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Moree Secondary College film highlights the huge benefits of a local education

LOCAL education; closer than you think is the catchy key message behind a recently-launched film promoting Moree Secondary College.

An initiative of MSC P&C president Kelly James, the film aims to shift perceptions within the community, with Kelly’s personal experience a part of the inspiration behind the campaign.

“When it came to sending our eldest son to high school we looked at every option available,” Kelly said.

“At the end of the day Moree is home – we didn’t want to leave our jobs, house or our family – and after much research and many face-to-face interviews, we decided on Moree Secondary College.”

But, Kelly admits, she was taken aback by backlash regarding their decision.

“People were aghast at our decision, however these same people had never even taken the time to look at the school – their perceptions were purely based upon hearsay,” Kelly said.

With their son now having almost completed his first year at MSC, Kelly’s first-hand experience has been nothing but positive.

After month of hard work, Merri May Gill of Rabbit Hop Films, Kelly James of MSC P&C and current student, Grace Carter, are excited to launch their film.

“Our son’s grades have improved to a level we never imagined possible, and that’s all thanks to a dedicated and highly supportive teaching staff,” Kelly said.

Kelly has no hesitation in recommending Moree Secondary College, and hopes the film encourages other to do the same.

“The Moree Secondary College P&C has developed this communication strategy, which also includes teacher and past student profiles, with the aim to increase awareness of the quality education available locally,” she said.

 “Our long-term goal is to ensure a thriving secondary college, supported by the community, well into the future.

“We have an amazing educational option right here on our doorstep, but there are many in the community who are totally unaware of the strength of MSC, the facilities and opportunities offered, and the high calibre of students and teaching staff.”

The film, created by local production company Rabbit Hop Films, features local students Chris Sim and Grace Carter as well as former student Bernadette Quirk, with each providing personal testimonials on the school’s strengths.

“I absolutely love going to school here; I take five highly intensive academic subjects and have never felt that I’ve missed an opportunity staying here in Moree for my education,” Chris Sim said.

“We can access everything you can in larger, urban schools – you just have to ask.”

Attendees at the launch, held at Moree Secondary College’s Albert St Campus, included dignitaries such as Moree mayor Katrina Humphries, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, Moree Secondary College Principal Peter Sheargold, director of educational leadership in the Barwon network David Crowe and Department of Education executive director, Frank Potter.

 More than 120 guests enjoyed delicious nibbles prepared by MSC hospitality students and, post-launch, had the opportunity to tour the school’s facilities.

“It was great to see so many different faces in the crowd – current parents, past parents and plenty of curious, potential future parents,” Kelly said.

“A strong high school reflects a strong community and we are encouraging everyone to share the film on social media across the wider community.

“We are so lucky to have such a quality education option right on our doorstep, without having to leave town.

“It’s time to get that message out,” she said.

 The film can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSGUbaiFjzE&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1kLk54PsqomC8DFMnJi-MuiXjET1OqgEJQQhQVMO4VLID9fqtTeSR6S2k as well as Moree Secondary College Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MoreeSecondaryCollege/.

Words and Image: Georgina Poole