Capital Development – Stage 7
Secondary School Classrooms and Outdoor Courts
The Official Opening and Dedication of the Swan Valley Anglican Community School Secondary School Classrooms and Outdoor Courts took place on Friday 31 March 2017. Known as the school’s ‘Stage 7 Development’ the new precinct comprises seven classrooms, one staff room, two change-rooms, a landscaped central courtyard and multi-purpose hard courts. A distinguishing feature of the classrooms is that connecting doors open to create large classrooms or sizeable conference spaces.
Formalities began with a Welcome to Country by noted local Aboriginal artist, Mr Phillip Narkle, who also conducted a smoking ceremony in the native garden ‘to cleanse the land’. Mr Narkle also commented on the series of twelve Aboriginal artworks he had been commissioned to paint for the new buildings. He said, “It was a great privilege to be asked to paint the murals for the school and plot the story of the land from before and after European settlement.” Each painting “depicts a little bit of that history”. The collection marks the passage of time; from the ancient Balga (grasstrees) and traditional Aboriginal life, to the start of the grape industry in the Swan Valley and the modern town hall clock in Midland.
The colourful paintings, which are displayed on the outside of the buildings, focus on the fauna and flora of the Swan Valley; showing their relationship to Aboriginal culture and how they have adapted to the seasons and changes in their habitat over time.
The paintings are a significant acquisition for the school.