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I'm starting my new school on Monday, a secondary school. I'm entering into Year 9 (fourth form, age 13-14)....
I don't really know what to expect from a big school, I guess it won't have the same close-knit sense of community that my old school had, and the same friendly atmosphere.
anyway, I want to start a photography club, but I don't really know how to run it, or how to find things to do every single week for kids who may not be as keen and interested in it as I am... anyone have any ideas?
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The way I run my photography clubs at my school (granted the children are younger than you) is to provide a theme for each session e.g. Blue, flowers, texture etc., with a few days "thinking time". There is then some time to produce images and access to the ICT suite with picasa 3 for basic editing.
Print out finished images, find a place to display them and allow voting from the rest of the school.
Finally, create a League table of leading photographers and persuade the powers that be to provide a small prize (book token etc) each term or half-term.
Just a thought
Thanks Fran that sounds good - but I'm not sure a voting system would go down well there. There are so many boys...
I know the school do showcase good photography from pupils.
I like the idea of a league table, and the boys doing it would be my age, so not too old.
Nah big school is really scary and full of bigger kids that will take every opportunity to beat you up
Ooops sorry, not trying to scare you
If someone asks if you want to see the goldfish in the boys toilets just say NO!
Seriously I am sure you will be fine. Like Fran says choose a theme, don't make it too specific that gives everyone a chance and will mean that people are less likely to lose interest. Also try to promote discussion on images as much as taking them. See if an art teacher or someone can help with ideas and promoting the club.
Good luck at the new school.
Thanks for the advice Cheryl - I'll steer clear of the toilets then.... Anyway - there is one art teacher who is interested in my photography - he may even remember me showing him my website on open day!!
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