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Europe 2019 Day 1

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Hey kids, today is the the day! I know this isn’t my usual introduction, but it is a special circumstance. This time tomorrow morning, we’ll be in Munich on our way to Berlin. For my part, there is a lot of nervous excitement. Even though this is my fourth trip, I still stress a bit about all the little details.

I just got back from a 4.5k walk with Luna; the morning couldn’t have been more beautiful. You can tell that spring is on the way. The temperature is near zero and the sun is shining brightly. I actually had to start stripping of some layers as I was overheating. They are calling for some snow today into tomorrow, but hopefully with mild temperatures next week it will go away quick and work on the mountains we already have.

Late winter morning, March 2019.

So I think I’m ready to…

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The Latest-March 2019

History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be-John Henrik Clarke

It has been a very busy start to the semester for the students and teachers of the Social Science Department.

At the beginning of February, St. Patrick hosted its annual Grade Information Night. Our department had an opportunity to showcase our amazing programs and courses, demonstrating all the possibilities that the humanities provide. We also had a display on EF Educational Tours, whom we are proud to partner with to provide exciting history and geography based travel opportunities.

Social Science Display, February 2019.

Speaking of travel, on March break 22 students and 3 teachers will be joining a group from St. Ignatius for an exciting history-themed tour of Europe. The group will begin their journey in Berlin, where they will visit such places as the Berlin Wall and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. From there, they will move on to the Netherlands, visiting the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. In Belgium, they will spend a day around the city of Ypres. In northern France, they will visit the Vimy Ridge and Beaumont Hamel battlefields before proceeding to Normandy and Juno Beach. The last day of the tour will take the group to the many sites of Paris. You can follow their progress on this site and on social media.

St. Patrick & St. Ignatius students pray at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Cemetery, April 2017.

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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-December 2017

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them-Robert Binyon

November is always an important month for the Social Science Department, as it is the month of remembrance.

On November 10th, our school commemorated those that served in Canada’s wars, and especially those made the ultimate sacrifice, with a service in the auditorium. Students from Mr. Battistel’s Grade 10 history class led the event with readings, poems and prayer, including Lauraine McNeely who was the master of ceremonies and Mark Prodanyk, who read “In Flanders Fields.” Ms. Debruyne, our chaplain, led us in prayer, while several students donned their cadet uniforms to take part in the ceremony and the school band led by Mr. Soderlind played an introduction and O Canada. This year we were very privileged with the addition of students from Ms. Delpaggio’s drama class, who on short notice put together a skit to which added a wonderful visual element to the service. The skit was set to the music of The Trews “Highway of Heroes,” to which Breanne Yesno added her amazing vocals. You can view the entire service on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/StPatrickSocialScience/videos/1677590402271246/

Remembrance Day, 2017.

Remembrance Day, 2017.

Remembrance Day, 2017.

Remembrance Day, 2017.

Remembrance Day, 2017.

Earlier in the month, students in Ms. Caza’s Grade 10 history class had the opportunity to view a interesting piece of local history related to WWI. Kathryn Lyzun visited the class with a photo album belonging to James Doak, who was a trumpeter and stretcher bearer with the 52nd Battalion (now the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment) during the war. The album gave the students a unique and local view of the conflict and those involved in it.

James Doak album presentation, October 2017.

James Doak album presentation, October 2017.

James Doak album presentation, October 2017.

James Doak album presentation, October 2017.

If you haven’t already heard or read, we are going back to Europe! The Social Science Department will be travelling to Europe in March 2019 to once again take in the culture and history of a number of countries. This will be an amazing opportunity to visit places such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Normandy and France; spots are still available but are filling up quickly. The cost of the trip is $3900. More information can be found in the brochure below or by contacting Mr. Battistel at the school.

From Vimy to Juno Brochure

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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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The Latest-October 2017

The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning-George F. Kennan

This year plans to be an exciting one for the students and teachers in the Social Science Department.

We will be involved in many great hands-on activities and field trips that will engage students in the learning process. We are again in the process of planning another overseas excursion to Europe for March 2019. The trip will take us to such places as Berlin, Amsterdam, Vimy, Normandy and Paris.

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The Latest-May 2017

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past-Victor Hugo

On April 7th, students from Ms. Cavar’s Grade 12 Law class participated in the annual Mock Trail at the Thunder Bay Courthouse. Our students emerged victorious against the team from Superior. Congratulations go out to lawyers Jessica Goettlicher, Jordana Casasanta and Bailey Hoard, victim and witness Jon Watts and witness Kailyn Haner. Jessica was named best lawyer at the trial. Great job everyone!

St. Pats Team with Ms. Cavar, April 2017.

With the trophy, April 2017.

From April 5th to 15th, 23 students from St. Patrick journeyed to Europe to participate in the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Travelling alongside students and teachers from St. Ignatius, the group was led by Mr. Battistel, Ms. Caza and Mr. Marcon. In addition to the Vimy commemorations, which was held on April 9th and attended by upwards of 25,000 people, the group visited Amsterdam, Ypres, Albert, Beaumont Hamel, Juno Beach, Honfleur and Paris. The trip was filled with an abundance of European history and culture. You can read a day-by-day account of the trip with photos by checking the archives.

The whole crew in Honfleur, April 2017.

St. Patrick crew, April 2017.

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Vimy 2017-Reflections

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The challenge of history is to recover the past and introduce it to the present-David Thelen

Do you ever wonder how these quotes become famous quotes? Do people set out to generate them, or are there people sitting around waiting for them to be said? Is there a committee that decides what is or isn’t a good quote? Who votes on them…is there a quotes academy? Okay, okay, I’m obviously being very facetious. The whole point of the quote from Thelen, who is an American History professor (I had to Google it), is that teaching history is not easy. One of the best ways to do it, is to have people experience it firsthand.

Well, it’s hard to believe that it has already been a week and a half since we returned from the trip. But I guess time moves just as fast when you’re not on a trip…

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Vimy 2017 Day 11

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Day 11 ladies and gentlemen. Time to go home. It’s amazing how fast times flies when you’re on a trip. I guess that’s why they pack so many things on to the agenda; if you did a tour like this at a leisurely pace, you’d never see anything. The only problem is now I need a vacation from the vacation. I’m obviously tired, there isn’t anyone who isn’t, but I’m sure I’d be better if my throat wasn’t so sore. Damn cold!

Alright, we’re in the air on our way back to Canada. I feel a bit better now that all of the kids and chaperones on are the plane. We had this morning, for lack of a better term, a gong show departure. Somehow we ended up with a bus for 49 people, but there 50 of us including Jason. On top of that, the luggage compartment wouldn’t hold…

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