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Junior journo winners announced

Junior journo winners announced

There’s a great pool of publishing talent in the Eastern Bay of Plenty if the results of the New Zealand Herald’s popular Make a Newspaper programme for schools are anything to go by.

Four out of the 10 winning schools are based in the east coast North Island province – and three of them are in Opotiki.

Now in its fifth year, the educational programme provides all North Island primary and intermediate schools with the opportunity to produce their own 12-page newspaper during term two.

The programme is designed by teachers for teachers and is a novel and effective way for students to work on curriculum subjects while learning about current affairs and working as a team.

The top 10 schools, out of 133 entries, each receive $5000 cash.

The winning schools from the Bay of Plenty are Opotiki School (intermediate section), Ashbrook School, whose intermediate and primary schools won in their respective sections and Te Puke Primary School.

Other winning schools are:

Whangarei: Kamo Intermediate

Auckland: Hill Top School in Blockhouse Bay and Baverstock School in Flatbush (intermediate section)

Hamilton: Te Kura Kaupapa Mäori O Whakawatea and Marian Catholic School (primary section)

Levin: Manakau School (primary section).

Stratford: Toko School received a special mention in the intermediate section.

Each week for 12 weeks, students worked on a different page of their newspaper with page themes linked to the activities of the sponsors of those pages.

APN National Publishing deputy managing editor Shenagh Gleeson was one of four judges and she says the quality of the publications was outstanding.

“The work is superb in both content and design. It’s great to see primary and intermediate students using their talents so effectively to communicate the news, views and ideas from their schools and their communities.

“The Make A Newspaper programme has again proved its worth in stimulating great student work and in helping students better understand the roles newspapers play in society, “ Ms Gleeson says.

The NZ Herald provides the Make a Newspaper programme with all the necessary resources.

Included are:

complimentary daily newspapers throughout term two for every student taking part;

resource book and guide for each student and teacher;

teacher’s notice-board and calendar on the Herald’s schools website;

a free-call helpline at 0800 100 888;

a newspaper template; and

individual feedback and certificates for all students who take part.

Sponsors of the NZ Herald Make a Newspaper programme are New Zealand Soccer and the Small Whites Programme, 5+ A Day in partnership with Foodtown/Woolworths, HP New Zealand, Whitcoulls, Purina Petcare, Wattie’s, Sky Tower, TV One/Zone and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

Readers can see the winners of this year’s programme on the Herald website at from the end of September.

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