Cleveland State School shows history through art mural

ARTWORK: Parents and Citizens Association president Wolfgang Neszpor and principal Mark Ionn with student leaders C.J Davis and Dolma Donald. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
ARTWORK: Parents and Citizens Association president Wolfgang Neszpor and principal Mark Ionn with student leaders C.J Davis and Dolma Donald. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

THE Cleveland State School community has marked their 150th milestone with an art mural to show how the school has evolved over the years.

One of the school’s talented educators Cath Dwyer created the artwork, including paintings of Cleveland’s lighthouse, old school buildings, a cassette tape and the importance of performing arts.

Principal Mark Ionn said the school was the first in the Redlands when it began in 1868.

“Although we have had many activities to mark our 150th year, one of the most important things we could do was to mark it visually,” he said.

Mr Ionn said the artwork also showed the influences outside of the school grounds, including community groups and landmarks in Redland City.

"The art mural takes us through the history of our school and begins with one of the icons in our community which is the light house at Cleveland,” he said.

“It is also important to recognise the community that plays a part and to see see our past and learn for the future.”

Mr Ionn said there were two more projects at the school to mark the achievement.

“We want to make sure every building is named after a significant community member or large contributor who played a role in the school,” he said.

“One of the buildings will be named after the foundation principal and others to recognise those who have come and gone.”

Mr Ionn said the school was also bringing colour and culture into the classrooms for students to enjoy.

“We are transforming the classrooms by plastering images of sea animals and iconic buildings in the Redlands,” he said.

Images of sea animals and iconic buildings will also be plastered on the walls of the school by the end of the year.