Mu­ral part of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Emilee Nee­son

North Kal­go­or­lie Pri­mary School paid recog­ni­tion to Gold­fields artist Carol Thomp­son this term, for her de­sign and paint­ing of an Abo­rig­i­nal mu­ral in the school’s Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Gar­den.

Ms Thomp­son, who was the school’s pre­vi­ous Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­der ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, de­signed the gar­den and mu­ral to pro­vide a wel­com­ing space for the school’s Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity.

She was awarded a bunch of flow­ers and for­mally thanked at a school-wide assem­bly last month, and was taken aback by the ges­ture of thanks.

“I . . . felt quite emo­tional ac­tu­ally,” she said. “It is lovely to have the ac­knowl­edge­ment.”

Ms Thomp­son said the de­sign in­cor­po­rated the Abo­rig­i­nal sym­bol for meet­ing place, Gold­fields silky pears, and had the coloured hand prints of dozens of stu­dents

We wanted to make the school a bet­ter place for our Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents. Carol Thomp­son

from the school, and the art was an im­por­tant way to sym­bol­ise the sto­ry­line of the cul­ture.

“We wanted to make the school a bet­ter place for our Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents and give them some­thing to look at and feel proud of their cul­ture,” she said.

“The con­ver­sa­tions I have had with the Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents, they say they’ve felt part of the school.”

Cur­rent AIEO Lisa Day said Ms Thomp­son’s work left a spe­cial legacy for the school, which was com­mit­ted to in­cor­po­rat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal his­tory and art in the school’s cur­ricu­lum and cul­ture.

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