The UPS biennial art show was another wonderful success. This was our sixth such Art Show, and it has become an event that the whole school community looks forward to.

The quality and range of the artistic works is a credit to each student and teacher who contributed on the day. Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. We certainly hope that the young artists on show yesterday remain artists for a long time and that their style and inspiration continues to grow.

At our recent school assembly a couple of local artists spoke with our students about their career and inspiration as they developed as artists. Donovan Christie is an ex- UPS student whose hyper realistic art pieces, focusing on urban landscapes, have captured the imagination of all. Richard John is a Port Elliot based artist who has, most famously we believe, painted the Tommy’s Garden mural.

Both Richard and Donovan thoroughly enjoyed their time here, speaking with students, and encouraging a whole new generation of artists. Congratulations to the accomplished pair of Year 7 interviewers, Grace Volkers and Ella Witkowski, for hosting the Q&A with Richard and Donovan.

I would like to thank our wonderful Community and Fundraising Committee, headed up by Sam Kopsaftis, who planned, prepared, set up and packed down the event. Along with a band of helpers – both staff and parents – the tidy up, was fast and efficient.

I would also like to thank our supporters, including the Ren family (for the Singapore Curry), Windsor meats, the Kopsaftis family and helpers (for the amazing Greek BBQ), Daniel de Wit (for the jumping castles), Chefs of Tandoori restaurant, Unley Council (for the $500 grant to purchase supporting materials), Bakers Delight and our very own wonderful UPS bakers who supplied our cake stand. Your generosity is much appreciated.
We have all of the sold, but unclaimed, pieces of art in the front office from where they can be collected.
If you did not get a chance to purchase your child’s masterpiece on the day, you will still have an opportunity to do this. Please let your child’s teacher, or staff  in our front office, know if this is the case.
We appreciate the generosity of our parents and grandparents who donated by making purchases of art. We will look forward to planning the upgrade to our campus 1 playground with proceeds of our fundraising efforts across the year.