A new venture at St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School is adding a colourful dimension to its bare walls.
Under the supervision of Department Head Physed Co-Instructional Julie Perri, Brébeuf's Athletic Council applied for a Speak-Up grant that would enable students to take on projects around the school to improve the school climate or target a wellness or inclusivity initiative.
"Our project was titled, ‘Paint the School Brave,’ and our focus was to try to embrace our older facility while trying to improve enthusiasm for our school, especially our athletic community," said Perri.
The grant was used to brighten two parts of the school, the first being its changerooms, which were painted with positive messaging and artwork.
“Our hope was to encourage student to embrace who they are and be kind and supportive to their fellow peers. We also wanted to give them a space to be proud of.”
The second part involved painting a mural over the gym entrance.
Lending their artistic capabilities were Grade 12 students Acacia Charles, Alexandra Kucharska, Evine Abbasy and Chloe Novogradac who helped design and paint the piece.
“We wanted to transform our older building into an entrance that embraces all the athletic opportunities we have at SJB, and hopefully helps build a sense of pride in our athletic community,” said Perri.
“There’s aspects of everything in this mural,” said Abbasy. “While it’s predominately sports, there’s also Catholicity in it with the cross and the mountains over the doors and hints of Canadian heritage with the maple leaf.”
This way, the mural is for everyone, she explained.
The first of its kind, the students hope the school will expand on the mural and fill the halls with more visual art.
For now, they’re proud to be the first to leave their mark on Brébeuf’s walls.