School Report's Summer Shout Out Day - as it happened
- 1052 UK schools took part in School Report during the 2011-12 academic year
- Hundreds are still reporting over a historic summer of big events
- This is School Report's chance to showcase and celebrate some of the fantastic reporting going on in schools all over the UK
Good morning everybody and welcome to School Report's Summer Shout Out Day - it's our chance to showcase and celebrate lots of the brilliant reporting that's gone on throughout the summer this year, while some schools are taking the opportunity to report in their schools today!
St Columba's Catholic Boys' School in Bexleyheath are in the second week of 'Olympic Fortnight' where normal lessons are put to one side as all work has an Olympic theme!
School Reporters have created a daily 'Today at the Games' compilation which has been shown to the whole school during morning registrations. And Alex, Michael, Daniel, Oliver, Pat and Noah - Mr O'Sullivan says you all deserve a massive shout out for your hard-work!
Congratulations to Duncanrig Secondary School in Glasgow who have been shortlisted for the Arqiva Award for UK School Radio Station of the Year! Their School Reporters are running a radio programme this morning to celebrate the end of term and a great year of reporting. We're looking forward to hearing how it went!
"Well done to School Reporters from Highfields Science Specialist School who recently produced a film in response to Michael Gove's announcement on the changes to the ICT curriculum, and also to encourage students across the UK to take part in the BAFTA Young Games Designers awards. The film was so successful that BAFTA have placed a link to it on their website!" From Mr Johnson
School Report is covering every single day of the Olympic torch relay, with a rich mixture of on-the-day reporting by School Reporters - including photos, interviews, written reports and live commentary - and showcasing some of the torch and 2012-related stories that pupils have already produced.
We've also got a series of films with Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, about some of the strange goings on over the years on towns and cities all along the torrch route.
Why not check out today's torch relay page, covering Day 41 as the Olympic flame travels from Lincoln to Nottingham, and Terry Deary's tale of the rebellious folk of Nottingham.
"Hello to School Reporters from Bannockburn High School in Scotland and thanks for a great year of reporting... enjoy the summer holidays!" From Ms Farley
"Loxford School of Science and Technology have secured several tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and our school radio club will be reporting on this wonderful opportunity and other aspects of the school's 2012 experience. Well done team!" From Ms Kober
"Our School Reporters have produced a film about one of our students who carried the Olympic torch, and a report on their meeting with the Dalai Lama last week! We are also holding a sports day at the National Arena in Manchester on 28 June which they will be reporting from... busy times!" From Penny Hunt, Oasis Academy MediaCityuk
School Reporters at Priory School Specialist Sports College in Portsmouth were busy blogging about their school sports day yesterday. Students were taking in a range of sports and they even had a special guest come to visit them!
"We were so lucky to have Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey come to open our sports day today. And then she took part in the sports with us, it was an amazing experience. Inspirational lady," wrote the team.
Great reporting guys!
A shout out to the Wilmslow High School reporting team of Sophie, Emily, Neve, Beccy, Beth and Izzie, who got involved in reporting on the Olympic torch relay. They interviewed torchbearer Mike Dooling when the Olympic flame came to Tatton Park on Day 13.
And, their teachers tell us, they will be producing more reports next week on the Wilmslow Olympic Week.
Best of luck with the reporting - and well done on what you've already done!
"We've been carrying on and had a very exciting story last week as we were invited to watch a Production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with The Duchess of Cambridge..." From Oxford Spires Academy teacher Helen Wooley.
Students from Carrickfergus College in Northern Ireland were prolific when the torch relay came to their area, conducting vox pops with members of the public, interviewing indie band General Fiasco and two torchbearing sisters while their interview with Olympic legend Dame Mary Peters was used by BBC Northern Ireland!
"The fact that the flame has come to the island of Ireland for the very first time, I think is very significant," she told the School Reporters.
"It's lighting everybody's imagination and [I'm] hoping that it'll make young people like you all interested in sport in the future."
Brilliant reporting there by the School Report team of Luke, Andrew, Rebecca, Hannah, Shannon, Jack, Courtney, Rachael, Ben and Lucy!
As lots of people get increasingly excited about the countdown to the start of the Olympics in London, it's worth remembering that there's lots of other big sporting events to look forward to,
Pupils from St Mungo's Academy and Whitehill Secondary School both worked with the BBC Scotland's the L.A.B in Glasgow to help tell the story of the build-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held in the city.
Excellent stuff and well done to the reporting team of Abi, Josh, Jack, Lewis, Matt, George, Richard, Tom, librarian Mrs Hocquard and Mrs Reysenn!
It's always nice to have a bit of stardust in School Report, and the reporters at St Anselm's College have delivered by interviewing Colin Mutch, the master props man on Brad Pitt's latest film!
Reporters Patrick, Dominic and Michael can also reveal that Colin will be working on the new Die Hard 5 movie!
"Tanbridge House School students had such a fantastic time during the news day that they have continued their reporting aspirations.
In the build-up to the big summer 2012, students are involved in the school's own Olympic-themed News Day on Friday 13 July and students will continue to submit reports throughout the summer holidays....
"Well done to everyone involved but especially to Stefan, Year 9 who had an article regarding school changes published in West Sussex County Times and Emma, Year 7, who had the opportunity to interview Francis Maude and had her article published by a local newspaper!" From Mrs Booker
"Hello to our reporters Ismah, Aisha, Aneesa, Nazifa, Ashik and Daanyaal and they are all 14 years old. They will be reporting on our school sports day on July 9th and the Olympic Torch spending lunchtime at our school on July 10th. They are part of the larger group who interviewed Team GB kayakers/ canoeists who visited our school at the end of May." From Ms Lane, Slough and Eton CE Business and Enterprise College
Update from Oasis Academy MediaCityuk's sports day: "Some events have been delayed due to heavy rain, but now the sun is out and everyone is having ice cream!
"The atmosphere is great and everyone is supporting the competitors by clapping and cheering.
"We've interviewed special guest Jennifer Taylor from the GB volleyball team, she says she will find out tomorrow if she has made the London 2012 squad. We are very excited for her!" From Rebecca, 12, Sophie, 13, Emma, 13, and Abigal, 12
Duncanrig Secondary School's radio programme has gone well, and the reporters have interviewed the winning team from staff sports day. "The radio pupils have been amazing all year and I can't thank them enough for all their hard work!" says Mr Gerrard
"Bodmin College School Reporters are doing a sport report news day on 4 July and will be adding to it after the Olympics. Good luck to them!" From Ms Stott
Whitburn Academy are another school who got very involved in reporting on the Olympic torch relay for School Report, covering the arrival of the flame at Hopetoun House and interviewing torchbearer and former pupil James Duff.
Teacher Ross Maclean says: "Can you give a shout out to all the Whitburn Academy pupils who are off to Edinburgh Dungeon for the end of term activities day on Thursday?"
Consider it done - enjoy the dungeon and congratulations on the reporting!
"School Reporters at Royal Manor Arts College on Portland have worked extremely hard this term, dedicating their Friday afternoons to writing, interviewing and editing their stories.
"They've entered pieces in the newsletter and have been compiling display boards to showcase their talent. We had a Jubilee party on the field with a 'Wacky Races' theme.
"The students have also helped to edit a commemorative magazine to mark the closing of our school prior to the opening of our new Academy: IPACA. They're looking forward to lots of new reporting opportunities next year and deserve a well-earned rest! Well done to Keira, Sophie, Courtney, Tommy and Jake in Year 8."
School Report HQ is on tenterhooks about the conclusion to Euro 2012 over the next few days - partly, it must be said, to see who wins the office sweepstake...! But pupils from schools in Poland and Ukraine have been reporting on the tournament, working with School Report and the British Council, covering several games and some of the other issues surrounding the tournament.
Well done to Jedrzej & Filip from Gimnazjum im Feliksa Szołdrskiego in Nowy Tomyśl, Roksolana and Yuliya from Noviy Rozdil School 4 in Lviv, Anastasia and Rostyslav from Gymnasia 191 in Kiev and Gimnazjum Da Vinci students Marianna and Agnieszka from Poznan.
"Here at The Sweyne Park School in Rayleigh, Essex, we have a team of 11 Year 8 and Year 9 Olympic sports reporters making notes, taking pictures and recording audio interviews on the many 2012 activities taking place.
"This week: Unusual Olympic sports in PE - boccia, handball, blind football, water polo, fencing; Interview with former Olympic fencer, James Beevers; Interview with BBC/TalkSport sports reporter/commentator, Lisa O'Sullivan; Interview with Chinese visitors about Beijing experience.
"Next week: Olympic torch relay comes past the school; Interview with Year 9 pupil (with cerebral palsy) who is running with the torch; Sweyne Park Sports Day; Interview with Olympic children's author, Robert Rigby, on visit to the school.
"Webpages for these events, written by pupils, will appear on the school website, along with some audio clips.
"Our chief reporter is Ethen, who is a wheelchair user and asks fantastic interview questions!" From teacher Anton Jarvis.
"Please give a really big shout out to Year 9 students at Bramcote Park School, near Nottingham, who have been working incredibly hard reporting on the Queen's visit to Nottingham and who will be reporting tomorrow on one of our students who is an Olympic torchbearer.
"Well done everyone! Thanks to everyone involved for your support and encouragement!" From Mrs Garvey.
A sporting message from Tendring Technology College, where they have hosted their own version of the torch relay today ahead of the school's sports day tomorrow.
"Two students from each year ran part of the five miles between the two campuses (Frinton-on-Sea and Thorpe-le-Soken), all taking turns to hold our own torch," read their report.
"The torchbearers were then welcomed by over 900 students at Thorpe Campus. Students were cheering and waving the flags of participating countries."
Pupils at Coombeshead Academy have carried on with their reporting through the summer, writing articles for the school magazine, The Academy.
Lauren, Addie and Kieran collabarated on a fantastic recent article about the torch relay, interviewing two of the school's very own torchbearers!
Tomlinscote School reporter Lauren, with some help from Isabelle, has sent in this report about their school's special sporting event.
"During Wednesday 20 June, pupils involved in the 'School Sports Partnership' programme took part in a Sporting Festival offering a wide range of different physical activities at Tomlinscote School, Frimley.
"90 students from Years 1 & 2 attended from local schools - St Augustine's, Sandringham and Lakeside. The festival gave the pupils the opportunity to develop fundamental skills of movement and enabled them to enjoy physical activity.
"The festival was led by Year 9 GCSE PE students. There were eight activity areas and the KS1 students were divided into eight teams with them all being allocated a Tomlinscote student as a leader. The festival was a great experience for both the GCSE students and KS1 students.
"Also during this week, pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 at Tomlinscote have had the opportunity to take part in different Olympic and Paralympic sports. So far, Basketball shoot-out and seated Volleyball have taken place. Over the remaining weeks, Football shoot-out and Goal Ball will be happening."
"Here at Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School our students have been out in force at the school's 80th Sports Day.
"With this being an Olympic year, we've got more events taking place than ever before. The School Report team did an excellent job, interviewing a host of staff and students and capturing the day on film. You can read Liam's review of sports day or watch the videos the team created." From teacher David Carpenter.
"At Prior's Field School we have an interview with top England and Great Britain hockey player Crista Cullen, who opened our new hockey astro turf.
"We have a review of the year at our school and we have interviews with the actors, musicans and producers of our summer production Struwelpeter!" From Marie Kervin.
Students at St Joseph's Catholic College in Bradford have been reporting on the Olympic torch relay and one of their students who had the honour of carrying it.
Jasmine and Arshpreet from Holyhead School sent in this great report about a special Olympic-related art project at the school.
"On Tuesday 19 June, Holyhead School created their very own Olympic rings. The day involved over 250 staff and students working collaboratively to bring this unusual piece of art together.
"The first thing we did was to organise the students, and gave them each a coloured t-shirt to represent the colours of the rings. As we were handing out the t-shirts we could sense excitement in the air as the students waited in anticipation for the picture to be taken.
"As well as the main picture being taken, I managed to get some photos of everyone preparing for the event: teachers measuring the circles very accurately, students in the brightly coloured t-shirts and, as soon as everything was perfect, it was lights, camera, action!
"Unfortunately, we were unable to be in the final picture due to our reporting responsibilities. However, we enjoyed being involved with this rare event. The most amazing part of the day was that the Olympic rings photograph was Holyhead's idea. What a unique experience - Wow!"
Hannah, Georgina & Kane from Isle of Sheppey Academy in Kent have been doing some Paralympic-related reporting during their school's special sports week.
Cirencester Deer Park pupil Jake was the envy of his schoolmates after getting the opportunity of a lifetime to run with the Olympic torch.
Jake, a young sports ambassador, was nominated for his commitment to sport and exercise with his abilities shown by the fact that he represents his county in three sports!
Thirty pupils from the school got the chance to watch Jake run with the torch, and School Reporter Callum wrote an account of the experience.
Callum quoted teacher Miss Smith in his report: "It was a dream come true and the atmosphere was buzzing," she said.
"The whole community was in the Olympic spirit it was a truly amazing day to remember."
School Reporters from Elgin High School have been finding out how their school and local area are linked to an Olympic Games which is mainly taking place some 600 miles away in London.
Finding out about a local hammer thrower and a 57-year-old marathon hopeful, Summer, Sophie, Naomi, Caitlin, Morgan, Carys and Georgia worked together with the team at BBC Radio Scotland's MacAulay and Co programme and produced a radio report for the programme.
And to prove the lengths reporters have to go to get a story, Sophie even got her running shoes on to do an interview with torchbearer Leah!
Of course, not all the reporting that School Reporters have been up to is sport or Olympic-related.
Methodist College in Belfast won a competition run by Schools Questions And Answers, with the prize being to host BBC Radio 4 programme 'Any Questions?'
School Reporters Rosie and Olivia wrote two excellent stories about the experience, and the reporting team then got the chance to interview the programme's presenter and experienced journalist Jonathan Dimbleby.
School Reporters at Davison C of E School for Girls are currently working on reports about the Olympics and how Worthing is celebrating, including the torch relay's upcoming journey through Worthing.
We also have reports on the Jubilee and events which took place in Worthing.
Additionally, Davison School is focusing on Olympics as a flexiday on Friday and reports will be taken place throughout the day!
Thank you very much for following today's live Shout Out page. It really has been a great reminder of the breadth and range - not to mention the quality - of the reporting done by School Reporters since our News Day back on 15 March. How long that seems now....!
With the Olympics less than a month away, it's hopefully also whetted everybody's appetite for more reporting during such a historic year for the UK.
Later update: As mentioned a couple of entries before, pupils from Davison CE High School for Girls in Worthing have celebrated London 2012 with their Olympic flexiday.
School Reporter Lucy, 12, reported on the day and helped make videos and take photos, while the day started on the seafront with a beach volleyball tournament on the new courts.
Students have been playing table tennis, basketball and trying out the Paralympic sport of boccia, which is a bit like bowls but you play it in a wheelchair. Lucy explained how they used chairs instead of wheelchairs and that it was quite different from doing it standing up because it was difficult to bend down.
Most of the day's events are sport-related but they are also doing some special geography work looking at the areas around the Olympic venues.
And it's not just about today's events, in early May they did their own school torch relay and they're also looking forward to real torch relay coming to Worthing on 16 July.