A Plymouth secondary school has launched a series of podcasts for pupils, parents and teachers.

With the help of a £1,500 grant from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Apple's iLife 06 software, St Boniface's Catholic College has launched four podcasts, each for a different audience and all available through iTunes.

The 'bonifacepodcast' is a monthly video broadcast which launches with an interview with children's author Darren Shan, animations made by Year 9 students, and software and science experiments.

The audio podcast 'bonifaceradio' features an extended interview with Darren Shan and a report on a recent Royal Institute lecture delivered at the College.

Sixth-form students can keep up to date by subscribing to the 'boniface6' podcast. This will be used to inform and update the school's sixth-formers and those at partner colleges, Eggbuckland Community College, Notre Dame School, Devonport High School for Boys, and Devonport High School for Girls.

Parents also have their own podcast which will partially be used to deliver forms, calendar updates and other useful information to them.

"Creativity is an important part of modern teaching and learning," said ICT teacher Paul Scott, who thought of starting the podcast after hearing students talk about trying to make a radio show. "It made sense to take their idea and upgrade it using emerging twenty-first century technology," he said.