Pupils were pitch-perfect for BBC School Report programme

Ugne Daugelaite and Ben Adamson with the school's principal, Mr Hugh McCarthy
Ugne Daugelaite and Ben Adamson with the school's principal, Mr Hugh McCarthy

The development of the new astroturf hockey pitch at Killicomaine Junior High School is one of the most significant moments in the school’s recent history.

So it was no surprise that it was the chosen topic of discussion when the BBC visited the school last week as part of its School Report radio programme.

As part of the programme, the pupils themselves get behind the microphone.

They interviewed the principal, Hugh McCarthy, a driving force behind the project, the Mayor, Colin McCusker, and year 10 hockey captain Lucy McKimm and .

The recording can be accessed, along with other schools across Northern Ireland taking part, via the BBC news website and www.killicomaine.co.uk on Thursday, School Report Day.

Teacher Debbie Bleakley, whose daughter Laura is a broadcast journalist with the BBC, said it was the first time Killicomaine had taken part in the school report.

She said, “Laura wanted to do a local school, she choose Killicomaine and we thought the astroturf pitch would be the perfect topic.

“They interviewed Mr McCarthy who was a big help in campaigning to get the pitch over the last four years. They spoke to the hockey captains and Mrs Murphy, who was in charge of boys hockey.”

Laura has been editing the footage which will be can be accessed from today (Thursday).

Mrs Bleakley says astroturf pitch should be ready by early June.

It is expected to be a key facility for use in the entire community.