Budding newspaper editors and journalists from the Falkland Islands have won the International Section of the TES Newsday 2002 competition, and gained distinction in the overall competition, to include British schools.
Entitled, ?Falkland Focus', the A3 sized, 12 page colour winning entry consists a mix of reports, interviews, features and comment, including Home and International News, Sport, Recipes, Reviews and features on new faces, Ground Force in the Islands and the 20th Anniversary. Page layouts include advertisements, cartoons and photo-stories.
The entry was submitted in March 2002 by a team of 15 pupils of Falkland Islands Community School. Of this group, Shaun Jaffray (15), Kimberley Finlayson (16), T.J. Ellick (16) and Caris Stevens (15) were selected to travel the 8,000 miles from Falklands' capital, Stanley, to London to collect their top prize of a digital camera from Channel Four newsreader, Krishnan Guru-Murthy. The presentation ceremony took place at the Palace of Westminster, London, today.
The co-ordinating teacher, Veronica Fowler, comments: "We are a small school of 150 pupils so have a smaller cohort from which to draw a team. Also, we only teach to age 16 in the Falklands, so we compete against pupils from sixth form colleges who may be as old as 19. Given these handicaps, I am delighted that my pupils did so well on the day. It is a great experience and quite apart from producing a newspaper, it is a wonderful team-building exercise."