Hear more about this experience from our Year 8 Level Coordinator, Lewis Kingston:
As an educator, there are few things more fulfilling than watching students learn, grow, and flourish. And that’s exactly what I experienced during a recent excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) with a group of exceptional students. I am writing to express my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to them all for the wonderful level of maturity and interest they displayed during the trip.
From the moment we arrived, it was clear that the students were eager and enthusiastic to explore the NGV and its exhibits. They were engaged and curious, eager to learn and understand the beauty and meaning behind each piece. It was inspiring to see them ask thoughtful questions, share their insights and opinions, and respect each other’s perspectives.
One standout moment was a discussion about the personality traits of different design objects and furniture pieces in the Design exhibit. Two students, Leevi and Banjo, even entertained us with their best impressions of an English accent – a lighthearted moment that added some humour and levity to the excursion.
The student’s dedication to the Toy Takedown workshop was also exemplary. They showed a great interest in learning and creating, and I hope they will share some of their newfound knowledge and skills with their families. It was an excellent way to conclude their Design unit with Fleur.
What impressed me the most, however, was the students’ behaviour and conduct throughout the entire excursion. They showed respect and consideration for the gallery staff and other visitors, and their exemplary conduct earned us compliments from the staff and other chaperones. As the Year level Coordinator, I was proud to be associated with such responsible and well-behaved students.
I would also like to take a moment to commend Fleur Fogarty, Lynden Fielding, and Lucette Beggs, who drove buses, bought food for some hungry bellies, and supported the kids during the excursion. Their support was invaluable, and I thank them for helping to make this excursion such a success.