Colourful cards say thank you


With love: St Macartans Primary School year 5 student Holli Penpraze makes a thank-you card at home during distance learning. The image was supplied by her mum, Michelle.

WALLS at The Bays Hospital, Mornington, are brighter and more colourful thanks to thoughtful contributions from students at St Macartans Primary School.

Visual arts teacher Kristy Hayes said that at the beginning of term 3 she called the hospital to ask if she could send in some artwork to cheer healthcare workers and patients.

“We were aware minimal visitors were allowed,” she said. “Hospital reception loved the idea and invited us to drop off some work.”

Ms Hayes and foundation to year 2 visual arts teacher Andrea Kirkpatrick collected some of the works of leaves and beach boxes completed at the end of term 2 and dropped them off.

To complement this, year 5 students made watercolour cards and letters thanking nurses and doctors for their hard work during the pandemic.

“Because of the five kilometre restrictions, I made a video slideshow of all the art work and messages and emailed it to reception to share with the staff,” Ms Hayes said. “It was wonderful to see students show such initiative and become engaged in creating work for this purpose. The children’s artwork included messages of thanks, inspiration and hope.

“Hospital staff were so grateful they sent us a picture of our art hanging on the walls.”

First published in the Mornington News – 20 October 2020


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