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School Report latest: November 2011

There's so much going on in schools all over the UK, that we can barely keep up!

So for a quick flavour of all the latest reporting, keep checking out this page which will help you see what other schools are reporting on.


Special guest shares scriptwriting tips

BBC Breakfast report Tim share some top tips with Team Catmose
BBC Breakfast report Tim share some top tips with Team Catmose

When BBC Mentor James Buchanan visited the young reporting team at Catmose College, Rutland this week he bought with him a surprise guest - BBC Breakfast reporter Tim Muffett!

Tim spent some time sharing his top reporting tips with the students which they plan to put into practice for News Day 2012.

And you can find out some of his hints and tips on scriptwriting for video or audio reports in his video masterclass here.

Christmas exclusive with Peter Andre

Pupils from Duncanrig Secondary School's radio station, Radio Duncanrig, had backstage access to their local Christmas lights being switch on and got to meet and interview the guest of honour, pop star and television presenter, Peter Andre.

Duncanrig Secondary School Reporters put questions to Peter Andre
Duncanrig Secondary students recorded their interview with Peter Andre

After he had switched on the East Kilbride Christmas lights Peter was put on the spot by the students. Listen to their interview here .

Teacher Chris said "Peter was great with the pupils. He was very down to earth and was very impressed with the professionalism of the pupils. After the interview, Peter was very complimentary of the pupil's interview technique and he even gave them a few pointers."

One of the young reporters who interviewed Peter was also pretty excited. She said: "I still can't believe I actually interviewed Peter Andre. As soon we went in the room, he went up to us and gave us big hugs and kisses. It was so much fun interviewing him."

Interview with 2012 hopeful

Students from Tominscote School were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Olympic hopeful Chris Thompson, when he took timeout of a hectic training schedule to tell them about his training regime, his European Silver medal and his hopes for 2012.

Long distance runner Chris Thompson visited Tomlinscote School
Long distance runner Chris Thompson visited Tomlinscote School

Chris answered questions about diet, warm ups, races, hopes and dreams, and what he thought about as he trained!

He brought in the silver medal he won in the European championships last year.

Sixth Former Charlotte summed it up: "having met a potential 2012 athlete has been an amazing dream for us all".

Tomlinscote School are part of the Olympic Dreams Network - a group of British schools partnered with the schools of the BBC's World Olympic Dreams athletes.

British TV celebrates its 75th birthday

School reporters Chloe, Amy and Finn, from Sackville School in East Grinstead had VIP access to a special exhibition at Alexandra Palace in north London. The BBC broadcast its first TV programme from the studios there in November 1936.

School Reporters Amy, Finn and Chloe
School reporters Amy, Finn and Chloe in TV make-up from the 1930s at Alexandra Palace

Sackville students interviewed Iain Baird the grandson of the man who invented TV, John Logie Baird, TV historian John Trenouth and even had a 1930's make-up makeover. Luckily white face-paint, grey blusher and blue lipstick - which looked good when television was only in black and white - doesn't look completely out of place so near Halloween. Read the full report here.


A conversation about Coventry

School Reporters from Whitley Academy in Coventry have been busy researching their local area, including interviewing Councillor Lynnette Kelly who is in charge of education for the city.

School Reporters put questions to their local councillor
School Reporters put questions to their local councillor in her office

She told the students she particularly enjoys being a councillor because she can "make differences to people's lives".

The Whitley Academy reporting team also asked her about their city and the 2012 Olympics.

Councillor Kelly spoke to them about the football stadium being as a venue during the Games.

She said "even if pupils still don't know the Olympics is coming to Coventry next year then hopefully through the Torch Relay they would know how involved Coventry is".

Straight from the author's mouth

Students from Clydeview Academy put questions to author David Almond as part of BBC Scotland's Authors Live.

Read School Reporter Sophie's report about the experience here.

To Russia with love

BBC producer Kevin Bishop with the staff and students of Redruth Technology College
Kevin Bishop with the staff and pupils of Redruth Technology College

Redruth School in Cornwall are partnered with the Special School of the Olympic Reserve in Yekaterinburg, in central Russia as part of the BBC's World Olympic Dreams project.

Last month two of their teachers and sixth form students, along with BBC presenter Matthew Pinsent, visited Yekaterinburg to see what goes on behind the scenes at an Olympic sports school.

Before they went BBC producer Kevin Bishop met with students Louise and Amy, along with headteacher Craig Martin and head of PE Craig Bonds. Kevin helped the team learn a few Russian phrases and they selected some souvenirs to take to their partner school.

Redruth students are now learning new sports and the Olympic school are working on their English - and their School Reporters will be reporting more on this in the months to come!

To find out more about the BBC World Class project and how to twin your school for 2012 by visiting the World Class website.

And you can see Matthew Pinsent talking more about the visit to Russia on BBC Breakfast here.

Teen idols

Toni and Pritham, two School Reporters from Alperton High School in Wembley, were the envy of most of the teenagers in the UK on Sunday 9 October.

The pair got backstage and onto the red carpet at the Radio 1 Teen Awards at Wembley Arena to interview the likes of singers Cher Lloyd, Ed Sheeran and Jason Derulo, presenter Reggie Yates and Eastenders stars Matt Lapinskas and Tony Discipline.

To read their full report on the day, click here

Football pundit makes prediction

BBC football pundit Garth Crooks was interviewed by School Reporters Marley, 14 and Zack, 14, from Accrington Academy at the BBC's News, Sport and Learning fair, Extra Time at Manchester United's training ground.

Marley and Zack quizzed the Final Score pundit on a variety of football topics, and found out he would like former Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss after Euro 2012.


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