Six in­spir­ing sea­sons

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A drab, unin­spir­ing wall at Bent­ley Pri­mary School has been trans­formed into a colour­ful por­trayal of the six Noon­gar sea­sons.

THE six Noon­gar sea­sons can now be en­joyed all at the same time thanks to a new mu­ral un­veiled at Bent­ley Pri­mary School on Friday.

Stu­dents worked along­side Noon­gar artist Jade Dol­man to cre­ate the large art­work, which de­picts the sea­sons of Bi­rak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kam­barang.

Bent­ley Pri­mary School school coun­cil sec­re­tary Lynne Anderson said it was an im­por­tant project for the school com­mu­nity to be part of be­cause they wanted to en­cour­age peo­ple to feel com­fort­able mak­ing con­nec­tions and em­brac­ing their dif­fer­ences.

“This com­mu­nal mu­ral, which will be along the wall of our un­der­cover as­sem­bly area, will pro­vide a vi­brant and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment and cel­e­brate the com­ing to­gether and ac­cep­tance of cul­ture,” she said.

“To­gether with our cul­tural di­ver­sity there are stu­dents from marginalised and dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies and to work with an artist in res­i­dence in­tro­duces them to a new en­vi­ron­ment out­side of the school pro­gram.

“Art in this way breaks down all bar­ri­ers, whether lan­guage or oth­er­wise.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475540

Year 6 stu­dents Brian Coun­cil­lor, To­mais Jenk­ins and Tia Coun­cil­lor with a mu­ral by Jade Dol­man.

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