Students’ lockdown news wins major accolade

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Students’ lockdown news wins major accolade

A group of Year 10 students, guided by St John’s Marlborough teachers Iain Kemp and Sarah Singleton, has worked together during the Covid-19 lockdown to develop an online student newspaper. St John’s is now proud to announce that The Granham Gazette, the first issue of which was published in June, has already been named Secondary School Newspaper of the Year in the School Newspaper of the Year Awards run by First News. The winning schools were announced by First News on 10th July and the editorial team are thrilled to have won the category with their first issue.

The Granham Gazette editorial team consists of Year 10 students Jude Anderson, Joseph Bunyon, Maggie Butler, Beatrice Craven, Henry Christie-Grey, Georgina Donovan, Frankie Sadler, Annabel Tindall and Solal Vergara.

The Granham Gazette is written for St John’s Marlborough students and is only available to read by anyone with a login to St John’s. Issue 1 was packed with thought-provoking content, with a strong focus on the effects that the Covid-19 lockdown has had on St John’s students, but also covered other current issues including the Black Lives Matter movement. Covid-related articles included coverage of Year 10 & 12 students’ return to school in June after lockdown, interviews with Year 11 & 13 students about the cancellation of their exams, and reports on remote learning, including a piece from one student who had a more extreme lockdown experience while his mother was shielding. The Gazette was rounded off with TV reviews, and a poetry choice, Caged Bird by Maya Angelou. Issue 2 of the Granham Gazette will be issued at the end of the summer term.

St John’s Principal Mr Tucker has written to the students in the editorial team. He told them:

I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work on the first and subsequent editions of the incredible new school newspaper. I am really very proud and extremely grateful to you all. I do hope you can maintain the standards you have set yourself!”

The competition was run by First News, a weekly subscription newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds that aims to get young people talking about the news in an easy to understand and non-threatening way.

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