Happy Easter from Artograffi

Posted on 04th April 2011 | in Community

Welcome to the Easter edition of Artograffi! Don’t eat too many eggs because you might become obese.

Do you think Amble is rough?

Do you think young people in Amble are badly behaved? We talked to Community support officer Darin Fawcett about how people think about Amble and young people.

“I’ve been here for 5 years. If you’re fine with people they’re often fine back. It is a friendly place. People blame teenagers; that’s a stereotype. When I first came to Amble there were between five and six youth disorder related incidents per night. Now  it’s only 2 to 3 per month. The youth clubs and drop ins have helped to make a difference.”

Darin said that he is trying to convince older people that kids in hoods that you may think are gangsters are not necessarily bad.
“There are a lot more good citizens in Amble than bad”.

“They brought in a rule that there is no drinking in public places. And that has made such a difference  to general crime in the town. No one of any age can drink on the street in Amble.”

By Will H-D and Shenice Conning

Good citizens’ award

Darin Fawcett told us about the Good Young Citizenship award which he started last year and has chosen to continue this year.

He asked the local first schools to nominate young people for the award and in this year Darin said he will invite the middle school to take part as well.
Darin said ‘I thought it was unfair that the good kids never seem to be rewarded’

Last year Brenna Jamieson from Links First School won the main award and was given a bike which was donated by Nick and Katie Spurr from Spurreli’s.

The Good Young Citizenship award is to reward the children for good work in the community as well as good work and helpful behaviour in school. Many local businesses have been asked to donate something, with luck they all agreed and will give some brilliant prizes. For this year, we are asking businesses if they can be generous and donate some more for the coming year winners.

by Emily Runciman

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Gypsy weddings are well known because of the new programme on TV called ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’.

All of the weddings are very colourful, eventful and  elaborate. With the huge cakes and the dresses that are so big they have to wear a protection bandage on their hips so it doesn’t give them any injuries, it’s a bit ‘OTT’ (over the top).

How do the traveller people who leave school at a young age to follow their parents gypsy lifestyle, afford all of these deluxe items for weddings when other people can only dream of having a wedding like that?

The gypsy people think of their amazing wedding as being a ‘princess’ for the day.

By Emily Runciman

The Royal Wedding
On the 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey, Kate Middleton and Prince William are due to be wed.

The engagement ring (a big blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds) was given to Diana by Prince Charles and now it is worn by Kate.

William first met Kate in the Scottish town of Fife. He paid over £200 for a front row seat in a charity fashion show, where she wore a see through dress.

Kate’s wedding dress is still kept a secret but I bet it will be different from the dress she wore at the fashion show.

By Alysha Wilson

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami
As you probably know, an earthquake and big tsunami hit Japan on Friday the 11th of March 2011. It was recorded as the7th biggest in history! The earthquake measured 9.0 on the Richter scale. It started at 2.46pm.

Some people thought it was just a tremor until it got worse, extremely worse.
The people fled onto the streets only to hear the tsunami warning! The monster wave came from the Pacific base when the 2 battling plates went over each other, making the sea bed rise which pushed all of the water up creating the massive 10 meter wave. The tsunami destroyed loads of cities and towns killing millions of people.

As if the earthquake and tsunami wasn’t enough, loads of nuclear power plants blew up making fires and blocking off water and electricity to the surviving houses.
Over 2,000 were killed and injured. But the number of dead is said to rise to about 10,000!

Other countries are offering to help Japan to repair the years worth damage
and to help the injured.

Words and picture By Will H-D

What exactly is happening in Libya?So, who is Gaddafi?

Mummar Gaddafi has been a dictator in Libya for 42 years which makes him the longest person in power in an Arab country.

What’s a dictator?

A dictator is a person in charge of a country and only runs the country by themselves. Unlike the UK, if a dictator says something, his people have to do it and if they challenge him, they are more than likely to be shot and killed which is what has been happening for basically the 42 years Gaddafi has been in power. Also, there is no opposing party and therefore there are no elections.

What started all the fuss in the last few weeks?

The citizens of Libya were basically sick of Gaddafi ruling them and telling them what to do, so decide to fight back. They also caught the attention of the UN who issued a no flying zone, which basically means if Gaddafi sends a plane up in the air then the UK, France, Germany, USA or other countries helping the ‘rebels’ will shoot it down.

What happens next?

No one actually knows what will happen next but hopefully Gaddafi will be forced out of power and then Libya will be able to get life back to normal again.

Picture by Will H-D


I hate exams! I am now in the stage when I’m not doing simple progress check tests or SAT’s, but GCSE’s. GCSE stands for, General Certificate of Secondary Education and all teenagers from the age of 14 study for and take these exams.You could say that the results of these exams shape your future.

Exams can make you very stressed with revision and the overall fears that the exam gives. However, when you’re reading this, the exam I am stressed about will be over.

I’ve now finished my first GCSE Mathematics Exam, it was (in my opinion) rather hard. I think I’ve done well and I will find this out at the end of April.

All the build up and pre stress was over within an hour and a half. The time flew past, I couldn’t believe that it went so fast. I revised for an hour every night and it was really stressful and it’s all over now, well…Until my next one when all the revision and stress starts again.

If I was to give people advice on taking exams it would be to concentrate and revise. Take your time! Read all the questions carefully and always leave some time at the end to go through your paper and make sure you’ve answered the questions as best you can and attempt to complete the ones you couldn’t manage earlier.

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