Year 9 students became journalists when they took part in Newsday 2010 during Work Related Learning Week in July.
Working in teams, their task was to design and print a four page local newspaper with a special supplement celebrating the working successes of past students. They also had to record a three minute radio broadcast and a two minute live TV broadcast.
STUDENTS PREPARING ARTICLES FOR THE LIVE TV BROADCAST
After an introduction by the Shropshire Star’s News Editor, students went straight to workshops run by the Shropshire Star, Telford FM and Staffordshire University’s Media and Journalism Department which gave them an insight into the jobs involved.
Pressure quickly mounted as broadcast deadlines approached and small groups of students were seen in quiet corners rehearsing their lines or consulting on scoops. Some students visited St Georges to interview police teams investigating a local murder. Former students were interviewed and visiting consultants assisted where necessary. In all aspects, the day ran like a real newsroom with access to SkyNews, IRN feeds and the West Mercia police media line.
As the day drew to a close, the teams worked frantically to print and present their finished products. Shropshire Star reporters returned to get the final views from the news teams and students were able to see their event covered in print and on the web.
Verdict - a great way to learn about team roles and delegation, and some budding journalists were identified!
PRESENTING THE NEWS ON THE LIVE TV BROADCAST
..to Ryan Davies who, as Captain for the third year in succession, led his football team - Brewood Juniors - to the final of the Bill Green Cup in the Walsall Junior Football League.
Two students achieved Gold standard in the 2010 UK Junior Maths Challenge. Oliver Preece and Alex Wood were entered into the Challenge which is organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, a university based organisation promoting the enjoyment and enhancement of mathematics.
A further eight students were also awarded certificates. Adam Belhouche, Sam Simmonds, Ellie Rowe and James Craig achieved Silver while Jack Underwood, Alice Rabone, Callum Farmer and Pavandeep Sangha were awarded Bronze.
Mr Paul Halcro, Deputy Head in charge of Mathematics, said: “The Challenge is designed to test the most capable mathematicians in Years 7 and 8 in schools across England and Wales and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We are delighted that ten of them have been awarded certificates.”