Kings of Europe overthrown

By Kian and Kyle, BBC Young Reporters

Real Madrid vs Ajax

Real Madrid’s 1,011-day rule as ‘Kings of Europe’ has come to an end after their shocking 4-1 (5-3 aggregate) loss to underdogs Ajax. Real Madrid were the better team on paper, however, on the day Ajax overthrew them and moved through to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. This is the first time that Real Madrid have been eliminated from a Champions League since the 2014 – 15 season after losing to Juventus in the semi-finals.

One of the few tactics that the “Giants” had no choice in perusing but surely had backed was the sending off of captain Sergio Ramos in the first leg because he already had a yellow card. This is a common strategy due to the fact that the teams that go through to the quarter finals have their bookings removed for all future games. This means that Ramos would have had a clean slate if they had beaten Ajax and not be on a yellow for the second leg and risk getting sent off. People blame this strategy as Ramos could have made a major impact on the match would he have stayed on.

During the first leg Ajax suffered a 2-1 defeat due to a controversial decision to disallow Tagliafico’s first half goal. Their goal was ruled out due to Dušan Tadić being in an offside position while interfering with the goalkeeper. Despite the fact Tadić was not involved in the goal the decision stood as he prevented the goalkeeper from being able to possibly save Tagliafico’s headed goal.

Ajax arrived at the second leg determined to reclaim their lead and defeat 3-times champions league winners Real Madrid. Ajax proved they were still a force to be reckoned with after scoring 7 minutes in due to a wonderful assist by Tadić. Tadić then again assisted their second goal in the 18th minute allowing them to go into the second half winning 3-2 aggregate and with their fans fully backing them.

17 minutes into the second half Tadić again worked his magic, scoring their 3rd goal of the game. With 20 minutes to go Real Madrid’s hopes were lifted as Asensio scored an “off the post” then “in” goal. Despite Asensio’s ‘comeback’ goal Ajax still continued with their wonderful display of football and scored again 2 minutes later.

Courtois prevented many more possible goals after being forced into stopping shots from Donny van de Beek and Tadić. The game ended 4-1 after an embarrassing 90 minutes from Real Madrid. The partnership of centre backs Matthijs de Ligt and Daley Blind stood strong against the pressure applied to them by Madrid’s attack. They firmly held their own against the giants and were rewarded for doing so when coming out with a win.

After the match ended Tadić got his well-deserved MOTM (Man of The Match) as he was a crucial part of his team’s attack. Tadić was almost unrecognisable from his days at Southampton and was very clearly the key reason, alongside their fighting team spirit, that Ajax managed to overthrow Madrid.

Huawei and why they are under fire

By Kian, BBC Young Reporter

During the G20 Summit in which the Chinese and American presidents were making peace in the trade war a certain individual was arrested in Canada. This person was Meng Wanzhou. She’s Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, who is the founder and president of Huawei. She was arrested because she had been accused of breaking some sanctions put against Iran. Ren has said that “We can only depend on the law to solve this problem.”

The arrest of Meng wasn’t the end though as the entire company had soon been accused of obstruction of justice as well as attempted theft of trade secrets. These claims were denied by both Meng and the company.

The main cause of concern when it comes to stealing trade secrets would be a certain high tech piece of machinery that was developed by T-Mobile named “Tappy”. The robot has this name due to its job which is to test responsiveness when it comes to mobile phones and tablets. Tappy is a robotic hand which taps the screen to make sure it actually works. It is believed that Huawei would want to steal the machine as T-Mobile had a deal with the company which acted as a partnership. The company had rebuffed Huawei’s offers, in fear that they would use the technology to make phones for the competitors for T-Mobile’s competitors.

The company allegedly attempted to steal the machine by having one of their US employees sneak the arm by putting it inside his satchel and send details about what it contained and how it worked over to the Chinese so they could replicate it for themselves. He claimed the arm had fallen into his bag and didn’t intend for it to happen. Huawei then told the court that the employee had been acting by himself and had no order to perform the robbery.

What is the new merits system?

By Cain, BBC Young Reporter

Trinity Academy has begun a new rewards system this term.

Merits are awarded in the form of stickers. You get these for progress, participation and character.

There has been a mixed reaction to the new system. One student in Year 8 said: “the new merit system is stupid and terrible” But another disagreed, saying: “the new merit system is great”.

Scratch games

By Cain, BBC Young Reporter

Scratch is a block based visual programming language and online community, which has been translated into 70+ languages.

‘Tilt 2’ was so frustrating, along with ‘Rocket Rampage’. ‘Drop’ is a very hard game to play when you have no clue what to do.

None of them are easier than others they are all equally hard.

Plastic kills whale in Spain

by Mateusz, BBC School Reporter

A dead sperm whale washed up recently on a beach in Spain.

About 64 pounds of plastic killed this poor whale and that destroyed his stomach and intestines. The type of whale is a sperm whale; this shows that if we keep throwing trash into water all the poor marine life will simply die.

Please don’t throw plastic into the water or else soon there will be nothing in the ocean. If we can reduce the amount of plastic we use, then  a larger portion of marine life will be saved.

Carlos Duarte, Professor of Biology at the University of Western Australia, who was one of the researchers in a study of plastic debris, told the ‘Collective Evolution’ website: “We can’t account for 99% of the plastic that we have in the ocean”.

All-change for BBC School Report

BBC School Report has changed its name to BBC Young Reporter, offering students aged 11-18 the chance to work with the BBC and learn journalism skills.

Trinity Academy students will be taking part again this year, starting after Christmas with the BBC Young Reporter after-school club, held on Thursdays in Room 207. Come and take part, and help make the news for real!

In the meantime, the BBC has launched a competition for students to submit story ideas, in two age categories: 11-15 and 16-18.

More details can be found at:

BBC School Report Day highlights

On Thursday 15th March, 10 Trinity Academy students travelled from our school in Thorne to MediaCity in Salford, Manchester for BBC School Report.

We got to try the new iReporter game and in our opinion it was very good but it was lengthy so you had to play it in small sections. Our students thought of some improvements that could be made to the game. “I thought they should add subtitles so people who are deaf can read it,” said Matthew, “and maybe it could have different difficulty levels too.”

Ryan added: “They could add text boxes on the side, which would let you progress through the game quicker and not have to wait to watch the full video.”

Meanwhile, Ewen’s favourite part of the day was “playing the VR (virtual reality game), where we got to play a ski jump game”. Matthew agreed: “I had to go and sit down after that as it made me feel very nauseous!” Ryan thought the VR was good, but suggested an improvement in the headset graphics quality so that it was less pixelated.

By School Reporters Ryan, Ewen and Matthew

A full roundup of the day from a national perspective can be found here:

The main piazza at MediaCity, taken by Ryan from the BBC’s main meeting room for the School Reporters

Trinity students at MediaCityUK

Trinity Academy students were privileged to be given the opportunity to visit the BBC’s studios at MediaCityUK, Salford, as part of the national BBC School Report News Day on Thursday 15th March.

We took part in workshops on careers in the media; using Smartphones to create videos; sports reporting, producing and presenting; and even got to test the BBC’s newly-launched ‘iReporter’ fake-news game.

From left: Adam, Cara, Matthew, Ryan, Liam, Amy, Ryan, Sam, Konna, Ewen
Konna, Ryan, Liam and Cara meeting BBC Sports presenter Hugh Woozencroft
Mrs Backhouse, Ryan, Liam, Konna and Cara looking at home on the BBC Sports sofa
Ryan operating the autocue for Cara and Konna
Cara and Konna getting prepared for their screen debut
Cara and Konna in action
Amy, Ewen, Adam and Sam were among the first students in the country to test out the BBC’s brand new ‘iReporter’ fake-news game
Amy, Ewen and Adam concentrating hard
Ryan clearly approved of the BBC’s new ‘iReporter’ game
Matthew tries his hand at a special BBC quiz
Ryan, Ewen, Matthew and Adam on the ‘BBC Breakfast’ sofa
Mrs Backhouse and Miss Lloyd

The high cost of ‘microtransactions’

How much have young people spent on microtransactions for Star Wars Battlefront 2? You might be surprised to learn that one 19-year-old has spent over $10,000 worth on the habit.

Microtransactions involve spending money on enhancing games and is actually a form of gambling as, quite often, the gamer gets nothing in return for their money.

Another person spent $100 on Star Wars Battlefront 2 and got hardly anything back for the amount they spent.

One 14-year-old had a gambling addiction due to this and other games, and spent more than $10,000 over a few years.

What gaming companies Dice and EA did to stop this is that, on launch of the game, they disabled all of the payments of microtransactions due to the massive outrage of the government and people spending loads on them. They therefore put a ‘day one’ patch to disable the process, even though millions had been spent on it already. However, since release, it has been disabled.

By Ryan, BBC School Reporter