TTC Reporters – After College Club at Tendring Technology College - Regional prize winners of the School Games Curriculum competition
Students at TTC found out this week that they have won yet another prize by entering a competition hosted by Radiowaves. This is their third successful competition entry! Earlier this year, three Year 8 students Joe, Nicholas and Cameron won a competition by producing a video entitled, ’Robots in War’. The Red Cross prize was £400 for the Diabetes UK charity and £150 for themselves.
Our second prize winner, through the Radiowaves on-line reporting platform, was Matthew who wrote a film review and won a selection of CDs.
So it was to our great surprise when the students won the Regional prize in the School Games Curriculum Competition! TTC Reporters put together a news piece featuring an Olympic themed Sports Day. Kieran and Ashley were producers on the day and they edited the winning film and sports article.
Projects Director of DigitalMe, Lucy Neale, sent this email to Mrs Burley and Mrs Morrison who are the club co-coordinators:- “We would like to offer your school 6 places to attend a Regional Media Masterclass Event on 29th March 2012, where your pupils will get the amazing opportunity to work alongside industry experts to develop their media skills to a professional standard. This Masterclass will be run by Supporter to Reporter, an award winning youth sports reporting programme. Your students will receive Masterclass training in sports photography, presenting, reporting and filming, as well as getting the chance to meet media professionals and put their skills to the test on the day. The aim of the Masterclass is to inspire the young people and give them some professional skills they can then take back to develop a sports reporting team in school.”
We are looking forward to attending this great opportunity for our TTC students and you never know, it might inspire them to follow careers in journalism.
Mrs Burley and Mrs Morrison - Club Co-ordinators
BBC School Report Practice day
TTC Reporters did us proud on Thursday 19th January!
The day started with registration in Thorpe and then we travelled on the mini bus to Frinton. We were joined by four Year 12 mentors, George, Allan, Demi and Harry and two year 10 students, Ralph and Kieran. The Media department became a ‘news room hub’ for the day. Reporters were using new equipment including Apple Macs and the Green Room.
Visiting BBC journalist Kirren Ratho was really impressed with our students. In particular she commented how well they all worked together and were able to help each other if they had a problem. She said that she had a much better experience in TTC than in the last school she visited, where students were reluctant to help each other especially across the years. Kirren said that she is now worried about her job security, not because BBC is making cuts but because the Year 12 mentors were like professional journalists.
In all, 28 students (26 from KS3 and 2 from Year 10) produced five stories and the final product is now available for you to view above.
TTC reports are also mentioned on the BBC School Report site and you can look at the news updates of the Practice Day by visiting http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/school_report/9681627.stm
Mrs Morrison and I would like to thank the Media department for allowing us to take over, in particular Miss Young and all the staff who were willing to be interviewed and of course there would be no News reports without dedicated members of the Reporters club:
Jessica, Kira, Chloe, Hollie, Ethan, Toby, Tyler, Cameron, Callum, Joseph, Matthew, Aliasha, Paige, George, William, Nicholas, Chiquita, Harry, Emilia, Matthew, Isobel, Lucy, Joe, Samantha and Cathryn.
We are now preparing for the big day - 15th March!
Mrs V Burley and Mrs L Morrison
TTC Reporters Club
Last week, twenty TTC Reporters in Tendring Technology College attended a workshop organised by the Media Department. Students were shown into the ‘green room’ which looked like a state of the art filming studio. They were shown how to use the film cameras, how to set shots, how to switch between different cameras and how to add background effects. Miss Young, the Media teacher then asked for volunteers to try out new equipment and Matthew was the first one to stand in front of the green screen. The reporters spent the rest of the hour working in pairs. They practised interviewing skills, taking turns with the camera work and on the mixing machine.
The following students took part in the event:
Year 9 students: Lucy, Chiquita, William, Kira and Aliasha.
Year 8 students: Matthew, Joe, Cameron, Joseph, Nicholas and Callum.
Year 7 students: Tyler, Matthew, Harry, Toby, George, Chloe, Isabel, Cathryn and Paige.
Special thanks to Mr Saunders and Miss Young from the Media Department and to Mr Linford for driving the mini-bus.
Our next visit to Frinton Campus is on January 19th for the BBC School Report practice day. The reporters will be spending a whole day in the media centre preparing news reports ready for the broadcasting deadline which is 2:00pm. This will be their dress rehearsal before joining with over 900 schools nationally on the 15th March 2012.
The TTC Reporters Club runs every Monday from 3:00 – 4:00pm and if you would like to come along, please ask Mrs Burley (Geography teacher) or Mrs Morrison (Curriculum Leader for PSHE) for more information.
Mrs Burley and Mrs Morrison
TTC Reporters have done it again!
I had a lovely surprise on Monday evening after checking my email. A message from Radiowaves read: ‘Congratulations are in order! Your reporters have won our British Red Cross ‘Robots in War’ competition!’
Three students from Year 8: Joe 8NDa, Nicholas 8GWh and Cameron 8RCo, entered the competition back in June and worked on the video report enthusiastically.
Radiowaves who hosted the competition sent this message: "The judges (Digital Producer and International Law Adviser at the British Red Cross) were most impressed with Cameron and Joe's natural and entertaining presenting style, and the effort and variety in the scenes which made sure the viewer was always interested in what was coming next. Legitimate arguments were raised throughout, and showed sophistication - in particular recognising the difference between whether robots will or should be used in war. A very talented team meeting the brief in a most engaging way. Congratulations."
They have won £400 for the charity Diabetes UK and £150 for themselves.
Students use the Radiowaves website to develop their journalistic skills by posting videos, pictures and articles which can then be viewed. It is an addition to our main focus, the BBC School Report in the TTC Reporters club. If you would like to be part of the club, please ask Mrs Burley (Geography teacher) or Mrs Morrison (Curriculum Leader of PSHE) for more information. We meet on Mondays from 2.50-4.00pm.
Mrs V Burley
Geography teacher & Club Co-ordinator
Do you love the world around you? Would you like to star in your own news report?
Would you like to become a ‘Green Ambassador’?
Would you like the chance to enter a national competition?
If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, why not join the
TTC Reporters After College Club.
The club will run on Mondays from 2.50 to 4.00pm.
Last year the TTC Reporters Club was involved in several projects. The most exciting was compiling our own news stories for the School Report which was organised by BBC News. Over 20 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in the School Report Day in March, joining over 900 other schools nationally. Several students spoke live on BBC Essex Radio and TTC featured on the BBC News website. The reporters proudest moment was being chosen to develop a story about gaming and addiction. A BBC journalist worked with the reporters with specialised equipment and we even got some Nintendo games to try (for research purposes only!). The news report featured on the Look East news and in the local Gazette.
This year students will also have the opportunity to develop their journalistic skills by reporting on what matters to them via a specially designed website, ‘Radiowaves’. There are also many opportunities to enter competitions and work with students across Key Stage 3.
So, if you are a budding reporter and would like to be part of this exciting venture, then ask your Humanities teacher or Mrs Burley (Room 31) for a permission letter.
We are looking forward to welcoming new and existing members,
Mrs V. Burley and Mrs L. Morrison
Club Co-ordinators Frinton to Thorpe Olympic Torch Relay 2012.m4v