School awarded specialist status
A Newtownabbey school launched its first student Film Fest last week to celebrate its achievement of the award of specialist school status in digital arts.
Hazelwood Integrated College is the first school in Northern Ireland to be awarded specialist status in the subject and held a special event to mark the occasion
The programme consisted of six short films which were made by and featured Hazelwood students.
Three of the films on show — Boredom by Gareth Quigley, Relax by Danielle Graham and Ego by Jonathan Mawhinney — were selected for showing in the Belfast Film Festival at Queen's Film Theatre. Ego was also awarded best CCEA A-Level Moving Image Art Film in the Foyle Film Festival.
Hazelwood principal Eileen Lenehan said: “The college uses film, animation and digital arts to open up exciting opportunities for teaching and learning across the curriculum and to provide stimulating and challenging learning experiences in the classroom.
“Digital arts offers our young people the opportunity to develop skills in the new technologies equipping them for employment in the creative industries.”
Belfast Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers, who attended the Film Fest and met the young film makers to congratulate them on their achievements, said: “This school has made great strides and progress over the years and to be selected as a specialist school sends out a tremendous message.
“The school now has a niche and they know that pupils will want to learn that subject and this will be the school where to do it.”
Lord Mayor of Newtownabbey Nigel Hamilton also attended the event and said: “It is wonderful to see Hazelwood targeting digital arts, because this is something we don't have in other schools and quite clearly they have met the challenge and met it extremely well.”