St John’s Marlborough school newspaper was started during lockdown by a group of Year 10 students and teachers, Sarah Singleton and Iain Kemp. It has been named Secondary School Newspaper of the Year in the School Newspaper of the Year Awards run by First News.
The on-line student newspaper is called ‘The Granham Gazette’ and has won the award with its first issue which was published in June. Year 10 students in the editorial team are : Jude Anderson, Joseph Bunyon, Maggie Butler, Beatrice Craven, Henry Christie-Grey, Georgina Donovan, Frankie Sadler, Annabel Tindall and Solal Vergara. They are thrilled to have won the award with their first issue.
The Granham Gazette is written for St John’s Marlborough students and is only available to read by anyone with a login to St John’s. Issue 1 contained a strong focus on the effects that the Covid-19 lockdown has had on St John’s students. However, it also covered other current issues including the Black Lives Matter movement.
Covid-related articles included coverage of Year 10 & 12 students’ return to school in June after lockdown, interviews with Year 11 & 13 students about the cancellation of their exams, and reports on remote learning, including a piece from one student who had a more extreme lockdown experience while his mother was shielding.
The Gazette also included TV reviews, and a poetry choice, ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou. Issue 2 of the Granham Gazette will be issued at the end of the summer term.
St John’s Principal, Ian Tucker, has written to the students in the editorial team. He told them: “I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work on the first and subsequent editions of the incredible new school newspaper. I am really very proud and extremely grateful to you all. I do hope you can maintain the standards you have set yourself!”
The competition was run by First News, a weekly subscription newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds that aims to get young people talking about the news in an easy to understand and non-threatening way.