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Cornish school to highlight beach safety in a new film

Roseland youngsters took part in BBC News School report Pic: Pete Appleyard
Image caption The Roseland youngsters will work with university students to produce their film

Pupils at a Cornish school have won funding to produce a campaign documentary about local beach safety.

The video will compete with productions from other schools to be shown on outdoor screens across the UK before the 2012 Olympics.

Children from the Roseland Community College have received the funding from the Big Voice competition.

They will now work with student film makers from Cornwall's university at Tremough in Penryn.

Big Voice is a national competition, sponsored by BT, as part of the Get Set education programme which is supporting the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Roseland Community College is among more than 30 schools across the country selected to produce documentaries.

Each school idea was evaluated by a panel of experts who decided which films should be produced.

One of the young Roseland film makers, Verity Annear, 14, said their film would show the need for more lifeguards and better funding for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

"I think it's really important about the air ambulance. They're completely run on donations," she said.

"So even if the coastguards do save someone, they need the air ambulance to take someone to the hospital and if they're not funded that can't happen."

The students have been given a budget of £1,000 to make their film. There will be awards for regional and national winners later this year.

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