2017 BBC News School Report


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Highlights from BBC News School Report's eleventh annual News Day, featuring some of the young reporters who have appeared across the BBC.


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Coming up shortly, Jim Naughtie talks to the Pulitzer prize-winning

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writer Siddhartha Mukherjee in Meet the Author.

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Today marks the annual BBC News School Report.

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It gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance

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to make their own news reports for a real audience.

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An increasing number in that age-range struggle

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with feeling unhappy, self conscious, according

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to a special survey carried out as part this year's School Report.

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Bryony MacKenzie caught up with Jordan Stevens,

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from the Rizzle Kicks, who started his own social media

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campaign to get young people talking openly about mental health.

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# Mama do the hump mama do the hump hump, mama.

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# Won't you please let me do the hump hump...#.

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He found fame with a hip-hop duo, Rizzle Kicks, now Jordan

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is being asked tough questions by school reporters about the tough

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Have you or someone close to you experienced either mental

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health issues or the stigma attached to that?

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In school during my GCSEs I got diagnosed with ADHD.

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I was always the hyper kid, I got told to calm down all the time

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and it is the most infuriating thing for someone who cannot calm down.

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Jordan began his own social media campaign to get young people talking

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Becoming like famous gives you all this kind of stuff,

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you know, and I was able to afford a flat and these kind of things that

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people are like working day in day out to try and get but the reality

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is that does not compensate for any kind of emotional stability,

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in fact, it can often contribute to quite poor emotional stability.

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According to a School Report survey, half of all pupils admit to having

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negative feelings, but do not ask for help.

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Being in Year nine, sort of changing as a person,

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it is a way to control change and it was something that

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Florence developed anorexia when she was 14.

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The reason I did not come out and say what I had been

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through and what happened was because people did not

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understand where I was coming from and, you know, it took a lot

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of guts for me to say I had a problem and also I was in denial

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because I was embarrassed and I thought that it was not normal

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and it was not something that was OK.

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Jordan wants his message to reach primary aged children.

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To just remove the idea that it is kind of like some taboo,

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to be open about how you feel and your mentality is,

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Giving help to those who need it even earlier.

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The survey commissioned by BBC School report to assess how teachers

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and students feel about mental health provisions suggests that half

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of young people who experience negative feelings do not ask

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for help - and a third of 11-16 year olds do not feel confident enough

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People cannot see mental health. It does not surround you like a bubble.

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If you have a broken leg, you can show somebody an x-ray and they will

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go, oh, yes, you have a broken leg. The mental health is so personal and

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so scary and so, you know closed. People keep it to themselves. It is

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something embarrassing, weather or not there is a stigma around it, you

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do not feel as though you functioning the way a normal human

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being should, and that is something in is scary in its often people do

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not publicise that. Just because someone has a mental health issue,

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does not make them different, but similar. They do have a difference,

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but we are all human beings. And we all have our own opinions and our

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own attitudes and just because someone has OCD or mental health

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issues, it does not change that person massively. Mental health is

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not an issue we find easy to talk about. Most of the time, we don't

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say anything at all and often, suffer the consequences. Here at our

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school we found a way to tackle this. We've introduced a scheme

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called what's on your mind which it sees supervising pupils giving

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lessons mental health younger pupils. I think it is much better

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when it is young people talking about mental health to other young

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people. I believe that if this is delivered the way... In this way, I

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would have taken a much more seriously. We've been doing

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presentations and slide shows and we made them interesting, trying to get

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the attention of the pupils. I thought it was a good method, as the

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pupils can see it as well as hear it talking about it. It is hoped the

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programme will show the younger children it is OK to talk and open

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up about problems they may have. You learn our box -- all all been taught

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by your peers. If it's a teacher, you just think it's their job,

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that's what they are supposed to do. It is helping so many people on so

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many levels and I think it's a positive thing. It is very forward

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thinking. It is a great idea that we've got the seniors and the

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workshops, because they are making a big difference. It is allowing

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junior pupils to get to know the seniors a bit better and gives them

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another option off, I'm not quite ready to tell a teacher yet, but I

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may be ready to speak to a senior pupil. There are older people to

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talk to, not a parent, a teacher or a friend, just somebody what

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otherwise disconnected from. You can sit quietly and speak to them and

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that is a great way for people to be able to overcome or begin to

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overcome the mental health problems. Perhaps if there were more

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initiatives such as this suffering in silence would be a thing of the

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past. School reporters also got the chance

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to ask for advice from TV doctors Chris and Xand van Tulleken

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about issues that Many young people have told us

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another big issue is a body image and be gay teenager is about time

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your body is starting to change. How do people feel about their

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appearance, happy, green for OK a read if you're a bit worried about

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your appearance. How do you feel about your appearance? Green for OK

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and read if you're a bit worried. You don't always feel good about the

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way you look, sometimes we have good days and sometimes bad. What do we

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make of that and of body image? Is that difficult for teenagers? It is

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extremely difficult. When your body is changing you do not know what you

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will look like as an adult, I would say even talking about body image,

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there are probably people here who wants you raise that topic and they

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say, though if I think about it, I can dredge up a lot of things I do

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not like about my body, my weight, the fact I'm losing my hair, and the

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floors they can see merit in me. -- they can see reflected in me. I've

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made a number of television programmes about weight loss and

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have dealt with patient is keen to lose weight. And I always notice

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that no one will love you any more or like you anymore when you lose

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weight. A lot of the blues the way to realise that life didn't get

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better the way they thought it would. Weight loss is only one body

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image issue, but it is the most dominant. If you are thinking about

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weight, trying to lose it, it is good to be fit and healthy, it is

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good to have control of your life and losing weight does involve

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controlling what you do and taking command of what you do. But it is

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not good to associate those things with your value as a person.

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Students' well-being was near the top of the list of concerns

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Students from Tor Bank School in Dundonald, County Down,

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have been revealing how completing their emotional

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well-being "five-a-day" keeps them happy and healthy.

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We are here at our school today for BBC News School Report to find out

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how we keep our emotions healthy. Our feelings need five a day to be

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healthy. Those are: taking time to relax makes us healthy. Sometimes I

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feel happy, grumpy, sad and angry. Talking about your feelings and

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talking about how we feel every day helps. Helping people makes us feel

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good. Going outside keeps us healthy.

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Goodbye! We are all happy and healthy.

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Another one of the issues being looked at by this

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year's School Report, is online and cyber bullying.

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According to the NSPCC, the number of incidents has gone up

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With the explosion of social networking -

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is it something students and schools are well enough prepared for?

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School reporters at St Patrick's College in Maghera have

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We are going to look at the issue of cyber bullying. What is that? Here

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we have been learning about cyber bullying. That is any form of

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bullying which takes place online through smartphones or tablets.

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Unfortunately, it is rife in our technology driven era. Let us find

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out more about this issue and the impact it has on the lives of young

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people today. There can be no doubt that a child will feel both

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physically and emotionally vulnerable if they become a victim

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of online bullying. Cyber bullying is a seriously scary issue. The

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question remains though, do you people really know what to do if

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something goes wrong? Do not respond or retaliate. Tell a trusted adult,

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a parent or your favourite teacher. A body 's or destructive actions are

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about the run problems. Never delete any communications. Remove or block

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the person. Do not forward a message to anyone. What rules can cyber

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bullying play when it opens -- can schools play when it often happens

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outside of school? 56% of young people have admitted to witnessing

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an incident of online bullying. So we are focusing on that and asking

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all pupils and young people to stand up to it and even if it is not

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happening to you, to have strength of character to say it is wrong.

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As part of this year's School Report, the BBC

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director-general, Lord Hall, was grilled on a number of subjects

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Twelve year-old Alex, together with 14-year-olds Yusuf

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and Rima asked him what his main challenge, as DG, was.

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The task I've set myself or the organisation is to reinvent what the

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BBC does, so it appeals to people of your age group and people older than

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you as well. I profoundly believe the BBC can do that. Have you chosen

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a new Doctor who were yet? And would you choose another new race or

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gender? No, not checked and I'm forbidden to say anything about

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anything to do with who the next Doctor Who might be! Where you are

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set to lose the Bake Off? Yes, I was very upset. Would you consider

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moving more BBC channels online like BBC Three? Yes, we learnt a lot from

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BBC Three, what works online and what works on a conventional

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environment. I would be careful about moving more channels online.

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But we know your generation consumer stuff on whatever device you want

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when you want it. Where do you see the BBC in ten or 20 years? I want

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to be great programme makers, to continue to be great programme

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makers and as much in people's lives as we are now, and that means you

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thinking the BBC is an important part of my life and also, I want us

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to be recognised globally, not just in the news through the World

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Service, but also in terms of the programmes we make.

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It's not just news that Schools have been researching

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They've also been taking on being presenters

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Hello, you're watching BBC News and now on score report news day, my

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colleagues Peter and Ryan from wyvern Academy in Darlington can

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bring you the latest sports stories. The Cheltenham Festival is underway.

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There have already been two races and our sports reporter can tell us

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more. The school reporters working behind the scenes and so we are

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literally behind-the-scenes here of BBC sport, which you will know and

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love and if you're paying attention, you will have a spot of the present

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this afternoon have been a bit younger than usual. I'm not be rude,

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it is true, because they are here now. Ryan and Peter, you've just

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presented our afternoon bulletin, how was it for you? It was very

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nerve-racking building up to it when they said you will be on the BBC

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News. When you got in there, it was just you and the autocue and it was

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a lot easier, but the build-up was terrifying. You've got all the

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technical jargon, you've come all the way from Darlington for this to

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Salford and of the been an interesting day? Was it like? It was

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different. I didn't expect it, so it was interesting and quite

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nerve-racking as well, but then it was weird, you can't forget your

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nerves when you are in front of the camera. That makes you sound like a

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natural legs and you two did it this morning. Ever enjoyed it? What you

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do it for a living? I think I might, actually. It has been interesting.

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I've certainly learned how to pronounce the names of more rugby

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players. That is a skill for life! Did you enjoy it? Yes, interesting

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to see how it works behind-the-scenes. You watch it but

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never realise what it is like to be sad event at the camera and what

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goes into making it. Timmer, you are the pro who normally does this. You

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are worried for your job? Yes, I'm looking forward to going home. I'm a

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bit worried they will take my job sooner. Simon is much more trouble

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than me and they were very good, when they? So relaxed and it's

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weird, even in the four I was also they have been with us, they have

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learnt a lot and they now seem to have disappeared as well!

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We'll leave you tonight with a spoken word piece

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from Success, who's 15 years-old and from London.

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She said she wanted to portray a very important message about life,

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and how even in times of trouble we must stay resilient,

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face and conquer our obstacles to better ourselves.

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It is a crazy game, but you take it in your stride and for anybody here,

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that is going through dark times, well, I was there once, but now I

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shine. Life is like a game as you flow with it and the guys you roll

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with it. Anything you are going to do, you can get through. You are

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given this life because God chose you. I was going through the

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motions, overwhelmed and invoked with emotions and Sally got to a

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time where I can now understand the things I went through was part of

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God's greater plan. I put myself with positive energies and I started

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seeing the movements. I put myself around good people and good vibes

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and started seeing improvements. And loved all the people that make me

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smile, because they bring me joy and they make all of this worth the

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while. And thank you to those who were there when I was down, I was

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falling so quick I almost hit the ground. But I didn't, because I

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realised who I am, I stopped using the word cannot and use the word can

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be. I realised once you bring things into existence, you put in the we

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can show your persistence. You start seeing results. See faults, because

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I know how it feels when you know and you cannot smile, but our

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feeling is just for now and it only lasts a while, because sooner that

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they will, when you will finally see that to a lock-up in this you will

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need to find the key and that lies within you within the depths of your

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mind, dig deep and see what you can find. Believe in yourself and surely

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you will succeed and I continue to say this for as long as I live. It

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is not about what you take from this world, but about what you give.

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