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Girl power at St Mary's


There was a special International Women’s Day celebration held at St Mary’s College on March 8 with the launch of a new animated film produced by students.

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‘The Golden Thread: A celebration of empowered women – past, present and future’ was created by a group of Year 7 students late last year.

They were guided through the project by artists-in-residence JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick, a cinematographer and creator and presenter of ABC series Tiny Oz; and James Parker, a local artist, designer and filmmaker.

St Mary’s principal, Clare Nocka, said the 154-year history of the college which is the oldest girls’ school in South Australia – together with the recently released strategic plan provided the inspiration for the short film.

“It was an absolutely brilliant project and the scale of learning for the students involved was incredible,” she told the more than 100 parents, students and guests, including Dominican Sisters, who attended the launch.

“The learning over two and a half weeks encompassed design, literacy, numeracy, art, technology, story, film, puppet making, puppetry, media, movement, collaboration, problem solving and so much more.

“It was an intensive immersion that drew teachers, students and visitors to the STEM Centre to see what was unfolding.

“It is fitting that we are launching the film during the Fringe and Festival of Arts and on International Women’s Day.”

CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Kate Croser, was tasked with officially launching the film and took the opportunity to detail the many ways women are involved in the screen industry. She said the SAFC was committed to increasing female participation in the coming years and commended the aspiring film-making students on their contribution.

“Telling stories through film and television is such a powerful way to reflect our identity as humans, to start important conversations in our community and also change community attitudes because of the empathy that the audience forms with the characters and their situations,” she said.

The Golden Thread can be viewed by accessing a QR code placed on dioramas from the production that are scattered throughout the buildings of the Franklin Street school, or by going to the St Mary’s website



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