Growing, learning together

Riley Goodger, 10, of Redpa Primary School has received a laptop donated by Leigh Walters at WT House Betta Home Living for an award winning design. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Competition. Redpa Primary School student Riley Goodger has designed a new logo to represent the public schools of Circular Head.

The 10-year-old sketched the design as part of a competition for the Middle Years Project.

The project encompasses Smithton, Stanley, Forest, Edith Creek, and Redpa primary schools alongside Smithton High School, and is a collaborative literacy and numeracy initiative aimed at enriching the skills of students in years four to eight, including the transition from year six to seven.

Hundreds of entries across all grades were received and judged by sign writer Jeff Power, graphic designer Renee Smith and artist Fran Joyce.

Middle Years Project coordinator Toni Popowski says students were given no parameters for the design but asked to create something which would represent the cluster of schools and provide a “culture of collaboration”.

Runners up include Xander Power of Stanley, Ashton Lardner of Forest, and Paris Gregory of Smithton High School who will each receive vouchers.

For the winning design, Riley received a laptop valued at $400 and donated by WT House Betta Home Living.

The design combines intricate puzzle pieces with a flourishing tree representing the collaboration of schools and growth of students, and includes the slogan ‘Growing Our Learning Together’.

“As the tree grows,” says Riley, “we grow and learn with it.”

The design will now be adapted by graphic designer Smith to be used as branding for the cluster schools and Middle Years Project.

The cluster schools were awarded a $157,000 grant earlier this year to establish the Middle Years Project.

A student steering committee has now been formed, consisting of two representatives from each school, who will provide a voice to the project through feedback and ideas. The student committee will meet at Smithton High School twice each term.

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