MJR’s Mitch honoured with school mural

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MJR’s Mitch honoured with school mural

Students from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Launceston unveiled their Making Jesus Real (MJR) mural to the surprised delight of the program’s founder, Peter ‘Mitch’ Mitchell.

It was a testament to the extent to which MJR was embedded into the lives of the school community and an enduring tribute to Mr Mitchell.

The MJR program runs in all Catholic primary schools in Tasmania as well as an increasing number of schools interstate.

Mr Mitchell, 72, an enthusiastic and inspiring educator who works for the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, is retiring at the end of this school year.

But he will continue to visit schools throughout Australia as an MJR consultant.

Mr Mitchell who started teaching in 1964, lived in an Edmund Rice Youth Community for four years at Gagebrook and ran 36 camps a year, as part of an outdoor education program throughout Tasmania until 2002.

MJR developed from his experiences from the camping program.

Mr Mitchell was delighted with the mural.

“It is sensational and I am overawed,” he told students at the unveiling ceremony.

Mr Mitchell said he had many fond memories of the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School site, including when current principal Matt Jones was one of his pupils.

He also paid tribute to his wife “the wonderful” Jenny, who has just retired after 25 years of service to Catholic education in Tasmania.

“Jenny has been so supportive of me as I travel around Tasmania and Australia doing MJR,” Mr Mitchell said.

In retirement Mr Mitchell is looking forward to being an MJR consultant, and having more time for golf, surfing, swimming and caravan trips.

He is also writing a new book, entitled The Spirit of Jesus.
Julian Davie, a grade six teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, the northern based MJR co-ordinator and the driving force behind the mural, spoke of the importance of the MJR program.

“Through MJR, children learn all about Jesus and how to make him prevalent in their world,” he said.

“Today we need to live these gospel values, through our words and actions.”

Sacred Heart’s MJR mural is on a fence backing on to the tennis court in the school grounds.

Mr Davie thanked students from grades four, five and six, who had planned and painted the mural; teacher assistant Melissa Bunton for her artistic input; and school utility officer Phil Illingworth for his help with the project.