Red Range Public School featured in NSW diversity calendar

CALENDAR KIDS: Back row - Jaxson Bagster, Charlie Bicknell, Mrs Kristin Lynn, Riley Mears, Christian Leabeater. Front row - Nataya Hidden, Milan Schilling, Elizabeth Bicknell, Ruby Feltham. Photo supplied.
CALENDAR KIDS: Back row - Jaxson Bagster, Charlie Bicknell, Mrs Kristin Lynn, Riley Mears, Christian Leabeater. Front row - Nataya Hidden, Milan Schilling, Elizabeth Bicknell, Ruby Feltham. Photo supplied.

Children at Red Range Public School have stepped into the limelight. Turn to the September page of the 2020 diversity calendar (distributed to all NSW public schools), and you'll see the self-portraits of last year's K-1-2 class in wool and mixed media.

"We're over the moon!" principal Nicole Hatton said. "The kids are very excited to take it back home and show their parents. We've got a copy hanging in every room in our school."

Classroom teacher Kristin Lynn completed the artwork with the students in two Friday lessons last year. Creative art is Mrs Lynn's passion, and she inspired her young charges to create the collage Woven Together, based on the theme "Our Place".

"Our place is at school," the caption reads. "We are all different, but we have a place at Red Range Public School. We are woven together as one."

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Red Range has only 37 students, but for a school its size, it's quite diverse. Some children come from non-English-speaking backgrounds or from overseas; others are Indigenous.

Whatever their background, Ms Hatton said, "I think they must all feel really comfortable, safe, and welcomed at our school."

The principal said she was "super impressed" with Mrs Lynn. This year, she is now teaching the 3-4 classroom - and Ms Hatton hopes the school will have another successful entry next year.

"Creative arts has been one of our main focuses over the last few years," Ms Hatton said. "We have a successful performance group, and now visual arts are taking off. We'll continue to foster them out here."

The calendar for cultural diversity promotes intercultural understanding, cultural and linguistic diversity, community harmony and social inclusion across NSW public schools and their communities.