Students Record at Pirate FM

On Thursday 12th February, six students from Penrice Academy wrote and recorded a radio advert at Pirate FM, as winners and runners up of last month’s competition aboard the Pirate FM Media Bus.

Olivia Rootes, Toni Miller, Natashia Goodwin, Jake Forrester, Jessica Stevens and Georgina Rowe spent the day touring the studio, working closely with the radio team and developing their understanding of broadcast journalism and recording an advert of their own. They were also interviewed by Pirate FM’s Breakfast team, Neil and Tina, about their plans for work experience this year and what they got out of the day.

Natashia Goodwin, 14 from St Blazey, said: “Today was really great. It was educational in that we learnt a lot about radio and adverts but it was also so much fun, and everyone at the station was really welcoming.”

On the Media Bus, which visited Penrice Academy last month – visiting a school in Cornwall for the very first time – 70 Year 10s were encouraged to see apprenticeships in a new way, discussing what’s available and who can do them. They also received advice on job specific skills and gaining qualifications.

The day ended with the opportunity to build a 30 second radio commercial, with teams working together to write, edit and produce a commercial to promote apprenticeships in Cornwall. Following visiting four other schools in the county, the adverts were judged at Pirate HQ and Penrice were chosen as winners and runners up, with the students travelling to Redruth to professionally their record their advert.

David Parker, Principal at Penrice Academy, said: “We are extremely proud of these young people who have shown themselves to be capable and ready to start work already. It was a professional level advert they put together based on learning they had within the academy.”