School news gets top marks from Ten


Student media teams from Our Lady of the Rosary Primary in St Marys and North Parramatta's St Monica’s Primary have featured in a Ten News story about the innovative use of technology by Catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese.

Amber Muir's 16 November report showed the students developing television news stories, creating movies for a film festival and also featured St Monica’s new school radio station.

With the support of Catholic Education’s Learning Exchange, students in eight primary and secondary schools in the Diocese are currently offered the opportunity to develop skills in all aspects of film making and digital story telling.

Great example of 21st Century learning and teaching

Student Media Program News Story
Over to you...Catholic students share their storytelling skills with Amber Muir from Ten News.
Each media team consists of one-to-two staff and four-to-eight students, with the program available to students in Years 3 to 5 in primary schools and in Years 7 to 9 in secondary schools.

Students learn how to produce their own short feature film over the course of the year via a series of external workshops. Students also have the opportunity to film Diocesan events such as the Voice of Youth public speaking competition.

The student media program is expected to expand to up to 30 schools in 2011.

Coordinator of the program, Ron VanVliet, said that the media teams are a great example of 21st Century learning and teaching.

"The media teams are a way for students to work together and use real world media to tell their stories," Ron said. "They are also expected to share the skills they have learnt with the peers in future years."

Students in many schools are also developing radio programs for their school radio stations. The radio stations enable students to develop literacy skills in script writing and interviewing techniques in a fun and engaging way.

On 30 November, the media teams will showcase eight of their films at the ‘Festival of Creativity’ at Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown. In Tropfest style, the films will all have to feature a special key item - a mirror.

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