Childers State School mural
Traditional owners tell their story
STANDING proud at Childers State School, Butchulla Elder Aunty Jenny Woodman has created a graphic mural telling the story of her family and its enduring attachment to Country.
Known to the region as Aunty Jenny, the local elder had spent countless hours of painstaking work in all sorts of weather to create this beautiful mural for the school.
During a formal ceremony at the School, held earlier this month, Aunty Jenny dedicated the mural to all Butchulla people past, present and future including all indigenous and non-indigenous students, staff and community members.
School principal Robyn Philpot said Aunty Jenny has created a fantastic mural and is proud to have it at the school.
The grand scale of the mural is very impressive and the community is encouraged to have a look and admire Aunty Jenny’s work.
Aunty Jenny addressed the students and her message was loud and clear to all in attendance; we are all custodians of this country and we all need to work together to take care of our land and waterways.
Taking her message to the guests at the ceremony, Aunty Jenny spoke about the importance of education in all our lives and especially the younger generation and advised them to continue to use education to learn and achieve now and in the future.
Proud of their Nan, Samuel and Bridget Woodman were present at opening ceremony at the school and in front of everyone shared her own story and how important family is to her.
The Woodman grandchildren said they are happy that others can see their Nan’s heritage but also their own.
When Aunty Jenny was a child she liked to go fishing and playing in the bush.
Samuel and sister Bridget have their hand prints on the walls, sharing this space with their cousins and including them all in the story.
The grandchildren of Aunty Jenny have all been included and they love her artwork and are glad that everyone else can enjoy it, just as much as them.
Childers State School is proud of its history and its ties with the local Aboriginal families.
SCHOOL MURAL: Jenny Woodman.