Films are a festival of learning
Movie glamour came to Sutherland Entertainment Centre earlier this term when a group of student film-makers strode the red carpet to the accompaniment of strobe-like camera flashes.
The students, from primary schools in Sydney's south, were celebrating the culmination of a year-long project that involved students collaborating on short films as part of the inaugural Film by the Sea festival.
Miranda Public School principal Glen Carter said the initiative came about as a positive way for the group of schools to address issues identified with the students' writing results.
"We wanted to excite our students about writing as our NAPLAN results were showing that writing was holding them back," Mr Carter said.
"This project hits every key learning area and we've seen a massive turnaround in the students' interest in writing and their purpose in writing. The journey has been just as important as the end product."
The students, working in mixed age groups, used techniques including stop-motion and claymation to create the films, which as part of the festival were required to include a seashell as a necessary item.
Mr Carter said 25 short films were selected for the festival with each school receiving a certificate of participation.
He said he hoped the festival would grow to include more schools in the Sydney region next year.
"The technology is engaging for students and it encourages them to work collaboratively," he said.
The project involved the following schools:
- Alfords Point PS
- Bangor PS
- Bundeena PS
- Burraneer Bay PS
- Gymea North PS
- Heathcote East PS
- Jannali East PS
- Miranda PS
- Miranda North PS
- Sutherland North PS
- Tharawal PS
- Woolooware PS
- Yarrawarrah PS
- Yowie Bay PS.