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BBC School Report Bulletin 2018

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Thursday 15th March 2018 
Prospect Newsdesk


the 4 pm Bulletin

Stephen Hawking's death

Stephen Hawking died at 76 on the 14th March 50 years after told him he would die.

Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned physicist has died in his home in Cambridge on the morning of March 14th 50 years after being told he didn’t have long to live.

Stephen Hawking’s second ex-wife said “His death was a relief for my former husband”

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 21 and medical experts said he would only have 2 years to live. He defied the medical experts, however.

Judith Croasdell, his former assistant, has said: “I believe he died of a chest infection, that is my guess. He had one every year and that would always bring him down but I think it got him this time. I didn’t know that he was ill but it was seasonal, every year he would get this chest infection and you would think he would never survive. I would say he was the longest living man with motor neurone disease(MND) and after suffering from it for so long, it just crept up on him.”

Reading rocks

The mystery stones are appearing everywhere

Kyle, age 13, found a lot of the mystery stones by the Mansion House.The stones are shiny and have got a creative picture on one side and writing on the other side.

The idea was thought up in America two and a half years ago and they are called kindness rocks. “Our goal is simple: to promote random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients,” says Megan Murphy of Kindness Rocks Project in Cape Cod.

“If you find a rock and you want to keep that rock, then you have to make a new rock to put out there,” explained Bradley, age 13.

Awab, age 13, explained how the kindness rocks are made.  “Basically, you find a smooth river stone. You wash the rock and let it dry.  Next, you paint the colours you want using a brush and paints.  Then, seal the rock with an acrylic spray sealer and let it dry.  Write your message on the back with a Sharpie or a paint brush.  Let it dry, seal it again.  Once it’s dry you can hide it for someone to find.”

“The image on front symbolises happiness,” said Jasper, age 13, “I’ll definitely try one.”

Mr Farrell suggested,“If you have groups making them in PSHE I think they would absolutely love to do this. It would be a great source of inspiration.”

By Bradley, Kyle and Awab

GWR New electric trains to conserve energy

Our local train service, Great Western Railway, is currently transferring over to a new train called the “Class 800 Intercity Express”. These trains are electric primarily to save oil usage in the UK. Already trains usually use a lot less oil than taking a bus or taxi as well as being cheaper for the government and distance wise for people using public transport.

The original plan was to re-paint the original diesel trains a different colour due to changing the livery “First Great Western” back to the original “Great Western Railway.”

Many countries like Japan and Korea, have been using “The Bullet Train” for years now and they are one of the things that makes those countries. These new trains cost £4.5 billion to produce 500 coaches all across the country. They are built by a global company “Hitachi” which originates in Japan and make all kinds of products worldwide such as the projector in your classroom. These trains use electricity to run which overall saves money and oil usage in the UK.

People currently prefer these trains to the old diesel trains as it can cut the journey by 25% without any interruptions due to a faster acceleration rate allowing it to reach the speed limit quicker and slow down at a faster rate allowing it to pull in at a higher speed. These trains require what’s called a “pantograph” This is a weird pylon looking thing on the roof of the main engine allowing it to connect to the overhead cables and conduct electricity for the entire train.


Report of the big Blizzard with Storm Emma and the Beast From The East

The Blizzard of the 2nd March 2018 was incredibly strong - it was one of the biggest blizzards in 35 years, it was frightening. It seemed that the Beast From The East and Storm Emma came from Russia or France.

The Blizzard affected the School (Prospect School) because there was a red warning, so cars or buses would not be able to go to the School and it would have been dangerous to walk.  After staying open on Thursday, the school, along with others in the area, was forced to close because of our safety.

The Blizzard was really, really strong but we will be better prepared for the next time that it comes.