A group of students at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School received an award for their successful silent film at a prestigious venue.
After winning the Best Group Film category in this year’s Oxford German Olympiad, members of KEVI TV enjoyed a day at Oxford University.
Their entry for the competition, run by the University of Oxford German Network, was about a scientific discovery that was used to help feed billions but also to kill millions.
The students involved included Calvin Willis, Dominic James, Freddie Bowles, Angus Kirk, Amy Scott, Alistair McCubbin, Lewis James and Lydia Wendt.
Freddie said: “Going to visit Oxford was amazing.
“The place and the people are totally different to the North East and it was great to experience a different culture domestically. The buildings look fantastic and there is a mysterious sense of knowledge and history about the place.
“The prize-giving was great and I really enjoyed meeting the other winners and staff from the Oxford German Network.”
The theme of the competition was 1914 and the KEVI TV members combined their knowledge of the German language with their performing and technical skills to produce the black-and-white silent film, based on German scientist Fritz Haber inventing a process for manufacturing ammonia on a large scale and how it was used by the authorities when the First World War began.
Oxford University’s School of Divinity, in the Bodleian Library, was the venue for the awards ceremony and they were presented by Michael Steiner, great-nephew of renowned author Franz Kafka.
Angus said “The ceremony at Oxford was fantastic – the Divinity School is the oldest hall in Oxford and it was beautiful.
“We had great fun making our film for the Oxford German Olympiad and to win a prize was amazing as there were lots of great entries.”
KEVI TV’s video of the day can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aEAcvdYiKs
The successful Morpeth entry and the other category winners can be viewed at www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/olympiad-winners-2014