Train in­spires stu­dent art

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Ash­wini Saseedaran

MARK­ING 70 years since the Australind Train’s first ser­vice, schools and com­mu­nity groups are busy pre­par­ing for an open day an­niver­sary celebration to be held on Sun­day at the the South West Rail and Her­itage Cen­tre.

As part of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, schools along the train’s route were in­vited to en­ter the Australind Art Ar­ray for an op­por­tu­nity to por­tray, model, rep­re­sent or in­ter­pret the train us­ing any medium or se­lec­tion of me­dia.

Beaver­ing away at art cre­ations to be dis­played on the day, teacher Deb­bie Staub said River Val­ley Pri­mary School kin­der­garten stu­dents were ex­cited to bring the train to life with their projects. “It is a great way for the kids to learn about the com­mu­nity and where they be­long in it,” she said.

“It is also in­ter­est­ing for them to learn how trains have changed in the last 70 years.”

Us­ing card­board, pop-sticks, bot­tle caps, alu­minium foil and paint to cre­ate model trains, the stu­dents’ cre­ations would be judged for cash prizes.

“They have done it as a tech­nol­ogy and en­ter­prise project so we made up a proper plan and de­cided on a mix­ture of man-made and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als,” Mrs Staub said.

Apart from the cre­ative dis­plays, the orig­i­nal Australind buf­fet car would also be ex­hib­ited on the day which will start at 10am.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

River Val­ley Pri­mary School stu­dents Tiah Lawrence, Makenna Ha­dle and Is­abella Fraser, all aged 5, are get­ting cre­ative as part of the Australind Art Ar­ray to cel­e­brate the Australind Train’s 70-year an­niver­sary.

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