At the end of the Summer term, Tockington Manor School won a Highly Commended place in the first ever Primary School Newspaper of the Year 2012-13 competition run by First News, the very popular national newspaper for children.
The competition was stiff and First News has been featuring each of the winners and runners-up in their newspaper for the last few weeks. A very positive report on Totally Tockington, the school’s paper, was printed in First News this week.
Totally Tockington was founded by Ben Owen in 2010 and has developed from an occasional newsletter to a thriving free weekly newspaper written BY children FOR children.
The editor, Tom Edwards, who will be entering year 7 next year, was very excited by the good news and proud of his team. It was his job to explain to First News how the newspaper is run with a weekly decision-making meeting, a flurry of activity, keen reporting by the 21 members of the team and then the whole publishing and printing process right through to delivery to the eager readers (including staff) every Friday at the end of the school day.
Next year the team will be entering the competition again – this time in the Secondary category as many of them will be in Year 7. If you want to view Totally Tockington, you can visit the school website www.tockingtonmanorschool.com and click on any of the three editions in the Pupils’ Work Examples section. Those papers entered for the competition were : Editions 39b and 40.