Wednesday 28 June 2017

Tune in to Chess

It is wonderful when good news shows it still has the ability to travel as quickly as the bad.

The ink had barely dried on the feature in both The Guardian and The Observer when ITV contacted Park End Primary School to further investigate the impact of chess on their children and staff.

Together with Park End, I was delighted to welcome Rachel Bullock to the school for a morning of filming and interviews.

The feature is scheduled to run on tomorrow (Thursday 29 June) night's Tyne Tees show (and possibly further afield) from 6.00 p.m. but I have an advanced photo record of the day to share with you today.

Headteacher Julia Rodwell was first to be interviewed

My turn next

The Y6s were filmed enjoying some games of chess

Five Y6s were chosen for individual interviews. They were extraordinarily good!

We popped into the small hall to find the Y3s engrossed in a game on the big board and set

Then it was off to the staffroom - to find the staff were all playing chess too!

Individual staff interviews. They were almost as good as the children.

Finally, we presented Rachel with her very own CSC chess set. No more excuses - time to learn how to play!
Thank you Rachel and everyone at Park End. We are all looking forward to seeing the show!

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