Gr. 9 Como Lake Mural Project

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 10.06.53 AM.pngJust before spring break, Grade 9 art students worked together to create a mural for Como Lake Gardens, a YWCA community housing facility for low-income women.

I connected with the YWCA last summer, in the hopes they would have a facility that would benefit from a happy and positive mural. I was referred to their Como Lake Gardens facility in Coquitlam where the counselling staff focuses on teaching the 30 women residing there, skills such as how to be more assertive, and positive conflict resolution. Como Lake also offers its residents a community kitchen, a laundry room, a park, and a play area for the 40 children currently living there.

The Como Lake building is new and very modern, but it wasn’t very welcoming to the children. This is where our Yorkies came in. They spent months brainstorming, designing, planning, and voting for the design that would transform the main wall at the entrance of the building, which is adjacent to the common play area. Their challenge was to create a mural that would inspire a sense of community and would also be appealing to young children.

The result was amazing! With many decisions to be made from start to finish, our Grade 9 girls embraced the project with a tremendous level of enthusiasm and maturity. I was there only to guide!

In only one day, they worked tirelessly to complete the mural. The result is a beautiful mural that is bright, happy, and something they are deservedly proud of. The feedback we have since received from the residents and staff has been extremely positive; they are overjoyed, and amazed at how the mural changed the energy of the space. I am so very proud of the commitment and creativity of our girls!

Watch the time lapse video of the girls completing the mural.

Angela Jurgensen
Sr. Art Teacher


Manpreet Researches the Benefits of Mindfulness for Teens

Manpreet, Gr. 12, with "The Mindful Teen" book
Manpreet, Gr. 12

Manpreet chose to investigate the benefits of mindfulness for teens for her English 12 Independent Project, using the book “The Mindful Teen” as her primary source. The book launch for Dr. Vo’s “The Mindful Teen” was held at YHS this past April. Manpreet also wrote a guest blog post for Dr. Vo’s blog. Check out the post here.

In her project, Manpreet focused on the factors that make living in the “present moment” an unattainable ideal for adolescents in developed countries. She collected data from her fellow students and created two guided audio recordings of meditation as a solution.

Great job Manpreet! We are sure you are helping your fellow Yorkies to be more peaceful and mindful.