Welwyn Hatfield students take part in BBC School Report

TWO schools in Times Territory were among more than 700 others taking part in the national BBC School Report News Day today (Thursday).

An annual project encouraging school children to find, write and submit their news stories to the BBC, this year’s event saw some 25,000 students across the country take part.

Throughout the day, their stories have been appearing on the broadcaster’s websites, television and radio programmes.

In Welwyn Hatfield, both Monk’s Walk School in WGC and Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School have been putting together their stories on life at home and further afield.

Year 8 pupils from Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, in Woods Avenue, Hatfield, submitted a range of stories, from the state of litter at the school to the recent earthquake in Chile.

Despite a couple of technical setbacks, the girls managed to get most of their work in on time for the national 2pm deadline.

English teacher Sarah Bennet, who organised the day, said: “The students really enjoyed it. They’re really good at working together and helping each other out.

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“We had some issues with some footage that suddenly vanished, but they all worked really heard together and managed to create something from scratch this morning in time for today.”

Meanwhile, the Welwyn Hatfield Times took a number of calls from pupils at Monk’s Walk School, in Knightsfield, WGC, as they put the finishing touches to their stories.

Organiser Lynn Bolton said: “Some of our students are hoping for a career in journalism in the future, and have been absolutely flying with it.”

The WGC students are also awaiting for confirmation on whether they have become record breakers. They took part in a Guiness World Record attempt to create the largest ever interactive weather forecast.