18 September 2013
Last updated at 14:54
The arrival of the BBC van signalled the start of a very exciting day here at Southend High School for Girls (SHSG) – our school is being the host venue for Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ programme. It’s hard to believe that this van contains everything needed for a live radio broadcast but as School Reporters we (Sian, 14 and Ola, 15) are excited to see what happens behind the scenes!
The teams from SHSG and the BBC worked hard to set up the school hall, ready for the audience in the evening. This is the view from Any Question’s Chair, Jonathon Dimbleby’s seat. Hopefully the chairs will be full of people later who will be taking part in the debate!
The ‘Any Questions?’ box is where audience members submit their questions. The producer then reads through all the questions and picks the best to be put to the panel.
Mr Cooke, one of our teacher sat SHSG submitted the application for us to host ‘Any Questions?’ in honour of it being Southend High School for Girls' centenary year. Here he is taking the opportunity to submit a question for the debate!
Lots of students, teachers and members of the public turned up to watch the live recording of the show, and take part in the discussion. We got ourselves amongst them and found that people were excited and hopeful that their questions would make the cut for the debate.
The politicians who were on the show were Care Minister Norman Lamb, Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle MP, Billy Hayes and John Redwood MP. Billy Hayes represented the Communication Workers Union. They answered questions about HS2, food banks and post office privatisation – all big news stories of the week.
As School Reporters we were lucky enough to interview the panel after the show. Here we are speaking to Norman Lamb MP of the Liberal Democrats. He explained to us how he had been preparing for the discussion. Now we just have to edit all our footage!