Olympic torch relay: Day 28

A torchbearer carries the Olympic flame under a bridge Image copyright PA

As the torch travels from Alnwick to Newcastle, School Reporters along the route are focusing on the North East's preparations for this year's Olympic Games.

School Reporters from The Academy at Shotton Hall reported on the involvement of some of their pupils in the celebrations in Newcastle.

And the torch's travels around the UK have also given us the perfect excuse to showcase the fantastic Olympic, Paralympic and 2012-related reporting that schools have already been doing.

Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay reported on the Olympic lights at the Whitley Bay Lighthouse and went to find out whether the display was a hit or miss with the general public.

As the local area is one of only nine outside of London where Olympic events are taking place, reporter Kirsty also went to speak to one of the managing consultants for the 2012 Games, who will be promoting events happening in the region.

And School Reporters from St Benet Biscop Catholic School in Northumberland are joining in with the Olympic celebrations.

They've linked up with other schools in the area to host their very own miniature version of the Olympic torch relay. The pupils designed the torch themselves and filmed it being passed from school to school during their News Day earlier this year.

Brogan Dances For the Flame!

School Reporter Sophie from The Academy at Shotton Hall, has reported on the performance of fellow pupil, Brogan, in front of a big crowd to celebrate the torch relay in Newcastle Quayside

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Image caption School reporter, Brogan, meets dance duo Twist and Pulse.

"Year 8 student, Brogan, recently performed for a very special Olympic Ceremony as part of the 2012 torch relay in Newcastle Quayside on Friday 15 June," wrote Sophie.

"The performance, in front of approximately 5000 people took five weeks to prepare for, with Brogan attending rehearsals at Dance City, Newcastle, to perfect her moves.

"The event featured community commissions and performance features from three Olympic sponsors associated with the torch. It was an opportunity to showcase the talents of the nation's diverse and distinctive communities to the world, as well as for local people to engage with and share the excitement of the countdown to the Olympic Games.

"Brogan said of the event: 'It was really exciting and a good opportunity to show off our dancing skills. It was really hard work having to rehearse every weekend for up to seven hours a day, but it was worth it!'

"Well done Brogan!"

'Moment to shine'

The weather was cold and wet when the torch passed through Bedlington but students at St Benet Biscop Catholic School didn't let the rain get in their way.

Pupils - including School Reporters Louisa, Callan, Becca and Shannon - bagged a good spot two hours before the torch was due to arrive.

Louisa and Callan described it as a "funky parade through the rain".

"Numb and wet, we all trudged back to school, but with memories created that will never be forgotten," they said.

School Reporters investigate

School Reporters from Woodlawn School investigated the huge impact sport can have on a young person's life.

They spoke to Brigit, who has been crowned the National Disability Athletics champion 2010, as well as catching up with Mark, from the Newcastle Foundation, to discuss the health benefits of regular exercise and better nutrition.

And students at Norham Technology College conducted some further investigation, this time into the potential negative impact of the Games.

They ask whether there is a touch of geographical discrimination taking place as remaining Olympic tickets are reserved for London students, leaving young people in the North East overlooked.

Don't forget...

The BBC's torch relay website at www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay is the perfect place to keep across everything, watch the torch's journey continuously and get full details of the route.

For tips on reporting the Olympic torch relay, visit our special learning resource for some advice on how to cover it when it comes to your area.