Pupils create first Forest School podcastBy Victoria Corbett
October 04, 2010
Young radio stars of the future have launched their first podcast to keep their school up to date with news and upcoming events.
A group of four media pupils from The Forest School in Winnersh uploaded their first podcast to the school’s website earlier this month.
The broadcast is to become a regular feature with interviews, games and information for the school community.
Lewis Jenkins, Tom Simpson, Mike West and Ben Wigmore, all 17, came up with the idea while in a media studies class.
They received £900 funding after pitching their idea to headteacher Keith Quine and were able to purchase recording and editing equipment.
The first podcast features an interview with a teacher about what pupils will find new at the school on arrival for the start of term and a Forest School sound competition where people are asked to email in answers.
The first podcast featured a vuvuzela, the horns which featured at the World Cup in South Africa.
Lewis, who is hoping to study multi-media communications at Bournemouth after finishing Year 13 at The Forest, said: “We thought it would be a nice community thing to do and a different way of getting news out to people than a newsletter.”
As part of research for the project, the group visited Sandhurst School, which has a radio station, and checked out the equipment and how the school manages the station.
Lewis added: “What we hope to achieve through the podcast is to set up a radio station.”
There are plans to interview other people around the school, as well as local bands.
The group hopes to recruit more people to create the podcasts, which will be fortnightly, so they can become a regular feature for the school after the existing podcast team has left the school.
The podcast can be downloaded and listened to in four ways; from the school site on its own page, via rss feed, streaming the file from the page and it can also be found in a public file area on the school computers.
Mike said: “It seemed like an innovative area to explore and we wanted to bring something new to the school.”
Listen to the podcast at www.forest.wokingham.sch.uk.