Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:08
On Thursday 7th January a group of Grange pupils went to Bryanston School in Blandford for a leadership day. There were several workshops, one of which was run by Thinus Delport, an ex-rugby player for the South African team, the Springboks. Our group consisted of Kerry, Beth, Jacob, Ryan, Yasmin, Molly, Ellen, Blake, Ben, Ellie, Jordan, Erin, Jamie, Matt and myself. With the mini – bus driven by Mr Radbourne we arrived on time around 9AM.
Heading into the auditorium with our new leadership t-shirts, over 400 students were in there from 40 different schools. With the hashtag #DLA2016, twitter was brought into our day! Soon everyone split off into their separate workshops. I went into one with the journalists and film makers. Lead by Peter and Laura from kids, camera, action we were taught about coverage by using different camera angles. Wide shot, medium shot and close ups. We had the chance to use slow motion cameras, the new GoPro and tripods to hold up cool cameras.
Jordan was on her own but soon made friends with many pupils from other schools. She had to come up with a game which needed a scoring system, communication within the game but the main rule was everyone had to be included. There were four groups doing this and they all had the chance to play the others game. Once this had been done a disability was given to each of the groups to get them to work out how to include someone with a disability into their game. These people will now run the disability games at the School Games in summer.
After our lunch break my team of film makers went back to the auditorium where some more of our pupils were rehearsing a dance that would be performed at the opening ceremony of the School Games. In this room we had Molly and Ellen who were learning from a professional dancer. Their dance offered the film makers a great opportunity to get a variety of shots.
We all headed back to the room we met in originally to put some of the videos together and we learnt how to edit the video and slow it down using a programme from apple.
The closing ceremony was amazing and we saw the dance the whole way through, it looked amazing! Thinus said goodbye and many got their t-shirt signed and had photos with him but the most important thing said in the closing ceremony was this:
"It's what you do next that makes all the difference." – Mr Moody
Written by Kira
The Grange School Student