February 19, 2009
sixth form students become newsreaders for a day
form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School gave up a day
of their half-term holiday on Wednesday (February 18th) to record
news stories onto audio tapes for local blind and partially-sighted
a morning of rehearsing, they met at the studio of the 'Sounds
and Voices' service in the Old Courthouse in Jaycroft Road, Burnham-On-Sea.
students - Hadley Brown, Verity Capel, April Coombes, Emily Lang
and Julie Emery (pictured above) - read out articles from Burnham-On-Sea.com
and the local press.
some of the students are studying drama in the sixth form, none
of them had any previous experience of reading into a microphone.
Tony Deahl and sound engineer John Bryan were impressed with the
clarity of their speech and the way they conducted themselves.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The students can be very proud
of themselves. They were a credit to themselves and their school.
All of the students enjoyed their day and are keen to repeat the
experience later in the year."
well as news items, the audio tape contained an interview with
town councillor Derek Cooper, who is Burnham's Deputy Mayor.
interview with him concentrated on Derek's adoption and how he
found, and met, his natural mother after 66 years. It was a fascinating
story - just as interesting as anything from the BBC programme
'Who Do You Think You Are?'
and Voices' sends out tapes fortnightly to about 80 recipients.
Shortly, the service will be going digital with memory sticks
replacing the now obsolete tapes.
cost of the memory sticks and equipment for blind people to use
to play them has been bought as a result of generous donations,
as covered here
earlier this year.