The earthquake tragedy in Nepal and getting ready for school SAT testing hit the headlines in a new local newspaper.
Produced by a 15 strong editorial team of Key Stage 2 pupils at Skipsea School, the 10-page paper “Skipsea News Fanatics” was launched last week after several weeks of preparation.
They were helped by independent writing and editing professional Marvin Close of Hull who has worked with other schools and colleges in the area and asked the school if they would be interested in working with him on a school newspaper project.
He has a newspaper background but is perhaps best known for writing and story-lining TV shows like Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Tracy Beaker and Doctors. He has also written theatre, radio plays and books.
Carole Shiel, headteacher, explained how the project was designed to help improve writing skills. It began with a meeting with Marvin who explained the different roles withn newspaper production. After completing an application form for the job they wanted they were interview by Marvin and some of the school governors.
The pupils, helped by Marvin, worked in school time and in their own time to come up with and write the stories.
“The Nepal story was because some of the children have pen-pal links in Nepal and we have had a sponsored walk to raise money for the Nepal appeal,” said Carole.
Other pages included articles on activities inside and outside school such as swimming and badminton and pieces about pupil’s own interests.”
Gradually the whole paper came together, including photographs taken by the youngsters, and copies were run off at the school and distributed to parents.
Some are also available for school visitors to browse through in reception. Eventually it will go onto the school’s own website.
It is now hoped to produce a school newspaper once a term.