Dig­i­tal tal­ent gets recog­nised

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Dig­i­tal learn­ing is be­com­ing the norm in school class­rooms th­ese days.

A group of Mata­mata Pri­mary School stu­dents have to­tally em­braced this ‘‘new’’ way of learn­ing and have had work fea­tured in na­tional dig­i­tal awards over the past two weeks. The school also won the supreme year 5-6 award at the Mata­mata Pi­ako Digi Awards in Au­gust.

Mata­mata Pri­mary stu­dents were in­volved in four dif­fer­ent projects that were an­nounced as fi­nal­ists at this year’s MADE Awards, which were pre­sented at a spe­cial gala evening last Wed­nes­day in Tau­ranga. Be­ing a fi­nal­ist meant the stu­dents were in the top five in their cat­e­gory. The MADE Awards seek to es­tab­lish an out­let that en­ables stu­dents to show their work with a much wider au­di­ence, to be proud of their ef­forts and to share their learn­ing.

Six- year- old Ja­cob Wil­cox placed sec­ond in the por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy cat­e­gory with a photo he took of a fel­low stu­dent.

A com­mer­cial cre­ated by year 4-6 stu­dents that cen­tred around the com­bi­na­tion of choco­late and lol­lies made into a pen was short listed for the pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate Fair Go Ad Awards last Mon­day. The com­mer­cial also placed sec­ond in the year 4-6 com­mer­cial cat­e­gory at the MADE Awards. Stu­dents Nola Bridg­man, Char­lotte Kennedy, Darcy Keenan and Brae­dyn Hen­der­son worked on this project.

Another com­mer­cial, Rainbow Slime, also fea­tured at the MADE Awards. Stu­dents Abby McDon­ald, Abby Hill, Tai Marino, Darcy Keenan and Char­lotte Kennedy worked on this project.

In the story telling cat­e­gory at the MADE Awards the stu­dents en­tered their clay­ma­tion I Love Lemon­ade, which was orig­i­nally made for the lo­cal digi awards. Stu­dents Ste­vie Collins, Nola Bridg­man, Molly Tar­rant, Tayla Hughes, Hamish San­dall and Paige Scholefield worked on this project.

Mata­mata Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Carolyn Os­borne said she and her staff were very proud of their stu­dents’ achieve­ments.

Os­borne said the stu­dents were ‘‘buzzing’’ to see they’d achieved so much. She said it was mo­ti­vat­ing for the stu­dents to see re­sults after they’d put so much time and ef­fort into their projects.

FI­NAL­IST: Six-year-old Ja­cob Wil­cox’s photo of a fel­low stu­dent se­cured him a spot in the MADE Awards, pho­tog­ra­phy

Pho­tos: SUP­PLIED

cat­e­gory. COM­MER­CIAL: Mata­mata Pri­mary School stu­dents cre­ated a com­mer­cial, Cholly Pen, for the Fair Go and MADE Awards. Right, Mata­mata Pri­mary School stu­dents cre­ated I Love Lemon­ade, which was a fi­nal­ist in the MADE Awards story telling cat­e­gory.

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