22 August 2019
Mornington Peninsula Shire has partnered with students from Rye Primary School to create a stunning new community mural in the school grounds.
The project, unveiled on Tuesday 20 August, was spearheaded by the students, who designed and delivered the mural with the support of Shire youth workers.
The mural reflects the strong emotions associated with being a young student:
- Large waves represent fear
- Mountains represent small steps that can make a big difference
- Gusts of wind represent the speed at which emotions can strike and then pass
- Rays of sunshine represent relief and warmth after anxiety has subsided
- Flames and fire represent the heat and speed of anger and aggression
- Spirals represent sadness and negative thinking
- Seeds and flowers represent growth, change and confidence.
Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the mural was a great opportunity to further engage students in all aspects of their school life.
“They have contributed to the creation of something extraordinary and beautiful, that will become a permanent feature of the Rye community”.
Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser said “this is a terrific project that will make the environment more vibrant, as well as discouraging graffiti and tagging”.
Fellow Nepean Ward Councillor Bryan Payne said the project was aimed at building stronger, safer communities, tackling exclusion and promoting equality.
“It provides the opportunity for up-skilling creative young people. They learn about the process for mural development from concept to design, approval and painting techniques”.
The project was overseen by the Shire’s School Focused Youth Service, a program funded by the Department of Education & Training, under the auspice of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
It was also made possible by support from Bunnings.
PHOTO CAPTION: Students and teachers at Rye Primary School unveiling their new mural on Tuesday 20 August.