Dan MacDuff & Lewis Hill are a big part of the Media enrichment. Without them our recent project; The BBC School Report wouldn't have been the success that is has been.
The BBC School report is a annual news day which takes place every year in March where schools across the UK create a media form of their choice demonstrating recent news. This year it was decided by the students to based the report on fellow tutee Jordan Onyeka's recent competition success which won him $500 and an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC to enable him to further achieve his dreams of becoming a successful rap artist.
Both students' skills and dedication to the department are simply outstanding. They have been supporting the RAM Enrichment club; students from year 7-11 by attending Tuesdays after school to support both the department and to share their skill sets with the younger students.
This year Dan and Lewis have taken the BBC School Report into their own hands assisted by the students by filming and editing the project ready for the deadline through directing the project and by creating a impressive video of the interview which can be seen below.
We are immensely proud and thankful for their commitment to the department and for what they have achieved.
Please take a look of their video that they have created for this years BBC School Report:
Peter Cannings is new to the RAM Academy joining this year to the enrichment course/form group.
Peter has been involved in various different projects both helping various departments in the school and also applying for national competitions within his RAM sessions.
He is an asset to the department through activities such as helping promote the school production 'Grease' through his photography and video footage and which helped contribute to the production's 'trailer' as well as being a part of the tech team during all the rehearsals and the three evening performances. Peter has now further offered his assistance by agreeing to edit the footage of the production in order to create a DVD for the show.
Through his impressive dedication to the media department we have now decided to appoint Peter the position to assist our technician in order to help monitor the department's kit and to feedback if it is not already so.
Within Peter's RAM session he has previously applied for the competition ' 90 to 5' editing challenge where he received footage from the film 'Alice & Wonderland' which then had to be condensed into just 5 minutes. This was judged via their editing skills and interpretation of the text.
Here is Peter's final application:
Thank you Peter for all of your hard work and enthusiasm in the department!
William Smith is a dedicated asset to the Media Department.
Will has helped create many different pieces of work for different departments including playing a big role in creating the titles and montage sequences for the RAM Awards; held at the Odeon Cinema last summer.
During Will's experience as a part of the Media department and the RAM Academy he has experimented with countless different forms of media such as special effects, stop frame animation and film.
Will wishes to proceed Media and Film further by studying at Bournemouth Arts University and we wish him all of the best.
Here is Will's show reel that he submitted for his University application showcasing his outstanding pieces of work:
Jordan Onyeka also known as 'JAYO' is a dedicated member of the Media academy and a talented rapper who creates his own music/videos. Recently, Jordan had applied for an international competiton 'Teensdream' where he had to submit a video showcasing his passion of rapping which he wishes to pursue as a career.
We are immensely proud to say Jordan won the competition in all three categories and therefore he has received the grand prize of $500 and gained an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC to meet contacts to enable him to get one step closer to achieving his dream; to become a successful rapper.
Here is what Jordan had to say about his competition entry;
"The task was to create 2 minutes worth of footage, articulating your dream (personal, community or global), and how you hope to see it realised.
Mine was that millions of people would hear my music, and so the theme of my entry was based on my journey as a young musician from 2011 up until now (2015).
Personally, it was not only an opportunity for me to showcase my talent (as the music in the video was created by myself), but also a chance for people to understand what I've done and how much music means to me.
The reward for winning is $500 and the opportunity to work with people that can help you realise your dreams."
Online 'JAYO' is a YouTube Hit branded as 'JAYOStream' where he shares all of his recent songs and music videos with his susbscribers. His first video gaining over 7,000 views.
We would like to take this opportunity to say how proud and excited we are for Jordan. He is an example to so many students here at Ravens Wood School and we wish him all the best in the future with his career as we are sure he will go very far.
Here is Jordan's submission.
If you wish to view Jordan's channel and watch the other entries click here.
Following Jordan's competition success we decided to base the RAM Enrichment project (year 7-11s) the BBC School Report on Jordan's story. The young students were memorised by Jordan's talents and success and were extremely excited about this project.
Here they interviewed Jordan, created a video and made a website/blog based upon Jordan's success. Please see the link and video below to see what they made: