Wrotham School BBC School Report 2016
Wrotham School have taken part in BBC School Report, covering diverse topics such as the EU referendum and Year Seven students having early lunch.
EU referendum background
By Theo P and Thomas H
The EU referendum is a vote to see whether Britain wants to stay in the European Union and the vote will take place on the Thursday the 23rd of June 2016.
The European Union – often known as the EU – is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It began after World War Two to foster economic co-operation, with the idea that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going to war with each other. It has since grown to become a “single market” allowing goods and people to move around, basically as if the member states were one country. It has its own currency, the Euro, which is used by 19 of the member countries, its own parliament and it now sets rules in a wide range of areas – including on the environment, transport, consumer rights and even things like mobile phone charges.
Early lunches, justified or a load of rubbish?
By Thomas H & Ben HB
After three terms, Year Sevens still get early lunches. At first, every Year 7 got early lunches, but only for a week or two. But now, the Year Sevens still get early lunches. Some might see the bright side, which the food hall will become less congested with Year Sevens, but most are annoyed that the Year Sevens still get the benefit of early lunches.
But why are the people complaining about this? The Year Sevens get let out to lunch early, which means they get a longer break. This means that they miss out on a lot of lessons just before lunch. It started out with 15 minutes extra lunch, then ten, then five, but the Year Sevens still miss out on a lot of lesson time. This calculates to about 18.5 hours off lessons, with five days a week and about 7 weeks a term! This is about 18 and a half lessons missed out on because of early lunches.
We interviewed the people who put this rule forward. Mr Wright is the head-teacher of Wrotham School and he had told us that there was a problem with the lunch times and that we can’t change it back to the regular timing.
He told us that the Year Sevens get early lunch times because there are a lot more students coming here each time. At first, it was going to be five minutes for only two weeks. After that, he then said that he realised that he can’t change the times back to normal otherwise the canteen would be too full, so the times have kept to this time table. He had also said that the Year Sevens will not be the only year, since he said that he will include other years.
When we asked Mr Cater, Deputy head-teacher of Wrotham, some questions about the early lunch for Year Sevens, he said gave similar answers, such as the lunch hall and canteen will get “clogged”. He added that the students that are doing their GCSE’s may not be able to have early lunches. This is because if they do, they could be using valuable learning time that is really important in their GCSEs. If they don’t do the early lunch, it will be possible to learn a little more that would have a huge impact. In that case, there would only be Year Sevens and Eights going to lunch early.