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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

In 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

Mega Drive

 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.

Mega Drive Images

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