Youngsters star in film promoting city centre

A film made by school pupils aimed at encouraging youngsters to have their say on the City Centre Masterplan has been launched.

Pupils from nine Aberdeen schools worked with Shmu (Station House Media Unit) to describe what the city’s heart means to them and their vision of its future.

The short film is being shared with all city primary and secondary schools and will provide background to the 25-year Masterplan programme, setting the context when engaging with youngsters as individual projects come forward.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s lead on the City Centre, said: “In bringing the City Centre Masterplan forward we are committed to giving youngsters a voice and this film demonstrates why that is so valuable.

“They believe in a bright future but also recognise the role they have to play in making that happen, and we can all learn from that.

The schools involved were Bramble Brae Primary; Hanover Primary; Harlaw Academy; Hazlewood School; Middleton Park Primary; Northfield Academy; Robert Gordon’s College; St Joseph’s Primary; and Walker Road Primary.

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REEL SUCCESS: (left to right): Councillor Marie Boulton, Emily Morrice, Councillor John Wheeler and Amy Robertson.

Pupils explored its themes in classroom sessions and shot footage as well as sharing their views on camera about the city centre – highlighting jobs, shopping, green space and granite heritage as elements that might be enhanced under the regeneration programme.

Brian Woodcock, Funding and Business Development Manager of city-based Shmu, said: “The experience of working with a range of schools and age groups for the City Centre Masterplan film was both enjoyable and really informative.

“This applied both to the process of undertaking workshops with the classes but also seeing the quality of output and the range of interpretations given to the Masterplan’s themes.”

To see the film, click here.