School’s students to make the news
New media course developed in collaboration with ABC journalists
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.