Forest Lake State High School held their official First Nations “Mullago Dhago” mural dedication on Friday, July 15.
“Mullago Dhago” – which means “Tomorrow Altogether,” was designed by local artist Jenny Kent of Manamana Dreaming in conjunction with FLSHS students to create a vision of reconciliation.
The mural contains the thumbprint of all of students, staff, local Elders, community members and partners in education as a symbol of their united commitment to reconciliation.
Many First Nations students attended the mural dedication event, which was hosted by school captains Lulu, Mele, and vice captain Isabelle.
Aunty Lena gave the Welcome to Country, and Queensland Premier and State Member for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk added her thumbprint at the dedication event to complete the piece. There was also cake to be enjoyed by those who attended.
“It was such a wonderful day where our students, local Elders, staff and community leaders came together to celebrate the dedication of our mural,” Forest Lake State High School principal Denise Kostowski said.
“We were so privileged to have the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk with us today to add her thumbprint, completing the mural and supporting our commitment to a united reconciliation.”
In early 2021, the staff at FLSHS pledged to contribute to achieving reconciliation with the First Nation community. They decided a mural at the entrance of the school would symbolise their commitment to reconciliation to the community.
In December 2021 the community came together to place their thumbprints on the mural.
The mural features many landmarks in Forest Lake, including Blunder Creek, local landscapes, the Forest Lake Shopping Centre, The Lake, and native flora and fauna.
There is also a learning growth vine which represents the students six-year journey through high school.