ST Flannan’s Catholic Primary School, Zillmere, received an early Christmas present of $10,000 when they were named winners of the inaugural “Dance Fever for Daniel” competition.
The competition, organised by Dancefever Multisport and supported by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation as part of Day for Daniel 2015, was open to all schools in Queensland and New South Wales.
Dancefever Multisport director Maria Russo and Denise Morcombe presented the $10,000 cheque to St Flannan’s at a special school assembly, for producing the most outstanding video.
Ms Russo said the aim of the competition was to bring greater awareness and importance of child safety and movement for children within primary schools.
“We were really impressed by the quality and content of the videos that were submitted,” she said.
To enter the competition schools had to design, perform and film a music-and-dance video production within their school premises such as a school hall, stage, classroom or playground that focused on child safety and movement.
Mrs Morcombe said the competition was a wonderful initiative for students to learn in a fun way, incorporating the safety messages “Recognise, React and Report”.
Principal Paul Mitchell said it was amazing to watch the students’ faces as they heard they had won the competition.
“When we made the announcement the hall erupted,” he said.
“They were over the moon; it was a great delight to see their faces as the announcement was made.”
Teacher Natalia Humphrys, one of three teachers involved in putting the school’s entry together, said the three Year 5-6 classes put a lot of effort into their entry.
“We thought we had a good chance because we were really happy with what we had put together,” she said.
“We had to choose from a few safety topics and we chose cyber safety because it was topical for them, especially at their age.
“We changed the lyrics to a well known song to reflect the cyber safety message, we practised dance routines, we filmed and edited it, and sent the final video off to the organisers.
“It was all very exciting.”
Mr Mitchell said it was a fantastic effort by the students, and the $10,000 was a wonderful gift from Dancefever and the Morcombe family.
“What we are spending it on is still to be decided,” he said.
“But it will be something special, something in the arts, something that will focus on the stay-safe message.
“They are a wonderful bunch of kids who deserve this so much.
“They are so enthusiastic and involved in everything the school asks them to do.
“I know their teachers are so very proud of them.”
To view the winning video go to http://youtube/bqvBzINPunk.