Com­pa­nies thanked for sup­port

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from com­pa­nies re­spon­si­ble for the em­ploy­ment of an art teacher at Green­bushes Pri­mary School met last week to see the in­flu­ence the teacher was hav­ing on stu­dents.

Tal­i­son Lithium, SG Min­ing, Global Ad­vanced Met­als and MSP to­gether do­nated the nec­es­sary money to em­ploy Fiona Wil­lis as an art teacher one day per week.

On Thurs­day, Mrs Wil­lis and school prin­ci­pal Chris Mott thanked the com­pa­nies’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives for their sup­port.

Mrs Wil­lis, a pri­mary school-trained teacher, be­gan her time at Green­bushes as a sub­sti­tute last year on Wed­nes­days.

This year, her roles in­clude teach­ing art, lit­er­acy and PE.

“These kids are just suck­ing up the art and I know why,” she said.

“If you’ve got mu­sic or art in your life, you’ve got some­where to go to.

“Art is a place where they can just ex­press them­selves.”

Mrs Wil­lis said one of the im­por­tant things she taught stu­dents was that you did not have to be good at draw­ing to “do art”.

“I want the kids to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent medi­ums to try and find suc­cess,” she said.

“That suc­cess in here trans­lates back into the class­room and they go home with their shoul­ders a lit­tle bit higher and their heads held up.”

Mr Mott thanked the com­pa­nies for their do­na­tion to the school.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port in em­ploy­ing Fiona,” he said.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

SG Min­ing's Adam Harris, Global Ad­vanced Met­als' Stu­art Steven­son, Green­bushes Pri­mary School art teacher Fiona Wil­lis, Global Ad­vanced Met­als' Ross Cook, Tal­i­son Lithium gen­eral man­ager Craig Daw­son, MSP’s Peter McSweeney and Green­bushes Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Chris Mott.

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