The festival, which has a proud history spanning more than 18 years, is run once every two years.

During this time, students break away from their normal class routines between 9am and 1pm and engage in a rich and varied assortment of workshops, run by talented members of the wider school community.

“It's a celebration of creativity and imagination and it's really fantastic for those children that are creatively minded,” teacher Jody Costello says.

 “I think it really brings out some skills that we don't see every day in the classroom.”

Costello says the Year 1 and 2 children are rotated through six shorter activities for the duration of the festival, where the older students are allowed time to focus on honing their skills in one area.  

“Some people have been involved in doing things that stay around the school, like murals, or we've got this one that’s fence paling portraits. So each child gets a fence paling and they've made a long skinny portrait of themselves and that's going to be put together into a fence and the back of the school,” Costello explains.

“[There’s also] pottery, papier mâché puppet making, we had wire sculptures...

“There are 12 different groups and some of them are run by parents or aunties or grandparents, whoever volunteers, and the rest are run by the teachers and the teacher aides in the school.”

In the afternoons, students are treated to performances by the school rock band, as well as other groups who might come in to play music or present a play.

Following the festival, teachers transform the school hall into a trendy art gallery space, where students’ work is displayed for all to see.

“So we've set up our whole hall with all the artworks and opened it to anyone that wants to come and have a look ... every single piece of artwork that has been done, hundreds of pieces are all up in the hall,” Costello says.

“Some of the children made a stop-motion movie, so that's playing in there on a continuous loop at the moment as well.”

According to Costello, the festival involves a great deal of organisation, but it’s well worth the effort.

“We've had we've had a huge amount of positive feedback.

“[The visiting artists] really love working with the children, and we find that there’s children in every school that don't always do well in other academic areas, but when they are put into something like this they really, really flourish. It gives them a chance to shine.”