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1 March 2018
Grade four students will put their creative talents on show at the much-anticipated Alcoa Children's Festival on 17 March. Around 200 students from North Parmelia, Medina, Bertram and Honeywood Primary Schools are participating in the Environmental Histories Project, which includes a series of sustainability workshops by the City of Kwinana and art classes by West Australian artist Shana James. Students are learning about the farming and market garden history of Kwinana then creating their own concertina picture books based on their findings.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said it was fantastic for the students to about the history of the area they live in.
"This project has been a great opportunity for the City's specialist staff to share their knowledge with the younger generation who might one day choose to work in the field of environment and sustainability themselves.
"The Alcoa Children's Festival is set to be a very popular event, and I'm sure the students will be very proud and excited to display their artwork in front of thousands of people," she said.
The project is based on STEAM education principles; where science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics act as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. Throughout the workshops students will explore the relationships between human made environments (market gardens and farms) and natural landscapes, weighing up the benefits and constraints.
The artworks will be exhibited at the Alcoa Children's Festival on Saturday, 17 March, 11am to 3pm at Calista Oval.
Students from Honeywoord Primary School show their artworks to be displayed at the Festival.