BBC News School Report gives 11-14 year-old students
in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience,
broadcasting it via the internet. The project aims to encourage journalistic
skills amongst our pupils. The students will attend a one day training course,
provided by the Grange CLC, where they can network with other schools and
journalists from BBC Manchester. Then on the 26th March 2009, schools around
the country will take part in BBC School News Day- creating their own reports
and publishing or broadcasting them on school web pages. The BBC will also be
making reports on what the students are doing including what they think about
the news. This year 15 students from year 8 will be working together to produce
Halton High School’s report, using the facilities at the Satellite CLC.
Pupils have now taken part in three practice days in preparation for the
live day on the 26th March. They have conducted three interviews,
where they have filmed and then edited to a deadline. Pupils have interviews
Year 11 pupil Adam Price about playing Handball for Great Britain, Mrs Yates
about BSF and Everton footballer Jack Rodwell. All reports will be going onto www.clcnews.org.uk or www.bbc.co.uk on the 26th March 2009
and some of the reports will be shown on the BBC news on that day.
Geography At Anfield
Geography we have been looking at a unit entitled ‘Globalisation’. The trip to
Anfield helped develop skills and thinking on this subject. We had booked in to
the special ‘Reducate’ centre, a room full of hi-tech computers, touch screens
and gadgets of all sorts. The centre manager Keith White and Mr Watkins had
been working together on creating activities for the pupils to do linking
football and globalisation. The end result was a series of really great
interactive quizzes, competitions and video shows. There were prizes of signed Liverpool photos, footballs and boxes of chocolates to
the individuals and teams that did the best. One activity needed pupils to
re-design the LFC Website to advertise new products. On the second trip former Liverpool player and assistant manager Phil Thompson
popped in to see the good work that we were doing. The pupils also played a
Question of Sport style quiz featuring footballers galore from all over the
world. After producing some excellent work the pupils were rewarded with a look
in the museum and a tour around the stadium. This included the players’
dressing rooms- where we were told a number of secrets about them including
stories about opposition mangers and players over the years. It was a very
successful trip and staff and pupils alike really enjoyed it.
This year a group of year 11 halton High Students attended
which is an initiative aimed at 14 - 16 year olds, and aims to promote responsible driving using a variety of delivery media. The multi agency initiative is organised by the Road Safety Unit and includes input from the DSA, Police, Fire Service and Health Professionals, amongst others.
Pupils also experience a short drive under the guidance of an Approved Driving Instructor. Perhaps the most poignant message comes from a victim's family member who explains the shock, horror and disbelief of having a loved one killed in a road crash.
An enjoyable and thought provoking day was had by all, including Madame Mayor.