St Josephs, Malvern

"Mrs O’s Friendship Tree"

This mosaic mural project is based on the “You Can Do It” educational program. The ceramic mosaic Friendship Tree seat at St Joseph’s, Malvern has been based on the “You Can Do It” principles. There are five key concepts that are the values for the development of a student’s social and emotional journey to success; “Confidence, Persistence, Organization, Getting Along, and Resilience”. These key words were the foundation stone on which we were to build and design the project - an eight metre long cement rendered brick seat, situated in a corner of the school under a magnificent tree. We needed to find visual images that the students could easily identify with and take from abstract words to visual forms. The following analogies were brain stormed: Confidence - Stars, Persistence - Sun, Organization – Bee/bee hive, Getting Along – hands (multicultural), Resilience - Owl. This seat is 8 meters long.

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