Merseyside is Bright

Last week, Mrs Steele and Miss Ambrose took a group of students to the Merseyside is Bright event at Radio City.  Merseyside is Bright is an initiative from Merseyside Police, in partnership with Radio City and the Bauer Academy, which engages young people in a truly ground-breaking way.  Here is what our students thought of their day.

When we arrived we were introduced to Jemma, Bruno and Hillary.  We sat down in groups and talked about knife crime and the effects it has on us not only as children but as a community. We played a game of Kahoot to test ourselves on our knowledge of knife crime.  Our knowledge was mixed as some of us knew more than others. Colin McGinty’s sister then came in.  Her name is Laura and she spoke about the death of her brother and told us what it was like to lose someone to knife crime.  It made us all realise how much of an impact it has on the family of the victims.

When we arrived we were introduced to Jemma, Bruno and Hillary.  We sat down in groups and talked about knife crime and the effects it has on us not only as children but as a community. We played a game of Kahoot to test ourselves on our knowledge of knife crime.  Our knowledge was mixed as some of us knew more than others. Colin McGinty’s sister then came in.  Her name is Laura and she spoke about the death of her brother and told us what it was like to lose someone to knife crime.  It made us all realise how much of an impact it has on the family of the victims.

After Laura spoke to us we were asked to create an advert based on knife crime.  We were told to get our point across on what we thought about knife crime. We were shown some different styles of adverts to see what makes a good advert. Once we had written the 30 second advert we were taken down one by one into the recording studio to record our advert. Bruno was the one taking all the recordings. It was loads of fun and we tried on the headphones that they use in the studio.  It sounded crazy and your voice sounds so different, even Miss Ambrose got involved!

Jemma was also in the recording studio she was taking pictures of us. After our recording session with Bruno, we were taken outside with Jemma and some of us were interviewed about our time during the day. Once the other group finished their recording, we were taken back up and we played a final game of Kahoot, now knowing the facts about knife crime.  Finally, just before we left, we were given a flask to remember about our time there. It was an amazing experience and a real eye opener. To learn more about knife crime, visit www.merseysideisbrights.co.uk via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and more.