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Students from Ashton on Mersey School will be making the news on Thursday, 16th March 2017, as they take part in BBC News School Report. Pupils will spend the day writing, filming and editing their own news programme which we aim to publish here, on this page, by 1600 GMT on News Day. In the meantime, take a look below to see what our students produced last year.


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DSC_0005Ashton On Mersey School’s news team reporting for duty! Check back here later today to see what they produced.

Pictured are: (back row) Alisha, Emre, Tom, Michael (front row l-r) Faith, Hamdan, Nahuel and Laurence.)


Ashton on Mersey School’s BBC News School Report team decided to find out what life was like for pupils of different nationalities who came to our school. The pupils scripted, filmed and presented the work themselves, whilst BBC Radio Manchester producer Rebecca Kelly was on hand to record the package for use as part of the BBC’s nationwide School Report coverage.

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Pupils from Ashton on Mersey School will be taking part in BBC News School Report on 10 March 2016. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later. In the meantime, take a look at what our students produced last year.


Solar Eclipse
School Reporters'Tomorrow at around 9:30 in the morning there will be a solar eclipse.

The solar eclipse is when the Moon comes directly between the Sun and the Earth and we see the shadow of the Moon. When we look up to the Sun it will be partially or fully obscured because the Moon will be in its place. The Sun is about 400 times bigger than the Moon but because it is further away it appears to be the same size.

Our science teacher Mr McGuckin is very interested in what’s going to be happening and how to view it safely.

“It is very dangerous to view the Sun with the naked eye. If you look directly at the Sun even for a very short time it can cause a lot of damage,” he told us.

“There are very simple and cheap ways to view the eclipse. You can use a pinhole camera to project the sun onto a piece of paper, you are seeing the image of the Sun instead of the Sun itself. You can buy special glasses but there has been a big demand for them.”

Like us, Mr McGuckin wants to see the eclipse but doesn’t know if he will be able to see it as it happens.

“I have registration and a Year 9 class in period one but because of the building we are in, we may be lucky to see part of the eclipse through some of the windows,” he said.

“But if I miss it I will catch up on it later on.”

By Lucy, Fern and Alex.


Alder Hey Hospital
School Reporters'Alder Hey is a hospital in Liverpool that looks after children who have short and long term illnesses, and can look after 270,000 children. They need to raise £30 million for new equipment and for research.

This week Ashton on Mersey School are taking part in the fundraising, the Sixth Form are running the fundraising effort and every day, from Monday to Friday, there will be a different event to try and raise as much money as possible. Some of the events that are taking place include sponsored walks and cake sales, as well as a special balloon release.

We interviewed the Head of Sixth form Mrs Baddeley about what is going on. She told us that this fundraising week was a yearly event for the sixth formers and the choice of charity was “totally down to them”.

She also told us of the phenomenal work that the hospital did and that it was the “right cause” for the fundraising.

We also talked to the sixth formers who had been heavily involved with the project to find out more about it.

“We picked Alder Hey as it deals with sick children and is close to people’s hearts and it is a good charity,” Maisey, one of the sixth formers told us.

“The target we are aiming for is £5,000 and after just two days we made around £1,600 so we are well on our way.”


BLOODHOUND SSC
School Reporters'The first ever 3D printed car has landed at Ashton on Mersey School and the potential world record breaker is wowing students. BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique car that aims to break the 1,000mph world land speed record.

Year 9 Alexandra has learnt a lot about the car: “The most interesting thing is that the nose is 3D printed from titanium.” The nose of the car is one of the key components which contributes to the extreme speed of the Bloodhound.

We spoke to Ben, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Communicator with Bloodhound who told us all about the project.

He explained to us about the competitive field to break the world record.

“We’ve had one called the North American Eagle and that’s not managed it so far but they are still trying to break that speed record.”

But Ben still believes that Bloodhound has what it takes to stay ahead of the rest of its rivals.


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