Students from Isambard Community School have used showhouses at Crest Nicholson’s award-winning housing development to make a film about coming of age and making the move from primary to secondary school.
The students have been taking part in a project run by charity, Into Film, which involves schools in using film as a way to encourage learning and engage students.
Isambard is one of fifty schools around the country selected to create a short film on the theme of transition. Five Year 7 students and four from Year 11 worked with a professional filmmaker to script, cast, direct, act and shoot the film. Thirty youngsters also took part as extras in the day long shoot.
The film follows four students on their first day of school and illustrates their worries about moving to secondary school and why the reality is much more enjoyable than they think it will be. The final film will be screened at Isambard Community School with a film made by students from Lydiard Park Academy on 14 December. They will appear on Into Film’s YouTube channel and website.
Bobak Faghihi, performing arts technical manager, at Isambard Community School said: ”We’re really grateful to Crest Nicholson for allowing us to film in one of the houses at Tadpole Garden Village. Filming at the development allowed the students to show young people leaving home on their first day of school which really helped bring the scenes to life.
“The Into Film project allows the students exposure to all elements in the film production process giving them hands on experience in creating a film from scratch. This project has been fantastic and really helped our students to grow in confidence.”
Tim Ridges, Senior Sales Manager at Tadpole Garden Village added: “We’re delighted to be able to offer the students from Isambard a setting in which to film their entry for the Into Film project. We’re building a strong community here at Tadpole Garden Village, which is home to a number of families with children making the transition from primary to secondary school.
“We’ll be opening a secondary school right here on-site in 2018 so we’re keen to support further education in Swindon however we can.”
Tadpole Garden Village, which recently won Best Community Initiative at the 2015 Housebuilders Award, is a flourishing development with community at its heart. Surrounded by open farmland and adjacent to a nature reserve, once completed it will incorporate 149 acres of green space, playing fields and allotments including a new town park, eight children’s play areas and a common for all to enjoy.
For more information visit www.crestnicholson.com/tadpolegateattadpolegardenvillage.