Support and wellbeing hub Yanggabara opened at Birkdale South State School

YANGABARA: Artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins with Ms Kinsella, deputy principal Loreyse Agnew-Green and Aunty Merle Dippel.
YANGABARA: Artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins with Ms Kinsella, deputy principal Loreyse Agnew-Green and Aunty Merle Dippel.

BIRKDALE South State School students will now have a dedicated space to access support services and de-stress with the opening of Yanggabara on Friday, March 8.

Yanggabara, a Jandai word which means safe place, is the name of the school's refurbished building which will act as the school's new support and wellbeing hub.

Head of Special Education Services Noemi Kinsella said the building would provide a place for students, staff and school community members to access support services and feel welcomed.

"It's a physical place for students and families to come for help and support and to find the right person to talk to," Ms Kinsella said.

"We want it to be a seamless support service where everyone is speaking the same language."

A piece of art for the building was designed by students in collaboration with local artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins to represent the meaning of Yanggabara.

Ms Cockatoo-Collins said she worked with Indigenous students and discussed their memories of feeling safe.

She said one student had told her feathers were reminders of nearby spirits watching over people.

ART: Feathers feature prominently in the Yanggabara artwork.

ART: Feathers feature prominently in the Yanggabara artwork.

Students gathered materials from around the school and wove them together using a traditional mat-making technique.

Yanggabara signs were also posted around areas of the school where students could access support services, including the chaplain's building, admin office and tuckshop.

Birkdale South State School captain Jacob said his vision for the space was somewhere students old and young could come to relax if they were feeling angry or stressed.