Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is hosting a film festival to raise awareness of disability

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is hosting a film festival to raise awareness of disability. The feature film they will show is Paper Planes (pictured). Picture: paperplanesmovie.com.au

Students at a school in Oakleigh are proving disability is not a barrier with a short-film evening. 

Children at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School will host the Access All Areas School Tour event which will include a barbecue followed by a screening of short films and feature film Paper Planes

The event is designed to raise awareness of disability and highlight the importance of inclusion for all abilities. 

The screening will also emphasise accessibility to events for people with a disability by implementing the use of captions for people with a hearing impairment and audio descriptions for people who are blind or have low vision. 

Australian short films selected for a primary and secondary school aged audience will show as a way to shine a light on disability and access in the community. 

School Community Liaison Officer Marion Casserly said Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School was the first official Victorian school venue to host the Access All Areas School Tour. 

“The tour is designed to increase cinema access for people with a disability and to raise awareness about issues of ability and access in the community,” she said. 

Ms Casserly said the event aimed to teach the students to “see the ability, not the disability”. 

“Leading up to the film festival, students have been focusing their learning on being inclusive, raising awareness of ability and access issues and preventing bullying,” she said. 

“Our students have been fortunate to have Jim Asimakopoulos O.A.M. come to our school for a day of inspirational talks to the children from grades F – 6. Jim has lived with Cerebral Palsy all his life and his talks encourage people to believe in themselves.” 

The Access All Areas School Tour is on Thursday, November 26 at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 2 Mora Ave, Oakleigh. 

It will begin with a sausage sizzle at 5.30pm, where gold coin donations are appreciated, followed by a screening of short films at 6.15pm and the feature film at 7pm. 

For more details, contact the school by phoning 8574 4500 or visit aaaff.com.au

Find the venue

Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 2 Mora Ave, Oakleigh