Students from Tarporley High School’s Gifted and Talented ‘Freedom Writers’ group, have been rewarded for their considerable writing talent, achieving success in the regional rounds of Young Writers competition ‘The Poetry Games’.
This national writing competition divides the country into twelve districts. Within these districts school students were given the chance to submit a poem on any topic that moved, interested or inspired them, choosing from a range of topics including the environment, body image, space and even fantasy worlds.
Ten Tarporley High School students were successful in the national rounds, and their poems have been selected to be published in an anthology for entries in the North West. The students were Anna Richardson, Georgia Hazeldine, Thomas Adkins and Isobel Clarke of Year 7, Tegan Berry, Rebecca Barry and Alice Hodgson of Year 8 and Megan Latham and Eilidh Bodfish of Year 9. Well done, Freedom Writers!
GCSE English students, accompanied by Mrs Eaton, Miss Mulholland, Mr Voyce and Ms Woodward braved the rainy streets of Manchester to enhance their knowledge of Harper Lee’s celebrated novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Telling a story of racism, prejudice and childhood, the Royal Exchange adaptation allowed students to lose themselves in the dusty deep South town of ‘Maycomb’, bringing Lee’s infamous words to life.
After making our trip to Manchester in record time, students enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the Royal Exchange’s galleries and craft exhibitions, as well as taking in the incredible architecture of the old building.
At long last, the bell rang to signal that it was time to take our seats. The actors’ portrayals of the distinctive characters had the students gripped, as they watched the landscape unfold in the theatre’s unique ‘round’ structure. Students remarked particularly on the power of the infamous courtroom scene, where the characters joined the audience in the viewing gallery, and Atticus Finch even invited the audience to act as jury in Tom Robinson’s ill-fated trial. The actors took turns narrating the story, which really brought Harper Lee’s words to life, and reminded students of key passages from studying the novel.
After a blissful 2 hours, and an interval complete with lots of customary ice-cream, the students flooded from the theatre, Atticus Finch’s words ringing in their ears ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view’.
Two weeks ago, a group of news-faring Y10 students from Mrs Eaton’s English class were excited to hear that their story idea had been well received by a producer from the BBC School Report project. After an exciting phone call to the school, students learned that they had been selected to produce a film and accompanying article exploring the safety of social networking sites for Safer Internet Day.
Soon after, a day of intensive preparation and scriptwriting ensued with students researching the topic including high profile cases involving the use of Facebook and Twitter. On Friday 1st February, excitement was in the air as a film crew from BBC Television Centre in London arrived to shoot the piece. Firstly, students were encouraged to debate the use of Twitter and the dangers of young people using such sites whilst the BBC captured every word. Following this, students split off into key working groups. Some of our aspiring reporters worked closely with online journalist Phil Harlow editing the script whilst others set off to interview key people; our sixth form safeguarding team and police liaison officer, Karl Williamson. It’s safe to say that each student’s skill set was well matched to their task – making Noah Aldous a prime candidate to operate the Boom microphone due to his height! Over the day students learned about the ‘magic of television’ as several silent ‘nodding’ shots were filmed during group debate and the delivery of questions during interviews was filmed several times at varying camera angles! Presenting the film, Harry Warr and Annie Huntbach also demonstrated high levels of professionalism and patience (!) as lines had to be delivered in many takes due to the interference of bus engines during the period 5 outdoor filming session!
Over the day students gained an invaluable taste of the high-pressured world of journalism and represented the school in an excellent capacity as BBC journalists told us they had been ‘singing their praises’ back at the office. They also were proud to have explored such an important and relevant issue for young people.
Following the students’ hard work, on Tuesday 4th February 2013 they were delighted to see that their film was published on the BBC website alongside the article written by Ellie Corlett-Moss and Annie Huntbach. When students realised a link to their film had been selected to appear on the main BBC News homepage for the majority of Safer Internet Day – they knew they’d made it!
The final film can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/21328728
The article accompanying the film which you can read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/21324461
On 21st March 2013 the students, alongside more of their classmates, will be reporting news for the BBC along with many schools across the country as part of the official BBC School Report day. Students will also be uploading their news items to the school website on this day and the BBC website will link directly to it. Look out for their work!