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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

~ Contains spoilers ~


The film starts off at the end of the previous film,The Maze Runner

Main characters:


In The Maze Runner,Newt became the leader of the gladers after alby sacrificed himself to the half-machine, bug-insect grievers to save his friends.Since then,Newt has gained maturity and wisdom.A tattoo on his neck read ‘The Glue.’


Teresa was the first girl-and the last person ever-sent to the glade for the Maze Runner.Her connection to Thomas becomes somewhat complicated in Scorch Trials.



A teenage boy who was a Runner in the Glade. He discovered that he had a part in helping WICKED and building the Maze when he was stung by a Griever. He has the ability to speak telepathically with Aris, Teresa, and Brenda. The tattoo on the back of his neck that was given to him by WICKED researchers says “to be killed by Group B”. Thomas struggles with many conflicts throughout the book, such as becoming the real leader, being betrayed by Teresa, and most importantly, surviving the Scorch. This causes him to become confused and hurt. During the trip he falls for Brenda.


A girl from Canada who was turning into a Crank. Both Jorge and Brenda help lead the Gladers through the Scorch. Brenda leads Thomas after they become separated from the rest of the group, and eventually falls in love with him.


Thomas may seem like the leader, but Minho is the real real leader.He is determined to defeat Wicked once and for all, same as everyone else.Minho shows a lot of bravery throughout the film.


Cranks are civilians that are slowly going crazy.The are infected with the flare, which slowly eats their brain.Some Cranks are only half-crazy, like the ones Thomas meets at the party.


Similar to Brenda, Jorge is a Crank who hasn’t quite gone crazy yet. He’s the leader of the sane-Cranks. He’s Hispanic, and he likes to call people hermano, the Spanish word for “brother.” We should probably pay attention to him, seeing that he gets saved by WICKED at the end of the Trials, just like Brenda.


Aris is the kid who takes Teresa’s spot in the dormitories at the beginning of the book. He’s Teresa’s Group B equivalent, as he was sent, comatose, to the Maze that was occupied by girls, just as Teresa was sent, comatose, to the Maze that was occupied by boys.


Winston is the first person to die.He dies whilst collecting supplies after they escaped from WCKD. Where they were looting, what they didn’t know was cranks were stalking them. He gets bitten in the chest which slowly infects him…so he shoots himself(which you don’t see, you hear).


Wicked is the people who are researching on the immunes, to find a cure to the flare.They will do anything to finish their project, they even put them in the glade and made the grievers (spider looking creatures).Teresa even betrays his friends and works for WCKD.

The Red Arm

This is another team, basically the opposite of WCKD.All of the people in Red arm are either immunes or remaining civilians.Unfortunately Teresa finds a way to contact WCKD which basically cause everyone to die there and Minho gets captured.


Benji Birch, 7M




The Greatest Showman Review

The Greatest Showman is about P.T.Barnum, a man who worked in an office, only to find it closes down due to a Chinese ship sinking, making him sell it for a building to open his own “museum of curiosities.” After certain events, he hires “freaks” to join his museum, calling it a circus after a reviewfrom the mst critical of all critics. After a turn of events and a memorable amount of songs, The Greatest Showman is sure to be the movie of the year.

T. Barnum was a real man, although the movie isn’t actually factually correct. First of all, P. T. Barnum was not 40 when he opened the circus, he was 70. Additionally in real life, he lost his wife due to an unknown illness. People tend to say he was an evil man; a villain, but you can make your own mind up!

If you’re looking for a good sing-a-long you must see this masterpeice of a film which we definitely recommended to everyone. You will leave singing your heart out!


By Eva Dunphy and Izzy Ellerbrook, 6C

Thor Ragnarok Review

The amazing Chris Hemsworth has recently starred in the amazing Thor Ragnarok. So far, Hemsworth has been in 6 Marvel movies throughout the years. Here is the fantastic list of movies: Thor, Avengers, Thor: The dark world, Avengers age of Ultron, Doctor Strange and obviously, Thor Ragnarok!

Here is what happens: imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk his foe and his fellow Avenger.Thor’s mighty quest for survival leads him in a race against the powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world asgard.

Also, Chris is given a haircut in the movie which includes a cliche with Stan Lee- the creator of Marvel- as the barber.

Of course, the movie isn’t just starring Hemsworth, here are some other people you may know and recognise: Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Taika Waititi as Corg, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and many more.


To sum up Thor Ragnarok is an outstanding movie with its action and humour, I believe that this movie is a must see!

Jack Kirby, 7H


This movie is about a middle school boy who has facial disfigurements. He didn’t want to start school but got forced by his parents in Year 5, when everyone started a new school in Year 5.

As you can see from the image above me….He received an astronaut helmet for Christmas and had always worn it since, until his dad said ‘You lost it’. Which he hadn’t, his dad just hid it in his office. Auggie (August) Pullman is ten years old. He loves Xbox, his dog, Daisy, and he really loves Star Wars. His favourite character is Jango Fett, and he used to have a small braid in the back of his head like a Padawan Jedi apprentice. His favorite holiday is Halloween, and his birthday is October 10th.

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A Christmas Miracle!

Chapter 1

Midnight. It was December 1st 2007; a dark morning. Clouds and fog were everywhere suffocating the houses, windows frosted from the cold air, crunchy grass made up from the cold frost that lingered in the air. The roads were empty, a deserted island where no one dared to place foot on. Snow started falling, it fell on all the empty spaces, white, no footprints. Was this place abandoned? Then a crash came from a tall house.

A little girl, standing watching from the window, bored out of her life. She just wanted someone to be with. Inside the cold house, was her parents and her four siblings. The snow was a blanket that lay along the whole garden, but cold, like ice. Snow Angels. Igloos. Snowmen, she wanted to play and build all of these things, but she had nobody who would come with her. She dreamt of having a puppy, someone who could keep her company all the time. She could imagine caressing the soft fur of a cute pup, a cute pup that would be all hers. Grooming, running, playing and just having fun in general. What if? What if I could travel to find one, my own puppy? She contemplated this for a while. She kept fantasizing about this over and over but was blank minded,  What about mother and father? She soon came to realisation…

5:00 AM struck on the towering, ancient clock tower from down town, on the next street. The thin air, bitter, running through the whole town. Right down to her house. I have made a decision, she knew. After the bags were packed with food and clothes for this long journey, she departed.

Running down the long, narrow path. Her belongings rattled in her megalithic bag.  Her journey to the north had begun.

She started to get a little cold as she was jogging, a dwarf sized bakery she spotted. It looked like Santa’s house. The slick candy canes balanced with grace, small gummies around the little residence. Then she stepped forward onto the property, the smell, it was a ginger smell. Gorgeous… Maybe I should look inside? I wouldn’t mind if I could have something to eat, I am ravenous! No sound came from this mysterious place but the table; it was food galore! A bit full, she decided to grab a drink from the chilled fridge. Milk and Cookies, sounds delightful! Thoughts ran through her head, what if someone sees me? She lashed it open and then was abducted inside. This was definitely not right…

As she looked around her to see if she recognised where she was, echoes that are louder than the church bells ringing on Christmas Day! She didn’t have any idea what it was, then footsteps; as gentle as snowflakes that lay on the cold, icy ground. Bells, bells that sounded like soft rings of joy. A small figure of red and green appeared, she was the tinsel on any Christmas tree! She wondered while looking around. An Elf? This strange figure pushed her through a door with no explanation what so ever, she couldn’t see a thing, where did this elf take her?

She woke up, in a state where she was confused and cold… then suddenly a wet slobber covering her face, her heart brightened! A puppy? She was so excited and couldn’t believe this. A cute puppy to be hers forever, dreaming about all the things they would do together! A beautiful little beagle? A golden little retriever? Or maybe a black Labrador, Midnight! But as she looked up and could not believe her eyes…

Elisa Swalwell, 😯

Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Book Review

Nevermoor isa brilliant book. I am giving it a five out of five. I would highly recommend this book by Jessica Townsend. Exploring the genres of adventure, children and fantasy: if you like Harry Potter you will love this. Jessica wrote this in her early 30’s.

When Morrigan Crow is destined to die on her 11th birthday she gets saved by Captain Jupiter North whose talent is to be witness and can see anything that happens anywhere in the world. Jupiter’s grandson is also a witness but he doesn’t like it so he wears an eyepatch  to stop him seeing the stuff. The ending is very happy in some places but sad in other.

96% of Google users liked this book

By Evan Johnson, 6C


When the trenches come to life!

A war poem by Abigail Murray, 8J

The larks have stopped whistling,
My brain is thinking of home,
While singing songs waiting for our time,
To go home!
Walking through the trenches with my hand on my heart,
When all i can see are the kindling eyes in the dark.
People around me screaming in pain,
And who will be next to play the brutal game?
Bullets are flying all around with people lying on the ground,
What has happened to our life, are we even going to survive?
Our youth has passed over with no games or fun,
And now all i want to hear is the cheers to say we have won!

Paddington 2 – A Magnificent Movie Review

Paddington 2 has been long awaited, following the heart grabbing first movie ‘Paddington’. But, was it really worth the wait…?

Paddington 2 was based around Paddington bear living his new life in London. But, not everything is pawfect for the cute bear.  The plot has brought memories to many viewers, from both of the ‘Rio’ films.

Paddington has forgotten his Aunt Lucy’s 70th Birthday present, and when he finds the perfect gift in an old antique shop, he realises that there may not be a perfect birthday present, as a London Pop-up Book costs a lot of money. But, somebody else has found this, and they’ll happily spend a lot of money to take it from its place.

In Paddington 2, most of our favourite family characters return to take us on the journey of adventure, alongside Paddington. But, can Paddington make friends with some gruelling prison inmates? Can he save them from hunger?

89% of Google users who took part in a survey enjoyed this just like me. There is a 5/5 from critical Empire. Paddington 2 has really grabbed our hearts. But, what do we think..?

Overall, I would give Paddington 2 a 9.5/10 star rating. This is due to the ending, which I think could have been improved by extending it, or keeping us hanging on the edge of our comfy cinema seats until we receive another sequel – or another book.

I would recommend this film to anyone who is wanting to have a good old gut chuckle.  It will keep you laughing, crying and singing all the way.

By Ethan Coulson, 6L

Brilliant Bunny!

bunnyOnce I saw the Easter bunny,
Going along hop hop hop…

And so I shouted:
“Won’t you stop, stop, stop!”

He turned around and with a smile,
Said: “Child I am going to be a while.”

Then came out a ginormous sack,
With lots of eggs still in tact.

Some spotty, some stripy,
Some that even felt quite slippy!

Then at last he came to me,
And I shouted: “Whoopie!”

Because he gave the golden egg to me!

And now he comes round every year,
Just to give some Easter cheer!

Zara, Pheobe and Fiona, Year 6