Class paints image of waterways

CURRUMBIN Primary’s Friday afternoon art group has won the Gold Coast City Council waterways mural competition.

Class teacher Jocelyn Edwards said entrants were asked to highlight why we needed healthy waterways to celebrate National Water Week.

The winning mural design will be painted on the wall of the pump station at 121 West Burleigh Road.

“A mixture of Year 6 and 7 students are in the art class and we thought about the importance of our waterways in the group,” Ms Edwards said.

“We can see the Currumbin Valley out of the classroom windows, so we drew on that for inspiration.

Ms Edwards said the art class decided waterways were like flowers, with the petals as catchments areas, and food-producing fields. The upper edges of the petals symbolise forests.

“The stems of our waterway flowers are our rivers, which keep our residential suburbs – our leaves – healthy and happy places to live.

“The run-off from our suburb’s drains also enter our river system, which flows to our ocean.”

The class painted the ocean as a vase holding all life, and all life needs healthy waterways.

Ms Edwards said 27 students attended the art class as part of the Creative Currumbin initiative.

“Students can elect to do sports, creative art, robotics, film and media, art classes and thinking skills.”

The mural unveiling is planned for Monday, November 23.

Assistant chief executive officer for Water Demand Management Sarah Jones said: “Out of all the entries Gold Coast Water received, we were highly impressed with the well thought-out entry from Currumbin Primary School’s Friday Afternoon Art Class.”

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