Reel interest at St Ursula’s

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St Ursula’s students Tiana Badaoui, Rebecca Daher, Gemma Terrone, and Isabella Byrne prepare to make their ‘Our Town’ film. Photo: Kitty Beale

St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove students will reflect on their school’s place in the community and the history of their suburb in a short film which will screen in September.

The Year 9 English class  have begun filming their submission to the Australian Students’ Film Festival, a now national competition which began in NSW in 2014.

The students will write, film, produce and edit a five-minute film on the theme ‘Our Town’.

Year 9 student Tianna Badaoui said the film will paint the school, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017, as a gem in Kingsgrove.

“People are starting from different train stations and will all come together. We’re going to tell the history of Kingsgrove and how this has shaped the town,” she said.

The class is part of the Newman program, an initiative to support gifted and talented students in Sydney Catholic schools.

They began planning the documentary in May after freeing up class time for the project by compacting the curriculum, completing 10 weeks of learning in eight weeks.

They will include information about famous residents including footballers and fashion designer Alex Perry, and recent history.

“It will bring together the good and the bad,” said Isabella Byrne, 14.

“We want to make it a bit humorous.”

The students have split into groups, based on skills and interests, that are responsible for elements including research, shots and angles, script writing, filming, editing and music. Their work will premier at a local cinema in September. The date is yet to be confirmed.

 

 

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