Metella Road Public School was transformed into a musical wonderland when a suprise visitor performed at their school last week.
AmberLawrence, who was recently crowned ‘Female Artist of the Year’ at last yearsGolden Guitar Awards, is an Australian country music singer-songwriterwith four albums to her name.
“The vision for our school is to become a centre of excellence for public education and this involves, in part, providing students with access to a wide range of cultural opportunities in the arts,” relieving deputy principal, Nicole Parker said.
Ms Parker said theaward-winning Australian country music singer’sperformance at the school wasdriven by year 3teacherAlix Fekkes,“who has a passion for music and was teaching her class one of Amber’ssongs”.
“We’re astrong academic schoolandwe believe we also need to explore the creative arts aspart of our educational strategic plan,” she explained.
“Ithink academic achievement is definitely important but not all children are going to be high performers academically. We need to develop arts and culture in children so that they’re more exposed to another aspect that they might excel in.
“Untimately we’re trying toexpand the kids in other ways and teach themmusic appreciation.”
She said Lawrencetold her storyabout getting knocked back when she was trying topursuea career as a singer.
“I hope the kids take away the message of never giving up and apply it to all subjects,” Ms Parker said.
CREATIVE MOTIVATION: Australian award-winning singer and songwriter Amber Lawrence performed at Metella Road Public School on May 2. Picture: Geoff Jones