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BBC School Report: The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester
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The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester has taken part in BBC School Report.

March 11 2010 marked 'School Report News Day' and the pupils worked towards broadcasting their own news between 0930, and the 1400 deadline.

Students then uploaded videos of their work to the Films for Learning website.

This is a Thomas Hardye School initiative, supported by Microsoft and used by schools across the country.

This is the second year that the school has been involved in the project. This year, Year 9 pupils were joined by 13 students from Year 7 at Dorchester Middle School

An MP for dinner?

During the day, the BBC carried out a video conference with the school to talk to the students about their activities, to be broadcast on the BBC School Report website, and via the TV 'Red Button' facility.

Sophie, Ana, Jasmin and Katy from The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester
The topics covered included healthy eating and school uniforms

The Politics Show: South will also be filming with pupils on March 12 2010.

BBC Politics Show reporter, Sarah Burbedge, said:

"They will be meeting their local MP and candidates for the area, and making a special film.

"It will be like CBBC meets the Channel 4 food programme, Come Dine With Me.

"One of the pupils will be meeting Oliver Letwin [MP For West Dorset] in a local cafe, and others will be taking candidates to their parents' homes for dinner."

'A range of skills'

Students prepared for 'School Report News Day' by filming some reports prior to the day.

George, from Year 7 at Dorchester Middle School, said:

"I liked filming and making the videos best of all."

Topics the students covered include: How schools are making moves towards healthy eating; school uniforms - are they a good idea?; and a poet in residence, working at The Thomas Hardye School.

Marcus and Tom from The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester
Pupils learned the 'pressure that a deadline brings to a newsroom'

Ana, a Year 9 pupil at The Thomas Hardye School, said:

"I think it's good that young people are able to make the news during this project, and say what they think.

"We've all got really good ideas about what's going on in the world, and BBC School Report has been really fun to work on."

Supporting the day were Hilary Over, Head of English at The Thomas Hardye School; Mark Richardson a teacher at The Thomas Hardye School and the inspiration behind Films for Learning; Richard Scott, E-Learning Manager of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership; and Penny Ettling, Head of ICT at Dorchester Middle.

In addition, Ian Moss, an ex-Thomas Hardye pupil, now working for BBC News, was there to advise and support.

Richard Scott from Dorchester Area Schools Partnership said:

"Video and filmmaking are becoming key cross-curricular learning tools across Dorchester schools.

"The range of skills that children acquire whilst making and editing films extend beyond just the technical.

"On School Report News Day they also learned the pressure that a deadline brings to a newsroom."

BBC News School Report News Day as it happened
The full story of School Report Day, involving thousands of school children around the UK - and beyond.




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