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The Latest-April 2016

History never looks like history when you are living through it-John W. Gardner

It has been an exciting month in the Social Science Department.  We had the privilege of welcoming back Max Eisen, a holocaust survivor, to speak at our school.  In Max’s very moving presentation he describes how in the spring of 1944 he along with 60 members of his family were sent to Auschwitz concentration camp.   He describes how through chance alone, he was able to survive.   Except for himself and two cousins, all of his family was murdered.  Forced to go on death marches he was finally liberated at Ebenesee concentration camp on May 6th, 1945.  

 

Max Eisen, March 2016.

Max Eisen, March 2016.

 

Max with students, March 2016.

Max with students, March 2016.

In addition, in Mrs. Caza’s class, WWI came alive with many hands on activities.  Mr. Epp and students from the faculty of education visited and engaged students with many activities that soldiers would have performed during WWI.  Code breaking, morning role call and the creeping barrage were a couple of the activities.  The “Screaming Beaver” platoon was successful in winning the top prize for performing exceptionally in all of the given tasks.  To top off the afternoon, we even had a special visit from the illustrious, Sir Sam Hughes!  Also this month in Mrs. Caza’s class students went back in time to the front by playing the board game, No Man’s Land and the interactive video game, Over the Top.

WWI activities, March 2016.

WWI activities, March 2016.

WWI activities, March 2016.

WWI activities, March 2016.

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The Latest-April 2015

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it-Edmund Burke

As winter rolls into spring, it has been a very busy time for the Social Science Department.

In early February St. Patrick High School hosted its annual Open House for prospective Grade 8 student. Despite the snowstorm we experienced that day, the event was fairly well attended. Quite a number of people stopped by our booth to chat and ask questions. One of the most popular topics of conversation was our bi-annual European history tours through EF Canada. Even though Vimy 2017 is still more than two years away, the trip is currently full with several students on a waiting list. However, we assured the Grade 8 students and their parents that by the time they reach Grade 12 we will have another tour on tap. Looking ahead to 2019 we are contemplating something different, maybe a visit to the battlefields of Italy as a change of pace.

Social Science booth, February 2015.

Social Science booth, February 2015.

Social Science booth, February 2015.

Social Science booth, February 2015.

On March 11th the department and the school were very privileged to host a special visitor for a second year in a row. Max Eisen hails from Toronto and came to Thunder Bay to share his story of tragedy and survival during the Holocaust. In the spring of 1944, then 15 year-old Max, his family and thousands of other Hungarian Jews were rounded up and set to the Auschwitz concentration camp. While he was very fortunate to survive the horrors of the camp and a subsequent death march, most of his family perished.

Speaking to a packed Auditorium of social science, English and religion students, Max’s personal experience certainly struck a chord with those in attendance. Afterwards, there was a long line-up of students who wanted to chat with Max or even just shake his hand; many were at loss for words. Special thanks go out to Ms. Caza for helping to organize Max’s visit and are very hopeful he can return next year.

Max Eisen, March 2015.

Max Eisen, March 2015.

Gyllean and Denae present to Max, March 2015.

Gyllean and Denae present to Max, March 2015.

Nick and Matt with Max, Matrch 2015.

Nick and Matt with Max, March 2015.

Stewart and Ms. Caza with Max, March 2015.

Stewart and Ms. Caza with Max, March 2015.

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The Latest-April 2014

Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me-Immanuel Kant.

So March has come and gone and we have now entered the homeward stretch of 2013-2014. “Spring” is upon us and as the weather “warms” we look forward to June and the conclusion of another successful school year.

Even with the interruption of the break, March was a very busy month in the department. On the 6th we welcomed a very special guest to the school. Max Eisen now calls Toronto home, but the 85 year old was born in Hungary. In the spring of 1944 Eisen and his entire family were rounded up by the Nazis and sent to the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp where most of them perished. Surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, Eisen was liberated in 1945 and now travels North America speaking about his experiences to young people. We were very honoured by his visit and kudos go out to Ms. Caza for her efforts in making this happen.

Max Eisen, March 2014.

Max Eisen, March 2014.

 

Max with , March 2014.

Max with Jaclyn and Denise, March 2014.

Under the direction of Ms. Hallarn and Ms. Bernardi, our Grade 9 geography students paid a visit to Fort William Historical Park on the 18th and 20th for some “hands on” learning. The day began with a GPS activity, where students were required to locate several geocaches hidden inside the palisades. Afterwards, everyone moved inside for some lessons on Ethnobotany, which emphasized the relationship between First Nations people and plants such as sweet grass and leaves.

GPS activities, March 2014.

GPS activities, March 2014.

Hunting for geocaches, March 2014.

Hunting for geocaches, March 2014.

Group shot, March 2014.

Group shot, March 2014.

The March break was very memorable for the 22 students and 3 teachers involved in the Canada’s Battlefields excursion to Europe. The excitement began even before we boarded the plane, as the local media showed up to get our reactions to the trip. The online article and the TV news segment really helped to publicize the trip to the community. The students did a great job speaking about the purpose of our journey.

It was the trip of a lifetime for many and the weather cooperated as well, with temperatures pushing near or over 20C on several days. The journey was a mix of fun and excitement, coupled with moments of remembrance and reflection. Places such as Amsterdam, Normandy and Paris offered opportunities for the students to experience the culture of Europe. Anne Frank House and the Jewish Museum were windows into the tragedy of the Holocaust. Visits to the battlefields of Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe and Juno Beach allowed us to see firsthand the places were our soldiers fought bravely in the name of freedom; at the cemeteries we paid tribute to the sacrifices of many young Canadians.

 

St. Ignatius and St. Patrick pray at the Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, March 2014.

St. Ignatius and St. Patrick pray at the Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, March 2014.

On the steps of the Vimy Memorial, March 2014.

On the steps of the Vimy Memorial, March 2014.

In front of the Eiffel Tower, March 2014.

In front of the Eiffel Tower, March 2014.

Preliminary planning has already begun to participate in the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017. For more information and photos of the Battlefields Tour, please read our previous posts. You can also see some of the video from the trip here.

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