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École John English JMS Canada 150 Mosaic Celebrates Diversity

École John English JMS Canada 150 Mosaic Celebrates Diversity

Friday, June 16, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Canada’s strength is built upon a foundation of diversity. That idea prompted  École John English Junior Middle School, home to students from all over the world, to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday with a uniquely Canadian art installation.

Earlier this year, a total of 923 students and staff members drew individual self-portraits representing their pride in their school, community, and country.  Each and every one of the portraits were then used as mosaic pieces to create a giant 24’ x 4’ mural depicting 150 years of love for our country.

“Just as Canada was created with the contributions of many people of different ages, talents, skills, backgrounds and heritage, so too this mural was created in the same manner,” said Principal Craig Howe of the project, which was led by teachers Birgit Sternig and Heather Smith. 

Grade 5 student Addy agreed and said she thought the idea for the project was “really cool...It's like a giant mosaic and Canada is like a mosaic because it's made up of millions of unique people who altogether make a beautiful picture.” 

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