YOUNG Morpeth film buffs have been rewarded for going the extra mile.
Year 7 and 8 pupils at Newminster Middle School and Technology College watch movies on Friday afternoons and they then discuss and review them.
It is one of more than 7,000 schools to set something up through the educational charity FILMCLUB, funded by the British Film Institute, but unlike the majority of others, it provides extra activities.
There are stop-motion animation sessions for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils, who get to make their own short documentaries in groups.
As a result of this and the students’ commitment, FILMCLUB has designated Newminster as a Super Club – there are only just over 100 of them across the country – for going far beyond what is asked of schools.
Head of Year 8 Andy Cottiss said: “We’re delighted to get this recognition and our pupils deserve the credit.
“Many of them have done further reviews about films they have seen at the cinema or at home and they put a lot of effort into the stop-motion sessions and documentaries.
“The previous Year 8s did some great pieces about leaving their school and how they felt about moving on to high school.
Jonny Riley, Head of Year 7, added: “Students love being in the club and we have some really interesting discussions after the films.
“They also enjoy writing the reviews and doing them improves their creative writing and literacy skills.”
As well as the Super Club trophy, four pupils received awards for being among the top reviewers in a particular week.
The quartet’s favourite FILMCLUB movies are as follows – Maddie Lake: “I really enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, because someone not from a rich background got the opportunity to have an amazing experience.”
Brodie Willis: “Coraline was interesting because a girl goes into a fantasy world but it’s not what it seems.”
Isabel Webb: “Cool Runnings was great. It’s about a group who are told they can’t do something, but they manage to achieve it and change people’s perceptions.”
Sophie Podbur: “How To Train a Dragon is the kind of film my friends and family like and what I was going to write for the review clearly came into my head as I was watching it.”