Mabel Park kids focused on unity

BUDDING ARTISTS: Mabel Park State School students Kya Bob, Levi Perkins and Jamieka Wiley proudly show off their school's new mural they helped local artist Chad Briggs design and paint.
BUDDING ARTISTS: Mabel Park State School students Kya Bob, Levi Perkins and Jamieka Wiley proudly show off their school's new mural they helped local artist Chad Briggs design and paint.

IT'S all about unity at Mabel Park State School, where students have been busy painting a mural to highlight the rich indigenous culture in their school.

With the help of local indigenous artist Chad Briggs, students from the Murri Club created the masterpiece in just three weeks.

Mr Briggs, who is also the leader of the Murri Club, said the students were very enthusiastic about the project.

“The kids have done all the sponging on the painting as well as all the handprints,” he said.

The mural was painted to showcase the unity within the school, and has incorporated parts of the Queensland and Australian flags, as well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

The painted emu and kangaroo were added to make the mural resemble the national coat of arms.

Mr Briggs said there had been an overwhelming response to the Murri Club, which was open to any student.

“The students also play indigenous games and go for bush walks, and we share with them local flora and fauna, and teach them to look for animal tracks,” he said.

At the official opening of the mural members of the Murri Club performed indigenous dances for the crowd.

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