Principal's Blog

By Erin Gibbs, Principal - Crawford Bay School

If you've visited the school over the past few months, you will have noticed a giant mural in various stages of development. Dedicated staff member Alana Strom has been the guiding vision behind this incredible artwork, spending countless hours of her own time, energy, and money along with District Aboriginal Education funds, to bring together all the materials, and to supervise the various stages of creation. All school members have contributed their time and creativity to the mural: primary children helped wedge the broken pieces of coloured tile into the grout to make up the lake bed, the lake and the forest; older students cut intricate patterns in wood to create the trees; metalwork students researched, drew and then created metal cutouts of local fish; the Gr. 5 - 7 class created clay images of local animals, which were then baked in the kiln and placed on the centrepiece of the mural - an Aboriginal medicine wheel. The Gr. 2 - 4 class created clay stars which sit high above the sky and mountains. Staff and students painted the large pieces of sky and mountain rising above the forest. And finally, SD8 Facilities men spent days painstakingly installing the large boards and the medicine wheel, and touching up paint as necessary. It is truly a whole school project! 

A celebration is in the works to commemorate this spectacular mural, and to tie it in with the 10th anniversary of the completion of Crawford Bay Elementary & Secondary School.


Erin Gibbs

By Erin Gibbs, Principal - Crawford Bay School