HERITAGE MOSAIC AT CURRUMBIN WATERS MARKS QUEENSLAND’S 150TH BIRTHDAY

3 Dec 2009 12:15 PMJann Stuckey

3 December 2009

Member of Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has officially opened a heritage mosaic at St Augustine’s  Primary School, Currumbin Waters to commemorate Queensland’s 150th birthday. 

The school received a $10,000 Q150 grant to build a mural which traces both the southern Gold Coast history and the role the school and parish community have played in the Coolangatta/Currumbin area.  It traced the history from the 1920s to the school’s move to the current site in Currumbin Waters in the late 1980s. 

Ms Stuckey paid tribute to the school’s importance in the community.  She said:  “It is a school which places an honest focus on delivering a level of pastoral care to its students, not be matched elsewhere.

“There is no doubt this school has a big heart and the capacity to give its students way more than an education. 

“What we have before us today shows just what a dramatic transformation has been able to take place as a result of funding, creativity and enthusiasm. 

The project was the brainchild of Ms Jo Ormerod  with a wall featuring the school’s educational and cultural journey over the past century.  It was created by artist in residence Peter Burdett with art teacher Mrs Jo Nolan working closely.

The mural was constructed in 28 separate pieces and then lifted individually into place. 

Students from the year 6/7 trades project led by long standing staff member, Mr Con Pizzol, also constructed a quiet reflective garden to be used by teachers and students, as well as the local community.

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