Confessions of a Book Geek

Abbey and Katie interview the resident, self-confessed, geek of Eastwood, Mr J Tubb. They asked him his views on reading books and the great debate, Kindle versus paper. We popped into his office and caught Mr Tubb busy at work. His hay fever is being cruel and so he asks us that we interview him rather than record him.

Morning sir, so what do you think about books?

I love reading, I’m kind of a geek. [laughs at himself] I read about 2 books a week. I hate fantasy and I don’t read fiction. I only read factual books, sports, books about politics and books that inspire me. I don’t see the point of reading books that don’t teach me something or that don’t have a point to them. I like autobiographies. I’ve read Nelson Mandela’s book and Ghandi as well as James Cracknell’s story. However I wouldn’t read Katie Price because I feel she hasn’t done anything for the world.

You were a student at Eastwood, did you read a lot then?

When I was here we had a massive library and they really encouraged people to read. As there were no computers, we used books to find information to help us. This allowed us to read more and I found they were more reliable.

What books do you like?

The first book that really got me reading was ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King. I’ve read it loads of times and have now passed it down to my nephew and niece. Every year, birthdays and Christmas, I get at least one book.
I’m currently reading James Cracknell’s book, ‘Touching Distance’. He is a double Olympic gold medal winner for rowing. It is an interesting book because it is from two people’s perspective, the wife and the rower. James Cracknell begins talking about his life before his brain injury and his wife talks about his life after. It is interesting because the injury made him get angry, particularly with his son. But it wasn’t him, it was the injury that did it.
Cracknell himself did not edit anything that was written by his wife because he wanted to see how it impacted his family. It is this honestly and truthfulness that I honestly feel inspiring about this sporting legend. I’m reading books because I want to learn something new or teach myself something. I’m a really keen kayaker so this autobiography is even more interesting to me. So far, I’m really enjoying this book and I would really recommend it to anyone who lacks self-confidence and self-beliefs as Cracknell really does prove that it doesn’t matter what life throws at you and if you don’t expect defeat you have the drive and determination to succeed.
I’ve only had the book for two days and I’m nearly 2/3 of the way through its 336 pages.

What exactly do you like about books?

Everything about a book, the physical thing of holding onto a book and the actual turning of the page to reveal more of the story, the way you use whatever is to hand to act as a bookmark, the fact that you visualise the story in your head using your imagination, and I even love the smell of books. If they did an aftershave in it I would love it. [Mrs Steed- suggests Eau de Novel and Mr Tubb makes a funny face]. Doesn’t really work as well though does it? I also love how you can read a book and put it down and then ten years later read it again and see the sun cream from your holiday. It really brings back memories. The twist of the story will still hook you in.

Do you read art books?

No[ laughs], I don’t really read them, I am an art teacher and love art I just don’t have an interest in art books other than using visual reference books to inspire my own artwork. I’m a physical artist rather than an art historian.

Eastwood has competitions that offer students a chance to win a Kindle, what do you think about that idea?

Personally I don’t like Kindles but that’s not to say they aren’t good. I don’t think anything can replace a book. I love everything about a book. I bought a Kindle for my Nan and she loves it because her eyesight is poor. I also think they’re a great idea for travelling. But just because I personally don’t like them doesn’t mean they’re not a good idea and anything that gets students interested in reading is a great idea to me.

Thanks sir for your time.

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Armed Forces Day

To celebrate Armed Forces Day, a young year 8 student has come dressed in her Army Cadets outfit. Eastwood’s Student Press sent Katie and Abbey to find out more.

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Cyber Bullying

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Arsenal Player on Eastwood Grounds


Shakeela, in year 8, has just had a life changing piece of news for her sporting career and The Student Press caught up with her to find out what happened and how it happened.

So tell us your news?

I got selected for the Arsenal Centre for Excellence!

How did this happen?

First of all, I play for Essex FA and have been doing so for the last two years. From there, I got a 25 week set of trials from Arsenal. I had to send off information and do a performance interview. This involved dribbling through cones and all sorts of things. I find I can play in any position but I prefer midfield as you get to play a bit of everything and I had to show them this. Then today I got a letter through. It came to my dad and he called the school up and told me. I’m so excited!
So I have been accepted to the Arsenal Centre for Excellence. I get to train in a professional setting and after a length of time and a certain age, I can get a contract and from there a profession as a full time footballer.

Was it a big leap? Is this something you’ve always want?

Yeah, I have dreamt that maybe one day I’d be in the Olympics. I love athletics and it’s something I’ve always been interested in. I’ve only really been interested in football from the last two years. It all started because one day I was with friends and playing around kicking a ball and a friend’s father saw me. He spoke to my dad and was like ‘you know Shakeela can really play’. It all went from there. At school, I am on the football team and recently me and Billie (pictured below) and the rest of the team won the league. It was the Essex School Championship. It was quite cool because I scored the opening goal at the game.

How did you feel when your dad called reception today?

Shocked and a bit of relief because I have been waiting all week.

How many got picked from the trials?

15 from 100s and 100s of people. I feel really proud, it was quite an achievement.
It was a two hour trial and just one day in London to impress them. You had to show them everything you have learnt . It was my one shot. I could have come back again if I didn’t get in. I knew some from my Essex FA. I got a chance to watch some my friends- some don’t know if they’ve gotten through yet. I hope they have.

Do you think that girls deserve get more attention for football?

Yeah, I want to write to EA sports and have a video game of the Women and Men’s’ team for FIFA 14 or even 15. Women should get as much recognition as the men. I think that women are great players sometimes even better. In fact I prefer the Arsenal women’s team to the men. They’re better, they’ve won the league like 11 times already!

Well done Shakeela.

Written by Lauren and Abbey

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An Interview with Mrs Vickers, Deputy Child Protection Officer

Katie and Abbey have been talking about the issues of bullying and how they affect people. As part of Anti-Bullying Day on 22nd of July, the Student Press have interviewed various people to ask about their experiences of bullying and how it shaped their lives.
To the start the programme, we decided to interview Mrs Vickers, the Deputy CPO (Child Protection Officer). She speaks to many people of varying ages about their problems and experiences with bullying.
Check out the video for more information. Stay tuned for more up to date videos, interviews and clips.

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Interview by Abbey. Camera work by Katie.

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The Famous Southend Air show


The Southend on sea air show is one of the things that completes the people of Southend summer. But when this time of year occurred there seemed to be no occurrence of the red arrows!

The Southend on Sea council decided that in 2013 there would not be any sign of the Red Arrows. This happened because they could not support the funding of the event, so of course the people who run the stalls weren’t the happiest of people!


The good news is that the air show will be back 2014! So not long to wait for our summer to be back to normal.

By Emily and Tegan

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Sports Day at Eastwood

Whether you love to run or hate it, every year we have a day dedicated to sports. This year, Eastwood is adding a new event, the Teacher’s Race. Stay connected to the blog for up to date coverage of the events.

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