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Monsignor Uyen Students Become Budding Entrepreneurs Through Learning Partnership Project 

Students in the Grade 6-7 class at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School have started a small business in support of the Chatham-Kent Hospice.  The students are participating in the Learning Partnership Entrepreneurial Adventure, a program which helps students learn how to start a small business.

"This has been a tremendous program for our students," says J.C. Wright, the classroom teacher.  "They're learning important life lessons and helping others in our community at the same time!"

One group of four boys have developed the CENJ Group.  CENJ - a combination of their first name initials - is taking orders for t-shirts until the end of May.  All profits will go to Chatham-Kent Hospice.

In addition to the hospice, student-developed and operated businesses will also be supporting Ronald McDonald House, the Red Cross and the PAWS Animal Shelter.

"Entrepreneurial Adventure helps develop the next generation of entrepreneurs by teaching essential 21st century skills, such as marketing, business planning, team building and the importance of social responsibility," says Mme. Wright.

"This program sparks the students' natural curiosity, their intellect and their passion and helps them turn all that into a viable business," says Principal Juli Faubert.  "Combine that with an interest in social responsibility and you've got amazing classroom learning."

The CENJ Group's clothing is available in an assortment of colours and sizes.  Inquiries can be sent to c.e.n.j.clothing@gmail.com

In the photo above, students in the CENJ Group view the clothing options available on their website.



May 05, 2017

Students at St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim Celebrate Catholic Education Week with Authors, Concert, Carnival and More! 

Trustee Carol Bryden and retired St. Clair Catholic Teacher Dianne Lloyd were among the guests at St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim, as staff and students celebrated Catholic Education Week.

Mrs. Bryden and Mrs. Lloyd are the authors of two children's books, I Love My Catholic School and Yellow Bear Goes to Catholic School.  The books are distributed by St. Clair and Catholic school boards across the province as gifts at Kindergarten registration; or, in partnership with the parish, as a gift at Baptism.  The authors spoke to students in the primary grades; while author Mike Wade met with students in Grades 3 to 6.  Mr. Wade is the author of the book series And Then it Happened.

In addition to the authors visits, students also participated in a carnival in the gym, a Living Rosary, music concert, book fair, robotics demonstration and Bedtime Math sessions, for parents and students.

"It has been a very busy week celebrating the very best in Catholic education with our students, staff and families!" says Principal Stacy Shepley. 

In the photo are (L-R) Dianne Lloyd and Carol Bryden, authors of I Love My Catholic School and Yellow Bear Goes to Catholic School.

May 05, 2017

Our Lady of Fatima Robotics Team Partners with Ministry of Transportation to Develop Deer Crossing Warning System 

Members of the Cyber Knights, the robotics team at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Chatham, have helped to develop a system to alert drivers when deer are on the move.

“The students are really excited that officials with the Ministry of Transportation liked their idea and that it is being piloted in the area,” says Dan Rolo, a teacher and robotics team coach at Our Lady of Fatima.

The students participated in a FIRST Robotics Canada competition in Sarnia last December.  One component of the competition was to identify a real-world problem, develop a solution and then present the idea to professionals who work in the field.  The theme was “Animal Allies” and the team decided to look into how to prevent vehicle collisions with deer.

The device they developed consists of a motion-activated exterior light mounted on a post facing away from the highway.  Their thinking was that when deer approach the roadway, the light would be triggered, frightening the animal away from the road.

Mr. Rolo reached out to staff from the West Region Ministry of Transportation, and following a meeting with representatives from the Traffic Section and Operations Office, further refinements were made.  It was determined the light should be fitted with some type of backing to prevent it from being seen from the highway, so that drivers are not distracted.  In addition, the motion sensor will also activate a flashing beacon mounted above a deer alert sign, so that motorists know animals are on the move nearby and to drive with caution.

“It’s so great to see an interest in public safety from such a group of bright young minds like the Cyber Knights. The ministry is very pleased to pilot their invention, and I look forward to the results” says Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.  Mr. Del Duca, who was unable to meet with the students personally, sent along message via DVD, in which he praised them for their efforts.

"Deer collisions are a serious problem in Ontario," he says.  "Your hard work may help make Ontario roads safer."

Director of Education Dan Parr also congratulated the students.  "This is precisely the kind of 21st Century learning we like to see in our classrooms," Mr. Parr told the students.  "Your teacher has given you the opportunity to use your skills to help solve a real-life problem.  Congratulations on your work!"

The deer alert warning system was installed in April on 40 Highway near Bickford Line in Lambton County, and the results of the pilot will be reviewed next December.

In the photo (top left) with Teacher Dan Rolo and student members of the Cyber Knights Robotics Team are (L-R) Heather Hanson, Supervisor - Ministry of Transportation Traffic Section (London Region); Frank Lucente, Head - Operational Services, Ministry of Transportation.  In the photo (above right) receiving a Roads to Excellence Award on behalf of the school are (L-R) Lisa Demers, Principal, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School; Jennifer Graham-Harkness, Regional Director, Ministry of Transportation presenting the award to Dan Rolo, Teacher and Cyber Knights Robotics Team Coach; Deb Crawford, Superintendent of Education; and Dan Parr, Director of Education.  In the photo (bottom left) the proto-type warning system being piloted on 40 Highway in Lambton County.

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