Image: Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer, Lily with Student Artist Madison.
In the school’s aim for reconciliation and discussion with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students, we found that the inclusion of Indigenous art was important for both ATSI and non-Indigenous students. With this, Indigenous student Madison created a mural, located in the Space, a high traffic area for all students.
The mural features a large tree, surrounded by contemporary style Aboriginal art, with 10 meeting places and journey lines connecting them. The tree symbolises the growth and the journey through school, which every student experiences, as well as the new beginnings which come with the start of school, and the end, when students enter the real world. The meeting places represent the 10 IB Learner Profiles, Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective. The journey lines connect all these together, showing that each learner profile connects to one another and the journey that students take to achieve these attributes. Between all the journey lines and meeting places are a collection of ripples. These ripples symbolise each individual student, and the growth and development they achieve during school, eventually growing enough to join life outside of school, and connecting all students together in the real world. As well as being beautiful, the rainbow colour scheme of the mural also incorporates the pride and inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community, and the students who are a part of it.