CSIRO INDIGENOUS STEM AWARDS
Last Friday we celebrated the CSIRO STEM Awards in Mercy Chapel. The CSIRO Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and scientists who are studying and working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, as well as the integral role schools, teachers and mentors have in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers. The awards also recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational STEM role models, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
Part of these awards was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Maths Award. This award recognises students who have shown a passion, engagement and improvement in mathematics as well as demonstrating how they have used mathematics to solve a real-life problem.
The winners of this award in 2019 were Renee and Stacey. The students were presented with a medallion by Ms Georgina Brewer from the Tableland Regional Council, certificates by Dr Sally Towns from the Catholic Education Office and cheques for $625 by Mr Torres Webb from the CSIRO. The students were joined by their family to celebrate this great achievement. We are blessed to have so many talented students in our school.
MY ARTIST STATEMENT by Sherrika Gilbert
My artwork is based on an Indigenous Australian pop singer called, Jessica Mauboy. She is my favourite singer since I was a small child. Therefore as my role model it seemed fitting to choose such an inspirational woman as my Archibald Prize Portrait. The concept was ‘sense of self’, through this I developed Ideas about who Jessica Mauboy is as a person, her identity and how I personally relate to her. I am an Aboriginal girl from Kowanyama and my favourite colour is pink. These are two things that we have in common. This painting is entitled ‘Jessi’ which is short for Jessica.
After trial & error I decided to use the third design out of my visual diary to mark-up onto my canvas. I spray painted my background pink and painted Jessica’s face and hair with acrylic paint. Painting the face required a lot of time and thought. I needed to consider every element of design in my painting techniques to capture Jessica’s energy. My colour palette of skin tones varied each day as I built up my layers. My final stage was to make the look three dimensional by adding shadows to her face and hair.