School Reports

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Hove Park gets funny for money raising £700

By Student Reporter Saffron 

Hove Park students and teachers had an hilarious day of fun, laughter and fund raising, collecting an estimated £700 for Comic Relief.

Students from Years' 7, 8 and 9 got creative making their faces funny for money in a day packed full of fund raising activities from competing in an obstacle course or taking part in quizzes, to Mr Clarke shaving off his long hair, comical quizzes and, of course, wonderful cakes galore. 

Mr Hindman, Deputy Head Master said: "We're proud to say that every student has been involved in fundraising, from participating in a obstacle course or to donating money to join in the quizzes. This year's event has been full of generosity and shows the compassion and care our students have for others less fortunate." 

The obstacle course was particularly popular with over 1000 school students and staff scrabbling and jumping over course for Comic Relief. The course stayed open until 6pm so parents and other children in the community could join in the fun and have a go. All participants of the course were presented with a comic relief Keynote and were given a briefing before taking on the tough course, which had taken over 30 man hours to build. 

Mr Lowie, PE teacher, who with his team, organised the course said: "The obstacle course alone has now raised over £400. It was great Hove Park school was raising such vital money and on Friday night our contributions were apart of comic relief moving over the £1 Billion pound mark of money raised since it started back in the 80s."

Commenting on the days events Ellie from Year 9 said: "It brought the community together and I felt part of a strong and determined team of fundraisers."

A big thank you to everybody involved especially to Mr Lowrie and the PE team!​​

Royal plot thickens for BBC School Report day

By Reporters Abi, Sophie, Jasmin, Izzy, Danny

A mini drama was created by Hove Park School students on School Report Day. Students worked with the BBC Radio drama team at the BBC’s studios at Broadcasting House, to turn fact into fiction. The students experiences are to be broadcast on Radio 4s Feedback.

The workshop, which was part of the BBC Schools News Report Day,  took place in a real radio drama studios.  Students were asked to work with one of the BBC's writers Georgia Fitch and a producer Emma Harding to create a three minute fictional drama from factual news stories.

The day started with a brief look at the newspapers to establish the story line.  Working with Ms Fitch the students wrote up the script.  Then the professional actors were called in to put life and drama into the words.  The story was called “A Royal Pain in The Parkside” which was set in a Cavan site in Hove run by new employee Prince Harry.  In the story the Prince was called upon to deal with angry local residents opposed to the site and to investigate the 'dodgy character with an old banger' who had just moved into the blue caravan - this turned out to be Jeremy Clarkson.

'The whole process was great fun and an eye-opener to how radio drama is really made', said Abigail.

'The time pressure was quite stressful but it kept us on our toes and we got it done to a tight deadline'. Commented Danny.

Professional radio journalist Kate Taylor from Radio 4's Feedback followed the students around to record their experiences.  This will be broadcast on Radio 4s Feedback programme on Friday 20th March at 4.30am and repeated at 8pm Sunday 22nd March – please tune-in.

Students report on 'Mock Trial'

Danny, Sam and Hasina, Hove Park reporters, were asked to cover the mock trial run by Sixth Form Law students and overseen by local magistrates.

The reporters did a fabulous editing job capturing, in just three minutes, a true flavour of the mock trial as it unfolded and included an excellent interview with a local magistrate Ms Barbara Dar. 

Video here.

Hove Park remembers

The Journalism Enrichment group were tasked with filming how Hove Park School remembered the local war dead on Armistice Day.

They captured in their film the poignant and moving way in which Hove Park students and staff paid their respects to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives during conflict.

Video here.

Hove Park Students honour the fallen

By School  Reporters Abigail and Hasina 

Hove Park students and staff marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a day of commemorative events and activities to reflect upon the sacrifices paid by the men and women of Brighton and Hove and around the world.

Students at the Valley Campus held a two minutes silence in the playground at 11am which ended with the last post played by music teacher Ms Hunt. Poetry readings were then given by Head Teacher Mr Trimmer, and students. This was followed by a roll call of names of the local war dead.

Mr Waite, history teacher said: “It is important to remember World War One but also other conflicts. If I could describe the day with one word I would say  proud, I’m proud because of how the students have responded, they have shown great respect and deep understanding of the sacrifices paid in war."

Across the school all classroom activities were dedicated to Remembrance Day. Sixth formers put on a drama performance to students at the Valley Campus to reflect upon war and suffering.

At the Nevill campus students and staff made poppies for a display in the foyer inspired by the poppy display at the Tower of London.

There was also a trip to the Royal Pavilion museum organised for Year 9 students to look at 13 local stories about the war using original documents.