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					                                 NORTON BUZZ
   Spring 2007                                                         A real community newspaper                                                       Issue 17

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Class community                                                                                                                                       about it:
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                                  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

         Slam                                                                                                                                          New
By Laura
         dunk!          raced through the
                        game and beat the
                        opposing team
                                               of nine players who
                                               are: Ali Beni who is
                                               the running cap-
                                                                                                                                                       Page 10

                                                                                                                                                       A Bingo
YEAH! They did it!      amazingly 60-6.        tain, Steven Green,
Storming through
to the finals of the
basketball league,
Norton faced
                        They have an
                        amazing track re-
                        cord with other
                        schools as they
                                               Steven Cross, James
                                               Cannel, Joshua Tur-
                                               ley, Dale Harrog,
                                               Nigel Munemo, and
U.C.A. Everybody
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
would obviously
need to work hard.
                        teams such as St
                        Egglescliffe and
                        English Martyrs.
                                               Beni and he said
                                               ‘ We are glad we
                                               beat U.C.A and we
                                               are ready to do our
                                                                                                                                                      More inside,
But to everybody's
surprise the team       The team consists      best in the final.’
                                                                      ABOVE: The triumphant team from Norton School                                   take a look...
                       Produced at the Gazette Media Centre
                                        for more information call 01642 234642
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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
                                                                                                          the waste
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.

Why should
we recycle?
By Alice Burns                  tion of goods
                                     increasing population
                                                               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

Bogman found
                                                                                                                                  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.

in Norton
                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                      through art.
                                                                                                                                                                      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.

New webpage
                                                                                                         By Emma Shepherd                                  means you can log on at anytime to up-
                                                                                                                                                           load your stories. To access this page go to
                                                                                                         THE Gazette website has created the op-           the Gazette website which is www.gazette-
                                                                                                         portunity for the general public to incude Good luck to all you budding
                                                                                                         articals on. There are two different ways to      journalists out there. Pens at the ready!
                                                                                                         access this. You can either email Julie Mar-      Stories are accessed by postcodes. So far
                                                                                                         tin with your story and she can put it on or      the following are available: Acklam and
                                                                                                         you can become a blogger. To become a                                      Linthorpe, TS10:

for your area
                                                                                                         blogger you need                                                           Redcar, TS14: Guis-
                                                                                                         to ring up the Gaz-                                                        borough, TS17:
                                                                                                         ette and ask for a                                                         Ingleby Barwick
                                                                                                         username and                                                               and Thornaby,
                                                                                                         password which                                                             TS20: Norton.

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
Still Survives
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                                              Primary Pages
 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,

beats all
                                                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
                                                                                        interesting words.”

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
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                                       rastic c

                                                                                      The Big Build
                                   or d
                             RED: F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                               PLEASE: W
                                                                   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!
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Stockton Children’s
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
                                                         favourite authors

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
                                                                                                                                       up, £250.
                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                        secondary schooling,
                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                        school attendance
                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                        same. Achievement
                                                                                                                                                        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

         Book Ends!
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.

                                                                                                Space Invaders
             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
                                             Ask Sara!
                                        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-
                                                                      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
Page 12
                                   BUZZ SPORT
Land of the
rising Gook
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
                                                                                          card. Oops!!
  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