1st June 2020 — Lockdown proved to be no match for Martha, a Year 7 pupil at Cobham Hall, who was determined to keep her community updated. She developed and edited a newspaper to share with her mostly elderly neighbours and encouraged local primary children to help with writing articles.
“I wanted to help my neighbours feel a sense of community, and know they hadn’t been forgotten,” Martha explained. “I thought asking primary school children to help might mean they don’t get too bored.”
Packed full of puzzles and interesting articles, the weekly newspaper was well received by residents as a way of keeping a sense of community. But Martha didn’t stop there, covering a walkway with the adopted symbol of lockdown – a rainbow. Threading yarn between her garden fence and a neighbour’s the rainbow-coloured walkway puts a smile on the faces of those who walk beneath it.
Martha is producing the newspaper whilst still taking part in lessons remotely. Cobham Hall has been continuing lessons online whilst also offering a co-curricular programme too.