On Friday 20th September, the Patricks Road State School community gathered to celebrate the unveiling of their new mural ‘Together We Lead,’ that sits pride of place in the new outdoor learning area of the school for all to enjoy.
This unique artwork was created in commemoration of NAIDOC week 2019 and United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. It represents the theme that, ‘We are all part of the artwork, we are all part of creating a shared future’.
Fittingly, everyone in the school community was invited to be a part of the artwork and place fingerprints on the mural – including The Hon Mark Furner MP, Member for Ferny Grove, administration, teachers, students and auxiliary.
This exquisite mural was painted by talented local artist (and Patricks Road State School art teacher) Kirsten Button using several techniques and illustrates a direct connection to the school. The trees in the mural represent the three ‘Houses’ at the school – Kagoola, Yangoora and Bunya to show belonging. The animals that are depicted originate from the Turubul words that the school was introduced to this year and represent Patricks Road State Schools ongoing commitment to education. Education is powerful and we can all be leaders of change.
It is fair to say that this beautiful artwork gels extremely well with the NAIDOC theme for 2019 that was – Voice, Treaty, Truth – Let’s work together for a shared future.