School’s stu­dents to make the news

New me­dia course de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ABC jour­nal­ists

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

PLUMP­TON High School will launch its own me­dia in­dus­tries stud­ies course next year.

Prin­ci­pal Tim Lloyd said 36 stu­dents had ap­plied for the 25 spots avail­able.

He said the school had been work­ing with the ABC and Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Syd­ney for a cou­ple of years to de­velop the most ef­fec­tive cur­ricu­lum.

“This year our school has cre­ated strong part­ner­ships with the ABC, Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Syd­ney, Western Syd­ney Univer­sity and 26 other busi­nesses, with full me­dia stu­dio es­tab­lished, a stu­dent news­pa­per launched,” Mr Lloyd said.

“The stu­dents have been able to work at the ABC with ABC jour­nal­ists, pro­duc­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers.

“They had pro­fes­sional train­ing in pub­lic speak­ing, writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and mock in­ter­views.”

Mr Lloyd said $36,000 of needs-based Gon­ski fund­ing paid for new com­put­ers and iPads for a fully func­tion­ing me­dia stu­dio.

The course is a gifted and tal­ented pro­gram for which the stu­dents ap­ply.

Stu­dents study­ing the course will spend two hours af­ter school once a week to pro­vide con­tent for the school’s Twit­ter feed, Facebook page and news­pa­per.

“Be­tween 3pm and 5pm once a week, stu­dents work in the stu­dio – so that’s 80 hours,” Mr Lloyd said.

“The other 20 hours they spend on lo­ca­tion cov­er­ing sto­ries.”

The course was writ­ten by the school’s teach­ers and ap­proved by the Board of Stud­ies, Teach­ing and Ed­u­ca­tional Stan­dards.

“It is great to see schools de­vel­op­ing their own cour­ses to meet the spe­cific needs and in­ter­ests of their stu­dents,” a BOSTES spokesman said.

“When BOSTES ap­proves a course writ­ten by a school, this means it counts to a stu­dent’s record of achievement and the course meets the high stan­dards BOSTES sets for NSW cur­ricu­lum.

“Also, when the stu­dent leaves school at the end of Year 12, their HSC records will show all their Year 10 and Year 11 grades, in­clud­ing for school-de­vel­oped cour­ses.”

Plump­ton High School runs sev­eral gifted and tal­ented pro­grams, run by ex­perts in their re­spec­tive fields, in­clud­ing foren­sic science, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy, com­puter cod­ing and phone app de­vel­op­ment, ro­bot­ics and mecha­tron­ics, and cre­ative and per­form­ing arts.

“Th­ese are all part of our fu­tures pro­grams, which are cre­ated based on what jobs are go­ing to be there in the fu­ture,” Mr Lloyd said.

Prin­ci­pal Tim Lloyd.

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