A collage made by Monterey Middle school students helped note Heritage Week.

A collage made by Monterey Middle school students helped note Heritage Week.

Recognition lights up Monterey students

Student artwork honoured

Grade 6 art students from Monterey Middle school were recently honoured by the Oak Bay Heritage Society and council for a collage they made of the Trial Island Lighthouse.

The students, under direction of art teacher Sara Conkin, produced the collage by replicating a photo provided by lighthouse keeper Meredith Dickman. Each student was assigned a square to replicate, using pictures from magazines.

The special presentation honouring the kids was held before a council meeting on Feb. 24 and was attended by retired senator Pat Carney, who spoke about the importance of Canada’s lighthouses.

The Oak Bay Heritage Society has applied to the federal government to have the local lighthouse designated under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. A decision is expected next year.

Each student was presented with a small block print, local chocolate and a municipal pin by mayor Nils Jensen and arts laureate Barbara Adams.

Note cards are on sale at local stores. Partial proceeds will be donated to the Monterey middle school art program.

The collage can be seen in the Oak Bay municipal hall foyer.