Stop the press ? Grafton Public wins
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
FOR Grafton Public School students, the Newspapers In Education (NIE) awards ceremony yesterday may as well have been the Academy Awards.
Robyn Anderson's 33 Year 5 and 6 students cheered and danced their way to the lectern to receive the major award for Best Newspaper from NIE coordinator Karen Hindrichsen.
It was a whirl of colour as the students were still dressed in the bright costumes they wore to perform three dances they had made up for 147 of their peers, teachers and NIE sponsors.
An obvious favourite with her students, Mrs Anderson was emotional as she accepted the award.
"For a month it was our whole thing," Mrs Anderson said.
"We have a lot of fun, they are just wild.
"The children had the opportunity to expand their education experience and see how it can be used in real life."
Mrs Anderson said the paper, which was published in The Daily Examiner on November 7, provided 'great publicity for the school'.
The class participated in the NIE Deadline Game and used the weekly NIE news pages in The Daily Examiner.
"We got to see a project from the beginning to the end," Mrs Anderson said.
"I love being with kids, I love their attitudes and I like to get them ahead."
Students from 21 primary schools were in the running for seven awards at the Grafton District Services Club.
The Daily Examiner editor Peter Ellem said the papers were judged on the standard of writing, story ideas and how they were executed and presented.
"NIE has been a huge part of the success of The Daily Examiner," he said.
Major NIE sponsor Tursa Employment and Training marketing manager John Robson said supporting the program had been an 'eye-opener'.
"If (the sponsors) don't all get together, this will not happen," Mr Robson said.