I made a speech in parliament on the Writers' Festival Week held at Greenvale Primary School in my electorate of Calwell. I recently saw this innovative program - organised by English Leader Georgia Kroger - in action. The entire school - all 700+ students - took part in this year's festival themed 'Wishes, Hopes and Dreams'.
Initiatives such as Writers' Festival Week are so important in today's era as they allow the emphasis to be put back on writing, and encourage students to use their imagination and become creative writers. This program sees students learn new writing devices, helps increase their vocabulary and also helps them understand how powerful the use of words are and how writing in itself can be a very powerful expression of one's feelings, emotions and ideas.