Bendigo preschoolers' art on worldstage

The artworks of two five-year-old students of South Bendigo Kindergarten will feature in an exhibition at the 2011 World Forum on Early Care and Education in Honolulu, Hawaii on 3 – 6 May.

From left to right: Audrey Grose, Jennifer Masters and Loti FloydAudrey Grose, aged 4 years and 9 months, and 5-year-old Loti Floyd have featured the famous Sun Loong dragon in their colourful artworks, which have been selected by La Trobe University’s Dr Jennifer Masters to be displayed at this year’s World Forum Foundation conference.

‘The talent of these young children is extraordinary and it was extremely difficult to select just two to take with me’ said Dr Masters, coordinator of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program at La Trobe University.

Dr Masters said she is delighted that the high standard of art produced by the children at South Bendigo Kindergarten will be seen by between 600 and 800 early childhood professionals from 80 countries that are expected at the conference.

Dr Masters said the conference provides a forum for an exchange of ideas on a wide range of issues impacting the delivery of quality services for children and families.

‘It’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in a global exchange of ideas that may be contribute to the development of the new Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program that has commenced this year at La Trobe University’ said Dr Masters.

Loddon Mallee Preschool Association Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Beeby, has praised the students and the teacher, Bronwyn Brown, for the outstanding work done at South Bendigo Kindergarten.

‘This is a perfect example of the success of the Reggio Emilia approach to preschool education that has been adopted at South Bendigo Kindergarten’ Ms Beeby said.

‘The Reggio Emilia (named after a city in Italy) philosophy respects the child. It is based on the children’s relationship with their environment and the many ways that they can express that relationship. It gives the children control over their learning and acknowledges the parents as partners in learning, often involving them in curriculum development’ Ms Beeby said.
‘I extend warm congratulations to the Audrey, Loti and Ms Brown on this wonderful achievement.’

Dr Masters will depart for the conference on Friday 28 April 2011.



What?       Dr Jennifer Masters will meet the children when she collects their artwork from the kindergarten.

When?      10 am, Thursday 28 April 2011

Where?     South Bendigo Kindergarten, 23 Somerville Street, Bendigo.


By Audrey GroseBy Loti Floyd







First image by Audrey Grose, second image by Loti Floyd.
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