Kingsbury High Reporters pay a visit to the Red Carpet

Cristina and Sara strike a pose

Cristina and Sara strike a pose

The students meet some celebrities

The students meet some celebrities

Winners of the Teen Awards

Winners of the Teen Awards

Rizzlekicks wearing a Kingsbury tie

Rizzlekicks wearing a Kingsbury tie

The journey there took hardly 5 minutes, and we were off and at Wembley Park in a flash. At the train station, we discussed any last minute tactics.

We met with Sarika, a member of the BBC School Report team and our guide for the day. She gave me a few top tips on how to take the perfect picture: Always remember to choose an interesting angle, and to add a bit of spice, include your background.

We arrived outside the SSE Arena, where there was massive crowd of mostly teenage girls flocked together and buzzing with excitement. The atmosphere felt electric as everyone was preparing for the Red Carpet event to begin. In a few moments or so, there would be a handful of world renowned celebrities wondering across it, and I would be millimeters away from their glorious presence.

After we briefly ran through the last minute preparations, we decided it was time to take our place on the red carpet. We left our temporary territory where we spent practicing, and made our way towards the Red Carpet.

The actual event hadn’t started by now, so we had a bit of time to rehearse and get to grips with the atmosphere. By this point, there were hundreds; possibly a thousand teenagers crowded trying to get a glimpse of the celebrities that would be turning up. They were all screaming and building up a very festival like, electric atmosphere.

10 minutes later and we were told to take our place as official press. Our positions were near the end of the Red Carpet, which was apparently the best place as we wouldn’t be over shadowed by the other press, and it would be easy for the celebrities and teen heroes to pop by to us before they are whisked into the arena.

The fans across us were all screaming and feeling the buzz. There was a Mercedes parked, and apparently it carried Jameela Jamil. Everyone began crying out her name, and as she walked out, I noticed that Scott Mills was also with her. We felt really blessed when Scott Mills popped up to have a chat with us, he was our first interview of the day and he seemed so down to earth and so reassuring. Then, out of the blue, Jameela Jamil appeared.

Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora who were presenting the award ceremony, were kind enough to visit us. He spoke about how he really looked up to David Beckham as a teen, which I found quite interesting as nearly all the other celebrities had mentioned musicians as their idols. They also wore our school ties which was quite the sight. Rita kept hers on throughout the rest of the red carpet event.

Labrinth was another role model in the crowd. He told us that his idol, growing up as a teen was Stevie Wonder, and that he’s inspired the music he’s creating today and what he loves about music. Little Mix also popped by for a chat.

Moments later, we were given the honour of meeting the four Teen Heroes. They were with Aled Jones who seemed very protective and caring over them. We made sure to ask them about who their inspirations are, Jack G mentioned how Alex Holmes (Anti-Bullying Ambassador) has inspired him to speak out against bullying and do the brilliant work he is doing today. Shannon spoke of how much support she was receiving from Greg James and Jack M spoke to us about how his experiences fundraising and raising money for those who need it is all that matters to him. They all seemed very humble and it was easy to tell that the fact that they had helped so many people was all that mattered to them. The fact that they’ve come out the other end with nothing but the motivation to help the less fortunate, is really truly outstanding. It wouldn’t have taken a genius to notice how bright the passion in the four people shone. I hope they carry on doing what they’re doing now for a long time to come.

Having the skill to shout out and grab the attention of a celebrity is the difference between meeting and talking to them, and watching them walk past. Also, making sure that your voice is intriguing and that your attitude is passionate is also key. I knew that if I kept a set monotone throughout the interview, and held a dull character, I would have bored the poor socks off the individual. And also, the preparation myself and Christina spent time working on also paid off a lot. I urge anyone who may go through this experience in the future to do a lot of research beforehand!

By Christina and Sara

Which do you choose?

By Nadiya, Zahraa and Maheen

This has been the gossip lately. Which brand is better – Apple or Samsung?

We have decided, as a group, to bring this question to our school and to our classmates. So, to do this, we interviewed some of the students at KHS and have done a quick survey. These are our results:

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We also interviewed some pupils on camera. Here are their ideas and their points of why they think the brand they chose is better.

 

Apple has taken over Samsung based on their customers. In 2013 Apple had 16% (approx.) more costumers then Samsung. The question is: what did Apple do to make their brand more popular? What unique qualities did Apple add to iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c? When Samsung Note 3 came out, (the end of last year) what made only 26% of mobile phone consumers want this interesting device?

To make their brand more popular, Apple makes their quality better. If you drop an iPhone it is very unlikely to break or get damaged, however, if you drop a Samsung it would be very likely for the screen to crack or for the border to get damaged.

Whenever I go on public transport, I find that most people who have a Samsung tend to have a cracked screen. This effects what people think about the product and might not like having to pay more to fix their phone.

When Apple took iPhone 5c and 5s, they made 5c have a variety of different colours, for example: blue, pink, green, yellow, white and black.

The new design of covers suits the colours and makes them look fun and also makes Apple seem unique.

 

iPhone 5s has new colours, like gold, which many people seem to find attractive – some may even think it looks glamorous or fascinating.

Rivalry between the two brands had intensified even more since both iPhone and Samsung announced they’ll be releasing a new phone –  Samsung are developing flexible phones (with the purchase of Liquivista) and Apple are working on iPhone 6 which, according to industry rumours, will incorporate a curved, transparent screen.

Typhoon Terror

Image via flickr, courtesy of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation


By Mossa

Typhoon Terror destroys Philippines and leaves 12,000,000 people in despair.

On the 8th of November 2013 between 03:00 and 09:00 GMT, one of the worst storms in record hit the Philippines and destroyed many people’s homes, schools and most businesses. The typhoon left 5,924 people dead and 1,779 people missing.

The Philippian Government said: “It left entire communities without immediate access to food and water”.

Seven countries including the US and UK have been aiding in the recovery effort which included supplying the Philippines with immediate food and water.

At their peak the relief efforts involved more than 13,400 US military personnel, 66 air crafts and 12 naval vessels.

It has been reported that planes are taking US residents home and leaving behind Philippine children 1-4 miles away to die which is not acceptable.

Even after two months of the initial hurricane, there are still some problems like flooding and missing people.

Image via Flickr, courtesy of USAID U.S. Agency for International Development

The recovery programme

The United Nations Developments programme is supporting the Government of the Philippines to develop recovery plans and restore the local government to enable them to re-establish public services in typhoon-affected regions.

The UNDP will assist the local governments with support, necessary equipment, electricity, water, sewage and waste management.

On 16th January it was reported by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) they have over 100 staff in the Philippines who are providing medicines, nutrition and hygiene supplies to families and children

One of the most crucial tasks is providing safe drinking water and hygiene as damage to water pipes and buildings have been severely damaged. UNICEF have given out water kits for over 350,000 people, and helped restore access to safe water for over 400,000 people.

What do you think of the new school Catering system?

By Nicole, Arezo, Amina, Shruti

Kingsbury High School, has decided on a new catering system.  After all these years the school will finally own their catering company and will have employed the chefs directly so they will be working for the school instead of another company.

Kingsbury High School had employees working for another company.  This flawless system had been running for many years until it got to the point where Kingsbury High School had some concerns.  The school didn’t like the fact that none of their ideas and improvements for the school canteen was taking place.  This was because the ideas had to go to the head office, and even still the canteen wasn’t changing for the better.  This was the reason why the school decided to employ the chefs.

This new information was announced to the student in assembly; to find out more information on the student opinion journalist, Nicole went to the school to get some students opinions. She interviewed Aaliyah, who regularly purchased lunch from the school canteen. Nicole went to the school on the 9th of December 2013 and sat down with Aaliyah to get some answers.

Nicole, who went straight to the point, asked “Are you pleased with the new ideas for the cateringsystem?”                                                                                                                                 “From what I have heard on the menu in the assembly it sounds great! I really can’t wait to put my hands on those tasty treats.” Replied Aaliyah, enthusiastically.                                 “What day or meal are you looking forward to the most?” asked Nicole, with wonder.           “I think that choose-day will be a great success. I will really try to get my favourite meal on the list!” answered Aaliyah.                                                                                                           “From assembly do you think that the new managers sound convincing?” questioned Nicole.                                                                                                                                           “Yes! They both sounded really convincing that their idea was going to work.  They were both enthusiastic and thrilled to get their ideas to us which made us interested.” replied Aaliyah, excitedly.

On the 27th January 2014, two reporters, Arezo and Amina, went to go and interview Ms Purtill, who works with the head of year 7 and has agreed with the decision of the new catering system.                                                                                                                         Arezo and Amina started off the interview with the question “What benefits does this new change have for the school?”                                                                                                       “The school doesn’t have to deal with another agency and we don’t have to worry about other companies.” Replied Ms Purtill.                                                                                                “Why a sudden change, why not before?” Questioned the interviewers.                                   Ms Purtill replied with the answer “when the catering started there was nobody there to manage the system so the school closed the contract with the company and when there was an opportunity to do our own catering, we tookit.”                                                               “How do you think offering free vegetables will get the children interested in healthy eating?” asked our interviewers,interested.                                                                                     “When the vegetables are available for free it will encourage the children in healthy eating as they will always be willing to try the free vegetables.” Replied Ms Purtill.                           The next question asked was “Who comes up with the ideas for the menu?”                           “The ideas for the new catering system comes from the senior leadership team, they are the ones that come up with the new results.” said Ms Purtill. The interview was drawing to close and the last question that Arezo and Amina asked was “We have heard that there have been complaints about the prices being unreasonable. What do you suggest?”               “I also think the prices aren’t reasonable however the quality and healthiness of our foods compared to outside companies is much higher. Therefore the prices have to be paid for the quality and precautions of the food.” Answered Ms Purtill.

To conclude this report, we think the new catering system is for the better but there are some improvements that can be made. 10 people were asked which catering system they preferred – the old one or the new one.  4 out of 10 people liked the new catering system as they thought the food was higher quality but the rest stated that they didn’t like the new system as they thought that there wasn’t enough variety of food choices for lunch. As most students didn’t approve of the new catering system. Staff are trying their best to make additional changes.

Nelson Mandela Dies…..

By Laveen, Varshneyan, Jaival and Fawaz

On December 5, 2013, at the age of 95 years, Nelson Mandela, the hero of South Africa sadly died of Respiratory Infection in Houghton Estate, South Africa. He had a long battle with ill health. “A great light has gone out of the world.” tweeted David Cameron, the prime minister of UK.

Rolihlahla Mandela, who got the nickname ‘Nelson’ from his former school teacher, celebrated his 95th birthday in a public hospital. His wife, Graca Machel, is thought to have been by his side when he died.

The African legend spent Nelson Mandelatwenty seven years in Robben Island prison for doing what he believed what was right. He protested in peace so that he could end apartheid but was met with violence. Apartheid, which was established in 1859, was the law that separated different people into ranks based on colour. It affected many people then. It means discrimination. Some people thought it to be childish, just to judge someone on their skin colour. But many people, especially white people, took it very seriously. They had different buses, schools, even different shops for black and white people to shop at.

 

Image via Flickr, courtesy of G Milner

A number of important people such as: Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, Prince   William and many more came to his funeral to celebrate the great life that this saint led. Nearly 8,000 miles north of Johannesburg, in Paris, leaders from 53 African countries attending a summit of peace and security observed a minute of silence for Nelson Mandela.

Mandela became president of South Africa on 10th May 1994 after being released from prison on February 11th 1990. He changed the world with what he believed in. South Africa became a ‘Rainbow Nation’, as quoted by Nelson Mandela himself. A nation where people respected each other, no matter what their skin colour may be.

BBC School Report at Kingsbury High School

Students from this school will be making the news for real on 27 March 2014 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.  In the meantime, take a look at what our students produced last year.

Celebrity influence

By Janki

Drugs drugs drugs… Is that the only thing teenagers think these days?

Recently, in The Sun newspaper, celebrity Tulisa was reported to have been caught with drugs. As a role model is this the example she should be setting? I think teenagers are influenced by these people and they think it’s cool enough to do it.

Teenagers in Kingsbury are worried about this. A KHS pupil, Sumaya said that she wouldn’t be influenced, but some people could and that they don’t tell anyone about it.

Celebrities such as Tulisa are spreading the disease of having drugs to young youths these days. In an interview with the Sun, she said that she was “an inspiration for broken Britain” and that she was a role model for her teenage fans. Nevertheless, she also mentioned that she had stopped the drug affair when she was 14. If what she said is true, how can she be rumoured to be involved in a drug scandal? It is reported that she was videoed using coded word such as “white sweets” and “green sweets”.

According to HowStuffWorks, in 1999 nearly all of high school students used illicit drug more than once a month. Steroids, Marijuana, Cocaine, LSD, Heroine and Ecstasy are used by teenagers more than once a month. This is disappointing as figures could have gone up since 1999-2013… Teens who take such risks have got alot of issues in their lives and maybe those teenagers should be talked to.