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School Report: Norfolk students shine on BBC media day

Attleborough High School, Norfolk, for School Report 2011
Schools from around the county worked to strict deadlines to prepare their news

As the clock struck two o'clock pupils from around Norfolk delivered their news bulletins to glowing praise on BBC School Report day 2011.

Teachers and reporters from the BBC in Norwich were extremely impressed by the students' efforts, who worked up until the last minute to prepare their news.

Attleborough High School reported on a school census and Open Academy in Norwich covered the Japanese disaster.

"I'd do it again if I had the chance," said Attleborough pupil Greg, 13.

"There was a lot to do in a short amount of time. It wasn't easy but you've got to decide what you want to do and then do it. It was fun!"

"It's been very exciting and a good learning experience for the students," said Attleborough High's English teacher Laura Budds.

"Seeing them work so independently and being so enthusiastic was a real highlight," she added.

A handful of Attleborough pupils got some extra interviewing experience 24 hours prior to School Report day when they spoke to BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine from the BBC Radio Norfolk studios.

They spent 10 minutes interrogating the broadcaster and asked how he started his career and about his funniest on-air moment.

Japan's earthquake was the main headline in Open Academy's news bulletin, where they got a second-hand account from year seven student Robert whose aunt lives in Chiba, where fires raged after the disaster.

"The day was a great experience for the students involved," said Open Academy teacher Edwina Gibling.

Year seven pupil Robert talks about the Japan earthquake

"We also had some BTEC students mentoring our school reporters and they did a fantastic job.

"The experience was very real as we spent the afternoon in the dedicated recording studio cueing and editing the footage.

"A long and tiring day, but one that we will definitely be taking part in again!"

Other schools from around the county also tackled serious topics including Gresham's in Holt, which looked at the country's gun licensing and why more than 324 shotgun licences were granted to under-18s in Norfolk in the last three years.

Cliff Park High in Gorleston reported on the death of actress Elizabeth Taylor and Diss High covered cuts to student funding alongside a number of other issues affecting the school.

To see what everyone got up to in video, audio and pictures, visit the schools' websites linked on this page.

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