Childers State School mu­ral

Tra­di­tional own­ers tell their story

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SCHOOL MU­RAL: Jenny Wood­man.

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