School Paper Gets National Recognition

This year's Fearns Chat has just been completed - a hectic week with 13 Year 9 pupils writing, photographing and designing a 16-page newspaper to shout about the busy year that there has been at Fearns Community Sports College.


Last year's version was among 200 publications entered into a national competition - the Shine Media Awards - and it was awarded a highly commended. Needless to say the latest edition will also be entered next year and maybe it will go one better!

Judges commented: "This publication was produced in just one week and covers a great range of topics of interest to the whole school as well as its wider community."

A news story on the success of last year's Fearns Chat and the publication of the latest newspaper features in the Rossendale Free Press.


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Apologies for being late in updating my website but to say I have been busy is a bit of an understatement.

I am delighted to announce that I have retained all three high school contracts so you can expect to be reading lots about Haslingden High School, Fearns Community Sports College and Whitworth Community High School in your local papers and online.

Talking of news... there has been plenty in the last month and I even fitted in a week at Fearns to produce Fearns Chat and chairing the local carnival at the end of June.

As well as contracted work for the schools, J and J Ormerod and Veterans In Communities, I have also carried out jobs for eight ad hoc clients and their stories have been in the Lancashire Telegraph, Rossendale Free Press, Local Journal, Blackpool Gazette and Accrington Observer.

These range for a fundraiser for Nepal and friends taking over a community centre to a dance school's students passing their GCSEs early to a historical museum running a Meet the Tommy event. An under threat theatre week has now been saved after a story I was commissioned to write appeared in the Rossendale Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph.

At Haslingden High School, since the last website update, the school has had 17 news stories including a war of the roses rugby match, a school trio to France, staff joining a future parent in a race for life and the school's swimming club beating QEGS in a gala.

Fearns hit the headlines when the school's choir singing at Old Trafford, two triplets being picked as Head Boy and Head Girl and pupils kick starting a refurbished park with a football competition.

Whitworth has been in the news for its incredible football success, students involvement in a pioneering fire cadet programmme and for raising money for charity to help the cancer ward where a student is being treated.

A story for JJO about emplyee Dave who collects football programmes made the Bury Times, Rossendale Free Press and Accrington Observer.

Veterans In Communities have also been in the press for stories about the opening of a new art shop in Rawtenstall, the guys taking part in a charity gokart race and chairman Ronnie Barker receiving his MBE.

I have finished the third The Broadway Buzz school newspaper and the fourth newsletter for the M3 project.

I am now looking forward to a quieter six weeks over summer and am also looking forward to producing a school newspaper with the Wonderful Things project at St Mary's CE School in Rawtenstall. This is the second such paper that I have produced for this amazing extended services scheme.

Have a wonderful summer.