Kelly Homer

Kelly Homer

A whole world of dog sports you never thought to explore

We feed our dog, we play with them, we cuddle them, we clean up after them, and we walk them. These are the basic things most people do with their beloved pooches and most live a full, fun life. But, most owners will agree that it’s very fulfilling to watch your dog run free and push their limits when chasing their favourite toy, so why not help your dog exceed their limits and become good at a skill they can compete with, while also building the relationship between dog and owner.

When you think of dog competitions most go straight to agility or maybe obedience but the scope of sports is much wider than that and there are many different benefits to each sport. If you want to build a concrete bond between you and your dog these sports are some of the best ways to do that while also ensuring you have a well-rounded, well socialised dog.

With sports like obedience and agility many people will watch a handler and their dog complete the competition and think they don’t have the time or patience to teach their dog that level of tricks. As agility includes completing a kind of obstacle course with your dog while obedience is more testing the training of your dog by executing tricks with precision and accuracy. Others, however, will see it as a great way to build communication and trust with your dog and not mind the gruelling patience needed to get your dog to a competitive level.

These sports are just you and your dog and build up that relationship beautifully, but, these may not fit some people as they are in some ways age restrictive and perhaps not suitable for some mental and physical disabilities due to the running and focus involved for long periods of time. That doesn’t mean that there are no sports for you and your furry companion it just means you need to look at the other options. Sports like flyball, which I compete in, potentially require less movement and shorter periods of focus. Flyball is a team sport where four dogs fetch a ball in relay, each dog jumping four hurdles on the way there and back, being sent and encouraged back by their handlers. Each handler would require four to five

seconds of intense focus rather than the few minutes agility takes. This sport is an amazing way to socialise your dog as they work together in a team and to build up your own confidence as instead of it being just you and your dog you have trusted team members, and their dogs, beside you every step of the way!

Though I may be a bit biased as I only compete in flyball currently, though I hope to expand my participation soon, I think the socialisation skills developed in this sport are extraordinary as you get to understand your dog and their moods when they are running and you also develop your own focus and sense of worth as your dog needs you to run, like they do to do many of the sports available to both of you. My team, Bridbay flyball, has given me the confidence to handle different dogs and the gratification I feel when I see my own dog practice is indescribable. My team leader, Claire Turton, describes flyball as a “ team sport and very family friendly and open to any age or disability”, the possibilities are amazingly endless.

Even if you don’t want to compete in these sports with your dog it’s always good to have different ways of exercising your dog to keep their mental stimulation high and help avoid chewing and other naughty behaviour when they are left alone. So, give up one morning a week to spend on a sport with your dog and see how both of your socialisation and confidence skills grow, no matter your age and how your trust and love for each other can flourish even further than before.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 09:22

Knife Crime

Knife crime

Knife crime is where a person assaults another with a sharp object or a knife. Many people are affected by knife crimes .Knife crime statistics are rising .Impacting mostly young people knife crimes have increased drastically. Last year was the highest knife crime statistics since the records begun (which was in 1946).


In two out of five killings the victim was struck with a sharp object or stabbed to death. Knife crime appears globally. Although, London has a very high knife crime rate (police have recorded 168 knife crimes per 100,000 people in the latest year).In Manchester, Slough, Liverpool and Blackpool knife crime is also a common offence.

Mental impact

If a person is a victim of knife crime it can severely affect them physically and mentally. It can result in many medical issues either it be physical or mental (for example PTSD).Also, it impacts their families a lot as they might not survive the attack and can leave their family in pieces due to their loved ones being murdered .As a result of knife crimes people become cautious and decide to carry a knife. However, that is a very fatal decision as it can put the person in more danger as people feel extremely threatened that they possess a knife. Because of this, they then try to eliminate the threat which then puts you in extreme danger.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:25

OH NAH NAH, what is your last name?

OH NAH NAH, what is your last name?

Are you really as boring as you make out? You may not have to look any further than your name.

Have you ever found yourself in a trance? I often found myself staring relentlessly at my exam booklets front page out of fear of making eye contact with an exam invigilator, who is widely recognised as certified eternal doom bringers. The joys of the British educational system, we have got Gavin Williamson to thank for our pain. There aren’t huge signs stating: use the quadratic formula to work out the speed limit and plot the graph of your journey from acceleration. It was either that or the happy joy of counting bricks or stacking pens into a sword. I often thought of how my name could be as mundane as a measly brick or how I could have descended form a mighty, Viking warrior! But…time is up, the invigilator calls. Is it time up to find my destined origin?

From a recent visit to Iceland, I have been sucked into the black hole, and no not of a geyser, but of the spirit of the language which dances around the natives. Although I have just about grasped the English language, I think? According to my English teachers “it’s a work in progress; you need to be more cohesive.” I would like to reassure you that I try, but once I have an idea, it spirals into an avalanche much like the daydream I often found myself trapped in during an exam.

If you are like me, I like my home comforts regardless of where I like to travel. Yes, I can often be persuaded by the stereotypically mc vitie’s chocolate digestive. I’m so glad that the glacier we climbed didn’t snap off as quickly as these godly sweet treats do when you dunk them in your cuppa. What’s more disruptive the ash dispersed over the ports, or the sad times of your tea bag splitting. They look merely the same, just different scales. I mean, at least it would accommodate the giants which inhabit the desolate plains. All I would say is be good or for Christmas you may end up with, no not coal, but a potato in your shoe!

Ultimately, are traditions fading out and being built upon like the lava flows which are submerging our history and preserving the facts before we have the chance? In this article we will uncover the hidden secrets which link our identities of answering to our names to our ultimate callings.

We asked question throughout the trip to our wonderful tour guide, who goes by the name of Biggy, from the company TREX who happily informed us that “it would be an ultimate insult to change your surname from your fathers to your mothers”. On engaging in conversation, I for one, would not be up for being responsible for a destructive eruption which will send family flying like shrapnel. He also went on to explain that, in Iceland you take your fathers first name and add son or daughter, depending on gender. Me being an English language student couldn’t help but question as to why men dominate gender and power. I enquired an Icelandic name translator app by the name of - islandsk-navnegenerator. Above you will see an example for reference, and I would highly recommend that you try it out!

It is demonstrated that being linked to your father is a trademark of power and pride within Icelandic tradition. However, this isn’t always replicated within British culture as not many people value meanings because they don’t value relations out of my personal experience.

Britain. Lovely, sunny Britain. From the coast to the houses of commons. It’s all so secret and overpopulated in the UK. This isn’t the case in Iceland as the current prime minster, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, has her own cottage situated in Alþingi; this building was built for the festivities at Þingvellir in 1930. The building has served as the official summer residence of the Prime Minister since 1974. He doesn’t hang around there much for barbecues according to the tour guide, but it is where foreign heads of states and official visitors typically have lunch with the Prime Minister.

This secrecy isn’t a running trend when it comes to occupation linked to name. How humiliating for our ancestors. (EXPOSED) Most of the names originated in mediaeval towns and villages, and as each one had its Carter, Hayward, Thatcher, Smith, and Tailor there were a multitude of original bearers of the name. Personally, as a former ‘Smith’ I often find myself being victimised for being ‘common’. Should I be ashamed of my mundane background? My one and only saviour, known as the internet, gave me a valid reason for their being so many Smith’s in today’s era. AS you would expect, it is due to their being so many kinds of craftsmen and their importance to the village or town—a smith makes something (compare with a monger who sells something). The ambiguity of making something can be perceived as mysterious ad miraculous. No, I tell a lie it’s not exactly a party trick or a conversational starter. I much prefer my Icelandic name any time of the day! If only I could pronounce it…

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:24

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a trade of humans. It is a worldwide crime where despicable people kidnap children, men, and women and ship them off to foreign countries and sell them to people and auctions for thousands of pounds each year starting at 8 – 99 billion pounds!

Human trafficking is punishable under state law by a prison sentence of up to five years or, if the victim is under the age of 18, by a state prison sentence of up to eight years. Some countries and cultures are putting laws in place to try and prevent human trafficking. However others are behind with no trafficking laws at all.

It’s estimated that there are from 20-40 million people in modern slavery today. In the world today half of all victims are aged between 19 and 33 years old. India is at the top of the list for human trafficking with 14 million victims. Pakistan, Thailand, China, India, and Bangladesh are in the top 10 for countries with the largest number of trafficking victims around the world.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:23

Endangered Ocean Species and Marine Life

Endangered Ocean Species and Marine Life

Endangered Ocean Species

In the world today there are many oceans with endangered sea animals, some of which are rising in numbers across the world. 8 of the most endangered ocean species are: Hawksbill sea turtle, Sea otter, Blue whale, River dolphins, Florida manatee, Galapagos penguin, Hawaiian monk seal, and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle. These sea animals are all endangered by similar things but some of the main ones are plastic pollution and climate change.

There homes

Most of their homes are coral reefs and at the moment they are dying all around the world. The colours of these majestic reefs are slowly fading and are becoming dull. This is because of climate change causing the ocean to change temperature.

What can we do to prevent this?

To prevent this we need to work as a society to decrease the amount of plastic pollution we are putting into the ocean each day and think about what will happen in the future.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:18

Coronavirus and Theories

Coronavirus and Theories

BBC Young Reporter

Coronavirus and Theories

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly and the demand on certain products is increasing. More and more people are panicking about this pandemic. However, they fail to understand how it happened, the death rate and most of the important aspects.

Are you scared of getting Coronavirus? Well you shouldn’t be! If you are under 40 you have such a low chance of dying from the novel Coronavirus.

So, is this really a pandemic or just panic? To be precise, this is not something to be afraid of! Yet, we must remain alert. In my theory, these viruses do not happen naturally; they are most likely manmade and evidence to support this comes from statistics. Along with the seasonal flu, SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 all share the same story. These viruses originate from highly populated areas where animals are often in confined spaces. This allows the virus to mutate and spread quickly, bring harm to citizens. MERS has the highest death rate them all; a staggering 37% of those infected died.

Next comes SARS, with an 11% death rate. Arguably, this is a mild variant of MERS, with similar symptoms just toned down. The spread of infection rate was reduced, however those who became contaminated were more likely to die. Citizens were therefore more scared of this strain of the virus because of its deathly reputation and this resulted in scientists developing a cure. Finally, the big one, the scary one: COVID-19! I feel this virus was created by scientists for population control and for financial gain. The virus has been so carefully constructed that the death rate is low, yet the infection rate skyrockets! This means that people panic buy products, like tissues and sales and demand for production increases greatly. It’s almost comical how perfect this disease is. This novel Coronavirus is on the urge to mutate; there are two types. Most people are becoming infected with the mild strain, but soon, the mild strain will mutate into a SARS type condition, most likely. This is worrying because people are obsessed with the rate in which the virus is spreading, rather than the likelihood of death that could come from a second strain.

Now to actual talk about the viruses rather than the stats. COVID-19 came from bats. Do you notice a pattern? In the 1980s/1990s, the Chinese law around wet markets meant people could slaughter all animals in the market (except the endangered ones). This caused SARS and COVID-19 because of the dense

population of animals meant that it could mutate and spread with ease. Eventually this spreads to humans, but how do they come to be different every time? Well, bats are injected with different variants of the virus (which is believed to be modified versions of a virus every time), which spreads to animals and then to the wet markets. Coronavirus is certainly a threat but not to be afraid,

The novel Coronavirus has had a huge impact on social events. Football matches being closed, whole cities being on lockdown and supermarkets are undergoing high demand for supplies. Why is this happening? It is because of the media. The media has hurt China politically and spread so much fear across the world. Even England is scared of it with only mere 300 infected verses China with 89K. Some videos are factual but not all of the reports are helpful and are only good for spreading fear. Personally I feel, videos by professional people that say “alert not a threat” is what actually makes the world a more calm place. These videos are sadly few and far between the disruptive news reports.

Should China be afraid of it? Yes of course! However as people say, if you worry about it and get the virus you will suffer twice rather than just getting it! People of China are worried, but at least some people can cope with the novel Coronavirus getting to their neighbours. If you are Chinese Citizen you could be afraid but here is how you can keep safe: wear a mask because it makes sure if you have a virus you can’t spread it; wash your hands properly, sing happy birthday twice and rub soap everywhere on your hands and everything and finally, have hand sanitiser at every crucial moment.

So, now you should feel a little safer about the location you are in. However, I would advise you to look into what is happening outside: it is important to see what is happening in the world, don’t just focus on Coronavirus but on the world as a whole. I urge you not to be afraid; I have interviewed David Lamb living in Chengdu, the country at the heart of the virus. Whilst it is impacting on his social life, he knows the virus is partly under control. He is keeping a level head- so can you!

Interview Are you scared of the virus and why? ‘When I was travelling back to China I was worried about catching the virus. Hubei was in a serious situation and the virus was beginning to spread to other provinces. It’s not something you can see, but you can see the impact. It’s the impact that scares you – businesses closed, people in Hazchem suits and warning signs everywhere. Living with two other people, you become more concerned that if you

catch it you could spread it.’ ‘ Do you think the virus is threatening? ‘It threatens my way of life! Bars are closed, cinemas too. All public gatherings are banned. I can’t have anyone to visit my apartment. So, if you need a tradesman- maybe to fix your internet, they are banned from entering your apartment. The security at the gates issue passes and quarantine cards. Nobody from outside the building is allowed in. The lifts are covered in plastic. In fact, a taxi I took the other night was covered in plastic. It’s illegal to be outside without a mask.’

Thank you very much David Lamb it is much appreciated for you time, I hope you will not catch the virus and hopefully your life will return to normal.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:17

Maintaining the culture

Maintaining the culture

The year began strong for the deified school and sixth form, receiving a ‘good ‘grade on the highly anticipated Ofsted assessment. With the long looming terror of judgment finally alleviated off the shoulders of the school, head teacher, and torchbearer of change, Scott Ratheram spoke out about what his thoughts on the report and where he wants to take the school.

To start with, he was extraordinarily proud with the way the Ofsted report described his school saying ‘my favourite part of the report is it says it’s a friendly and happy place ‘, humbly claiming the change was down “A lot of hard work from students, by staff, by supportive parents, governors” instead of his frequently hard hours of labour. And for the most apart this feeling of pride has been restored in the students with one saying that “ I’ve been here for 5 years now and this is defiantly the safest and happiest I’ve seen the students of this school “. School isn’t always the most fun of time but staying safe, feeling secure, and been in a happy, friendly environment are key ingredients for a good school. And clearly Ofsted picked up on the hard work he and his team has put in to create this atmosphere.

‘Maintaining the culture’ the key point Scott reinforced to us, even directing us to board in which he had the quotation pinned up on. This reflects the nature of a large quantity of the policies he has passed so far. His new and improved behaviour system I feel to be a perfect example of this attitude. The new system retains some of the oldest, and most engrained, features of the old policy (like shadow timetable and isolation) while introducing a new wave of reform in order to expand upon and significantly improve it. Under Scott, these old methods of dealing with behaviour are now last resorts as opposed to the norm and instead students go through a process of warning, punishment, moving them then shadow timetable. And while it’s still new and has a few issues- especially in standardization across the whole school- it’s drastically improved the behaviour of students. As a system I love it because it keeps trouble makers in a classroom for as long as possible, giving them the chance to learn, while still offering a clear cut system of punishment for misbehaviour. But it is new and susceptible to faults the in reality can only be ironed out by time. Yes, standardizing it across every classroom is proving to be a challenge but it’s much better than the departmentally issued system of old where students would have a completely different method to behaviour in each lesson creating profound confusion as to what was right, what was wrong and how it was to be punished. This was something Scott wanted to prove on saying he wanted “Calm classrooms and where students can learn and students to know where the boundaries are “which for the most part he has improved.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:15

The silent increase of poverty in the UK

The silent increase of poverty in the UK

Nelson Mandela once said ‘poverty is not an accident, like slavery and apartheid it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings’, but even now poverty is on the rise. Never fading and never faltering, only growing larger and stronger in its weight and grasp that it holds over the 14.3 million people in the UK. But what’s being done to counter it? Currently. Nothing. The media and our own government are far too focused on other issues, from the coronavirus to Harry and Meghan, and while I agree that covid-19 is a pandemic that should be dealt with accordingly and with serious countermeasures, do we really need to be fed with worries and fears of it every day, of every week, of every month? And the same goes for the sussexes, sure it’s a new venture for the royal family, and something that the public have not seen before but even so Harry and Meghan are still able to live life in luxury and wealth, but the same cannot be said for a large portion of the British population.

Poverty can affect everybody, no matter age, gender or ethnicity. 4.6 million Of those in poverty are children, and 1.3 million are pensioners. Poverty rates fell in the years after 2010 and are now showing clear signs of rising again. Just under half (49%) of those in poverty live in persistent poverty (people who have fallen below the poverty line in the last 2-3 years). That means that around 7.15 million have been in poverty for almost 3 years. And there is not enough being done to try and help those in need. Some people are living without basic access to food and water, without shelter, and without family. Most people don’t even think about those in poverty, we are too busy caught up in our own problems that seem so inconsequential in comparison to the problems that those worse off experience on a daily basis.

Of course I don’t underestimate what the government has already done concerning this issue. They have been working with the voluntary, public and private sectors to deal more effectively with complex problems. Have Helped people recover and become independent if things have gone wrong, and other initiatives covered in the policy paper on GOV.UK titled ‘2010 to 2015 government policy: poverty and social justice’. However recently the news has been veering off the topic completely, distracted with Brexit and other issues that affect mainly business owners, a very small population of our country.

So what can be done to help fight off poverty? Well the answer is simple, and was already mentioned in the beginning of this article.

‘Poverty can be removed by the actions of human beings’

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:14

Interview with DTC

Driffield council, an interview.

We interviewed the head of the Driffield council, Mark Blakeston and asked him these following questions:

Precept inflation is becoming a more common subject in daily conversations, do you support this idea? If so why?

He replied with, “Yes I agree with this because if it increases at the rate of inflation it will benefit the services that rely on this.”

Next we asked, what do you think the role of the role of the council is and how does this affect the general public?

This time the answer was, “The core role is the development and vitality of Driffield.”

The final question we asked was: where do you see Driffield improve in the future due to the councils work?

The reply was: “a cleaner, tidier high street and promoting Driffield in order to acquire more tourists, this would be beneficial for shops and pubs.”

Written by Bethan shipley

Thanks to Mark Blakeston - Head of Driffield Town Council for taking time out of his busy day to talk to us.

Why you should consider getting an apprenticeship

A poll carried out by Construction firm Redrow found 54 percent of 18 to 21 year olds questioned would actively consider entering an apprenticeship. Although this sounds like a lot, the statistics of young people who actually go into an apprenticeship has dropped. Across 2018/2019 72,400 fewer people partook in an apprenticeship when compared to 2017/2018 (according to But why is this?

Apprenticeships are very good for practical based learners. If you struggled with academics in school, this might just be the thing for you! The on the job learning experience is not only paid but is a great way to start building up your career straight out of school. According to Unifrog 68% of people who started their career with an apprenticeship are happy with their job, where only 26% of people who went through university are satisfied with their career.                

It is, of course, important to make sure the apprenticeship you’re going for is a fully certified one. Some of the best apprenticeships are based on the grounds of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and maths)

Isobel Smithies started an engineering apprenticeship in September 2019 with an engineering company called Atkins. She will complete a level 3 NVQ         course followed by a level 6 master degree apprenticeship with the option of charter ship (a chartered engineer is a member of the institute of the electrical engineers), which is all fully paid for by the company!  In an interview Isobel said: “I didn’t want to go back to sixth form and I wanted to start earning and go into engineering so I figured the best way to do that would be through an apprenticeship. I also liked the idea of getting a degree without the debt!” When asked if she felt apprenticeships were encouraged enough to students, Isobel said: “I don’t think they’re viewed as highly as university. I think probably the parents who encourage going to university perhaps haven’t actually gone themselves. I just think it’s a lack of education around them. I’m coming home from a long day of hard work and yeah it’s tough but at the same time I can afford a really nice car and go out on the weekends when a lot of my friends are struggling to even afford driving lessons.”

Apprenticeships won’t be for everyone but neither will university. It’s important to pick the path that best suits your personality and recognise that both pathways will require hard work and dedication in order to be successful!

Why has the modern age become detached from the written word?

When was the last time you read a book? Yesterday? Last week? So long ago that your brain can’t work it out?

Whatever the answer, it’s undeniable that a love of reading may eventually become a thing of the past. With technological advancements and the slow evolution of humanity leading us to the destruction of the earth, the number of people enjoying the written word is slowly declining.

With timeless classics such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice becoming less and less popular amongst today’s youths, I can’t help but wonder what is to become of new, already less appreciated works of the new age. Though books such as JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series continue to thrive, it seems only a matter of time before these – and countless others – are no longer appreciated by us.

But why is this?

It’s simple to say that technology does play a huge part. Despite e-books bringing around a new, different generation of readers, it also tears it down. A quote by one student said, “I used to love read; I would spend hours with a book , but now I just never get around to it. Social media has taken over my life, but it’s easier to do this”. So although these new ways may benefit many important aspects of life, it is clear that it is ruining the minds of many from a love of reading.

Alternately, though, many people simply find curling up with a good adventure “boring”. It is, apparently, not as interesting and people seem to prefer the visual stimulation of television over detailed and thought-provoking storylines written in words. Jake, a Year 13, said that reading is just “TV in slow motion”, making it clear that this is all many people think of, rather than the deep meaning of a sentence or the effect that just one character can have on you – they would rather endure hours of mind-numbing screens recounting the same story in a thousand different ways.

Some people, though, just don’t have the time. Miss Warcup, a teacher at Driffield School and Sixth Form, said that reading an e-book was more about ease of access, and it tended to be late before she had time to pick up a book.

Whatever the reason, though, it must be admitted that not as many of us enjoy the beautiful creation and sophisticated art of literature, but I personally believe that it is time for this to change.

We’ve heard it all before: ‘back in my day we didn’t have these phones and tablets’, ‘you children spend too much time on this social media’ and long rants about how phones are absolutely ruining society is often heard by teenagers multiple times throughout their week. Everywhere you turn technology is developing, new phones are being release to eager consumers and people continue to spread the negatives of social media without ever looking at the positives.  

For many people, phones are a great tool to arrange meetings with friends -a quick message on snapchat and within five minutes I can be getting ready to hang out with friends, whether that is just going round to one of their houses and crying about how stressful a levels are, or going out to spend what very little money we have on food. Oh the glamorous life of a sixth form student! It’s also much safer. Instead of just wondering around to a friend’s house to see if they are free, children can make sure their friends will definitely be there, as well as make sure guardians know where there are. In 2018/19 there were approximately 1.2 thousand child abduction offenses. If used correctly, phones can be utilised to try and reduce the amount of child abduction cases.

Yes for you, an adult with a car and a licence, or a job giving you income and a local bus stop, it’s not difficult to travel and meet up with friends and family. But have you taken a second to step out of your bubble to realise not everyone is in the same lucky position as you?  Ellie Penn, 17 and learning to drive, has lived in a house surrounded by fields and absolutely NO WAY to travel anywhere when her parents are working for the past two years. The only thing keeping her company being a lonely pheasant wandering outside her house and her phone.

“Social media allows me to stay in touch and keep up with friends. Living in the middle of nowhere, it can be difficult to maintain a social life, however social media makes this much easier.’ She says,  ‘Also social media keeps me up to date with current trends and what’s going on around the world.’      

Most things have a negative, so it’s obvious social media will have some downfalls. Whilst cyber bullying, anonymous hate and many disgusting offenses can occur online it’s important to not create an image of this technology which makes it out to only be evil. Whilst these problems need to be tackled, shaming children and teenagers from using their phone, an incredibly useful tool to communicate and learn, is not the solution. Before you ridicule younger people for using social media remember: at least we know how to use it.            

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:09

How to Stop the Spread of Bullying

Bullying: the bane and so-called myth of secondary school. It’s a game of survival; often targeting the “social anomalies” in a battle to annihilate those who refuse to conform. Deemed as mockery and playful teasing by those at the top, bullying reigns supreme as a method of gaining ultimate control.

At Driffield School, the problem is no different. Whilst the school struggles to deal with the issue, although leading the way above many other schools, cases still dive under the radar, being picked up later as increasing mental health problems add to the constant demand for counsellors and support. Students, often isolated, struggle to report the bullying for fear of angering the bullies and making things worse.

In an interview with one student, I gained insight into their experience of bullying, and the aftermath of such a mentally disturbing occurrence.

“I’ve been bullied on and off throughout my whole life,” the student, who chooses to remain anonymous, confided. “They’ve mocked my condition and made fun of my hobbies, even once following me to Dungeons and Dragons because they thought it was a “nerdy” activity.”

A common theme throughout students experiencing bullying is that they often partake in different or “socially inacceptable” clubs and games, being teased and labelled as “nerds” or “geeks”, sometimes even “losers or “freaks” (though of course, this is not always the case). The student involved explained he was made to feel inadequate, embarrassed by his differences, causing him to be angry – both at the bullies and himself.

“I’m definitely less sociable now, and more aware of where I go and who I talk to,” he said. “I take different routes around school just to avoid the bullies, and it’s hugely affected my mental state. Every aspect of my life has been altered.”

However, the main issue with bullying is that it’s terribly hard for both the student and the school to deal with. Whilst the student could ignore the issue, it makes a lot more sense for them to report it to a senior member of staff for the appropriate action to be taken. The student, however, outlined the issue with this, and the challenges teachers face, explaining, “The bullies take pride in what they’re doing – detentions build up like a badge of honour. There’s no deterrent, nothing to stop them, or put them off.”

However, a second student had a very different attitude to bullying. He claimed that undergoing such a horrible experience had made him stronger, and as a consequence he’s since become more aware of what it means to be kind.

“I’m part of the Ant-Bullying team now,” he told us, after discussing the horrific teasing he was subjected to as a younger student on a bus of older, more powerful teens. “I just want to help people.

The two students, however, had very different opinions on how the school could more efficiently deal with bullies and prevent a further spread of teasing throughout the school, stopping the increase of mental health issues right at its root.

“The punishments aren’t harsh enough,” the first student explained. “It’s too difficult for students to be expelled, and the school gives kids way too much leeway.”

“I don’t think the punishments should be harsher,” countered the second. “I think we need to educate people on how to be kind from a much younger age, so that the mild teasing never gains enough support to reach the intolerable level of bullying I experienced. We need to be showing people what issues bullying can lead too – because if people think it’s just a little fun, nothing will ever get better.”

Whilst Driffield School is certainly leading the way with introducing anti-bullying measures and supporting students through the mental scarring that follows, it’s important that more people acknowledge the effects bullying can have. On top of that, it’s vital that students put aside their differences and learn to just be kind.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:07


D.I.D. has many misconceptions, many which can prove harmful to the public perception of the condition. These misconceptions come from many places, from the semi-romanticisation of pop culture idols like “Jekyll and Hyde” and the mystical and horror approach of characters like “Kevin Wendell Crumb” of the “177 Eastrail” series. D.I.D. is real. This is often a shock to those who have recently watched a film starring a character with such condition, showing only the fantastical sides of the condition and not mentioning the mundane, everyday struggles with D.I.D.

Due to the common lack of awareness, I will explain what D.I.D. actually is. As Psychology Today writes: “Dissociative identity disorder, formerly referred to as multiple personality disorder, is characterized by a person's identity fragmenting into two or more distinct personality states. People with this condition are often victims of severe abuse.”

This condition was formerly known as “multiple personality disorder” or “split personality disorder”, before it was changed to D.I.D. This condition can host many different “alters”, these “alters” are usually born from the trauma of the individual. These “alters” can have not only different personalities but also different biochemistry. One alter may be blind, whilst the others will be able to see. Alters may be diabetic, needing insulin shots whilst the others will not. These variations help prove that the identities themselves are their own personalities.

Individuals with D.I.D. will construct “headspaces”, these are an inner world were alters will live and interact. These “headspaces” are where alters reside whilst they aren’t fronting. “Fronting” is the action of an alter coming forward and being the active personality for the person at any given time.

Alters can be varied in IQ, age, physical appearance (in the headspace), occupation, language and ethnicity. The “host” will often decide on a name for the group of alters, usually using words important to themselves. The alters and host may be unaware why this word seems important, but It can be linked to the trauma they have blocked out by creating alters. Alters will usually form due to extreme trauma, usually at a young age. These events of trauma, usually of a physical or sexual nature, help to build the first of possibly many alter. If trauma was related to punishment due to being messy as a child for example, the alter may develop OCD in order to protect the host from further harm.

Individuals with D.I.D. are NOT the monsters television often makes them out to be, they are simply people dealing with extreme trauma in a different way. They are people, a collective of various people who are not always evil or monsterous. Sure, there might be a cruel alter – but there are cruel people in the world. These individuals shouldn’t be treated differently due to past trauma.

The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the city of Wuhan at the end of 2019 has had serious impacts. Large parts of China are locked down, schools are shut in Italy, countries are on high alert, travel restrictions are made and large events are cancelled. In addition, football matches, in places where the spread of the virus has been most severe, are affected:

The Coppa Italia final has been moved to the end of May and all Italy’s Serie A games until April 3 will be played behind closed doors.

At the beginning of March the games across Switzerland were postponed and most clubs cancelled their weekly open training session.

All This lead to discussions about whether Europa League and Champions League matches shall be played behind closed doors. Leipzig will go ahead against Tottenham with fans in attendance while the Wolves play in Olympiacos behind closed doors.

Furthermore, it is increasingly likely that some of the biggest games of the Bundesliga season will be played in front of empty stands. Speaking on Sunday, German health minister Jens Spahn advised that all events of 1000 or more people should now be cancelled. DFL managing director Christian Seifert said: “There is no question that the season must be played through to the end of May. Therefore, the behind closed door policy is probably the best solution.”

Many people believe that this statement was a clear precursor to announcing this policy world-wide which could possibly influence the Euro 2020.

This tournament begins in just under 100 days. ”For the moment, there is no need to change anything in the planned timetable but the issue will be kept under constant scrutiny”, said UEFA.

Overall, each country handles the virus differently but the best is probably to not panic and wait & see what happens because it changes every day.

And maybe soon all that will be over…

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:05

500 Words

500 Words

What is the 500 Word Competition?

The 500 word competition is a writing event which allows children from the ages 5-9 or 10-13 have an opportunity to write a short story and have it recognised. These children can write a short story about anything that interests them. Many children enjoy writing these stories. ‘Over 110,000 children took part in the event.’ Readingagency’s website told me.

What do I need to do to enter?

To show off your writing skills and enter the event, you must:

· Be between the minimum and maximum age (5-13)

· Your story must be fictional and not based on true events

· You must submit your short story in full English

· The story must be 500 words or lower to be counted

· Online entries only accepted

· A parent or carer (over the age of 17) must be aware and agreed to the entry

· One entry per person

For more rules go to the BBC Radio Website.

Previous winners

This competition has been going on since 2011 and each year there are 6 prizes that are awarded (bronze, silver and gold for both age groups). Gold for both age groups (in 2018) were awarded to Sadhbh Inman for her story ‘Dancing on the Streets’ and Evan Boxall for his short story ‘The Poo Fairy’.

What Could You Win?

Linked to the reading theme, the prizes are as followed:

1st prize is a towering stack of books to match the height of famous American actor Chris Evans (1.88 metres tall). Alongside this, they will have won 50 extra books for your school library.

2nd prize is a stack of books as high as the honourable HRH, Camila, Duchess of Cornwall (1.78 metres tall)

3rd prize is a pile of books as high as the winner themselves! The taller you are, the more books you get!


A student at Driffield School, who has requested to remain anonymous, entered the event and told me about her experience.

I asked her if she had entered before and why enter this year and this was her response,

‘No, I have never entered before and I entered this year because I enjoy writing and I love doing it in my free time’.

When asked what inspired her to write she answered,

‘LGBTQ+ inspired me because they are inspirational and they show diversity’. She also said ‘They have been overshadowed by what is ‘normal”.

A teacher at Driffield School, Mrs Collins, has organised this year’s competition for our school so I decided to ask her some questions, this was her response,

When I asked “how many years have you organised the competition for this school?” she answered with:

‘This is the first year’ so I continued to ask why she decided to run it this year,

‘Last year I created a new competition for Driffield Show and over 200 key stage 3 students entered, and obviously that’s just a local, regional competition so when I was driving to work and I heard about the 500 words I thought ‘this is fantastic this is a national competition’ so why not allow our students the chance to enter so that people wider than just this area can read what they have to say’.

The deadline for the event this year has already closed but if you’re interested in the competition, make sure you have an idea ready for next year!

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:01

Is modern music bad?

Is modern music bad?

When you think of good music there will be certain songs that come to your head. It could be Camila Cabello’s new hit My Oh My or perhaps Queen’s incredible ‘Bohemian Rhapsody. And one thing you may fail to realise is the large time gap between these massive hits unless you were to look it up or you heard Grandad rambling on about the absolute state of ‘today’s music’ and reminiscing of the ‘the good old days’ and then proceed to play his ancient vinyl of the sheer heart attack album. Or maybe you just watched the incredible award winning movie also titled Bohemian Rhapsody, staring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Either way, there’s a very large age gap between these two songs.

My question is why sensational, revolutionary music, made by bands like Queen or ELO from the 70’s and 80’s, remained so recognisable and idolized? Whereas more recent songs from artists like Justin Bieber and Sam Smith seem to be drowned and forgotten.

One reason I believe that music now is not as memorable, is the advancement of technology. Now, before I continue with that statement, I am not complaining about how technology has ruined everything for us and all of that nonsense, no. What I mean is that the improvement of technology has meant that improving the sound voices is a much easier task.

Obviously, back in the 1970’s – 80’s things like autotune did not exist (It was in fact created in 1990 by Dr. Andy Hildebrand and the first song to be tested with the new device was believe by Cher in 1998)

What I’ve noticed is that some people no longer need to be talented to create incredible albums. Companies may no longer go looking for genuinely talented people but instead they may target people with a pretty face and create the songs themselves.

However, I don’t mean this for every singer, there of course are genuine voices in the musical industry but maybe they just haven’t been recognised.

There are just so many content creators that they all just cancel each other out and it’s hard to find the music that you want to remember because you are constantly bombarded with new releases from so many different people.

The story of Queen

Now that I’ve talked about the ‘bad’ music, what about the good? Like Queen. Of course most of things I have said are heavily opinion based and I admit so is this part but, I also choose this band to represent as good music because of statistics. Throughout the last 6 decades, Queen has sold 300 million albums and has had an incredible amount of success and they still continue to do so. At the time of writing of this article, they are on tour and have just wrapped up their performance in Australia for the national bush fire relief.

It’s also important to recognise the journey that they have took to reach their current success and perhaps identify what about this journey is more remarkable than that of more recent artists.

Queen was formed in 1970 by Freddie mercury and two others, Brian May(guitarist) and Roger Taylor(Drummer) (who before that, were part of a band named smile with Tim Staffel). Mercury had been a fan of the band and after Staffel left the group he took it as an opportunity. After they had agreed that Mercury was officially part of the band, they came up with the name Queen to represent themselves.

Once they had settled on the name they needed a bassist and came across john deacon in 1971 who would fill in that roll.

Finally, the band was assembled and they wrote their first song, Keep Yourself Alive and then their first album in 1973 Pre-Ordained.

Queen started with a very rocky beginning and it took them a very long time before there was any wide-spread recognition. Their journey began with performing at bars and small pubs across the

country until it eventually came to the point when they need more and decided to record their second album, Queen II. This would get them some recognition that eventually lead to them performing for the BBC. Queen would go on for many more years having many changes along the way. They would go on many tours all over the world.

However, in 1985 Freddie Mercury would split from the band in search of a solo career but luckily, this wouldn’t last long and Mercury would quickly return to the band, just in time for Live Aid (1985 13th July) where they would ‘steal the show’.

Unfortunately, on November 24th 1991, Mercury would pass away from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS after many years spent performing and entertaining for the people who loved him most.

The story of Queen and its success is a long and almost tragic one. But during queen’s best years people were able to experience amazing music and enjoy the energy that all four of the band members brought to the stage.

As of now, John Deacon no longer performs with his former ban mates and is enjoying a quiet life.

Whereas the other two, Brian May and Roger Taylor continue to perform and are touring with Adam Lambert in multiple different countries.


Looking at the History of queen, we are able to see what could have motivated them to write the songs they did and give us a real insight on the emotion behind them.

And comparing this to modern day music, we can recognise now that queen’s long history and experience has influenced them to write and sing like they did and maybe why more recent artists just don’t seem to work like that.

More modern/ recent artists are young and new to the musical industry and although their songs may carry some message or story, it just doesn’t have the same impact as older generations.

Along with the help of more advanced technology they won’t have to learn to train their voices as hard and that can take away from the experience. Without learning anything they cannot incorporate those sorts of lessons or strain into their music because they won’t understand. They won’t have to.

With the change of the music industry, the new comers will have to learn and adapt with those changes and that can make it better or worse for them.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:01

Rural Depreivation

Rural Deprivation

Thousands of people all around the United Kingdom are demanding that we start saving the Earth, and try to be more eco-friendly. How could this affect us?

Many rural villages are inhabited by the elderly and young families, with low pay and seclusion from other villages, these places are vulnerable to changes in our communities. If our petrol stations are completely changed into charging stations it will massively affect people without electric cars like Plug-ins and Hybrids. They will not be able to fill their tanks with diesel or petrol which makes them obsolete.

This problem has been overlooked and not thought about, as it could only be a possibility. But with all these charging stations popping up, it is clear that a fantasy could become a reality.

It is brilliant that people want to help keep their world safe from pollution, but not many people are doing much about it. There are people who fight for change, but see no difference for their demands are ignored or swept under the rug.

However, electric cars can be quite helpful, yet expensive, so people with a smaller wage may not be able to afford them. This is extremely inconvenient for people, especially the elderly. They depend heavily on their car, since it helps them travel to and from their homes. With the sudden outbreak of Coronavirus, they are quick to buy supplies, in case of infection.

So it is essential that they get to town to buy necessary products. This proves that our cars are the key to our everyday lives running smoothly.

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:59

Women in Sport

In sport, women are sometimes seen as amateurs compared to men. As we all know lots of women are successful in their sporting careers, but the world seems to put women down as not as equal as men. Take the women’s England football team for instance they are doing much better than the men’s team and have won the world cup more recently than the men’s team have. A few girls have told us that they play sports and have been discriminated against because of what sports they can play and who with, by some boys.

We asked some girls what sports they played and who with:

One said that they swam with boys and girl and they stated that they think playing with them is a great experience for all genders. They think that swimming together is fair and equal and if they weren’t allowed it is discriminative. They say it is a fun experience and there is a variety of different people.

A female hockey player says that they play with just girls (sometimes a few boys), thinks that it is ok but would be more fun and exciting if there were a few more boys involved. She thinks that playing with both genders would be better for mental health. She says it’s a good experience.

We interviewed a football player, and she is involved with an all-girl team. She thinks that it’s not right that genders are set apart and should be mixed. In her mind everyone is equal and should be treated the same way. She agrees with the fact that girls should be able to play sports with boys and that it doesn’t matter.

Even though lots of women have been discriminated about against they still continue to pursue their dreams of becoming professional athletes. Look at the Olympics for example, women never used to be able to compete in the Olympics and now they are allowed to play certain sports, still not all sports but history has come a long way from what it used to be like.

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:56



The world is constantly advancing in many ways; one aspect of this is electricity. Scientist love to experiment new things manly linked to the possibilities of electricity and what you can create using it. As we speak humanoid robots are being created, these are human like robots which have almost all the features of a real human being. These are incredible inventions that take huge amounts of skill and intelligence to make but should we be worried about these electrical humans?

The point in these human like robots are to make are lives easier as the vast majority of them are programed to do jobs for us humans. This is beneficial in that it will reduce the amount of jobs we need to do so instead we can relax. This may sound like a good idea but think about it in another way as robots could have a negative effect on human life. If these humanoids are doing all our jobs that will decrease job choices, making it difficult to find a job so people can’t earn money, this will lead to poverty. Also there is no telling whether they will go right or wrong, a simple malfunction could do serious damage. So are robots a good idea or are they a path way to a troubled future?

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