It is Takeover Week this week at Marden High, and our Year 8s have taken over the Media Studio and found out what is like in the high pressure world of journalism.
There have been some fantastic reports today during our first practice day of the year. Young journalists of the future handled complex topics maturely and confidently, & some of them even hit the deadline too! A great experience of the world of journalism and media!
Stories covered included environmental issues, the controversy surrounding palm oil, Article 13 and how it effects YouTube creators, and a maturely handled story about the controversy that still surrounds breast feeding in public.
Our Year 8s have had a brilliant day, and reports will appear online very soon!
A preview of our team’s stories – a creative and thoughtful range of reports!
As part of Takeover Week, it’s our first News Report day of the year. Fifteen reporters have arrived in the Media Studio to plan their stories for the day…
BBC School News Report has rebranded as BBC Young Reporter. It’s still the same project, and we will still be running it as ever with an intrepid group of Year 8 journalists. The first practice news day is coming soon…
This year’s practice news days are:
Friday 30th November 2018 and Friday 8th February 2018
BBC Young Reporter day proper is on Wednesday 6th March 2019.
All week at Marden we have been building up to the centenary of the end of the First World War.
This has culminated in our History Detectives reuniting for one last ceremony. The group were part of an ambitious project back in Year 7 when they ‘adopted’ local soldiers and carried out research about the fallen men from Cullercoats who never came home.
Now in Year 11, the History Detectives have returned to Cullercoats, along with students from Monkhouse Primary and Cullercoats Primary, to take part in a special ceremony. They wrote the names of local soldiers in the sand and then listened to a reading by Fr. Adrian Hughes of St. George’s Church, all in the shadow of the remembrance board that they designed at the beginning of the project, and just round the corner from many of the houses that they adorned with blue plaques in collaboration with the Northumbria WW1 Commemoration Project back in 2015.
The waves then washed over the names as Fr. Adrian said a prayer and there was a moment of reflection as ‘The Last Post’ was played by former Marden student Calum Hartwell.
Many other special projects have been devised across the curriculum this week, including assemblies and Personal Development lessons delivered by the Year 9 History student leadership team on the theme of remembrance.
This will all culminate in the school observing a two minute silence at 11am on Friday to remember those who have fought in all wars.
Last Wednesday, ten of our intrepid Year 9 students enjoyed the culmination of their Creative Writing projects for This Is Creative Enterprises (TICE).
This year, TICE has seen 161 young people realise potential, grow in confidence and be celebrated for their achievements – 16 schools throughout the North East region took part, and ten Marden students graduated from the Creative Writing Programme.
All year the Year 9s have been working with professionals from the creative, design and digital sectors, taking part in three different programme stages; Insight, Explore and Create. This was showcased on the evening of the Final Show as they received certificates and saw their work displayed at Newcastle University.
On the night, Marden student Olivia Peterson delivered a superb speech about the project to a packed audience of more than 450. Well done to everyone who took part!
Here are all our finished reports from our Year 8 team!
Our team has nearly finished editing their projects, with the deadline looming…
A working lunch as Aiden and Emily edit their report on American gun laws, whilst Alex and Seb look through the footage on their political report.
Our reporters are out and about, gathering their news reports. This group are in the LRC filming their sign-off to their report about the late Stephen Hawking.