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March 11, 2019

Junior journalists work on BBC Young Reporter scheme

ELEVEN Literacy Leaders at Fearns found themselves becoming rookie reporters.

They were taking part in the BBC Young Reporter programme where they researched, interviewed and wrote their own news stories.

The junior journalists selected a wide range of topics from debates on the Grand National horse race to video game usage.

They also wrote about what products are used for animal testing, World Book Day and the school’s Youth Enterprise Challenge team’s success.

Kelsey Bird and Nichol Royle-Jones, both 12, decided to write about the UK’s most famous and most challenging horse race.

They went across to Fearns Equestrian Centre to interview the centre manager Sabrina Ross to get her views.

Kelsey said: “It was scary when we were going to do the story because I am a scared of horses and we went into the yard, but now I am more relaxed about them.”

Nichol said: “It was quite hard trying to write the answers down to the questions we were asking. I did enjoy putting the story together though.”

Keen footballer Harry Cameron, 12, decided to write about the sport he loves.

He researched the school’s other footballers who over the last 12 years have gone on to represent various teams and one, Matty James, is now 27 and plays for Leicester City.

He said: “I hope to have a career in football and I enjoyed finding out about the many people from my school who have gone on to be professional footballers. I was surprised by how many there were.”

The pupils’ stories will be published on the school website with a link from the BBC site.