HILLMAN Primary School students have created a mural in partnership with students from a Japanese school.
The project began in September last year, when the local school took part in an international intercultural mural exchange (IIME) with Une Elementary School in Ako, the City of Rockingham’s sister city.
Hillman Primary School was the only school in Australia to be included in the project.
Eight students from Une Elementary School completed their half of the mural first, with 15 students from years 5 and 6 at Hillman Primary School starting work on their half in early February.
The mural will be displayed in Japan and may also travel to any of the other 64 countries participating in the exchange project.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said he was delighted to see the efforts of the City’s Global Friendship Committee had been a success in connecting the two schools.
“The IIME project has a number of benefits for both the Australian and Japanese students, with both schools getting the chance to learn about cultures that are very different to their own,” he said.
“Students have also been corresponding with each other through photos and PowerPoint presentations with the aim of developing friendships that last long after the IIME project has finished.”