Year 8 Project Launch: Lights, Camera, Social Action!

Today our Year 8 students experienced a Launch Day for the “Lights, Camera, Social Action!” cross-curricular project. This project is a collaboration between English, RE, and Music. In small groups, students will be creating a short film to shine a light on a social justice issue.

The day began with a short film festival where our students enjoyed popcorn and watched a range of entertaining and thought-provoking short films. We were very privileged to hear from Marisa Brattoni of the Edmund Rice Centre, who introduced the social justice themes to our students.
The students then experienced five immersive workshops designed to inspire their films:
  • Corinne Fagueret (Coordinator Pacific Calling Partnership, Edmund Rice Centre for Justice & Community Education) led a workshop on the impact of climate change in the Pacific.
  • Anne Nesbit (Jesuit Refugee Services) opened our eyes to the stories of refugees and people seeking asylum.
  • Mr Mark McCoy (St Clare’s Religious Education Coordinator) showed us the voices and the importance of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
  • Bea Tekiko (ex-St Clare’s student, now a professional filmmaker at SBS) explained how she was inspired to pursue a career in filmmaking when she made a short film in Year 8 at St Clare’s. She talked through her career journey and the process of making a short film.
  • Chris Grainger (Grainger Films) explained the technical details about filmmaking on an iPhone, setting up interesting shots and using lighting.

We look forward to seeing the short films our students develop throughout this project to shine a light on these important issues of social justice.

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