Peter Mols, General Manager at Grove Business Park, and Richard Lyall (Business Manager), extended a warm welcome and a fabulous opportunity to three KAA students yesterday. The connection was made possible through King Alfred’s OXLep Ambassador John Vandore, who paved the way for this initiative to take place and set in motion the possibility of further collaborative projects between Grove Business Park and the academy.
As a result, Liam Kay, (Year 12) Elliott Goggins, Lana Papparides and Reuben Paget (all Year 10) spent the morning at Grove Business Park, recording the events taking place as part of a “Christmas Olympics” organised by Peter Mols for the business residents of the park. The students spent a busy morning using their talents to experiment with as many forms of media as they could, all of them having a keen interest in journalism, film and editing.
The intention is that the work produced would then be circulated on the Grove Business Park website, in the local press and in national business park newsletters. Following an initial briefing meeting a few days before, students had a clear understanding of what was expected, and how their involvement would enhance their own portfolios and CV’s.
Each of them embraced their roles wholeheartedly! Elliott’s focus was on taking pictures of the event, while Lana and Liam used their charms to get the best quotes from around the room and Reuben networked with all the IT and management consultants (making a few useful contacts along the way!) and dealt with all matters relating to video and technology!
Sue Cronin, King Alfred’s Work Experience Manager, accompanied the students on the day. Everyone at the event afterwards spoke highly of our students and praised their input, describing them as “confident, professional and a pleasure to have around”. Based on this, further work placements have been secured for other students in July 2017.
Over the coming months, Liam, Elliott, Lane and Reuben will have regular business meetings with Peter and Richard, with a focus on producing the Grove Business Park’s next two quarterly newsletters, which will be professionally developed and distributed online nationally across the business community.
Afterwards Lana Papparides said “My mum told me to practice making tea, but I didn’t make one cup, in fact I had people offering me drinks! It broadened my horizons, and made me realise that journalism was for me. “
Reuben Paget added:” I really enjoyed speaking to different people and making contacts within the world of work. I also found it gave me a lot of confidence moving forward within the project. It was good and it allowed me to get some experience in the wider world.”
Elliott Goggins commented: “I enjoyed the experience because it challenged my skills as a photographer/filmmaker and it was good to creatively think about each shot.”
Liam Kay said: “The trip to Grove Business Park to be the “press” for the day was a step out of my comfort zone. Interviewing strangers about the social development within the Park was nerve-racking to begin with, as I had never done anything like this before. However, once I approached a few people, my confidence grew and I embraced it as a valuable experience that I will hold with me for the future, especially as I am interested in journalism”.
Peter Mols summed up the day by saying: “The young team were exceptional today. The day was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Several people commented to me that the day was made even better by the addition of the editorial team, who really got into the spirit of it all, had fun and were, most importantly, a huge help.”