Our Lower Sixth Journalism Blog ‘The King’s Speech’ won a ‘Rising Stars’ award from the Shine School Media Awards earlier this year and this week two Lower Sixth Students went to the awards lunch to collect their award.
Sarah B (U6, Os) and Felicity Q (U6, Br) accompanied Dr McLaverty-Head to London on Monday for the Shine School Media Awards lunch at the Guildhall. Sarah and Felicity, along with Sophie A, Imogen B, and Jack W, were writers for the school’s Sixth Form blog The King’s Speech which won Shine’s “Rising Star Award.” Every year, Lower Sixth students write for the blog as part of a journalism option in the Key Skills programme. This year’s team has expanded to include photographers and cartoonists.
“The Shine School Media Awards is a national competition that rewards a diversity of talent from secondary schools across the UK who work on the writing, editing, design and fund-raising for a school newspaper, magazine, podcast or website. The culmination of each year’s Shine Awards is a spectacular summertime gala awards ceremony held in the City of London. The significant benefits of starting a Shine project include enrichment of the school curriculum, an incentive to creativity and the chance for pupils to win national recognition and in the process enrich their CV and applications for university or college. The Shine Awards is an endeavour of The Stationers’ Foundation, the charitable arm of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, one of the UK’s ancient livery companies.”
Felicity and Sarah were honoured to receive the award on the behalf of the King’s Speechwriters at such a prestigious venue. Sarah B says of her experience “The Shine School Media Awards was a fantastic day out and gave us an amazing chance to meet with other student journalists, as well as experienced journalists and judges. It also gave us the opportunity to meet with leading members of the Stationers’ Foundation and gave us an insight into the history of Journalism. Writing for the King’s Speech during Journalism in Key Skills last year was very enjoyable as it gave me the chance to develop my reporting skills whilst also allowing me to further develop my passion for history and archiving. Both Dr Head and Mrs Patrick were a great help in allowing Felicity and I to achieve this along with the other writers, and their support was vital.”