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BBC School News Report

St Helens rugby inspiration talks to The Sutton Academy

On the 16th March 2017, we interviewed St Helens Rugby Club star Kyle Amor. We asked him about his school life, his time at St Helens and his favourite memories.

We started by asking Kyle about his school life and how he became the rugby star he is today. Firstly, he told us that at school he studied French, food technology and geography. In the interview, he said that he enjoyed geography but he was “no good at woodwork”. Also he said he was not inspired to do rugby. He said “I was doing an apprenticeship with a friend, before I started played at 16." He started playing at Hensingham RLFC and after that he got a professional contract at Whitehaven.

Secondly, we asked Kyle Amor about the team and what it was like to win the First Utility Super League. He said they were “Still really good, not performing as well as they could be." He was aware they needed to “start playing more and more games and winning more games." On winning the Super League, Amor said “it was amazing it was my first taste of silverware at professional level I will remember it for the rest of my life.”

After we talked to him, it sounded like he had a positive outlook on life. This was clear when he said he “loves coming into work every day”. He sounded like he loves to train week in and week out. He said it is “like being a big kid” Evidently, he loves his job and does not want to quit. It was great getting an insight into his life.

The School Life of Teachers.
This article will be about teachers’ points of view about what the school life was like, and to see if they enjoyed it. I also asked what they think of the Sutton Academy, as well as what they would change if they could. I chose to interview the principal of The Sutton Academy, Mrs Sherman, and the head of geography, Mr Bibby.

Mrs Sherman
Mrs Sherman went to an all-girls grammar school. Her school was very academic and had hardly any other choices apart from academic subjects. Mrs Sherman says that the social and education sides of the school were quite balanced and she managed to do all the work needed. Even though her school was very academic, she really enjoyed it and was able to do all the things she wanted to do in and after school.

In Mrs Sherman’s opinion, The Sutton Academy’s students live up to the positive reputation the school receives. The school and the students have great potential to become even better than they are now. Mrs Sherman also said that, if she could, she would improve the A-Block, specifically the language department. She would also like to take ownership of the sports centre that we currently use for P.E lessons. She also wishes to improve the sports centre to achieve full potential of the students.

Mr Bibby
Mr Bibby said his school life was very different to how he sees students living nowadays, due to technology and a few other things. Mr Bibby also said that the education clashed with his social life, similar to what most students would say today. Mr Bibby also said that he loved school and that it was awesome.

In Mr Bibby’s opinion, The Sutton Academy is great right now, and can and should carry on going in the same direction. We also asked him “if you could change one thing, anything, what would it be?” He replied that he would not change a thing as the school is already heading towards greatness!

Mr York

Performing Arts have been a big subject in education for a while now. So, I thought the best thing to do was to talk to the people who teach the subject itself.

I have been speaking to one of our performing arts teachers to get his opinions on some of the questions constantly asked.

What did you do before teaching performing arts?
Mr York: Well, I was at university, where I did a degree in music tech. I then went on to work in recording studios as a music engineer, recording engineer. I was then offered a job at Warrington collegiate, lecturing on music. Through that I decided to get my teaching qualification.

Do you think that the arts should be more prominent in school life?
Mr York: (laughing) Good question! It is important. And it is prominent. I mean if you look over the school year, there is a GCSE qualification and an A level in all three disciplines. We have shows! The school show. The dance show which is massive and has over 200 students, and it runs over 3 nights. A Summer concert, and a rock night each year is also held. So importance is always nice, but it is prominent it is there. And we need to remember the strain schools are under. So yes!

Who inspired you to join the performing arts world?
Mr York: My dad played guitar, and when I was about 8 years old I had a record by Led Zeppelin. After that I decided to learn how to play it. And then found out I was pretty good, and then I was obsessed! I started performing in school, clubs, pubs. Plus all the education stuff. I found it rewarding.

And Finally, if you were a biscuit, what would you be and why?
Mr York: I think I would be a Hobnob...because they're resilient!

INTERVIEWS by Year 7 students!
For this extract we will be interviewing particular teachers on behalf of the students of year 7 class 72/En2, 72/Ma2 and 72/Sc2.

English: Interview with Mr Paice

Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher because I had a really inspirational English teacher but I moved half way through Year 7 when I was 11 years old.
What is the best lesson that you have ever taught? Any lesson on poetry is my favourite because I just love analysing it but not really writing it. Plus I love my poetry lessons with my year 8 set 1 because at the beginning of the year they were really unsure but now they really love it. I also love seeing progress being made by my students.
What do you think you would be doing as a job if you were not a teacher? This may sound really cheesy but I always wanted to be a teacher because I have thought it was my calling since I was around the age of 12, but if I really could not be a teacher I would be a journalist.



Mathematics: Interview with Mr Birchall

Why did you become a teacher?
I used to work part time as a tutor and I really enjoyed helping people get good grades and succeed in life!
What is the best lesson that you have ever taught? The best lesson that I have ever thought is any first lesson with a class. It can be a bit scary at first but once you get the hang of it, it is really fun!
What do you think you would be doing as a job if you were not a teacher? I think that personally I would be a zookeeper if money was not a problem, plus I love Lions!
Why did you choose to teach maths? Because it is a high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subject.
What is better: flapjacks or algebra? * laughs* nobody should have to answer that question! I think that I would choose to erase flapjacks from the world because you can still have apple pie, cinnamon swirls, cookie dough ice cream but a life without algebra is not a life worth living.



Science: Interview with Mr Mainey

Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I thought my personality suited the job.
What is the best lesson that you have ever taught? It was a year 6 summer school and we had spent the entire day designing and making water rockets.
What do you think you would be doing as a job if you were not a teacher? I would be a paramedic because of my qualifications towards that subject of life.
Why did you choose to teach science? I chose science because it tells how the world works and as a kid I was fascinated by that.
Have you ever cooked something that turned out to be a disaster? I have had lots of disasters, but my most disastrous is when it was my eldest son's birthday with his friends, and I was cooking on a barbeque and the coal was self-lighting. I put lots of the coal on the barbeque and added fire, then the entire thing went ablaze.