Sausage sizzles will take over from pork barrelling on federal election day, and Donvale Primary School has other fundraising plans to boot. The Elata St school is planning a car boot sale and coffee van on top of the traditional banger barbecue for voters making their way to the campus’ polling booth on September 7. Stacey Browne, the school’s parents’ association spokewwoman, said that day was a chance to raise funds for important projects such as upgrading the school toilet blocks, increasing shade areas and resurfacing the basketball court. “It is primarily about fundraising but we want to raise awareness about the school as well,” Ms Brown said. She said each class would have a stall and the school is selling space for the car boot sale to be held from 9.00am to 4.00pm for $25 a site. Details Phone 9842 3373.
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Donvale pupils show bright side thanks to hands on help from artist Stephan Hitchens
A spectacular new mural has helped transform Donvale Primary School. As part of the school’s new ‘artist in residency’ program, South African artist Stephan Hitchens worked closely with students and the school’s arts community to help create a colourful mural for the school.
The artwork celebrates the achievements of the school’s curriculum according to principal Lena Clark, who spoke in glowing terms of the positive atmosphere it has created.
“We couldn’t be happier,” she said. “There is a real sense of vibrancy, innovation and freshness at the school.
“The kids are absolutely loving it they have a real sense of pride and ownership of it.”
Mr Hitchens has also helped students encompass Aboriginal themed dot paintings into the mural celebrating indigenous art and culture.
Mrs Clark said the giant mural, which spans across the front of the school, has created a real “wow” factor.
“When I have been conducting school tours people just say ‘wow’ at just howfantastic it looks,” she said.
She said the entire community has rallied to make the initiative possible, with businesses such as Taubman’s donating paint to the project.
“It’s been a whole school commitment that has brought the entire community together,” she said.
For more information visit www.donvaleps.vic.edu.au/curriculum/artist-inresidence/
Take a look at this week’s local paper. A great article has been written about Lena Clark and the fantastic future we all have at Donvale Primary.
The following article featuring Donvale Junior Chef Club was published in the Manningham Leader newspaper on June 9th 2011.