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The Latest-May 2018

There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know-Harry S Truman

Spring has finally sprung and there are many great things happening in the Social Science Department.

In early April, a number of our students led by Ms. Cavar participated in the annual Mock Trial held at the Thunder Bay Courthouse. The trial was presided over by a real judge and the students, who filled the roles of attorneys, witnesses, jury and the accused, were assisted by practicing lawyers. Our students faced off against students from St. Ignatius, and when the verdict was pronounced, St. Patrick emerged victorious. They were able to convince the jury to return a “not guilty” decision. Congratulations to Ms. Cavar and all the students involved for their hard work!

St. Patrick Mock Trial Team, April 2018.

The teachers in the department were very fortunate to be involved in a new instructional initiative this year, known as NPDL-New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. Innovative lesson ideas were brought to the classrooms, some of which were described in previous newsletters. A number of teachers in the department were selected to attend the NPDL Global Deep Learning Lab (DLL), which was held from April 16-18 in Vancouver. It was an amazing opportunity to see what other educators are doing in their classrooms, who hail from across Canada, the United States, Australia, Uruguay and many other countries. We are excited to share these ideas with the students and our colleagues to enhance the learning experience.

NPDL Team in Vancouver, April 2018.

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The Latest-April 2018

It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand-Sonia Sotomayor

As we head into spring, students in the Social Science Department have been very busy.

Students in Ms. Bernardi’s Grade 9 geography class had the opportunity to experience some fantastic hands-on learning thanks to Confederation College. Keith Hautala, an educator at Confederation College led the class on a fun expedition outside. Keith kindly donated his time to help teach the students about identifying different types of animal tracks, properly documenting them and discussed how to integrate gathered information into GIS programming.

Animals and GIS, March 2018.

Animals and GIS, March 2018.

Animals and GIS, March 2018.

In just under a year, some of students and teachers will be heading to Europe for another history themed excursion. We have now filled all our spots and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of March 2019 departure date. During that time, the students will be preparing for the visit by researching some of the sites and cemeteries we will be visiting on the 10 day trip. You can read more about the trip here.

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The Latest-November 2017

History never really says goodbye. History says, “See you later.”-Eduardo Galeano

October was a very busy month for the students and teachers in the Social Science Department.

Students in our Grade 9 geography classes had the opportunity to travel to Fort William Historical Park to participate in the annual Fall Harvest program. There they were able to learn about many aspects of Indigenous culture, such as harvesting wild rice, preparation of bannock and cleaning of hides. It was a great introduction to the history and culture of our First Nations people.

Fall Harvest, September 2017.

Fall Harvest, September 2017.

Fall Harvest, September 2017.

Fall Harvest, September 2017.

Students in Ms. Bernardi’s Grade 9 geography classes had a unique opportunity to apply their knowledge in their study of geology. They used different types of chocolate, coupled with heat, pressure and time, to replicate the rock cycle. This unique application of hands-on learning allowed the students to see the process first-hand and more importantly, taste the fruits of their efforts.

Chocolate rocks, October 2017.

Chocolate rocks, October 2017.

Chocolate rocks, October 2017.

Chocolate rocks, October 2017.

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