Laerskool Goedehoop’s De Goedekrant visits Paarl Coldset

As soon as the children walked into this room, they all commented on how it smells like a new book.

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On Tuesday, 2 April, on a cold morning the De Goedekrant editorial team and the Bulletin set out on a big adventure to Paarl Coldset in Johannesburg. With exciting chatter from the children, Joseph started the bus and the exciting road trip got underway.
On the way there, Mr Aart Reedijk from the Bulletin, asked the children if they knew which senses a human being has. Arms and hands shot up to give the answer: smell, sight, hearing, taste and touch. Mr Reedijk explained that there are big machines at Paarl Coldset and the only sense they were not allowed to use was touch.
Mrs Juanita Fourie, Public Relations Officer at Laerskool Goedehoop, kept the children’s minds running throughout the whole drive. She gave them ideas on questions to ask and also what to look out for. She also reminded the children to pay close attention as there was a big chance that one of their stories would be published.
Arriving at Paarl Coldset everyone was even more excited! The tour was started in the boardroom with an introduction, a safety briefing and video before the tour of the 5-storey building started. They explained to children what coldest printing was: Coldset offset printing is a process by which the ink dries gradually through evaporation and absorption into the paper. Coldset printing is most commonly used on uncoated paper stocks like newsprint. (www.weboffsetprint.com/coldset-vs-heatset-offset-printing.html)
First stop on the tour was the CTP (Computer to Plate) Room. This is where the newspapers, magazines etc. send their finished product. The newspaper, magazines etc. will then phone and ask whether their product was received and an answer: “The paper is already on the plates” will be given. As soon as the children walked into this room, they all commented on how it smells like a new book. This is a planographic printing method. This means that the printing and the non-printing areas are on the same plane and the substrate is pressed into contact with the whole surface. Planographic printing means printing from a flat surface, as opposed to a raised surface.
The tour continued into the paper room where rolls and rolls of paper in different sizes stood approximately 3 storeys high! The children couldn’t believe their eyes at the size of it all!
The tour continued and each room was bigger, better and had a more interesting process than before. The tour ended in the distribution centre. This is where the inserts, for example Game pamphlets etc., will be inserted into the newspapers by machines. If the machines cannot place the inserts, there is a line-up at a conveyor belt.
After the tour, the children had information overload and hungry stomachs. As soon as they reached the bus, they opened their lunchboxes and dug in. The day was extremely informative, fun and enjoyed by all! – Ané Prinsloo

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