Royds Hall High School pupils are launching their own TV channel. HAZEL ETTIENNE looks at how it was done
ROYDS Hall High School goes live this month!
The Paddock school, which has the motto Successful and Always Aspiring, is probably the first in Kirklees to launch its own television channel.
And the news and features-packed show is hitting plasma screens and classroom interactive whiteboards for the first time within the next couple of weeks.
A team of Year 10 students has been specially trained as directors to make sure the channel goes out to all year groups and areas of the school.
Team members have learned production, editing, interviewing and camera skills during school and after school sessions including Saturdays.
Maria Collu, Francesca Armitage, Jessica Hanson, Michaela De Azevedo and Emma Bramley will be producing five-minute news slots and feature length articles which are to go live during the course of the school days including registration periods, break and lunchtimes.
The school has invested thousands of pounds in equipment which is to be used for the venture.
And is hoped to expand the channel to cover community as well as school events with the possibility of doing outside broadcasts.
Features already planned by the committed team include a food from around the world fundraiser, fashion show and a key stage three festival as well as shows and pantomimes.
Royds Hall is a specialist science college . It is also committed to fundraising and supports many charities including Water Aid, Action Aid and Children Against Sex Traffickers Across Europe (Chast).
Headteacher Melanie Williams said: “This television channel is unique to the area and offers some exciting opportunities for students, thanks to their own and staff’s commitment to this fascinating project.”
The channel, named RHHSTV, was the brainchild of the school’s ICT director Saiqa Liaquat, with support from photography and art teacher Berina Anderson and teaching assistant Sheena Fitzsimmons.
“It’s really exciting seeing the students learn all these new skills and gaining experience. They are all multi-tasking and using professional equipment to gain new practical skills and really enjoying it,” said Miss Anderson.
It is hoped to link the news channel to the school website, so information can be relayed to parents and the wider community.
And maybe in the not too distant future there could be further links nationally and even worldwide.
“It’s all about broadening horizons. In the future RHHSTV could help to create links with schools all over the world,” Ms Williams added.