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Artsplash more than just a festival – SLIDESHOW

Aug 21st, 2008 | By | Category: Picture story

WELLINGTON’S annual Artsplash is more than just an opportunity for students to showcase their talents – it’s also a chance to develop personally.

Thorndon School student Kayleigh Burchett-Cotterell (10) says: “I used to be terribly frightened of dancing or performing or any movement.”  This week Kayleigh performed in front of a crowd of 2000 at the Michael Fowler Centre as part of her school’s dance group.

Zeeta Andrew, one of two teachers in charge of the group, says the kids have a good time. She also says it’s a chance for quiet or shy children to get out of their comfort zone.

“They are so proud of their movements and their dance – they own it.”

Jane Regan, co-leader of Sacred Heart School’s six wearable arts teams, says Artsplash is an extension of skills, listing group co-operation, problem solving and perseverance as just a few of the things students take from the experience. But that’s not all.

“It means the children can express themselves creatively. It’s a chance for the quiet child who might not excel [in conventional areas].”

This year Wadestown School decided to include all 180 children from years 4-8 in its choir group “to develop our culture of singing,” says teacher in charge, Gareth Wood.

“There aren’t many chances [for children] to come together in a cultural setting,” says Mr Wood, who sees Artsplash as an opening to explore a different medium of expression.

“It’s good for them to have that exposure.”

Mr Wood is enthusiastic about Artsplash: “It’s a real celebration of singing.”

Artsplash is a visual and performing arts festival involving most primary and intermediate schools in the Wellington region. The event runs until Sunday at the Michael Fowler Centre. For more information click here.

PICTURE: Sacred Heart student Alexandra Valler (13) shows her team’s creation, Tied To The Past.

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