North Parmelia Primary School unveils exhibition

Indigo Lemay-ConwaySound Telegraph
Students Jak Sattler and Beverly Cuniah with artist Kaitlyn Elsegood and their sculpture of Chalk Hill and the Spectacles.
Camera IconStudents Jak Sattler and Beverly Cuniah with artist Kaitlyn Elsegood and their sculpture of Chalk Hill and the Spectacles. Credit: Indigo Lemay-Conway/Sound Telegraph

Year 6 students from North Parmelia Primary School have unveiled their 50th-anniversary project exhibition to the public.

On October 22, the 11 bright wooden sculptures that range up to 2m in height and width were put on display at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, commemorating the people, events and places the students identified as significant to the Kwinana area.

The children worked with artist Kaitlyn Elsegood to create the artworks, which she said was an incredible experience.

“The project went over two terms,” Elsegood said.

“In the first, the students went to Chalk Hill, the Spectacles and Smirks Cottage, and they learnt from different community members about the history of the area.

“Then, in term two, we used what they had learnt and created the 11 statues together.”

Students Jak Sattler and Beverly Cuniah said they loved going on the excursions and learning about the city’s history.

“I enjoyed going to The Spectacles because I love nature, and we got to learn about how the Aboriginal people used to live,” Jak said. “I really loved going to Smirks Cottage and actually seeing the cottage in real life,” Beverly said.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams with her very own statue, alongside long term Indigenous local Angus Walley.
Camera IconCity of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams with her very own statue, alongside long term Indigenous local Angus Walley.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said she was honoured to have a 2m sculpture made of her by the students.

“I am so proud and pleased that the students of North Parmelia Primary School have chosen me as one of the people that have shaped Kwinana’s history,” Ms Adams said.

“Especially standing next to such an icon like Angus Walley, who’s the City’s longest-standing employee, it is a real honour.”

The exhibition is open to the public until November 7.

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