Film fes­ti­val tick­ets for pri­mary pupils

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ev­ery child at St Colum­bkille Pri­mary School will en­joy a trip to the cin­ema next month as the school takes part in the Into Film Fes­ti­val.

The UK- wide fes­ti­val, which of­fers up to 3,000 screen­ings and film- re­lated events through­out Novem­ber, has booked 330 Ruther­glen chil­dren into four film screen­ings next month.

The cin­ema tick­ets have been pro­vided by Into Film, an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple through film.

It states the 2016 pro­gramme of films has been cu­rated with the aim of im­mers­ing stu­dents in the power of imag­i­na­tion; ad­dress­ing the im­por­tance of di­ver­sity; ex­plor­ing changes in cir­cum­stance and tran­si­tion, and cel­e­brat­ing in­di­vid­u­als, move­ments and achieve­ments that have changed the course of history.

The fes­ti­val will see St Colum­bkille’s P1 pupils watch Good Di­nosaur; P2 and P3 pupils watch An­gry Birds; P4, P5 and P6 pupils watch Alice Through the Look­ing Glass and P7 pupils watch Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens.

Chris Wed­lock, de­pute head teacher at St Colum­bkille’s Pri­mary School said the chil­dren would watch the movies on four dates be­tween Novem­ber 10 and Novem­ber 23.

He said: “Util­is­ing the medium of film helps make learn­ing ac­ces­si­ble for all. It de­vel­ops pupils’ imag­i­na­tion and lit­er­acy skills in a re­laxed and en­gag­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“The film fes­ti­val is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to de­velop the cur­ricu­lum.

“The only cost to the school is trans­port and our par­ent teacher coun­cil is cov­er­ing half of that so there is a min­i­mum cost for us.”

The film fes­ti­val is also open to com­mu­nity film clubs and youth groups.

For more in­for­ma­tion log on to www.intofilm.org/events/fes­ti­val/ pro­gramme South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are back­ing the an­nual cam­paign to chal­lenge the stigma of poverty.

The Poverty Al­liance’s Chal­lenge Poverty Week is tak­ing place this week with ac­tiv­i­ties and events held all over Scot­land to raise aware­ness and pro­mote ac­tion to ad­dress poverty and its im­pact.

To demon­strate an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to the na­tional Stick Your La­bels cam­paign dur­ing Chal­lenge Poverty Week, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, other pub­lic bod­ies and third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions will be un­der­tak­ing an aware­ness rais­ing cam­paign aimed at chal­leng­ing the stigma of poverty.

All front­line staff will re­ceive daily email mes­sages aimed at chal­leng­ing stereo­types and neg­a­tive per­cep­tions of peo­ple in poverty.

The cam­paign ma­te­ri­als have been de­vel­oped by the Poverty Aware­ness and Tack­ling Stigma Work­ing Group which is sup­ported by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

This year’s cam­paign will fo­cus on pledge one of the Stick Your La­bels cam­paign “Poverty Is Not In­evitable” and through­out the week staff will re­ceive myth bust­ing in­for­ma­tion and key facts. The cam­paign will con­clude with a sur­vey to help as­sess the ben­e­fit and im­pact of this ini­tia­tive .

South Lana r k s h i re Coun­cil’s head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, Pauline El­liott, said: “More than 900,000 peo­ple in Scot­land live in low-in­come house­holds.

“This is just one of the many rea­sons why as a coun­cil we feel it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to raise aware­ness of the Poverty Al­liance’s cam­paign.

“Ch a l l e n g i n g the stereo­types that sur­round peo­ple who are try­ing to deal with the is­sues of poverty and low in­come is some­thing ev­ery­one should get be­hind.

“There can be so many rea­sons why peo­ple might find them­selves strug­gling fi­nan­cially and often it is through no fault of their own.

“We have a num­ber of ini­tia­tives as a coun­cil that aim to help and sup­port peo­ple who are ei­ther on low in­comes or are out of work, such as pay­ing the liv­ing wage.

“How­ever, we are aware that there is much more that needs to be done and rais­ing aware­ness of poverty and the is­sues it can cause is an im­por­tant fac­tor.”

Di­rec­tor of the Poverty Al­liance, Peter Kelly, said: “When speak­ing to peo­ple liv­ing in poverty the one is­sue that ev­ery­one raises is feel­ing stig­ma­tised and judged, we all have a role to play in not only tack­ling poverty but also com­bat­ing the stigma that sur­rounds it.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Chal­lenge Poverty We e k go to www. pov e r t y a l l i a n c e . o r g / chal­lenge_poverty.

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