The story of Steve and Stella

Students from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Tarro, will be showcasing their artistic work and talents at upcoming The Hunter Artisan Gallery exhibition.

Students have spent their lunch time contributing to the sculpture of Steve and Stella – the school’s magical scarecrows - since the beginning of May. The sculpture, designed by the students, is made from recycled materials that were dug from a corner of the school garden. The scarecrows are dressed for each season and represent a creative new addition to the playground of the school.

Each class has also been involved in creating a story about Steve the farmer who works hard in the vegetable garden and how he met his beautiful wife Stella. This is just one of 11 imaginative stories created by the students and which are guaranteed to make you laugh and fall in love with Steve and Stella. 

The exhibition features these stories as well as cultural yarns, artworks, and the sculpture itself.

Pastoral Care Worker, Karen Tucker, has been working with the students to create a place for them to explore their imaginations and develop the skills of respect, communication, team work and self-expression.

“This project is the health and wellbeing of the students so the garden is a great place to start,” said Karen.

“It is a wonderful place to relax, feel safe and explore not just gardening, but photography, building, arts, painting and sculpture.

“It is a place for students who don’t show an interest in sports, are new to the school, are having trouble making friends or are just having a bad day. It’s my job is to make it an exciting place to be where there is something for everyone and a place they feel happy and safe.”

Early Learning Project Office, Kim Moroney, said: “I am so delighted that the influence of Early Learning is the catalyst for so many outcomes for children and the school community.

“Thank you for embracing the policy and believing in the importance of play and outdoor environments.”

The officially opening of the exhibition will be on Saturday 22 September from 4pm to 6pm and all are welcome. The exhibition will run from 19 to 30 September from 9am to 5pm.

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Gabrielle Sutherland is a Marketing & Communications Officer for the Catholic Schools Office and a regular contributor to and Aurora.