Students are driven by safety cause
Riverhills School in Pakuranga has held a special movie night with family and friends.
The film screened at the Picton Centre, Howick, is a documentary about safety produced by the students.
Riverhills @ the Movies has four parts: fire safety, road safety, getting prepared for natural disasters, and being around unfamiliar dogs.
Four classes each took care of a category through the last term, and every student is featured in the 75-minute movie.
The pupils did online research, visited museums, invited professionals for talks, and conducted surveys at school and in their communities.
They learnt filming and editing techniques with the assistance of their teachers, principal Sarah Allen says.
‘‘The movie shows not only what they’ve learnt, but also how they’ve learnt it.’’
The project is ongoing, with students approaching different organisations looking for sponsorship of grab bags which they hope to put in place for people in need.
Dora Kanchovska of Year 6 says that she hopes the production can raise awareness amongst its audience.
‘‘It might even push them to think and talk about what might happen and also be prepared. We might also save some lives just by a little short film.’’
Principal Sarah Allen and students showing gift bags for their audience: Dora Kanchovska, Camryn Caceres, Jorja Panapa and Dawn Kaivaha.