BBC SCHOOL REPORT 
  The Olympic Torch Comes to Morley
 
On June 25th, the Olympic torch is paying a visit to many places including our home town of Morley, as well as other towns in the Leeds area such as: Hunslet, Beeston, Batley, Dewsbury and many more. These locations and others will be blessed with a visit from the icon of British spirit. As you can imagine many of the students at The Morley Academy are ecstatic that the Olympic torch carrying the Olympic spirit is coming to Morley. This is an honour and a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of our students to get as close as possible to the Olympic torch.
Who do we want to carry the Olympic torch? 
There are many people who dream of carrying the Olympic torch but the majority of these people might not get the opportunity. But now the Olympic torch is coming to town and you can be in reaching distance of the symbol of Olympic spirit, if not you will hopefully be carrying it. Could you imagine holding the Olympic torch in your hand? Running past the screaming fans. Been on live television in front of millions, because some lucky person from Yorkshire will be carrying the torch. We asked teachers and students how they would feel carrying the Olympic torch. Many said they would be honoured and excited an unusual answer was they would feel nervous. We also asked who they would nominate to carry the Olympic torch a huge majority said celebrities. Some examples are Ray Harryhauser nominated by the author of the book Wereworld, Curtis Jobling. Another example  of a nominated celebrity is Morrissey nominated by a teacher.  
 
The Events
There are 38 Olympic events and all of them are unique in their own way. Previously, we asked students what their favourite Olympic event was. The students all had different opinions about the Olympic events, but all these have something in common, they all play a role on bringing the countries together. The most popular event is table tennis out of the people we asked which includes students and teachers. This is mainly because it is easy to play and more entertaining. The events are important as without them there are no Olympics.
Conclusion 
In conclusion, the Olympic torch is passing through towns across Leeds and the Olympics is being held in the capital of England, London. The students of the Morley Academy are really looking forward to the Olympics. We hope you are as excited as we are!
 
Reported by Jonah, Steven and Daniel
 
 
Options Options and More Options
Many students across the country are now making life-changing decisions that may affect the career path they take in life – aged only 12 or 13. Is this the way of the future, or is it just a phase that will pass as soon as it came along?
We wondered what had made our principal and associate principal make the decision to move our decisions a year forward: ‘It gives the students an extra year working on their GCSE subjects, therefore they can reach their maximum potential,’ was our associate principal’s response.  In reply to our second question – ‘do you think this was an effective decision?’ – she said ‘it has been effective in most subjects, but some have decided that they still want the first real GCSE in year 10’.
Furthermore, we asked some year 9 students if they found it easier choosing their options a year early.  Lots replied with the same answer; that they did, because they already had an idea of what they wanted to do in the future, and didn’t want to spend any more time doing subjects that wouldn’t help them.
A group of year 8 students were also asked the question – ‘would they have preferred an extra year to decide?’ Most informed us that they would, because they were a bit young.
Although The Morley Academy has started their GCSE subjects a year earlier, not every school has. A teacher from a school we cannot name said that they didn’t want the students choosing the options in year 8, because they didn’t have many lessons in year 7 in certain subjects. For example, the students only have 1 hour of MFL (modern foreign languages) a week in year 7, which is not enough to make an informed decision about choosing that subject.
This has only been going on a year now; the second group of year 8s are choosing their options. However, we think that this new idea will be successful, and think that many more schools will take it on.
 
Reported by Rosie, Abigail and Co
 
A new way forward?
I’m sure that individuals like yourselves are aware of a very controversial issue that takes place beyond the boundaries of the shop shelves and advertisements.
According to a recent study, around 15,000 animals are brought in from abroad to the UK every year for testing new medicines.
However, is all of this about to change for the better?
Animal right activists are now on a mission, to stop airlines and ferries transporting animals into the country if they are going to be used for animal testing. If travel companies do not comply, activists threaten to protest.
Some believe that there will be a new way out, instead of hurting animals for the benefit of our looks. A student here suggested they should test only on human tissue culture. We are hoping this happens sooner rather than later.
 
We asked several people whether they feel animal testing is morally right; if they think that the animal testing laws are acceptable; and if they themselves used products tested on animals.
The majority of the answers we got said ‘animal testing isn’t right, it is cruel, however a necessary evil’.
In addition to this, the hair and beauty department here at T.M.A stated that they use dermalogica – a product that uses all natural ingredients and doesn’t test on animals. The department feel that animal testing laws should be stricter, as do many of the students.
 
Reported by Rosie, Abigail and Co

Literacy Rates are Decreasing?
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted Chief Inspector, yesterday reported on BBC Newsnight that literacy progress in England is grinding to a halt. He was quoted as saying that ‘Other nations have much better standards’ and ‘We have dropped from 7th to 23rd in the literacy league table of the UN’. He went on to say that a lot of children are leaving primary school without the expected literacy levels. As keen English students, we find this particular statistic appalling – we also believe that this may be stereotyping, as there are also many bright students which do gain the expected rates and make expected levels of progress. However, we strongly believe that this is a subject which needs addressing – we fear that it may be difficult in the future to gain a career without the necessary English qualifications.
So what can teachers do to improve their standard of teaching? Well, Sir Wilshaw believes that new literacy teachers should be given education themselves to help them optimise their teaching skills.
Despite Sir Wilshaw’s opinions, as an academy, we feel priviledged to have access to skillful teachers and useful resources, which result in inspirational literacy rates. We feel the only way we could possibly improve literacy rates on a whole would be to make students read for leisure, to improve reading skills.
We spoke to The Morley Academy’s Literacy Co-ordinator who gave us an in depth analysis of our literacy achievements. Please see the video interview below.
 
Reported by Laura and Rebecca for BBC School Report
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  BBC School Report 2012 
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