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Bibbulmun elder and artist Toogar Morrison with Governor Stirling SHS Year 8 students Mark Bautista, Jean Aquila and Alyssa Baldonado. Picture ANITA McINNES

Six pillars to be a welcoming place

BIBBULMUN elder Toogar Morrison is working with students at Governor Stirling Senior High School on six outdoor pillars.

Called 6 Seasons the pillars will be placed on the school grounds to frame the Swan River back drop.

Mr Morrison, who prefers to call himself a Bibbulmun elder rather than a Noongar elder, said planning what to put on the pillars or boards took about a day and included explaining to the students how to apply the correct pressure to get the mark they wanted to make on the boards.

The well-known artist who has a Masters in visual arts said the background of the boards represented rock in the landscape and the animals were painted on top.

Some of the animals painted on the boards resembled fish, dragon fly and a hairy worm but they were all from the Dreamtime.

“I try to draw the spirit of the children out,’’ he said.

“I ask them to look into their own Dreamtime and come up with an animal for a season.’’

The Aboriginal interpretation is for six seasons compared with the European four seasons.

Deputy principal Stephen Palandri said the school wanted the finished result to be a welcoming place for all students and the wider community.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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