Novice film-mak­ers scoop prizes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Two Mana Col­lege stu­dents with no back­ground in film- mak­ing won first and sec­ond prize as part of a video com­pe­ti­tion rais­ing aware­ness about rheumatic fever.

Year 13 stu­dents Krys­tal Bishop and Taa­mara Solomon cre­ated the two win­ning en­tries to­gether.

Taa­mara said they only had ba­sic knowl­edge of how to use a cam­era but thought it would be fun to do.

‘‘We’ve been friends for years. It’s just a thing we de­cided to do to­gether,’’ she said.

The young women have been asked to be on next years’ judg­ing panel.

Col­leges in Porirua, Hutt Val­ley and Welling­ton with high Pa­cific stu­dent num­bers were in­vited to take part in the tech­nol­ogy chal­lenge to raise aware­ness of rheumatic fever amongst teenagers. The chal­lenge was to de­velop mes­sages that would not only ap­peal to their peers, but for them also to act on the mes­sage.

The film also needed to have the abil­ity to go vi­ral through so­cial me­dia av­enues.

Taeao­manino Trust com­mu­nity en­gage­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor Garry Szeto said Pa­cific people were 37 times more likely to get rheumatic fever, and Maori 20 times more likely than other pop­u­la­tion groups.

Chil­dren and youth aged 4 to 19 were the most vul­ner­a­ble, he said.

‘‘This was the ba­sis for a tech- nol­ogy based chal­lenge, to raise aware­ness amongst teenagers,’’ Szeto said.

As the win­ning school, Mana Col­lege re­ceived $5000 to spend on tech­nol­ogy equip­ment and the two stu­dents re­ceived new smart­phones.

Prin­ci­pal Mike Web­ster said he was very pleased with the ef­fort the stu­dents had made with the sup­port and mo­ti­va­tion of their teacher, Sarb Kaur. He said the prize money would be spent on pur­chas­ing de­vices to help tech­nol­ogy as­sisted learn­ing.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Tech fever: From left, Taeao­manino Trust com­mu­nity en­gage­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor Garry Szeto, Mana Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mike Web­ster, win­ners Taa­mara Solomon and Krys­tal Bishop and their teacher Sarb Kaur.

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