Aspiring film makers get direction at CQUni Mackay
Published on 31 May, 2012
Budding young film makers at Sarina State High School have made their acting and directing debut at CQUniversity Mackay, as part of the recent Engage Education Program.
The year 8 students produced films which depicted the story of how they might overcome challenges faced during the transition to University.
Sarina State High School students in Year 8 Brooklyn Patroni, Ashlee Langdon and Macey Ronald with CQUniversity's Widening Participation Officer Laura Rowley. Students worked in small groups to complete scripts, while also assigning acting and director roles.
Over a two-day campus visit, students were able to film and edit their movies which were followed by a presentation and awards evening at the school to showcase their films to fellow students, teachers and parents.
CQUniversity's Program Manager for Widening Participation, Stacey Wallace said the Engage Education programs aim to encourage students to consider higher education.
"CQUniversity works with 33 high schools and 107 primary schools to build collaborative partnerships, helping teachers to explain requirements for higher education, raise aspirations and smooth students' transition into University and TAFE programs," Ms Wallace said.
The unique aspect of the Hero's Journey program is that students reflect on their own hopes and dreams for the future and what steps they may take to reach their goals.
"It is exciting to see the children realise they are the ‘Hero' in their own life journey and begin to understand they can make things happen for themselves."
Sarina State High School's Widening Participation teacher Jacqueline McKenzie said students were able to gain plenty of benefits by taking part.
Students at Sarina State High School filmed and editing movies at CQUniversity recently. "There are plenty of challenges along the way but if they work for it, they can reach their dreams, whether that be through University, TAFE or another pathway," she said.
To find out more about the Engage Education programs, go to www.cquni.edu.au/engageeducation.