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School soars to win with parrot float

Coolgardie Primary School has walked away with $1000 and first place in the Coolgardie Day Parade float competition, with their collaborative giant parrot puppet and costumes.

Students spent last week creating the puppet with visiting artists Lewis Horne and Sally Stoneman as part of Awesome Arts Australia’s initiative Creative Challenge.

The program sends artists to regional communities around WA to promote arts education and creativity among country students.

Coolgardie Primary School principal Lynette Keleher said the students had worked tirelessly throughout the week to create the puppet and costumes to represent the parade theme of “it’s all about the family”.

She said students constructed the parrot to represent a mother bird while the students trailed behind the bird dressed as baby chicks and eggs.

“The giant bird flew high on the day with the colourful flock following on closely behind,” she said.

“The children were beside themselves when we won because they spent all week working to put it together.”

Ms Keleher said the prize money would go towards purchasing art supplies for the school as well as a “special surprise” for the students.

She said the school had already started plans for another creative puppet float for next year’s parade.

“We have already asked for Lewis and Sally to come back for next year and we are having a look at human-like puppets for the children to create,” she said.

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