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Children refine movie-making skills
Morgan Rodrigues, 12, and sister Kiah Ecclestone, 9, learn how to make movies at Apple Camp at the Apple
Store, Canberra Centre.
Kimberley Le Lievre
Escaping the summer heat, a small
group of children and their parents
visited the Apple Store in Canberra
Centre last week to discover all the
things they didn't know about
children were tasked with filming
some scenes for the movie they were
to create outside of class, and bringing
them in to the free school holiday
workshop to learn more about putting
the scenes together.
For Canberra mum Hollie and her
two children Kiah Ecclestone, 9, and
Morgan Rodrigues, 12, the class was
something they used to build skills in
an area they already love.
"They're really keen on movie-
making, that's what they do all the
time," Hollie said.
"When I saw the course I thought it
might give them some extra tips
Hollie said that while her two
children were home-schooled, the
workshops and free activities
offered by the institutions and places
like Apple in Canberra provided them
with extra knowledge about their
"For us it's like we get a bonus class
they may or may not provide at
schools, but we wouldn't normally
have that so it becomes part of our
curriculum," she said.
Hollie said that while her children
were avid users of their devices, they
still worked a lot with pen and paper.
She said the devices provided so
many resources for her children to
learn across all areas.
"We can do math online, we can do
all these different things that connects
them and most of the programs they
can teach themselves which is the best
part," Hollie said.
During the movie-making course at
the Apple store, the children are
mentored by the Apple staff through
how to use the programs.
Hollie's son Morgan said that while
he had edited a movie before on the
family iPad, he'd never had the chance
to do it on a computer.
"It's better on the computer,"
"There are more things and it is a lot
easier to control."
Morgan, who creates films for his
YouTube account, said the one he was
working on started with him waking
up from a nap on the lounge.
"I wake up and I start watching
YouTube and then I become all the
YouTubers that I watch, and then I
wake up again."
As for his younger sister Kiah, she
said her movie was about her friends
and she was having fun speeding up
the clips and slowing them down.
Hollie said the free Apple
workshops were great for learning new
skills and getting confidence from
someone who wasn't a parent or a
typical teacher. "There are so many
resources in Canberra. You wouldn't
necessarily think you could go into a
shop and that would be somewhere for
learning. That's the really cool thing
about this place," she said.
ACT jobless rate
The ACT's unemployment rate was
steady at 5.2 per cent in December,
figures released by the Australian
Bureau of Statistics last week show.
This is in line with the seasonally
adjusted national unemployment rate,
which held steady at 5.8 per cent.
Canberra tied with NSW for the
second lowest unemployment rate of
any state or territory. The Northern
Territory, with just 4.1 per cent of its
population unemployed, had the best
result while South Australia was the
worst on 7.3 per cent.
Seasonally adjusted figures are not
provided for the territories.
Canberra Business Chamber chief
executive Robyn Hendry welcomed
the figures, saying they reflected the
significant growth in the strength of
the private sector since the last major
round of public service job cuts in
This is good news, coming as it is
off the back of the contraction in
public sector employment [in recent
years],'' she said.
NOT GUILTY PLEA TO
A Braddon man has pleaded not guilty
to an alleged one-punch attack in Civic
on New Year's Day.
Jordan Sharma, 20, pleaded not
guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court
last Friday to a charge of recklessly
inflict grievous bodily harm.
The registrar continued bail and the
matter will next appear in court in
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Commemorate veterans at night
Visitors to the Australian War
Memorial will have the chance
to commemorate Australia's
war dead after dark throughout
While the galleries still
close at 5pm, the
Commemorative Area will
reopen from 7.30pm until
10pm on Fridays and
Volunteer guides will tell
stories about those listed on
the Roll of Honour who died
during, or as a result of, war
service. People can also listen
to recordings of these names
being recited by Australian
A spokesman for the War
Memorial said the late night
openings of the heart of the
Australian War memorial'' had
become a tradition and hoped
they would continue.
There is a particular focus
on commemorating the First
World War (1914-18) as it is
100 years since it took place,''
This year marks the
anniversary of Australia's
arrival on to the battlefields of
the Western Front, which
would ultimately be the most
disastrous fighting our nation
has ever experienced.''
The names of Australians
who gave their lives during
World War I will be projected
onto the dome above the
Memorial's Hall of Memory
during the late night openings.
The projections [which
start at 9.22pm] commenced
on August 4, 2014, and will
run until November 2018,'' the
The name of each of the
62,000 Australians listed on
the First World War Roll of
Honour panels will be
projected onto the building.
Each name will be projected
approximately 15-20 times
over this period.''
Entry to the late night
openings is free.
Hay fever hazard for
real estate agents
Canberra's pollen counting season is over and
the results are in: hay fever hits real estate
agents and 18 to 25-year-olds the hardest.
About 4000 of the 11,000 people who
downloaded the Canberra Pollen forecast app
answered survey questions detailing their
profession, age and gender as well as reporting
their hay fever symptoms from October 1 until
the count ended on December 31.
People working in real estate, hospitality,
community services, advertising and
architecture reported the most severe symptoms
throughout the season (3.4 on average on a
scale of one to five).
Australian National University professor and
the pollen count's project leader, Simon
Haberle, believes that could be due to travel to
a variety of work sites rather than spending a lot
of time in the same office.
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