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From Gardening to Journalism to Social Justice - Students at St. Joseph in Tilbury Try Their Hands at Many Trades 

Students in Brandon Vadovic's Grade 7-8 class at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tilbury wore many hats in a recent class project - they were carpenters, mathematicians, agriculturalists, journalists and leaders in social justice.

"This has been a tremendous learning experience for our students," says Mr. Vadovic.  "What began as a project for our school to help provide food to the local food bank has expanded and evolved to give students practical experience in a number of trades and vocations."

The students began by building vertical gardens - one for every classroom in the school.  Food harvested from the gardens will be donated to the Tilbury Information and Help Centre Food Bank.  The construction project required students to measure the materials, assemble the gardens and prepare them for planting.

As a final step, Mr. Vadovic asked the students to write news stories about the project.  Gerry Harvieux, the editor of the Tilbury Times, was invited to the classroom to speak to students about news writing.  Students submitted their stories to the Times for judging and several were selected to be published in the March 14, 2017 edition of the newspaper.

Click here to read the stories that were published in the Tilbury Times.

In the photo above, Gerry Harvieux, editor of the Tilbury Times, speaks to students in Brandon Vadovic's Grade 7-8 class at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tilbury.

Mar 24, 2017

Monsignor Uyen Students Participate in My Parks Pass Canada Contest for 'Canada's Coolest School Trip!' 

Students at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School have researched national parks all across Canada and the one they would most like to visit is Gros-Morne National Park in Newfoundland.

"One of the students in our class actually visited Gros-Morne and the more we heard about it, the more we knew it was the national park we would like to see together as a class," says Angele Monette, a Grade 8 teacher at Monsignor Uyen, St. Clair Catholic's French Immersion school in Chatham.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of confederation, Parks Canada has launched the 'Canada's Coolest School Trip!' contest and the top prize is an all-expense paid trip to the park the students would most like to visit.

"The students' research resulted in some interesting facts about Gros-Morne," says Ms. Monette.  "It is the second largest park in eastern Canada and one of the most unique geological sites, stretching across 1,805 square kilometers of western Newfoundland.  It has over 20 hiking trails and the highest waterfall in eastern North America."

In order to participate in the contest, the students have entered a video, which is posted to a Parks Canada website at myparkspass.ca  Canadians from across the country are invited to log in and vote for their favorite video from March 6 to 24.  After March 24, the top ten videos will be judged by Parks Canada, to select a final winner.

"It's been a very exciting project," says Ms. Monette.  "We're asking all of our friends and fellow students to log in and vote for us!"

In the photo above, students in Ms. Monette's Grade 8 class at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School research facts about Gros-Morne National Park in Newfoundland.  Below, view the video contest entry produced by the class.

Mar 09, 2017

St. Clair Catholic Welcomes Best-Selling Métis Author David Bouchard 

Best-selling author David Bouchard brought his message about the joy of reading to hundreds of students across the St. Clair Catholic district, during a recent two-day visit.

"Mr. Bouchard shared his passion for reading through storytelling about his traditions and his heritage," says Carole Taraborrelli, a French Immersion teacher at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.  "His love for reading was evident throughout his presentation and his stories captivated our students."

Through his stories and life experiences, Mr. Bouchard helps students come to learn that they are all gifted.

"Every person has a gift that we must discover," he says.  "We must then build our lives around that gift."

He also tells students that reading is one of the most important tools available to them and that reading is for everyone. 

"It takes one book to become a reader," he says.  "That's all.  It just takes one book."

Mr. Bouchard has written about 25 award-winning books, many of which are multi-cultural in nature and produced collaboratively with First Nations artists.  His books are an amalgamation of the arts - poetry, prose, visual art and music.

Through his two-day visit, Mr. Bouchard spoke with students from Ursuline College and Monsignor Uyen in Chatham, St. Elizabeth and Holy Family Catholic schools, Wallaceburg and St. Anne, Blenheim; and in Sarnia, St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Gregory A. Hogan and St. Anne Catholic schools.

Mar 02, 2017