“Oscars” evening at Springfield – three awards for Wynberg!

On September 23rd, 2014, posted in: Academic, Achievement, Competition, Culture, English, Featured, Grade 10, News by

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There was much excitement when a number of schools were invited to participate in the Poetry Film Competition held at Springfield on 23 September. Grade 10’s were invited to tell a story through sound and image in order to create and emotional experience for the viewer. Participating schools were invited to send any number of entries to Springfield, who would then select the three they considered to be the best entries from each school for public viewing at an “Oscars Evening” at the school. Some of the participating schools included Parklands, Wynberg Boys’ High, Westerford, Springfield, St George’s Grammar and Wynberg Girls’ High.

Those going through for the public screening from Wynberg were “My Grandmother’s Art” by Tania van Schalkwyk and filmed by Tasha Ainsworth, Rebekah Nathan and Catelin Marshall; “The Art of Drowning” by Billy Collins and filmed by Nicole Chineka, Razaana Manuel and Dana Arries and “The Hermit” by Alan Paton and filmed by Iman Choonara, Azraa Matthews, Tinita Flint and Kauthar Taliep.

Poetry Film Winners

Sixteen movies were screened. There were three judges Рtwo of whom were experts in the film and media industry (Ms Meg Rickards, Ms Alyx Geonotes) and one of whom is an educational expert (Ms  Fazeela Haffejee). There were generous prizes to be won including a Gropro, a camera from Orms and day on set with a professional film crew. There was excitement and delight from both the girls and the Wynberg teachers who attended the function when all three of our our Grade 10 Film entries received awards.

“My Grandmother’s Art” received an award for the best soundtrack and narration;


“The Art of Drowning” for the best editing

and “The Hermit” was unanimously awarded “Best movie.” The directors were congratulated on their imaginative and creative transformation of this poem into sound and image and were told that this work from a third year university student would have delighted them. Huge praise indeed.

Congratulations to all of these young film makers and our thanks to Springfield Convent for hosting the event, and inviting us to participate in it.