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Monday 27 February 2017

National film award honour for St Senan's

Esther Hayden

Pupils Cailin Mullett, Katlyn Blackburn, Tamikia O'Leary and Aoife Moorehouse pictured with their teachers, Amy Collum, Gearoid McCauley and Denise Tyrrell
Pupils Cailin Mullett, Katlyn Blackburn, Tamikia O'Leary and Aoife Moorehouse pictured with their teachers, Amy Collum, Gearoid McCauley and Denise Tyrrell

Hollywood isn't the only place feeling the buzz of awards season as St Senan's Primary School picked up a top film award last week.

The Templeshannon school was awash with excitement after learning that a film made by students at the school had been Highly Commended at the National Fis Film Making Festival 2016.

The school has taken part in Fís - The Film Making Project since 2006, creating many award winning films in the last decade. Fís is a film making project for students from third to sixth Class which integrates with the primary school curriculum and offers students the opportunity to explore film and film making.

Children from sixth class at St Senan's took part in the project in 2016 creating a short film called 'Children of '16' as part of the school's Commemorations of '16 Projects.

The film tells the story of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy through the eyes of the children of 1916. The film was written by the students of Amy Collum and Denise Tyrell's sixth classes, and filmed on the historic Vinegar Hill, which overlooks the school.

The film was only one of many class activities to commemorate 1916 at the school. Other projects included mapping significant sites from 1916, rewriting the Proclamation of Independence for a new generation and a whole school CD project.

The film project featured music created by students of St. Senan's. The CD which was a huge success last year, featured the St. Senan's children singing the stories of 1916, as well as telling their own stories, stories of the Children of 2016. The CD, "Songs of '16", featured rewordings of modern songs, as penned by the students themselves, alongside the 1916 traditional songs.

Co-ordinator of both projects, Gearóid McCauley said: 'The songs on the CD turned out really beautifully, and it just seemed to make sense to include them on the film. The end result was a real tribute to the work the children, and school community, had put into commemorating 1916. We are delighted to have that work acknowledged.'

The film can be viewed on www.fisfilmproject.ie.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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