The BBC School Report scheme allows pupils to get a feel of what it is like to be a reporter, to meet deadlines and to open debate on issues. This year, at St. Bernard’s, it has also allowed pupils to set themselves the challenge of filming and editing their reports to see how using a range of production techniques can enhance their message.
Our group of Year 10 pupils have produced articles on a range of topics from body image to National Women’s Day. Watch the articles for yourself to see how our budding reporters got on…
Come back on Thursday, 10 March to see the reports for BBC School Report 2016 and, in the meantime, take a look at what our students produced last year.
On Thursday 19th March, the News section of St Bernard’s website will be taken over by the pupils own reports on events happening around school and in the community.
The BBC News School Report scheme allows students to get a feel of what it is like to be a reporter for the BBC in a newsroom environment.
A team of year 9 pupils will independently craft articles on any interesting events occurring around school in a bid to improve their writing and communication skills. Next year, it is envisioned that this project will be open to the whole school via an extra –curricular programme that will not only allow participating students to create further written reports but also allow them to produce radio and television style broadcasts as well.
Mr Greaves on behalf of the English department had this to say about the event:
“This academic year, with a team of bright, intelligent, enthusiastic year 9 pupils, St Bernard’s Catholic High School will take part, for the first time, in the BBC News School Report initiative organised by the illustrious British Broadcasting Corporation.”
He added: “The English department is looking forward to supporting our students in these endeavours both now and in the future. Good luck to those taking part.”
Year 9 students have said they feel lucky to partake in an activity such as this and they would love to participate next year in the completion of the radio and television broadcasts.
Who knows, the next Sophie Raworth or Huw Edwards could be in our midst…
Report by Rebecca
30 lucky St. Bernard’s Catholic High School students have been given a chance to fulfil their potential, by aiming to complete the Bronze 2015 Duke of Edinburgh Award. This will give the pupils a rare opportunity to develop useful life skills, participate in intense challenges and have a brighter future.
The award is split up into four sections: skill, volunteering, physical and expedition. Each student is expected to choose an activity through which they can develop their ability to work in a team, think for themselves and work extremely hard.
Recently we interviewed students from St. Bernard’s to understand their thoughts, feelings and reasons as to why they applied. When we asked Maya why she put herself forward, she passionately answered, “I want to learn new life skills, build new relationships, and strive to complete hard challenges.” Afterwards we asked Jake what he hopes to learn from the experience. He answered, “I want to improve my fitness and endurance, know what I am capable of and finally enjoy myself.”
Photo: Expedition leader, Mrs. White with reporters Sadie and Gracie.
The annual St. Bernard’s Catholic High School Science Fair will be taking place tomorrow in the school hall. The much anticipated event will be held by science teacher Mrs White. Subjects are wide ranging; from viruses to variation between animals and humans. Students from Years Seven to Nine can enter with the top prize being a Cosmic Rocket. This year 30 students have entered an impressive total of 14 projects.
When asked what was the best part of the science fair, Mrs. White said, “There is always a great atmosphere in the hall and creates a big buzz.”
Photo: Mrs. White with reporters Madeline and Olivia and the Cosmic Rocket first prize. Reporters: Ethan, Madeline, Olivia and Amy.
Recently, the St. Bernard’s Catholic High School under 15’s girl’s football team has successfully reached the County Cup finals, playing against either Trinity or William Howard dependent on the outcome of their semi-final.
Olivia, a member of the victorious team said, “I believe that as a team, we work considerably well in conjunction with one another, despite the fact we have only been playing together since the beginning of the school year. Hopefully we will continue to play as a well bonded team and succeed to become the County champions.”
We then interviewed Mrs Wilson, a member of the P.E. Department, who said, “I believe that we, as a team, will come out as champions, due to the fact of the quality in depth and the strength in our positions played. Likewise, throughout there is a good team spirit and together we work well, in both training and matches.”
The team beat Caldew in the quarter finals which were played at Caldew’s home ground. Mr Edwards, coach of the team, said, “My favourite thing about coaching the girls is the fact that they aren’t big headed and are willing to learn. I also believe that I can mould these players like clay, into professional, high standard players.”
Reporters: Madeline, Amy, Olivia, Ethan.
On the 12th of March, BAE (British Aerospace) opened their gates to approximately 100 school children form the local area of Barrow-In-Furness. The day consisted of getting to know what BAE systems do and what job opportunities they supply. Throughout the day, the school children participated in a competition as groups to gain teamwork and ability skills. The event was developed to help future employees to understand the foundations of BAE.
There are many ways to become a part of this global business. Currently in Barrow-In-Furness BAE supply eight thousand jobs at different levels of qualification including apprenticeships straight after GCSEs. Quite recently, the wage for an apprentice has increased by 20%.
During the scheme the schools took part in a series of challenges including building a bridge and building a submarine which could resurface with an allocated load. The challenges would test the students’ team work and financial skills as the students had a set amount of money with which to build the projects. Each group had a peer (a BAE employee)to support and advise them. After each challenge the three best products would be awarded points and in for a shot at a prize at the end of the day.
We interviewed some teachers here as St Bernard’s including Miss Galvaey, the main organiser. She explained “It was a very helpful event. It will help the students get ideas of different jobs and what they want to do in the future. Also BAE is the main job supplier in the area so it was a big help to the students of St Bernard’s.”
Photo: Three of our Newsday reporters, Gracie Harry and Ryan had a wonderful day on the trip.
Reporters: Ryan and Cavan.