18th January 2017

School Sports

Harton Girls Rugby Player Earns an England Trial 

April, a pupil from year 9, has been invited to trial for the North of England Girls’ U15 rugby squad. Having been selected for Durham County with three other girls from her year group, it is clear that she has had a very successful season so far.

In her most recent game for Durham County against Cumbria, which was played in Doncaster, April scored a crucial try that took her team to 22–0 going into half time. Durham went onto win the game 46-0.

April, who plays for the schools girls Rugby team, has done herself incredibly proud and we wish her best of luck on her trials for the England Girls U15 rugby squad.

Nikita and Kate

Year 7



Apple Controversially Up Their Prices on the App Store

Apple has raised the prices in the app store for the UK, India and Turkey. Instead of and app costing £0.79, as per usual, it will now numerically match the US price of $0.99 making UK apps cost £0.99. Apple did say that if app developers did want to keep their prices at £0.79 they can, but they will have to adjust their app to accommodate the lower price. Apple has also said that new price tiers will be added allowing developers to price their apps at £0.79 and an even cheaper price of £0.49, which of course is a welcome addition to the app store. But the decision to forcibly up their prices means they may face a large backlash from users as the original price difference was to compensate for the dollars conversion rate to pounds. It remains to be seen whether this decision will have an affect on apples future profits.

In other tech news scientist have designed a new lithium-ion battery that contains a fire extinguishing material. If the battery ever gets to hot a chemical compound will be released causing the phone to cool down. The material is called triphenyl phosphate and sits behind a shell, which melts when it reaches 150⁰C. In tests performed on the batteries the fire was extinguished within a remarkable 0.4 seconds, which has to be said is a life saving feature.

Thanks for reading and please check out the rest of the page for more stories.


Year 9


Sports News

Transfer News

We are half way through the January transfer window and already we have seen some big transfers including Oscar’s £60million move to China. But will Dimitri Payet leave West Ham? Will Diego Costa leave Chelsea?

Speculation about Dmitri Payet continues as West Ham have rejected a second bid from Marseille. However Payet says Marseille is his preferred destination. Payet is also refusing to play for the Hammers.

Diego Costa’s move to China seems to have been scuppered by new rules in the Chinese Super League, says club owner Shu Yuhui.

Shu claims Tianjin had lined up moves for Spain international Costa, 28, and fellow forwards Karim Benzema, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.

But Chinese clubs will only be able to field three foreign players per game when the new season starts.

Looking at some of the completed deals this week and Swansea have signed Martin Olsenn from Norwich for £4million.

Jeffery Schlupp has joined Crystal Palace for £12million. He is Sam Allardyce’s first signing for Palace since taking over as manager.


Year 9



Has Lindsey Lohan Joined Islam?

Today’s top story in the world of entertainment is ‘Has Lindsey Lohan joined Islam?’

Recently she took to Instagram deleting ALL her posts and replacing them with Arabic messages. She also changed her Instagram bio to ‘Alikum Salam’ which is Arabic for ‘Peace be unto you’. This has created huge fuss for this mean girl legend, with one person writing ‘I heard that Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam? If it’s true, Alhamdulillah. God has shown her the right path to now follow.’

Another follower posted photos of Lohan wearing a hijab during a visit to Turkey in October, writing: “May Allah bless you.” Lindsey first prompted rumours of Islamic beliefs in 2015, when she was photographed holding a copy of the Quran while doing community work.

So, what do you think about this mean girl legends huge change?


Year 7


International News

President Trump’s Inauguration  

This Friday President-Elect Donald Trump will become president of the United States of America, and to help you understand the event we have put together a timetable of events. Please note that all the times will be UK time.

At around 8:30pm on Thursday the 19th of January, Mr Trump will attend a Wreath Laying ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, which is done to show respect to fallen US military soldiers. John F. Kennedy was also buried here.

At 9 PM, Trump and his Vice President elect, Mike Pence will attend a welcome concert dedicated to the president elect. This concert also officially kicks off the inaugural events.

The next day, at about 1:30pm, most president-elects go to St John’s Episcopal Church to say a short prayer. This has become a tradition over the years.

After that Donald Trump and Barack Obama will meet at the White House. This is common etiquette when US Presidents change over. Obama will leave a brief note to Trump.

At 5pm Trump and his family swear an oath to the United States. The oath is: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The ceremony is expected to be attended by thousands of people. After this Trump is expected to make a speech, which will be his first at the 45th President of the United States of America.

Scott and Jake

Year 8


Sunderland AFC

Sunderland Slump to Another Defeat

In their most recent premier league game Sunderland came up against Stoke City in a must win clash.

Stoke who are 9th in the premier league managed beat Sunderland 3-1. Marko Arnautovic scored 2 before Peter Crouch headed home for their third.

Luckily at the stroke of half time Jermaine Defoe got through on goal and tucked it away into the bottom left corner.

The result leaves Sunderland floundering 19th in the league, with only goal difference preventing them from being bottom.

Robert and Ben

Year 8