Stu­dents are driven by safety cause

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - LIU CHEN

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.’’

LIU CHEN / STUFF

Prin­ci­pal Sarah Allen and stu­dents show­ing gift bags for their au­di­ence: Dora Kan­chovska, Cam­ryn Cac­eres, Jorja Panapa and Dawn Kaivaha.

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