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The Young Citizen

posted 30 Jul 2013, 05:04 by Google Google   [ updated 30 Jul 2013, 05:05 ]
In April 2012, Ian Mean, Editor in Chief of The Citizen, together with Maeve Maxwell, G15 Partnership Manager, set out to produce a copy of the Young Citizen.

Students from across the G15 partnership were invited to become young reporters where they were given the opportunity to research, plan, write and edit their own articles and have them published in their very own edition of the Citizen.

Five year 10 students from Millbrook Academy were chosen to participate in this fantastic project; they were Will Brown, Josh Molyneux, Chris Miller, Ben Davies and Mac Kenneally.

This was an amazing experience for all of them as it gave them the opportunity to learn new skills, which they will be able to use both in the classroom and in the world of work.

Ben Davies, Millbrook Academy’s lead journalist, was invited to interview Secretary for Education Michael Gove via Skype, along with four other students from various schools around Gloucestershire. Unfortunately, he was called to Parliament and so the interview was cancelled. Instead, he remained at Gloucester Media Centre for the day, with the other students, editing the final edition of the Young Citizen with Ian Mean.

Due to their immense hard work, the young reporters who worked on the Young Citizen project were cordially invited to attend the Thanksgiving Service at Gloucester Cathedral to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen. This was a very exciting opportunity as the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones) also attended and were presented with a copy of the paper to give to the Queen.


We are very proud of the boys and hope that they will continue to produce articles for the Millbrook Mail (a double page spread featured in the Citizen every two months).


Millbrook Academy would also like to say a very special thank you to Maeve Maxwell, G15 Partnership Manager, who organised the project and Ian Mean as he has been successful in accomplishing what all teachers wish to do: creating a passion for writing within young people. Not only has he enabled students to work together to produce something they can all be proud of, he has given them the vital skills they will need in the world of work. Many of our students have never worked within a professional organisation before and this opportunity gave them first-hand experience of working within a dynamic and high-pressure environment.  This would not have happened without Ian's belief in this generation of young people.

A thank you to Ian was printed in the following weeks Citizen which can be downloaded here; G15thanks.pdf

Some of the articles writen by the students can be opened here:

Ben Davies article on Stuart Langworthy

Kenya and Britain

Local Band

Rowing by Will Brown