Kites raise students’ spirits

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Charlie Birniw with Kyra O'Dwyer making a box kite.
Camera IconCharlie Birniw with Kyra O'Dwyer making a box kite. Credit: Walkaway Primary School/Supplied, Walkaway Primary School

“Who would have thought we would have a flying whale at our school? It was happiness in the air!”

Walkaway Primary School students made these remarks after Perth artist and kite-maker Michael Alvarez and Walkaway identity Hazel “Jo” Logue put on a treat for them on Monday.

Alvarez and Mrs Logue taught the children to make and fly kites.

Principal Megan Barrett said the students were “blown away”.

“Michael enthralled the students with many stories and information,” she said.

Walkaway kindergarten and pre-primary school students with a fish shaped kite on Monday, May 18 2021.
Camera IconWalkaway kindergarten and pre-primary school students with a fish shaped kite on Monday, May 18 2021. Credit: Supplied

“They even learnt about the first box kite made by Lawrence Hargrave, who was on the original $20 note.

“Students caught kites, flew giant kites, and made their very own box kite.”

Kitemaker Michael Alvarez at Walkaway Primary School on Monday, May 18 2021.
Camera IconKitemaker Michael Alvarez at Walkaway Primary School on Monday, May 18 2021. Credit: Supplied

Ms Barrett said Mr Alvarez put on the demonstration in honour of his friend Mrs Logue’s 91st birthday.

“The two met in 1987 on one of his visits to Geraldton Art Gallery where Mrs Logue was volunteering,” she said.

“They subsequently travelled to many countries and states, sharing a passion for making and flying kites, inspiring others to join and to wonder at the size and artistry involved.”

Ms Barrett described Mrs Logue as a “long-time contributor and driving force” for the development of Walkaway.

“Along with Mrs Nancy Hamersley, Mrs Logue co-founded the Walkaway Development Association and the first kindergarten in 1957,” she said.

Mrs Hazel (Jo) Logue making a box kite with Callum Levett at Walkaway Primary School on Monday, May 17 2021.
Camera IconMrs Hazel (Jo) Logue making a box kite with Callum Levett at Walkaway Primary School on Monday, May 17 2021. Credit: Supplied

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