Out of a number of schools across Canada, South Kamloops Secondary was chosen as the location of an upcoming CBC documentary on the Canadian education system. South Kamloops Secondary, which is located in downtown, is the city’s largest high school.
The national broadcaster has requested six episodes for the documentary, titled The School, from Paperny Entertainment, a Canadian production company. The series will give an “intimate and revealing look at how the next generation of Canadians are being educated,” according to CBC’s entertainment publicist Elizabeth Reid.
Meant to inform audiences of everyday school life in the Canadian education system, the series also stands to highlight the work of educators and give the average student a chance to voice their own opinion on how they are being educated. Students will also have the chance to attend media workshops.
The original idea for The School came from an award-winning British documentary series. The Educating series, which is now in its fourth season, includes Educating Essex, Educating Yorkshire, Educating the East End and Educating Cardiff. Offering U.K. audiences a glimpse at their own education system, the Educating series has since sparked a national conversation about education in that country.
Filming for The School is slated to begin in April, but Paperny Entertainment is already on scene. While shooting of The School won’t begin for another couple of weeks, crews have been busy interviewing students and staff and getting parents to sign release forms. Paperny Entertainment is still actively looking for a target group of students to focus on in the documentary.
Founded in Vancouver in 1993 by David Paperny, Paperny Entertainment produces non-fiction television and documentaries for North American broadcasters. In 1994, Paperny Entertainment was nominated for an Academy Award for their documentary The Broadcast Tapes of Doctor Peter, which looked at the life of a person living with AIDS.
The School, which will premiere on CBC this fall, is meant to coincide with the 2016-17 school year. Endemol Shine, an international media company under the joint management of 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, will be responsible for the series’ distribution.