Sacred Heart School was accepted to participate in the FIS Film in Schools project for Primary Schools in 2005. This is a three year film study and film-making project where primary school children study aspects of the film-making process and participate in making their own films.
Five schools from each of ten Education Centres around the country were chosen to be part of the project. It is intended that the classes plan script, storyboard, act in, film and edit one or two five minute films each school year for the duration of the project.
At the end of each year the participating schools in each area get together for a local screening of their films. The Laois screening held in the local cinema is organised by the ICT advisor in the Laois Education Centre, Mr. Jim Enright.
In 2009 the children from sixth and fourth classes entered the project. Sixth Class with the help of their teacher and the school principal made a film entitled "Old Joe". This film follows the life of a homeless man as he travels the roads from town to town. The film won an award for "Best Camera and Cinematography".
Fourth class recreated a Mid-summer Ball which would have been held at Emo Court in the last century. They won an award for the "Best Period Drama" and were nominated to attend the National Awards Ceremony to be held at the Helix Theatre in Dublin in 2010.
In 2007 the children from fifth class created an animated film entitled "The Last Penguin." "The Last Penguin" was shown in the Storm Cinema, Portlaoise on 23rd May 2007 at the Laois Education Centre Regional Awards Show. It received an award for Best Cinematography and was nominated to represent the Laois Education Centre region in the All Ireland Fis Awards show at the Helix, Dublin in October 2007 where it won the award for "Best Animation".
Here we are in the Helix receiving our award. Aonghus McNally was the Master of Ceremonies for the day.
In 2005 students from fifth class participated in the FIS project for the first time and made two films "On the Road to Green" and "Rumplestiltskin". Fifth class students also made two films in 2006 entitled "Remember Me" and "Pretty Pressed Flowers".
Our film "Remember Me" was selected for showing at the Helix in Dublin in October 2006. We were presented with an award for Best Acting from the Minister for Education and Science, Ms Mary Hanafin. Here we are in the Helix. As you can see from the photographs below we had a great day.
Click on a film title to read about it!