Local students participating in the Ignite Program are designing a mural featuring a strong message about culture and inclusion as part of their studies.
The program, run by Bundaberg State High School, assists students from around the region who are at risk of disengaging with school by offering alternative study options and hands-on work experience.
As part of this term's activities, participants are taking part in projects including gardening as well as working together to paint a mural to be showcased to the community.
“This project has involved the Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre,” Cheryl said.
“The students have created the multicultural and inclusion theme, designed through their eyes.
“Once complete, it will be displayed at the Tom Quinn Centre.”
Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre Community Action for a Multicultural Society officer Dianne Hicks said the mural project would be a great addition to the Harmony Garden at the Tom Quinn Centre.
She said she approached various schools about the art project with the Ignite Program taking up the opportunity to participate.
“The Harmony Garden is all about inclusion and celebrating community and is filled with many different plants that are used in many different cultures,” she said.
“The mural, being painted by the students, will be positioned on the retainer wall in the garden and will feature artwork surrounding the theme of the Harmony Garden.
“It's such a wonderful project that fits in so well with what the students are learning as well as what the garden is all about.”
Ignite Program provides students with a positive learning environment
Cheryl said by providing students with hands-on activities like the mural project, it was helping them learn in a way that was fun, hands on and engaging.
“Ignite has a lot of different benefits,” she said.
“I think it is important to have alternate learning because not every student fits in the mainstream mould.
“This is giving them a chance to refocus, work out what their goals are and look at re-engagement.”
Find out more about the Ignite Program here.