Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Winifred Holtby Media Week :: Film # 1
|Click above to start the film. A week of workshops hosted by Jon Robson & Matt Stephenson at Winifred Holtby School - Hull. Supported by Aim Higher & Creative Partnerships to develop students creative approach to learning.|
Our Voice :: Our Media :: Film # 2
|Click above to start the film playing.... A week of workshops hosted by Jon Robson & Matt Stephenson at Winifred Holtby School - Hull. Supported by Aim Higher & Creative Partnerships to develop students creative approach to learning.|
Friday, July 07, 2006
I am very proud of the year 9 media group at winifred this week. The learning was superb all day every day, and each student got such a lot out of it, at different levels. Jon and Matt worked very hard to give all the students new experiences and freedom to experiment and be creative. Most of you only needed to be shown once and you were away......we need to continue this in the autumn term! As a teacher this is the best the job can get.......motivated students, enjoyment, fun and learning in a real context, about real issues! I am really happy! Bransholme is a real international centre of creativity and learning ..........well done, all of you!
Phil trying to look like he can play guitar
big fat monkey....
Matt + Jon on first day in Sierra Leone...Matt looks wrecked
They can't be related to me, can they?
Brilliant work - message from Matt
FANTASTIC - this week we've got loads of footage and interviews taken around the school site, we've got literally hundreds of photos on the Flickr site (check the links at the side of the page), we've recorded audio clips about attitudes to life at school, life on Bransholme, life in Hull, life in the UK and how everyone feels about the world and their place in it. People have tackled jobs that they've found difficult, but discovered they could do it. Other people have overcome their shyness to speak on camera or into a microphone. Chelsey wrote a brilliant piece about the way African nations are portrayed in the media and how here views have changed during the course of the week. Rebekah, Stephanie and Paige conducted a survey into attitudes toward control and discipline around the school and followed this up with a very well thought out and expressed article. Claire and Becky showed excellent written skills, Laura proved to be a visual whizz and a great organiser, Nozza and Dan proved what they can do technically, Kurt and Phil threw themselves into everything (including paper aeroplanes!), Alex, Vicky and James too, and Chris and Terri helped and supported each other throughout. Through the whole week, the single thing that has knitted everyone together has been an awareness and empathy with the audience for our work - kids in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Look at all this stuff - there's bags of life, creativity and intelligence in Bransholme... and a link has been made between an isolated city in the east of England and av struggling city in the west of Africa.
me with camera =D
It was funny cos we were pretending to film people walking by when the camera wasnt even on and they actually believed us! So they were waving and stuff for no reason xD haha. silly people :P
me and james acting like we can fly hah
Taking Digi cameras home!
Chelsey's article on Africa
This is a superb article Chelsey, well done for some well expressed thoughts
Day 1= Fab!!!!
Steff in Shades!
School Gates / Fencing
The article about the fences makes interesting reading. How large was the sample? i am sure that the main reason behind the gates was security for students and staff. After visiting some schools in New York a couple of years ago, where there were fences and policemen and policewomen patrolling the corridors, we dont seem so badly off. The comments about control and behaviour are interesting though. Maybe this group should come to the school council meeting and share your ideas there.....
1. What is your favourite thing in the world and why?
Erm... probably Danny cos he is the person that makes me happy =D
2. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
I'd say my bedroom, cos its comfy and were i get ready and chill out when i'm stressed lol
3. Where is your worst place in the world and why?
My worst place would probably be, my caravan! Well i ant got it no more but i used to hate going sometimes on my own with my parents because it used to be soo boring and espeshally when my mate Lora couldn't come!
4. Where do you think the ugliest place in the world is and why?
Erm... my garage, as much as i love it and ad some great laughs in it, it is ugly lol. Its really big but its dark and spider-fested! and its cramped with a load ov crap, like old signs, my dads tralor, paint, tools, workbench and loads more stuff!
5. Where do you think the best place in the world is?
I would say.. Hull all togetha! Cos its the place were i spend time with my mates, danny, my family! Its also the place i live, go to school and shop!! So i wunt say i'd wanna live anywhere else at the minute but that will change in future lol.
6. What things do you love and hate most?
The things i love most are, My friends my family and the person thats most close to me ;) i also love, friday and saturday nights cos i always go out somewhere and ava right laff! I love my pets aswel, and havin girly nights eatin shite food lol! The things i hate most are SPIDERS! I have a huge phobia on them and utha annoyin bugs lol. I hate people who get on my nerves cos i have a really short temper at certain times of the months lol, and i hate arguin and things going wrong! Oh and i also love hot weather, being on holiday and BEACHES! and money.
7. What are your fears?
Erm... my fears are gettin fat! Spiders, gettin embarrased really bad infront of everyone i know and any of my nightmares coming true, and being tortured to death!
8. What are your dreams and why?
My dreams are to become everything i wish for, i want to become a graphics designer, and earn lots of moneys so i can travel the world later on in life, because i want to have loads of great memories when im older and want to expierence the world! I want to become a graphics designer because its something i enjoy doing.
9. What are your hopes?
The same as my dreams!
10. What is your biggest achievement in life so far?
Erm... i haven't really achieved much to say, i am only 14 at the end of the day, but probably gettin good SAT's results?
11. What are your ambitions for the future?
Erm travelling the world definatly, and gettin the perfect job for me :)
this was greaaaaaaaaat !!!!!!!!
danny, claire and jon on set!
A week in Hull, learning about Sierra Leone
Hi my name is Chelsey Turner. I’m writing this to show you my strong feelings on
I feel we are all human so why should Africans just have to live in poverty because of greed and selfishness. They shouldn’t. I believe it’s because of their colour.
The way they are shown on TV they just look like beggars and wanters they look like they’ve got no chance of survival.
But then Matt Stephenson and Jon Robson came to our school
Why can’t the bigger countries donate directly to the people? They’ve got pride, they don’t just need money, and even them just having links to people like us helps them feel more involved in the world. By communicating with them you can show them that you can sympathise and understand their position. I used to think that they were just beggars and it was their own fault, but it isn’t. Money is a big problem. We need to help them.
Education is a big thing in
We have 3 meals a day, snacks and other treats, ice cream, chocolate, goodies. For what we have in one day they’d be grateful for that in a week. When you get hungry you can go straight to the fridge or freezer a grab what you want but over there they are lucky to have a fridge.
The civil war in
me and laura ready 2 film!
this pic was on the first day and it was the first time us using the profesional equiptment!
i no how 2 use it properly now : )
me & Rebekah =]
We had been watching some videos that children had sent from Sierra Leonne and were learning about the ways in which they lived.
we decided to do the same thing and send them a video about school life and our personal life. We also included of what we thought of the world and our personal opinions.
I've had fun doing it and would like to do it again =]
" LIBRARY @ BREAK "
Chelsy & Laura Lookin serios on set lol
This was the first day so it was quite different, boring at first then it got gud bein infront ov the camara! Me and Chelsey tried quite hard not makin a mistake bein interviewed and tried to look quite relaxed and chilled out lol.
I fink it ended it up lookin ok, and we dint look to bad :P !!
Becky giving you evils...
me and steph!!! was funny =D
this was before we went to go and interview Mr. Liddle for our film to send to Sierra Leonne. Steph was carrying the microphone and I was carrying the tripod.
That day was good because we got to go out with the video camera and got to use it. We all had different jobs to do and we switched between intervies. I firstly had to set up the tripod and then was taking photos. I learnt the hip shot when i was taking photos because Jon topld me how to do it =]
>> art <<<
chris is in a happy mood
emma and barney my dog
Pupil questionaire on gates at winni
Thursday, July 06, 2006
what we did yesterday?
Lewis on yesterday's work... Yesterday, Noz, Dan, James and Becky interviewed Mr Druce yesterday in his office asking him about how he thought the future would go in money wise. The over group went to interview: Miss Northern, Mr Liddle, Mr Doosal, Mr Wilkinson. After we all wrote down our photo check list of our favourite things and worst things, after dinner we then continued on our internet blogs posting on blogger.
what we did today was going around the school interviewing people like mr harry (who actually didnt turn up) mr liddle and mr hassan so we could get there views on things like the comunity rasicm and languages. it was relly fun and im not really looking forward to seeing me and steph and becky looking weird on the final thing!!!!! hah yesterday it was all more or less the same apart from the other group went out!!!
Rebekah: What we did on Thursday
if i was primeminister- by James Patrick
if i was primeminister- by James Patrick
If I was the Prime Minster I would make and equal law. Which would make all things equal in the Court of law e.g.: if a man murders another man the man who committed the crime will be murdered.
Secondly I would I would decrease pollution by increasing the fine if you are caught committing the crime and I will put more police officers patrolling the streets to witness the crimes in action.
Next I would bring back the cane as I believe it will improve grades in the school and will decrease the amount of silliness.
I would give homeless people a free education so they have a qualification so they can get a job so they can earn money so they can eventually buy somewhere to live and not be homeless again.
Fourthly I would stop charities from keeping some of the money that people donate to people that have breast cancer and give all the money to that cause.
If I was Prime Minister- by Claire Cutts
If I was Prime Minister- by Claire Cutts
I would stop taxes and make homeless people get a job. People who are unable to work, the government shall pay for.
I would make things cheaper in the
I would make sure that more bins were placed around the
I would make the price of going to university cheaper. I would ban debt.
I would bring back capital punishment if the accused is found guilty of murder etc.
I would support gay marriage and make it legal in the
If a child is abused, the abuser shall be sent to prison and banned from having any further children.
I would bring back the cane in all schools across the
I would reduce the cost of bus fares in the
I would stop illegal immigrants and asylum seekers from entering the
I would make a national holiday called “Daughters Day”. It would be placed around either March or September time. I would also create a “Son’s Day” this would be around the same time as Daughter’s day,It would be during the same week.
Vicky's Interview! By Laura Peterson
What is your favourite thing in the world and why? My family and friends because there always there for me! Where is your favourite place in the world and why? My bed because its comfy, and were i can be myself. Where is your worst place in the world and why? SCHOOL! because its boring and i get fed up of it sometimes lol Where do you think the ugliest place is in the world and why? I don't think anywhere is! Where do you think is the best place in the whole world is? On holiday with my family, because i can have fun and get a tan :P What things do you love and hate most? I love the most going out on a night with my mates, and i hate the most staying in bored with nowt to do! What are your fears? SPIDERS! and bee's and wasps What are your dreams and why? My dreams, ermm... to get a well paid job with loads of money! What are your hopes? To get the job i want! What is the biggest achievement in your life so far? Probably getting good SAT's results :s What are your abitions for the future? to get a good job and get loads of money!
If I was prime minister...
If I was prime minister I would Make sure that the world would be much cleaner and brighter by more recycling and make sure that there was no more polluting and a healthy range of foods in places like macdonalds,burger king and send large donations of money to places like Sierra Leone.
Our Media Week
Our week of film-making has been intersesting up till now. I'm looking forward to seeing the end product, and seeing me, Chelsey and Vicky in the photos and the film, interviewing the teachers haha! This film will be going to Searra Leone which is a country in Africa, so the people there can see what school life is like in Hull and England. The film is mainly on racism and hopes and aspirations, of us. Day 1, we sat in the ICT suite in Dorchester, (which is part of Winifred Holtby school, but part of it is a primary, and students from wini can study here aswell) We was watching films from teenagers in Freetown (capital of Searra Leone) , The teenages there rapped and danced on the films and it was really good to see what they like doing and what they did for a living which was, fishing for money or food. We also wrote on paper what our hopes/aspirations were and our local, national and internations dreams were! Then later in the afternoon, we got filmed solo, saying our name, age, what we liked doing and our dreams were. Day 2, we traveled around the school doing interviews with teachers and learing how to work the camara.I interviewed Miss Northen who is a Graphics teacher, because my aspirations are to do something in Graphic Design. It was quite good doing interviewing on film! It was funny to see how nervous some of the teachers were seeing how confident they useally are in class. We also took pictures of us all working the camara and us doing the interviews with the teachers, and other stuff like things around the school which would interest the people from Searra Leone. Day 3, today we have gone doing a couple last interviews again, and we have completed doing the mains of the filming. We have took the last of photos i think. We are now just building up the blog, and soon we will be editing the film and adding more material to it!
Matt on yesterday's work...
Busy day, hectic schedules. First thing was to develop and organise all of the work we'd started on the previous day: big lists of hopes, dreams, aspirations and ambitions - personal, local, national and international. Then looking at how we could handle those ideas with interviews, words, still images and film. We were also visited by guests from Creative Partnerships, and everyone in the group presented and discussed their work - very intelligent comments, very articulate - well done everybody. We did lots more work during the afternoon - different groups out and about around the school site interviewing teachers, others working on the blog, writing lists about favourite things, things we love and hate, looking at photos by Martin Parr and Richard Billingham - preparation work for taking digital cameras home to take pictures which will give an insight into our lives here in Hull (keeping in mind that the audience for the work will be kids in Sierra Leone). Naturally, one or two problems along the way - as usual, mainly of the technical variety. One of the video cameras stopped working which left us a little short of resources, and the particularly hot weather meant the classroom was stuffy and hot, everyone's concentration drifted a little toward the end of the day... But hey, not really a problem. Working with problems and finding a creative solution is all part of the fun.
what we've done so far - Claire's story =]
On the 2nd day we all had out photos taken to put on out flickr site. 4 people from my group went out to take pictures of the school that we needed for out video, they were me, Paige, Claire and Rebekah. We took pictures of good things and bad things about our school and aslo things that the school could change to make the community a better place. While we was doing this the rest of our group filled in a checklist of photographs they wanted to take for their blog. The other group went around school interviewing teachers to put in their video. When we went home everyone took the pictures they needed and brought them back to school tody. When we arrived at school today all our pictures were uploaded on the flickr site. Danny, a person in our group, was editing some of our photos to make them fun. He made Beckyl and Lewis into devils. While he was doing that James, Lewis and Alex chose a list of sites that would link to what we are doing. they chose some sites with some fun games on and some photo sites. Me and Paige went around school making appointments with teachers to interview them and Claire, Becky and Becca helped the other gruop to finish off their interviews. When we came back i had to interview Paige on what her favourite things were and her hopes and dreams for the future. We have all interviewed each other to put on the blog. This afternoon we are hoping to finish off our interviews and our pictures, people will be going around school getting that done while the rest of us finish off on the computer. By tomorrow we should have edited all the film and it should be ready to see.
ma report ov wat iv dun 2day n yesterday!
yesterday we went rwnd skwl interviewing teachers on how they can help us get our ambitions and wat we need 2 do 2 get 2 wer we want 2 b! also we tlked bwt how they got 2 wer they are and wat they like bwt it! we went rwnd skwl and took pictures ov thngs we thought wud b interesting! 2day we finished off our interviews and took sum more pics!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Becky I thought that yesterday was interesting as we found out what happened in Sierra Leone. How the citizens there got on with their life. I found it interesting, the fact that the people living in Freetown loved singing. It was what they did with their life and the fact that they presented it in streets or anywhere. I liked watching the videos from the people over in Sierra Leone because you found out what their life was like. We found out about a boy who was made to kill people in the civil war when he was 8. It was shocking, the fact that people who were made to kill in the war are now looked down on and thought of as bad citizens. It was hard to listen to Sidibay telling his story of when he was younger and what happened to 7his family just before he was made to carry an ak.47 rifle around and kill people. We came up with our ideas on what we would like to be when we are older, our aspirations. We came up with ideas about what could happen locally and nationally and even internationally. In the afternoon we made a video of ourselves explaining who we are and what we would like to happen with ourselves and the world. My aspiration for when I am older is to be a Language Translator. Lewis I thought it was interesting and good the way we found out what people in Sierra Leone lived their life. The way they woke up did jobs around the house and some people went fishing to catch their breakfast then if there was left over fish they would sell it for money. One person went around house to house asking for jobs because they had no family or money. In return they would get either a meal or a little bit of money. We even found out on one of the stories, the person who was going house to house didn't get any money or a meal on a few of the houses because they found out he was a war child. William I thought the videos really opened our eyes to how people live in Sierra Leone. Many people lived in huts in which some didn't have toilets. We realize the things we have that the people in Sierra Leone don't have. It makes us feel grateful and spoilt. The videos were really moving because of the child soldier. It isn't nice for a man to be a soldier, never mind a child. It makes me feel as though I want to do something about it. (Becca) I thought it was alright. The videos were interesting, they told you what their lives were like in Sierra Leone. However I was expecting a bit more. I thought it was alright because I thought there would be more things to do. Phil I liked watching the videos of the rappers. They didn't need music to be able to rap. They rapped in the streets or in a sports area. This was amazing because when you watched them rapping they didn't use music. I liked the filming we did in the afternoon. It was fun because we were able to take it in turns to use the camera and the sound. Paige I found it interesting and surprising. I found it surprising the way the Sierra Leone people coped. We would give up whereas they carry on going. I found it interesting, the fact that they got up in a morning and went fishing or went to do jobs around houses before school. I also found that they had to walk half a mile to get to their school. This is surprising because most of us only have to walk across the road. We also have buses and cars in which we can have a ride into get to school. This is easier for us however it fasinating how you walk the half a mile to school. Claire I enjoyed all of the day. Although i thought the best part was the afternoon when we was filming and got to control the sound and the camera. I enjoyed watching the videos because we found out more about the people living in Freetown. Many of the people were rapping without music which was really interesting. People in England always rap with music. They find it easier however they do rapping for a hobbie. Terri I found it really intertesting especially in the morning. It was great watching the people in Sierra Leone rapping. We found out how talented these people are. They do this to be able to get a job in the singing career. I think the people feel if they can get into a job in singing or a job in which they can be able to either move out of that city or out of the country would be good. Chelsea I liked the filming. I liked to find out about the people. How they lived. Where they lived. What they did during the day. I also liked watching the Sierra Leone citizens rapping. I also liked the dancing. The way they danced. How they danced. Also how they rapped and what they rapped about. Dan I thought the morning was boring. There was too much talkin involved. However I liked the videos we watched of the Sierra Leone civilians. I thought the afternoon was great though because I learnt how to use the camera. We got to use the sound and camera equipment too. I enjoyed watching the play backs of us being filmed. I enjoyed it more because I was watching it with my best pal Lewis. Steph I found this experience interesting. We found out about the Sierra Leone people. I liked listening to the rapping and my favourite rap is 'dis year'. I like this rap along with Becky and Paige. Alex I thought the videos were interesting. We found out many things about the people who live in Sierra Leone. It wasn't very enjoyable listening to Sidibay telling us his story of why and how his family died. It was on this that we found out he was a war child. I did enjoy the afternoon because it was fun using the camera and the sound equipment.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
More thoughts on learning
I was really impressed by everyone today.......those who needed a bit of gentle encouragement to appear in front of camera and those who took a leading role in the groups, working on creative ideas for the filming. Most of you learned a lot about sierra leone today, more probably than you would in a normal lesson in History or Geography? I would like to hear your views on this! Do you like being in charge of the learning going on here?
Our First Day