Spectacular film marks return to school

A musical extravaganza featuring 33 schools and nearly 1000 students is ready to share – and it’s four minutes of pure joy.

A film crew in front of a group of young dancers A film crew in front of a group of young dancers
Image: Action stations: Students ready for filming as part of the Born to be Brave project.

Filmed late last term in 2021, Born to be Brave celebrates the students of NSW public schools as they return to school and resume face-to-face learning.

Capturing the joy and excitement felt by so many, the students reunite with their school communities, demonstrating their camaraderie and resilience.

The first of five collaborative items, Born to be Brave was digitally produced for the Spectacular Schools – Inspired project, in keeping with Education Minister Sarah Mitchell’s announcement in 2021 to support arts recovery.

Three lucky public schools were paid a visit late last year by the Department of Education’s Arts Unit in conjunction with Gravity Media for a full day of filming: North Wagga; Hoxton Park and Busby West.

The three lead schools were joined by feature talent Jazmin Castle (Wagga Wagga High School), Riley Lattuga (Campbelltown Performing Arts High School) and Micah June (Dural Public School).

In addition, 27 schools supporting nearly 1000 students from across the state participated in the collaborative item by filming their students in their local area and submitting it for inclusion.

The Spectacular Schools – Inspired project continues to be open to all public schools in NSW with local contributions welcome in all areas of the creative and performing arts.

More than 16 locally inspired works, showcasing individual school excellence and innovation, have already been highlighted in the digital showcase with more schools to step into the spotlight throughout Term 1, 2022.

And there are more collaborative items on the horizon.

The next collaborative item to be filmed, Learning to Fly, will feature secondary school students.

Applications are now open and resources are readily available on the Spectacular Schools – Inspired website.

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