BBC School Report

On Thursday 19th March, students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 at Penrice took part in BBC School Report, a nationwide school initiative that gives them the opportunity to experience journalism and media for a day. In its ninth year, over 1000 schools from all over the country take part.

The 15 students spent the day planning, writing, editing and submitting news stories, covering issues that mattered to them. Topics ranged from marriage equality and depression, to road safety, animal welfare and local football success. They worked incredibly hard throughout the day, tackling issues with technology and organising interviews with the public. In the morning, older students Connor, Chloe and Annie interviewed Mr Parker on the issue of gay marriage, while Year 7s Kordelia, Lily and Conor contacted local vets to find out how attitudes towards animal cruelty have changed.

Mr Pickles, English Teacher, said: “The pupils taking part in BBC School Report were fantastic. They gave up their time to attend meetings before the day and worked hard to overcome any difficulties. The reports that were produced showed flair, imagination and a keen interest in issues that affect young people and our communities. I’m so pleased that they grasped this fantastic opportunity with such enthusiasm; they were a credit to the school and, hopefully, thoroughly enjoyed the day!”