Christ the Priest Primary prepare to paint their prize

Art teacher Audrey Buttigieg Cardona with the students at the site of their upcoming mural. (Damjan Janevski) 335148_03.

Liam McNally

Christ the Priest Primary School in Caroline Springs has been announced as the state winner of the Haymes Paint and Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Paint Australia Beautiful competition.

The inaugural competition required students from across the country to design murals inspired by the environment and how they can care for it.

As voted by Australia, Christ The Priest Primary School has been chosen as the Victoria winner, and the school will receive $750 in paint and supplies from Haymes Paint to bring their mural design to life.

Christ the Priest Primary School visual arts teacher Audrey Buttigieg Cardona said the school community is “very excited” by the win.

“You should have heard the kids scream when I told them we won,” she said.

“They cant wait to start painting and put it up… That area looks quite grey at the moment, it’s going to bring some bright colours and joy and colourful ambience to the area.”

Christ The Priest Primary School will go into the running for the overall national competition, with a grand prize of $2,000 prize money up for grabs.

Voting will run once all State winners have painted their murals.

Haymes Paint Shop Sunshine Store Manager Alyanna Morren said it’s “wonderful” that a local school has won this “fantastic competition”.

“We can’t wait to see Christ The Priest Primary School decorated with their mural,” she said.

Keep Australia Beautiful chief executive Val Southam the creativity of Christ The Priest Primary School’s entry was “outstanding”.

“The students thought critically about their environment by including the native Wedge-Tailed Eagle and Eltham Copper Butterfly in their mural’s design,” she said.