Kimba joins in DreamBIG festivities

As about 2000 students in Adelaide gathered for the opening of the DreamBIG Children's Festival (formerly Come Out), young students from the Kimba Area School were participating in their own way.

Students from Reception to Year 5 enjoyed a break from the regular curriculum day on Wednesday, taking part in a variety of arts and crafts activities.

Running since 1974, the biennial Adelaide festival is the oldest of its kind in the world and involves art and performance to encourage creativity in young children.

Kimba Area School staff member Heather Yates said she always made sure the festival was celebrated at the school "so the country children can be involved and don't miss out."

"We just try to make it a fun activity... just to make them think about being able to dream," she said.

This year the festival opened with a Simultaneous Storytelling event, where students filled school libraries across the country to simultaneously read picture book Alpacas With Maracas by Matt Cosgrove.

Both Cleve Area School and Kimba Area School took part in the event, with Kimba students encouraged to make maracas of their own to bring to a lively interactive storytelling session with parent Carmen Rayner reading the book.

Students from all year levels at Kimba are participating in the school's festival celebrations with a significant art project.

The school received a $4142 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to bring artist Karen Carr to the town as an artist in residence for a weaving project to brighten up the schools peace garden.

Ms Carr has been helping students from each year level turn baling twine into weaved art pieces to add colour to the garden.

Her work focuses on using recycled material, with the twine donated by Monarto Zoo and local farmers.

Staff member Justine Phillips said the project would give students something beautiful to look at out the window.

"We wanted to rejjg it (the peace garden) and make it so bright," she said.

Ms Phillips said the students were learning skills from the artist that they could use in additional art projects in the future.