School Page Awards 2009

Salute to news generation

THE future of newspapers was in good hands, Mercury editor Garry Bailey said yesterday as he congratulated schools that had produced their own pages in the newspaper this year.
He said the high standard of the pages produced by 20 southern schools reflected the great work being done by Tasmanian students.
The School Pages are a major part of the Mercury's Newspapers in Education program. The scheme gives students the opportunity to experience all aspects of producing a newspaper, from writing articles to taking photos, doing artwork and selling advertising space.
Mr Bailey said Australian newspapers remained robust, bucking the US and UK trend.
He said Tasmania's three daily newspapers were particularly strong because of their close connection with the community. The type of work produced by students in the School Page program showed participants were keen newspaper readers, Mr Bailey said.
He named Claremont College, Huonville High and Howrah Primary as having produced the best pages this year.
Merit awards went to: Rosetta High, Elizabeth College, Guilford Young College, Emmanuel Christian School, Clarence High, Brent St Primary, Eastside Lutheran College, Snug Primary, Goodwood Primary, Lindisfarne Primary, Margate Primary, St James Catholic College, Cosgrove High, Goulburn St Primary, Huonville Primary and Levendale Primary. Taroona High received a meritorious effort award for producing its page in a short time, and Howrah Primary received a commemorative 10-year certificate.

Howrah Primary School Grade 6 students from left, Jordan Tidey and Joanna Levis showingteacher Dianne Vickers their "Best Primary School" page and their 10-year anniversary certificate.

A word about our sponsors: Our School Page program would not exist without the generous support of Tasmanian businesses. Click here for the list of businesses which contributed to the 15 School Pages of 2009.


Mercury representative Peter Carey and teachers Bonnie Jeffrey and Leanne Jordan with Goodwood Primary School students and their merit certificate

Mercury editor Garry Bailey, left, with Huonville Primary School students Jonty Morgan, Alice Bell and teacher Victoria Ogden

Snug Primary School teachers Anne Smalley and Tracey Ozkilink and students with their merit certificate

Brent Street Primary School students with their merit certificate.

Eastside Lutheran College students Hannah Joss and Edward Cranwell with teacher Sue Kitto and their merit certificate.

Mercury representative Damian Bester and teacher Karen Newbon with St James Catholic College students

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New Norfolk and Launceston,

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Mercury editor Garry Bailey with Levendale Primary School students Adriana Kerrison and Amelia Wallace and principal Collette Harrold

Mercury editor Garry Bailey with Lindisfarne Primary School students Danielle Triffett and Jasmine Brennan and teacher Kel Innis.