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Meet the TeamOLD


image1Five sixth form students have been working for St Mary’s Catholic high school’s PR team selling a unique book commemorating 150 years of this wonderful school. The challenge they have undertaken is to sell 2000 copies of this book to raise money for the school St Mary’s built in Burkina Faso.


Through working on this project the team has not only become friends with four other amazing girls, but has also become colleagues in a professional environment for the duration of the task.


“We bonded as a team in order to publicize the wonderful book written by Leonie Martin, the schools former bursar.” Sarah Garland


With designated roles to ensure the project runs smoothly, their jobs often overlap meaning there is always someone there to help should they need it. Under the guidance of Anna Melton and her team from In the Works PR they have worked to raise the profile of the commemorative book which contains over 300 pictures from the past 150 years.


All the team members are from St Mary’s sixth form and are taking part in this project on top of studying four A-levels each. Varying from French to further maths they display a broad skill set which make the task in hand even more enjoyable for them.


Giving the opportunity to these students has prepared them for the realities of work as they were all selected for their skills developed through the A-levels they study, this taste of PR and Journalism may have sparked an interest in these students at such an important part of their education.


Natasha Williamson heads up the social media hub; now she’s fully versed in Twitter, YouTube and all things tech she’s really enjoyed seeing the public’s reaction to her posts.


Ella Heath is the website manager; her job has not been easy, with writing articles and revamping the section dedicated to the 150th year celebrations on the St Mary’s website. She has encountered many setbacks but has never failed to meet a deadline.


Sarah Garland has worked tirelessly as the groups PR executive, her press releases and articles have gone down a storm, as they have already appeared in some of the local media and secured places in other publications, without Sarah’s writing ability the group would not have had this much success.


Laura Dunham joined the team later as she moved into sixth form the year after the rest of the team, however this has not hampered her contributions the team as the events coordinator. Her efforts have already secured a book launch in the Chesterfield library and she will help to raise awareness of the book at other events throughout the year; such as the open air mass at the Proact Stadium.


Emily Kelly has been designated the task of marketing executive; to coordinate meetings and plan in deadlines and make sure everyone is keeping up to date, the task did surprise her at how difficult it was in the beginning but now she have settled in, she feels a lot more confident.


“Working with this team has been an absolute pleasure and I am very thankful for this once in a lifetime opportunity to help St Mary’s in their 150th year.” Emily Kelly

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