Gregory Hills Public celebrates end of first school year

More than 600 people gathered at Gregory Hills Public for a student art showcase to end the 2023 school year. Alyssa Terese reports.

Two students in front of an artwork. Two students in front of an artwork.
Image: Gregory Hills Public School students with some of their showcased artworks.

In a dazzling display of colour and creativity, the 257 students of Gregory Hills Public, the state’s newest public school, showcased their work at the school’s first art show.

Parents, teachers and community members gathered to admire the collections, featuring two or more class-themed paintings, drawings, sculptures and creations from each student.

The artworks spanned various mediums with one class using clay to create farmhouses and animals, while another class used acrylics to paint sunflowers. Others used integrated technology that linked directly back to learning experiences in literacy.

The art show celebrated the students' accomplishments and served as a platform to nurture a sense of community, while celebrating everything that has been accomplished by the school in one year.

Following the showcase, guests came together for a picnic dinner under the stars.

School Principal Alison Rourke commended the students for their outstanding efforts, emphasising the importance of fostering creativity and self-expression in education.

“Selecting an art show as the culminating event for the school year was a deliberate choice aimed at celebrating the diverse talents and creativity within our student body,” Ms Rourke said.

“As the year draws to a close, we wanted to provide a platform for families, teachers, and students to come together to appreciate and celebrate the year that was 2023.”

The current Gregory Hills Public School opened on day one of Term 1 and new permanent primary school facilities are due to be completed in 2024.

“Our commitment to ensuring that every child had a year of growth in their learning set us on a path of aiming for school excellence,” Ms Rourke said.

“The staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the core business of teaching and learning remains at the heart of why we are here.”

A farmyard scene made of clay. A farmyard scene made of clay.
Image: Artworks spanned various mediums with one class using clay to create farmhouses and animals.
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