2 February 2018

On Tuesday 22nd January, we were lucky enough to be visited by a film crew from the BBC, including CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton, to film a clip with us explaining how dirty our smart phones really are. 

We began the day by creating scenes in the corridors while Katie started the filming of the video. She explained how we use our phones so much as part of our everyday lives - what would we do without them? Then, we filmed a scene with a student pretending to use a toilet seat as a telephone! The producer explained that smart phones can have even more bacteria on them than a toilet seat! Revolting! She commented, “Would you want to hold a toilet seat up to your mouth and talk into it? How disgusting would that be?” But actually, holding your phone up to your mouth could be even dirtier! Once we’d finished filming that scene, we made our way back to the science labs to test the theory. Could your phone really be dirtier than a toilet seat?! We soon found out…

Mr O’Callaghan, the science teacher who volunteered to help test the phones, explained how the process was going to work. Our phone was going to be swabbed with a special liquid that would then be put in to a test tube and then in to a machine designed to see how much bacteria was actually on our screens. Any reading below 100 was considered clean, 100-200 not too bad, but anything over 200 was positively dirty. We queued up, nervously awaiting the results, hoping our phone wasn’t the dirtiest. 

Surprisingly, no-one’s phone was less than 100 and none was as clean as they should be, The results varied from 150 all the way up to 18,000! We were all in shock at just how disgusting some of the phones were. The BBC advised us to clean our phones when we went home! The last phone to be tested was Mr O’Callaghan’s. He fearfully admitted, “I think my phone is going to be one of the worst!” We all waited for the machine to deliver the dreaded truth – it read 2,637! This was slightly higher than the average of our phones, but way over the level it should be to be considered clean! “At least it wasn’t the worst!” he exclaimed. 

After the shock, we filmed the ending scenes, including five top tips on how to keep your phone clean. We also got the chance to ask many questions, for example, we asked Katie: “When you present on CBBC, what do you do while the programmes are on?” All of the staff were so friendly and patient and answered every single question they were asked. 

Filming with the BBC was an eye-opener, as we saw that a full day’s work will be clipped down and edited into just a three-minute video! Every student had a great day and we would like to say a huge thank-you to the BBC and their team for giving us the opportunity to film with them. We are hopeful that it will happen again as it was a fantastic opportunity, but are very grateful to them for them coming in to school on this occasion.


By Kira and Rachel, 8G