5 Runners Up!

The Dock Competition 2017

April 26, 2017

(1) FEELINGS by Abigail Tuck

We all have feelings good and bad. Sometimes we need a little extra help to deal with the bad.  You could be struggling with schoolwork, worried about someone close or you may be bullied or picked on by other children.

A lot of people suffer from emotional issues, often in silence, but something can be done about it. You may know someone close that could be struggling or suffering from an illness, which can be upsetting in itself. Emotional problems can range from anger, sadness, worry or loneliness and might just actually be the tip of the iceberg.


Bullying can come in many different forms such as cyber, physical, written or verbal. It can have a drastic effect on a person with people often ashamed to reveal what has happened to them.

Cyber bullying is where people write mean messages or comments over the internet such as a computer game or social site. It might have started at school or work and continued once you leave. This is quite serious and illegal.

Verbal bullying is when somebody is saying hurtful things to you or somebody else. This type of bullying can hurt just the same. This is where people are making bad comments to you in person or behind your back. This can lead on to cyber bullying or physical bullying. To stop this you could tell the person that is doing it that it is not kind, you don’t like it and if it still doesn’t stop then you should tell somebody because it is not right.

Physical bullying is very serious where someone or some people are hurting you physically. But something can be done to stop it, but you first need to tell somebody that you trust.

Feelings2 Feelings3.png Feelings4

In times like these you need emotional support. If you see someone that you know, who may be emotional, then you could try and help by talking to them or offering advice on how to help them. It is good to talk to your friends about your worries.

Emotional support can come from people that can give advice about what to do, such as a doctor, teacher, TA, dinner lady or anybody that you trust.  If this is not an option you could call or get in touch with ChildLine or The Samaritans.

Just remember that you are not alone, speak out for what is right, there are people willing to help that only want the best for you.

Fitness is an important part of your life it can affect you in many different ways. Being active can sometimes look boring but it is not if you put your mind and effort into it. There are many different ways to keep fit such as:

  • Going to a local gym/sports club
  • Going to Zumba classes
  • Purchasing your own sports equipment
  • Going for a jog\walk around your neighbourhood or local park

These are just a few ways of being active and getting fresh air. You can use this link to find a sports club near you:



Why is fitness important?
Keeping fit is important as it can help you live a healthier and longer life. It motivates you, gives you mental wellbeing, it can help you socialize and join sports teams you never thought you would. Having a healthy lifestyle does not just affect you but can motivate others around you helping them to get active having a knock-on effect. Keeping fit also helps you to build your immunity to illness and can also prevent you from becoming obese. Your diet can also affect your health.


Diet is the key to a healthy lifestyle.  Keeping to the healthy eating plate is a way of ensuring you get a balanced diet. Eating a balanced meal will give you the correct balance of food groups which means that you will have enough energy and nutrition for the whole day. On the diagram you can see that you should have 33% of fruit, veg and carbohydrates, 12 % of protein, 7% of fats and sugar, 15% of dairy products. If you eat a balance diet you will see the effect it has on your body after a short while and on a long term basis you will feel the health benefits.



Couch potatoes
Some people sit around all day, watch TV and eat junk food these people are known as couch potatoes. The definition of a couch potato is a person who takes little or no exercise and watches a lot of television. Being a couch potato is not good for you as it puts your health at risk from many problems such as diabetes and obesity. If you think that you might be a couch potato and you want to do something about it you should get off your couch go on a short walk, jog or run. However being active can be something as simple as going for a walk, short bike ride or even dancing to some music, in short getting active and thinking of ways to keep moving.Couch Potato2Getting motivated
Sometimes it can be difficult to feel motivated to start exercising it feels like it is too hard and we can feel sluggish. It can help to agree to exercise with others to make it more fun. Having an exercise buddy or partner can really help when one of you doesn’t feel like exercising the other can encourage them and help them to get motivated. Setting goals is a good exercise as it helps you to stay on track and monitor your progress it also helps you to achieve your fitness goals. You may make your goal a half marathon or maybe just being able to run around the block but whatever you choose it feels so good once you have achieved them.


(3) MENTAL MATTERS by Deborah Masters

Anxiety. A mental illness controlled by a fear which can paralyze you from doing things which you know you’re capable of. Sometimes triggered by a traumatic event or maybe just something challenging or nerve racking; going on stage, sky diving or public speaking. But for those strong sufferers who experience this anxious feeling day in, day out it can become something much more. It’s a vicious cycle but with the right mind set it can be broken. I am going to talk about my experiences, opinions, and ways to deal with it and how not to deal with it. I will also share some tips on how to become happier.

My experiences:
I used to have anxiety. I’m glad it’s over and I would not wish it upon anyone. It feels like you’re attached to a rope with a devil on the other end pulling you back from things you want to do. Mine started in primary school when I was always terrified of being sick. It would hold me back from going places. I’ve always been shy; never wanting to put my hand up, public speak or dance in the spotlight. I’m still anxious of throwing up but would now never let it stop me from doing anything. For me when I moved to secondary school this is when it disappeared but I’m going to give you some tips on how to cure it or just ease it as well as how not to deal with it.

How NOT to deal with anxiety:
I know it can feel like you are trapped and there’s no way out but the drinking and drugs or self-harm won’t flush it out. Yes the short term effect of a glass of wine will feel comforting but in the long term you are destroying your body as well as making your mental health even worse. Self-harm is never the answer. It makes me distraught that innocent young teenagers would put knife to arm, effectively taking their own life bit by bit. There is so many other ways of dealing with it which will be much more effective. So please stop self-harm, no one deserves that, there’s always an answer to everything. So put down the knife, the alcohol and the pills and I’ll show you the right way to deal with it.

How to deal with it the right way:
I know you have probably been told a thousand times that you should talk to somebody but I honestly would recommend it. Once somebody knows you will finally feel like someone understands and is there for you. Don’t suffer in silence. Never be embarrassed about your struggles, everyone is going through their own battles and nobody is going to judge you for that. You could also get a counsellor or if you don’t feel like you can talk to someone in person then online counselling will give you that feeling of support without the embarrassment. Distract yourself. Keeping myself busy was my biggest help. Take your mind off the anxiety by doing something you love. It could be reading a book, watching videos, drawing or listening to music. Find your passion and work hard at it. To this day I believe gymnastics is what got me through my toughest times. When you do your hobbies you will completely forget about all the darkness in your life. Listening to some motivational or inspirational speeches on YouTube can also be very beneficial. Try yoga or meditation. It may sound weird to some people but it really can ease your mind. It will also relieve aches and pains and increase flexibility. In a recent study 35 people tried yoga and 25 of them said there was a significant decrease in stress and anxiety symptoms. So why not give it a go? Exercise is very important too. When you exercise your body produces endorphins- a chemical in the brain which will make you feel happy, improve sleep and reduce stress. Scientists have found that just five minutes of exercise a day will reduce anxiety so try and get at least five minutes of exercise every day. Linked to exercise, healthy eating will automatically make your body and mind feel good. Healthy eating is proven to make you feel happy and refreshed. However don’t deprive yourself, you should always allow yourself a treat every once in a while. You don’t want to become obsessed, you are beautiful just the way you are. Go outside more often. Connecting with nature is the best medicine and stress buster.

Comfort zones: 
It’s hard to end anxiety completely however the best way to ease it is stepping outside of your comfort zone. You may hate the thought of doing something but once you do it you may find that it wasn’t as bad as you thought and you’ll feel so proud of yourself. Every day you should do something which scares you. If you stay in your comfort zone then you are never going to grow as a person and your anxiety will never get any better. Live your life with no regrets. Take every opportunity and say yes to things even if they scare you. If you try something and hate it then that’s OK, you will fail sometimes and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. So travel to new places, make new friends and try new food.

How to be happy:
I’m going to end this on a positive not by showing you ways to be happier. First of all sometimes it’s the little things in life which make you most happy. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a huge house or the latest clothing. Everyone has reasons to be happy. Be grateful for what you have and never compare yourself to others, live your own life and love your life. Life is a gift, make the most of it, embrace it and live it to the fullest. You never know when it might be your last day. So live everyday as if it’s your last. Don’t worry if you don’t have your whole life figured out, work hard at everything you do and life will guide you in the right direction. Smile at everyone you see, it will not only boost others moods but a small act of kindness will bring you satisfaction too, spread the positivity. Know that you are never alone, everyone is fighting their own battles so empathise them too. Surround yourself with positive people and true people. Ditch toxic relationships and fake friends. It’s ok to let go of people sometimes. Don’t care about what anyone thinks of you, they are jealous if they have the time to judge. Be forgiving. If someone has done you wrong, you should always give second chances and be forgiving. Forgive and forget. Never follow the crowd, be strong, be a leader and show everyone how great you can be, prove them wrong. Be yourself, there’s only one of you on this planet, embrace it and be kind. As long as you are kind to everyone then people will like you. Remember that you are beautiful, everyone is beautiful in their own way and don’t let anyone tell you different. Love your body, think yourself lucky and never change for anyone but yourself. No one is perfect. Push yourself, always be the best person you can be and strive to be known as hard working and not ‘cool’ or ‘popular’ those things won’t matter as you grow older. You don’t have to be popular, it’s better to have a small group of close, true friends than a crowd of people who are not going to be there for you when you need them. Adventure. Explore as much of this wonderful world as you can. Travel far and wide. Last of all do more of what makes YOU happy, it’s your life, no one else’s. So stay strong, love your life and never ever give up, everything happens for a reason!


(4) MY TWIDDLING THUMBS by Mitchell Collett

Sat in the unexciting and dreary waiting room; my thumbs were the most thrilling thing in the world. I burned the image of me twiddling them into my head, as I refused to look up and acknowledge why I was here.

My mental health.

It seemed wrong; I felt like I was wasting valuable time just sat here.

‘Who goes to the doctors because they don’t like the way they think?’

This question ran through my head regularly. I was surrounded by visible sick patients, people with pale faces, people with bandages around their legs, people emitting violent coughs. And yet here I was, just someone playing with their thumbs.

“Don’t look so nervous,” my mum said.

“Thanks, I feel so confident now you said that,” I retorted in my head.

My thumbs must’ve been doing the most entertaining thing in the world, as I hadn’t heard the doctor, stood at the door, calling my name. My mum virtually pulled me off the chair. I did not want to be there. I began to despise everything, the wallpaper, the floor, the doctor. Why couldn’t he just skip us? Inside my brain was constant screaming for me to leave, fight or flight. I desperately wanted to fly away.

“So, what’s your problem?” asked the man.

“Well…. um…”

This was the part where I felt like I should’ve planned ahead. Because I was sat there actually not knowing the problem. I couldn’t string together a conceivable sentence explain exactly what was wrong.

After an uncomfortable conversation where we discussed what I did and didn’t do, the doctor couldn’t put his finger on it either. Eventually, he referred me to be assessed at youth counselling.

Cut to a few months later, I was sat in another unexiciting and dreary waiting room, twiddling my thumbs once again.

“Hello,” a cheerful voice said. I looked up and saw the counsellor beaming at me. It was time for my assessment and I was not looking forward to it. As so, my mum had planned to be back in an hours time.

Two hours later, after it seemed I had poured out my entire life story, and my voice was croaking, I finished the assessment and went home, feeling glad I had come.

My mum had received a call a couple of months after the assessment and before you knew it, I had started youth counselling. I didn’t know how to react to that fact. I wasn’t proud to admit it. But over time, I’ve learned that I have seeked the help I needed and deserved.

I urge anyone, even if you can’t pinpoint how you feel, even if you can’t categorise yourself by a mental health condition, to go and seek the help you deserve.

I’m not necessarily cured, probably never will be. But getting the help I need has allowed myself to feel better.


(5) CYBER BULLYING By Dylan Williams

What is Cyber Bullying
Cyber Bullying is when somebody is being a bully but online such as; text, facebook, snapchat, instagram or any other social media. Someone being mean to you physically or verbally, lets say… on the playground at school maybe, is bulying, however cyber bullying is being mean online.

Example of Cyber Bullying
When you’re at home you go on an online video game where you can chat to a friend or someone else. Unfortunately someone sometimes says something horrible to another player, like calling them names or swearing at them.

Another example of cyber bullying is someone getting hold of a picture of you which you don’t want anyone to see. Then they send it on facebook and someone else sees it and they send it on snapchat then it goes viral. Now that you know about this, always keep your photos safe and don’t send anyone a photo which you don’t want anyone else to see.

Cyberbullying2Where does it happen?

  • Gaming sites and Xbox live
  • Social media (instagram, facebook, snapchat)
  • Texting
  • Chat Rooms
  • You Tube

Facts and clips
Stay safe online

56% of young people said they have seen others be bullied online and 42% have felt unsafe online. Also cyber bullying can happen 24 hours a day. So be careful!

Denigration – This is when someone sends information about another person that is fake and untrue, spreading fake rumors and gossip. This can be on any social media. Some people even edit photos of others and post them online for the purpose of bullying.

Top 5 tips to avoid bullying

Online Friendships
However nice they are do not let them trick you, by trick I mean them asking any of your personal details like email address, phone number and home address. Also definitely don’t offer them to come round your house.


What this article useful?

You've already voted





hide-the-dock-swindon the-dock-swindon-advice