Celebrating our students
TALENTED arts students were centre stage at Park Beach Plaza to celebrate 2015 Education Week on Monday.
Shoppers enjoyed an array of performances from more than 900 primary and secondary school students from across the region with performances including choirs, dance groups, bands and drumming groups.
Karangi Primary School music teacher Sally Phillips said her Year 3/4 students were "fantastic" on stage, singing a number of songs including British pop star Jesse J's number one hit, Price tag.
Ms Phillips said all the schoolteachers and staff provided a very supportive environment for students to put their best foot forward.
"Everyone was fantastic, the teachers were all very supportive," Ms Phillips said.
"They didn't have any stage fright, they've performed at eisteddfods before."
After the Education Week performances outgrew their previous venue in Toormina, the marketing manager of Park Beach Plaza, Caroline Bleechmore, said the centre was "delighted" to host the growing event for a second year and enjoyed watching excited parents watch their kids perform.
"It was so great to see so many parents and grandparents come in and see their respective kids perform," Ms Bleechmore said.
"There was equally as much excitement on the parents' faces as there was on the kids' faces."
Education Week coordinator, Julie Moore, established the event and has managed the event over the last five years.
Ms Moore said the day is a "feel good community type day" allows our kids to grow their experience in the performing arts.
"The whole reason I initiated it was to give kids the opportunity to perform. It's a celebration of public education," Ms Moore said.
The whole Karangi Primary School choir will be performing along with other schools from across the Orara Valley today at Coffs Central in the city centre from 9.30am until 2.30pm.