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School Report at the Free Thinking Festival

School Reporters hone their interview skills

School Reporters from the north east got the chance to get involved with BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead.

Students from Central Newcastle High School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Church High School and West Jesmond Primary School all attended the event, and you can read an account of their day below.

And pupils from Northern Counties School, which supports children and adults with complex needs, created a slideshow describing how their school had changed over the years which was placed on display at the festival.

BBC producer Helen Amess said: "The reaction to the slideshow was really encouraging and it was great for the pupils to see the results of all their hard work." Here's the account of the day from the School Reporters at Church High School:

By Amber, Rachel, Naomi and Jane
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Church High School

School Reporters from across Jesmond in Newcastle were involved in the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival.

This is an event held at the Sage Gateshead, which brings together prominent figures from various professions. The theme of this year's festival was Change.

The first speaker was Jimmy Wales, founder of the website Wikipedia. We also had the opportunity to see figures from literature, politics and music, including the foreign secretary William Hague and author of Skellig, David Almond.

We were able to conduct interviews with members of the public and some of the speakers using microphones and flip cameras and we found the speakers interesting and engaging.

When interviewing Philip Dodd, the presenter of BBC Radio 3's Night Waves programme, we asked him various questions on the theme of change, in which he reflected that change is happening constantly in our world.

We also had the opportunity to interview Radio 3 presenter Alfie Joey and poet Ian McMillian who were facilitating the Young Ranters Programme, in which young people give their opinion on the issues of the day.

School Reporters were also able to interview Toby Jones, famous for playing Dobby in the Harry Potter films and The Dream Lord in Doctor Who.



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