East Ayr State School
I’m writing in support of the Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival and its dedicated and hardworking Committee.
The Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival (BRWF) offers our community an excellent opportunity to engage in activities that stimulate thought, inspire creativity, appreciate literature and excite aspirations.
The festival has established itself as a significant event on the regional calendar and engages a wide range of participants and followers.
From the school’s perspective, the festival enhances student engagement and adds value to the work that occurs in the classrooms each and every day.
The children love hearing from inspirational people that have made their passion a career. This excites possibilities and opens up thoughts and opportunities that may not have existed before.
This year we were able to build on this feature of the event by incorporating a Writers Workshop for the school children as well as offering key note presentations.
Through close collaboration with the organising committee, we were able to pair a suitable author with a motivated group of learners to extend their current understanding of the writing process and to influence their creative talents.
The results of this process have been outstanding. We had excellent engagement during the session and many of the students who attended are still writing and crafting work that they are sharing with our school community.
I am a strong supporter of the Burdekin Readers and Writers festival as I get to experience and benefit from its influence each and every day. The teachers, students and parents in my school community appreciate the event and the opportunities that it presents. I’m looking forward to further engagement with the BRWF committee to strengthen outcomes for the children of the Burdekin District.
Chris Wicks – Principal