Taking part in BBC News School Report, a national annual takeover event, three students from years 7 and 9 of Penzance school Mounts Bay Academy visited recently to get the lowdown on our ‘Developing for the Future’ project.
The young production team consisted of Freyja, Year 9, producer and boom operator; Emma, Year 7, presenter; and Oscar, Year 7, presenter.
The students were the first members of the public to get behind the scenes of the new archive and Clore Learning Space, due to open later this year.
The students donned hard hats to interview Development Project Manager, Henrietta Boex, and Chris Williams, Project Manager with construction company Midas, on site.
“Although we spent a lot of time talking to people about design before construction began, the students from Mounts Bay Academy are the very first members of the public to have actually been inside the new archive and Clore Learning Space. They were a very professional and well prepared production team and asked some searching questions. We hope these young reporters will come back and follow up on their story once the building is fully open.” – Henrietta Boex, Development Project Manager.
This is not the first time the academy has taken part in the takeover project; last year a different group of students’ work featured in BBC School Report’s ‘Best of 2012’ highlights film. The project, which is now in its seventh year, aims to give UK students aged 11-16 the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.
The Porthcurno report and other films produced by the students can be viewed on the Mounts Bay Academy website where you can also leave feedback for the students: http://mounts-bay.cornwall.sch.uk/
We hope the students of Mounts Bay Academy will return to inspect the site and its new facilities once the building is completed.