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P7 pupils at St Marie's who are writing for the FFP
P7 pupils at St Marie's who are writing for the FFP

MEET a group of Kirkcaldy primary school kids who are aiming to be the journalists of the future!

The seven budding writers from primary six at St Maries are taking part in series of journalism masterclasses with FFP reporter Paul McCabe.

Tristan McDonagh, Clare Penman, Aidan Ferguson, Jenna McCormick, Kofi Afrifa, Mitchell Robertson and Holly McCabe, are learning how to put together a newspaper story we’ll be printing the finished articles right here in the Press.

The idea was the brainchild of St Maries’ Acting Deputy Head, Marie Hagney, who was inspired by a similar project in Germany.

She said: “A friend of mine was working as a primary school teacher in Germany and the school had a series of articles written by the pupils printed in the local paper. I thought it would be great if we could do the same in Kirkcaldy.

“The children are very enthusiastic and in conjunction with the Fife Free Press we hope to keep the project going indefinitely.”

The children will be aiming to produce a story each term which will appear in print. Mrs Hagney said: “The idea is to have fun whilst learning a new skill but we’ve discussed with the children how their articles have to be of an acceptable standard. They’ve been working hard and I’m looking forward to seeing the end products!”

FFP reporter Paul McCabe said: “It turns out that a mortar board and cloak aren’t de rigueur anymore. And they confiscated my tawse at the front door.

“That aside, it’s been great fun so far. The ideas the pupils have come up with are great and they’ve a never ending stream of questions for me!

“We’ve a really diverse range of articles planned for before the October break, and hopefully they’ll teach me a thing or two as well!”