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Young Documentary Makers Of The Future

Young Documentary Makers Of The Future

The 1960's are back at Christchurch's Selwyn House School and will be immortalised in video.

Veronica McCarthy of Raconteur Productions will visit the school on Thursday to talk to the girls about documentary making. Veronica has a wide range of experience of television production with programmes such as Getting Married Again and Again, Teen Dads and is currently working on a reality driving series for TV3.

The year 3 and 4 girls (ages 7 and 8) are comparing the 1960's with the present day, with many finding the information their parents are giving them essential to their studies With the Selwyn House 75th Jubilee celebrations fast approaching (the last weekend in May), the girls are investigating how significant events have shaped their lives.

The young documentary makers will use the school digital editing suite, with each girl adopting a key role, whether it be researcher, camera operator or director.

"We are looking at significant events in the 1960's. The girls have identified moon walking, television, Woodstock, miniskirts, food, Vietnam War, music (Beatles, Monkees) and fashion," says Year 3 and 4 leader, Karen Loo.

"The experience the girls are gaining in several areas is invaluable and they are absolutely loving it," she says. "At the end of a recent visit from the Avon City Rock 'n' Rock dancers, the girls could be seen humming and moving to the tunes of The Beatles and Monkees."

"We watched bits from Forrest Gump to give the girls an understanding of what war was like. We ate American Hot-dogs and milkshakes for lunch to show what was eaten by many adults during the 60's," says Karen Loo.

Media Opportunity: Veronica McCarthy will be at Selwyn House School, 122 Merivale Lane, at 11am on Thursday 25 March.

Quotes from the girls as they have investigated the 1960's: The dancers I saw today had pretty skirts with petticoats and a top. They had special shoes that could be used for golf as well. Ella Underdown-Gray (3E)

It was the coolest day at school. I wish every day was like that. Daisy Butcher-Smith (3M)

On the video people had buffy hair styles, they looked weird! Madeline (3E)

Lots of men didn't have a choice they had to fight in the war. Harriet

In the 1960's some people had to go to war. There were also hippies. Gabby

Women wore a skirt and men wore trousers for Rock 'n' Roll. We practiced 1 step, 2 step, 3,4 and then a twirl. I loved dancing to the 1960s songs. Lucy Clay

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