BBC School Report
Theo, aged 8, runs up a bill of over £1000 buying virtual doughnuts.
By Sophie, Ciara, Ronan, Claire and Rebekah
Theo, an 8 your old boy managed to spend over £1000 on virtual games using his parents’ ipad. He spent money on the game The Simpson Trapped Out buying “virtual doughnuts”.
His parents only noticed this when his mother called his father panicking about their bank account being empty. After getting a bank statement there was more than 100 purchases ranging from £1.50 to £75.
His parents downloaded a free app for Theo, but when upgrading or buying extra items you do not need a password or confirmation.
The game My Little Pony encourages players to spend £69.99. This would be spent on “a mountain of gems”. It is very clear that the My Little Pony app is not aimed at adults to buy features. This game is a children’s game.
Theo’s father stated, “I was cross, but not with him especially. Apple and itunes should have a more secure way to stop this happening. Or at least alert people after a certain amount has been spent. £1000 worth of doughnuts and I didn’t get a single one.”
Hamilton College Celebrates the Opening of its All-weather Pitch
On Friday 15thMarch the brand new all-weather pitch was opened At Hamilton College.
The pupils and the Friends of Hamilton College raised the money to build the pitch through various fundraising activities such as the Astro-ball; many bake sales and a 24hour sport-a-thon.
This pitch will help to improve the pupils’ sports skills and will be in use all year round.
Before the weather pitch was built there was an ash pitch which limited the amount of sports available for the pupils and could only be used during dry weather.
D’arcy, aged 12 from S1C, commented: “I am a hockey player for Hamilton College. I think it is a great addition to the school and I cannot wait to play a game on it.”
Callum, also age 12 from S1B, stated, “I think there will be a better variety of sports available, giving us a wider range to choose from. I like to play rugby but I can’t wait to try out something different.”
Pupil from Hamilton College makes it to Final of Comic Relief Competition
By Ciara and Sophie
Gillian, 15, a Hamilton college pupil, performed with her dance group, Rave Heart, for the Comic Relief does Glee Club Competition.
Her all-girl group made it to the final and achieved a fantastic second place.
Gillian who attends Scottish School Musical Theatre has been dancing since the age of 4. This was the last year she could take part in this competition because of her age. She had wanted to audition the previous year but she was completing her dance exams. Her whole family dances and sings so she knows what she’s doing!
Gillian auditioned first in Glasgow, where the judges choose fifteen groups from five different heats.
The talented dancer then went to London to audition in front of three judges and one celebrity judge.
It has not all been easy as Gillian has experienced some setbacks. She lost her voice on a number of occasions and she also suffers from knee problems. Although this was a disadvantage, she carried on dancing.
Gillian stated “my journey has been very exciting but also nerve racking.”
The S4 pupil was given advice by the judges that was mainly positive but they said that all the girls had to have the same energy levels.
Overall this was a great achievement by Gillian and her group Rave Heart. We hope she carries on dancing and that other Hamilton College pupils will be inspired by her skill and determination.
Doing Something Yummy for Money
Hamilton College Pupil Cake Sale Raises Money for BBC Comic Relief
Hamilton College raised nearly two thousand pounds with a Red Nose Day Bake Sale. Head girl and boy, Lisa and Kyle, along with other prefects and S6 pupils, organised a giant bake sale because they wanted to raise money for one charity before they left school.
To encourage people to bake as much as possible, the prefects held a competition between themselves: whoever baked the most cakes could get the week off duty. This proved to be a popular competition as there were a great number of cakes on sale.
Helping the senior school pupils were Catherine, Blu and Grace, all from J5. They helped to bake by making a coffee and walnut cake, lemon drizzle and a victoria sponge. The girls also donned bobble headbands and sold cakes on the day.
During the bake sale the prefect team all sported comic relief t-shirts and red noses. The pupils also decorated the foyer with Comic Relief bunting.
Their goal was to raise £1000 but far exceeded this target.
The bake sale was not the only event used to raise money as prefects travelled around the school selling red noses. This alone raised £650 for the charity that helps raise money for good causes in Britain and Africa.
Pupils tried to collect all the red noses available this year, known as the “nose with toes”. There were three different versions of the noses and many pupils were lucky enough to collect all three.
To Snow or Not to Snow? That is the Question.
By Zaid, Morna, Christie and Gabriel
Pupils at Hamilton College discuss the absence of snow this winter.
This winter has been remarkable mild in the area of South Lanarkshire. While some people are pleased by this; there are others who long for a white winter.
The weather in Hamilton in 2010 was so bad that some pupils from Hamilton College had to stay overnight in the school, some had to stay on their bus during the horrific weather and others stayed overnight in the Motherwell Football Stadium.
Zaid, an S1 pupil from Hamilton College, stated that, “I was 10 at the time of the big snowstorm. I felt scared because I did not feel comfortable sleeping on the rough carpets and I actually never got to sleep that night.”
Morna, another S1 pupil from the school, stated that: “I was in primary 6 at the time, and I did not really enjoy staying at the school overnight, because I was worried about my family who were on their way to pick me up.”
Staff also endured difficulties. Miss Reid, an English teacher at the school, was working at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell at the time, “I had great difficulty getting home. Eventually I abandoned my car and stayed at a friend’s home. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. There were many abandoned cars and lots of people traipsing through the 2 feet deep snow.”
Recently the Hamilton area has had several rain showers with the odd day of sunshine. On 11thMarch the South Lanarkshire area received the heaviest snowfall they had had during the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.
Gabriel, from Hamilton stated that: “I was quite happy because I had been waiting for it all winter and I was very disappointed when it didn’t last.”
Ever since that snowfall the sun has been shining in the sky, which some may enjoy but is saddening for others.
Let it Snow
It is forecast for South Lanarkshire to continue having this unusual burst of sunshine and then some rain showers with plenty of clouds. This winter, it seems, will be lacking in snowmen and angels, much to the dismay of many pupils at Hamilton College.
What do young people think?
by Jack and Callum
One of the most debated issues in Scotland currently is Scottish independence. BBC School Report, based at Hamilton College, surveyed the opinions of S2 and they had lots to say about the topic.
There are many pupils who believe that Scotland should become independent and there are others who are strongly against the country breaking away from the United Kingdom. To find out what the younger generation thinks, BBC School Report asked several young people whether they would vote yes or no in a Scottish referendum.
The results of the survey show that some, the minority, would vote yes to Scottish independence. However, the majority of pupils, if given the chance, would vote against Scotland becoming its own independent nation.
Luke, 12, stated, “I’ve yet to hear good reason why we should become independent.”
While Rebekah, 12, argued, “Oil is an important resource that we should not have to share with the rest of the UK.”
Senior school pupils expressed their opinions. Theo, 16, commented that, “If Scotland was to become independent then I fear we would lose trade with neighbouring countries like England. I am also concerned about the Common Agricultural Policy since we would no longer be part of the EU.”
Award-winning author Cathy MacPhail visited Hamilton College to talk to first and second year pupils about her books and to give advice to aspiring young writers.
She talked about her forthcoming novel, and signed some of her books for the students.
The Hamilton College pupils were delighted to have such a visitor.
Iona, 13, a second year student at the college explained: "Cathy MacPhail is one of my favourite authors. My favourite book is probably "Worse Than Boys" which I asked her to sign today.
"It was amazing to meet her. I was supposed to meet her once before but she was ill, so I was very pleased when I heard she was coming to my school."
As well as giving advice, Cathy answered some School Reporters' questions.
Q: What advice would you give to young people who are aspiring to become a writer?
A: You should observe as much as you can and write as much as you can. Keeping a journal is a good idea.
To become a better writer, you need to read a lot.
Q: How do you think of your characters' personalities and are they based upon people from your own life?
A: I take inspiration from interesting places I have been. Then I base my characters' personalities on the story I create in my head about the place.
Q: In the future would you write another series of books?
A: I wrote the Nemesis series with boys in mind. In the future I think I would like to write a series that had a girl or girls as the main character.
Q: Which genre of novel do you enjoy writing the most and why?
A: Mystery is a personal favourite.
Q: If you were trapped on a desert island, which books would you take with you and why?
A: 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott is a personal favourite of mine as it was about four sisters and one of them wants to be a writer and in my family there are four sisters and I wanted to be a writer.
I liked the way Charles Dickens wrote about gritty reality and I think my books are about gritty reality sometimes as well.
He also wrote books as a serial so he had to end his chapters with a cliffhanger.
Q: If a pupil was trapped on a desert island which one of your books would you recommend they take with them?
A: It depends if you are a boy or a girl - if you like mystery or romance. It really depends on the person and what their interests are.
However I would say that 'Dark Waters' is one of my own personal favourites.