SCHOOLCHILDREN will be getting creative after being given £1,000 to buy hi-tech film equipment – the final winners in the 12 Days of Christmas appeal.
Pupils at Phillimore Community Primary School, in Darnall, Sheffield, will film their own news reports using a special portable studio after the donation from city charity Help a Child Have a Chance.
Phillimore headteacher Angela Wild said staff were thrilled.
She said: “It’s a lovely surprise, it’s really exciting.”
The 12 Days of Christmas appeal, run in association with The Star, offered needy youngsters across the region a chance of receiving a share of £10,000.
Nominations flooded in and over the last two weeks the lucky winners have been revealed in The Star.
Mrs Wild said the portable studio included a laptop, video camera, blue and green screens for computer graphics, and microphones.
The equipment will be used by all of the school’s 470 pupils.
She said: “We’re trying to build up our children’s enthusiasm for writing, and the recording equipment will really give our children the chance to make professional-looking news reports, and share them around the school on our plasma TV screens. They’ll be using their English skills all the time.”
She said the school would have found it hard to afford the equipment if the charity hadn’t stepped in to help.
“We’d be really struggling because it’s expensive equipment, and budgets are a little bit tight.
“We would have had to, at the very least, waited a while before being able to pay for it. Now we’ve been given the chance to actually buy that equipment and get started with it. We’re really thrilled.”
Mrs Wild said the school was also considering setting up ‘praise pods’ where children can film themselves talking about things they are proud of, or what they have learned in class. She said: “The possibilities are endless.”
Pupils at Phillimore currently use hand-held digital cameras, but the new equipment will give their work a more ‘professional finish’.
n For information about the charity visit www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk or call 07507 600146.