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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-November 2016

I don’t think you should ever run from history. You should learn from it and embrace it-Doc Rivers

October was an exciting month for the students and teachers in the Social Science Department.

Ms. Hallarn’s Grade 9 Geography class paid a visit Fort William Historical Park for some fantastic hands-on activities. Their experience began with Life in A Wigwam. Students learned about daily and seasonal lifestyle of the Anishnawbe people. They also had an opportunity to see up close the furs that were used to barter for goods. Students then continued their cultural experience by making a traditional craft with leather.

Afterwards, students ventured outside using GPS units provided by FWHP for a scavenger hunt. They gathered in teams to locate waypoints to correctly answer clues about Fort William History and had to avoid decoy questions as a challenge.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

Fort William Historical Park, October 2016.

In April, 23 students and 3 teachers from St. Patrick will be travelling to Europe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Preparations for this event began several years ago, and with the trip less than six months away, the pace of planning has accelerated. Students will soon be involved with our school’s annual Remembrance Day activities.

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The Latest-May 2016

History should be studied because it is essential to individuals and to society, and because it harbours beauty-Peter N. Stearns

April has been a great month for learning opportunities in the Social Science Department. Ms. Cavar’s and Mrs. Caza’s Law class participated in Law Day at the courthouse. Students, for the past month have been working with practicing lawyers to prepare them for their participation in a mock murder trial. Despite a stellar defense, the jury convicted their client. The judge however, felt that it was a wrongful conviction, so we may have grounds for appeal!

Mock Trial 2016.

Mock Trial 2016.

Mock Trial 2016.

Mock Trial 2016.

In Mrs. Caza’s Civics class, we were honoured with a visit from Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.  He spoke to our class about indigenous history, culture, and governance.  It was an amazing experience for our students.

Alvin Fiddler visit, April 2016.

Alvin Fiddler visit, April 2016.

Alvin Fiddler visit, April 2016.

Alvin Fiddler visit, April 2016.

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