Crossmaglen pupils scoop top BBC award

June 14, 2011

By Brónagh Murphy

The P. 7 pupils from St. Patrick’s Primary School in Crossmaglen recently scooped a prestigious award in a BBC-run competition aimed at promoting tourism in their local area.

The children took part in the BBC ‘My Place, My Space’ competition which, in association with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, was open to all schoolchildren aged 9-11, challenging them to create a multi-media tourist guide for young people about their local area.

The project was designed to combine ICT, local geography and tourism for Key Stage 2 pupils by creating an itinerary for a fun day out for children in their local area, a poster to promote it, design a logo and a slogan and develop a storyboard for a short movie they could make about Crossmaglen.

Having successfully won through the Armagh heat of the competition, the St. Patrick’s entry, with its fantastic use of skills, creativity and humour, then qualified for the Northern Ireland final.  Each of the six finalists gave a presentation to panel of judges, which included BBC Newsline’s Noel Thompson, together with a film about their area.

The children undertook a movie-making workshop where they became directors, producers and actors for the day, with the help of some of the BBC crew and lots of high-tech camera equipment.  This provided the opportunity to bring their storyboard to life by visiting lots of local beauty spots, including the Poet’s Glen and Lough Ross, to record their film and promote Crossmaglen.

The participants were also interviewed for the BBC Radio Ulster show ‘Your Place and Mine’ which aired on the 30th April, to inform the listeners all about their preparations for the movie and the final.

Last week the pupils travelled to Belfast to showcase their work in the final and present their movie to the panel of judges.

The event proved to be both an enjoyable and fascinating experience for the children, who were treated to a tour of the BBC studios and an open top bus tour around Belfast city.

School Principal Mr. Michael Madine praised the pupils and the teachers involved in the project: “We are very proud of the P.7’s for their achievements and for being such great ambassadors for Crossmaglen,” he said.