Gaywood school swaps the classroom for the studio

Gaywood Community Primary School visits Lynn Hospital Radio. Front Abbi Cowper. seated on left Corey Cawston . at back Alistair Done Studio Manager. ANL-151118-093248009
Gaywood Community Primary School visits Lynn Hospital Radio. Front Abbi Cowper. seated on left Corey Cawston . at back Alistair Done Studio Manager. ANL-151118-093248009

Pupils from Gaywood Community Primary School swapped the classroom for the studio as they took over the airwaves on Lynn’s Hospital Radio on Tuesday.

A group of 16 Year 6 children went on air at the station at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital under the watchful eye of station volunteer Alistair Done.

The youngsters went live on air under the watchful eye of studio manager Alistair Done, Thursday night team leader Reece Barnes and Sunday night presenter Kate Taylor.

Mr Done said: “The school visited us a couple of years ago because they were looking at buying their own equipment.

“Because they have now have their equipment they were very used to what they had to do.

“They were absolutely brilliant. Ten or 12 of them have been using the equipment at school and found it while the remaining children picked it up really quickly just by watching the others.

“We got them on air broadcasting to the patients.”

The school already has its own studios, running programmes for both pupils and parents.

It is hoped that the Education Authority may allow the visits to become part of the curriculum in the future.

“I have some correspondence from headmaster Paul Shanks saying that the Education Authority might allow it to become part of the curriculum,” said Mr Done.

“Obviously I have got to speak to him about that, but if that’s the case then hopefully we can continue the visits from Gaywood Community Primary School and also open it up to other schools as well.

“It’s really good for the school. It helps youngsters build their confidence, communication skills and team work.

“Apparently, the Gaywood students didn’t stop talking about their experience all the way back to the school.”

Lynn Hospital Radio has now been on the airwaves to its patients for 41 years.