High School film makers on top in comp

BUDDING film makers from Mullumbimby High School and the three schools in the Aurora Learning Community have come out on top with their entries in a competition to highlight exactly what it is that makes a particular school or group of schools a source of pride to its students.

The North Coast Region winners of the secondary and group of schools categories respectively in the inaugural Great Schools Show-Off competition, Mullumbimby High School and Aurora, each receive a $500 digital ‘Tough’ still camera from Panasonic for their efforts.

Aurora is a state finalist, the winners to be announced during Education Week (August 1 – 5).

Mullumbimby High’s entry took an innovative and practical approach, being structured as an orientation video for primary school students new to the school.

Students Mia Weir and Nat Russell take the viewer confidently and calmly through all aspects of the school’s operation in a ‘day in the life’ format. The video was filmed by Year 9 students as part of their Mullumbimby High School Media Studio work.

Aurora’s video has a narration of transformation, the presenters showcasing the schools’ variety of programs and opportunities by changing from primary to secondary students and from athletes to artists, to musicians, to chefs, to dancers and more.

The competition was a chance for all NSW public schools to tell their school’s story, and promote their school to new audiences. Over 180 schools submitted video entries to the competition judges.

Students already regularly produce videos, vodcasts, web pages and a variety of other technology-based materials as part of their coursework.

As part of the competition, students working under the guidance of their teachers were encouraged to develop digital promotional material for their school.

Submissions had to include a communications/promotions plan detailing how the video would be used to promote the school.

The Aurora video is now in the running for a state prize of a high-definition camcorder and plasma television package worth more than $2500 for each school in the group.

The schools of the Aurora Learning Community are Banora Point High, Centaur Public and Terranora Public.



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