Mural makes statement on school’s cultural pride

Tamra CarrMidwest Times

Motorists and pedestrians on Sanford Street may have seen a large NAIDOC-themed mural on Nagle Catholic College’s grassy slope that appeared last week.

Students and Aboriginal Islander Education Officers designed the concept and marked up the grass, before piling gold, brown and red dirt onto the grass and shaping it into a giant depiction of an Aboriginal “granny,” complete with traditional symbols and English text.

The granny centrepiece is interspersed with dots which represents five generations of family connected through a bloodline. The outlying symbols represent women sitting around a campfire, having a meeting.

Principal Rob Crothers said the mural was a significant part of NAIDOC celebrations.

“It’s a great school effort and a very important celebration for us,” he said.

“It helps us remember and recognise. It’s a celebration the whole school enters into.”

Students from Nagle Catholic College’s Carnarvon Camps visited Geraldton and assisted with the mural.

NAIDOC officially ran for a week in July.

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