Last week at the Marian Centre Wollongong, we had the pleasure of hosting fourteen talented artists from four primary schools around the Diocese.
Ss Peter & Paul Kiama, St Brigid’s Gwynneville, Holy Cross Helensburgh and Holy Family Ingleburn were invited to select four students to have their work displayed in the Director’s Art Gallery, an exhibition enjoyed by hundreds of employees and visitors who come through the doors of the Catholic Education Office each week.
Mr Turner welcomed parents, grandparents, Catholic Education colleagues and "most importantly, the stars of the show ... the students"! He said that it was a joy to be celebrating the gifts of these great young people, focusing on their talent, skill, drive and passion.
Mr Turner said, "Although within our Catholic school system, an education in faith, literacy, numeracy and science is critical, so too are the creative and performing arts. The Creative Arts, that we celebrate here today, demonstrate our spirit, our soul and our heart, which is so important in the complex challenging world in which we live".
Each student presented their artwork to the audience, explaining the significance of subject matter, colours and techniques used in their work, some students speaking freely (beyond their written description) about what moved them to create their piece.
After the official ceremony, students and their families enjoyed talking to the other artists about their art, while they were treated to a delicious morning tea.
Big thanks to Trisha Cunningham from the Office of the Director who co-ordinated the exhibition, morning tea and beautiful prizes for the students and their schools.