Pupils at Truro Prep School were recently given a unique opportunity to play the role of news presenters in a BBC News-style broadcast.
It was lights, camera, action as the boys and girls in Year 5 took centre stage to report on Truro Prep School’s latest ‘Double Excellent’ inspection results, the highest mark achievable.
With a star performance from leading news anchor Sophie, the BBC’s Fiona Bruce may well be cautiously looking over her shoulder at the next generation.
Reflecting on the experience, Sophie said:
“It was so much fun getting the chance to be news reporters for the day. My favourite part was using the really cool equipment, especially the big fluffy microphones!”
Pupils Jack, Jacques, Archie and Bella all relished the opportunity to act as roving reporters on the day, investigating areas of the school’s excellent inspection grades such as Early Years provision, extra-curricular and the student council.
There were also cheek-to-cheek smiles as the Pre-Prep pupils in Years 1 and 2 took the chance to hold some of the film and sound equipment, letting their imaginations run wild.
The fun-loving video was produced with the help of Cornish creative company Moth Media Ltd, filmed and directed by Paul Caddis.
Mr Caddis, who has a long career in international film and TV production, commented:
“The tools for making TV and film are so much more accessible these days; they are even available on smartphones. Controlling personal media and learning how to tell positive stories are really important skills. The best way to teach these skills to young people is through having fun. At Moth we’re all about storytelling and the internet lets us tell the world”.
Mr Caddis’ son, currently in 2nd Year (Year 8) at Truro School, is also a keen videographer and recently produced a feature film for Truro TedEx talk back in September.
Sarah Patterson, Head of Truro Prep School, finished by saying:
“It is our aim to help every child to find and develop his or her talents. Everyone had great fun making the spoof news broadcast celebrating our excellent inspection results, particularly the children. It was a fabulous opportunity for them to try something different and ignite a new passion.”
The video was produced ahead of Truro Prep School’s family open morning that takes place on 10 March where families from all across the county expected to descend on the picturesque campus.
With their fingers on the pulse of the county’s latest developments, local news agency Cornwall Live have been given the exclusive on Truro Prep School’s ‘Double Excellent’ inspection report. Watch the full video here.