Newbattle High pupils on Sky’s Deep Ocean Live

Tuesday March 26th 2019

Newbattle High pupils on Sky Deep Ocean Live

Newbattle High School pupils Lucy Burnett, Jennifer Robertson, Jessica Reid, Connor Stewart and Dylan Kitt are pictured at Sky TV in London with Head of PE Bob Foley and PE teacher Lianne Middlehurst.

Five pupils from Newbattle High School have represented Scotland at a special event organised by Sky TV in London.

Lucy Burnett, Jennifer Robertson, Jessica Reid, Connor Stewart and Dylan Kitt were selected by PE staff at the school for their outstanding effort in sport and positive attitude in school.

The event related to the Sky Ocean Rescue project which aims to:

  • highlight the issues affecting ocean health
  • find innovative solutions to the problem of ocean plastics
  • inspire people to make small everyday changes that collectively make a huge difference

During a live transmission of a programme called Deep Ocean Live, the pupils in London got the chance to interview marine scientists in remote coral reefs of the Seychelles to ask how the oceans are changing due to human behaviour. The scientists were 300 metres under the sea in an area known as the Twilight Zone where sunlight barely reaches yet thousands of never seen before species of marine life flourish.

Pupil Connor Stewart aged 13 described the day as a “A brilliant experience“ and 13 year old Dylan Kitt said that it was the “Chance of a lifetime.“

Bob Foley, Head of PE at Newbattle High School has helped the school to forge a longstanding close relationship with Sky through the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme. This was a free secondary schools initiative that used sport to improve the lives of thousands of young people by boosting confidence, changing behaviours and increasing attainment. Previously through the programme Newbattle High School had a pupil awarded Sky Sports pupil of the year.

Bob said: “The pupils selected for the trip to Sky are a wonderful group of young Newbattle people and proved to be great ambassadors for Midlothian. They were flown down to London and loved every minute. Before the event they were allowed to practise at the Sky Academy studios in Livingston, to ensure they felt comfortable with cameras and presenting. Fellow PE teacher Lianne Middlehurst and I were so proud of our pupils and delighted to see how much they have grown in confidence.”

Bob added: “Thanks to Nishy Lall and Alan Boyle from the Sky Academy for making such superb plans for the pupils and treating them like stars on the day.”

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