
more focused and better be- well and out of all the schools very close to getting in. The best of luck.
haved in lessons.
By Bethney Lovatt & Kyle ture story and it has very good
Ucarer sentence structure. Read this book
and you will not want it to end. It
‘NICKOLAI of the north’ has many different char-
is an amazing book to acters, some are kind
read. It’s a very big book and some aren't very
and at most points of nice. Pupils from Tilery
the book you would be Primary have some
sat at the edge of your quotes: Kyle said, “I
seat. One of the Year 6 think this book is
extraordinary.” Elise said,
classes from Tilery
Primary School have “this book is one of the
been reading this book best books I've read so
and they think it is one far.” Bethney said, “I find
of the best books they this book very
have ever read. They say adventurous.” Ashlee
the rest want to read more books
in the series. ‘Nickolai of
the North’ is a very good adven-
said, “This book is very
interesting and uses very
Did you know??? It was once law to say ‘God bless you’ to anyone who sneezed
Spring 2007 Norton Buzz Page 5
Rocking at Robinwood
By Reece Clamp again if I could.It
was in a big house
MY friends and I in a wood. We went
from Norton Prim- in January. In a
mary School went group there were
on a trip to Robin- about nine people
wood. We had really and they were all
hard challenges to my friends. When I
do. My best chal- heard about it I
lenge was the giant really wanted to go
swing. It was really because it sounded
high. Miss Russell really fun. It was
was cool at it, she freezing cold but
had no fear. Our when we were do-
group leader was ing our activity we
called Rink. He was soon warmed up.
fantastic. He helped There were lots of
us out when we activities to do my
were stuck. I favorate were night
thought it was bril- line nad piranha
liant and I would go pool.
ROCKING: The children are posing
with smiles at Ribinwood
Monsters Masterchef in school By Kyle Ucarer & Beth- the ingredients. Then he
in the ney Lovatt give the children a knife
and the ingredients to the
TILERY Primary School children and they all tryed
have been involved in a to cut them. After the chil-
Good Grub Club with Mat- dren cut all of the ingredi-
thew. He has been taking ents up they were put into
groups of children to cook a bowl and then they would
making with him. First he showed
the children how to chop
watch Matthew cook the
meal. When it was finished
they could have a try.
By Bethney Lovatt & small skillosorouses got
Kyle Ucarer picked to be turned into
human size ones. The class
PUPILS aged between first made the feet and the
10-11 from Tilery Primary base and painted them.
School have been design- Then they created the body
ing and creating small skil- parts and painted them.
losorouses. They first Coming to the final stages
decided to draw the pic- they had to add the eye BEING CAREFUL: We are
tures onto a piece of paper lashes and teeth. Then the taught how to cut potatoes
then turn them into the skillosorous was finally
skillosorouses. Three of the complete.
By Ashleigh Smith & Sam Binns forms. He talked to us about what we
all needed to do to become a good
ON Wednesday 31st citizen. In the afternoon
January and Friday 9th the classroom was
February, Crooksbarn changed into a court
take Yr 6
Primary School Year 6 room and the children
children participated in a were given different
special day called Cit- roles to play and the
izenship day. This took children had to decide if
all day and the Year 6's the defendant was guilty
SCARY: The monster is going to get you !
for a day thoroughly enjoyed every
minute of it. The officer
that came in was called
PC Allan Fish; we all got a chance to
dress up in lots of different police uni-
or not guilty. The chil-
dren had a great day and
all would like to thank
PC Fish for all of his hard work he did
with the children.
Did you know??? 1 in 10 people in the world live on an island
Page 6 Norton Buzz Page 7
The Big Build
for the bett G: A change
FROM MESS TO MARVELLOUS: Another room gets a makeover HEAVENS ABOVE: Mr Flowers room gets a new ceiling
By Alice Burns and Faye Todd look fantastic with re-plastered walls, new blinds, started to take place upstairs in the English De- board powered by the latest state of the art laptops.
carpets and interactive whiteboards. partment. New plasterboards have been placed on Again, new blinds and carpets will be put in along
£150,000 WORTH of building work to turn The Corridors in the main block have all been top of the old bare brickwork, new doors have been with new ceilings and walls and matching doors. The
Norton School into The Norton School Humanities re-plastered and the glass divisions have been re- put up and each of the five rooms upstairs are going
College is now underway. The alterations started in work should be complete by the end of the summer
placed by solid walls giving them an up to date look. to get a facelift. With Mr. Anderson's room already
the Language Labs in the House Block. They have New wooden handrails have also been fitted up the complete and Mr. Johnson's old classroom now term this year and will give the school a modern,
both been fully redecorated and have Interactive stairs and a new cupboard fitted at the bottom of the turned into a brand new IT suite, the work has begun positive feel. With the new Community Room already
Whiteboards. Next, the Geography and History rooms stairs. on Mr. Flower's classroom. complete and in use, these are all small steps towards
were revamped. Now a cool shade of blue, the rooms With the work complete downstairs, renovations have Each of the rooms will have an interactive white- making a big difference in Norton.
was refurb iss Hill’s room BOB: The Builder at work
the french room? alk carefu
at’s h appened to munity room was
OHH LA LA: Wh BEFORE: The com BRAND NEW: French Room
Did you know??? The Tomato is the world’s most popular fruit, selling more than bananas and oranges!
Page 8 Norton Buzz Spring 2007
Book of the Year 2007
By Aimee Muncaster Oakwood Centre in
& Rebecca Garvey Eaglescliffe to see the
authors. We saw Sally
YEAR 7 pupils have been Gardener and Steve
doing a project involving Voake. After we had met
five books called the authors our pupils
'Stockton Children's went back to school
Book of the Year'. The apart from the two of us
books are: 'I, coriander' (Aimee and Rebecca)
by Sally Gardener, ‘The because we were lucky
Dreamwalker's Child’ by enough to win Best Book
Steve Voake, 'The Secret Review and Best Effort.
Country' by Jane We were invited to the
Johnson, ‘The Howling Award Ceremony to see
Tower' by Michael which author won
Coleman and 'Blart-The Stockton Children's Book
Boy Who Did Not Want of the Year 2007.
To Save The World' by We received a certificate
Dominic Barker. each and a book voucher
The pupils in this project because our book
were Aimee Muncaster, reviews were the best
Rebecca Garvey, Bryony from our school. Later
Dearlove, Bethany Smith, on we found out that the
Elizabeth Thomas, winner is…
Jordan Hough, Ashleigh Blart -The Boy Who Did
Souter and Erfan Beni. Not Want To Save the
On the 27th of February World by Dominic
our school went to the Barker!
TELL US A STORY: Year 7 pupils meet some of their
The Book Inn: A success story
By Kiran Rafiq
BEING the only book shop in
excitement and are already taking
orders before its release.
Besides stocking a wide range of
Billingham, The Book Inn has local history books, they also sell
served the community for many stationery, jigsaws and artists ma-
years now. It opened in 1986 and terials such as paint, brushes and
has been trading successfully for books on art.
21 years. The shop has always Anyone who browses the shop and
maintained a close working rela- is unable to locate the title they
tionship with many local schools are looking for, need not worry.
and businesses who return year The Book Inn also provides and
after year to this small, friendly quick, reliable and free ordering
but highly efficient bookstore. service which means that most
They always have in stock a large titles are ready for collection the
selection of books for adults and very next day!
children, both fiction and non fic- For those people who have not yet
tion by popular authors. The Book visited, The Book Inn can be
Inn also stocks books written and found in Billingham Town Square
published locally and strongly next to Nat West Bank and op-
supports local authors. They claim posite Boyes. A visit is strongly re-
that the forthcoming Harry Potter commended! SUCCESS: Book store in Billingham
book is currently creating a lot of
Norton Buzz nominated for
school newspaper award By Kiran Rafiq listed. The winner will receive £1000 and the runner
ON 21st MARCH, members of the Buzz team will be Three pupils have been asked to attend the ce-
visiting the Life Centre in Newcastle to find out remony and the difficulty lay in deciding who could
whether or not they have won an award for Buzz. go. Amy Adams, the editor will attend and she was
Mrs. Sangster and Mrs. Baker were given the details asked to draw two other names out of a hat. The
of a competition by the Evening Gazette and de- two lucky recipients were, Alice Burns and Faye
cided to enter. The competition is run by The Todd. Along with Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Sangster, they
Journal and The Evening Gazette and there are will go to Newcastle where they will give a two
many categories. The Norton School Humanities minute presentation about Buzz. They will talk
College entered the Best School Newspaper cat- about its history, production and the work put in by
egory in December and we recently found out that its dedicated journalists that have made its nom-
we have been short listed! There are two other ination in the competition possible.
schools who have also been nominated. There will We will all keep our fingers crossed for the com-
be one runner up and one prize winner. petition and hope that the best newspaper wins on
This is a very prestigious award and we were the day.
thrilled when we found out that we had been short
Did you know??? Cows do not have upper front teeth.
Spring 2007 Norton Buzz Page 9
Painting Pied Piper Style
By Alice Burns McGuinness, Dominic Mus-
grove, Tyrone Teall, Michael
A GROUP of Year 7(7b2) pupils Mckie, Ryan Pattison, Dean
in Mr. Smyth’s English class Griffin, Jake Davis, Luke March
have created a fantastic frieze and Rhys Harris.
on The Pied Piper of Hamlin. When asked what they thought
Firstly they listened to the poem about the project they told us:
and then wrote and drew pic- “It was fantastic”
tures about their favourite part. “We worked as a team and
The outcome was a 6ft by 4ft achieved something”
masterpiece which now adorns “Even though we did loads of
Mr. Smyth’s classroom wall. work it wasn’t boring!”
The artists included: Ian Well done lads!
ALL DONE: The Piper’s followers proudly present their work
Attendance is the key
By Aimee Muncaster
ON TUESDAY 6th March at The Norton
‘Attendance Conference’. Facilitators from
outside agencies worked with small groups
of students to discuss truancy and how best
days and punctuality were also discussed.
Also T-shirts were designed to encourage
attendance. Everyone had a great time and INCENTIVES: Did you
School Humanities College, Year 11 lessons to beat it. Exams, references, earning, sick learned important lessons. Designs on
were suspended and pupils attended an attendance
EVERY day 400,000
pupils are not in
school. If a child is
absent from school
one day each week
for five years of
they have missed
one full year of their
education. If a child
is ten minutes late to
lessons each day for
a year they have
missed over six
school days. Poor
has a direct link to
attainment; 9 out of
10 pupils with less
than 7.5 days per
year absence achieve
5+ GCSE passes at
A-C grades. Only 4
out of 10 pupils with
15 days absence per
year achieve the
decreases as absence
Did you know??? That many kings were mad!
Page 10 Norton Buzz Spring 2007
I.C.T for Adult Learners
By Laura Wilkinson and helps the learners in any way that she
can. Four pupils are also involved as they
OVER the past few weeks there has been a help and mentor the learners and make
Computer Learning Course called ‘Gen- sure that they understand as much as
er-Active’ taking place in the Resource possible. So if you think you would like to
Centre. The course is avalable for people learn basic computers skills or you are a
from the community who would like to pupil who would just like to come along
learn basic computer skills and learn to and help, then all are welcome. Come
use other resources such as the internet. along to the LRC on Thursday nights from
Dawn Dickinson, from Adult Education 3:30 until 5:30 or ring Gill Sangster on
Family Learning, is the lady who teaches 01642 557361
GENERACTIVE: Having fun on computers
Poem of the month Budding Journalists
THE golden eagle grabbed the gofer from
By Amy Adams Writers will also get to take pictures to go with
the ground. their stories and all articles are welcome. Our
Sharply he snapped the gofer's gullet. EVERYONE knows that the Buzz Team is newest writers are, Laura Wilkinson, Aimee
Flies from the sky like a bullet. always looking for new writers with fresh Muncaster and Rebecca Garvey.
Feeding his offspring and his waiting ideas, who are dedicated and willing to So if you think you've got what it takes to write
wife. learn.Being on the Buzz Team is a great with us, come see Mrs Baker on a Monday
chance to make friends and interviewing break time when we meet in the LRC for a
That was his job done for the day. people is a good way to build confidence. Buzz Meeting!
In his bed that's where he shall stay!
THE GOLDEN EAGLE: Lives for about 21 years
By Faye Todd
WORLD Book Day this year fell on
Thursday 1st March and to celebrate
The Norton School Humanities
College held an 'Usborne Books' Book
Fayre in the school hall. Pupils were
allowed to spend their £1 voucher NEW RECRUIT: Aimee Muncaster NEW RECRUIT: Rebecca Garvey
which the government issue to every
child each year.
Book of words
Students also began to create their
own book filled with stories and
poetry based around 10 emotive
pictures. They could choose their own
picture and then decide what kind of By Aimee Muncaster and have performed 70
writing they were going to produce; times, 10 of which are on
descriptive, poetic etc. and Rebecca Garvey this tour. They have
Staff were involved in 'World Book ON TUESDAY 6th and been practicing this
Day' too. We asked them to tell us Wednesday 7th Year 7 show for three months,
their favourite piece of writing, book, watched a dance and but the dance only las-
poem, lyrics or quotation. So far they drama performance by ted for 45 minutes. We
have come up with really interesting Tees Valley Dance. The thought that it was very
pieces. people that performed it good, they were very
Once these works are complete they are Simon from well trained and we
will be collated into a book which will Manchester and Rene would mark it 9/10. They
also include the original pictures used from the Netherlands. played many characters
for inspiration and photographs of the The production man- including Superman, a
pupils working on the project. PUPILS READING: Whitney Jones, Rebbeca ager who organized it bully, robot, F.BI agent,
Examples of work will be published in Garvey and Elizabeth Thomas was from Holland. They Jackie Chan and a rock
the next edition of 'Buzz'. SUPERMAN!: The man of many are on a European tour star.
Did you know??? There is a bird that barks instead of sings.
Spring 2007 Norton Buzz Page 11
By Mrs. Sangster
SCHOOL Nurse Sara Pearson be-
gins her new Agony Aunt column
this edition. We are delighted to
tain creams or tablets.
Young girls with spots may decide to
use make-up to disguise the spots.
This is O.K. but you must remember
to clean it off as the extra oil you
have Sara working with us and produce and the oil in the make-up
welcome any queries you may may mean more spots!
have. Sara’s column will appear in Q. I feel sad at the moment be-
each edition so if you have any cause two of my friends have star-
problems you can ask Sara an- ted picking on me. They call me
onymously and answers will be names and laugh at some of the
posted in each edition of Buzz. things I say.
Alternatively you can visit her Sara says:
every Thursday 12.15pm - 1.15pm You may not realise or want to ad-
mit it but you are a victim of bul-
in the Medical Room where you lying! You described these people as
speak to her in complete confid- your friends but anybody who
ence about anything that is troub- makes you feel sad and worthless is
ling you, whether it is something not really being a true friend. It is
that is happening at school or at important to remember that every-
home. Her door is always open. So body is different- and that is O.K.
ask away! Other people have no right to call
Q. How can I stop getting spots? you names or do things that make
Not many people in my year have you sad. It is the bullies who have
spots and I hate the way I look! the problem and NOT you! People
Sara says: who are being bullied often keep
It is important to remember that quiet and don't tell anybody that it
you are not to blame for spots. The is happening. It IS important to tell
hormones that you have a lot of someone as bullies should be
when you are 11-17 years of age are stopped. People you could talk to:
responsible. Some young people Parents/Older brother or sis-
produce too much oil in their skin. ter/Teachers/School Nurse.
At this age, sometimes no matter It may be that you are scared that
what you do, spots just keep com- the bullying will get worse if you tell
ing. Healthy eating, drinking water on them. But by keeping quite the
and keeping clean are important but bullies will continue making life dif-
throughout the teenage years the oil ficult for you and other people. They
production may continue. are at fault and need to understand
You could see your doctor about that they are behaving in an un-
your skin and they may advise cer- acceptable manner. SARAH PEARSON: A friend in need
By Mrs. Baker may be able to help with the The very first call made to The Samaritans realise that
problems of others. the Samaritans was on 2nd students often suffer a great
THE Samaritans is a well It was founded in 1953 in November 1953 and this deal of angst and stress
known organisation who London by a Vicar named date is now officially recog- around exam time. Many
provide a sympathetic ear to Chad Varah who worked in nised as the official Samar- find it difficult to talk to
anyone who has problems the parish of St. Stephen in itans birthday. parents or close family
that they are having diffi- Walbrook. Moved by the dis- Chad understood that the members. In response to
culty coping with. They tress of many of his parish- simple act of just speaking these findings they have an
provide a 24 hour support ioners, he felt that to someone who wouldn’t online help address which
line where all problems are something had to be done judge them, was crucial to is; www.samarit-
dealt with by professionally to in order to provide them alleviating somebody’s dis- ans.org/talk/exams/res-
trained counsellors who with some kind of support. tress or worries. ults/shtm.
Hugh & Drew hit Film Night suggestions:
the right notes Tell us what to watch!
By Tom Green By Tom Green thew Lamb and we will FILM NIGHT SUGGESTION
see what we can do.
ONE of the latest releases to hit THIS year, Film Night, Please note we can only FORM
the box office is the romantic which takes place altern- show up to certificate
comedy 'Music and Lyrics' The ative Thursdays 3.30pm '12' or PG, so please I would like to watch the following films
story follows faded Pop sensation - 5pm, has brought you check the rating before
Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) whose many classics such as you suggest any films as --------------------------------------------------
band was actually called 'PoP'. He 'Rocky', 'Dr Dolittle', we have to cater for all --------------------------------------------------
is given a chance to get back into 'Cars' and 'Over the ages from 11 years to 16 --------------------------------------------------
the charts by teen music sensation Hedge'. It is running years of age. Alternat- --------------------------------------------------
Cora Corman who is bigger than successfully but it needs ively, you can fill in the
Britney Spears and Christina more people to come form opposite and drop I would also like to suggest the following
Aguilera put together! along. We need your it into the Film Night ideas in order to improve attendance at Film
He is given seven days to write a support! We are aiming Suggestion Boxes which Night
song called 'Way Back Into Love' to get about 30 people will be placed in the LRC
but he doesn't have a clue but, there and the top and Mr. Smyth’s
amount of people we ----------------------------------------------------
lucky for him his gardener Sophie classroom. Drop us a
have had this year is 11! ----------------------------------------------------
(Drew Barrymore) does. Together line. We would be de-
Film night is very inter- ----------------------------------------------------
they write a song. Alex provides lighted to receive your
ested in your opinion on ----------------------------------------------------
the Music and Sophie does the suggestions whether
what YOU want to ----------------------------------------------------
Lyrics, thus the name. I think this they be the kind of films
movie deserves 5 stars but I would watch. So if you have you would like to watch
only recommend it to people aged any suggestions on what or what type of sweets THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS. HOPE
10 years or above because of cer- you would like to watch you would prefer to eat TO SEE YOU THERE NEXT TIME.
tain parts in the movie which please tell Mr Smyth, on the night. All positive P.S. WATCH OUT FOR THE POSTERS
could be deemed as unsuitable for Thomas Green or Mat- comments are welcome! APPEARING AROUND SCHOOL ADVERTISING
youngsters. THE NEXT FILM!
Did you know??? Over 5 billion crayons are produced each year
Land of the
By Thomas Green said he is "hungry to play more
football" so that is lucky for Boro!
spell at German club, Werder Bre-
MIDDLESBROUGH F.C.’s new ad- The 28 year old relatively un- Lee’s arrival was greeted by a me-
dition to their team brings some known from South Korea made his dia throng who waited patiently at
promise to the strike force as full team debut against Reading Hurworth to picture his first
Middlesbrough have signed Dong after coming off the bench and touchdown on Boro soil. Southg-
Gook Lee from the Pohang Steel- hitting the post. Boro went on to ate said, ‘We are all surprised by
ers for an undisclosed fee. Initially win the match 2-1. He also had the level of media attention but
there was some doubt over the several chances in the F.A Cup you have to remember what a big
move as he had not played the match against West Bromwich Al- star Dong Gook is in Korea.’
75% of the matches needed to bion. The only struggle for Lee Southgate also went on to add,
gain an English work permit. now is getting a spot above ‘We have had such a good run at
Dong Gook Lee has scored 22 on-form strikers Yakubu and Mark the club that we are not expecting
goals in 64 appearances for South Viduka. Gook to turn up and produce in-
Korea but he missed the World Before considering the move, Lee stant results. But we know that
Cup with a cruciate ligament tear took advice from United midfield- from what he has seen, he is going THE LION KING: Dong Gook Lee in action
but according to Colin Cooper he er, Park after enduring a difficult to be a good addition to the team.’
By Amy Adams
Norton netball A NEW girls netball club has started up on a Tuesday and Thursday
lunchtime. It is run by Miss Stewart and starts at 12:35pm and
finishes at 1:15pm. So if you want to play, feel free to come along and
join in. Anyone is welcome. It is fun and helps to digest that lunch
By Alice Burns, Faye Todd, Amy
Adams & Laura Wilkinson
don’t have anything planned for the
3. Can you tell us some interesting
thing you’ve ever done?
I tried to pay for petrol with a bingo
EVERY issue of Buzz we expose a things about yourself? 5. Have you done anything embar-
member of staff, this issue we de- I was a pupil at this school and left in rassing while you’ve been at The
cided to interview the learning 1998. Whilst at the school I achieved Norton School?
mentor Helen Wilmore: numerous sporting awards through Not that I can think of, but I’m sure I
1. Why did you become a mentor? my dedication to the school, district will have done something. You will
I started working at the school just and country in the following sports: have to ask the people that I work
over a year ago, providing support for hockey, netball and athletics. I also with.
pupils with special educational needs took part in extra curricular events in 6. Who is your idol?
as a Teaching Assistant. The oppor- the field of science and geography My idol has to be my mum. She has
tunity to become a learning mentor which led to me meeting Prince always been a strong role model to
happened earlier this year and I be- Charles at the Middlesbrough Botan- me and my older sister. My parents
lieved I would be able to undertake ical Centre in 1996. have always supported me 100%
the role as I enjoyed working with From school I went onto college and through everything I have done and I
the achieved two A’s in my examinations. respect them for that. I just hope
pupils at the school. I applied, had Whilst studying performing arts I au- they can be proud of me.
an interview and was pleased when I ditioned for various roles in drama 7. If you could be anyone who
found out I had got the position. and musicals theatre productions. would it be?
Since then I have been working as a From these auditions I was lucky I don’t know. But I know I wouldn’t
mentor for pupils in Key Stage 3 and enough to perform in the Millenni- want to be Britney Spears at the mo-
Key Stage 4, providing support in and um Dome in Greenwich, London and ment. I quite like my hair thank you
out of the classroom, helping with also to work with Jay Film Ltd on a very much!
course work and exam preparation short piece named ‘Watchers’ which 8. Do you have any hobbies?
and arranging out of hours activities appeared on ITV in August 2001. I feel I have quite a lot of hobbies
that promote academic achievement. I moved away from Stockton in 2002 because I like to keep myself busy. I
2. We’ve all heard you singing in to study for my degree in Carlisle. I play badminton every week and I run
assembly, have you got anything lived there for three years but re- quite a lot to keep fit.
musical planned for the future? turned home to Stockton once the I like going to see live bands, the
I still can’t believe I did that! I was so course had finished. Within a year of atmosphere is brilliant! I love music,
nervous. I would like to think that being home I gained a position back that’s why I sing and dance a lot. I
there is something musically orient- at the school where I started and also like going bowling, ice-skating
ated in the future because it is have been here ever since. and to the cinema. I like to read and
something I just love to do, but I 4. What is the most embarrassing most importantly I love to shop!
HELEN WILMORE: Learning mentor at Norton School
Did you know??? The bank of America started as the bank of Italy