In the mood for a film?

Recently in “Cine Club”, one of our newest after school activities, the students have been investigating Genre. 
We spoke about the codes and conventions of different genres and after looking at lots of different trailers we made our own movie posters. Do you think the genre of these two movies is clear from their posters…?
We have also been thinking about the media term Mise-en-scene; which is the composition of each frame or shot including lighting and colour, props, costume, make-up, setting, character positioning, facial expressions and body language.
We looked at a variety of movie stills and then had a go at taking our own mock movie stills. What do you think?
Next up, we will make our own movie trailers using iMovie using everything we have learnt about Mise-en-scene and Genre.
Cine Club – Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6pm

Who teaches who?

This week we have experienced two exciting learning adventures. The first one was a new round of the Collaboratories, a lab experience where Pre-U students teach Primary pupils and work together. This time, they managed to assemble “magic fountains” from recycled water bottles and straws. You can see by yourself that they really get to work perfectly together:

The second exciting activity we experienced this week was Enterprise Day, which links in with the Collaboratories. On Tuesday, students from 1st ESO and 1st Pre-U worked together again, this time to create a Business Plan and make all of us aware of the difficulties of starting up a new business. At the end of the day, they all presented their proposals and once again it was a big success. Everybody worked hard and as you can see in the following video, there was a kind of magic and empathy between all of them.

After these exciting activities, it’s good to remember that learning to teach is also learning to learn, to share ideas, to relate to others, to listen to and to respect them. Collaborating between peers improves the students’ confidence, self-esteem, communication and social skills.

Who teaches who, then? At St. Peter’s we like to think we all learn together.