BBC School Report
BBC School Report - March 2017
QEGS Ashbourne's intrepid team of school reporters have again been taking part in the BBC's School Report day.
The team of Year 7 students spent the whole day working as journalists, researching, recording, editing and producing their stories. Topic placed under the microscope this year included local housing issues, The Big Vote and preparations for the school show, Hairspray. They even managed to film a live weather report.
The project allowed the students to develop a number of skills. As one of our school reporters said "BBC school report day is a great day full of filming, fun and laughs. But on the more serious side it gives you so many new life skills like editing, public speaking and filming. BBC school report has been amazing!"
BBC School Report - March 2012
On Thursday March 15th, fourteen Year 7 students took part in the BBC’s School Report project. They joined thousands of students from all across the country who spent the day working as news journalists and producing reports on a variety of topics.
The students began work at 9am, with some editing footage they’d take already and another group heading off to conduct an interview with Headmaster Dr Wilkes for a film about his retirement. Other groups were busy writing scripts to film during the morning. There were lots of stories on the go in the QEGS newsroom. In addition to the story on Dr Wilkes, students were working on reports about Shrovetide, the snowdrops at Hopton Hall, the economy, homework and the Queen’s Jubilee.
One group were featured on BBC East Midlands Today on the evening of Tuesday March 13th. They had managed to secure an exclusive interview with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, stars of the hit BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing. The pair were performing at the Assembly Rooms in Derby and the QEGS students had interviewed them there. Throughout this experience, the BBC News cameras had followed their every move and everyone was really proud to see themselves on East Midlands Today on BBC One.
The students worked very hard during the day and, despite it being early closure due to year 12 parents’ evening, throughout the afternoon too. After a much needed break around 4pm, where large amounts of pizza were consumed, the group set about preparing a presentation to deliver to their friends and family at 6pm in the library.
Despite a number of hiccups in what was a very rushed rehearsal, the evening itself was a tremendous success. Everyone who attended enjoyed listening to the students’ account of their activities and watching their news stories. Afterwards, QEGS Headmaster Dr Wilkes praised the group for the high standard of their presentation and presented certificates to each member of the team.