School film set for Haikou showing 27 May 2015

Darwin High School students Kawai Teng and Johannah Pastor are bound for China with a film developed from the book Life as a teenager in Darwin.

Created in 2013 by the school’s Year 10 to 12 students of Chinese, the book presents their experiences of Darwin to their counterparts in Haikou, the capital city of Hainan province and sister city of Darwin.

About 50 students were involved in the production of the book. Subjects for the book, written first in Chinese then translated to English, were brainstormed by the students and teacher Marnie Foster, who mooted the idea with the City of Darwin and the Haikou Sister City Committee.

High school students holding books

The book, including topics such as school and family life, shopping and football, is being transformed into a short film in collaboration with Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, contributing the artistic expertise needed for its production.

Students at Hainan Overseas Chinese Middle School developed their own version of the Darwin book, and both were officially launched in Darwin and Haikou last year.

Kawai and Johannah will attend the film’s launch in China in late June, and help the Hainan students develop their book into a film through workshops identifying the Chinese students’ favoured locations and activities, and how they would like themselves presented to Australian teenagers.

The Darwin High School film will be introduced in Darwin during Term 3.

(Pictured: Johannah Pastor (left) and Kawai Teng with the book developed for Chinese students)

Millner Primary School goes ATOMic 21 May 2015

The animated music clip Never Seen Anything Like It - intricately prepared by Millner Primary School students – has won the Audience Choice Award at this year’s hotly contested Australian Teachers of Media ATOM Awards.

The video focusses on the foundations of Indigenous culture, visions for the future, and togetherness. The 2013 production adopted the title, music and lyrics of Alice Springs Indigenous singer-songwriter Catherine Satour, who visited the school and performed the song before the clip was created by combined classes of Year 5 and 6 students.

Teacher Korin Lesh said the stop motion animation recorded slight manual manipulations of plasticine and paper puppets in cardboard box theatres.


“It required the animator to move an object into a position, take a picture, move the object slightly and take another picture. When strung together the pictures make the object appear to move,” she said.

“The students built the sets and models they filmed, took turns in different parts of the production process, and learned to work collaboratively in small teams to finish storyboarding the animations.”

Previously, the school collected an ATOM Award for I’m a Green Tree Frog.


Healthy living promoted by Nakara win 13 May 2015

Nakara Preschool School is $10,000 richer after collecting a Medibank Community Grant for the development of a school health project.

The school is the only Territory winner in the Trans-Tasman contest, involving 33 shortlisted well-being programs competing for a share of $600,000.

Nakara Preschool teacher Shontelle Heard said the school’s project Our Sustainable Healthy Preschool  will help develop healthy children by encouraging them to “eat nutritious foods and keep physically fit”.

“The shortlisted projects were chosen on the criteria they would help encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and greater community connectedness promoting health and wellbeing,” she said.

“We’ll use the award expand the school garden with help from students, parents and the community, and that will include planting healthy multicultural foods to cook.

Woman and child holding large cheque for $10,000 made out to Nakara Pre School“Money will also be devoted to building up a physical activity area to teach children the importance of keeping fit.”

The financial windfall followed an online public vote involving more than 19,000 people targeting 25 health projects.