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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-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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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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The Latest-June 2015

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul-Lord Acton

It’s hard to believe that we have reached the end of the school year already. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun and that has been the theme in the department lately.

On April 17th our school was again fortunate to participate in the annual Law Day Mock Trial held at the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse. This event gives students an opportunity to experience what a real courtroom is like by playing the roles of lawyers, witnesses and the accused. Our team prepared for the trial under the direction of Mr. Cappello and Ms. Cavar. After arguments were heard, it was judged that we were the “winners” of the case; the trophy would head back to St. Patrick for the second year in a row. Congratulations on a job well done!

Our team before court, April 2015.

Our team before court, April 2015.

Vicki, the "accused," April 2015.

Vicki, the “accused,” April 2015.

Champs, April 2015.

Champs, April 2015.

On May 6th and May 21st, students from Ms. Hallarn and Mr. Myers Grade 9 geography classes travelled to Fort William Historical Park to experience some “hands-on” activities. Students tested their technological skills with a fun GPS scavenger hunt around the fort. They then had the opportunity to learn about traditional native culture at the Learning Wigwam located at the First Nations Encampment. We hope this will become a yearly for all our Grade 9 geography students.

GPS scavenger hunt, May 2015.

GPS scavenger hunt, May 2015.

GPS scavenger hunt, May 2015.

GPS scavenger hunt, May 2015.

GPS scavenger hunt, May 2015.

GPS scavenger hunt, May 2015.

Learning to make lacrosse balls, May 2015.

Learning to make lacrosse balls, May 2015.

Learning wigwam, May 2015.

Learning wigwam, May 2015.

Learning wigwam, May 2015.

Learning wigwam, May 2015.

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