Mandurah's Assumption Primary School receives grant to create Aboriginal mural

Assumption Catholic Primary School students will team up with an Aboriginal artist to give a fresh coat of paint to the school’s after hours care classroom. 

The school recently secured a $2000 grant from SGIO and Reconciliation WA to deliver the project, which will see a new Aboriginal mural depicting the six Noongar seasons being painted on the building. 

“Currently the Aboriginal artwork on the building has faded and we would like to refresh the look and feel of the space,” school assistant principal Sharon Marino said.

The school will engage an Aboriginal artist to work with the students in the design and delivery of the artwork, which would be used to promote and teach the students about Australia’s first culture.  

“We are a multi-cultural school community and are very supportive of different cultures,” she said.

“This grant gives us the opportunity to promote awareness of Aboriginal culture and reconciliation among all members of our school community.”

IAG Indigenous Engagement Manager Phil Lockyer said the School Reconciliation Grants are part of SGIO's commitment to making Western Australian communities safer, stronger and more confident.

"The School Reconciliation Grants help local communities to explore and establish achievable outcomes while highlighting the importance of reconciliation and the significance it plays in making the lives of Indigenous Australians brighter," Mr Lockyer said.

Assumption Primary was one of six schools in WA to receive a grant this year.

Other 2017 School Reconciliation Grants recipients are John Curtin College of the Arts, Broome Primary School, Mercy College, Eastern Goldfields College and Allendale Primary School.