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Our News Day 2015 As It Happened

3:50pm – News day is done! A huge well done to all of our BBC School Reporters!

3:14pm – Finished reports are coming in thick and fast, Miss A can barely keep up with all the files and uploads.

2:48pm – Team View Point have completed and uploaded their report on parks in and around Huntly.

2:44pm – Mrs Grant comes to see what our reporters are working on.

2:28pm – Team Falcon have just finished editing their report on Deveron Arts, standing by for upload.

2:21pm – Jack, Robert and Owen have formed a new team to report on the rugby tournament TGS participated in yesterday.

2:03pm – Team MC Newsflash have completed their video report on Huntly FC

2:02pm – Reporters are back, last minute filming is still taking place and everyone is racing to finish editing their films.

1:37pm – Miss Abercrombie begins uploading the first few videos to the TGS YouTube account.

1:01pm – Teams break for lunch with two teams finished their video reports and many more in the final stages of editing.

12.30pm – Team MC Newsflash look likely to be the first team to complete their video report on Huntly FC.

11:39am – Team TEC have returned from interviewing Mr Rowand about his opinions on the Mars One project and are busy editing.


11:26am – We are joined by some of Mrs Sangster’s S3 class who are sharing their work on The Gordon Grapevine a newspaper created from their work on the book The Wave by Morton Rhue.

11:20am – Team Falcon head out to Deveron Arts to speak with artists and organisers while Team Phoenix make for the square to collect vox pops for their report on TGS pupils lunchtime shopping habits in the local town.

11:15am – Teams return for period 3 and 4, things are getting more intense as our lunchtime filming deadline approaches.


10:55am – Our teams pause for break.

10:41am – Team Falcon are the first team to finish a report. Their first report is a text report on the eclipse featuring a brief interview with science teacher Mr McIntosh. Read it here.


10:32am – Team MC Newsflash return from a successful filming session at Christie Park after using their journalistic negotiating skills and initiative to gain rightful access to the park which seemed impossible this morning.


10:29am – Magnus tells Lennon about the most famous garden in the world The Alhambra  Gardens.


10:27am – Team Falcon prepare their text story on the imminent eclipse.


10:24am – Team Viewpoint get their script ready for filming at the local Cooper Park.


9.22am – Mrs Emslie comes to wish her Gordon pupils luck with

9.20am – Reporters dispersed around school and local area to collect footage for their reports.

9.15am – Reporters are given their BBC School Report Press Passes.

9.05am – Period one bell rings and out reporters gather in the News Room to begin their day of BBC School Reporting.

BBC School Report Computing Challenge

As well as taking part in BBC School Report our reporters have decided to take on the BBC School Report Computing Challenge.

The Challenge incorporates some of the tasks which are completed on a daily basis at the BBC and utilises computing skills. Reporters tackle different computing tasks and receive custom-made badges for our School Report websites every time they complete a task.

In order to complete these challenges we have asked Mrs Allan’s S3 computing whizz kids to help us out they are hard at work programming robots for Challenge Four and we’ll be reporting on their work in the coming weeks.

The challenges are as follows:

CHALLENGE ONE The first challenge will open up students’ digital creativity as they will be tasked with designing their School Report webpage.


CHALLENGE TWO Many news stories are based on survey results and so our second challenge allows students to use their journalistic skills to report on the use and impact of technology.


CHALLENGE THREE Our third challenge gives students the chance to get coding by figuring out the workings of their website and adding some dynamic content.

Status: Pending

CHALLENGE FOUR The final challenge requires students to use computational thinking to solve a real-world problem or issue.

Status: Pending



Meet our BBC School Reporters. This year our TGS School Reporters are from Miss Abercrombie’s 2G English class and will be working hard to bring you the news. Below are their contributor profile shots, as they begin to create news stories you will be able to read them on the website.


Welcome to the new dedicated TGS BBC School Report site. Over the past few years students from The Gordon Schools have been making the news by taking part in this fantastic BBC News School Report project. Use the menu to navigate through past years or find out more about the project.



BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

It is a collaborative project run by BBC News and BBC Learning.

In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link.

The next News Day will be held on 19 March 2015.

The BBC runs School Report so that young people from across the UK have the chance to make their own news to real deadlines and broadcast it to real audiences.

This is because the BBC’s first public purpose under its Charter is to “sustain citizenship and civil society”, in part by providing an impartial news service for all.

School Report helps fulfil this in three ways:

  • By engaging young people with news
  • By bringing their voices and stories to a wider audience
  • By sharing some of the public service values behind content creation, such as fairness, accuracy, and impartiality since so many young people are content creators and distributors.


Last year, as news day drew closed the BBC set mini challenges for their School Reporters. One of the challenges was to construct BBC School Report microphone cubes and photograph them in interesting and creative locations throughout the school. Our groups put their heads together and came up with some ideas about interesting or creative locations within TGS. Our results were so good the BBC decided to create a gallery to show off our TGS mic cube adventures.