So good to Gossip

Grange Primary school pupils with their school magazine
Grange Primary school pupils with their school magazine

COMMITTED pupils have launched a magazine in a bid to raise funds for to help poorly children.

The efforts of youngsters at Grange Primary School, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, have already raised £86 for national charity Zoe’s Place.

The school’s journalism project, which is made up of 11 pupils, was set up by teacher Frances Wilson for gifted and talented students and published its second edition in December to mark Child Cancer Awareness month.

The budding reporters collectively decided to donate all proceeds to Zoe’s Place, which provides palliative care for children with life limiting conditions, and year five Grange student Shakeel Crowe has been responsible for researching the charity for the magazine.

Mrs Wilson, who has been a teacher at Grange for more than 30 years, explained that the magazine, which the children have named Grange Gossip, is researched and written entirely by the school’s writing club’s year five and six pupils.

She explained: “Grange Gossip contains puzzles and competitions and the children take most of the pictures for their magazine themselves.”

“They are encouraged to make use of the school’s extensive archives to create history articles about past students and teachers.

“The children all love writing and are very active in writing community stories.”

Year five pupil Mia Holliday, who attends the writing club every Tuesday, said: “It can sometimes be very hard work, especially when we stay after school, but we really enjoy it.”

The team has raised more than £30 for the charity so far and has sold around 150 copies of the first edition alone.

Mrs Wilson hopes the writing club will grow in strength with the magazine’s third edition already on the way.