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Young filmmakers are national finalists

22 August 2008 - Canning Examiner, Page 3

A five-minute debut film made by students and teachers won Al-Hidayah Islamic School the top honour in a statewide video competition.

The primary school in Bentley was selected as the WA primary finalist in the national Kid Wit­ness News new vision awards.

Principal Abdullah Khan said students and teachers were surprised when they realised they had won last Wednesday. "It was the first time we entered this competition and we did not expect to win," he said.

As a finalist, the school was invited to the awards night to be held on September 4 at Sea World in Gold Coast.

"We have been provided return airfares, one night accommodation and breakfast for the school." Year 7 students Fatima Noor and Siti Nurul Aimiza Hj Zaini were chosen to represent the school in Queensland.

Fatima said the video aimed to correct the mis­conceptions of Muslim students.
"Our video is titled A Day in the Life of a Muslim Student," she said.
"We want to spread the message that we are just like any other students in Australia.
"People think of us as different because of the clothes we wear and they think we have a secretive life.
"I've been teased because of the clothes I wear. "But apart from the clothes, we are like any normal kids.
"We enjoy sports, play games and love jumping around during break time.
"The video showed us participating in sports, our classroom activities and what our school life is like."

Young Filmmakers
Al-Hidayah Islamic School students Fatima Noor and Siti Nurul Aimiza Hj Zaini, with teacher Norani Ahmad and principal Abdullah Khan.

Teacher Norani Ahmad said the video portrayed the multi-national students of the primary school. "We have students from all over the world such as Indonesia and Brunei," she said. "This was one of the themes we chose for the video."

Mrs Ahmad said it was challenging for her to learn videography from scratch. "It was a little complex for me because I wasn't very savvy in technology," she said. "My students were more well-versed in the camera. "They had to teach me how to use the camera and the correct settings. "As I learnt from scratch, I had to go through lots of video manuals to learn about editing techniques and camera skills."

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