Radio and TV Broadcasting Studies
The Essington School Darwin has for several years offered its Middle School students the opportunity to learn first hand about radio broadcasting. This included up until the end of 2009, as a result of the support of Radio Larrakia, the opportunity for students to present a two hour live radio program on Radio Larrakia titled “The Essington Show”.
In 2010 the school continuing to expand the broadcasting program and offerings to Essington students. This growth and evolution of this broadcasting experience hopes to also incorporate aspects of TV broadcasting, again in partnership with TV Larrakia and Radio Larrakia.
The purpose of this Middle School program at The Essington School Darwin is to:
- develop students’ awareness of the media and in particular, radio and television;
- provide opportunities for students to enhance their own personal communication skills;
- develop an understanding of radio and television media and the student’s ability to work effectively with the radio and television media;
- develop student competencies in employability skills including generic skills identified in the Employability Skills for the Future report (2002): communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology.
To support this developing program, in 2009 The Essington School Darwin built a new Computer Centre with four separate editing suites. These suites are being set up with production standard sound and video editing computers and software to allow students to prepare production quality material for broadcast.
In 2010 to provide an on site radio production studio, the School will refurbish its Radio Room, initially set up in 2006. This facility will allow students to easily access a recording and production studio on the school campus – and to use the existing speakers outside the Canteen to playback their prepared programmes during Recess and Lunch breaks.
The School looks forward to continuing its association with Radio Larrakia (and now TV Larrakia) to provide opportunities for ‘real world’ media experience, and as an outlet for broadcasting some of its produced work. The School also hopes to be able to work with media production company, Dreamedia Solutions, from time to time to assist in the School’s Middle School broadcasting studies program.