Collecting Smiles

Community Engagement Project.

Collecting Smiles is a film-making unit of work in which students write, act, direct and film a short video at selected public venues. Interacting in a socially acceptable, positive manner, students present flowers to the general public in exchange for a smile, capturing people’s reactions on film.

Students use the creative, technological pursuit of film-making to interact with local community members in a positive manner so that theĀ  “Collecting Smiles” project delivers outcomes specifically targeting community engagement in schools.

This project has been shown to:

  • Increase student school attendance and engagement
  • Increase positive and meaningful social interaction between students and local community members

Students will achieve a wide variety of learning outcomes integrated within Literacy, Numeracy, HSIE, Science and technology, Creative Arts and PDHPE.

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Outcomes For Schools

  • Implementation of connected communities school policies.
  • Staff gain professional development in project delivery.
  • Significant parental involvement at the end of term launch.
  • Positive media portrayal.

Outcomes For Students

  • Active positive engagement with local community.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Increased attendance and engagement at school.
  • Learning outcomes include specific talking and listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Positive engagement with members of the general public.
  • Exposure to technologies associated with film making.
  • Learn the fundamentals of film-making from script to screen.
  • Experience with local media.

Delivered by award-winning Forster Film Festival Production Team, the Collecting Smiles Community Engagement Project includes an end-of-term launch, when students screen their short film. The film, shot at selected local venues, features them presenting flowers to passers-by in exchange for a smile.

Covering the fundamentals of short film-making, the course gives students the opportunity to write, act, shoot & direct their own short film. This project is particularly useful as part of a behaviour management strategy for challenging students.

Sample films

Sample media coverage