A number of celebrities, such as-
- Fearne Cotton
- Davina McCall
- Jimmy Carr
- Marinda Hart
- Patrick Kielty and
- Russel Howard…
have cycled from John O’ Groats to Lands End (A total of 838 miles) in the bid to raise £1 million for Sports Relief. It took them a total of 80 hours. They cycled non- stop day and night. They cycled the challenge in a relay, meaning that took turns at cycling. The celebs managed to raise over £1 oo0 ooo, and have a lot of fun!!!
This amazingly amazing blog post was by Emma T and Holly M. We hope you leave loads and loads of comments!!!! ph!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Weh-hey
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In the summer of 2009 Eddie Izzard, one of Britain’s most loved comedians started the challenge of a life time, to run 43 marathons in just 51 days. This amazing journey took Eddie all over the country starting and finishing in London’s famous Trafalgar sqaure. Although Eddie had never run a marathon prior to this incredible feat, he gave himself just 5 weeks of preparation time before he began. Eddie encountered many difficult problems throughout the journey, adverse weather conditions, tough terrain and stomach problems from his massive 6000 calories a day diet all affected his mental state, even causing him bouts of insomnia during his epic challenge.
All the strain and effort was worth it in the end though, as he raised a staggering £300,000 for sports relief and he also won a special award at the sports personality of the year.
Hats off to Eddie!
-Lee and Ross
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I first started doing hockey when I was 11. When i got to Knox there was a school hockey team, so me and my friends thought we would try it out. It is on a Tuesday after school at the Aubigne Centre. Hockey practices starts around 4:15 and finishes at 5:30. I also do hockey on Wednesday’s from 5 until 6 but that is for Haddington. I really enjoy playing hockey and I think I am quite good at it. The position I normally play is defence because I am good at doing big and strong passes. I am not very good at dribbeling, though sometimes I have to. Another reason I find hockey fun is because I have a lot of my friends go to both of the clubs that I do. Some of these friends are; Kirsty, Catherine, Eve, Molly and Kirsty. We play more games for the Knox team than we do for Haddington although we still don’t get to play as much as I would like to. The games are my favourite part of playing hockey because you can just forget about everything in life and concentrate on winning. I am quite a fearless hockey player - I think my friends would agree. I have had a few injuries over my time playing hockey, although luckily for me, nothing serious. Although I have also given some other girls injuries (not on the Knox or Haddington team though.
Above the post is a picture of my friends and I at hockey practice
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I first started doing hip-hop when I was 12. There are 23 of us in the group. I have made some really good friends since I have been there. We have dance practice 2 days a week – Fridays and saturdays. We dance for around 1 hour 45 minutes a day but we stay behind to work on the routine for about 40 or 50 minutes. Another group uses the hall after us. I love Hip-hop because it is a diffrent type of dance to everything else and you dont see many hip-hop dancers around. Our dance teacher is called Kerri and she started doing hip-hop at the age of 11. Kerri became a dance teacher aroud 5 years ago. We are learning how to do twists just now it is really hard because you need very good balance to keep you from falling over. We have some leassons when we can just relax (it doesn’t happen much because Kerri is strict when to comes to learning).
Emma W x
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Darfur is in the west of Sudan in North-East Africa. Around 6 million people live in Darfur and over half of those are black Africans. The rest are Arab although most of the population is Muslim.
Since 2003, a civil war has been raging between the farmers who mainly consider themselves as Africans, and the nomadic population who regard themselves as Arab and are supported by the Sudanese Government.
A small peacekeeping group run by the African Union is in place, but is largely unsupported by the rest of the world. Other groups and charities trying to help the people of Darfur include the Genocide Intervention Network, Tearfund and Christian Aid.
The conflict has gained international attention because of the targeting of civilians by the Government of Sudan and a militia, the Janjaweed.
This war has lead to the deaths of 200 – 400 thousand civilians. Up to 2.5 million people now live in refugee camps either in Darfur or Chad, run by international aid agencies. Many of these civilians have had to endure terrible conditions for over three years. 2 million other people have to rely on international assistance, bringing the total number of affected civilians to over four million.
It can often be difficult for people attending local commemorative events to comprehend the huge numbers of people killed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. Some event organisers have found it effective to read the names of victims, others have given everyone attending their event, the name of one victim to concentrate on. Both methods are intended to emphasize the individual human cost of the genocide rather than concentrating on huge, often inconceivable numbers.
The genocide in Darfur shows us that there is still evil going on in the world after the Holocaust, WW1 and WW2.
By Molly and Rhiannon
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HIV AIDS is a virus that you can get from unprotected sex and using other peoples needles that are infected by the virus. You can also be infected from passing fluids like blood and sperm.
HIV destroys your immune system and stops your body from defdending itself against other illnesses. There is not cure for HIV/AIDS but new drugs are helping people living with HIV/AIDS to live and longer and healthier life.
People were treated badly when HIV/AIDS first came about. This is because people didn’t understand it so they were scared they could contract the virus just from touching those who had it.
People shouldnt be treated differently for having HIV/AIDS because the only real way you can catch it is by passing fluids. It’s unfair that people are treated differently as it is not their fault and they can’t get rid of it so they already have a lot to deal with.
In school last week Red Ribbons were sold. We raised over £80 to help those living with HIV/AIDS in Britain.
Jenna and Connor
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