John Hanson - BBC School ReportOn Thursday 10th, March a group of John Hanson students collaborated together to create a fantastic collection of high-quality news reports and interviews as part of the 10th annual BBC News School Report Day. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 had the opportunity to explore the necessary skills and experience the real demands of working in broadcasting.

These talented young pupils also successfully conducted interviews with a range of highly-respected members of the Andover community: these interviews are available on the school website ( follow the BBC School Report link.)

During the day P.E Teacher, Mr White, joined us for an interview about John Hanson’s upcoming Sport Relief events, while Phil Potts of Tidworth Freeride kindly visited to help us write an article about encouraging young people to get outside and be active. Later in the day we were visited by Pat Salmon of the National Citizenship Service and our Catering Supervisor, Ann Welbourne, was interviewed about healthy eating in school and the exciting dining events that are taking place across the year.

Finally, we had the pleasure of being accompanied by the Worshipful Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen, to discuss her plans for the future of Test Valley Overall, students had a great time practising their journalistic skills: from script writing and questioning to recording and editing broadcasts. Mike Adams – Assistant Headteacher said ‘Our participation in the BBC News School Day Report could not have happened without our special guests, who we thank for giving their time so generously to support our students’. The day was organised by Mike Adams and Beth Hookey staff at John Hanson, with excellent support from the BBC School Report Team.

If you would like to get involved in next year’s BBC News School Report Day either by sharing your knowledge and experience of broadcasting and journalism or by taking part in our interviews, please contact the school for details.

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