Caralee Primary students get arty with cultural art project


Year 4 student Annyta Mcintosh works on a dot painting for her Willagee school.
Year 4 student Annyta Mcintosh works on a dot painting for her Willagee school.

CARALEE Primary School student Annyta McIntosh calmly dabbed a foam stick in ochre acrylic and methodically transferred the paint dot by dot to cover a kangaroo shape on Wednesday.

Engrossed in her task with school councillor Jean Nundle, the girls told the Melville Times a series of dot paintings would soon adorn the Willagee school’s walls.

The cultural art project, run in partnership with the City of Melville, was on show for Community Services Minister Tony Simpson when he visited the school to announce a further $350,000 for the unique South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum.

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The forum works to address complex social issues in the local government areas of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville.

It is a partnership of 80 not-for profits, government services, businesses and community members.

At Caralee, the partnership runs a project called Caralee Idea Hunterz, which allows students to determine the project that could help them.

They asked for sports equipment and cultural art, and this was delivered with the Fremantle Foundation donating sports equipment.

Mr Simpson kicked a soccer ball around with a group of students during his visit.

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“This collaborative model is one that is easily replicated and has attracted significant interest from other parts of the State and Australia,” Mr Simpson said.

The forum was established in 2013 and Caralee Primary School principal Jason Shapcott said school attendance had improved along with student health and wellbeing.