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Students are all somewhere under the rainbow

Written on the 14 February 2017 by scotch

The snake on the ceiling at Scotch College is not one to be afraid of.

About 150 students have helped paint the 145m-long rainbow serpent at the Torrens Park school, to celebrate Aboriginal culture. They spent about 10 weeks creating the mural to complement artwork created by students in the school's Yalari program.

The not-for-profit program is run across Australia and gives children from regional, rural and remote communities and towns the opportunity to attend private secondary schools. Head of Senior School Dale Bennett said the mural was believed to be the world's largest painting of a rainbow serpent, exceeding Sidney Nolan's famous snake painting at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania by more than 100m.

Year 11 student Ben said he enjoyed working on the mural and learning about Aboriginal art.

"Their symbols are shaped a bit like a 'u' shape, which signify people, for example," Ben, 16, says.

The children worked with Aboriginal artist Chris Crebbin on the artwork.

-- original article appeared in Hills & Valley Messenger on 8 February 2017. Photo: Roy Van Der Vegt.

Author: scotch

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