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The Latest-February 2017

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten-Rudyard Kipling

With the arrival of exams, another semester is drawing to a close for the students and teachers in the Social Science Department. One of the highlights of the semester has been our work on an inter-disciplinary task revolving around climate change. Students in some classes were asked to view the documentary “Before the Flood,” which was hosted and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. They were then asked to write letters describing their thoughts on climate change, what they are doing to combat its effects and what they would ask of their elected officials regarding this issue. Their questions and ideas will form the nucleus of a video that will be created to address this important topic.

As we move closer to spring, the pace of preparations for the department excursion to Europe in April are increasing. Travelling together with St. Ignatius, 23 students and 3 teachers from St. Patrick will be in France on April 9th to take part in the 100th Anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. We will be joining thousands of Canadians from across the country that will be on hand for the event. Flight itineraries have already been received for this 11-day, once-in-a-lifetime trip and excitement is building. More updates will be forthcoming and people will be able to follow their journey via the department website.

St. Patrick students at the 95th Anniversary commemorations, April 2012.

St. Patrick students at the 95th Anniversary commemorations, April 2012.

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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-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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The Latest-December 2014

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity-Albert Einstein (1946)

It has been a very busy fall for the teachers and students in the Social Science Department.

In early October, students from Mlle Karpiuk, Ms. Hallarn and Mr. Myers Grade 9 geography classes ventured to Fort William Historical Park to participate in a number of great “hands on” activities. They were able to put their mapping skills to the test with a GPS locating activity and apply their knowledge of local soils to the farming activity, which explored our regional and seasonal vegetation. They got down and dirty and were able to see, feel and smell what Geography tastes like.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

Students from Mlle Karpiuk Gr. 9 class.

St. Patrick marked this year’s Remembrance Day with a prayer service held in our auditorium. Students from Mr. Battistel’s Grade 10 history class, along with our Chaplain Ms. Debruyne, read the prayers, petitions and recited In Flanders Fields. Mr. Wood sounded the Last Post and Reveille. Members of the school band led by Mr. Soderlind played Brahm’s Blessed are They and O Canada.

Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day 2014

Preparations continue for the 2017 excursion to Europe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. In October group leaders Mr. Battistel and Ms. Caza met with students and parents to begin the recruitment process. Students were required to write an essay to accompany their application, and then participate in an interview with the group leaders. The response has been fantastic, with 24 students submitting applications to make the journey in April 2017.

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Vimy 2017!

The Social Science Department is heading back to Europe!

In 2017 Canada will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and we received approval last June from the board to attend the festivities. We will again be traveling alongside our sister-school St. Ignatius on this 10 day pilgrimage. The tour, known as Vimy 2017: Beaches and Battlefields, will take us to many World War I and II battlefields, as well as Amsterdam and Paris. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity…don’t miss the chance!

On the steps of the Vimy Memorial, March 2014.

On the steps of the Vimy Memorial, March 2014.

A general interest meeting will take on Wednesday, October 8th at lunch in room 237. All Grade 9 and 10 students are welcome to attend. For more information, please see Mr. Battistel or Ms. Caza.

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