Free films for local schoolchildren

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School children in Deeside and Donside will be given the opportunity of going to the cinema free of charge during National Schools Film Week which takes place from October 27 to November 4.

Teachers can book their free tickets online at

The Festival’s goal is to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a powerful experience for their students that links directly to elements of the curriculum – supported by an online library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics – essentially an extension of the classroom.

Over 473,000 students and their teachers throughout the UK attended the Festival in 2010 and this year the Festival celebrates its 16th birthday.

Wendy Elrick, an English teacher at Aboyne Academy, believes children can benefit from the opportunity. She said: “I take my pupils to National Schools Film Week as it is a fantastic chance for them to watch a film they would not choose to go and see themselves and it is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn outside the classroom.

“It not only allows them to socialise with students from other schools who enjoy film but also to listen to academics or critics who have experience and knowledge of the film industry.”

Nick Walker, festival director, National Schools Film Week, said: “Our hope is for teachers and students to feel massively engaged in the festival, as it is an incredible opportunity not only to build the adventurous, film-loving audience of the future but also to develop the kinds of passion in young people more likely to make them more receptive to this collectively experienced art form.

“This is achieved by in-cinema talks and online resources, which give teachers the tools to encourage students to explore and understand new cinematic worlds.”