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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Sky is the Limit

On 1st October 2015, all Year 12 BTEC and AS Level students from the Media department visited Sky Studios in Brentford, in order to participate in the Sky Skills Academy.

 On 1st October 2015, all Year 12 BTEC and AS Level students from the Media department visited Sky Studios in Brentford, in order to participate in the Sky Skills Academy.

The students left school at around 3pm and went on public transport to the premises in Brentford. Once there, the students were escorted by a security guard into the inner sanctum of the Sky Skills Academy and were greeted by a young man called Isaac, who presented them with a video, detailing the day to day running of Sky and what is expected of its employees.  Afterwards, students were split into four groups and sent into Sky's state-of-the-art studios to produce their own news segments, with the idea of combining them all together and forming a fully functioning news programme.

Each student within the groups was given a role to fulfil, including being Camera Operators, Producers, Directors, Scriptwriters and Presenters. Students were supported by fully qualified Sky employees, who directed us in operating the equipment, software and advised us on presentation skills, in order to create a clear, clean cut presentable piece of news. 

Once filming was complete, students were advised on editing and thoroughly analysed the productions to make any final alterations.  Eventually, their finished products were sent off to be added to the final big news report.  

While the news segments were being put together, the staff at Sky, escorted the students to witness the live filming of a regular Sky news report, where they witnessed, first hand those behind the scenes working away and co-operating with one another in pulling off a production.

As the tour progressed, students were reminded of the skills required to create an effective piece of filming. Communication skills and teamwork were just some of the requirements needed to make an effective news report.

Once completed, the students were invited to watch the finalised version. It was an opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy what they had created and it received rave reviews. All in all, the students enjoyed what was an excellent afternoon at Sky and it allowed them to gain a wealth of knowledge about the production process and see what a major broadcaster like Sky can do and achieve.  It also allowed them to examine and study what goes on within Media and potential careers within the Media industry.

At the end of the tour, the students were presented with memory stick wristbands, which allowed them access to their finished productions.

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Comment from one of the students:

"I had such a fantastic time; it really was a lovely experience. We were fully supported by those at Sky and were taught valuable Media Production skills that will come in handy, for the months ahead.   It also allowed us to understand how the Media industry works. All in all, it was a fantastic experience and one which I urge everyone to attend.  Everyone was friendly and I felt completely at ease. It will be something I shall treasure for the rest of my life."

Andrew Fogarty Y12