Penguins add pep to centre

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Kayla Duplessis, Year 5, Romeo Carrello, Year 3 and artist Samantha Prentice stand in front of the penguin mural.
Camera IconKayla Duplessis, Year 5, Romeo Carrello, Year 3 and artist Samantha Prentice stand in front of the penguin mural. Credit: Holly Thompson

Safety Bay Primary School students have helped a local artist paint 75 penguins on to a wall outside of Shoalwater Shopping Centre, in a mural aimed at brightening up the area.

Artist Samantha Prentice drew a template of a penguin, handed it out to all students from Year 3 to 6 and asked them to create their own designs on the penguin’s belly.

She then picked 75 of the designs to be transferred on to the mural, with the help of deputy principal Jodie Schicker.

“Each student chosen has come down to the shopping centre and painted their design on to one of the penguins,” she said. “It has been a great collaborative effort and our students have loved getting creative and involved in the community.”

Ms Prentice said she was thrilled to have the primary students take part.

“This mural is symbolic to the area and it really brightens up this wall and draws peoples eye,” she said.

“There were so many people who stopped at say how great it all looks while we were painting it and it has been a very positive experience.”

The work can be viewed from Coventry Road, out the front of the shopping complex.

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