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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

Students at St. Vincent, Georges P. Vanier and St. Joseph Catholic Schools Participate in MusicCounts Workshop 

The Toronto-based Coalition for Music Education recently visited three Catholic schools, in a brief concert tour to showcase the importance of music in schools.

The visit was organized by Jacquelyn McGlynn, Itinerant Music Teacher for St. Vincent, St. Joseph and Georges P. Vanier Catholic schools, as a lead-up to Music Monday on May 1st, when schools across the country will join together in singing Sing it Together!  this year's Music Monday anthem.

"It was a tremendous opportunity for our students to meet these gifted musicians from the coalition and be treated to a concert by them," says Ms. McGlynn.  "We all know how important music is and whenever our students get to meet talented working musicians it inspires them."

In addition to the concert, the musicians talked to students about the concept of Music Monday and held a jam session with student musicians, who participate in recess music groups or school bands.

"It was a very fun day for everyone," says Ms. McGlynn. 

In the photo, members of the Coalition for Music Education perform for students during an assembly at St. Vincent Catholic School.

 

Apr 21, 2017
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