Wednesday, 04 November 2015

A group of Challenger Institute of Technology students have given life to a blank wall at the WACA ground in East Perth. 
The exterior west-facing (Hale Street) wall now showcases a colourful cricket-themed mural, which focuses on the 122-year history of the iconic oval.  

The Certificate II in General Education for Adults (CGEA) youth students from the Institute’s Fremantle (Beaconsfield) campus were supported by the WACA with funding from Lotterywest.
WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews said the mural project is part of the ongoing revitalisation and regeneration of the WACA ground. 

“This has been a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the history of our ground as well as contributing to the street art that can be found throughout Perth,” Ms Matthews said. 
“To be involved in any project that provides an opportunity for young people to reach their potential is an exciting prospect, and in addition to be able to provide those same young people with a greater understanding of the history of our game is an opportunity too good to pass up.” 
As part of their mural research the CGEA students were invited to tour the WACA ground and museum, which included a visit inside the historic scoreboard. 

Challenger Institute CGEA coordinator and project facilitator Emma Margetts said that after weeks of collecting images, research and drawing, the students’ concepts have now materialised into a dynamic and engaging mural they should be very proud of.

“Many of the students in the CGEA program have been disengaged or struggled with mainstream education for a number of reasons,” Ms Margetts said. 
“The students planned the project, documented and evaluated its progress and negotiated a range of relationships both within and outside the classroom to make it all happen. 
“The mural will be a permanent reminder of the students’ success, giving them a sense of pride and place within the community.”

Ms Margetts said high-profile projects such as these offer students an amazing opportunity to experience education as positive and worthwhile, and in the process learn valuable life and employability skills. 
Students Tahlia Cotton (of South Lake) and Willow Hallback (of Hilton) said they were very excited about the project and opportunity to create a work of art for such a well-known Perth landmark.

"We've learnt so much about the WACA and the project has been a great break from the pressure of the classroom,” Tahlia and Willow said. 
Urban mural artist George Domahidy assisted the students with the project. Mr Domahidy has been involved in a range of similar art initiatives for local councils, corporate and not-for-profit organisations. 
Challenger Institute of Technology’s Certificate II in General Education for Adults (youth-focussed) qualification is designed for young people who did not complete school and want to improve their confidence, personal awareness, study skills and general education.

Applications to study in semester 1, 2016 are now open.

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