Bentley PS’s new mural celebrates the six Noongar seasons


Brian Councillor, Tomais Jenkins and Tia Councillor with a mural by Jade Dolman. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d475540
Brian Councillor, Tomais Jenkins and Tia Councillor with a mural by Jade Dolman. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d475540

THE six Noongar seasons can now be enjoyed all at the same time thanks to a new mural unveiled at Bentley Primary School on Friday.

Students worked alongside Noongar artist Jade Dolman to create the large artwork, which depicts the seasons of Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang.

Bentley PS school council secretary Lynne Anderson said it was an important project for the school community to be part of because they wanted to encourage people to feel comfortable making connections and embracing their differences.

“This communal mural, which will be along the wall of our undercover assembly area, will provide a vibrant and welcoming environment and celebrate the coming together and acceptance of culture,” she said.

“Together with our cultural diversity there are students from marginalised and disadvantaged families and to have the opportunity to work with an artist in residence introduces them to a new environment outside of the school program.

“Art in this way breaks down all barriers whether language or otherwise.”

What the students said
“It’s nice to see when you walk in to school. It’s colourful and bright and makes my day.” Awa, Year 5
“It stands out and connects me to my culture.” Brian, Year 6
“It makes Bentley Primary School more colourful.” Magdalene, Year 6
“It’s good because you can learn about the seasons. I also like the colours.” Anton, Year 4
“It is beautiful. It teaches us about the seasons.” Denissa, Year 5

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