The students and staff of John Pritchard School are very excited that a mural in their school is officially complete. It showcases the commitment John Pritchard has to reconciliation and has many Indigenous themes woven throughout.
The mural was a collaborative effort between last year's and this year's Grade 6 classes and a local artist named Annie Bergen. It was initially planned to be completed in the spring of 2021, but there were delays due to remote learning and COVID restrictions.
The school is very thankful for the support of assistant superintendent Jason Drysdale, who provided the necessary funds to see the project through to completion.
They also received valuable support from Leanne Smith and Lisa Aymont-Hunter, their Indigenous education support staff, for helping to plan and facilitate two years' worth of learning opportunities for their students as they helped them build understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
They would also like to recognize artist Annie Bergen, who they were fortunate to work with. She listened to the students as they shared their understanding of what reconciliation means to them. She honoured their ideas for how to represent this on the mural to reflect the past, present, and future of Indigenous history with the students' own ideas at the heart of the mural.
Additionally, the school appreciates all the support from their previous principal Barbara Bowles, who spearheaded this project last year, and their current principal Shawn Osiowy, who helped the students celebrate their achievement.