Shelley Primary unveils new pelican sculptures


Deputy principal Chris Leeuwangh with Mike Nahan.
Deputy principal Chris Leeuwangh with Mike Nahan.

A TRIO of pelican sculptures have been unveiled on the grounds of Shelley Primary School as part of the school’s code of conduct day celebrations.

The annual day raises student awareness for the school’s code of conduct; to learn, respect and be safe.

The pelicans, an homage to the striking birds that adorn the lamp posts and jetties around the Swan River, were made in Gingin and bought by the school through fundraising and a donation from Riverton MLA Mike Nahan.

Each bird, named Lexi Learn, Rusty Respect and Sunny Safe, aims to spark recognition in the school ethos as students walk and play throughout the grounds.

Dr Nahan, who unveiled the sculptures, said they would make a fantastic addition to the school.

“Pelicans are synonymous with Shelley, you can’t go to the Shelley Foreshore without seeing one, which is why there is one on the school’s emblem,” he said.

“This project not only highlights the suburb’s characteristics, but it also imparts important community values onto students.

“Lexi Learn, Rusty Respect and Sunny Safe will greet visitors to the school for years to come and I commend everyone involved in this project.”