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Anti-smoking projects a hit

Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy students have been working on a non-smoking campaign. As part of the campaign, the band The Parades, performed a 40 minute set for the students.
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Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy students have been working on a non-smoking campaign. As part of the campaign, the band The Parades, performed a 40 minute set for the students. h311a413

Pupils at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy have teamed up to demonstrate the dangers of smoking.

Year eight students at the school have been producing a newspaper to highlight that most pupils at the school do not smoke.

The project has been set up with Wakefield Council to try and change perceptions of how many youngsters across the district smoke.

Children have been working on the newspaper for around eight weeks and have also produced their own rap video.

As a reward for their hard work, year eight pupils were treated to a boy band concert on Tuesday.

Some youngsters will conduct backstage interviews with the band before putting together a video.

Stephen Foster, assistant principal, said: “The campaign is all about raising awareness of the dangers of smoking.

“It’s been a really good scheme for the children but an important one for them too.”

Children at Minsthorpe Community College have also been running a campaign. Year eight pupils created their own rap video with the help of rapper Homecut.

The video was filmed last month and saw the pupils involved in every aspect of its production.

It will be screened for the first time at an assembly on Tuesday, April 29.

The scheme is part of an East Wakefield Schools Social Norms Campaign and aims to reduce perceived pressures youngsters may have into taking up smoking.

 

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