A beautiful Aboriginal fire pit installed at Marian Catholic College, Griffith, is a step in the school’s journey to visually symbolise its desire to connect with its traditional community, IE Journalist Sue Osborne writes.
Principal Alan Le Brocque said the school embarked on this journey some time ago, installing a Wiradjuri Gugaa (goanna) on its front wall so that everyone entering the school would see it.
The school also flies the Aboriginal flag and displays a cross decorated by Narrandera Wiradjuri artist Michael Lyons.
The Gugaa, blessed and installed in 2016, was a gift from the departing Year 12 students.
The college has also created an Aboriginal garden stocked with native plants, which is where the fire pit was installed earlier this year.
Alan started the process of developing the fire pit in 2016. He contacted local artist and fire pit maker Michael Whipps to discuss making a fire pit with an authentic Aboriginal design. Both men agreed they needed to collaborate with a traditional artist, and Michael Lyons was commissioned to collaborate on the project.