I’m delighted to welcome two guest bloggers who’ve written reports on events we held last week.
Thank you very much for your excellent contributions.
Also I must give a shout out to 7ED who have topped the attendance list for the third week in succession! Da iawn!
by Chloe, Year Eight
Last Wednesday we had a professional security guard come in to our school and he taught us about bullying. First he showed us pictures of famous celebrities like Ed Sheeran and Rihanna and told us what they got bullied for, when they got bullied and shared with us their story. He described what the meaning of bullying is and he explained the consequences of bullying. He then went on by showing us pictures of normal everyday people and we had to guess how they got bullied. Unfortunately, two of the six people he showed us took their own life after the bullying got too extreme. After we heard a little more on what he did as a profession, he put on two videos. The videos had a father and a sister of a young girl who had been bullied so bad on social media (cyber bullying) and in school (social bullying) that she took her own life.
She jumped in front of a train. Her father said that the CCTV showed that she was sat at the station for forty minutes waiting for a non stop train to pass by. The second video was her younger sister explaining what life is like without her sister. She said any mention of a train makes her cry (which is understandable) and that the bullying that her sister had has been passed down to her. She said people whisper “train” in the middle of class which in my opinion is awful. They should imagine what it’s like to lose the closest person in your life in a split second and never see them again. I think bullying is a serious thing and if seen should be stopped. Thank you for reading.
Iris Prize Film Festival
by Angharad, Year Ten
Last Wednesday, myself and a few others took part in an amazing opportunity to make a short film or the Iris Prize Film Festival (a prestigious event, all around the world, that makes short films to raise awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community – something that all of us feel very passionate about). We are all extremely lucky to be a part of this extraordinary event and glad the we have the platform to talk about something so prevalent in todays’ society yet is still so discriminated against.
To begin our journey into making our short film, Mark from Iris Prize came in to talk to us about the film festival itself and also what we were going to be doing over the next few weeks. From that, we began planning our film, working together and collaborating ideas to fabricate the best plot possible. It was then decided, amongst us all, that our film would be following the story of Margo (played be Eleanor) dealing with her ‘big secret’ amongst the rest of her high school drama – including her friends (played by Amelia and Matthew) pressuring her into asking a boy called David (played by Shane) ,who has a crush on her, out on a date.
With our plot completed, it was time to start organising all of the other factors that play into making a film such as the costume design and make-up, the script, the cast, the storyboard and where and when we would be filming our scenes. Once that was all sorted, we prepared ourselves for the forthcoming filming.
Now this brings us to that fateful Wednesday – filming day – and, with only an hour per scene, it was a tight squeeze to say the very least! We all congregated in the drama room for a swift briefing for the day and set off to film our first scene of the day – the classroom.
In the classroom, we filmed the second scene of our film; here, the class is asked by the teacher (played by Mr Lloyd) their opinion on LGBT. Pandemonium then breaks loose and the class is plunged into a heated debate over whether being part of the LGBT community is right or wrong. This scene sets up the rest of the film, showing how Margo is upset and ashamed of being who she is – especially with her class’ opinions on gay rights and her friends telling her to ask David out and also making comments about her sexualtity. The line ‘Why is straight the default?’ from the book ‘Love Simon’ is included within this scene and has also been adapted into the films’ title ‘Default’. During this scene, we have a few close-ups on certain characters as the debate occurs in the classroom to truly show the emotions conveyed.
After break, we went down to the P.A to film the scene where David asks Margo if she wants to go out sometime, causing Margo to freak out and run to the toilets to hide away from everyone. In this scene, we managed to get a close-up of Margos’ reaction to being asked out by David and then her friends’ reactions to Margo running away.
Next, we filmed the toilet scene which was when Margo tries to rid of her secret and is comforted by Sam (played by Kelsey) who fully understands what Margo is going through. This is the scene where Margo reveals her secret to the audience by showing the Pride Flag on the side of her face – showing that she is a part of the LGBT community. Technically, this was the most difficult scene to film since the mirror would often expose the camera or boom mic, Despite all this, we were still able to create an amazing scene which portrayed great emotion.
After lunch, we travelled down to the P.A again to film the first and last scenes; these scenes consisted of all of us lined up in a row, waiting to enter our class. The first scene we filmed had us all with our school uniform on, impatiently waiting to enter our class while gossiping or just minding our own business. To create a smooth effect as the camera pans down the line, we used a slider (two poles on a stand with a small tray on wheels to carry the camera) which worked incredibly well. Meanwhile, there is a voiceover (done by Tia) of a person asking if you can tell a persons’ sexuality based on their appearance.
In the second scene we filmed – the last scene – all of us can be seen in a line, just as we did in the first, , wearing brightly coloured t-shirts, resembling the colours of the Pride Flag. This time – instead of gossiping or being bored, we’re all smiling happily at the camera as it pans down the line.
I feel truly honoured to be a part of something like this and I’m sure that I speak for everyone when I say that. It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to see the end result! I would like to thank everyone involved for being so incredible (that includes Mr Lloyd, of course!), the entire Iris Prize Production Team who came to our school and guided us along on our journey and – last but not least – Mrs Green who has been an amazing teacher throughout and has made all of this possible!
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