WACA mural gives students pride

Michael Hapeta, Billie Simpson, George Domahidy (back row) and (front) Willow Hallback, Challenger CGEA co-ordinator Emma Margetts and Tahlia Cotton.
Michael Hapeta, Billie Simpson, George Domahidy (back row) and (front) Willow Hallback, Challenger CGEA co-ordinator Emma Margetts and Tahlia Cotton.

THE current stars of Australian cricket passed through the WACA Ground last week, but it is the past stars who have been immortalised at the ground thanks to students from Beaconsfield’s Challenger Institute of Technology.

The WACA’s Hale Street wall now sports a colourful cricket-themed mural focusing on the oval’s 122-year history thanks to the Certificate II General Education for Adults (CGEA) students.

Challenger Institute CGEA co-ordinator and project facilitator Emma Margetts said the students spent weeks collecting images, researching and drawing.

“Many of the students in the program have been disengaged or struggled with mainstream education for a number of reasons,” she said.

“The students planned the project, documented and evaluated its progress and negotiated a range of relationships both within and outside the classroom to make it happen.

“The mural will be a permanent reminder of the students’ success, giving them a sense of pride and place.”