Creative Saddleworth School pupils need your vote in final of Clean Air Day competition

ECO friendly students at Saddleworth School are among a select few in the final of Transport for Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Day competition – and they need your votes to win.

Pupils supporting Clean Air Day

Students, who are embarking on the school’s first media BTEC course in September, swapped their pens for microphones on June 21 to take part in the challenge.

TfGM had invited schools across the region to participate, and pupils had to create a radio commercial about clean air and what people can do individually to look after the environment.

Out of more than 150 entries, 10 have now been shortlisted and one of those was created by Saddleworth School pupils Dylan, Fin, Andy, Ben and Logan.

The final stage of the competition is to see how many votes each advert can get, and voting is open from Friday, July 6 until 5pm on Thursday, July 12 online. To view the adverts and cast your vote, visit: www.collaboratedigital.com/vote

The school with the most votes will receive a trophy, £500 of cycling vouchers and their advert will be used by TfGM in future communication with young people.

Collaborate Media visited Saddleworth School to help out with the media task, including running a presentation and workshop in the morning before pupils started to work on their ideas.

Pupils recorded their own radio adverts

They looked at what they are doing to work towards clean air already, such as walking to school, riding their bikes or car sharing.

And some mentioned the importance of stopping cars idling on premises waiting to drop off or collect pupils, something which local residents have complained to the school about.

Students worked in teams of five or six to script a commercial and also record it, which will be good preparation for their course in September.

There were also signs around the school and air fresheners were handed out to support the Clean Air Day campaign.

And year 9 media pupils and teachers travelling into Manchester to the Halle opted to take the train rather than a coach.

Meanwhile, following on from the success of their musical ‘Grease’ last year, Saddleworth School pupils will be taking to the stage once more.

They will be performing musical ‘We Will Rock You’ from July 11-13, at 7pm each night at Saddleworth School.

There will be a full cast of year 8-11 pupils, accompanied by the school orchestra.

Tickets cost £5 cash only and are available to buy in school.

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