When budding film makers at Termoncanice Primary School in Limavady made a movie about their school to celebrate its 125th birthday they never imagined it would prove such a hit in the town.
Taking inspiration from pupils in Lisburn, Vice Principal Leo McCloskey says his P7 pupils created the short movie, thinking it would get one obligatory viewing and find a home in the archive thereafter.
“Little did the class know that our film would escalate in a big way locally,” he said. “My P.7. made a film entitled 125 Great Things About Termoncanice with the view of showing it at assembly. They recorded the movie on Ipads and were accompanied on their filming by classroom assistant Sarah Jane Mullan. The film went down so well with pupils and teachers that it was put on DVD and sold to children. The school’s Imacs couldn’t cope with initial demand and local businessman Colly Hartin from Cohesion Limavady stepped in to help. Colly and brother Fergal, past pupils, copied 400 more copies at cost price.”
The success resulted in the school raising more that £500 which they used to purchase a brand new kit for the soccer team.
“The DVD is a big hit with parents and kids,” said Mr. McCloskey. “It takes a light hearted look at life within the school.”
Mr McCloskey’s P.7. class’ biggest problem was deciding the 125 things to put in and as a result had lots to leave out, but at the end of the video there is special footage of the entire school population in the playground letting off balloons.
“Who knows what could happen,” said Mr. McCloskey. “This year the Northern Irish movie ‘The Shore” won an Oscar; maybe next year 125 Great Things About Termoncanice will get an Oscar too.”
There are a few last chance DVDs on sale at the front office for a “bargain price” of £2.