Florey Primary School

I’ve been wanting to do a mural at my childrens’ school for some time and along with a friend and one of the Kindy teachers thought there was a keen team. After 6 months of talking about it, the principal suggested a location. It was inside, at the end of a very long corridor where noone would ever see it. Needless to say I was disappointed… I always think it’s a shame when people don’t seem to value art, particularly amongst children. I really think it would be an invaluable gift for the children involved. Anyway, we shall see. I will go in and make an appointment to see the principal, and to really gauge how lukewarm the reception is.

Meanwhile, a friend let me know about some mosaics at the primary school in Florey so since it is not far from where I live, as I was heading home on a day off Molly and I ducked in to take a look-see. I always sign in and let the staff know I’m there and try to gather as much information as I can. The principal of Florey met me and she was absolutely lovely. In fact she was the principal over at Macquarie when the mosaics were made there (see post).

Anyway, it was made by a parent who obviously had a keen interest in mosaics, but also making her own tile. The principal was going to give me her name, but we ended up chatting so much that we forgot (!). It was made and installed in 2005 and I understand that is was done during school hours with some of the older children. It is made up of handmade ceramic tile aswell as plain ceramic tile and covers a fairly vast expanse. It has all been made on cement sheet and then screwed into the brick.

Florey Primary

Florey Primary

Florey Primary

Florey Primary

What is so great is that the current principal started a new project with the Y6 kids – a chess pit with the large sized chess pieces too. I lOVE that there are teachers and principals out there who really value art. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside đŸ˜‰ lol This is the kids’ gift to the school.It is yet to be installed. Apparently that is happening in the next few weeks. Will go to the opening of it and take pics…

Florey Primary

Florey Primary - site for chess pit

This is where the installation will take place. It will really liven this section of the playground up.

Florey Primary


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