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School Life

School Life

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  • Wed 25 Jul ’18, 6:00pm – 7:40pm
  • Wed 25 Jul ’18, 8:00pm – 9:40pm


The Theatre & Function Rooms - Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi



Ticket Information:

  • Adult Admission: $12.30
  • Senior/Student Admission: $10.25

Special Screening:

'School Life' (PG13) 98 Mins Ireland/Spain - two screenings 6pm and 8pm

Tickets from Eventfinda and on the door.

Telephone bookings 09 818 2489 or text bookings 0210 222 5558.

Licensed Bar serving wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, coffee. Doors open 5-30pm.

The film covers a year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort School, housed in an 18th Century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden's life. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now they must start making preparations for their retirement? What will keep them young if they leave?

What parents need to know:
Parents need to know that School Life is a gentle, moving, and uplifting documentary about an Irish boarding school. The adults at the school, particularly the two teachers at the heart of the film, care very much about their students, frequently talking about what would be best for them and trying to help them both academically and socially. They hug the students, listen to their problems, correct them when they're doing something wrong, and praise them when they've made the right step. Adults and kids discuss morality and the respect and dignity they owe each other and people in general, reinforcing themes of compassion and empathy. One teacher can be a little harsh, telling students to "go away" or saying that one student is a "bloody nuisance." But he also spends his off hours working with the students and once offers to tell a girl that he's a "silly old man" to soothe her hurt feelings. Two teachers smoke frequently, and there are a few references to underage drinking (the legal drinking age in Ireland is 18); one teacher implies that underage drinking is fine if done "responsibly" but also mentions that alcoholism is a major problem in Ireland. In other scenes, teachers talk about the history behind scary nursery rhyme lyrics and how, in the past, students were beaten for disobedience; there are also a couple of scenes of homesick kids crying. Swearing isn't frequent but includes a few phrases like "bloody hell" and "it's s--t."

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