Project ready to view

By David Rak

A plain wall has received a welcome splash of colour at Seymour College thanks to a student art project.

A crowd gathered recently for the opening of a sensory art mural students designed and created for one of the school’s playgrounds.

The mural was created as part of Project Ready, a career readiness program run by Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network.

During Project Ready, students explore their strengths, interests, different work modes, career options and pathways and are also required to complete a community project.

Students teamed up with River and Ranges Community Leadership participants Kerry McGahy and Jaspreet Kaur to complete the project.

“Inclusive education students use this area, so it was designed to suit their needs,” Ms McGahy said.

“The students loved the chance to see the project through from idea to finished product. We had some help from Interval Art’s Nicholle Gallus but the majority was painted by the students.

“It incorporates the alphabet, numbers, seasons and multiple chalk boards to allow students to learn and play.

“We want to thank Seymour College for allowing us to do this and the other community groups and local businesses that made it possible.”

Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network industry engagement manager Lena Way said the primary focus of Project Ready was fostering positive outcomes for students and young people.

“The program runs for 20 weeks and has been implemented at eight schools in the region, including Seymour College,” she said.

“Students undertaking the community project has allowed them to gain confidence dealing with people in the community.

“The project was made possible through the co-operation of various community members and groups, including the important contribution of Berry Street.”