Students from this school took part in the BBC News School Report on Thursday 10 March 2016. The group covered all the days news as well as creating their very own news bulletin which can be watched here.

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BBC News School Report 2016

In this year’s BBC News School Report we take a look at the EU Referendum; the Junior Doctor Strikes; the Recent Floods in Hawick; as well as a look at the latest Sport and Weather.


Chelsea exited the UEFA Champions League after a 2-1 loss to French champions Paris Saint Germain. They lost the first leg by the same score in Paris, so lost overall on aggregate 4-2.
PSG progress to the Quarter Finals, along with Benfica who made light work of Zenit St. Petersburg.

On Tuesday evening, Real Madrid comfortably dispatched of Roma in the Champions League, with a 2-0 win on the night, and 4-0 on aggregate. VfL Wolfsburg also progressed to the next round with a solid win over KAA Gent. 1-0 on the night, and 4-2 on aggregate.

Six Nations

The 6 Nations  this weekend is really heating up, with the first game including Ireland vs Italy neither Italy or Ireland have won a game yet so there is a tense battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

The LGBT+ Group

Hawick High School’s LGBT group is the first group in the school to provide an open forum for all LGBT pupils and staff to come along and share your experiences. The group is a safe place free from judgement where everyone can be themselves and anyone that supports LGBT rights can also come along!

News In Brief

Hawick Knitwear

It was announced this week that no buyer can be found to rescue local mill Hawick Knitwear. The major local employer which had to close after Christmas entered Administration on January 7th.  Creditors have been called to a meeting next week in Edinburgh.

As we understand it. The workforce are being treated as preferential creditors.  This means that all the people who worked there will get the back pay, holiday pay and pension payments that they are due.

This is perhaps a small amount of good news for 119 employees who were made jobless by the closure on January the 7th.

George Martin

George Martin died this week on Tuesday 8th of march at the age of 90. His family confirmed that he died peacefully at his home on Tuesday.  Tributes started  flooding in the following day from people across the nation including the remaining beetles. Sir Paul McCartney stated ‘He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me’ He also added ‘if anyone earned the title of the fifth beetle it was George’ Ringo Starr said ‘he gave love and kindness into the group’

Unlikely Friendship

In Brazil an  unlikely friendship has occurred with a now retired Brazilian fisherman and a magellanic penguin. The retired fisherman saved the penguin in 2011 and this penguin species is listed as near-threatened owing to oil spills which kill more than 40,000 a year. The magellanic penguins have lived for about 25 years and are known for their loyalty. The man has compared the penguin to a son. The penguin has been visiting for four years now and travelling an incredible 5,000 miles to visit the fisherman.

Energy Pricing Cuts

It’s good news for people struggling to pay high fuel bills. A Watchdog report announced this morning that 4 million low-income households could see their power bills being cut.

The report looked into the energy industry and found out that customers were overpaying by 1.7 billion a year. 70% of customers are on the more expensive tariff. There will be a price cap for lower income households saving customers around 300 million pounds.

Shocking December Floods

In December 2015 Hawick was hit by some of the worst flooding seen in the town since 2005. Around 600 people were evacuated from their homes on the 5th December when the floods hit. Flooding affected many parts of Scotland after the country was battered by strong winds and heavy rain brought in by Storm Desmond. Those evacuated were moved to the respite centre located at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre, others stayed with family and friends.

The European Union Referendum

It has been announced that on Thursday 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom will be voting in a referendum to decide if the UK should stay in the European Union. The European Union, often referred to as the EU, is a partnership between 28 different countries. It was set up prior to World War Two in hope of avoiding another war. Since then the union had grown and become what is known as a “single market”. This means that people who are from any country within the EU have the ability to move around Europe as they wish. It also makes it much easier to trade goods between countries and some believe that eager to work immigrants are making a large contribution to the United Kingdom’s economy. The EU also has it’s own currency, the euro, and also it’s own parliament which have a massive impact on the way the UK is run. However, some citizens of the UK have been calling for a referendum for some time now. Some believe that the rules set by the European Parliament are too controlling and that the United Kingdom would be in a better positions should the public chose to leave the EU. Currently the country seems to be fairly evenly divided on the issue however the referendum is going to officially decide whether the United Kingdom should stay or leave the European Union.

Junior Doctors Go On Strike

On the 10th of March the strike of the junior doctors continued outside the hospitals of Britain. The junior doctors and nurses consisted of young men and women striking against the government as a result of the latest decrease in the salary the hospital staff earn. In total the salary has been decreased by 13.5%. Many people are devastated by the decrease in their money and started strikes lasting 48 hours causing thousands of operations and procedures to be cancelled in hope of getting the government to give hospital workers a new contract.

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BBC News School Report 2015

Members of the Hawick High News Team, with help from the Schools Newspaper group, took part in Thursdays BBC News School Report. The young people covered stories from around the world, as well as producing their own sport and weather reports.

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