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School Report 2013

Thursday, 21 March 2013

It's here! BBC News School Report Day. Cirencester Deer Park School pupils are making the news today when they take part in the BBC News School Report. Schools across the country will be filing news reports on things happening in their area.

Friday 22 March 2013

Horse Meat - true or false?
by Molly

The horse meat scandal has shocked and surprised the people in Britain. Pupils of schools have had some questions about the horse meat scandal. Here at Cirencester Deer Park School we have been trying to answer some of those questions. We have been conducting a investigation about food at Deer Park.

Miss Parker, a Food Technology teacher at our school said, “I think it’s a real shame that people have been deceived and that people have been tricked to buy one thing but bought another.” She also added, “I think it has been a problem in the making because we are always waiting for food to be cheaper and cheaper.”

There are a lot of varied opinions across Deer Park school. Here is a opinion of a Year 8 pupil, Jacinta, “It’s no different than what we had before. We had it before so why not have it now.”

A few schools have found horse meat from their suppliers but we haven’t. Lots of people have reacted to this in different ways. Some people have turned vegetarian; some people won’t trust the suppliers any more.

Here at Cirencester Deer Park School, we have trusted suppliers that give us all our food. We have a chain supplier list. That means that we can go to our supplier and be sure that we know where their meat comes from. We have alot trust in our suppliers and so should you.

To conclude, the horse meat scandal has affected a lot of us but has not affected our school. We have complete trust in our suppliers.

Thursday 21 March 2013


Fantastic Footy
by Kaspar

Deer Park school have a strong Year 7 Football team.

One of their strongest players is Jordan who plays for Forest Green, with his cousin Blaine Graham. The team’s captain is Ethan, who commented “The team has been playing really well and that their closest rivals are Marling Grammar School.”

Deer Park has played a small number of games so they are still getting used to the team’s atmosphere. They have played 3 games and 1 tournament, the team are very happy with how they have played so far!

Radical Running Trio
by Kaspar and Henry

Matt, Simon and Ellen are three outstanding cross country runners from Cirencester Deer Park School. Simon and Ellen are in Year 7 and Matt is in Year 11. Ellen has made it all the way to County level whereas Simon has gone so far as to get into the National team - unfortunately he is too young, even though he has achieved the required qualifying time for the national team.

Ellen trains once a week with her friends at Cirenhares; a running club for juniors that started 50 years ago. Her training includes all Athletics and running around sports halls when it is cold and fields when it is warm.

Simon trains twice a week: Once a week he does Cirenhares with Ellen and he also runs with family members. He competes now with Gloucestershire county.

Matt, our Year 11 National runner, trains three times a week with Cheltenham Harriers. His running ability ranges from 10k to track to cross-country. He travels around the South-West to compete in national races; the furthest he has had to go is Derbyshire.

Radical Rugby Boys!
by Kaspar and Henry

Year 7 Deer Park Rugby team remain unbeaten!

The Year 7 Rugby team have had a storming first season with 14 wins and only 1 draw; Skipper Josh said, “Our closest rivals are Thomas Keble because their front row is so compact and strong.”

Thomas Keble v Cirencester Deer Park was a very memorable game because both teams were so close! Deer Park’s Josh was the player who brought them back into the game; he ploughed through the Keble pack and produced a stunning try which equalized the game. Team mate Mike said, “The team had rallied together to create a commanding form taking possession at every available opportunity and finding the weakness in the strong Thomas Keble team.”

Deer Park’s recent victories have pushed the rugby team into the Deer Park record books. The Year 7 team are now looking forward to next season as well as continuing to settle into their new school environment.Surely the future for the young rugby team looks successful; the boys have finished in style!

Thursday 21 March 2013

By Beth and Jasmine

Earlier today we interviewed Callum and Andrea about Youth Parliament and what they thought about it. Callum and Andrea, both in Year 11 at Cirencester Deer Park School, stood for election as representatives for the Cotswold and Stroud constituency and, after a secret ballot across all of the areas secondary schools, were told on Friday 29 February that they had been successful - Callum is Member of Youth Parliament (YMP) and Andrea is Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DYMP).

They said that even though they’ve only been doing it for a couple of weeks they are really enjoying it and are looking forward to what it brings them in the future.

To expand on what Andrea and Callum said about Youth Parliament, UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) elections take place annually in every part of the UK. There are currently hundreds of Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs). Any young person aged 11-18 can stand or vote in the UKYP elections. MYPs meet with MPs and local councilors, organize events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers. The most important aspect of any MYP’s job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

New Deputy for Deer Park?
By Vicky and Amelia

Cirencester Deer Park School is in the process of employing a new Deputy Head Teacher. The interviews are taking place in the Head Teacher’s office. There are many candidates who all have many years of teaching experience.

We interviewed two of the lucky competitors who are eagerly awaiting their interviews with Miss Henson, the head of Deer Park School. Mr Gibson and Mr Randall both said they were excited about their interviews and they had many years of experience at other local schools such as Malmesbury and Royal Wotton Bassett. They wanted to help change our learning for the better and create a better environment for both staff and pupils.

The visiting candidates have been shown around the school site by some of the pupils from all years. They said their tours were enjoyable and very interesting. We wish the best of luck to all of the candidates, and hope to see one of them around school soon!

Thursday 21 March 2013


Yesterday, Wednesday 20 March, Cirencester College hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event called 'The Big Bang'. The day involved lots of scientific activities to try and exciting demonstrations to watch in the College’s theatre. A group of Year 7 pupils were lucky enough to take part and experience Science outside of the classroom. Science teacher Mr Polgrean said, ‘It’s a more hands-on experience that more people can enjoy and will encourage more pupils to go on and study science in later life.’

Thursday 21 March 2013

By Michael and Jacinta

Pupils at Deer Park School are able to study Horticulture and have use of a polytunnel and greenhouse. A polytunnel is like a greenhouse but instead of glass it uses plastic wrap. It sits in a special area behind the school where pupils have built planted raised beds. Inside the polytunnel, pupils are growing flowers and vegetables.

The person behind the Polytunnel is Mr Germaine, Teacher at Deer Park. He said, "In a polytunnel you can grow any seed or flower, from pansies to carrots. Deer Park has had the polytunnel for just under a year and pupils use it for training for their future life. They also grow things to sell or put in their garden and the money earned is reused for development of the site."

Pupils suggested that the area could include a pond. We hope the school will take the pupils' ideas and use them to improve the Horticulture area even further.

Thursday 21 March 2013

By Megan, Beth & Jazz

Signs point to children growing up too fast. Is this true? In a recent study, it has emerged that people think that children are grown up at the age of 12. They are no longer children, in fact they are adults!

Children feel pressurised to act older than they are. Pressures come from technology, peers and famous idols. Each and every one of those things contains some aspect of adulthood. Whether it be make-up or adult humour, children today seem to be understanding these aspects of life.

It has been understood that children today would rather watch something that their parents would class as ‘too old’ for them. This starts from a young age. When parents were younger, they would watch children’s programmes until they were in their late teens, now, the younger generation can access many inappropriate things. At the age of three, they may be watching things containing major amounts of violence. At the age of 12, they could be watching things classed as 18s, containing inappropriate language and inappropriate scenes.

Also, children are using social websites at an age which is technically illegal. However, this is such a common thing that nothing can be done about it. Social websites such as Facebook and Twitter are intended for an older audience.

We interviewed many teachers and pupils at Cirencester Deer park School who all said the same thing. Children are growing up too fast, mainly because of pressures. Girls may worry about how they look and boys may worry about whether they have a tough image.

All this pressure means that children today are missing out on being just children. This lack of childhood could really affect them socially and academically which means that they won’t be able to achieve well in later life. This problem will just keep getting worse unless we remove the pressures and give children their childhood back.

Thursday 21 March 2013

By Amelia, Megan and Vicky

Around 1 in 10 people in the UK have dyslexia - it affects different people in different ways: some struggle with reading, others with writing and some with maths. As dyslexia is common, people would think that everyone would know about it, but they don’t. So, why is nothing done about it?

Dyslexia is something people are born with and it cannot be passed on from person to person. As dyslexia is not curable, people have to learn to live with it. For some people, different coloured films can help them see and for others, saying things out loud helps.

Even though dyslexia is common, people can still be bullied because of it. Mainly it is children because they have lower grades in school or have trouble with spelling more than everyone else.

Schools usually have specialised support teachers for children who have difficulty learning, but often they only offer a generalised form of support. For example, a child with autism and a child with dyslexia (who have completely different needs) may be dealt with the same way and taught by the same principles as each other.

Mrs Coull, dyslexia specialist at Cirencester Deer Park School, told us what she thought, ‘I feel that we are doing more than enough throughout secondary and higher education, but it’s a shame that more isn’t done in primary schools. A lot of dyslexics at our school would benefit if the condition was diagnosed earlier.’

We interviewed a Year 8 boy, Zachary. He told us that dyslexia, while restricting learning in English, improved it in Art and Sport. He also said that he sees it as a good thing rather than a bad thing.

Lesley Oliver and Joe Lay

Year 7: Kaspar, Henry and Owen
Year 8: Jacinta, Amelia, Vicky, Jasmine, Megan, Molly-Ann, Beth, George, Finn, Sean and Michael


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