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Ice cream vans and sea rescues caught the eye of the TES Newspaper Day judges. David Budge reports

Manchester grammar school pupil Robert Harris took little more than a millisecond to reply when asked what he had learned by taking part in the TES Newspaper Day competition. "The meaning of stress," he said.

But his smile was melon-wide because he and two schoolmates, Andrew Daniels and Chris Unwin, had just collected the Best Secondary Newspaper award from Cherie Blair at a reception in the Palace of Westminster.

They and their teacher Jo Dobbs were looking forward to a bus tour of London - and their prize, a multi-media computer supplied by Xemplar Education.

For the second successive year the top international award went to Falklands Focus, produced by the islands' community school. The judges were impressed by its report on the rescue of Indonesian seamen, a quirky letters page and the mutton recipe cookery section.

Primary winner, Kingsleigh junior, carried less dramatic news: a poorly-parked ice cream van has been causing "havoc" outside the Bournemouth school. But The KJ Times did have some memorable reports on the retirement of the school secretary - and a headlice inspection.

Kingsleigh also endeared itself to the judges by not going overboard in its coverage of the film Titanic, which demanded more column inches than the other big issues of Newspaper Day - the Northern Irish peace negotiations and the plight of mountain gorillas. "I read 257 reviews of Titanic," said Brian Robinson of Tees Valley Educational Computing Centre, the competition's organiser. "I'll never need to see the film."

Schools awarded distinctions: Primary: Winklebury junior and Kingscourt, Hants; Yarm, Stockton on Tees; Cauldeen, Inverness and Greenway, West Sussex.

Secondary: Balcarras, Cheltenham; Conyers, Stockton on Tees; Crookhorn community, Portsmouth; Minsthorpe community, West Yorks; Durham school, Durham; Eskdale, North Yorks; Grangefield, Stockton on Tees; Herschel grammar, Berks; Longbenton community, Newcastle; Mereway, Northants; Portway community, Bristol; Ryde high, Isle of Wight; Simon Langton boys, Canterbury; St Gregor's RC comprehensive, Tunbridge Wells; The King's school, Worcester; The Newlands school FCJ, Middlesbrough; Whitby community college, North Yorks; and Wyvern community, Hants.

International: Georg Wilhelm Steller gymnasium, and Gymnasium Ulricianum Aurich, Germany; and Overseas School of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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