By Fiona Self
When sports stars descend on the Gold Coast in April 2018, flags designed by students will provide extra encouragement to athletes as they chase Games glory.
Year six students from Musgrave Hill State School designed ‘flags of encouragement’ as part of their studies on colour theory and the GC2018 Schools Connect Program.
Students learned how different colours affect people invoking a range of thoughts and feelings.
The 10 best designs were printed onto 1.8m flags and will be displayed along the school’s Kumbari Avenue frontage during GC2018.
Teacher Kerrie Doolan designed the task, which was inspired by the school’s close proximity to the Commonwealth Games Village and the psychology of sport.
“Students studied colour theory, how colours affect our thinking, and looked at the psychology of athleticism to make a meaningful connection to the Games,” she said.
“The brief was to create a flag that was bold enough to be seen from a car, and encouraged not only the athletes, but the school community as a whole.
“The flags’ words are words we use within our school to encourage each other to do our best.”
The selected designs were unveiled in a special flag raising ceremony on Friday, 3 November 2017.
Words written on the flags represent the qualities athletes will need to display at GC2018.
The students selected words intended to inspire, with colours and designs reflecting each unique attribute.
“I chose believe because I wanted the athletes to think that they can achieve anything and that they need to believe in themselves,” said Taliah Colegate.
The themes of resilience and bravery were on display in vibrant colours.
They’re themes the students believe athletes will resonate with as their skills are put to the test at GC2018.
“I chose the word reach because if you don’t try and achieve something, you’re just never going to get it,” said Meadow Hartley.
“I chose the castles because I want them to feel proud of themselves, like they’re on top of the world. I believe every athlete needs strength to do what they need to achieve,” said Hugh O’Hanlan, whose ‘strength’ flag displayed a royal motif.
Students from 111 Gold Coast schools are participating in the Schools Connect Program, developed to engage students and ensure a lasting legacy for the Gold Coast.
As part of the program, students are painting 7,000 canvases which will be displayed in the rooms at the Athlete’s Village.