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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-October 2016

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots-Marcus Garvey

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 events that will engage students in the learning process. The highlight of the year will take place in April, when a group of our students and teachers will be travelling to Europe for the 100th Anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. https://stpatssocialscience.com/excursions/vimy-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-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-March 2016

We are not makers of history. We are made by history-Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been a very busy February in the Social Science Department with the start up of the new semester.

Ms. Hallarn, who after reading the OECTA September 2015 article by Peter Cameron, a teacher at St. Elizabeth School in Thunder Bay and a Professionally Speaking magazine article from December 2015 (Nino Ricci an acclaimed Canadian writer) was fired up to integrate these ideas into her two Gr. 9 Academic Geography classes. Her classes were assigned two students and a person of their choice to send an inspirational message or personal compliment to. The caring messages were anonymous to demonstrate the fact that you never know whose lives you may have touched. Excellent work building community and celebrating Catholicity!

Kindness message, February 2016.

Kindness message, February 2016.

Mrs. Caza’s Civics class has also had an exciting February. Students were learning about the different systems of government and their benefits and drawbacks. Each student was assigned to a group that was either a democracy or an authoritarian system and they were given toothpicks and marshmallows and the task of seeing who could build the tallest tower. Democracy prevailed with the tallest tower! Mrs. Caza’s class also had a visit from our local M.P.P., Bill Mauro, who talked to the students about his role as an M.P.P., and the importance of civic engagement of our youth. Students asked questions about the issues that Thunder Bay and the province were facing today.

Democracy tower, February 2016.

Democracy tower, February 2016.

Bill Mauro visit, February 2016.

Bill Mauro visit, February 2016.

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The Latest-February 2015

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

Turning the calendar from January to February marks an important change for all high school students. First semester exams are now completed and with it brings new classes and new opportunities.

Change is in the air for the Social Science Department as well. We would like to welcome Ms. Caza, who has taken over as instructional leader for Mr. Battistel, who will be on leave this semester. The department will certainly be in good hands with her.

You can visit with Ms. Caza and other members of the department at the annual Grade 8 Open House, which will take place on Wednesday, February 17th commencing at 7:00 pm. Stop by our booth and chat about our subject areas, especially Grade 9 and 10 geography, history and civics. You can learn about the technology we utilize, as well as opportunities for hands on experiences.

We will also have information available from EF Tours. Our department will be leading an excursion to Vimy Ridge in the spring of 2017 for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the battle. We’ve also begun planning for our next potential excursion in 2019.

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The Latest-November 2015

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history-Aldous Huxley

It was been a busy October in the Social Science Department. Our students were involved in many activities that allowed them to take a more “hands-on” approach to their learning.

Ms.Hallarn, Mr. Myers and Mlle Karpiuk’s Grade 9 geography classes made trips to Fort William Historical Park to take part in activities under the direction of park staff. The GPS scavenger hunt was a big hit with the students as they scoured the grounds for items in geocaches. They also spent time exploring native culture in the learning wigwam and constructing items of leather. We look forward to our return visits in the spring with new groups of students.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

FWHP, October 2015.

Mlle Karpiuk’s French Immersion geography class did some “hands on” exploring in our school’s front yard. Utilizing the garden that was planted last year, the students looked at the composition of the soil. After their exploration was over, they broke down all the plants and composted the garden. That then provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of soil density and minerals.

Geography students explore soil, October 2015.

Geography students explore soil, October 2015.

Geography students explore soil, October 2015.

Geography students explore soil, October 2015.

Mlle Karpiuk’s French Immersion history class created their own war museum as part of their World War I unit. Students had to pick important events from the WW1 and build a model of something that coincides with the event.  Examples included an electric shock machine, medals from heroes, a zepplin, a u-boat and a sock.

History projects, October 2015.

History projects, October 2015.

On Monday, October 19th Canada held a federal election, which saw the selection of a new governing party and Prime Minister. Ms. Caza’s and her civics classes arranged for our school to participate in the Canada-wide Student Vote, which encourages students to become more civically aware and involved in the electoral process. More than 15 classes in the school participated in the period 2 vote, casting nearly 300 ballots. Hopefully activities like this will lead to an increase in youth voter turn out in the future. The results, with students voting for candidates in Thunder Bay-Rainy River, are as follows:

Don Rusnak (Liberal) 182 votes

John Rafferty (NDP) 49 votes

Christy Radbourne (Green) 34 votes

Moe Comuzzi (Conservative) 30 votes

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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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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-February 2015

Fortes Fortuna Juvat (Fortune favour the bold)-Virgil, Aeneid.

 

Things have been busy as of late for the Social Science Department. January marks the end of the semester and the start of the first round of exams for students. Following this, February brings with it the beginning of a new semester and a number of important events.

 

On February 11th St. Patrick High School will host its annual Open House for Grade 8 students. The event begins at 7:00pm in the school gymnasium. Come and see what we have to offer and what a fantastic learning environment St. Patrick is.

 

As usual, Social Science will have a booth set up along with all of the other departments to showcase our subject areas, especially Grade 9 and 10 geography, history and civics. Technology and our excursions to Europe will be a big focal point. Several members of the department will be on hand to answer your questions, so be sure to stop and chat with us!

 

In 2017 Canada will be celebrating two very important milestones; the 150th anniversary of the founding of our country and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. These were both monumental events in our great history.

 

As detailed on several previous occasions, St. Patrick will be travelling to France in April 2017 to participate in the ceremonies to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge along with thousands of high school students from across Canada. Led by Mr. Battistel and Ms. Caza, over 20 students have registered to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. We will be once again travelling alongside our sister school, St. Ignatius. Even though we are more than 2 years away, the excitement continues to build for this trip.

 

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