Secondary pupils’ video paves the way for new intake

Milne's High School pupils produced video for us at all secondary schools in Moray
Milne’s High School pupils produced video for all secondary schools in Moray

MILNE’S HIGH SCHOOL pupils have put newly learned video skills to good use by creating a short film that will help primary students take their first steps into secondary education.

The in-house production has been completed with support and guidance from Moray Council’s PR and design team as part of the Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) initiative in Scottish schools.

In the ten-minute film students define the key elements of GIRFEC – Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included (SHANNARRI). The film will be used in all Moray secondary schools as well as being available to the public on YouTube (see below).

The SHANARRI definitions came from the pupils and it was scripted and directed by guidance teacher Charles McGuire. The pupils operated the camera and sound equipment with help from Moray Council staff, who also edited the film. In total the project took less than a week to produce.

Director of education and social work for Moray Council, Laurence Findlay, said the wellbeing issue was a major factor in ensuring young people got the most from school. He added: “Moray Council and partners have been working very hard to develop our approaches to GIRFEC at all levels and to enhance practitioners’ understanding of the wellbeing indicators.

“I am delighted that Charles McGuire, principal guidance teacher at Milne’s High and his students have shown such innovation by preparing this film which really showcases the importance of wellbeing through the eyes of young people themselves.

“This will be shown across Moray schools and we also hope to prepare a primary school version in due course.

“High quality materials such as this, developed by our staff and students will really serve to highlight the importance of the GIRFEC agenda and I commend their work.”

The film has already been well received by pupils, parents and Moray Council’s education staff and will be used this year and next year for 2016 transitions.