NeWs! Compatible

Hello folks,

Just a quick post testing a few new features of the website.

  • First off you’ll notice that the Ben-A-Ball website has received a makeover, it’s now more compatible and less glitchy. It also works on mobile devices far better now.
  • There is now a new ’Quick Post’ option in the sidebar, I actually used it to write this post, so, yeah… If you want to be quick.
  • Better ratings system, I’ve replaced the old star rating system with a better one, also you can now rate comments
  • Universal activity feed, click the ’Activity’ button in the lower menu to see what everyone on the site is doing
  • Fixed categories, also added the ’Productions’ category to the top bar
  • Ben-A-Ball to NeWs! user share. Now you can log into the NeWs! website with your Ben-A-Ball account, you can also log into Ben-A-Ball using your NeWs! account. But in a less confusing manner, think of it this way. Now the NeWs! website and the Ben-A-Ball website share the same users.
  • Built-in Time Travel, users can now travel back in time, just send me a blood sample in the mail, followed by all your banking details and we’re good to go. (I kinda missed out on April fool-ing people… so, there we go. IT’S A JOKE, though money would be nice.)

Well I think that’s it,

Have to go… good day!

NeWs! Finale

The NeWs! Finale ended off the series, and the year, with a creepy, yet loud and clear: “BANG!”

The NeWs! Episode Finale was shown on the final day of school in 2011. That’s December the 21st, and guess what, it was a great success.

In the NeWs! Finale there was:
  • Open Day Segment
  • Action Scene: Ollie the Hacker
  • Action Scene Preview
  • Athletics Carnival Segment
  • Randomie: “Bash Him”
  • Gavin’s Head Shaving
  • An Emotional Ending

Hosted by Mikayla, Sam and Alex, this year’s leavers, the episode ran us through the Open day, the Athletics Carnival, an all new Action Scene, Randomie, Head Shaving and a dramatic heart-touching ending. Without a doubt the most well put together episode of the NeWs! out of the entire 5-episode series, all the feedback we received was EPIC.

Thanks so much to everyone that supported us through the series, we do hope to return in 2012.

Episode Screenshots:

This show was hosted by:

-Sam, Alex, Mikayla

NeWs! Episode 4

NeWs! Episode 4 was hosted in assembly on the 26th May 2011, featuring a 4 minute montage of the school triathlon a week/weeks before.
In Episode 4 of NeWs! We had the following:
  • Triathalon Montage
  • Smencils Ad
  • Canteen Line
  • Randomie – “Hallway Norway”
  • Real News, including: “Sorcery Killing” , “Sporting Miracle”, “Planking” , “End of the World, Whoops, we got the wrong date” 
Episode Screenshots:
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This show was hosted by:
-Sam, Alex, Paul

NeWs! Episode 3

NeWs! Episode 3 was hosted in assembly on the 12th of May 2011, originally it was going to be on the ANZAC day assembly, but it
wasn’t suited to the seriousness of the event.
In Episode 3 of NeWs! We had the following:
  • “How you should use the exercise equipment” Comedy sketch with Ollie and Narran, telling you all how you should correctly use the playgrounds equipment.
  • Randomie – Burger sketch – Featuring Angus and his . . . Angus
  • the Canteen line – Episode 3
  • Real News, including: “iPhone 5 Rumours” , “Flooding in Tasmania”, “iPad 2 released” , “Charlie Sheen’s Stand Up Comedy” , “Prince William planning the Queen’s Funeral” – The news reel at the top and bottom during the show also had other headlines.
Episode Screenshots:

Special thanks to Lionboy2006 on YouTube for granting us the permission to use his Lion video in our show. =)

This show was hosted by:
-Ben, Paul


NeWs! Episode 2

NeWs! Episode 2 was hosted in assembly on the 7th of April 2011.

There’s been heaps of comments, thanks again, and over 13 30+ people have clicked the ‘Like’ button on our Facebook page, the “Hippity-hop” must have done the trick!

In Episode 2 of NeWs! We had the following:
  • Sports Segment on the Rugby Team, (At the end of the day the announcements said, “The Rugby Team Movie Stars have training after school”)
  • Student Interviews, with the questions:  “Skydiving or pole-dancing” , “What was your most embarrassing moment” , “What do you think of Naplan testing,” “What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten,” and “If you were a chicken what would the colour of your first egg be?”
  • the Canteen line – Episode 2
  • Real News, including: “Southern Thailand Flooding – Crocodiles Escape” , “Faulty Surgery, Woman dies after surgery to remove a gall bladder, which had already been removed”, “iPad 2 released” and “Daughter saves mothers life in car” – The news reel at the top and bottom during the show also had other headlines.
You can read the news story scripts here:

  • 1. Last week an elderly woman, aged at 68, died after receiving surgery to remove her gall bladder, which had already been removed 10 years earlier. Ms Walden had her gall bladder removed in 1998, and just recently she was told that she needed to have the same operation again, to remove her gall bladder, according to the doctor who wrote the notes, he was “too busy” at the time of the first surgery, to add the operation to his notes. Investigations are currently being carried out to find out why the doctors managed to remove something, that wasn’t there any more.

  • 2. A Nine year old girl saved her mother’s life by grabbing the wheel of the car, when her mother lost control, her mother, aged 36, lost control of the car nearly colliding head on with poles on the side of the road, alertly the nine year old grabbed the wheel and swerved away from any collisions, before finally smashing into pine trees further on, the woman and her daughter received significant injuries, although had the daughter not intervened, could have been a lot worse.


  • 3. The Floods in southern Thailand resulted in a group of crocodiles escaping from a local zoo, three of the crocodiles in the zoo managed to escape during the floods that swept through, however 2 of these were caught right after they attempted to leave the zoo, the remaining crocodile is still said to be hiding out there somewhere, and zoo workers and local authorities are teaming up to find the last reptile. So far the floods in the south of Thailand have costed over $10 million AUD, and roughly 4 people have been killed.


  • 4. And hundreds of people gathered outside the Apple stores the other week to get their hands on the newly released iPad 2, the line stretched a couple of metres long, and by day two the iPad 2 supply has been twiddled down to a month waiting list.

This show was hosted by:
-Mikayla, Samantha


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