A COLOURFUL mural dedicated to the Sisters of the Good Samaritan has been officially unveiled at Sts Peter and Paul's School, Bulimba.
Saints Peter and Paul's Parish Priest Father Kevin Smith blessed the mural which honours the significant and blessed contribution of the Good Samaritan Sisters to the school and parish community for more than 100 years.
Local artist Rachel Saurini skilfully intertwined sites and stories of significance from the school's history and culture with images inspired from the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the creation of the artwork.
Principal Paul Blinkhoff said the words of Jesus' commandment “to love our neighbour as ourselves", have directed the life and work of the Good Samaritan Sisters for more than 100 years.
“This mural, placed in welcome to all who enter the community, tells how Sts Peter and Paul's charism and culture is informed by this teaching," he said.
Fr Kevin and students give a special blessing to their new mural
Inspired by the Good Samaritan Sisters' example of compassion and care for neighbour, through their practical and spiritual works of mercy; the school's staff, students and community are also called to learn from the Samaritan's example, acting on Jesus' instruction to 'Go and do the same' (Luke 10:37).
Images in the mural also acknowledge the role the Turrbul people have played in the life of the region through the inclusion of local wildlife important to the traditional custodians of the land which the school was built – the water dragon and the Magpie Lark.
Bulimba derives its name from the Turrbul word for “the place of the Magpie Lark".
Mr Blinkhoff said the community's reaction to the mural has been one of overwhelming excitement and joy.
He said the students have loved seeing the mural come to life before their eyes as they walked through the school gates every day.
“Already there have been many discussions and lessons held in front of the mural – as students come to understand the full significance of this artwork and how it will help support the faith life and culture of the community for years to come," he said.
The colourful mural that now inspires students and guests at Sts Peter and Paul's School
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