Borden Primary School students do not have to worry about being swooped by the two new magpies that have taken pride of place on school grounds. The birds are the centrepiece of a new mural at the school by Perth-based artist James Giddy, which was completed in recent weeks. The design incorporates an outline of the school and town’s emblem. The usually white spots of the magpie are used as a canvas to showcase local scenery, highlighting the Stirling Range. The area’s farming properties have also been recognised, with an old farmhouse, windmill and ute (with sheep) visible in the mural. School acting principal Kate Oliver said the response to the artwork had been “fantastic”. “At a recent function at the (Borden) Pavilion, many people were asking about the mural and made comment about how great it looks,” she said. “Over the course of the evening, a number of people were heard discussing the mural and the general consensus was that it was fabulous that the magpies were so well illustrated and amazing that within them lies the Stirling Range.” The mural has been painted on the side wall of the library at the entrance to the school. “An added benefit is the flow-on effect that it has had in improving the overall appeal of our small rural town,” Ms Oliver said. “Locals have deliberately driven past the school to see and appreciate the new artwork, and it is hoped that in the future people travelling through the town might do the same thing.” Last year, also in the Wheatbelt, Mr Giddy painted a mural featuring a Simmental bull with wind turbines inside its body in the lead up to the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.