Forging partnerships with the community

Footscray Learning Precinct and partners collaborate to develop local mural.

Established in 2015, the Footscray Learning Precinct combines Footscray Primary School, Footscray City Primary School and Footscray High School with key partners Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University. The precinct works to provide seamless transition from early learning to adult education. 

Its vision is to become a world-leading education precinct, providing excellence in teaching and learning in Melbourne’s inner west and to build on the richness and diversity of the local community.

One of the precinct’s key objectives is to forge partnerships with the community to provide students with more opportunities to learn and develop. 

Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University, as precinct partners under the Footscray University Town initiative, joined with the Footscray schools to create a mural which took students on a design thinking journey. 

Students from the three schools attended a series of workshops with Chuck Mayfield, Julia Both and local artist Heesco to learn about street art practices. They also considered designs together based around the themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education and life-long learning. 

The designs were then further developed by Julia, based on the students’ ideas and feedback.

‘The project introduced kids to the idea of working to a client’s brief, brainstorming themes to develop ideas and deciding on the final designs.’ Chuck said. 

‘Some of the kids also gave us a hand installing the artworks.’ 

The mural was installed in March on the back of Footscray City Primary School’s new gymnasium — part of a $15.436 million investment to upgrade facilities at the school. 

Students helped paint the lower level of the installation, which proudly joined the City of Maribyrnong’s StreetWORKS program. 

The program, which has run since 2014, aims to create innovative, visual street art to enliven public spaces and discourage graffiti and tagging. 

The mural was officially opened in mid-May, attended by the students, artists, City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Michael Clarke, Victoria University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker and local Member for Footscray, Katie Hall. 

For more information visit the Footscray Learning Precinct

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This year, Education Week celebrates the theme ‘Building Connections’. 

It is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools, higher education, and early childhood services to showcase how they are building connections with the community around them. 

Education Week will run from 23-29 May. 


Students from Footscray Primary School, Footscray City Primary School and Footscray High School painting the mural.