Media Studies and Eco Club trip to Magherafelt

On Friday 26th January 2018, 8 pupils from our school were invited to attend Young Reporters for the Environment workshops in conjunction with the BBC Schools’ Report team, to enable them to complete reports that could be entered for a regional competition based on issues that affect all of our communities such as waste resource efficiency, energy and litter.Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is a network of international youth engaged in Education for Sustainable Development. It is coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and presently operates in over 30 countries.
The goal of YRE is for post-primary school students (aged 11-21) to investigate environmental issues and problems and report on them through written, photographic or video journalism, while investigating solutions.
The day was divided into three sessions and involved working closely with other schools from around the province. The first session was based on how to create and generate ideas, then the pupils were shown the skills of putting a piece to camera for news programmes and to conclude, in the final session, they were out and about in the recycling plant attached to the Magherafelt Council Offices to take photographs with the guidance of the Belfast Exposed team.
The pupils who attended were; Erin Dudgeon 11O, Lauryn McBrinn 11O, Mia Stewart 11O, Chloe Hamilton 11H, Erin Lunnon 11H, Erin Smyth 11H, Luke Wilson 10L and Rhys Moore 8G. All thoroughly enjoyed the day and gained some valuable knowledge for the Eco-Club and skills for their study of Media.