Mural part of reconciliation efforts
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.