Children compete in computer creativity
Primary and intermediate students from across Matamata are set to attend an awards evening to rival the Oscars in a finale to the Matamata District Digi Awards.
Nine primary schools, along with Matamata Intermediate, had students enter the e-learning awards organised by Wairere School.
It is the first time the awards have been held among the schools and co- ordinator and Wairere School principal Judi Buckley said it was an opportunity for children to expand their learning.
‘‘The awards are a place for children to showcase their creativity and to have a real audience to share it with,’’ she said.
‘‘This is the way forward – it’s the new way to encourage and support learning.’’
Children were invited to enter six categories including digital photography, digital story, graphic design animation, book trailer and a television advertisement.
Each category was then split into three age groups and five ICT professionals and a photographer judged the entries.
Finalists were chosen in each category and winners are to be announced at the Digi Awards Gala Evening at Matamata Intermediate on August 29.
Mish Mash TV presenter Brittany Stewart is hosting the event and trailers of the children’s digital art will be on display.
‘‘We wanted to make it special for the kids,’’ said Ms Buckley.
There will also be performan- ces from the Firth Primary Choir, drummers from Matamata Intermediate and a student band from Matamata Primary.
Local businesses including J Swap, Williams Jewellers, Mitre 10 and Tainui Press Design and Print helped support the awards night.
Wairere student Sidnee Hayward, 8, created an animation called Wee Willie Whiteback for the awards and said she had learned a lot of new skills.
‘‘It was quite hard work,’’ she said. ‘‘It was really fun.’’ Children worked on their entries in class time and the project was integrated into their every day learning, said Ms Buckley.
‘‘ I’m delighted that each school has put its hand up and come on board,’’ she said.