Kids learn by art at U8s

Fun day brings par­ents and kids to­gether

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - An­nie Caughey An­[email protected]­news.com.au

IT WAS a day of slimy goo, colour­ful paint, ex­cite­ment and en­ergy at the Golden Beach State School’s Un­der Eights Day.

As part of the an­nual event, younger grades of the school in­vited their par­ents along for a morn­ing of in­ter­ac­tive and fun games, all based on this year’s theme of cul­ture.

Many of the ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able were de­signed to in­tro­duce stu­dents to many as­pects of the Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.

This in­cluded ex­er­cises such as boomerang paint­ing, tra­di­tional dance and dot paint­ing.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Bren­dan Bail­lie said the event gave par­ents an in­side per­spec­tive of their child’s learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

About 300 stu­dents and nearly 100 par­ents at­tended in what was a whirl­wind ex­pe­ri­ence.

Bree Greene is the mother of two stu­dents Tileah and Caleb Leiper.

She said she came to the event ev­ery year to wit­ness the sheer joy that beamed from her chil­dren’s faces.

“They have an ab­so­lute ball. They get to run around and do lots of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and work as a team; it’s good for them.

“I just love watch­ing them have fun.

“It shows that the school is here for the kids as well as their learn­ing.”

One of the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties on the day was the indige­nous dot paint­ing sta­tion that was or­gan­ised by Caloun­dra State High School stu­dents Ebonie Palma and Ie­sha Mon­sell.

The project was a part of the cur­ricu­lum in their child­care class.

“We thought it would be good for the kids to get in­volved with some indige­nous stud­ies.”

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

ALL IN: Kalen Col­las, Eli Ash­mead, Hamish Trem­bath and Edj Steven­son at Golden Beach State School for a day of in­ter­ac­tion and in­tro­duc­tion to indige­nous cul­ture.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

FUN IN THE SUN: Mason West at Golden Beach State School for a day of in­ter­ac­tion and in­tro­duc­tion to indige­nous cul­ture.

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