Yet another northern school unveiled a mural in honour of education and community development today, as the Ministry of Education praised creativity as an integral part of learning.
The St. Lucy Primary School, this morning followed quickly on the heels of a similar revelation at the Roland Edwards Primary last week, paying tribute to the history of the school while involving students in the creative process.
Education Officer, Janice Reid, reminded the school of the example they were setting not just for the student body, but for the community as well, with the involvement of pupils and locally-based, self-taught artist William Austin in the process.
School projects like the mural, she noted, provided a unique and relevant teaching opportunity and served to enhance academic and personal achievements and development.
“Physical changes in the school can also be adapted in the classroom. We have to encourage the students to decorate their walls, both inside and outside… The educational and academic aspects of the school are enhanced and we know that. Possible educational objectives of this project could be that children learn about the history of St. Lucy, the parish, school and surrounding areas; or they can make signs about the plants…
“They can also learn about the biodiversity of the school grounds or how to apply paint to a school mural, that is all part of being academic. Tying the beautification project into the school’s academic curriculum certainly enhances the children’s learning,” said Reid.
Principal Anderson Jordan hailed the commissioning and subsequent unveiling of the mural as a significant development in the history of the school, as well as his own 47 years in education, as Samantha Smith, personal assistant to MP Denis Kellman brought greetings and congratulations from the representative, telling the school that the environment was a critical component of the education process.
ITC teacher Lavonne Hinds, who initiated the mural, told of his pride at having the students involved in the process.
The mural came about from an idea he had, he noted, and eventual artist Austin made a sketch of his ideas, which were then presented to the school, all the staff, the parents and students for their input. Changes were made and some of the pupils and a staff member aided in the painting of the vision which includes aspects of education, celebration of successes, and community-based activities and places of interest in the huge mural.
The unveiling was heralded by the blaring of horns and the release of balloons as specially invited guest gasped and praised the beauty of the creation. (LB)