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Agi K at MozFest

Back from London and buzzing from MozFest 2016, where thousands of dedicated enthusiastic people were sharing projects directed at making the world a better place. I was there delivering sessions on how to Vlog. Here's a slideshow to give you a flavour of this amazing participatory fest of the web. If you get a chance to go next year, Do it! See for yourself the excitement, inspiration and passion at MozFest in the vlog I made about my experience there. The Art of Vlogging & 1,2,3, Vlog, Edit Upload In the spirit of Mozilla, shaping ...
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Episode 9 My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) poster

Episode 9 of My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

I'm so excited, relieved, amazed and proud to say Episode 9 is completed! I hope you like it. It's available to preorder today here Vimeo On Demand  available to watch from 1st September. Episode 9 is an hour long film made from footage shot in 2014 when Magdalena was 8, and I was 11 and 12 years old. This was the year that Magdalena began to start to play independently alongside me, and the year that her interest in scientifically analysing things became apparent. Her need to explore, assimilate and understand sensorially became stronger. Magdalena's ...
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Agi K @Arts Award Gold Expo@RichMix June 2016

RichMix Gold Expo

Arts Award Gold Expo at Richmix, London was a buzz! It was an exciting venue and the day was full of pop up performances, talks and exhibits. Thanks so much to all the Arts Award team for inviting me. I was there to speak on the panel in the live show with Tom Innis (Arts Award Voice) Faz Shah (violinist & beat boxer Gold achiever) and Laura Gander-Howe from the Arts Council, alongside the screening of my short film Seat 35. The panel were discussing the value of Arts Award at Gold level and the ...
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POWgirls U.S.A. screen Agi K film

First U.S.A screening

Wow, this is the first time one of my films has been screened outside of the U.K.  And it was in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. at this really great festival all about featuring the work of woman film makers from around the world. So I was honoured and excited to have my short We The Mountain, We The Sea chosen for their official selection into POW fest 2016! And for it to be screened on May 30th in the Youth showcase. I was gutted that I couldn't get over there and enjoy everyone else's films, join ...
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My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) cinema screenings

Agi K in conversation

Thank you to all at Wyeside InsideOut festival and to everyone who came to the cinema screenings of all the My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) films, listening to my talk, and the screening of my short 'We The Mountain, We The Sea' The reproduction was incredible, both visuals and audio and magical having a live audience for all of those months of working on my films. It was interesting seeing all the My Little Sister... films consecutively, picking up on themes and changes in our lives. I was really happy that the ...
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Seat 35

Seat 35 short by Agi K

My short 'Seat 35' was projected in a photographic exhibition celebrating it's liberation from the theatre! The exhibition of Seat 35 opened the Wyeside Inside Out festival with a buzzing private view. Magdalena and I were there meeting the other artists. It was such a fun project to be involved it. Take a look at some photos from the evening Seat 35 -Short film by Agi K A red velvet theatre chair. I thought of a seat where change could happen unexpectedly, to whoever sits in it. I wanted my little sister Magdalena, the star of my documentary series ...
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Wyeside Inside Out Festival brochure with My LIttle Sister...films programmed

Cinema screenings for My Little Sister…

Exciting news! All 8 episodes of the My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) films are going to be screened at Wyeside cinema as part of the Wyeside Inside Out Festival in Builth Wells, Wales on Sunday April 24th 2016. Each episode will be screened consecutively in the lush cinema. Also screening is my short, premiered at Raindance and my new stop-frame animation ... I'm also programmed to be in conversation with Rebbecca Ray and we'll be chatting about the films, film making, busting myths about Down's syndrome, and anything else that comes ...
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Agi K and Magdalena with pets

World Down Syndrome Day 2016

Happy World Down's Syndrome Day everyone! March 21st is WDSD, a day to celebrate and spread awareness about Down's syndrome. The date was chosen to symbolise the three copies of chromosome 21...which is why Down's syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21. This year the theme is My Friends, My Community. To celebrate, me and Magdalena are having a My Little Sister (who happen's to have Down's syndrome) films giveaway! Here is how to enter... Episode 9 is coming out in 10 days so catch up with the last 8 episodes & introduce your friends ...
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Agi K on location

New Year New website for agnieszkaproductions!

New Year, New logo, New website and a new style of music video for you! There's lots of exciting stuff coming up and you can now sign up to get my newsletter so you don't miss film screenings and DVD releases. This year there will be two episodes of My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome); Episode 9 with footage from 2014 (delayed release due to the robbery), and Episode 10 with footage from 2015. I'm looking for the right music to accompany them so if you are a musician who could help ...
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My time at VideoStar & tips on making music videos!

I've been working as a beta tester for 4 years for an app called VideoStar, and have just retired! It's been a major part of my life so far, and has definitely developed my skills as a filmmaker. Working as a beta tester involves, testing new effects and software, creating effects, sharing ideas with the app developers, in reality this means corresponding with the app developers and other beta team members on a daily basis as things are happening, it's like being part of a news team! The app was released in 2011, I discovered ...
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Agi K at Raindance Film Festival 2015

Agi K short at Raindance 2015

Getting your film screened at Raindance, Europe's largest independent film festival has got to be a major highlight of any filmmaker's career. And to experience this aged 13, with my film that I made last year, when I was 12 was a mindblowing amazing experience. My 5 minute short 'We the Mountain, We the Sea' was screened on Saturday night on the 3rd October before a feature about Charlie Hebdo. The short was made to accompany and illustrate the most incredible audio track of the same name, taken from the album Corpus Mei, which is ...
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Poster for short by Agi K-We the Mountain, We the Sea'

Short film by Agi K to be premiered at Raindance Film Festival 2015

Last year I was thrilled to be asked by the poet Penny Rimbaud (previous band member of CRASS) to make a short film to interpret and accompany We the Mountain, We the Sea a track taken from the album 'Corpus Mei', which is a collaborative venture between Penny Rimbaud and the producer Youth. The violinist is Isabella Kolaczynska. I found it very interesting to work with such a scenic track, as it's very different to other music I have worked with for other artists, which has mostly been along the lines of classic pop. I loved ...
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My Little Sister…wins IYAF Award

My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) episode 8 has not only been screened twice at the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston, London...but has won the Best of Fest. IYAF Under 17 Production award 2015! Here's a slideshow of snaps from the fest. I've come back from this festival fueled with confidence, positivity and new skills, because IYAF (International Youth Arts Festival) genuinely is about what it says it's about; celebrating creative youth, giving us platforms to be heard on, next to established artists who are already successful in the creative industries, ...
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My Little Sister...Episode 8 DVD

Episode 8 My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

I'm excited to tell you that This year's My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) film is now ready for you to rent or buy for download online. Here's the trailer! This year's film is 45 minutes long and is made from footage of our lives in 2013 taken when Magdalena was 7 and I was 10. CLICK HERE to watch My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome)Episode 8 I've also put ALL of the  first seven episodes from 2010-2013 together as a set to rent or buy on Vimeo On ...
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It’s Summer, it’s Circus!

We've been outside all summer. With camping, friends, circus, tumbling, playing with our pet lamb, walking, trips, outside fires, parties, swimming, reading, meeting up with you tubers and of course, filming! Magdalena and I love being outside, and at the beginning of summer we went camping on a week long circus camp! It was run by Foolhardy Circus, and Panic circus. I learnt lots of new tumbling skills, and Magdalena perfected her Magic Bird trick. We made lots of new friends, and had tons of fun going to the discos, talent shows & parties each ...
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Film The House nomination!

I've just heard that 'My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome)' has been selected by my local MP as his choice for Film The House film competition 2014! This means that it will now be judged by industry experts along with the other selected films in their different categories from all over the UK. My category is the under 19s. Also, there is a people's choice winner. So, if you love the 'My Little Sister...' films and want to see them raising awareness about Down's syndrome by being screened in the House of Commons, ...
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Girlpower Agi & Abi

I was recently asked to make two official music videos for the soulful singer and songwriter 16 year old Abi Foster! She contacted me after reading my blog post where I mentioned that if anyone wanted me to make music videos to their songs, then to get in contact with me. Not only is she a great singer, but I found out she only lived 20 minutes away from me! She has recently released her first album Scarlet Rain, which has 12 original songs on it.  Abi and I are both starting out and thought it ...
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Inside The Reveal-a film by Agi K agnieszkaproductions

So, I'm really excited to tell you that I've just finished editing my first major film of the year 'Inside The Reveal' A film about Heart & Sold's art and artists who all have Down's syndrome. I spent a week filming the exhibition on the Southbank in London, interviewing the artists, exploring their work and talking to the directors of this groundbreaking collective. The exhibition was called 'The Reveal' and was held during World Down's syndrome week. The experience was very exciting, thrilling and tiring all at the same time! I was pleased with my results ...
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Womans Own article 2014

Happy World Down’s Syndrome Day!

Happy World Down's Syndrome Day everyone!  To celebrate, me and My Little Sister Magdalena made a music video to 'Friends' by Jasmine Thompson She is an amazing singer and she has a beautiful voice, and she is only 13! I am completely in love with her songs. See our take on 'Friends' here: If you have Down's syndrome, then you have 3 copies of your 21st chromosome. So Magdalena has 3 copies of her 21st chromosome and I have 2 copies of my 21st chromosome. World Down's Syndrome Day is on the 21st of the 3rd month ...
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Agi K films The Reveal – Heart & Sold exhibition 2014

"Some very exciting news! Young but very talented film maker, Agnieszka Kolaczynska will be filming at the private viewing and celebration party for The Reveal...Agi will be interviewing artists and their families and capturing moments throughout the evening to produce a film that will match her previous wonderful, innovative and inspirational works." release by  director of Heart & Sold, Suzie Moffat I've been commissioned to make a film for Heart And Sold. So I'll be filming at the private view and celebration party of The Reveal in  London, near the Tate Modern and I've been working really ...
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What’s happening? New Year 2014

This week Magdalena is going to be 8!  I started this blog and released the first 'My Little Sister...' film when I was 8, three years ago. Now I'm 11, it feels like completion of one cycle and a good time to think about what I want to do next and how to make that happen. Annually I release the next instalment of our lives in January. But this year it's different as it's time for the next stage in the My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) film and books project. So ...
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Blindsight hidden treasures

The best prize out of the whole NYFF Award ceremony was chatting to professional filmmakers and when I asked about female filmmakers that would inspire me I was being given the name of a brilliant documentary filmmaker...Lucy Walker. Her film Blindsight is a mindblowing film about 6 blind, tibetan teenagers who set out to climb up a 23,000 ft mountain on the north side of Mount Everest, led by their blind teacher and adventurer Sabriye Tenberken and the first blind person to climb Mount Everest, Erik Weihenmayer. This outline does not even scrape the surface of what this ...
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Agi K wins the Ones To Watch Award at the National Youth Film Festival Award Ceremony 2013

We've just come back from London, with an amazing experience never to forget! As you might have known previously, I was nominated for the National Youth Film Festival's 'Ones To Watch' Award. So last Friday Magdalena, me and my Mum and Dad went down to the Glitzy Gala Award ceremony at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square with all the other industry selected nominees. Magdalena and me were very excited throughout the whole ceremony, but I was also very nervous! It was incredible viewing my film on the big cinema screen. When my name ...
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Agi K NYFF Film Award

SO, this is something way too exciting to be cool about, so I'm whooping and somersaulting here 🙂 It feels so brilliant to get recognition for what I do with every moment that I possibly can, film making is my life!! Whether I'm making films, running workshops and filmclubs, watching them, learning about them, writing about them, editing them, shooting footage, learning new software and studying effects, or devising new storylines, It's always what I want to do! Here's the press release! PRESS RELEASE Agi K has been shortlisted for an award in the National ...
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My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) films

Episode 5 My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

So here, is the last, but not least episode of this year's "My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) Episode 5" with footage from 2012 ...and then you will have to wait till 2014 to see what we've been up to in 2013!... So here are my notes about this episode. In this last episode of 13 minutes. I've put less of my own commentary but more shots of life as it happens. I've written a bit of background to some of the scenes below: You will see how Magdalena and I love ...
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Agi K filming on location in Spain

My Little Sister (Around The World) – in Spain!

This year, once again, we all went to Spain! We are very lucky, as my Dad was teaching at a Chinese Medicine congress in Barcelona, so being home educated and with my older sister not starting her music college until later in September we were able to go with him and have our own holiday further down the coast with Mum! I met lots of Spanish children where we stayed, and me and Magdalena had great fun practising our Spanish with all the children. I also made a music video with them (of course ahaha) ...
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My Little Sister (who happens to have D.S) Episode 6

Yesterday, was the 21st of August, which means another My Little Sister film is coming out! The 4th episode this year, with 2 more yet to come! This is all made with footage from 2012 After troubles with uploading (again) it has finally uploaded overnight and is live now! Yay 😀 Choosing how to use the footage left from last year, I chose to make this episode about nature, how much time we spend outside and the way we learn. As well as our daily chores like caring for the animals, cooking, washing, we also ...
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Dog Walking

Dog walking Me and Magdalena really, really, love dogs! Ever since I was tiny we've always wanted a dog. Our neighbours have a collie called Joe, (me and Magdalena always called him Joe Dog) ever since I can remember, he was a puppy around when I was born, and I used to curl up next to him when I was a baby, and so I've grown up with him, he's now 9 years old and I'm 10. I still love him loads! Whenever I get the chance I play with friends' dogs and when I ...
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Myth busting Down’s syndrome with My Little Sister

*"It's a myth that Down's syndrome makes you loving and compliant, Magdalena is very sweet but not all the time and nor am I, and we don't always get along as I will show you in this film"- Agnieszka Kolaczynska, My Little Sister...Episode 3 Part 3Hey guys! I've had lots of technical difficulties releasing this film - but I can now announce that My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) Part 3 Episode 3 is now out! (footage of us from 2012) This film includes an awesome hair dance on the trampoline,  learning ...
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Swallows, Diamonds, The Croods, Nature’s calendar, London and Spring!

Hello there! Me and Magdalena have been out in the garden looking for signs of Spring. Have you spotted any signs of spring yet? We live 1200ft up in the hills of Wales, and Spring is just arriving here, although when we were in London last week, the blossom was out everywhere! Which just shows that even though the UK is a small island, it shows how even small differences in climate can have a big effect on nature, which is why Nature's calendar is tracking differences in nature all over the UK from year ...
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Flying

My friend Matilda came over for the day, and we decided to make a music video outside to Florence + The Machine's fabulous Dog Days Are Over. Look out for wild horses! We had so much fun making it, we spent the whole day jumping about in the woods, although we only ended up filming a couple of scenes there! I had a lot of fun making this video of me FLYING! I've been coming across some talented adults with Down's syndrome and their older brothers or sisters supporting them one of these is a ...
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Episode 4, My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

Episode 4 'My Little Sister...' Film, where Magdalena grieves for our rabbit who died. This episode (with footage from 2012) shows Magdalena coming to terms with the death of our pet rabbit. This has been a constant theme through 2012, (he died in December 2011) it has been really hard for her to understand that he isn't coming back and she has felt deep emotions about his death. Even since we have had our two new rabbits she still talks about "Billy-White" most days, we have to stop everything and talk about it before ...
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Plastic elephants, Judith Scott, Sayaka Ganz, World Education Games and Cleaning up the ocean with Boyan Slat

It's been a very rainy April and cold here, and dearn, with snow still lying on our hills. I've also been a bit poorly, so me, Mum, Magdalena & my older sister Isabella decided to get creating. We love singing along to lively music when we make art together. We like using junk to create with. A lot of our world's waste is made of plastic and so it makes sense to turn it into something useful or beautiful. Here's a slideshow of us turning plastic into beautiful things. We also covered plastic tubs in ...
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Snow, rice pudding, Andy Goldsworthy & a quiz for you!

Hello! I hoped you all enjoyed My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) Episode 3. Episode 4 is coming out on the 21st of April! It's very snowy here in Wales at the moment, and we're snowed in, which is quite fun because me & Magdalena have been sledging a lot. I've noticed how much more me and Magdalena and I can be trusted to go out together, like last year we couldn't go sledging by ourselves incase something happened, but me and Magdalena this year are able to go sledging by ourselves ...
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Episode 3 My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

The post you've all been waiting for, so now I can officially announce: My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) Episode 3 Boy, haven't I been waiting to write that for a long time! Okay so best now keep you waiting, I've left you waiting long enough!! Here is My Little Sister...Episode 3! Look out for belly dancing, sandcastles, treasure in the sink, horse riding, and a visit to the library....Enjoy! I hope you enjoyed My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) Episode 3! I certainly had a lot of fun ...
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World Down Syndrome Day – A Blog Full Of Socks!

What a great way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year- to wear different socks! I'm sure everyone has had lots of fun wearing their different socks and taking photos and making videos! This blog post is going to be full of different socks! This is to show how we are all different and how that's what makes life fun! So first of all a huge THANK YOU! To all my friends for taking photos of them in their different socks, and making videos in them. When I sent out a message to all ...
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Who wakes you up in the morning?

Who wakes you up in the morning? Is it your dog? Your sister? Your alarm clock? Your mum or dad? Or your phone? Comment down below! The light wakes me up in the morning, coming through my skylight at 6:45, I wake up that early because the whole of outside is waking up and its fun lying in bed watching the sun come up through the window, and also normally I'll get up, throw some clothes on and make a music video! Who wakes Magdalena up? Well when mum's putting Magdalena to bed, Magdalena will ...
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Agi K on edits and Instagram!

I first started my interest in filmmaking by taking photographs and being interested in photography. I enjoyed it so much, that I took my camera everywhere. My mad love of photography started when I was 4...That was, till I discovered a video camera when I was 7, which became my new obsession. Being able to turn my photos into moving images and adding sound, effects, and playing around with editing, was a whole new world to me. So three months ago I discovered Instagram and edits, editing is where you have 2 basic images/layers, and ...
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Cover for the very first My Little Sister...film I made

When Magdalena was born

14th February 2013 Happy Valentines Day!  I'm going to tell you about what it was like when I was very little and my little sister was born. Hello, My name is Agnieszka and I'm 10 and I want to share with the world how much I love my little sister, Magdalena aged 7, (who happens to have Down's syndrome) so I make films and blog about our lives. This is how it started........ When my little sister Magdalena was born, I didn't know what to think, I was only 3 & couldn't work out ...
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(Don’t Mess Around) With My Little Sister! – Quick blog post for beginning of February!

Hello Guys! So yes, I'm disappointed to say that I am still staring at a crashing computer that I can't edit very easily on! But I am happy to say, I have marked nearly 5 hours worth of film across different hard drives that I will be using for the film. I am aiming to put it out on World Down Syndrome day on March 21st. World Down Syndrome day is on the 21st of the third month, because "A person with Down's syndrome  has 3 copies of the 21st chromosome instead of 2 so they ...
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Agi and Magdalena sledging

Snowed out for Magdalena’s 7th birthday, January 2013

Coming Soon: My Little Sister (Who Happens To Have Down's Syndrome Part 8 It's this time of year again, you're checking the youtube channel but just can't see Part 8 of My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome). Where is it? Well we went away, and came back to find ourselves snowed out of home due to 6 feet drifts: Yesterday night with a bit of digging we finally arrived home! And this morning after a long lie in I was straight away onto the film. I have sifted through, marked ...
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Dec-jan 2013 rabbits, music videos & party

Okay so today is going to be a busy blog! Full of me and my friend's music videos, the C.W.D.S.S.G Xmas party, rabbits... I better get started! Music Videos I love making music videos, and have really been getting into it this year! It's so fun 🙂 Here is a selection from my new page..  New page is: Music Videos! This is my favourite music video ever. I've just received an email from "videostar" to tell me that they have chosen it to be featured on their channel, website, app, and facebook! If you ...
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Magdalena, my beautiful 6 year old sister with Down's Syndrome

Our Down’s syndrome family group.

Mum started a family support group when Magdalena was very little so families could meet up together and I've made lots of friends through it. In June we had our annual Central Wales Down's Syndrome Support Group Summer BBQ. It was really fun, because I got to see my friend Josie, (who lives 2 hours away) and Niamh (who lives a hour away) as well as lots of others. We had a great time, all playing with our younger sisters and going for walks and climbing trees together. Niamh, me, and Josie messing about together.We ...
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Magdalena arranging peg faeries

Malachy Doyle

March 2012- Malachy Doyle Today in our local bookshop, Malachy Doyle was reading out his new book-Collywobble. Magdalena and me loved the book, so we bought it, and he signed it for Magdalena! After he had read Collywobble, he read another book he'd written: Owen And The Mountain.I loved that book, and it reminded me of where we live, so I got that one for me, and he signed it! H also read us his book that is coming out later this year 'The snuggle sandwich', which is really lovely. About snuggling up to the ...
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Agi K & Magdalena eating pancakes

Pancake Day

February 22nd 2012-Pancake Day I am 9 now and this year I made pancakes by myself. Lots of people ate pancakes yesterday for pancake day, (including me, I made the batter by myself without supervision, and cooked them on the gas by myself, and served them up myself, they were sugar-free, and tasted delicious!) but do you know why? We remember the forty days Jesus spent alone and hungry in the desert. Many people make pancakes to use up their fatty foods (eggs and butter) before a fast. We can give up something for lent ...
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Agi K makes party bags for Magdalena's birthday

February-Birthday party for Magdalena

February 2012 - Magdalena's Birthday Party For Magdalena's 6th birthday, she had her first ever party. It was a Charlie & Lola themed party, and I drew Lola onto every single brown party bag, (they are reusable, recyclable, and compostable plain brown bags), It took me fifteen minutes to draw all the Lolas. (on 22 party bags I drew an individual Lola). I wrote 'Thank you for coming to my party' on the back. At the end of the party Magdalena gave each of her friends a bag and said 'Thank you for coming to ...
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Magdalena the magician,Episode 2 My Little Sister

Episode 2 My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

January 2012 Episode 2 My little sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) Do you remember I made the 3 minute  film  My little sister (who happens to have down's syndrome) from footage of us in 2010 when Magdalena was 4 and I was 8. Well here is the next one in the series! This is from footage of us from 2011 I am now 9 and Magdalena is now 5. Episode 2 is 15 minutes long! Each year I'm making a documentary about what we like doing together and what it is like being ...
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My Little Sister…wins film competition

This January, I entered my first film competition, with My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) This article was published in the Home Educating magazine 'Education Otherwise' January 2011 - My little sister Video Wins Prize Home Education Video made by 8 year old wins first prize in National competition. This little film My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome)  is a positive & inspiring glimpse into the way home educated siblings can teach & learn from each other, seen through the eyes of an 8 year old. One of the ...
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