In March, the English faculty at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College launched, and invited students to join, a journalism club which has attracted students who are keen to learn more about writing and reporting.
The students involved have learnt about journalism and how they can craft a piece of writing so that it is creative and engaging. The group’s first assignment was to produce an article about the students’ fundraising efforts for Comic Relief. The article collaboratively written by members of the journalism club not only featured on the school’s website and newsletter but the story was also picked up and used by the Rugby Observer, Rugby Advertiser and also featured on the Warwickshire County Council’s news website.
Future projects will include reporting on both national issues and school events in addition to producing pieces to support the new Year 7 students who will be starting at the school in September.
One of the group members, Amy Nixon said:
“I feel very proud to be a part of the journalism club. It is good fun and I hope to improve my creative writing skills though it.”
English teacher, Amy Heath, said:
“It is wonderful to see the students involving themselves in the school community to help develop their English skills and learn more about how they can have their voices heard. The students have put a lot of effort into producing some wonderful work.”
Alison Davies, Headteacher, said:
“As part of their first article, two members of the journalism club interviewed me to find out about the school’s approach and commitment to fundraising. I was very impressed with the thought provoking question they asked and with their final written piece which we included in the school’s newsletter. It was also lovely to see that their article was included in the local newspapers.”
You can find out more about Avon Valley School on their Website: http://www.avonvalleyschool.org/
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