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Last Updated: Monday, 19 November 2007, 10:58 GMT
November's practice News Day
Amie and Bethany, both 12, from Rainham School for Girls in Kent with the school mascots they are sending to rescued street children in India

Students from Cornwall to Ayrshire made the news on the first of four practice News Days designed to help students prepare for School Report News Day on 13 March 2008.

Many of the School Reporters chose to cover local Children in Need fundraising activities, while others tackled national news, such as bird flu in the UK, and global issues, such as climate change.

Seven students from Park High School in Birkenhead interviewed the cast and crew of Grange Hill on the set of the children's drama.

More than 100 students from Rainham School for Girls in Gillingham, Kent, created text-based news reports on subjects including avian flu and supermarkets' efforts to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Pupils from the four classes interviewed the fund-raising manager of a local charity, a former pupil who is helping street children in India, their head teacher about an anti-litter campaign and their deputy head about his teaching experience in Belize, Central America.

Three more forms from Year 7 will be taking part in the next practice News Day on Thursday 13 December - and a further three in the new year; enabling the entire year group to be involved in School Report.

Two students from Manchester Academy were interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester about their roles during School Report 2006 and what they plan to do for the project this year.

One pupil has already received a written response from the prime minister after she expressed her concern over a lack of youth clubs in the area.

S2 pupils at Doon Academy in East Ayrshire interview local celebrity Hugh Johnstone
Doon Academy students interview local celebrity Hugh Johnstone MBE
S2 pupils at Doon Academy in Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, interviewed the leader of the town band, who is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Students from Caistor Grammar School in Caistor, Lincolnshire, wrote to experts, including BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, to ask their opinions on illegal downloads.

Pupils also contacted Top Gear's production team and the Head of BBC Films, to ask about the affect of violent films on children's behaviour.

Other students began researching information for news reports on the latest games consoles, climate change, Children in Need and Red Nose Day.

Central Foundation Girls' School from East London and Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge, Kent, also reported on Children in Need.

In addition, Hillview pupils interviewed some of the 60 head teachers who were visiting the school for a conference on the new secondary school curriculum.

Coombeshead College in Newton Abbot, Devon, made climate change the theme of their practice News Day.

They planned to interview Tim Smit, the man who started the Eden Project, and a speaker for a charity working to create walking and cycling routes in 79 cities, towns and villages across the UK.

Thirty Year 8 students at Sir James Smith's Humanities College in Camelford, Cornwall, reported on issues including road safety, recycling schemes and Children in Need.

Acton City Learning Centre in West London was the venue for Villiers High School's practice News Day. Teacher Karine Waldron said: "For a first time effort they were outstanding!"

In addition, Chigwell School in Essex has created a dedicated School Report web page for their news. At present it contains a list of School Reporters, dates for the diary and space for the students' work. As reports are created, they will be published on this page.

The web page the Wirral Grammar School For Boys in Cheshire have created for the project, which currently explains how students can get involved, will also develop into a news area.

DATES OF PRACTICE NEWS DAYS
  • Thursday 15 November 2007
  • Thursday 13 December 2007
  • Thursday 17 January 2008
  • Thursday 7 February 2008

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