In 2013, SCDEC students produced another short film which has since been screened in a Deaf short film festival in Italy, as well as featuring at the ASLIA National Conference in Perth, WA in 2014. This is the tale of Penny Potter, a story that highlights some of the paralells the Deaf world shares with the imaginary world of Harry Potter. Hearing people represent the 'muggles', whilst Deaf students celebrate having their own school, access to sign language, and a shared culture and community. Check it out here:
In addition, to see some signed songs produced by past senior school Deaf students, click on the following links:
SCDEC middle school students are having a fabulous run in media competitions, with yet another award winning short film submission! Students submitted an entry to the ASLIA National Conference for consideration in their inaugural short film competition. At a gala dinner evening held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide on 25 August 2012, middle school teacher Dr Bontempo and SCDEC Principal Ms Hutchinson were able to collect the award on behalf of SCDEC students and the school. Several SCDEC staff were in attendance at the ASLIA National Conference, and present at the gala dinner. The theme of the conference was "Rediscovering our roots: Shaping our future". ASLIA celebrated its 21st birthday as a national association and the theme of the movie was to reflect the notion of "Interpreting 21 years hence".
Middle school students worked hard on fleshing out a concept for the film, storyboarding the concept, selecting characters, deciding on costumes, choosing locations etc, and rehearsals took place as part of a term long project in cooperative learning during term two. Students were supported by teaching and non-teaching staff, and the resulting film "Fast Forward: 21 years of 'terp'in" is evidence of a fantastic team effort.
Students were thrilled with the win, and have yet another trophy and certificate to place in the awards cabinet at the school. Thanks to ASLIA and the ANC Organising Committee for the competition initiative and award, to Deaf Sports Australia (SA) and Deaf Australia (SA) for sponsoring the prize cheque, which was put towards our SCDEC Kalgoorlie camp fundraising efforts!
To view the film, click on the link below. We hope you enjoy it!
Don't the students look fantastic?!
On 4 November 2011, SCDEC staff and student representatives attended the NAATI Translator & Interpreter Awareness Day inaugural short film competition awards ceremony. The ceremony was held in the salubrious setting of the University of Western Australia, in the School of Business. A number of dignitaries, government representatives and key stakeholders in the T & I sector were present at the awards.
During term two, Middle School students had worked hard to put together a creative and humourous short film submission for consideration by the judging panel for the awards. The awards evening was the first time the submitted film would be screened in public. Middle School student representatives Phoebe Boyd and Adam Ricciardello, also actors in the film, were present at the ceremony with their parents, as were most SCDEC teaching staff and the Principal.
The nominated films were screened in their respective categories, and we are delighted to report SCDEC won the 12-17 year old category with the students clever short fim titled "Deaf Ninjas". Ms Hodgetts, staff member and film director, along with the students, collected the award on behalf of SCDEC, and no sooner had they all sat down when the overall winner of the evening was announced. Hand waving applause broke out immediately as SCDEC was declared the overall winner of the NAATI short film competition for 2011!
The student representatives were delighted to collect trophies, certificates and a cheque on behalf of SCDEC and their fellow students. Congratulations to all the hard-working, creative, and talented students involved in making the film, and to all the staff who contributed to the film project. The efforts of Ms Hodgetts in particular must be noted with sincere gratitude.
Thank you to NAATI for putting on a wonderful event, and to all the sponsors and contributors to the success of the ceremony and the awareness-raising exercise.
Great job SCDEC!