On 14 November, staff and pupils enjoyed what has become an annual trip to the cinema as part of the nationwide Into Film Festival. This festival aims to put film at the heart of children and young people’s education, and gives access to over 100 films which are grouped by theme. It is also a lovely opportunity for us to enjoy a trip out together!
This year, we elected to see Hidden Figures, a film which was originally released in 2016 to critical acclaim. It is part of the Activate: Effecting Change strand of the festival, a specially selected programme of films featuring stories of people whose achievements – often against the odds – inspire change for the better.
The film is based on the true story of three (out of many) African American women working at NASA during the Civil Rights era. Each of the main characters – brilliant mathematicians, engineers and computer programmers – was central to the success of John Glenn’s 1962 mission to become the first American to orbit the Earth.
This was a really inspiring and uplifting film and one that made us think about a multitude of important themes: gender, equality, politics, technology, and how we shape our understanding of history through the stories we choose to tell.
As always, our pupils were a delight to take out, engaged brilliantly with the film, and we are looking forward to the good discussion it will no doubt generate.