Totally Tockington Edition 82

Hello and welcome to another issue of Totally Tockington, the paper written BY students FOR students. This week’s theme is anything as it is our last paper of the year. It’s not only the last Team B paper of the year but for all the year 6s it might be their last Team B paper EVER!
In this paper there are loads of fabulous articles including: Ryan’s article on all the top video games that you can buy, Izzy Preston’s on weird but true facts (and another two as well) and what is the point in sugar free barley sugar? Find out in Georgina’s Pointless Points. All this and more in another issue of Totally Tockington.

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Totally Tockington Edition 81

Welcome to another issue of Totally Tockington, the paper written BY students FOR students. This week’s theme is films/movies and what a paper we have today! Lily tells you all the secrets of a film in her brilliant article on behind the scenes, Ben tells you everything you need to know about Woolly Mammoths, Iona has found out what everybody’s favourite films are and Georgina asks if cinemas charge too much. All this and more in another brilliant issue of Totally Tockington!


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Elections at TMS

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This morning we held a mock election at TMS to shadow the General Election and to give the children a chance to be voters. We had four political parties under the names of Transform, Vision, Progress and Tomorrow and all had representatives in Year 8.

The party leaders delivered their speeches to the audience of Staff and Years 3 to 7. The speeches contained a mix of issues of national and international importance and then some of a more local nature, better suited to children at school. The speeches over, the Year 8’s took up their roles in the Polling Station and saw that the election was run fairly from the sealed ballot box to issuing the ballot papers to the already registered voters.

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Voting was orderly and good-natured. At the voting booths, the votes were cast by secret ballot. As the ballot box filled with ballot papers, the four parties looked on nervously. The last voter cast his vote with just one minute to spare before the Polling Station officially closed. Votes were counted, overseen by the official Vote Counting Officer and local magistrate, Miss Fox. The results were announced to the voters as they broke. The Transform Party was elected with 36 votes. Tomorrow got 31; Progress got 28 and Vision got 13 votes.

You might be interested to know that the Transform party stands for:

• Making breaks longer by 15 minutes
• Removing tuition fees at universities
• Taking 20% of all travel
• Helping troubled families by dropping taxes and giving more support

Year 8 made a great job of running this election and we applaud all of their efforts.

Totally Tockington Edition 79

Hello and welcome to another issue of Totally Tockington. Now as this is our Easter issue, I wanted to draw your attention to something before you begin ploughing through your Easter Eggs. Over 60 hours of work goes in to making a single chocolate bar. The workers that make them in some places only get 1% of the profits made. And this is all done by people in the poorest of countries, such as Ghana and the Ivory Coast. This has been the cause of debate for many years now, and with cocoa prices falling, soon we may not have the eggs we enjoy so much at Easter. The average age of a Cocoa farmer is 50, and as young people don’t want to take up the trade due to poor prospects, something has to be done. That is where Fair Trade comes in. They are helping farmers regain their livelihoods by increasing prices for supermarkets to buy the chocolate bars, and making sure that, after all their hard work, they get more money back. So I urge you, whenever next you buy chocolate, try to look for the Fair Trade sign, as this will change the lives of people around the world. Have a great holiday everyone!


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