Outstanding Student Exemplars

Students are encouraged to demonstrate thier learning in creative and novel ways. See this example from English 20-1 where RM shows us her understanding of key concepts from the novel the Life of Pi. Thanks for agreeing to share with us RM so others can see and example of learning at the standard of excellence. There is a brief except below or click the blue link to see the whole assignments and other pieces of levely art.

English 20-1

This painting represents Piscine Patel, the main character from the novel Life of Pi. The rainbow slash in the middle symbolizes how Pi sees religion in everything, for example, when Pi had just finished praying with Mr. Kumar and had left the bakery on his bike and he went to where the land was high (I’m guessing that means a hill) and he could see the sea, then he said that this was a place where Atman and Allah met. The brown area represents the family that Pi had lost. I put the red sphere in the middle top of the brown spot to represent the bindi that would have been drawn on Pi’s mother’s forehead in sindoor. The blue uneven area represents the significance of water in Pi’s life, I added the crimson streaks within the blue area to represent Pi’s very traumatic experience being stranded in the lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with Richard Parker. The white area with the golden sparkles represents Pi’s fascination with religion and the orange area surrounding it represents his connection between the colour orange and hope, survival, and spiritual peace. The grey area represents the zoo and Pi’s school and the general concrete coldness of the people from both of those places I put black in the left top corner to represent the darkness that’s in all of us, but I felt as though I could not leave it as just black because Pi’s darkest self still has some light shining through, so I after I painted the rainbow I went over the black area with the dirty brush to represent that light. I chose to paint a painting to represent Pi because he is the main character in the novel. RM 2016

Her innovative, collaborative, and student centered mindset is what encourages students to step outside their comfort zones and learn what they typically would never experience.

Andrew, 12

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