Students Bring WACA Wall To Life
6 November 2015  

Challenger Institute of Technology students pose in front of the mural, including a tribute to WA legend Dennis Lillee and the iconic WACA Ground scoreboard

There’s another colourful addition to the WACA Ground thanks to some artistic work from a group of Challenger Institute of Technology students.

The students have put together a mural which focused on the 122-year history of the iconic oval, on the exterior wall west-facing on Hale Street, near Gate 6.

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 CEO 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.