About 230 students from 16 Sydney Catholic high schools and 20 primary schools made PSYberFEST 2015 bigger than ever.
It is the third year that the digital program has run, with the record number of student groups challenged to identify a cyber-safety issue and create a short film on a topic that related to digital citizenship.
The students each took part in six video conferences throughout the year to workshop ideas and hone their video production skills before a final face-to-face conference held at De La Salle Catholic College Revesby Heights on November 25.
The video competition winners were voted by a peer audience at the end of the day.
Catholic Education Office Attendance Project Officer Michael Prest said some of the PSYberFEST videos would not look out of place on the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s website. The videos will become a resource for all schools within the Archdiocese of Sydney to generate conversation about online privacy and safety.
“The quality of the videos this year showed a marked improvement in design and skill level,” Mr Prest said. “The aim was to produce videos that teachers, other students and schools could use as a resource. The cyber safety message is really useful.
“This project has also developed significant skills in using our video conferencing facilities. It’s a year-long experience, much richer than just a video competition.”
Good Samaritan Catholic College’s winning video used a freeze frame technique to great effect, while Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College’s narrative about a stalker drew audiences in.
The PSYberFEST 2015 winners were:
1st – Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook
2nd – Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer
3rd – All Saints Catholic College Liverpool
Commended – Clancy Catholic College West Hoxton, Aquinas Catholic College Menai
1st – All Saints Catholic Primary Liverpool
2nd – St Christopher’s Catholic Primary Holsworthy
3rd – St Michael’s Catholic Primary Lane Cove
Commended – St Therese Catholic Primary Denistone, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como – Oyster Bay