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Holy Rosary Students Give School Habitat a Spring Cleanup 

Students, staff and parent volunteers recently pitched in to help clean up the Holy Rosary habitat.

"The habitat is our outdoor classroom at Holy Rosary," says Principal Barbara Armstrong.  "It is a valuable resource in helping to teach our students about the environment and the care we all need to take to preserve the natural gifts God has given us."

The habitat is a natural garden, which is home to plant species that are native to the Carolinian forest eco-system, some of which are rare. 

The spring clean-up included re-mulching the pathways and picking up litter, which had blown into the area over the winter months.  Another clean-up is planned for later on when the weather will be warmer and the plants begin to grow.  Holy Rosary students will also be building bird feeders and bird houses, to help encourage wildlife into the area.

"I want to thank the parents who put in a day's work to help with our clean-up and Wyoming Tree for graciously donating all of the mulch," says Ms. Armstrong.

In the photo, Principal Barbara Armstrong and students pause for a photo during the recent habitat clean-up.

Apr 25, 2017

St. Clair Catholic Staff and Community Partners Participate in Day of Learning Focused on Residential Schools 

St. Clair Catholic teachers, administrators, chaplains and a representative of the Board of Trustees recently participated in a full day session to engage in learning and reflection focused on residential schools.  The day included opportunities for sharing resources and learning from guest speakers and community leaders from the Bkejwanong Walpole Island and Aamjiwnaang First Nations, the Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre and municipal partners.

"It was a remarkable experience," says Trustee Carol Bryden.  "It is the responsibility of every Canadian to learn about this piece of our history and understand the impact this truth has had on so many generations."

Susie Jones, a residential school survivor, led the day by recounting her lived experience and her ongoing research.  She reminded the group that we cannot change history, but together we can bring truth and reconciliation to people hurt by residential schools.

Sarnia filmmaker David Cloes shared his documentary, We Are Still Here, which features local residential school survivors; and author Jenny Kay Dupuis discussed her book, I Am Not a Number. 

"Jenny challenged our educators to think about what they are doing to leave positive footprints with our students and community," says Cortnee Goure, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Lead for St. Clair Catholic

The group also participated in a Blanket Exercise, developed by Kairos to help groups learn about history together.  This teaching tool shares the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

In the photo above, participants share in learning during the Blanket Exercise.

Apr 21, 2017

Grade 7 and 8 Students at St. Ursula Catholic School Make Donation and Raise Poverty Awareness for Canadian Food For Children 

Students in Kristin Pearson's Grade 7/8 class at St. Ursula Catholic School are learning about poverty, both locally and around the world.

"This was part of a 21st Century inquiry project, in which students were led to a deeper understanding of the effects of poverty, both here at home and in other parts of the world," says Ms. Pearson.  "We combined it with a Lenten project to accept donations for Canadian Food for Children.

As a result of what they learned about poverty, the students decided to collect hygiene products, school supplies and shoes, bringing in enough donated items to fill more than 100 paper grocery bags.  Representatives of Canadian Food for Children were invited to the school to accept the donations.

"The CFFC organization was very impressed with the amount of supplies the students collected in just three weeks and were very appreciative of their efforts," says Ms. Pearson.

In the photo, students pack the many items collected during the Lenten project in support of Canadian Food For Children.

Apr 21, 2017
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