School proves that Earth without art is just ‘Eh’

Woodburn Public School teachers Naomi Simpson and Nicole Lord celebrate creativity.

Susanna Freymark

What a night it was at Woodburn Public School. Students danced, sang and made art for the school’s first Creative Arts Showcase yesterday, Monday, June 24.

The walls of the hall were filled with children’s art and the stage was set for the dancers and choir as families found their seats ready for the display of the students’ creative talents.

Teachers Naomi Simpson and Nicole Lord organised the evening to give students the opportunity to share their creativity.

Did the students or the audience have the most fun at the arts showcase?

Students rehearsed during lunchtimes, Ms Simpson said.

“(The show) gives kids a chance to shine and enjoy themselves.”

The Creative Arts Showcase was a way to bring the school community together, Ms Simpson said.

The teachers wore tshirts with the slogan – The Earth without art is eh!

Year 6 student Jimmy Harris was in the choir and dance performances.

Jimmy Harris, on the left, performs on stage with other students.

“I love being inclusive,” he said.

“Being a role model to students that don’t have the confidence to go up and do it.”

Khloe Morgan, 10, said they had been practicing for the whole term.

Khloe Morgan on the right, rehearsed with friends before her night on stage.

During the 2022 flood disaster, Woodburn Public School became the emergency evacuation centre for the community.

Then the hall housed hundreds of people fleeing the rising waters.

At the arts showcase, two and half years later, the hall was instead filled with colour, laughter and the creativity of children in a well deserved celebration.

Below are more photos from the evening.

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