Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Children Follow Dreams; Gympie East State School Celebrates Community Connections Via Gardening

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Children Follow Dreams; Gympie East State School Celebrates Community Connections Via Gardening

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GYMPIE East State School recently presented its annual Grandparent/Special Person Day event with students, parents, staff, families and community members coming together in the garden, to celebrate the meaningful effect of dreaming and goal making has on a students learning, development and goal reaching carried right through life.

More than 150 guests attended the event, with student performances, community story-telling, various crafts and activities situated in the student fruit and vegetable garden.

A highlight was the dream table unveiling, a beautiful solid timber garden table designed and built by parent Theo Giesen and family. All materials were kindly donated by Mary Valley Timbers and the File family. Students will use this feature table during garden classes and programs.

Mr Giesen united the East community with a beautiful hand stencilled and hand-carved dream tree art piece on the day. Collecting the fingerprints of all of the East school community and VIPs of the day, he created a keepsake art piece to be auctioned at the end of the school year.

Gympie Libraries presented by Curtis read The Last Tree in the City echoing the value of a little effort in making a big difference. Gympie East State School was also honoured to have Barbara Yule read Rainbow Tree using various props to connect the story and illustrate "together our strength unites".

The Dream Table completes a school garden vision composed at our last annual event and the support of Gympie East former chaplain Diane Brading.

The East garden supports and nurtures student health and well- being, encompassing the let go log, the crossover bridge, the think and thank chair and now the dream table. All of these stations resonate values of forgiveness, courage, gratitude and goal striving.

Principal Scott Thompson proudly supports this annual event as a chance for the students to come together in a creative valued space with the very special people that help them to grow there. …

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