A welcome message

Year-12-student Manyang with the mural. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 209921_02

An inspirational mosaic has been installed at a Tarneit school.

In 2017, Thomas Carr College ran a competition during Refugee Week, asking students to create a mosaic design.

The winning design, by student Olivia Papavero, has been transformed into an artwork by local artist Julie Stevens.

With help from staff and students, Ms Stevens has installed the artwork on the wall of the college’s Information Centre.

The piece was formally unveiled last month, during this year’s Refugee Week.

The artwork, titled ‘We Welcome Refugees’, celebrates the courage and contribution of people from refugee backgrounds to Australian society.

The mosaic also aims to send a message of welcome and belonging to students from a refugee background.

College principal Craig Holmes said: “We are an inclusive school community open to others through our strong Catholic values.

“I congratulate Olivia and all involved in producing this thoughtful installation.”

Wyndham council provided funds to help develop the mosaic project.

Mayor Josh Gilligan attended the unveiling of the artwork.

“With nearly half of the Wyndham population migrating to Australia from overseas, some of whom were refugees, there is no doubt this mosaic is a strong reminder of why Australia really is the lucky country,” Cr Gilligan said.