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Gift of Creation reflected in artwork


Art and ecology came together at St Monica’s Parish School last month when the Walkerville school welcomed the wider community to its SALA Exhibition.

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The theme of St Monica’s artworks was ‘God’s Dream for the World’. Students were inspired by the words of Mary MacKillop: How I wish that we would only remember that we are but travellers here.

The exhibition celebrated individual student pieces, alongside a whole school collaboration of a bottle top mural.

Principal Emily Sayer said students created artworks in a variety of mediums as a reminder that “we are all stewards, not owners, of the gift of Creation”.

“From mosaics and collages to native mandalas and wool-weaving, it was a feast for the eyes,” she said.

A number of permanent art installations will see colour remain a permanent feature at St Monica’s. Year 6 students explored patterns of different cultures and brought a dark stair well to life by painting each step with their vibrant designs.

Students and staff also recycled more than 2000 plastic lids and worked together to encapsulate God’s Creation in the form of a large mural, now a feature in the school yard. Students are hoping to continue collecting plastic lids to add to their mural in the future.

Special visitors to the exhibition included the Member for Adelaide, Lucy Hood (pictured with Year 1 student Beatrice), parish priest Fr Kym Spurling and Josephite Sister Mary Ryan.


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