Posted: Sat 25th Jun 2016

Risca Pupils Prepare To Take Over Twitter /
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016

A group of year 9 pupils from Risca Community Comprehensive will take over Caerphilly County Borough Council’s social media on Wednesday 22 June, as part of an exciting new project. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The ‘Twitter Takeover’ will allow schools to design a day’s content for Caerphilly County Borough Council’s social media channels. Risca will be the first school to take up the opportunity, choosing to raise awareness of their 40th Anniversary which takes place next year. Pupils have designed content, including short videos and graphics to encourage members of the public to come forward with photographs, memories and stories of Risca Community comprehensive School. The pupils have decided to release all of their activity using #Risca40, they will continue to use this during their anniversary year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr. Derek Havard, Cabinet Member for Education & Lifelong Learning said: “This project will give pupils of Risca Community Comprehensive a fantastic insight into the benefits of social media to an organisation looking to engage with the public. I hope the day is a success, and I look forward to learning of the many plans to celebrate the school’s 40th Anniversary next year.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

John Kendall, Head Teacher of Risca Community Comprehensive Said: “We’re delighted to be working with Caerphilly CBC on this Twitter Takeover project! Risca CCS was the first school in Wales to start using Twitter regularly back in 2009, and we have found social media to be a great way of engaging with the community. Obviously the Caerphilly operation is bigger than ours, and it has been fascinating for our pupils to see how digital media works in one of the biggest authorities in Wales. They have engaged fully with the project, making a film, writing the posts and choosing the theme. I have to say that choosing the theme was the easy bit, as we are planning for our 40th Anniversary next year, so this is going to be a great way of kicking off our publicity and raising awareness campaign” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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