More than 1,090 viewers watched Sydney Catholic Schools’ online Thrive Film Festival winners’ announcement.
Hosted by The Voice Australia sibling stars Sian and Jordan Fuller, the YouTube Premier event saw Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook crowned the 2021 winner on the night.
Rapping sensation Kenny Nguyen, of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School Fairfield, won the hearts of the viewing audience, taking out the People’s Choice Award with 279 of 853 votes!
Festival organiser Glen Thompson said he was floored by the talent in Sydney Catholic Schools.
“Whether it was the lyrics in song, storytelling or the different animations, all the submissions brought energy and connected deeply to the festival theme of celebrating the journey of Catholic education in Australia,” said Mr Thompson, who is Sydney Catholic Schools’ Specialist: Archdiocesan Liaison.
In case you missed the announcement, you can still watch it via the live link below:
APPLAUSE FOR THE WINNERS
“I am absolutely delighted for the students in our Media Team, supported by Mr Jason Reyes, in taking out the prestigious Thrive Film Festival,” Good Samaritan principal, James Cameron, said.
“They are resourceful, dedicated and enthusiastic; all key attributes that will hold them in good stead well after they have left the gates of Good Sam.”
Mr Thompson said Kenny’s rap entry was “very popular” and “came home strong”, eclipsing his nearest opponents Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich and Good Samaritan whose submissions received 230 and 180 of the votes, respectively.
“His lyrics were very special and very on point,” Mr Thompson said, adding “he really captured what we are about as Catholic schools. He is a clever talent!”
Created by gifted Sydney Catholic Schools’ students and schools, all the entries to the Thrive Film Festival spoke to the festival theme – celebrate – in the bicentenary year of Catholic education in Australia.
“The Thrive short film competition has been a wonderful way of engaging students in the 200 year anniversary celebrations of Catholic schools in Australia,” said Anthony Cleary, Sydney Catholic Schools’ Director: Mission & Identity.
“Students are to be congratulated for the way they have explored the themes of this occasion in such creative ways” – Anthony Cleary
Watch all six entries in the video playlist below. Simply click on the three lines in the top right-hand corner to reveal the entire playlist.