Joining the circus project

Pupils at St Monica’s Primary School will juggle technology and new friendships as they complete a public mural project.

The North Parramatta school chose 10 of its year 6 pupils to pair with 10 pupils from Christ the King Primary School to create a circus-themed mural for a new children’s activity area at Westfield North Rocks.

Teacher facilitating the project at Christ the King, Patrick Vidot, said students would use Adobe Illustrator to draw and colour age-appropriate images, and build graphic design knowledge that would be useful for their future science projects.

‘‘All the kids who work in that group are getting an idea about the design process —What’s a design brief, who are the target audience,’’ he said.

‘‘That use of technology makes students aware of copyright as well, getting them to understand you can’t just trace or copy and image, you’ve got to  tweak it slightly, make it new, make it original.’’

Teacher librarian at St Monica’s, Sharon Boulos, said it was wonderful the project would be viewed by the wider community.

She said it gave students the chance to develop team work and leadership skills.

‘‘These children will learn a skill, they will go back and they will mentor other students during group work,’’ she said.

‘‘It just emphasises that a leadership role is not just standing up in front of a group or organising an event, it goes so much deeper.’’

The mural is due to be installed late in March.

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