Indigenous murals bring colour to two Gosnells schools.
THE six Indigenous seasons have been depicted in a new series of murals unveiled at Bramfield Park Primary School.
Indigenous artists Michelle and Dennis Kickett worked alongside staff and students at the Maddington school to design and develop the project, which artistically portrays the Noongar seasons of Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang, as well as the Wargal, or rainbow serpent.
Bramfield Park PS Aboriginal Education lead teacher Robyn Bailey said the mural themes were chosen to reflect on the depth of Aboriginal culture. “They show a deep understanding of the climate and the flora and fauna of the land, and how it was managed and sustained for future generations,” she said.
“Over the past year three students have contributed to each panel of the mural, working alongside our resident professional artists to assist in the completion of the artworks.
“The murals will enable students to understand the six seasons and Wargal story and will form a basis for future cultural work with the students listening to the Wargal story and learning about the spirituality of Aboriginal totems.
“The Bramfield Park Primary School community are excited about this artistic project and its ability to create an opportunity to move towards being a more culturally responsive school.”
Beckenham Primary School also recently unveiled a new Indigenous mural.
Artist Dana Anaru created the piece, which depicts the importance of the Canning River to the Aboriginal people, after being inspired by this year’s Naidoc Week theme Because of her we can.
DUST off the kilts and practise those Scottish accents, the Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run returns on September 9.
The celebration of all things Scottish will kick off with the kilt run, where hundreds are expected to don the iconic cultural garb for a 2.5km or 5km run.
From there the popular Highland Gathering will kick off, bringing with it live Scottish music, highland dancing, heavy event competitions, a medieval fair, Scottish-themed tavern, and a range of food, clan and craft stalls.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said it was the largest Scottish-themed event in the state.
“There really is something for everyone and the atmosphere is spectacular,” he said. “Most of those that do come are hooked and continue to return in the following years.
“For Scottish residents who hail from around the Perth metropolitan area, the event provides them a day to celebrate their culture and emulates the highland gatherings from their own country.
“For non-Scottish residents, it provides a glimpse into a different culture and provides them with an opportunity to enjoy a traditional highland gathering, against the backdrop of a sunny Australian day.”
The Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run is at Minnawarra Park, Armadale from 8.30am, September 9.
Visit www.perthkilt run.com.au for more information or to register to take part in the Perth Kilt Run.
Meena Ostermeyer, Diana Sabanagic, artist Dana Anaru, Lana Maggs and Danielle Doolan-Pickett. Picture: Jon Hewson
Mehdia Noori, Annalese Ford, Jorga Thowless and Feiyang Li.
Paul Little, Armadale Councillor Colin Campbell, Lauren Carr, Mick McIntosh and Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones are ready for September 9’s Kilt Run.