Our Mural is an attempt to creatively and visually depict a biblical world view of learning and knowing.

Our Mural

Created by Craig and Kateryna Bowyer and students.

Our Mural is intended to continually engage parents and visitors, and students to discover new symbols and meanings. These panels show God’s continuing Creation with imagery that is both chronological and sequential with many obvious, subliminal and quirky references to daily life and interests of TVCS students. Learning areas are not isolated; they are all inter-related in a biblical world view of learning and knowing.

Section 1
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The first five panels attempt to capture the awe and splendour of God’s creation. The profiled mirrored section not only reflects “Mankind made in God’s image”- us, but also the notion of the seventh day- REST

Panel 1 Represents the creation and earth, and all that is in it. We begin with darkness, and see the creation of day and night as light enters the painting. We see the separation of earth and sky and water, with lakes, rivers, clouds and snowflakes and lush fields.

Panel 2 & 3 Represents the creation of all vegetation on earth, leaves, nuts, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Concealed in the second panel is the lower-case letter J, beginning the word J-E-S-U-S that underpins the establishment of TVCS.

Panel 4 Represents the creation of all the creatures of the oceans, the air and the land.

Panel 5 Represents the ultimate creation of human kind, caretakers of all that existed. There is represented DNA, cells, a human spine, a baby and a human face silhouetted represent the ultimate creation of human kind, caretakers of all that existed.

We are made in God’s image, and looking in the mosaic mirror, we see ourselves! The mirror also represents that day of rest, where God saw all that he has made, was pleased, and rested.

Section 2
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Panel 6 On the far left we see a massive Delft Blue vase with an unexpected reversal of mosaic tiles as the background that links with the mirrored mosaic around the corner. The Mirror represents the 7th Day of Creation…..the notion of God resting and reflection of what he created & found to be good. Mosaic is one of the earliest forms of functional decoration. The Delft pottery refers to 3D art & craft and the Dutch heritage of our school with its links to the Dutch Reformed Church in Campbelltown in the early 1980s.

Panel 7 Depicts Fra Angelica’s The Annunciation (c1436) portraying Mary receiving the Angel’s message that she will give birth to Jesus. This painting is also important as it is one of the first early Renaissance works to use perspective to draw the eye to the central figure at a focal point. The Gregorian chants in latin and the medieval musicians show how our knowledge of history and the Bible has been carried by musicians during the through psalms, sonnets and chants at a time when most were illiterate.

Panel 8 Refers to Giottos Flight into Egypt depicting Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus evading Herod. This image morphs into the Starry Night imagery on Vincent Van Gogh whose work ushered in greater emotion in Art through expressive colour and brushstrokes.

Panel 9 Is a birdseye view of Torrens Valley in the style of Russian artist Kandinsky as music and art becomes more experimental in the 1920 between the 2 World Wars. This image contains the letter E in JESUS; see if you can find it!

Panel 10 Finishes with child art and was largely done by our reception and Year 1 students. This colourful panel forms the link between the next series based on language and the written word.

Section 3
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Panel 11 Reflects children’s’ interests and the connection between art (comics) and reading (books). The characters chosen reflect the array of characters that students like. Disney and Manga feature but some Australian and European characters have been depicted to “educate” about diversity.

Panel 12 Refers to the origins of writing and its similarity to child drawing and cartoons. Aboriginal, early European cave images morph into cuneiform, hieroglyphs and Chinese symbols, Hebrew, Auslan, Morse, shorthand, Indonesian and German are all featured.

Panel 13 Depicts Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Rosetta stone. Hebrew, Auslan, Morse and shorthand are all featured.

Panel 14 Depicts the Word of God, medieval monks who kept the scriptures alive, Gutenberg’s Press that helped education to flourish and the printing of the bible into vernacular languages. Shakespearean references in calligraphy highlight just how many phrases are used in today’s English language. Indonesian and German are the languages taught in the day-school.

Panel 15 Dots represent newsprint from a pre-digital age. Word games and coloured reading dots have meanings and importance only to the children.