Vicki Holcombe and (back from left) Curtis Leach, Nick Billsborough, Jesse McTaggart, Owen and Bette Bonney, (front) Lenko Amadio and Liam Simmers gear up for Jumpers and Jazz in July.
Vicki Holcombe and (back from left) Curtis Leach, Nick Billsborough, Jesse McTaggart, Owen and Bette Bonney, (front) Lenko Amadio and Liam Simmers gear up for Jumpers and Jazz in July. Georja Ryan

Learning hub stages a tree 'dress rehearsal'

THE creative juices are flowing down Canningvale Rd as students at the Warwick Flexible Learning Hub gear up for Jumpers and Jazz in July.

Those in the drama industry would know that executing the perfect performance requires a dress rehearsal - and that's exactly what the students have done for their tree jumper.

Art teacher Vicki Holcombe had the students cut out leaves from ice-cream containers, colour them, and attach them to a tree on campus, with wool as a mock tree jumper.

"We put it on the tree to see what worked and what didn't work and to see if it would withstand the weather for two weeks," Ms Holcombe said.

Student Nick Billsborough said he could not wait to see it up on tree number 23 come festival time - with all the kinks ironed out.

"We're still thinking about the design because we've had a bit of trouble with the wool here becoming fused over time," Nick said.

School senior co-ordinator Owen Bonney said this was just another way to get the kids to engage with each other and the community.

"Vicki has a passion to help young people express themselves through art and the kids that come here can really relate to art," Mr Bonney said.

"The idea is to have them engaging and to find ways of helping them cope with things they've got to face.

"A lot have terrible things they have to face."

Mr Bonney said working as one was a strong part of the school's ideology.

"I say 'let's do this together' because I wouldn't be as well as I am today without them."

Their tree jumper will be up on display near the Warwick Twin Cinema during the course of the festival.

 

J&J dates

Jumpers and Jazz in July this year runs from July 18-28.



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