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    Academy re-launches school newspaper after 20 years!

    Posted On: 01/09/15

    The start of the new school year sees Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport publish ‘The Newportonian’ for the first time in twenty years. The school newspaper, which has been produced by students under the direction of English Teacher Clare Mellor, was last published in 1995 when Headmaster, Richard Priestly was in post.

    Two of the key contributors were Georgia Mitchell and Gabriella Goody who’s article, ‘Newport is rising to the challenge as an Academy’ takes prize position on the front page. The girls interviewed Principal, Gordon Farquhar, before penning the interesting read about the history of the Academy, the motivations for reviving The Newportonian, Mr Farquhar’s reasons for wanting to become a Headteacher and the new school mantra of accepting the challenge and meeting the challenge.

    Gordon Farquhar, said “I am so pleased that we have reintroduced The Newportonian back into school life. I am hoping that the newspaper will become a regular annual publication again. The students have done a fantastic job in summing up the last academic year, the paper gives a real flavour of Academy life from the students’ perspective.” He went on to say, “I have read the latest edition from cover to cover. It is very professional and full of interesting reading, from poignant stories like Ciara Donegan’s write up of her charity haircut, to sporting news about our hockey successes, to photographs that have captured the spirit of school life over the last twelve months. Two of my personal favourite write ups are the pieces by Head Boy, Andrew Draper, and Head Girl, Briagha Barnes. They have both been real characters at the Academy over the course of the last seven years; they are fantastic ambassadors for Joyce Frankland Academy and I wish them both all the very best of luck as their continue their education at university”.  

    Printed copies of the paper are available from the reception area at the Academy at a cost of £2.50 each; all proceeds made will be used to cover the costs of printing future editions. Complimentary copies will be available for prospective parents and students to flick through at the forthcoming open evening on Thursday 24th September. 

    To read The Newportonian, click here.

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