Emmanuel Jal Visits Byrne Creek

Hip hop artist, actor, author and activist Emmanuel Jal is coming to Byrne Creek Monday May 9th! He will be speaking about social justice and overcoming personal adversity. From the age of seven, Emmanuel was a child soldier in South Sudan. He survived civil war to eventually become an internationally acclaimed artist and passionate activist for peace. His life story is the subject of the feature film documentary War Child and he has published an autobiography War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story.

Check out Emmanuel’s organizations We Want Peace and Gua Africa
Watch his videos here on YouTube
Download We Want Peace teaching resources
Find Byrne Creek Library resources on child soldiers and civil war in Africa here

 

Byrne Creek Ravine Park Cleanup

Yesterday afternoon Byrne Creek students helped rid Byrne Creek Ravine Park of invasive plants and garbage. This event was in conjunction with Byrne Creek Streamkeepers and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

 

Word-Image Exchange

 

Mariette Doduck, who as a young Jewish girl survived the Holocaust of World War II, came to visit with several of our classes to share her riveting stories, for which we are very grateful.

As a follow up to her visit, Mr. Smith’s English 9 class composed poems based on her presentation, while Ms. McLeod’s two Art classes prepared sketches for prints, also based on her presentation. Then the students exchanged their work: for each poem, an artist tried to create a visual, and for each sketch, a writer composed a poem to match.

This exhibit is the result of that exchange, poems and images working together to reflect the new understandings we have taken away from Ms. Doduck’s harrowing experiences.

We hope you, too, are affected, and come away with a desire to know more about this terrible and significant time in our history.

 

 

Byrne Creek Art Installation at the Vancouver Aquarium

Byrne Creek students’ handmade jellyfish are hanging on display at the Vancouver Aquarium!

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Last month Byrne Creek students created 100 papier-mâché jellyfish while learning about marine pollution.

 

This art installation aims to raise awareness about how plastics from our garbage are accumulating in our oceans. Hanging amongst the jellyfish in this installation are plastic bags demonstrating how endangered sea turtles mistake plastic bags for one of their food sources- the jellyfish.

You can come see the installation for yourself in the window outside the AquaQuest entrance (50 metres North of the main Aquarium entrance).

 

Holocaust Survivor Marie Doduck Speaks at Byrne Creek

Marie Doduck

Holocaust survivor and founding member of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Marie (Mariette) Doduck spoke to Byrne Creek students today.

Marie was one of 1, 123 orphaned Jewish children who were brought to Canada in 1947. She now shares her experiences with students, raising awareness of racism and genocide.

You can learn more about Marie’s survival story here.