Corpus Christi Primary School share their global pandemic story


first_imgAdvertisement The students of Corpus Christi Primary School 5th classSTUDENTS from Corpus Christi Primary School in Moyross have made it through to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year competition with their film about the global pandemic.The students of Corpus Christi Primary School 5th class were named as Munster finalists in the competition as part of Fresh International Film Festival.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Munster regional heats took place online this year due to the global pandemic and the schools short film ‘High Hopes’ was selected for the national finals in the Junior category.A still from the film ‘High Hopes’ in which the children of 5th class Corpus Christi recall their experience of the first lockdown, celebrate what they have learnt and share their hopes for the future.The impact of the current global pandemic on young people was a recurring theme for the films entered in this year’s Festival and this year’s crop of entries shine a light on how young people have been affected, directly and indirectly, by the pandemic.Every film entered proved to be unique in its own way, but they all shared a common message – the need to protect and keep their loved ones safe.This year’s submissions were as always creative and diverse, with many young filmmakers involving their family members as cast and crew in their films.A still from the film ‘High Hopes’ in which the children of 5th class Corpus Christi recall their experience of the first lockdown, celebrate what they have learnt and share their hopes for the future.In the film ‘High Hopes’ the children of 5th class Corpus Christi recall their experience of the first lockdown, celebrate what they have learnt and share their hopes for the future.Emma Downey (age 11) said, “I love singing and I missed performing during lockdown. The song High Hopes tells the story of someone who was very down and then realised that they had High Hopes for the future. We can do the same.”Charlie Tobin (age 11) added, “Making this movie was great! It made me think about all the matches and training I will be able to get back to soon. I can’t wait!”The video was the brainchild of fifth class teacher Diarmuid Hickey, and resource teacher Fionnuala Bromell. In September 2020, the children of Corpus Christi returned to school after five months apart.Corpus Christi is a very creative school and encourages the children to express their emotions through imaginative and creative outlets. With a strong tradition of film making, Mr Hickey’s fifth class set about exploring their experiences of lockdown through the media of film and music .After many brainstorming workshops the idea for High Hopes was born. High Hopes is a reflective piece that develops the children’s feelings around their losses and gains throughout the pandemic.Some children missed huge milestones like visiting a new born brother in hospital, while others missed a day out in Penney’s.But all the children missed the people in their lives, visiting grandparents, playing with their friends and sharing their lives and celebrations with the people they love. The process allowed the children to express their emotions of sadness, anxiety and worry freely and realise they were not alone.However High Hopes doesn’t dwell on the negative. The children wanted to convey an optimistic message. As they look forward to a future that is Covid-19 free, they have high hopes and great plans. Some children were looking forward to their sports training, swimming classes, dance, drama and music classes.Some children really wanted a vaccine so there would be no need to worry, but what most children really realised was that what makes them happy are the small things in life like friends, grandparents, a party, a match or a day’s shopping for cosy socks in Penney’s.After much deliberation, the class decided on the song High Hopes as a soundtrack to the short movie. It  is sung so beautifully by eleven year old Emma Downey and best describes how the children were feeling after lockdown, but how they were now ready to look forward to brighter days ahead.The film gave the children a chance to work together collaboratively, explore emotions in an honest way and plan ahead for happier safer pandemic free days .5th Class Teacher Mr. Diarmuid Hickey said, “High Hopes offers a unique insight and true representation of the thoughts, feelings and emotions that the children of Corpus Christi went through during lockdown. It showcases the enormous talent they possess and highlights what incredible ambassadors they are for their community and county.”Jayne Foley, Founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Film said, “The films entered this year in the Festival are a glimpse into how young people in Ireland are dealing with the challenges of the pandemic.“Films are a powerful form of expression and an effective way to educate, create awareness, improve understanding and encourage action. Lockdowns during the pandemic have forced young people to come to terms with a new way of living life.“What surprised me about this year’s crop of pandemic themed films was how positive the films were and how resourceful young people can be. This year’s Festival is introducing the world to a new generation of young film innovators highlighting how they are living and coping with global health issues.”About Fresh Film:Fresh Film encourages young people to make films by hosting an annual international film festival for young people, presenting Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards, acting as an advocate for young filmmakers and promoting their work worldwide.Fresh International Film Festival invites young people from Ireland and overseas, aged 7 to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films. The festival provides an opportunity for these young filmmakers to have their work seen on a cinema screen for the first time and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year. All films submitted are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards.Fresh International Film Festival 2021 takes place Monday, March 22 to Sunday, March 28 and features an alumni showcase and a week of film screenings and workshops with the Junior Finals taking place on Thursday, March 25 and the Seniors Finals on Friday, March 26 via a YouTube live stream with presenter and documentary filmmaker Stephen Byrne and comedian and social creative Justine Stafford hosting this year’s awards. See for more info. 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Intensity paying off for men’s hockey team


first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team, fresh off a sweep of conference opponent Alaska-Anchorage, takes its show on the road next weekend to No. 5 North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux split with defending national champion Denver last weekend in their first conference action of the year.One of the Badgers’ toughest rivals, North Dakota will give the Badgers a physical weekend of play, according to Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves.”I think the first thing that comes to mind is the intensity. It’s always a physical series,” Eaves said of Wisconsin’s upcoming opponent. “Number one, that’s the way they play. Number two, it’s a smaller rink so there’s going to be more contact.”The Badgers have gone 0-4-1 in their last five games in Grand Forks, last winning 3-2 early in the 2001-2002 campaign. They hope to turn things around this weekend, and they will have to do it against an aggressive team.”I think that’s the kind of game that we’re used to playing against them, and I don’t think that will change this weekend as well,” said Eaves.Brian Elliott enduresThe goaltender for the Badgers had some foot problems that bothered him throughout the offseason. Yet Eaves said, despite the offseason issues, Elliott has come back from his physical problems quite successfully.”He did have some problems with his foot, but there was no surgery needed,” Eaves said. “Based on his numbers alone, the fact that he’s come back and he’s played back-to-back games for the first time in a long time, he’s held up very well.”Elliott is 4-1-1 this season with a .940 save percentage and 1.48 goals against average, good for second in the WCHA in both categories. He stopped a career-high 35 pucks in a tie against St. Cloud State on Oct. 21, and he has allowed two goals or less in the team’s first six games of the season, a mark that ties him for the fourth-longest such streak in school history.”He’s doing what I think his teammates thought he would,” said Eaves. “They were together all summer, shooting on him, and they’re saying, ‘He’s tough to score on, Coach,’ and he’s continued that into the season.”Badgers prepare for small UND iceThe small ice surface at North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena presents a problem for teams like the Badgers that are used to playing on Olympic-sized ice. Coach Eaves will have his players practicing this week at the Dane County Coliseum, the former home of the Badger hockey team, where the ice is relatively smaller and can prepare the Badgers for what they can expect against the Fighting Sioux.”Time and space becomes more of a premium, and so this week we, too, will practice on a small sheet Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for this weekend,” said Eaves.The surface at North Dakota is enough to make some teams claustrophobic, and it changes many of the game’s dynamics.”Things just happen a lot quicker,” Eaves explained of the differences. “We always encourage our kids to be a good chess player and know what they’re going to do with the puck before they get it. They really have to step that up going into a smaller rink. There’s less time and space, and so ice, space, and time become a premium, and we’ll work on that during the course of this week.”Intensity paying off for WisconsinIn Wisconsin’s sweep over Alaska-Anchorage last weekend, Eaves saw some things he liked, especially with regards to intensity and offensive rhythm.”We made a big step this weekend in the fact that we were consistent in our effort. For six periods we were pretty close to playing with great intensity and support around the puck and away from the puck,” Eaves said. “We talk about time and space. When Anchorage had the puck, we took away their time and space. To allow a team fewer than 25 shots a game is pretty good.”The Badgers now sit atop the conference with seven points in the standings, just one point ahead of Minnesota. The team is also tied for third in the conference in scoring, with 3.33 goals per game, something that encouraged Eaves.”It’s nice that we got a little bit more of a flow in our offense as well going into North Dakota,” Eaves said. “We said earlier that what took place this weekend was potential with our team in terms of scoring, and it happened. So I think we’re in more of that flow and more of that rhythm, and we’ll hopefully carry that with us up to North Dakota.”last_img read more