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Grade 1 Students at St. Anne Blenheim Help Send a Child to Camp Vincent 

"What can we do to show our generosity to our community?"

That was the question Janey Mather Breault posed to her Grade 1 students at St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim.

The students came up with lots of answers, but the project they settled on was to raise money to send a child to Camp Vincent this summer.

"The students were really excited by the project and it just took off," says Ms. Mather Breault.  "The students got their families involved and before you knew it we had surpassed our goal!"

With the help of their families, the students had planned to donate enough spring toys to fill two Easter gift baskets for a raffle.  They easily surpassed their goal and ended up with five gift baskets.  The students sold enough raffle tickets to raise $300, which was donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Summer Camp.  Representatives from the camp recently visited the school to accept the donation from the class.

In the photo, posing with students from the Grade 1 class are (Back Row L-R) Paige Butt and Lisa Diesbourg from Camp Vincent, who are accepting the cheque from Teacher Janey Mather Breault, as gift basket winner Anita O'Brien, a Program Resource Teacher at the school, and Principal Stacy Shepley look on.

Apr 21, 2017

Students at St. Ursula Catholic School 'Doodle 4 Google' in Canada 150 Logo Design Contest 

Students at St. Ursula Catholic School are 'doodling for Google' in a logo design contest to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

"As soon as I saw this, I knew my students would love it!" says Tricia Vanden Enden, a Grade 3-4 teacher at St. Ursula.  "It's a great activity that combines science, technology and art."

The nation-wide contest invites students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the Google logo.  In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Google is challenging students to submit an entry based on the theme "What I see for Canada's future is..."

"We're still working on it, but the ideas my students have come up with so far are very impressive," says Ms. Vanden Enden.  "Some of the most common themes are peace, technology and a clean, healthy environment."

The contest is open until May 2nd.  The winning entry will be featured on the Google homepage for a day and the student will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a Google Chromebook and a $10,000 award for the school.

In the photos (top left) students work on their 'Doodle 4 Google' designs; and (above right) some of the logo designs in draft form.


Apr 04, 2017

Interactive Presentation Teaches Gregory A. Hogan Students About Rich History of Indigenous Peoples 

Grade 5 students at Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School participated in an engaging and interactive presentation, led by Elder Cecil Isaac from Bkejwanong Territory, also known as Walpole Island First Nation.

His presentation provided information on treaty teachings, which led students through a discovery of the rich heritage and significance of relationships and peaceful coexistence.  Students were also engaged in making a wampum belt.  Wampum is a traditional shell bead of indigenous peoples of North America, and the belts were made as a guide to narrate history, traditions and laws. 

"Our time with Cecil really allowed us to learn about the role treaties play in each of our lives and in our relationships with each other," says Richard Goure, Grade 5-6 teacher at Gregory A. Hogan.

As part of treaty awareness, the government of Ontario has passed new legislation to recognize the importance of treaties and to build awareness of the treaty relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the province.  The Grade 5 students at Gregory A. Hogan are exploring the treaties that were signed between the government and indigenous peoples, with the intent of reaching mutual benefits.

"Having a first-hand opportunity to experience the teachings along with making our own class wampum belt with Cecil allowed the students to understand the importance of treaties and their significance, both historically and for today," says Mr. Goure.

In the photo above, Elder Cecil Isaac of the Bkejwanong Territory teaches students how to make a traditional wampum belt.

Apr 04, 2017
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