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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.
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BBC News School Report
Death of Mandela Mourned by Millions|
Last night Nelson Mandela was pronounced dead, aged 95, after being in quite a horrific state for a while; he was in hospital for over 3 months because of a lung infection. He had also been battling with prostate cancer for 12 years.
Mandela was the first black president of South Africa; he was elected in 1994 and stepped down in 1999. He was put in prison in 1964 for being accused of political terrorism. He was released in February 1990. In 2000 he began to raise awareness of AIDS in South Africa.
We asked two teachers (Mrs Lomax and Ms Ashworth) and a pupil (James Baron) about what they thought of him and his legacy. Ms Ashworth quoted that ‘his best achievement was becoming the president of South Africa’ whereas Mrs Lomax thought that it was him getting out of prison and being cleared of his terrorism accusations. James also thought the same as Mrs Lomax.
We asked all of them about who they thought were in their Top 10 Most Influential People of All-Time. They all said that Mandela would easily be in there along with the likes of; Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu who was the arch bishop at the time, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Oscar Romero, Margaret Thatcher and more.
FEARNS TEACHER FLYING HIGH!|
Fearns teacher passed his flight test and has become a fully - qualified commercial pilot.
Art teacher Steven Nuttall, passed his flight test and has become a fully- qualified commercial pilot a month ago. The nerve racking two and a half hour long exam starting at Liverpool airport took him across the country. From Chester to Wales, he executed different landings in different circumstances. He says “I’m relieved more than anything! I’m really happy that all the work and training I’ve done has paid off!”
Mr Nuttall loves flying and has done since he was a child, but his biggest inspiration came 3 years ago at a Summer School he ran at Fearns. He had a pilot come to the school as a guest speaker for the pupils, and was inspired himself! Now he’s passed the exam, his goal is to become a pilot for a professional airline. He says “I love teaching very much, but to be a pilot, that’s my dream.” In his spare time, Mr Nuttall enjoys to study flying from books, and thinks it’s “expensive, hard work, but definitely worth it.”
As part of his training, Steve took a few fellow teachers from Fearns Community Sports College up into the air. Mrs Taberner (humanities) said she was very nervous about flying, but once in the air that changed. “There was a lot of strange noises at first” she says “but Mr Nuttall explained what they were, and now whenever I’m in a plane, I think about what each noise is.” Mr Nuttall flew low so any sights could easily be seen. He even flew around Mrs Taberner’s house! “I could see my children waving in my back garden! It was amazing” she says. After the trip with Mr Nuttall, Mrs Taberner no longer gets nervous about flying, she looks forward to it!
Literacy Challenge 2013|
Literacy Challenge - Monday 15th July 2013
Today all KS3 pupils took part in an exciting literacy challenge which links us with a Ugandan secondary school called St Monica's. We had to write stories for Ugandan children to help them with their education and understanding of the English language. We have also written letters to them in response to the letters we recently received. Fearns is donating unused textbooks and pupils are bringing in old storybooks to help these children.
Learn some Ugandan phrases!
Webale Nyo = thank you very much
Oliottya = how are you
Bulung = good
Kale sebo = OK sir (boy, man)
Kale nyabo = OK lady (girl)
Mzungu = white person
Mudugavu = black person
Fearns forges links with Ugandan charity|
OUR school and Valley-based Ugandan charity TUSC are forging closer links by collecting books and setting up penpals.
Carol Mitchell, from Bacup, founded TUSC Transport for Ugandan Sick Children after a visit to the African country in April 2010.
The charity pays for a bus that is used to ensure children who need medical care are not prohibited from receiving treatment because of transport costs.
Pupils become reporters to produce school paper in a week|
It was the fourth year that the paper Fearns Chat has been produced at the school and 11 Year 9 pupils worked with journalist Catherine Smyth to write, photograph and design the 16-page A4 newspaper.
PUPILS flocked to Fearns to enjoy a primary picnic in super sunshine.
The event, organised by literacy co-ordinator Miss Roach, attracted more than 170 Year 5 pupils from schools in Waterfoot, Bacup, Newchurch, Weir and Shawforth.
Besides literacy, they also had a numeracy guess who murder mystery task, sports, performing arts and expressive arts to enjoy. Year 9 Literacy Leaders and Year 10s on work experience at Fearns chaperoned the pupils.
Marvellous Media Museum!|
Over forty Year 8 pupils visited the National Media Museum in Bradford in July. As well as exploring the many interactive exhibitions spread over six floors they also watched a short 3D film called 'Born to Be Wild' at the IMAX screen. They had a great time, saying it was 'fantastic' and they 'want to go again'. Here are pictures of pupils posing in front of BBC backgrounds from 'Teletubbies' and 'Walking with Dinosaurs'.
Well done literacy ladybird winners! Keep up your fantastic literacy skills!
BBC School News Report at Fearns|
Today, 21st March 2013, 8 pupils took part from Fearns for the BBC School News Report.
We have had a great day! Here are some opinions:
Kirstyn said: “Today has gone very well, it has been fun and helped me to understand more about news articles and how to write them.”
Chantelle said: “Today has been successful. We have managed to work as a team and we have learnt to understand the journalism work role as we have to work for a dead line.”
Freya said: “Today has been very productive, I have learnt much more about journalism and some of the topics.”
Underneath you will be able to view all our articles, see the photographs we took and watch our video! Enjoy!
BBC News School Report Presenting Masterclass|
Three Year 9 School Reporters were invited to the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK, Salford, to take part in a presenting masterclass. Only three schools in the whole of the North-West got the chance to go!
Respect Day – Special Report
Reading challenge at Fearns boosts love of books|
For the first hour of every day all the pupils, and their teachers and support staff, spent the time reading.
Literacy co-ordinator Miss Roach promoted the initiative as part of the school’s aim to improve literacy and a love of books.
Reading Rocks Reward!|
Reading Rocks is a reading group which has taken place every Wednesday lunchtime this year. Year 7s have been paired with Year 9s to read a range of fantastic books. Several members of the Reading Rocks group showed great commitment and were rewarded with a trip to The Rock, Bury, to go bowling. They all had a fantastic day, and want to remind everyone that READING ROCKS!!
SUPER sleuths turned detective to solve an animal crime in a fun literacy quiz held at Fearns.
Animated storyteller brings words to life|
MAGICAL mysterious myths and traditional tales kept 130 pupils enthralled.
Storyteller Sue Allonby was animated as she described the stories bringing words to life while the Year 7 and Year 8 pupils wondered where the tale would go next.
The visit was organised by Literacy Co-ordinator English teacher Miss Roach. She said: “The purpose is to stretch the pupils’ imaginations and help them to understand the story telling process.
Charities benefit as Year 7s read|
YOUNG bookworms with noses for good books absorbed hundreds of pages and savoured thousands of words to raise money for charity.
Discover a whole new world of wondrous words!
Bacup Library is a great place to meet exciting new characters, to find out amazing facts and to expand your mind.
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Mill visit brings Victorian age to life|
More than 90 pupils visited Helmshore Mills Textile Museum over two days when they absorbed life in the late 1800s and early 20th Century.
Students turn sports journalists at Preston|
ENGLISH GCSE students became sports journalists for the day when they joined the press pack at Preston North End.
Eleven Year 10 and 11 pupils from Fearns spent a busy Saturday at Deepdale where they got to know a bit more about the club and the game and got top tips on writing a match report before having a go themselves.
School fosters love of books with challenge|
Literacy co-ordinator Miss Roach said: “The aim of the reading challenge is to encourage everyone to have a love for books, and that means staff as well as pupils.
“For one week we ask that, during first period, everyone brings along a book and reads. Pupils can earn smileys, the school’s reward point rewards, both for bringing in their own books and also for making an effort.”
Animated author inspires young writers|
The horror writer from Lumb, has written 29 books and his latest, Flame of the Dragon, the 13th and last in the series Scream Street, has just been published to coincide with Hallowe’en.
Literacy fun at Fearns' festival|
Literacy is fun: Visitors to Fearns Literacy Festival with literacy leaders and prefects and English teacher Miss Roach.
Prince's award for Miss Roach|
High praise: Headteacher of Fearns Mr Dawson with Literacy Co-ordinator Miss Roach who has earned the school the Prince’s Teaching Institute Kitemark for the third year.
Read all about it, get a copy of Fearns Chat|
GOOD read… The junior journalists and teacher Miss Roach with copies of their newspaper.
READING all about it: newshounds Jordan Houlker, Aimee Fordham, Megan Cartridge and Leigh Wood.
All clued up for literacy quiz|
The event was organised by literacy co-ordinator Miss Roach, who was delighted with the turnout as Year 5 pupils descended on the school in droves.
Top spooky author visits Fearns|
BEST selling children’s fantasy author Joseph Delaney visited our school to discuss his work with Year Nine pupils.
He gave a talk on his career interspersed with several spooky tales, explained his inspiration and went on to describe the characters in The Spook’s Books’ series.
Literary detectives solve Christmas crime|
The fun activity at was organised by English teacher Miss Roach and was led by Literacy Leaders who all became suspects to be quizzed by Year 7 girls.
School student leaders live on air|
Year 11 students Chris Kenyon and Nicole Taylor-Lyons were interviewed on Rossendale Radio by Peter Sweetmore.
Royal appointment for Fearns|
Our school is one of only two in Lancashire to have the work of a school department recognised by the Prince’s Teaching Institute.
Wordsmiths pen prose for book|
The work of the Years 7,8 and 9 pupils will appear in Poetry Matters – Manchester and The North of England, which is being published at the end of February.
Team challenge puts Britain in the news|
Under the title Best of British, all year 7, 8 and 9 pupils took part in a literacy challenge to earn prizes and rewards for their teams of Hillary, Bannister and MacArthur.