Year 9 students enjoyed being part of the BBC School Report 2017. You can watch their news report and read some of their reports listed below.

The World's Biggest Scoop!

16 March 2017 by Catherine & Abbie

In Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Kemp's Dairy has set the record for the largest ice cream scoop. The scoop weighed in at 1,365.31kg/ 3,010lb, had the height of 5 feet 6 inches and width of 6 feet 2 inches. It approximately contains 733 household containers of ice cream (which is approximately 1.5 quarts) combined into one huge scoop. The strawberry delight could fill an entire football field with its creamy goodness.

Kemp's Dairy assembled this ginormous ice cream with the help of five nationally ranked snow sculptors. It was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the long-loved business. Once the ice cream had been crafted it was awarded with the Guinness World Record for the World's Biggest Ice Cream Scoop. The frozen delicacy was consumed at Cedarburg Strawberry Festival by the thousands. Founded in 1914 by William Henry Kemp, Kemp's Dairy has provided families with wholesome and delicious dairy products for generations. They began their journey in a small creamery in South-Eastern Minnesota. To this day they are headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota; they run six manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Kemp's Dairy only uses the freshest ingredients to give the finest flavours of ice cream. The Old Fashioned Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and the Kemps GooGoo Cluster Ice Cream are only a few of the most beloved ice cream flavours. Many of their consumers have reviewed their ice cream and say that "The ice cream is rich and creamy with a flavour that you can savour". Kemp's dairy is only being sold in America but we have high hopes that it will one day be sold globally.

Dump Death Toll Reaches 113

16 March 2017 by Brody

A landslide in Koshne, Addis Ababa , Ethiopia that was made of tons of rubbish has claimed 113 lives. This landslide happened on the 11th March, since the death toll has risen to 113 as of Wednesday the 15th. The event was caused by construction in the area, bulldozers are said to have destabilized the mountain of waste. The landslide has destroyed a slum that was built on the biggest landfill site in Ethiopia.

The residents of the slums make their living by collecting and reselling rubbish; some of the residents lived on top of the mound of waste, this meant that they lived in a very unhealthy and unclean environment. The landfill site is a dangerous area to live in due to small fires erupting because of the methane gas that the decomposing waste produces. Now that their makeshift homes have been destroyed many people are now homeless. The residents of the slums also have no job as the landfill site is now too dangerous to work on, and for many of the residents that was their only source of income which they survived on. The government at the time were trying to rehome many of the slum settlers as the government had been building a factory to convert the waste products into energy to power the country.

The Ethiopian government are doing all they can. So far they have transferred 290 of the slum settlers, who were unharmed by the landslide, to a temporary shelter in a youth centre in the capital Addis Ababa. Unlike a similar event in China 2015, the Ethiopian government have provided support for the victim's families by paying for their funerals.

International Purple Day

16 March 2017 by George

1 in 103 people suffer from Epilepsy, says Epilepsy Research UK. Many people have had someone close to them suffer and die from epilepsy. Emma, my Auntie, aged 34, died after a seizure while having a bath in May 2008. Although it was heart breaking it opened my eyes to the illness and made me more aware about it. So many people know first-hand that it is a condition that needs more funding and more attention from the national community and media. This article was written to not only give the condition a voice, but to raise awareness of this illness.

Epilepsy is a condition or illness that causes seizures and loss of consciousness. Epilepsy day or Purple day, is an international day on the 26th March to raise awareness about Epilepsy, make people aware of the symptoms and raise funds for Charities, supporting victims in and around the UK. A symptom of epilepsy includes recurrent seizures, these occur when there is too much electrical activity in the neurons, contained in the brain. Not all seizures are caused by epilepsy - people with low blood sugar that are being treated for diabetes can also experience seizures, however these are not epileptic.

My own experiences with epilepsy shows it is crucial that you don't panic if you see someone having an epileptic seizure. Remain calm, stay aware and call or ask for help if you need it. If you find someone, according to the NHS Website you should move them from anything that could cause them harm, cushion their head if they are on the ground and stay with them and talk to them calmly until they have recovered.

To get involved on Purple day you could purchase a purple day wrist band which would go towards helping someone with this condition or go towards raising awareness of epilepsy. Or if you want to show your absolute support you could wear purple on the 26th March and donate to a local or National trust that supports someone with epilepsy. Although technological advancements have improved medication and aided people tremendously, I cannot stress enough the importance of more funding for this sector. You can find support at these charities and telephone numbers. If you suffer from epilepsy at Epilepsy action and find more advice at Epilepsy research and the NHS website.