A team of pupils from Granby Junior School in Ilkeston are celebrating the sale of the first issue of their very own newspaper.
The 14 pupils created the Granby Gazette after year five teacher Julie Davis launched a news club for children to attend on Tuesday lunchtimes.
The newspaper, which went on sale to pupils on Tuesday for 20 pence, is a four-page booklet containing a teacher feature, breaking news and class news containing an update on what each year group has been getting up to.
The pupils also had to find their own stories and use photographs too.
Pupils were also very keen to include a book and movie of the month.
“We had overwhelming interest from more than 60 children who wanted to join the news club so ended up having to do a lucky dip,” said Mrs Davis.
“Once the children were chosen they couldn’t wait to get started.”
The newspaper will now become a termly project for the children of news club with each paper taking up to four weeks to research and a further week to write-up using the computers.
Eleven-year-old Ben Smith, of year six, had the job of writing the breaking news section for the paper.
He said: “It was great to work together with children from all over the school, it was interesting to see what other years were doing.”
Keely Cummins, eight, added: “I was in charge of comics, the writing was the best bit. I’m really enjoying being a part of the paper.”
Acting head teacher, Linda Lilley, said: “It is great to see the pupils across all year groups working together on one really big project.”
“It encourages the children to use a range of skills and helps them build on them too.
She added: “One of the things we are really keen to promote at Granby Junior School is both reading and writing.
“We were highly praised on this at our Ofsted inspection last year and we are always keen to improve on this,
“If the children have fun it always helps too.”