BBC Computing Challenge – Scratch Games

As part of our BBC School Report Computing Challenge we had to use computational thinking to solve a real world problem or issue. We asked Mrs Allen and her whizz kids in S3 computing to help us out.

The class worked on robots which would perform household tasks which would assist people with impairments. One robot was programmed to pick different coloured medicine bottles which could be used to help people with visual impairments to ensure that they were taking the correct medication on the correct days. Another robot was programed to respond to the doorbell and would then make the owner aware of visitors by physically tapping them – it was invisaged that this could potentially be useful for people with hearing impairments.


Member of Mrs A’s team also created educational games using Scratch  –

Alex designed a game which combines basketball and mathematics.

Niamh designed a game which teaches people guitar chords.

Solar Eclipse March 2015


In Aberdeen it will be a partial solar eclipse, the duration of the eclipse is supposed to last 2 hours and 13 minutes. A partial solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the sun and the earth, but they don’t align in a perfect straight line. Taking pictures on your phone or cameras can be dangerous and you can end up getting burns at the back of your eye.

With cloud coming in from northwest and southeast, the silver of clearer skies is expected to run across the central swathe of England and wales. If you are lucky enough to see it, it starts at 8:33am and finishes at 10:46 the maximum time is at 9:38am on the 20th of March 2015 (the time it starts) it’s one in a lifetime chance if you’re able to see it.

We asked Mr. McIntosh a science teacher at The Gordon Schools a couple of questions we asked what is the safe way to watch an eclipse? He replied “If you’re organized you can buy solar eclipse shades but if you can’t get that, then get a bit of card poke a hole in the card with a pencil and get another bit of card and it will cast a shadow the card is cheap I like that”.

Then we asked if he’d ever seen an eclipse before? He replied “Yes august the 11th 1999 I was on a motorway”

Finally we asked what he thought about the eclipse. He replied “It’s amazing you should see once in your lifetime, if you don’t see it tomorrow you can see it again in 2096”.

Reported by Team Falcon  (Sam, Beth, Stephanie and Lucy R)

Scotland take on Wales at their home ground of Murrayfield

History looks like it is about to be repeated with Scotland yet again falling short in the first two games of the Six Nations, especially in their match against Wales in their first home game. Scotland’s enterprise was evident in the first half especially with Stewart Hogg scoring a try under extreme pressure from Wales to score first.

This however was short lived when once again a yellow card was given to Finn Russell for a silly tackle on the Welsh number ten Dan Biggar, this ten minutes in the bin resulted in Wales going ahead by 10 points giving Scotland a hill to climb.

At the end of the first half a similar incident to that involving Finn Russell happened to a Welsh player who was sent to the bin which gave Scotland a hope of being able to make up the points just after half time.

The second half was really hectic with Scotland finding themselves under pressure from the start, even with Wales being one man down. Scotland should have been able to put the pressure on Wales but once again poor game management and kicking out of hand let them down. The opposite could be said of Wales with Leigh Halfpenny taking control through the boot and the Welsh ability to take all the high balls from an excellent kicking game. A second try soon came form Wales with Jonathan Davies scoring a try after a great deal of pressure which Scotland couldn’t defend.

This seemed to get Scotland going again and the final ten minutes was all Scotland in attack but although Scotland did score a try it was too late with the clock going red.

Yes, there is much to be positive about with this Scottish performance but they could not take the game from a team that came to play rugby and were much better at their game management. They will improve and need to take the next game against Italy and show some good game management and close out the fame with a good win to give them hope for the rest of the Six Nations.

By Molly

Cuadrado a hit or a miss?

As Juan Cuadrado is set to make his home debut against Everton, the 26 year old Colombian right winger will be keen to get going.

There has been lots of speculation about Cuadrado’s signing but it’s finally happened for a sum believed to be around £27,000,000 from Italian side Fiorentina. As the transfer deadline day kicked in, the signing looked very probable and indeed did happen.

Cuadrado said “I am very happen and thankful for this opportunity I’ve been give. This is a great club and, honestly, it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family and to know that the manager believes in me. I’m happy,”

After five and a half years playing football in Italy Juan Cuadrado will be excited to sign a four and a half year long deal with the London club.

With 37 caps to his name it’s clear to see he is an international superstar having an amazing world cup scoring a goal against Japan in the group stages and finishing the tournament with four assists, helping his team to reach the quarter final. Only Germany’s world cup winning star player Toni Kroos could keep up with his record.

By Robert

CCTV use at TGS


It is believed that 9 out of 10 secondary schools in Scotland, Wales and England use CCTV in their schools. In 2012 100,000 cameras were installed in to secondary schools across Britain, 90% of schools use them to keep pupils and staff in the school safe.

The Gordon Schools is one of the many schools in Scotland to make use of CCTV.

Janitorial staff at the school monitor the cameras on 12 small screens and look out for anything that might be a risk for pupils and staff. They can use these cameras to look back on footage  if any member of staff from Senior management or Guidance has asked them to. There are twelve cameras located around the school in all the main areas and entrances.

Mr Mooty a member of the janitorial staff said “The CCTV system was installed about 5 years ago in 2010, we use this to keep watch of pupils and staff so they are not in risk of any danger. The cameras are positioned at entrances and exits and around the corridors to make sure that someone who isn’t meant to be in the school doesn’t come in. It helps me in my job every day to keep pupils and staff safe around the school. In general I think CCTV in the school is very good and helpful.”

Mrs Grant, a member of Senior Management had this to say about CCTV in the school, “I must admit CCTV makes my job a lot easier, when i have to deal with situations that don’t happen a lot at our school for example fighting, if I wanted to see what happened I would ask one of the janitorial staff for footage of the area where it happened. It also makes sure that no strangers come into the school. CCTV in our school is very good because it keeps the pupils and staff safe and out of danger,”

Overall CCTV in The Gordon Schools is a very valued piece of equipment which benefits the school every day and keeps our equipment, staff and pupils safe.

Reported by MC newsflash


Social Networking at TGS


Social networking is a very popular thing in our school; not just with pupils but with teachers as well. There are many social networking sites e.g. Facebook , Instagram, Twitter, to name just a few.

Part of the BBC School Report Technology Challenge, our team made a survey about social network. We got four different classes to fill them in, some of the results were mixed and others were pretty similar.

One of the questions asked: How many people have signed up for at least one of the social networking sites underage?

Fifty five pupils were questioned; thirty three of them claim that they got one of the social network apps underage. This means that roughly 60% of the fifty five have signed up for Social Networking sites while still underage.

We asked further questions on the topic of Social Media sites and received the following results.

How many use the following social networking/media sites.

App Total
Facebook 42
Twitter 16
Snapchat 38
Instagram 39
Tumblr 7
Kik 25
Youtube Account 37

From the information gathered, Tumblr is the least popular one of the list and Facebook is the most popular. Instagram is just lagging behind with Snapchat just under it. A Youtube account, Kik and Twitter follow closely after.

These results are pretty much expected but the next question differed slightly from what the last table said.

Which of the following is most useful and that you use most?

App Total
Facebook 17
Twitter 1
Snapchat 14
Instagram 10
Tumblr 2
Kik 0
Youtube Account 6

According to this fifty out of the fifty five find these social networking sites useful, the majority thinking Facebook is the most useful.

From the results shown that social networking sites is an important part of some people’s lives. Facebook from them all is the most popular and most useful. Social network sites haven’t been around for that long but they are still rising quite quickly; evidence of that is Instagram, it isn’t even as old as Facebook but is behind it in popularity.


To conclude social networking sites are very popular for teenagers and probably will remain so for the next couple of years. Social networking isn’t just popular with teenagers but a range of age groups. The results might be a little bit different for adults compared to teens but they probably would stay relevantly the same. Another thing is that lots of people are getting under the legal age; this is probably because of rise of popularity and trying to fit in. In our school social networking is an important bit of life.

Reported by Team Z

Lunch Time Computing Facilities


It has been debated if The Gordon Schools has enough computing facilities available for pupils during their spare time e.g. lunch, break and after school. Pupils often require computer access to complete homework assignments and to research chosen topics for school projects. of it is available to pupils in their spare time. Mr Forbes, the faculty head of business and IT, was interviewed on the subject and stated that there ‘’were adequate facilities’’ but he also

The Gordon schools have great computer accessibility but it is presumed that hardly any said that they were under used by pupils because they are too busy ‘’enjoying their lunch’’ when asked if there would be a problem with pupils using the facilities at lunch time he said “not a problem at all I would encourage it”

The Gordon schools have been at the fore front of technology since 1839, when the school was commissioned by the duchess of Gordon. This school has 5 computer rooms which are used during class time but are deserted during break and lunch even though the Wi-Fi covers these times.

On the schools computers the operating system is windows 7 even though the most recent operating system is windows 8. There is nothing wrong with windows 7 yet pupils believe that the computer suites are closed during lunch, before and after school. In reality the staff who have computers in their room are often happy to lend computers in the rooms to pupils in their spare time who must complete an assignment by a certain deadline.

In conclusion pupils have made a common misconception in relation to the computing facitlities in the Gordon Schools. Members of staff who are based in computer rooms are willing to assist in availability of the computers all the pupils have to do is ask.

By Team Viewpoint

Vanishing bees around the world – honeybees might be growing up too fast

Honeybee deaths are unbelievably high. This is because of Colony Collapse Disorder, a strange disease that can turn a healthy hive into a ghost town.

New research reveals that a “major factor” which can speed up a colony’s downfall are baby bees growing up too fast.

When CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) hits a hive, it kills off the adult bees, leaving the baby bees to pick up the work.

Researchers found that bees who start foraging at younger ages complete fewer foraging trips than older bees, and were more likely to die on their first flight.

“This compound stresses on the colony and accelerates failure,” the researchers write.

Bees are an indicator is environmental quality, when the bees are dying, some thing’s wrong.

By Sam

BT Buy Mobile Company EE

BT have bought all EE shares currently held by Orange and Deutsche Telekom in £12bn deal.

This move has made BT an even bigger giant of communications covering phonelines, broadband, mobile and TV

Deutsche Telekom will receive 12% shares of the company and orange will receive 4% of shares and £3.4bn in cash.

The deal gives BT a lot more customers, adding to the 10 million it already had and now adding 24.5 million customers that EE has.

BT have plans to raise £1bn through a placing of new shares to help fund the deal.

In a statement BT said: “The combination of EE and BT will provide customers with innovative, seamless services that combine the power of fibre broadband with wi-fi and advanced mobile capabilities.

It is expected that in the next four years, the deal will be saving it £360m a year in operating costs and capital investment.

The BT-EE deal is expected to be finalised by March next year, subject to approval by shareholders of BT and from from the Competition and Markets Authority.

By Owen

Bath Release Henson and Sign Homer

The Bath rugby team have released Gavin Henson aged 33 after 18 months of being with them so he could join Bristol. Henson was due to move to the Championship side in the summer but after the two rival clubs agreed on the early release he has been released 4 months early.

The effect on this is immediate as they have signed London Irish Tom Homer aged 24 to replace him. This happened on the 11th February this year.

By Nikki

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