Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Please Stop My School Closing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Please Stop My School Closing

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I would be very sad to see Parkside Middle School shut down because it is such a brilliant school to attend.

When my friend and I were being bullied at Parkside, we told the teacher and he took us aside, discussed the problems and resolved the matter.

My teachers also kept an eye on the girls to make sure the bullying didn't continue.

I have learnt a lot from my teacher. When I haven't understood they have taken the time to take me through it until I fully understood what they do. The teachers are kind, caring and always there when you need them

It would be a very big mistake to shut Parkside Middle School down, because my friends and I think it is a brilliant school.

And I know I won't be ready to go to a high school at 11-years-of-age. All I hear is that you are doing this for the good of the children but nobody has asked us what we would like.

REBECCA MATHER (aged 10)

Above is a letter sent to Northumberland councillors and the county's director of education Brian Edwards . See story page 11.

Our wood is being ruined

I BELIEVE the once-beautiful woodland glade situated below the Angel of the North statue is progressively being destroyed by Gateshead Council.

Healthy 70-year-old sycamores have been cut down and left to rot by the footpath.

Chopped Alders and Horse Chestnut trees lie strewn across another well-trodden track causing danger to walkers.

The council's deforestation policy has unnecessarily opened the once existing tree canopy, thus creating dramatic cross winds which will cause havoc to shade loving ground plants. In general this is a world-wide environmental issue that has been highlighted by the Government in a recent speech by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who wants a greener Britain. Trees hold vast amounts of carbon and oxygen, which would otherwise be lost into the atmosphere. Individually and collectively they greatly influence our existence, they act as pegs, fountains, pipes and dams, their work ramifying throughout the whole economy of nature.

Without trees our planet would move a great deal further towards unpredictable instability. …

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