The start of the 2021 school year was filled with plenty of unexpected surprises for one local high school.
Students at Coastal Lakes College were treated with an extra special surprise, returning to find a large mural painted by local artist, Ricky Gibson.
The mural, which covers the entire internal wall at the southern end of the double story arts building, represents the inclusive nature of the arts department.
Head of the Arts Tristram Corbett said it was important to use a local creative students could aspire to.
"We wanted to create something that would inspire our students, but at the same time make them feel connected and part of the college," he said.
"We want everyone here to be accepted and celebrated for their unique traits and talents.
"I think the artwork reflects who we are as a college and the things that we value as an arts department, and as a college."
Ricky, who has completed a number of murals across the Peel region drew inspiration from workshops he conducted with students in 2020.
"I wanted to create a creative and inclusive space where students would feel comfortable exploring and sharing their inspirations and ideas freely," he said.
"Working with the students I was able to incorporate their ideas, reflecting our local environment as well as the idea of inclusivity.
"The opportunity as a local artist to work in Mandurah's public spaces is an honour and to see that the artwork inspires the young students now and into the future is very rewarding."
The artwork, which was kept a secret until students returned to the college in 2021, was a big hit.
"I was really impressed with the artwork. There was so much detail and I really like the style of the artist," said Year 9 student Jules.
"It flows together seamlessly showcasing all the different subjects that take place in the arts building.
"The artwork reflects creativity, fun and enjoyment, which is how I feel in the building."