Birch­wood mu­ral re­min­der of team ef­fort

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As the school year winds down for stu­dents at Birch­wood Ele­men­ta­ry School in Saint-La­zare, one thing is sure, it was not your ave­rage year at the school that ope­ned in De­cem­ber amid much contro­ver­sy.

But the les­son for stu­dents and staff at the new En­glish school was that by wor­king to­ge­ther eve­ryone rose above the tur­moil of mis­sed construc­tion dead­lines, and de­lay af­ter de­lay.

No­thing illus­trates that bet­ter than the Birch­wood mu­ral, a series of pain­tings de­pic­ting the four sea­sons of the year that stretch down a main hall­way on the school’s first floor.

Pro­fes­sio­nal Bra­zi­lian artist Mar­cio Me­lo, a fi­gu­ra­tive painter known for his bold and co­lour­ful styles, de­si­gned the concept and crea­ted an out­line for the mu­ral that in­clu­ded 263 boxes that were la­ter filled in by Birch­wood stu­dents. Me­lo, who lives out­side of Ot­ta­wa and is a mem­ber of Quebec’s Mi­nis­try of Culture Ar­tists in Schools pro­gram, com­ple­ted his part of the mu­ral in four ses­sions. Stu­dents, and 15 pa­rent vo­lun­teers did the rest by filling in the ti­ny can­vases crea­ted by Me­lo.

The end re­sult is a vi­brant mu­ral that will be a tes­ta­ment to the team­work that saw Birch­wood through its less than ave­rage start to the school year, and which will re­main a vi­sual re­min­der of the new school’s first year in Saint-La­zare.


John Ab­bott Col­lege will host the 2013 CCAA Men’s Bas­ket­ball Na­tio­nal Cham­pion­ship next March. The Is­lan­der’s men’s team is gua­ran­teed a spot in the tour­na­ment.


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