Cool Schools TV is an innovative and exciting Internet resource that explores the wide range of ways and places that kids go to school in Australia. This factual entertainment web site focuses on cultural, regional and social diversity in education.
It’s fun, it’s positive, it’s educational and it’s free!
Our aim is to unite kids in a shared experience of school and to celebrate children from all walks of life. There are many factors that make a school great and we want to celebrate them. Schools are largely compared by their academic results only and we want to give you the opportunity to tell us the other wonderful things about your school – the ones that don’t necessarily make it into a government report.
Cools Schools TV is also developing a TV series and is always on the look-out for really amazing schools. All the postcards are considered for inclusion in a TV episode and possibly even a school visit from the Cool Schools TV film crew.
Filmmaker and producer, Astrid Wells Cooper, created Cool Schools TV after travelling around Australia for nearly a year with her young family. While exploring our diverse and expansive country, Astrid created mini-video blogs about their travels. Intended only as family mementos, these blogs were soon followed by several schools and other families who lived vicariously through the eyes of Astrid’s children on this amazing journey.
Co-producer, Andrew Del Vecchio brings to Cool Schools TV his rich experience as a filmmaker with a history of making community, government and educational videos screened on web and television networks. Andy is a film studies teacher at Tastafe.
Cool Schools TV are currently creating a TV series where child reporters visit some of the truly remarkable and unique schools of Australia. Due for release in 2017, this series will bring you stories of Australian kids learning in really surprising places. Each episode ends with a video postcard, so there is a chance your school could be a part of something much, much bigger!
Cool Schools TV are delighted to have recently partnered with The Bookend Trust, a not for profit group. The Bookend Trust and Cool Schools TV will be working together to bring you even more diverse and exciting educational opportunities in the near future.
Bookend is a not-for-profit education initiative that seeks to inspire students and their communities with the positive environmental careers they can build, making the world a better place.
The Bookend Trust is funded through the donation of time, energy and resources by private individuals concerned about building a positive and cooperative environmental future for our students and community. “We started this work voluntarily as we feel privileged in our careers, and we wish to pass this inspiration and opportunity to the next generation.”
This dedication is supported and guided through our Patrons, including best selling international author Neil Gaiman, national economic commentator Saul Eslake, wilderness photography expert Liz Dombrovskis, and international award-winning documentary maker Cathy Henkel. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Bryce Courtney.