Great works and food combine at Scone Grammar School Art Show - with Where there's a Will the beneficiary

STUDENT and community artists converged upon Scone Grammar (SGS) recently for its annual art exhibition to raise funds for the school and their chosen charity – the Where there’s a Will (WTAW) Foundation.

In the words of principal Paul Smart: “It was a wonderful celebration of the creative and performing arts, offering an opportunity for pupils to share their talent”.

It’s a major event on the SGS calendar with this year’s theme being Don’t blink!

SGS Creative Art Show committee member and art teacher Mrs Megan Wisemantel explained: “Every student from pre-school to Year 8 and all secondary elective visual arts students took part.

“Planning began in Term 4, 2017, with pupils responding to the theme Don’t blink! when creating their artworks in Term 1 this year.”

Not only could visitors marvel at the paintings, sculptures, etchings and photographs on display, they could also take a break by listening to guest speakers like SGS 2012 graduate Sienna Roxby and Murrurundi artist and 2018 Archibald finalist Dave Darcy.

SGS musicians, choristers and dancers also performed to an appreciative audience in the school’s leafy main quadrangle.

There were many deservedly proud faces to be seen at the exhibition, but it was too difficult to determine who was smiling more – parents or students.

SGS food technology and hospitality teacher Tania Lambley, alongside her Grammar Grind Café pupils, brought the school’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen into action by making all manner of scrumptious food from cupcakes and cookies, to ice cream or lamb with roasted vegetable salad, through to beef nachos and sushi.

Mrs Lambley was justifiably proud of her students and explained that “Leading up to exhibition day, there were approximately 40 youngsters cooking food, with around 20 helping throughout the day and afternoon”.

Being mindful of students’ future training needs, the event was another opportunity for Mrs Lambley’s department to use their recently installed catering point of sale system, thereby giving the pupils a greater exposure to what they’re likely to encounter in the work place of the future.

The new sale system was funded by the hard work of SGS staff and students.

And, according to Mrs Lambley, the proceeds of future school events will also “hopefully expand our resources in this area”.

It was a wonderful effort, thanks to the hard work of the SGS Parents and Friends Association, the SGS Creative Art Show Committee (chaired by Felicity Saunders) as well as the students and parents of Scone Grammar School.