PUPILS at Birchwood High School are keeping fingers crossed that they could soon be making an appearance on BBC TV’s “Blue Peter.”
A film on recycling and litter was made at the school some time ago and is now in the hands of Blue Peter producers, who are considering whether to use it in a future programme.
It all started last November when the school was visited by students from the University of Salford who were making a TV piece for a project in conjunction with the popular children’s show.
Blue Peter had asked the university to film a short topical piece of news with a view to airing the report on the programme in the future.
The reporting team decided on a report about recycling and litter as it was topical and something that is high on the agenda for young people who care about the environment. The university contacted Salford Litter Heroes, a community based group in the city whose aim is to improve community spirit.
This is where Birchwood got in on the act as Danielle Wright, who set up the group was with us training to teach.
Immediately Danielle and the film crew realised Birchwood High would be ideal for the filming to take place because of its strong commitment and vision on recycling.
The crew arrived on a cold, wet, Thursday to make the film with some Year 7 and 8 pupils who were regular recyclers and though the weather kept them inside for much of the day, their recycling spirits were not dampened as the youngsters demonstrated recycling and the equipment needed.
Filming involves lots of retakes and hanging around, so patience was key. It was all worth it though as the pupils had a great day and the resulting film was fantastic. The short film can be watched at https://birchwoodhigh.org/our-videos