A group of 28 Year 5 children from Mansergh Barrack’s Haig School had an amazing opportunity this past week, when they were invited to the BFBS studies in Sennelager for a tour.
It came as the culmination of several weeks’ hard work, constructing and editing radio advertisements for a variety of imaginative, new products.
Year 5 class teacher, Stephen Coyne, explained: “A child’s learning is always more effective if they can see a practical outcome to any series of lessons, and a trip to the BFBS studies was a great way of achieving this outcome, along with the added bonus of taking advantage of one of the great community resources we have here in BFG.”
He added: “The children left buzzing with excitement and beaming with pride, after recording their very own adverts at a real radio station and meeting the station staff, including one of the DJs they listen to every day!”
Station manager Mike Howarth said: “I’m thrilled to have the children at the station, they have been an absolute delight.
“This sort of visit is exactly what makes BFBS what it is today. It was great to have you guys in the station and on the air.”
During their visit the children were able to have an in-depth tour of the impressive, state-of-the-art facilities and watch a real radio station in action.
They even had the opportunity to speak to one of the presenters, Milly Luxford, live on air, even if they struggled to guess that show’s golden year of 1999 – it was nearly 10 years before they were born.
The children were particularly impressed when, the following day, they got a ‘shout out’ from the BFBS Germany’s famous breakfast show, during their bus journey to school. What an amazing way to start the school day.
One of the pupils, Mackenzie, summed up the visit perfectly, saying: “I loved the amazing, live shout-out. It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
BFBS may now have a rush of enthusiastic applicants in the next few years, after their first fun and educational visit to the outstanding BFBS facilities, here in the heart of the BFG community.