Stu­dents flock to a fes­ti­val of learn­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

MANY stu­dents would run a mile from the idea of go­ing to school dur­ing the hol­i­days.

But the inau­gu­ral Syd­ney Learn­ing Fes­ti­val should change that, thanks to an ex­cit­ing pro­gram of speak­ers and work­shops.

The two-day fes­ti­val, hosted by St An­drew’s Cathe­dral School in the Syd­ney CBD, will of­fer 28 work­shops in­clud­ing build­ing robots, laser cut­ting, cir­cus skills, movie mak­ing, sculpt­ing, theatre and sto­ry­telling. The fes­ti­val, on Septem­ber 21 and 22, is open to stu­dents in Years 5 to 8.

Richard Ford, the school’s deputy head (learn­ing and teach­ing) and the fes­ti­val’s di­rec­tor, said learn­ing should be shared and cel­e­brated. “De­sign­ing un­miss­able learn­ing is what we are on about.”

Laura Thomas, of Ten­nyson Point, will lead a clay cre­ations work­shop with two other se­nior stu­dents.

“I am pas­sion­ate about art and I can’t wait to get the stu­dents in­volved and teach them a few things,” she said.

A one-day fes­ti­val pass is $85 and two-day passes are $160. For book­ings go to syd neylearn­ingfes­ti­

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