Yesterday saw the long-awaited opening of the Digital Media Centre at Stationers' Crown Woods Academy. This was a very proud moment for the Company; for those who have worked to bring the project to fruition and for those who have donated money, equipment and furniture.

It was a joy to see at the opening event so many young people working at their stations with enthusiasm and obvious skill and flair.  It was a double joy to have Jessica Morgan, one of the Evening Standard apprentices (another scheme which the Company supports) there to cover it and here is her piece:-

Eltham school opens digital media suite “to rival” London’s Silicon Roundabout

A London academy has unveiled a new state-of-the-art multimedia digital centre to give pupils a chance to hone their creative skills. Stationers' Crown Woods Academy today celebrated the new addition with an opening ceremony showcasing the students’ work. The south London school joined forces with The Stationers’ Livery Company to convert classrooms into a digital media hub rivalling the capital’s newsrooms and digital media companies.

Greenwich Mayor Olu Babatola and Amali de Alwis, Chief Executive of Code First: Girls, opened the £500,000 project, which took two years to complete. Ms de Alwis met students working on their projects and urged them to “take advantage” of the facilities.

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Amali de Alwis and Mayor Olu Babatola unveil the commemorative plaque (photo by Conor Shiels)

Speaking at the ceremony, Kevin Dewey, Chair of Governors and former Master of the Stationers’ Livery Company said: “The money we have raised to pay for this wonderful facility today has come from ordinary men and women from our livery company.

“We want to deliver here an outstanding Academy, we want to deliver an outstanding place of learning and we want to deliver a happy place of learning. I think we’re well on the way of doing that.”
Would-be journalists and film directors will benefit from the industry-approved software to produce high quality media content, BBC news reports, newspapers and magazines.

Paige Murray, 13, said: “We did a project where we created a school report and we interviewed teachers and pupils about the new school curriculum. Year 10 pupils helped us edit, use cameras and the green screen. I want to be a TV presenter so having these computers will benefit me a lot in achieving this.”
17-year-old media student Michael Hopkins said: “I’d like to go into film directing. The new facilities here is helping us a lot more than what we used before. I have been able to use Photoshop to create and plan the layout of my magazine and create a storyboard for my films."

David Millar, Executive Principal, said: “The Stationers’ Digital Media Centre will enable them to learn skills to become business leaders of the future, giving them the edge in the highly competitive jobs market.”

In the photo at the top of this article which was taken by SCWA student, Conor Shiels, you can see Amali de Alwis admiring the new set-up! 

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