Life through the eyes of schoolkids

Dapto Public School hall was bursting with colour yesterday thanks to an exhibition of hundreds of photographs taken by students.

Almost 500 photos were on display as part of the school's creative arts and technology program."All the photos are taken by students from years 3 to 6. Each child has at least one of their photos displayed," creative arts and technology teacher Andrew Hedger said.

The program, taught by Mr Hedger and Suellen Brockwell, showed students how to compose photographs, obtain interesting subject matter and use editing software.

"We have a very successful creative arts program and this is just one way of helping the kids succeed in creating something themselves," Mr Hedger said.

The program also proved a hit with the students.

"It was fun! When I got home I was so excited I told my parents everything!" Ben, from year 6, said.

"I liked walking around the school and thinking about what to take a photo of.

"I also liked editing the photos to make them cool instead of boring."

A special guest at the exhibition was former Dapto Public School student and Vietnam War photographer John Fairley.

Photographs could be purchased for a gold coin donation.

"We're proud of what the kids have achieved. We couldn't have done it without the enormous help from other teachers and staff," Mr Hedger said.

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