Porty pupils present NEEDS cheque

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A film made by pupils at Portlethen Academy is to be used as a resource by an eating disorders charity.

The short film, made by a group of four S2 pupils, is to be used as a training resource for the eating disorders charity, NEEDS (North East Eating Disorders Service). The film was made as part of the group’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative presentation. Ian Cunningham, teacher of RMPS, told us: “This is a tremendous achievement for S2 pupils.”

The entire S2 year group have been involved with the YPI Scotland project, identifying and researching social issues which affect their local community. Pupils then select a local charity, which addresses the social issue they have identified, then prepare and deliver a presentation on that charity and its impact on the local community.

Groups deliver presentations in class heats, the winners going on to a Grand Final, which was held on Wednesday, January 14.

This year’s winning group - Cara Bremner, Jasmine Collett, Craig McLennan and Kirsty Ross – made a short film based on the real-life story of a young girl with an eating disorder. The charity representatives were so impressed by the film that they have requested permission to use it on their website for publicity, in training sessions for volunteers and in workshops with clients of the charity.

S2 pupils welcomed representatives of NEEDS to the school on Wednesday (March 4) and presented them with a cheque for £3000 – the prize cheque being provided by The Wood Group and Portlethen Academy.