Mu­ral cel­e­brates indige­nous cul­ture

Eastern Reporter - - Street Watch -

DIANELLA Sec­ondary Col­lege indige­nous stu­dents and indige­nous artist Peter Farmer joined forces to create a mu­ral in­spired by the school’s name change from Mirra­booka Se­nior High School.

Last month 20 stu­dents took part in the three-day project led by Farmer and Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­der ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Rhonda Ro­nan, where they dis­cussed de­signs for the mu­ral.

The mu­ral fea­tured the six Abo­rig­i­nal sea­sons – Bi­rak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kam­barang – and a range of colours and an­i­mals.

Ms Ro­nan said it was a fun project and the mu­ral helped rep­re­sent the Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture at the school.

“The stu­dents loved work­ing with Peter Farmer and they re­ally took own­er­ship of the project,” she said.

“In the con­sul­ta­tion, Peter talked to stu­dents about his art, how they are all re­lated and asked them to draw pic­tures of their favourite Aus­tralian an­i­mals. He gave them an­other out­let to em­brace and rep­re­sent their cul­ture at school.”

Prin­ci­pal Wayne Austin said the mu­ral would be proudly dis­played for years to come. deVine Cel­lars sup­ports the re­spon­si­ble ser­vice of al­co­hol. To­bacco & Al­co­hol not sold to un­der 18’s. No fur­ther dis­counts ap­ply on pro­mo­tional prod­ucts. Spe­cials ap­ply in store only.

Lynette, Rhonda Ro­nan, Sienna and Aaliyah Head­land.

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