Across the miles at Christmas

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East Falkland Pupils after their Summer Christmas Party & Premiere Zoom imageEast Falkland Pupils after their Summer Christmas Party & Premiere

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Fetlar Primary School is set to hold the Northern Hemisphere’s premiere of its new Christmas animated film, “The Tale of the Trees” this Friday (16th December) at 7:45pm in the school. The film tells the traditional nativity story of the birth of Jesus through the observations of the Christmas trees in the forest behind the stable, with a slight Fetlar twist.

 As previously in Fetlar School productions, all the puppets have been made by either the present 4 pupils or by past pupils of the school. There has also been a little help from the Art department in Baltasound Junior High School.

Principal Teacher Paul Gill said, “Each puppet speaks with the voice of someone who is either resident in Fetlar or has strong links with the island. We’ve included people from across Fetlar and most have been willing to donate their voice to the film. We’d like to thank everyone who has given their time and their expertise in any way. All 4 of our pupils from P1 to P6 have thrown themselves enthusiastically into the project. Our P6 pupil has particularly enjoyed editing the soundtrack together and making all the different sound files talk to each other.”

There is a another difference with this year’s film as it is a co-production with Camp Education in the Falkland Islands revealed Paul Gill.

“Down in the South Atlantic the farm and settlement schools outside Stanley have recorded their own voices and emailed them to us. We’ve managed to overcome the technical difficulties and we’ve added their voices to our film, resulting in two versions of the same film. Of course they’ve had even greater difficulties than us as the children taking part live in very remote locations and don’t meet each other more than once a year meaning that some people have recorded their parts over the phone.

They held their premiere on Wednesday 14th December, even though it was high summer there of course.

The Head of Camp Education in the Falkland Islands, Tom Hill, said, “It's great to have friends across the world and this has been a fantastic opportunity for children across East Falkland to become involved in something seasonal with an international dimension. Links such as this, combined with the high quality teaching provided by skilled educational professionals like Jackie Adams the Settlement Teacher at Goose Green, ensure our children feel part of a world-wide community of learners and help us all to enjoy the magic of Christmas.”

Fetlar’s Head Teacher Maggi Reyner said, “I am delighted at the way this project has involved both the wider community & the school. The links Mr Gill has established with the Falklands give our curriculum a truly international perspective, which we hope to develop further. It has been a truly cross curricular project and has provided a wealth of valuable experiences for all the pupils. The Fetlar pupils have also had the opportunity to be involved with the Baltasound Nativity play "Bethlehem's got talent", with the older pupils providing the narration.