Haverigg School turned to journalism by publishing its own journal

Budding Haverigg School journalists produced their own newspaper with the help of the Satro bus in 1994.

The mobile technology unit visited schools and gave them advanced technology and professional advice.

While at Haverigg School, the fourth grade produced a newspaper as the news poured in on the satellite bus.

The children had to decide which short story was the most important because it was constantly changing as they wrote it.

They had so much fun that they decided to start their own newspaper, the Haverigg Mail, based on the events of the school.

Inside were jokes, sports, and an article about Millom’s cemetery, as well as a real estate ad showing a house for sale.

The Satro bus was also used by the sixth grade for a weather information day. A satellite dish was installed in the schoolyard and linked pictures to the classroom via the computer.

Children were able to identify changes and differences in weather throughout the day around the world.

In 1997, Haverigg School was connected to a school in Penrith via modern technology.

The students were the first in the region to use the video conferencing facilities at the Millom Library.

They spoke to students in Penrith about their school and village and showed each other photos via a personal computer with a video camera and phone link.

Janice Brockbank, Headmistress of Haverigg School, said: “The kids were a little nervous at first, but they quickly relaxed and really enjoyed it. It was a great opportunity for them.

“They even contacted a number in Norway which was a test line where a camera is installed on a road.

“We could just see the traffic moving and it was great that they could see what was going on in another country.”

The event was hosted by Cumbria County Council’s Genesis Project, which aimed to demonstrate some of the facilities available through the new technology.


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