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Finding My Magic - Series 2 Episode 5: Be At School
Duration: 4 minutes
Synopsis

Kate is missing school to look after her younger brothers while her mother works. She tells her mother and her teacher finds a way to get Kate back in school and the children learn about the right to education.

Key Learning Points

• Understanding that attending school is both a right and a responsibility.
• Learning to prioritise attendance at school above other responsibilities wherever possible.
• Reminding others about their rights.
• Learning that the right to education is not fulfilled for all children across the world.
• Trusting adults to seek solutions to adult problems.

Learning Outcomes

KEY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Finding My Magic is designed to build success skills in young children to assist them to reach their potential. It will assist children in learning about their rights and responsibilities by first learning about communication and positive thinking. Specifically this series is designed to encourage children to:
• Find and develop their inner strength, self-esteem, assertiveness, confidence and persistence
• Handle failure, upset, disappointment, and give them courage and motivation to try again
• Make healthy eating decisions and enjoy basic exercise
• Develop skills to overcome shyness and speak in front of a group
• Have pride in their own ideas
• Develop skills to overcome bullying and prejudice
• Improve communication skills
• Develop positive and caring relationships
• Step in and assist others
• Apologise when they have said or done something inappropriate or wrong.

Usage Examples

The Finding My Magic episodes have been designed to be used most effectively as sequential viewings and provide engaging viewing for a wide age group. Repeat viewings of individual programs can be used for exploration of specific issues and group needs. There are a range of activities that can be selected for use with different episodes. Masters (M1-M23) of handouts and resources are provided in this guide. There are a wide variety of uses of the program, depending on development needs, desired learning outcomes and available time, including:
• Whole class lessons
• Individual self-reflection and goal setting
• Lectures
• Mentoring sessions
• Coaching one-on-one or in small groups
• Induction programs for teaching and support staff
• Training sessions for peer mentors and coaches

Awards

• Silver Award, Questar Awards, USA (2010)
• Silver Screen Award Winner, Nevada Film Festival (2010)
• Award of Excellence, Accolade USA (2010)
• Best Animation, GIAA Festival of Short Films & Videos, NY, USA (2010)
• Bronze Plaque, Chris Awards, 58th Columbus International Film Festival (2010)
• Winner, Animation, Home Planet Film Festival NY, USA (2010)
• Official Best of Fest Award, USA (2010)
• Certificate of Merit, Animation, Chicago International Film Festival (2010)
• Honorable Mention, Animated Short Film Competition, Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, USA (2010)
• Semi-finalist, Feel Good Festival USA (2010)
• Finalist, Australian Effects & Animation Festival (2010)
• Nomination for Best Animation, International Filmmaker Festival, UK (2010)

OFFICIAL SELECTION AT 2010 FILM FESTIVALS:

• San Diego Children’s Festival USA
• International Youth Festival UK
• Heart of England International Festival UK
• TriMedia Film Festival USA
• Independent Television Festival LA, USA
• Eugene International Film Festival Oregon, USA
• Williamsburg International Film Festival, NY, USA
• International Filmmaker Festival, UK
• Orlando Film Festival, USA
• Utopia Film Festival, USA
• Best of Intercom, Chicago, USA

Testimonials

From teachers who trialled the series in their classes

• They’re engaging, create discussion and offer strategies
• DVDs are engaging, message is strong
• Clear message to students that is reinforced by activities and each episode
• They are positive. There are changes that appear of the characters’ personalities/behaviours from the beginning to the end
• Great, diverse backgrounds, relatable
• I liked the multi cultural and gender perspectives.
• Really relevant
• Haven’t seen anything like this
• Fantastic. Nothing as up to date and focused.
• A brilliant program. Very needed from an early age
• An excellent resource with a huge scope of incorporating it into most areas of the curriculum
• The children picked up on the characters very easily
• Highly relevant to commonly shared values and beliefs

Recommended Audiences
  • Community
  • Students 5 -12
  • Young Children
Distributed in the following format(s)
  • DVD Educational
Available in the following language(s)
  • English
Media Type
 Video Recording
Presentation Style
  • Animation
STOCK CODE
FMM02_05
Published
Australia
Filming location
Australia
Release year
2010
Copyright owner
Eve Ash under exclusive licence to Save the Children (Australia)
Publisher
Seven Dimensions