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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-April 2017

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both-C. Wright Mills

It has been another busy month in the Social Science Department.

On February 28th, the school hosted its annual open house for prospective Grade 8 students. In a break with past practice, department booths were located in their respective areas, as opposed to the gymnasium, which was designed to allow students and parents to see more of the school. Social Science was located in the North Hallway across from the music room and there was a fairly steady stream of traffic by our booth. In case you missed it, you can view our department brochure here: Department Brochure

Social Science Display, February 2017.

Learning with hands-on activities is continuing in our classrooms. Students in Ms. Bernardi’s Grade 9 geography class were able to physically create the process of the rock cycle and also eat it too. Utilizing chocolate, the students used heat, pressure and time to form the three different types of rocks; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. Once they had completed their “model,” they had the opportunity to savour their rock cookies as a snack!

The department trip to Europe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is now only days away. Twenty-three students and three teachers from St. Patrick will be joined by students and teachers from St. Ignatius as they make the pilgrimage for this once-in-a-lifetime event. It is estimated that 25,000 people will attend the ceremony, along with representatives from the government and the Monarchy. In addition to Vimy Ridge, the group will be visiting Amsterdam, Beaumont Hamel, Albert, Normandy and Paris. You can follow their progress via our website, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Vimy 100 backpack and jacket, March 2017.

Please check back soon as we will posting details before and during our trip to Europe for the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

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