St Michael's Reconciliation 'Dream' becomes a reality

​Artist Luke Mallie (second from right) joined staff and students for the reveal of the college's new Reconciliation mural

​WHEN St Michael's College, Merrimac, launched their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), it was an opportune time to also reveal their much-anticipated wall mural honouring the Kombumerri Peoples on whose lands the school stands.

Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist, Luke Mallie, worked with College staff and students over a number of months to create the interactive artwork piece titled “Dreamtime in the Stars".

Using the fingerprints of staff and students in the design of the mural, the collaborative art piece symbolises the start of the College's reconciliation journey.

Inspired by their Merrimac surroundings, the mural is a vibrant interpretation of the local fauna and flora through a mix of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art.

The aim is to have the mural become part of an enduring visual legacy, indicative of St Michael's commitment to reconciliation.

Principal Anthony Elmore said the large wall creation has allowed the College community to gain a deeper understanding and respect of First Nations peoples and their strong connection with the land.

“It has been wonderful seeing the mural evolve over the past few months," he said.

Mr Elmore said the College will use the RAP to work towards reconciliation, to reflect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Bundjalung Country, so they continue to learn and grow together.

The College RAP consists of 14 actions, each of which relates to relationships, respect and opportunities, as they play out in the classroom, around the College and with the community.

You can watch the mural being created here

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