This week in the Learning Commons we have been celebrating Indigenous culture, sharing authentic Indigenous stories and some classes have discussed the impact of Residential Schools. Our goal was community building, with each student creating a link in a chain to represent how we are all connected and support each other.
This week we restored an old and unattractive shelf into an awesome book display featuring work inspired by Clayton Gauthier, a Cree/Dakelh artist, and his book The Salmon Run.
We used indoor house paint to cover the shelf and the designs were added with stencils. I added the black outlines. Clayton even commented on our work. : )
Classes have been labelled with room numbers as division numbers may change year to year.
Other rooms read ‘You are all welcome’.
This simple story, I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson touches on a number of core competencies including helping others and caring for the environment and well as the principles of respect for family and learning traditional knowledge from elders. Wonderful illustrations brought up lots of discussion. Kindergarten students created lego berry baskets complete with red rosehips. Our library also has the companion book I Wait.
This video was created in the Learning Commons. It was narrated by Grade K/1 in celebration of our First Peoples in Residence week at Martha Currie and in acknowledgement of Pink Shirt Day.
Students in Mme. St.James’ class have been learnng about all of the dfferent ways the South Coast Salish Peoples used the Western Red Cedar and why it was called ‘The Tree of Life’. We focused on the patterns used on the baskets and were inspired by traditional designs to create our own baskets. We filled the baskets with a representation of the soft inner bark of the Yellow Cedar that was used for bedding and hung the baskets on our cedar tree.
Students in Mr. Gauvin’s Grade 4/5 class were encouraged to apply what they had learned about Coast Salish long house design to creating a much larger model in the Learning Commons. The students worked in teams with each group having different responsibilities. As the project progressed, students shifted teams so they could try different aspects of the building. It was a great success.
One team was solely responsible for cutting of tape ready to use. This made the process a lot smoother and helped prevent lost tape ends. Another team made the support poles with rolled paper and rafia.
Boxes of discarded books waiting for disposal were used as corner supports.
‘Smoke’ was added to the central post.
We did not have any good cutting tools so the cardboard was used as is.
This week, as part of our learning about ‘The Tree of Life’, some students created Coast Salish cedar boxes decorated with salmon images. We asked permission of Clayton Gauthier to draw inspiration from his wonderful book, The Salmon Run. Students painted their boxes, coloured their salmon and finished the box with Mod-Poge. We will be displaying these in the Learning Commons as part of our First Peoples in Residence week.
Painting the boxes – Dollar store and recycled cigar boxes
Colour and cut the salmon
Add the Mod-Podge. Dries clear and makes a shiny top coat.
Several classes have been working on creating these detailed Salish Long House models. After learning about the design, students were assigned individual tasks that would contribute to the whole. For example, one class contributed side panels, and another made roof panels or added entranceways. Some classes added the supporting poles with the ‘cedar’ twine and slowly the houses came together. The final class added the landscaping.
Building the roof panels.
Back and side panels.
Support poles (recycled chopsticks and raffia)
Classes have been learning about the architecture of South Coast Salish Plank Houses. We learned about the structure and the style and purposes of the long houses. To show their learning, students built small individual buildings and then worked cooperatively to create larger structures.