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27th Jun, 2022

Pupils with a nose for news develop school magazine

BUDDING journalists at Arnold Lodge School are making headlines after developing their own school magazine.

Pupils in the junior school’s Journalism Club are creating this year’s school newspaper by hand with the help of local Leamington artist, Adie Blundell.

It will then be hand printed with the school’s traditional printing press.

Pupils age seven to 11 are writing and designing articles and will then use handmade letter blocks to print their work.

Adie said: “The inspiration behind this new form of school newspaper comes from some of my art installations on display around the junior school – I like to tell stories in alternative ways using signs, symbols and semiotics which we wanted to recreate with this magazine.

“The step back in time to a more traditional method of printing is something we have lost and the pupils have loved being able to experiment with their own printing techniques, without having to rely on technology.”

The project, which is the first of its kind for the school, will be completed by the end of the year with pupils meeting weekly to write their stories and start the printing process.

A school spokesman said: “Pupils will be reporting on a range of topics, from school life to wider issues such as climate change.

“Journalism club has been particularly popular with our junior school pupils wanting to try something creative during their lunchtime break, and they have really progressed with their printing techniques already.

“I’ve been so impressed with the commitment school has shown to this new magazine, from researching their story ideas to writing the articles and then practicing their printing skills – the finished product will be a new take on the traditional school newspaper.”

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