Dean’s Address – 2013 Formal Assembly

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As a media studies teacher it would come as no surprise that one of my most memorable experiences this year was watching a film called The Bling Ring. This was a film that was on at the NZ Film Festival and I watched it in a sold out Embassy – the very location that the Noscars played. Among the 750 people, I watched a fairly damning portrayal of what teenagers do and the decisions they make. It was a film that examined the idea of role models and it challenged me to think about some new things in a new way.

The film was about the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, a group of seven teenagers, not much older than you – based in California who burgled the homes of several celebrities in 2009 mainly. They stole about $3 million in cash and belongings from celebrities homes, including Paris Hilton…

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