Pupils re­port for duty

Hamilton Press - - CONVERSATIONS -

Walk­ing to­wards Anne Flana­gan’s elec­tive class made me won­der whether the peo­ple I’ve in­ter­viewed through­out my two years as a jour­nal­ist were as ner­vous as I was feel­ing.

I could see the stu­dents’ faces through the win­dows, peer­ing over their shoul­ders to catch a glimpse of their in­ter­vie­wee.

To­day, and every other day they’ve at­tended their elec­tive class, the Hukanui Pri­mary School stu­dents have be­come the jour­nal­ists.

The Year­book Elec­tive al­lows stu­dents to in­ter­view teach­ers, pupils and par­ents, to com­pile ar­ti­cles for the an­nual year book.

It was my job to give them an in­sight into the world of jour­nal­ism, but think­ing be­fore speak­ing is eas­ier said than done, and I was afraid I wouldn’t give help­ful an­swers.

The class is sched­uled for Thurs­days and I have been here be­fore, but new faces of­fered up new ques­tions.

John Key is still my most fa­mous in­ter­vie­wee, and with the help of a cal­cu­la­tor, we es­ti­mated the amount of sto­ries I write per year was more than 225.

Eva has been writ­ing up an ar­ti­cle on the school pro­duc­tion, while Ivey and Ave­line have al­most fin­ished their pro­file piece on the school’s of­fice ladies.

I’m ex­cited to see the end prod­uct.

- Kel­ley Tantau

Hukanui Pri­mary School stu­dents have their note­books at the ready.

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