Charlestown School Drawing Competition

Earlier this year I ran a school drawing competition, asking primary school students in the Charlestown electorate to draw 'what I love most about where I live'. I received many wonderful drawings that just reinforced why I am so proud to call Charlestown and Lake Macquarie home. There were many strong entries, but three talented students stood out from the rest. In the five- to seven-year-old category, Jaiah Butchart from Kahibah Public School beautifully portrayed her backyard, with all of its gorgeous trees and the birds that live in them. In the eight- to 10-year-old category, Louis Selkirk from Charlestown South Public School used bright colours and a shading technique to draw a magnificent sunset over Redhead Beach. In the 11- to 12-year-old category, Oliver O'Grady from St Kevin's Primary School drew a brilliantly detailed picture of boats sailing on Lake Macquarie, with the Swansea Bridge in the background. Coincidently, the winner of an earlier drawing competition I held was Emily O'Grady, Oliver's sister—clearly a talented family. I thank all the students who took the time to enter the competition.