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BBC School Report 2019

BBC Young Reporters

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Isabella - Brexit: What does it mean for students at Tolworth Girls' School?

An Interview with Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson & Ed Davey
Isabella, BBC Young Reporter / With additional research & interviews by Swetha, Hana and Emily

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Lily - FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: What You Should Know

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France will be the eighth FIFA Women's World Cup. It is a quadrennial international football championship, which means it’s played every four years, and played by the women's national teams of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It will be played in France between the 7th June and the 7th July 2019. In March 2015, France won the right to host the event and it will be the first time the country will host this tournament. In the past, three European nations have held this tournament including Sweden who held it in 1995. Matches are planned in nine cities across France; some being Paris and Lyon.

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Eleanor - The World of Mental Health

As you may have heard many people suffer from mental health illnesses. But what really are mental health illnesses, you may ask yourself, what mental health illnesses are there? How do people deal with mental health? And how can I help? Well in this report I will hopefully answer those questions. 

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Freya - What Makes a Sea Scout?

There are 400 Sea Scout groups in the UK. Each Scout troop has 10-50 members. Most Sea Scout groups meet once a week. Normally for half the year they stay on land and inside, and the other half on the water, doing water based activities.

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Romia - Shocking Foundation Shade Range Causes Internet Stir

Students at Tolworth Girls' School have been in uproar about the lack of diversity available in make-up stores. We interviewed a sample of Sixth Form students, and found that a shocking 70% are unable to find a foundation or concealer that matches their skin tone. Overwhelmingly, it seems that make up ranges are failing to meet the needs of non-white students.

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Hana and Swetha - Sustainable Schools

The definition of sustainable is: the ability to preserve a certain rate or level. Schools’ goals should be that they are run with as little impact on the environment as possible. A way of this is to cut down on carbon emissions from schools; not only is this better for the environment but also cheaper for schools and the government because it reduces energy costs. They should also cut down on food waste.

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Megan & Elizabeth - Kingston Scouts Advocate for the Environment

Through Scouting, young people are given the opportunities to experience and connect with nature. Nature is central to Scouting as one of the eight elements of the scout method, and environmental protection plays a central role in the active citizens that Scouting creates. The Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment(SCENES) and the World Conservation Badge were among the significant environmental programme initiated in the 20th century.

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Ava - Empowering Women Musicians 

As gender equality gets stronger, so does our music. These women have no fear in expressing themselves in their favourite hobby: if men can make music, why can’t we? They have made some wonderful and exciting tunes that have made millions of pounds, but have also created a lot of happy faces! It is empowering to see women on the stage, building up a reputation for never being afraid to stand up and show off their talents! 

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Milita - We Are Readers! Tolworth Girls' Prepare for World Book Day 2019 

World Book Day is the world’s biggest campaign to provide every child and young person in the country with a book of their own. A registered charity, World Book Day is generously supported by sponsor National Book Tokens and brings together the UK and Ireland’s bookselling and publishing industries in an extraordinary collaboration. World Book Day returns in 2019 after one of its biggest years to date with a range of new initiatives that will help to get even more books directly into the hands of children and young people, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them. 

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Antonia - What Causes Homophobia?

Homophobia is a serious issue that effects the lives of many people. 

Recently in the news, Joe Root (English Cricket team captain) stood up to West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel after he made a homophobic comment. Shannon Gabriel was banned from four one-day international games by the International Cricket Council after being found guilty under article 2.13 of the ICC’s code of conduct of ‘personal abuse’. 

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Nadia - The Perils of Social Media

Social Media is, as you probably know, extensively used around the globe. In fact, a recent study with ‘smart insights’ states that in 2018, the number of social media users worldwide was 3.196 billion people. Another interesting study shows some eye-opening statistics concerning 12-15 year olds:

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Fariha - On the Ball! Tolworth’s Contribution to Wimbledon’s Tennis Championship

The Wimbledon Ball Boys and Ball Girls is a great opportunity for young boys and girls. This is a crucial role needing resilience, patience, accuracy and of course a high level of fitness. Did you know that there are around 700 applicants and only 250 boys and girls are chosen to be part of this great role? Did you realise you need to train weekly for over 2 hours? From these numbers you can tell how important this can be for those chosen.

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Seren - Music makes you Feel Good (in every sense!)

We all love listening to our favourite music to feel good. But did you know that music can have such an impact on your emotions? That it can improve your physical health as well as your general wellbeing?

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Deepta - Under Pressure? How do Tolworth Girls’ School Handle the Heat

Many would argue that students today face more pressure and responsibility than many generations before. I interviewed some of the TGS students and got their opinion on homework, responsibilities and who they look up to as inspirations. They also revealed some of their biggest inspirations, those that help them to keep calm and carry on…

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Tasnim - Knife Crime

Knife crime can fall under a number of offences, depending if the weapon is recorded as a “knife or sharp instrument”. The attacks which are identified as a knife crime include homicide, attempted murder, threats to kill, various kinds of assault, robbery, rape and sexual assault.

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Bleunn - The Media Vs You 

Students at Tolworth Girls’ School are considering the power that social media has over their self-esteem. Many people use social media: nearly 2.77 billion people, according to research. However, many users are effected by the harmful content being shown to the public on social media. We at Tolworth Girls’ want to take a stand and reclaim our self-confidence online.

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Imani - Psychological Illness

How anxious are you?

There are many different types of mental health problems and these can affect people in different ways. So how does mental health affect people? And How does it affect their everyday life?

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