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Sharp Shotz finalists ready to deliver their ideas

Published on 04/02/19

Winning team will create film and campaign on pressing issue facing society

The Orchard School finalists in a project aimed at tacking the big issues in society have been named.

Teams from Year 9 began working on the Sharp Shotz initiative before Christmas and now the best six have been put forward to the final.

They will attend a special day this week where Orchard’s best project will be named, giving this team the chance to create a professional campaign and film.

The top Orchard project will then compete with the winner from City Academy to become the ultimate winner.

In the summer, the best campaigns from each school will be produced, filmed then presented back to their peers in special assemblies.

The successful Orchard finalists devised projects looking at topics as diverse as stress at school, eating, ‘isms’ and care.

A number were shortlisted before a panel of students selected the six.

Sharp Shotz is a year-long initiative run by the Bristol based charity – IDEAL, in partnership with the University of the West of England and the BBC.

Before Christmas, members of Unique Voice, another familiar local charity, have been visiting the school to help students in day-long workshops.

Orchard School partnerships Manager Helen Howard said: “The students worked really hard to devise campaigns, design branding and explore how their topic could be tackled.

“We were delighted with all their efforts and from this initial day we now have a strong set of diverse projects going forward to the finals day, all of whom stand a great chance of progressing further.

“As well as identifying important issues, Sharp Shotz is hugely beneficial in developing communication and leadership skills which will stand the students in good stead in the next few years as they seek jobs and places in higher/further education.”