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Harry J. Clarke students presented local man with an early Christmas present

Students and the homeowner after the cheque presentation
Students Addy Hutchison and Paige Brown presented Martin More with the $223.93 that they and their classmates raised after hearing about his house fire.

Grade 6 students from Harry J. Clarke Public School gave a local resident whose home was destroyed in a recent fire an early Christmas present.

On Wednesday, French Immersion students Addy Hutchison and Paige Brown presented Martin More with the $223.93 that they and their classmates raised after hearing about his misfortune.

Principal Marie Mitchell commented about the leadership these students demonstrated.

“They wanted to do something to show they cared. This was entirely student-driven,” said Mitchell.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

13 boxes of toys donated by Bayside Public School students

Students at Bayside Public School care about their community. In the spirit of giving, they collected 13 boxes of toys for the Belleville firefighter toy drive.

Fireman and students, group photo with boxes of toys
Belleville firefighter Ryan Turcotte picked up 13 boxes of toys donated by Bayside Public School families.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, Firefighter Ryan Turcotte was overwhelmed by the generosity of Bayside Public School families! He was presented the boxes of toys plus $750 from ‘Toonie Tuesday’ donations.

loading the toys into the fire truck
Students helped to load the boxes of toys into the fire truck.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

College Street PS students enjoyed a festive lunch hosted by staff, special guests

four boys pose during lunch
Students at College Street Public School enjoyed a festive lunch on December 18, 2012.

Students at College Street Public School were made to feel very special this week. On Tuesday, December 18, they were treated to a festive lunch, complete with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

One special guest, Director of Education Rob McGall, was on hand to serve the scrumptious meal as students made their way through the buffet line.

school mascot, student, principal and director of education
Principal Lisa Vincent, Director of Education Rob McGall, the school mascot and a student enjoyed the festive lunch!

“It was a wonderful sight to see the entire school sitting together to appreciate the magic of this time of the year,” remarked Principal Lisa Vincent.

Vincent expressed a warm thank you to the staff at College Street Public School who graciously cooked all the turkeys, ham, potatoes and dressing. She expressed appreciation, as well, to the guest servers and helpers, and to the senior students for their hard work.

A special thank you to Nestles for donating ice cream, and to Price Chopper for their contributions.

This event is another great example of the community, culture, and caring focus at College Street Public School. Way to go, Sabres!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Our response to the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy

We are all deeply saddened by the tragic events in Connecticut on Friday. Our hearts go out to the many victims and their families. As educators who have dedicated our lives to the well-being, safety and the emotional and academic development of children, the magnitude of such a loss is certainly difficult to put into words. We can all empathize with the anguish the community of Newtown must be going through and our thoughts are with the families and the community at this time.

We anticipate that some of our students and staff will be impacted by this tragedy. In the days to come our schools will provide counselling resources to students, staff and families as needed.

As an expression of support and respect, I have asked that all Hastings and Prince Edward schools and administrative offices lower flags to half mast. We continue to work with our many community partners to keep our schools safe and welcoming learning environments and appreciate your ongoing support.

Rob McGall
Director of Education

Trauma response advice, December 2012

The following provides suggestions to assist students, parents, teachers and education workers as they react to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, 2012.

As we work through this difficult time it is important to remember that not all will be impacted by the events of Friday. Also, we must not assume that someone may not be affected. Trauma affects all of us in different ways and we must be careful not to judge or decide who may or may not be affected and in what way.

Parents/Guardians

The following tip sheets from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network describe how to talk to, understand, and support, children and youth in the aftermath of a disaster.

  • Listen and create an environment that acknowledges all feelings. When children ask questions use age appropriate language and a calm and reassuring tone of voice. Choose what information is to be shared based on the child’s age and an assessment of your child’s need to know.
  • Limit media exposure for younger children and for older children let them know that the media may be too upsetting for them to watch.
  • With older children discuss how the media may desensitize us all to violence. As a family talk about how to best respond to sensationalized media coverage.
  • Spend extra time with your children to help them feel safe and secure again. Determine which children will be most affected. For example children who have recently lost a loved one, are depressed and anxious, traumatized children and children who have been the victim of violence.
  • Contact your family doctor or school administration if you are worried about your child and would like professional support to assist with your child’s reaction.
  • Parents should be aware that being overly protective of their children is a normal response. Emotions may include: sense of helplessness, fear, anger and a heightened sense of vulnerability. As much as possible don’t allow adult emotions to negatively affect a child’s sense of security.
  • Reassure children that with time their feelings of vulnerability will subside but if the feelings don’t subside to let you know and you will get them help.

Educators and other professionals

  • It is important for staff to be that caring adult who listens and creates a school/classroom environment that acknowledges all feelings.
  • Maintaining routines within your school/classroom will provide a sense of comfort and reassurance.
  • Do not bring media coverage into the classroom as a teaching tool.
  • If a student asks, any information provided should be factual with no speculation about reasons why this event occurred. If children ask questions, use age appropriate language and a calm and reassuring tone of voice. Choose what information is to be shared based on the child’s age and an assessment of your child’s need to know.
  • The school administration and school staff should identify vulnerable youth. For example children who have recently lost a loved one, are depressed and anxious, traumatized children and children who have been the victims of violence.
  • Any support provided should be age appropriate and based on the level of need.
  • Please remember that many children will not be affected by these events and there will be those who are unaware that this tragedy has even occurred. It is critical that we prevent emotional contagion.
  • Should you require consultation, please contact your superintendent or one of our mental health and safe schools support personnel (Donalda Simmons, Shelley Steele or Julie Pohlman-Brogee).

Adapted from Connecticut School Shooting: Supportive Responses in the Aftermath, by J, Kevin Cameron, M.Sc. R.S.W. B.C.E.T.S., B.C.S.R., Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Safe schools information, December 2012

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing caring, safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments for all students. We are engaged in an ongoing review of both proactive and reactive strategies aimed at making our schools safe and welcoming learning environments.

Over time we have developed a range of practices to help our schools develop positive and safe school environments. They include:

  • character development;
  • bullying prevention education and awareness;
  • violence prevention programs;
  • emergency response protocols;
  • student success strategies;
  • citizenship development;
  • student leadership;
  • peer and group counselling;
  • restorative practices;
  • mentor programs; and
  • progressive discipline, which includes suspension or expulsion, when necessary.

We are continuing to implement Safe Schools Action Teams at each school to assist in the review and development of specific plans and approaches. Membership on Safe Schools Action Teams includes employees, parents/guardians, students and community representatives. At the district level we continue to work in partnership with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee, made up of employees, trustees, parents/guardians, community partners and police agencies. This group continues to play a valued role in guiding district direction as it relates to safe schools.

We welcome opportunities for input at the school level through direct conversations with principals and staff, and involvement with the School Councils or Safe School Teams. Opportunities for input at the district level involve direct conversations with school superintendents or local trustees, involvement with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee or the Parent Involvement Committee.

Thousands of employees, parents/guardians, students and community partners are already engaged in this important work. Our strength and success will come though our collective efforts.

REFERENCES

School board

  • Policy 1: Board Mission and Goals (October 2010)
  • Procedure 135: Equity and Inclusivity (September 2010)
  • Procedure 145: Code of Conduct (June 2010)
  • Procedure 147: Technology Use (May 2012)
  • Procedure 153: Emergency Response (February 2012)
  • Procedure 225: Character Development (October 2008)
  • Procedure 378: Student Discipline, Bullying Prevention and Intervention (June 2010)
  • Procedure 385: Community Threat Assessment Protocol (June 2010)
  • Procedure 393: Police Protocol (September 2011)
  • AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan Summary (2011-2012)
  • Board Improvement Plan for Student Success (2013)
  • Resource Guide: Bullying Prevention & Intervention (February 2010)
  • Resource Guide: Code of Conduct (February 2009)
  • Resource Guide: Progressive Discipline & Promoting Positive Student Behaviour (February 2009)
  • Safe Schools web page

Ministry of Education

Bullying We Can All Help Stop It (2011), A Guide for Parents of Elementary and Secondary School Students

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Moira Secondary School graduate one of 11 Canadian Rhodes Scholars

Connor Emdin, who graduated from Moira Secondary School in June 2009, was recently named as one of 11 Canadian university students to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. This highly distinctive award is presented to post-graduate students to further their education at the University of Oxford in England.

While at MSS, Emdin studied in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. He participated in a variety of clubs and activities where his interest in community involvement was most evident.

Rhodes Scholarships are awarded based on four criteria:

  • literary and scholastic attainments;
  • energy to use one’s talents to the full;
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Emdin was selected based on his intellectual excellence, leadership, character and interest in public service.

Congratulations to Connor Emdin, former Moira Secondary School student!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Elementary teachers to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Elementary teachers in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will stage a one-day legal strike on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. This was confirmed in writing on Friday, December 7, 2012 by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local.

Due to this legal strike, all elementary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Parents/guardians should not send their children to school on Wednesday, December 12. Even though buses will be running for other schools, children who attend Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools should not get on the bus. The school day will return to normal on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

“We thank our parents and guardians for their patience and understanding as we work through this legal strike with our elementary teachers. Hastings and Prince Edward is in a similar position to other public school boards in Ontario where one-day strikes and teacher withdrawal of services are occurring in response to Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act,” stated Rob McGall, Director of Education.

Secondary school teachers are not involved in this job action. Secondary schools will remain open and the buses will run, as usual. Secondary school students (Grade 9 to 12) are expected to be at school on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

FACTS

  • Elementary teachers in HPEDSB will be in a legal strike position on December 10, 2012.
  • Secondary teachers in HPEDSB were in a legal strike position on Monday, November 12, 2012.
  • Public teacher unions are in a province-wide dispute with the provincial government about Bill 115, the Putting Student First Act.
  • Approximately 640 permanent and 43 occasional teachers are employed by HPEDSB.
  • HPEDSB serves approximately 16,000 students (10,400 elementary and 5,525 secondary) at 42 elementary and eight secondary schools.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Flags at half-mast for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags at all schools and administrative buildings will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, December 6, 2012, to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Source: Status of Women Canada

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

Dwayne Inch re-elected as chair of the Board, Dave Patterson as vice-chair

Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board
Dwayne Inch was re-elected Chair of the Board on December 3, 2012.

Trustee Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Dave Patterson was elected as vice-chair of the Board at the annual public Board meeting held Monday, December 3, 2012. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the December meeting.

Inch expressed appreciation to fellow Board members for placing their trust in him.

“Over the last year as Chair I have been well supported. To my fellow trustees, thank you for believing in me. I tell people as often as I can of the privilege it is to work with each of you. You practise the very character attributes that we as a system promote,” Inch remarked.

Patterson, in his remarks on being elected as vice-chair, asked that the kind of compassion witnessed at the evening’s Board meeting continue to resonate with trustees as they face uncertain times. He noted, “We will endure and work together for success.”

Inch was first elected to the Board in December 2006 and was acclaimed in the October 2010 municipal election. He represents South Prince Edward County, with the following schools in his electoral area:

  • Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
Dave Patterson, Vice-chair of the Board
Dave Patterson was Vice-chair of the Board on December 3, 2012.

Patterson was first elected to the Board in the October 2010 municipal election. He represents Belleville/Thurlow, with the following schools in his electoral area:

  • Foxboro Public School
  • Harmony Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Hillcrest School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Quinte Secondary School

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #89

This update provides a summary of the annual public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 3, 2012, http://bit.ly/SCtgKt

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Moira SS Trojans are football champions!

The Moira Trojans are champions! The team captured the National Capital Bowl AA senior football final at Beckwith Field in Carleton Place on Saturday.

The 28-0 final score over the Gananoque Trojans was a fitting end to a perfect season. The Moira Trojans were undefeated, with 13 wins and 0 losses, and scoring 419 points to 34 for opposition teams.

Moira teams have now won consecutive National Capital Bowl championships. The junior team won last year. Both victories are the first National Capital Bowl title in school history.

Read more online at The Intelligencer.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Event: Foundations Programme Information Night, Wed., Nov. 28

Parents are invited to learn about the Foundations Programme at Moira Secondary School. event flyer

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

The Grade 9 and 10 Foundations International Baccalaureate Programme offers enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning. Teachers strive to provide excellent instruction within the classroom setting and through experiential learning with class trips.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Bayside and Trenton students to benefit from Rotary grants

Congratulations to two schools which were awarded funds to support student learning.

teacher receiving the cheque for Bayside Secondary School
Adrienne Deveau-Wachner, Music Teacher, Bayside Public School, accepts a cheque from Rod Clarke, Quinte Sunrise Rotarian.

Bayside Public School received $1300 for the Instrument Rejuvenation project. The grant will be used to purchase additional instruments for the second largest school in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Bayside PS has very active music and band programs.

Trenton High School received two grants, one for $1000 and one for $700. The $1000 grant will support the purchase of a second sink system for the school’s Tiger Cat Café. The Café currently serves 20+ breakfasts and 60+ lunches to students each day. The additional sinks will help keep up with dishes, while maintaining a clean and efficient kitchen. The $700 grant will be used to support the ‘Tigrrrls Trust’ program. All Grade 9 girls are included in this 1-year program focused on building self esteem, preventing bullying and relational aggression, and helping girls develop good decision-making skills. The grant will be used to purchase trust/team building materials to facilitate discussions that build those skills.

The grants were recently awarded through the Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise. Through the collective fundraising efforts of club members over the past year, seven community organizations and two international organizations were awarded with program funding totalling $15 806.

principal receiving the cheque for Bayside Secondary School
Ken Manderville, Principal, Trenton High School accepts a cheque from Janet Mathany, Past President, Rotary Club of Quinte Sunrise.

Grant recipients were chosen based on the following Rotary criteria for service projects:

  • responding to real issues;
  • improving community members’ lives;
  • incorporating the abilities of those who are served;
  • recognizing the contributions of all participants as important and necessary;
  • based on a realistic assessment of available resources;
  • specific goals and objectives with measurable results;
  • building effective networks; and
  • empowering people and communities.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Upcoming event: Community Service Information Fair

Local organizations are coming together to host a community service information fair (pdf flyer).

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville

This event is to raise awareness of services available to children, youth, adults and families. Representatives from about 40 community organizations will be available to answer questions about their services.

Participating organizations include the following, plus several others:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Children’s Aid
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Community Living Prince Edward
  • Family Space
  • Military Family Resource Centre
  • Triple P Parenting

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #88

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 19, 2012, http://bit.ly/Whb7jn

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

School events/activities for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are hosting a variety of events, presentations, assemblies and activities to raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Deseronto Public School hosted a launch event for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. Students demonstrated a restorative circle and performed bucket drumming.

Elementary Schools

Events for
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
November 18-24, 2012

Athol-South Marysburgh Public School Monday: School assembly to launch the Bullying Awareness Week theme, read the book The Recess Queen and watch the short video called Don’t Laugh at Me. Tuesday to Friday: Classroom activities, home connections, home activities related to bullying awareness.
Bayside Public School Wednesday: Presentation by Canadian Olympic medalist Brian Price, who will speak about perseverance, determination and courage.
Bird’s Creek Public School Monday: School assembly. Grade 4/5 students will teach the school the song What I Am by Will I Am. It has a message about staying strong and recognizing our strengths as individuals. Students will then draw on cut-outs to depict themselves and use one word to describe a character trait about them, such as caring, funny, brave, etc. The cut-outs be posted in the hall for all to see. Later in the week Constable Cox, Community Services Officer from Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police will be at the school to speak with students.
Breadner Elementary School Tuesday: Parent presentation 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. The guest speaker, Corporal Ryan, Community Relations Officer, will speak about drug awareness and cyberbullying. Thursday: Corporal Ryan will speak to Grades 5-8 students about cyberbullying.
C.M.L. Snider School ‘Be Kind to Me Monday’ with a focus on kindness and empathy. Two students will read PSAs (public service announcements) over the PA system to share the importance of anti-bullying. All students will create a poster to illustrate the importance of being kind to one another and standing up for others. The posters will be displayed throughout the school. ‘T-Shirt’ Tuesday with a focus on equity and inclusivity. Students and staff will be encouraged to wear pink to represent the importance of inclusivity.‘Me to We Wednesday’ with a focus on the power of peers and student empowerment. Two students read a PSA over the PA system to share how students can take a stand and make their voice heard. All students will complete a poetry activity, completing a poem about how they can stand up, make a difference, make their voice heard.‘Think About It Thursday’ with a focus on respect, kindness, tolerance, and empowerment. School assembly to collectively speak to the importance of anti-bullying, standing up and making each individual voice heard for a safer, more respectful community (both inside the school, within Wellington, and online). At the end of the assembly, all students will take an anti-bullying pledge and sign the pledge banner which will hang in the school for the year
Coe Hill School School assembly: Get B.I.G.” (Bullying is GONE).‘Superhero Moments’ for students to practice focusing and deep breathing. House recognition points for acts of valour. Morning announcement messages. Social Justice Begins with Me story and activities in each class. Picnic with the Principal for Primary students to eat lunch in principal’s office on floor, picnic style, to promote open, natural communication.
College Street Public School Focus on friendship with younger students through games, songs and learning activities. Presentation by Jennifer Ronan, Public Health Nurse, on the PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) program, with a focus on co-operative and constructive play and activities, student led, in order to promote positive interactions among all students. Focus on bullying awareness with older students through activities and learning activities. Field trip to Centennial Secondary School on Wednesday to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness.
Deseronto Public School Monday: Launch event for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week.Daily: student-created public service announcements. Tuesday: Bullying awareness assembly with student presentations. Wednesday: Parent Networking Night, 6:30 p.m. Thursday: Bullying Awareness Poster Contest winners selected by student leaders.
Earl Prentice Public School Students will make a scrapbook person in their own likeness. Students will also read the story All it Takes is One Friend written by Heather Rankin, a former Earl Prentice PS teacher and illustrated by students.
Foxboro Public School Monday: Parent and Bus Driver Bullying Awareness Workshop, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: In-class Bullying Awareness Workshops for students in Grades 6 to 8. Wednesday: School Council meeting with a bullying awareness focus, 7:00 p.m. Thursday: Bus safety presentations, 2:00 p.m.
Frankford Public School Monday: School assembly with Nick Foley of Celebrate the Hero, 2:00 p.m. Wednesday: Intermediate field trip to Centennial Secondary School on Wednesday to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness. Thursday: Presentation for 6 to 8 selected students on the PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) program, with a focus on co-operative and constructive play and activities, student led, in order to promote positive interactions among all students. Saturday: Frankford Santa Claus parade.
Harmony Public School Monday: Light Up Harmony character development presentation at the Board Meeting (hosted at Harmony PS). All week: The student leadership team will train with a leadership class from Quinte Secondary School to learn how to facilitate activities in the classroom that have a bullying awareness theme. Classroom teachers will use the Social Justice Begins with Me picture book to promote the anti-bullying theme.
Hillcrest School All week: Daily announcements about bullying prevention and awareness. Shared reading of books, discussions and writing about the topic at the various grade levels. Grade 4/5 students will participate in team building activities that have a bullying awareness theme led by leadership students from Quinte Secondary.
Kente Public School Monday: School assembly with Nick Foley of Celebrate the Hero. This program celebrates acts, big and small, that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Student leadership teams have written public service announcements and Grade 8 ‘bully ninjas’ will make an appearance in each classroom!
Madoc Public School Monday: Constable Alana Deubel, Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police, will visit Grade 6 and 8 classes to talk about the concept of an ‘upstander.’ All other classes have been asked to create a class Action Plan (attached) and do skits/announcements to practice being an upstander. Thursday: Terrific Kids Assembly with a focus on trustworthiness.
Madoc Township Public School All week: Weekly missions from Celebrate the Hero, a program celebrating acts, big and small, that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Staff is also being trained in restorative practices.
Marmora Senior Public School Monday: Snow White and the Anti-bullying Show performance by Big Kids Entertainment, a Toronto theatre troupe, with classroom activities following. All week: The principal will meet with each class for a restorative circle on the topic of bullying prevention and awareness.
Maynooth Public School All week: Daily bullying awareness messages on the announcements created by Grade 6 leaders.
North Trenton Public School Poster contest for all students. The winning entries will be made into a 2013-2014 calendar.‘Super Friends’ focus at the school.Invitation for all students and staff to take the school-wide Anti-Bullying Pledge. Invitation for each class to establish its own individual Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive Class Motto. Thursday: Participating in International Stand Up to Bullying Day and Pink Shirt Day. Friday: Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive School Community Celebration Assembly.
Park Dale School Presentation for students on the PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) program, with a focus on co-operative and constructive play and activities, student led, in order to promote positive interactions among all students.
Pinecrest Memorial Elementary All week: All students will be involved in literature-based art activities, with a theme of Putting a Face on Bullying. Monday and Tuesday: Susan Davies, HPEDSB Arts Coordinator, and community artists Marg McIntyre and Andrea Piller doing art-based activities. Thursday: Pink Shirt Day assembly. Grade 8 students have written scripts and filmed student testimonials related to the impacts of bullying on their lives. They will compile their work into a finished video, which will premier during this assembly. The Grade 5/6 students will also perform an anti-bullying skit.
Prince Charles School (Belleville) All week: The focus will be STAND UP- Be the Change! A different message will be promoted on the announcements and in classrooms each day. Get the Facts Monday: Assembly for Junior and Senior Kindergarten students based on a book about inclusion. The rest of the students will take a ‘fact or fiction’ quiz about bullying.Speaking Out in Our Community Tuesday: Bullying is not kids being kids. Students will learn to use their voices and use their power. Stop Cyberbullying Wednesday: Students will discuss strategies to protect themselves online and reflect on how to respect people online.
Prince of Wales Public School All week: Classroom discussions and literacy activities related to bullying awareness and prevention.
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Belleville) We Create Change Penny Drive: 2,500 pennies equals one person’s access to fresh drinking water. Kindness Awards presented at the Terrific Kids Assembly.Thursday: Pink Day! Grade 7 and 8 students are writing letters to an anonymous person where the students are telling the bully how the bully’s actions can make someone feel and what by bully can do to prevent bullying from occurring again. These students have already created bullying awareness videos which will be shown to the whole school. Grade 3 students are learning ‘have you filled a bucket today?’ They have each created a bucket and will fill them with notes describing the nice/kind things someone in the class has said or done for them.
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Picton) Monday: Students will begin to create public service posters and videos about bullying awareness. Tuesday: Grade 7/8 students attending an anti-bullying performance at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, created by the PECI Drama students. Wednesday: Anti-bullying scavenger hunt throughout the day. Friday: Black Day, students wear black as a commitment against bullying. Anti-bullying activities at recess in Junior and Intermediate yards. 12:10 p.m. Thursday: Anti-bullying assembly to watch the student-produced videos and school-wide messages and contracts to commit to anti-bullying for all students and staff.
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton) Poster contest for all students. The winning entries will be made into a 2013-2014 calendar.Invitation for all students and staff to take the school-wide Anti-Bullying Pledge. Invitation for each class to establish its own individual Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive Class Motto. Wednesday: Intermediate field trip to Centennial Secondary School on Wednesday to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness. Thursday: Participating in International Stand Up to Bullying Day and Pink Shirt Day. Friday: Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive School Community Celebration Assembly.
Queen Victoria School Tuesday: School assembly to review the school-wide anti-bullying pledge and to watch the video Don’t Laugh at Me. Hug necklaces: Each student and staff member will receive a necklace (long piece of yarn) and some smaller pieces (hugs). When a student recognizes another student doing something kind for someone else, they are able to give them a smaller piece of yarn (hug) to tie to their necklace. Kindness Tree: Staff will be given kindness tickets to give to a student who has done something helpful or kind. Tickets will be collected at the end of each day and be read by the principal on the announcements the following day then added to the Kindness Tree in the front foyer.
S.H. Connor School Wednesday: Constable Alana Deubel, Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police, will speak with Grade 6 and 8 students about “Turn a BULLY around . . . Youth Lending Leadership, Understanding and Bravery.” This presentation will focus on personal attributes/characteristic of empathy, respect, offering tolerance, confronting fear/intimidation, demonstrating bravery to do what is right.
Sir John. A. MacDonald School All week: Students will review the Power of One oath and use it as a focus for drama and language activities. Students are encouraged to wear purple all week. Wednesday: Grade 7 and 8 field trip to Centennial Secondary School to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness. Thursday: School Spirit Day and Christmas Sharing Day. Caring about others is a positive way to prevent bullying, and be more inclusive students and citizens in the world. House Teams (students) are asked to donate non-perishable food items to see which house will build the tallest structure.
Sophiasburgh Central School Tuesday: Grade 7/8 students attending an anti-bullying performance at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, created by the PECI Drama students. This will also be Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness about bullying.
Stirling Primary and Junior Schools Monday: School assembly to raise awareness of bullying prevention, read the book A Chance to Shine, and learn a song that complements the book. All week: Classroom and home activities on the bullying awareness theme.
Stirling Senior School Monday: School assembly featuring the Light Up Your World program.Wednesday: Grade 8 field trip to Centennial Secondary School to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness.
Susanna Moodie Elementary School All week: The school theme is “Imagine.” Each class received a copy of the book Ghandi’s Glassesto be used throughout the year as a discussion point to explore social justice issues which affect students in their everyday lives. Monday: Presentation by Drew Dudley to Grade 6, 7, and 8 students. He has appeared on Ted Talks, and helps students explore the concept of leadership and what it means to them. Wednesday: School assembly to share what students have learned about how to make a difference in the community through discussions about Ghandi’s Glasses. All students will wear paper glass frames which symbolize how they see the world through Ghandi’s eyes.
Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School Wednesday: Constable Alana Deubel, Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police, will speak with Grade 6 and 8 students about “Turn a BULLY around . . . Youth Lending Leadership, Understanding and Bravery.” This presentation will focus on personal attributes/characteristic of empathy, respect, offering tolerance, confronting fear/intimidation, demonstrating bravery to do what is right.
Tyendinaga Public School All week: Theme of Kindness is Contagious. Classroom activities and literacy connections to this theme, student announcements, and students creating artwork about bullying awareness. Blue and White Spirit Day.
York River Public School All week: Students will decorate their classroom door to raise awareness about bullying prevention. The design must include the words Be Kind to Me, must be positive, colourful and include the colour pink, and have one tip about bullying.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

EVENTS

Bayside Secondary School All week: Activities and announcements to raise awareness of bullying prevention.Wednesday: Presentation by Canadian Olympic medalist Brian Price, who will speak about perseverance, determination and courage.
Centennial Secondary School Wednesday: Host school for the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness.
Centre Hastings Secondary School Wednesday: Students performing in the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness at Centennial Secondary School.
Moira Secondary School Wednesday: Students performing in the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness at Centennial Secondary School
North Hastings High School Monday: School assembly to raise awareness of bullying prevention. All week: Student-led public service announcements.Friday: Pink T-shirt Day.
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Tuesday: Performance of a student-created drama performance with an anti-bullying theme for Grade 7 and 8 feeder school students on Nov. 20. All week: Daily critical thoughts shared over the morning announcements and Twitter to create reflection and invoke discussion.
Student-created PSA posters featuring positive messaging, and reflective comments created to encourage students to think critically about what they are saying to others in an effort to create a positive school culture, will be posted throughout the school. Activities focused around anti-bullying in a relevant/real world context.
Quinte Secondary School Leadership students are working with students in Grades 4 to 8 from feeder schools to provide activities related to bullying awareness. Kindness Wall in the school each day where students can write kind words about other students. Wednesday: “Celebrate the Hero” assembly, with Nick Foley.
Trenton High School All week: Promoting Day of Pink, which will occur in April 2013. Tuesday: Vow of Silence Day where interested students can participate in being silent all day out of respect for victims of bullying who feel silenced every day.

“Be Kind to Me” Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 18 to 24, 2012

Be Kind to Me posterThe Ontario government has designated the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and positive learning environments.

MEDIA LAUNCH EVENT

DATE: Monday, November 19, 2012
LOCATION: Deseronto Public School, 385 Stanley Avenue, Deseronto
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
PURPOSE: Hear about the restorative practices approach at the school. Students will be available for interviews and photographs.

During Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 18 – 24, 2012, Ontario students, school staff, parents/guardians and community agencies are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has partnered with police services, Children’s Mental Health, Loyalist College, the Parent Involvement Committee, student groups and several community agencies to plan activities. Seven municipalities/counties have officially proclaimed Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. The local theme is Be Kind to Me.

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week is an important way for school communities to promote safer learning environments for all students, which is essential to their success. It is also a time to raise awareness of bullying-related issues with parents/guardians and the local community.

Schools will be hosting a variety of bullying awareness events and activities throughout the week.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Centennial SS to receive provincial award for improvement

Congratulations to Centennial Secondary School, one of 27 schools chosen to receive the provincial Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement.

Centennial is being recognized for making effective use of provincial assessment data and evidence from other sources to enhance and support student achievement.

A news release from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) states, “All schools are notable for their demonstration of leadership, proactive initiatives and sincere effort to help every child succeed. These are schools that have adopted an action plan based on their unique circumstances and are working toward improved student outcomes.”

Here is an excerpt from a case study featuring Centennial Secondary School:

Over time, the Centennial staff has become adept at accessing this diversity of data and creating meaning from it. The staff members are consistent in their approach, continually refining the implementation of their school improvement plan. Each year they become more precise in establishing next steps. Just as the teachers differentiate in the classroom, the board has developed a differentiated approach to the schools. It offers a number of supports, but the schools are given autonomy to decide which supports are best suited to their needs.

This year, staff focused on EQAO Student Questionnaires. Student responses have had a direct affect on programming. For example, teachers realize that the use of digital communication engages students and makes basic literacy skills more meaningful to them.

Principal Ian Press comments, “The Gradual Release of Responsibility model has been very effective and our consistency over time has been a key factor in our success. Building relationships that allow staff to engage in distributive leadership is essential. We have a passion for literacy, and teach literacy the same way in Geography as we do in Science and in English. We teach literacy skills to make students successful, not only on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, but in all their courses.”

This recognition program was established to recognize the work of schools and to pay tribute to Dr. Stephenson’s lifelong commitment and contribution to education and public service. As minister of both Education and Colleges and Universities from 1978 to 1985, and as an original member of EQAO’s Board of Directors, Dr. Stephenson has made an enormous contribution to public education in the province.

School and Board representatives will receive the award at a ceremony Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Toronto.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Students to benefit from Quinte Arts Council bursaries

Students at four schools will benefit from bursaries from the Quinte Arts Council.

At Stirling Primary School, students in Grade 2 will work with watercolour artist Marg McIntyre to experiment with small paintings to practice techniques. They will then paint one large piece to be framed and taken home as a gift on Family Day.

At York River Public School in Bancroft, students in Grade 5 and 6 will work with the Art Gallery of Bancroft and Kevin Hockley. He will teach them how scientists and sculptors cast molds from animal and fossil forms. They will then create a life-sized replica of an otter, the school mascot, which will be displayed at the school.

At Centennial Secondary School in Belleville, students in Grade 9 and 10 will work with potter Perry Poupore. He will teach them slab and wheel techniques, and glazing. They will then complete pieces to be fired.

At Sophiasburgh Central School, students in Grade 3, 4 and 5 will experience arts enrichment programs provided by the Milkweek Collective.

The Quinte Arts Council bursaries were funded through the John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation, and the Marilyn and Maurice Rollins Foundation.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Moira SS Trojans won COSSA AA championship football

Congratulations to the senior boys Moira Trojans on winning COSSA AA championship football. They defeated Peterborough’s Adam Scott Lions 30-13 at a home game on Friday, November 9. It was 21 years ago when the senior team won a COSSA title.

The junior team was defeated 28-21 by the Adam Scott junior Lions.

Read the full article at The Intelligencer online.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Students take time to participate in Remembrance Day events

Bayside Secondary School concert band
The Bayside Secondary School Concert Band performed at the Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, November 9, 2012. Pictured with them, back right, are Shawn Fairbrother, Teacher (on the left) and Rob McGall, Director of Education.

Remembrance Day message from Rob McGall, Director of Education, Friday, November 9, 2012

Today I want to take a moment to remind you of Remembrance Day coming this Sunday, and to make a few comments about our students’ involvement in this important day.

On November 11 each year at public gatherings around the country, Canadians pay tribute with a moment of silence to the country’s fallen soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peace-keeping missions.

As Director of Education, I’m proud of the many events that are occurring in our schools today as our staff and students mark Remembrance Day.

This morning I had the privilege of being at Bayside Secondary School for the Remembrance Day assembly. There was a large turnout of Legion members and close to 100 students involved as presenters, vocal and drama performers, band members, videographers and crew. The guest speaker was Major James Pierotti, with the 424 Squadron, Search and Rescue, who transferred to CFB Trenton this past summer. He grew up in Stirling and made a personal connection to the hundreds of students in the room. And, in fact, he left immediately after his presentation to head back to the base to board a C-130 Hercules airplane heading for the north on search and rescue training.

This Sunday, November 11, 2012, students from several Hastings and Prince Edwards schools will participate in ceremonies, representing their school and the Board.

I appreciate the efforts of all employees to support our students and make connections to the communities we serve.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Construction on the new Tweed school is underway!

school assembly
Principal Susan Carleton-Maines welcomes students
and special guests to the groundbreaking assembly.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School today, October 31, 2012, to celebrate construction o the new school.

Dozens of community partners and hundreds of students attended today’s celebration, as did several school board officials, the contractor and representatives from the architecture firm.

“This is a day of celebration and anticipation as we watch the progress of building a new school,” said Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee for Southeast Hastings.

Construction is underway on the existing Tweed-Hungerford Senior school site. The fencing is up, machinery is on-site and the foundations are being dug. This school is scheduled to open in September 2013. It will combine approximately 375 elementary students from the two Tweed schools. The $7.3 million project is fully-funded by the Ministry of Education.

According to Director of Education Rob McGall, the new school will provide students with an optimum learning environment.

group photo
Pictured L to R: Corrina Eberwein, Vice-principal; Joanne Albert, Tweed Reeve; Rob McGall, Director of Education; Todd Smith, M.P.P., Prince Edward-Hastings; students and Quad-Pro Construction representative; Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee; and Susan Carleton-Maines, Principal.

“The new school will have large windows for natural light, modern heating and air conditioning units and be wired for Internet access. It will also have learning spaces where students can collaborate and work in small groups together.”

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Students involved in manufacturing programs featured in national magazine

impage of magazine article
One-page article from “Shop Metalworking Technology” magazine, online at http://shopmetaltech.dgtlpub.com/ (jump to page 60 at the link, in the top-right corner).

Gaining knowledge and experience in the trades are opportunities available to today’s youth. Students wanting to go into the trades–or learn more about them before making a decision—can participate in hands-learning on while in high school.

Students from Centennial Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School were featured in the national magazine Shop Metalworking Technology (jump to page 60 at the link, in the top-right corner).

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, all secondary schools offer manufacturing technology courses. Specialist High Skills Majors in Manufacturing are offered at Bayside Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Upcoming event: Groundbreaking ceremony for new Tweed school

invitation front cover illustration
Pictured: Student Skyla Hawley
drew the illustration for the invitation.

Students and staff in Tweed are excited about construction starting on their new school. They are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School, 52 McClellan Street, Tweed

Invited special guests include:

  • Todd Smith, Member of Provincial Parliament, Prince Edward-Hastings
  • Jo-Anne Albert, Reeve, Municipality of Tweed, and municipal representatives
  • Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee, Southeast Hastings
  • Rob McGall, Director of Education
  • Representatives from +VG Architects
  • Representatives from Quad-Pro Construction

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Executive members elected for the Parent Involvement Committee

Members of the 2012-2013 Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) were elected at the PIC annual general meeting held Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

2012-2013 Executive members

  • Chair: Paul Covert
  • Vice-chair: Heather Zantingh
  • Secretary: Diane Bolton
  • Community representatives: Lisa Lalonde, Dave MacMullen and Bridget Stevenson

2012-2013 Regional representatives

  • Belleville and Thurlow: Debbie Royle, plus another representative to be determined
  • Sidney and Frankford: Diana Lauzon
  • Centre Hastings: Lee-Anne Kerr
  • North Hastings: Connie Fowler
  • North Prince Edward: Jenn Wilson
  • South Prince Edward: Lee Swackhammer
  • Southeast Hastings: to be determined
  • Trenton: to be determined
  • Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory: to be determined

According to the publication Planning Parent Engagement, A Guidebook for Parents and Schools, when parents are engaged in their child’s learning, students do better in school and everyone benefits. Parents find it easier to help their child learn. Teachers and principals are better supported and enjoy positive relationships with students.

The HPEDSB Parent Involvement Committee is committed to supporting active parent engagement in schools. The PIC promotes successful practices for managing effective school councils.

The PIC is a parent-led committee of the board established in accordance with provincial legislation. The committee mandate is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. The PIC also engages with school councils at each school.

Congratulations to the new Executive!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

 

Vote for Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) to receive $5,000

school logoOut of numerous entries, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) is one of the five finalists in the $5,000 McDougall Family Fund Community Initiative.

The school council is working to create outdoor learning spaces for students that will support curriculum, environmental stewardship and beautify the school grounds. The monetary award would be used in the spring of 2013 to create an area with benches, gardens with various fauna and native plants that attract birds and butterflies, and other natural space to enhance student instruction.The outdoor learning space would also be an area where students can have quiet time and take sensory breaks during recess or outdoor activities.

According to Principal Bill Launderville, “The beautification project will benefit the entire student body as we involve students, parents and community members in planning, creating and maintaining the area. It will also benefit our community members who use our school grounds outside of the learning day.”

Cast your vote for Queen Elizabeth School to be awarded $5,000

Public voting runs from October 18 to November 29, 2012.

  1. Go to: http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/292488/voteable_entries
  2. Vote for the Naturalized School Area by William Launderville.
  3. You can vote one per day until Thursday, November 29.

Queen Elizabeth School, where the motto is “Respect and Learning,” is situated in the heart of Picton in picturesque Prince Edward County. The school serves approximately 275 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.

The school’s mission is to provide a safe learning environment that promotes academic excellence, social responsibility and individual achievement. Celebrations of learning are evident in school spirit days, reading challenges, family literacy nights, school teams, band and choir festivals, and much more.

Queen Elizabeth School is a Healthy Active School Community which provides a dynamic and enthusiastic learning environment. The school has an auditorium with a stage, a full size gymnasium, a library resource center, a multi-purpose science room and a music room. Outdoors, the playground has a soccer field and baseball diamond. Based on the “Story of the Starfish,” the entire community at QEP believes that we can all make a difference. Queen Elizabeth P.S. students proceed to Prince Edward Collegiate for Grades 9 to 12.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #87

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 22, 2012, http://bit.ly/QCD70x

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Flags flown at half mast in memory of Lincoln Alexander

Flags at all schools and at the Education Centre will be flown at half mast in memory of Lincoln Alexander, the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Lincoln Alexander became Canada’s first black Member of Parliament in 1968 and served as Ontario’s lieutenant-governor from 1985 to 1991. Alexander was also a former federal labour minister. He died in Hamilton on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the age of 90.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Join in celebrating Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Education Appreciation Day on October 24

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, is celebrated as Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario. It is a time to recognize the skills and commitment of employees who engage with young children.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, early childhood educators are in elementary schools which offer Full-day Kindergarten. They work in partnership with the classroom teacher, contributing to our students’ social, intellectual, emotional and physical development.

Students, families and communities benefit from the caring actions and dedication of our early childhood educators. Their commitment to young children is truly valued at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Please join in celebrating early childhood educators this Wednesday.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

31 years of Terry Fox involvement at Bird’s Creek Public School

Bird's Creek Public School students

Students at Bird’s Creek Public School truly care about others. Recently all students and staff participated in the annual Terry Fox Run and raised $1,800 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

The school has participated for the past 31 years, 28 of which involved fundraising. Congratulations to everyone at Bird’s Creek PS for the long-standing commitment to Terry’s Run.

Located in the hamlet of Bird’s Creek, 5 kilometres north of the town of Bancroft, Bird’s Creek Public School serves 160 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. Students have access to a spacious library, full-size gymnasium, well-equipped playground and an after-school program. The school provides a safe and healthy learning environment based on mutual respect and inclusionary practices. Staff, parents, students, school council and volunteers share the responsibilities for student achievement. Students participate in the Silver Birch and Blue Spruce Library Programs. Bird’s Creek PS is a Healthy Active School Community. Bird’s Creek PS students proceed to York River Public School in Bancroft for Grades 7 and 8.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Celebrate Educational Assistant Appreciation Day on October 17

Educational Assistant Appreciation Day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is recognized on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

Educational assistants perform an important role in our schools and are a vital part of our school district. They are dedicated professionals who work in diverse roles and settings. Each day, educational assistants interact with students who have a wide range of abilities. EAs assist each individual reach their full potential. Educational assistants demonstrate caring, compassion and patience, and draw on a wide range of skills and experience to fulfill their roles.

This Wednesday, please join in celebrating the dedicated educational assistants in our district.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Community event to welcome international students

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to participate in an event to welcome international students to the Quinte region.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, October 11, 2012

TIME:
6:45 pm – Arrival Reception (hot/cold refreshments).
7:30 pm – Presentations & Performances

LOCATION: Albert College, Ackerman Hall, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville

Guests are encouraged to dress in their national clothing, if possible.

“It is a wonderful experience for everyone in the community to engage with international students. As Canadians, we can share our culture while learning new traditions from youth from around the world,” remarked Carol Goerke, Manager, International Student Program.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Albert College
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Loyalist College
  • United Nations Association of Canada

For the 2012-2013 school year, the International Student Program welcomes 132 students from 14 countries—China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Pakistan, Brazil and Mexico. Students from Spain were also welcomed for a short-term stay during the month of September.

International students live with local families. This year the students are attending Centre Hastings Secondary School, North Hastings High School and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

In recognition of World Teachers’ Day on October 5

Each year on October 5 the teaching profession is celebrated around the world through World Teachers’ Day. This day of recognition began in 1994 through UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

In Canada, the national theme for World Teachers’ Day 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.” We are fortunate to have dedicated and caring teaching staff throughout our district who are making a real difference in our students’ lives every day. Their professionalism and commitment to our students is valued and appreciated by all of our community.

Please join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Join in celebrating National Custodial Workers’ Day on October 2

Tuesday, October 2, is recognized as National Custodial Workers’ Day in North America. It is a day to celebrate the many ways that custodians support our schools and student learning.

Every day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, custodians ensure that our schools and offices are safe, clean learning and working environments. They are important members of our schools and offices and we are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals as a part of our team. We rely on our custodians every day and truly appreciate their commitment and hard work.

Take a moment to show your appreciation to the custodian in your workplace!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Centennial SS is gearing up for “Sports Day in Canada”

sports day in canada graphicStudents at Centennial Secondary School are looking forward to “Sports Day in Canada” on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

The day will begin with a Terry Fox Run at 8:50 a.m. It is an annual event and fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation involving the whole school. CSS will then host two soccer games for boys, two rugby games for girls and two football games. In addition, a ceremony to thank and recognize the family who donated the electronic scoreboard for the CSS field will begin at 1:40 p.m.

“It’s going to be a day of fun activities. We’re thrilled to be able to publicly recognize and thank the family who donated our new scoreboard,” said Ian Press, Principal, Centennial Secondary School.

Soccer, rugby and football games

  • Senior boys soccer vs. Bayside Secondary School at 8:00 a.m.
  • Junior boys soccer vs. Bayside Secondary School at 9:30 a.m.
  • Junior girls rugby vs. Trenton High School at 11:00 a.m.
  • Senior girls rugby vs. Trenton School at 12:00 p.m.
  • Scoreboard Recognition Ceremony at 1:40 p.m.
  • Senior football vs. Moira Secondary School at 2:00 p.m.
  • Junior football vs. Moira Secondary School at 4:00 p.m.

According to ParticipACTION, Sports Day in Canada, now in its third year, is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country. Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, Radio-Canada Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport, working with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. It’s an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.In 2011, 1300 organizations and nearly one million Canadians “got in the game” and took part.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Vice-principal Nancy Popovich honoured with sports hall of fame induction

Congratulations to Nancy Popovich, Vice-principal, Bayside Secondary School, who was inducted into the York University Sports Hall of Fame.

Popovich (BSc ‘85) was the setter for the dominant York women’s volleyball team in the 1980s. She led the squad to gold medals at the OWIAA provincial championships in each of her four years with the program (1981-85) and competed at the CIAU national championship tournament in each of those seasons. York won three national bronze medals during that time (1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85), representing the best ever finish for the program. Popovich was named an OWIAA tournament all-star in her final season in 1985. (Taken from the York University website.)

“I was completely surprised when the call came in. It’s an honour to be recognized by York U,” remarked Popovich.

Nancy receiving her award
Nancy Popovich was inducted into the York University Sports Hall of Fame. Pictured with her is Merv Mosher, her former volleyball coach and current professor at the university.

Prior to becoming a school administrator, Popovich taught Physical Education and Math at Centre Hastings Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School. She coached volleyball and other sports at each school for over 15 years. She also founded the Quinte Cougars Volleyball Club which was active in the Quinte region from 1990 to 2005. One of the highlights of her coaching career was as an assistant coach with the Ontario Women’s Provincial Team from 1991-1993. In 1991, the team won the gold medal at the Canadian Championships in Montreal. The team finished 4th at the Canada Games in Kamloops BC in 1993.

A presentation was made to Popovich at the Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony at Montecassino Banquet Hall in Woodbridge, Ontario on Friday, September 21, 2012.

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #86

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 24, 2012, http://bit.ly/QfNNn3

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EQAO results for Grades 3, 6 and 9 continue to improve

Students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed improvement on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring. The following highlights the performance of students in Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics.

Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
READING Students demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 53% to 57%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%, from 65% to 66%.
WRITING Students demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 58% to 63%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 3%, from 73% to 76%.
MATHEMATICS Students maintained an achievement level of 58%. The provincial results experienced a 1 percentage point decrease, from 69% to 68%.

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Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
READING Students demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 61% to 65%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%, from 74% to 75%.
WRITING Students maintained an achievement rate of 56%. The provincial growth rate increased 1%, from 73% to 74%.
MATHEMATICS Students demonstrated a 3 percentage point decrease, moving from 42% to 39%. The provincial results remained at 58%.

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Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics
APPLIED Students demonstrated a 2% growth rate, moving from 49% to 51%. The provincial growth rate was 2%, from 42% to 44%.
ACADEMIC Students demonstrated a 3 percentage point decrease, moving from 85% to 82%. This decrease compares to a 1% provincial growth rate, from 83% to 84%.

Results from the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released in June 2012 and are posted online at: http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/?p=4514

“It’s very rewarding to see the increases this year. They’re a direct result of the continued efforts by our teachers, support staff and school administrators to focus on student achievement and belief that all students can achieve,” remarked Rob McGall, Director of Education.

Next steps

Kindergarten to Grade 12 board- and school-based teams are analyzing the EQAO data, as well as other student achievement and program data. This analysis will assist in identifying critical literacy and numeracy learning skills to focus upon, as well as assist in determining which instructional strategies to implement to improve student learning. Key instructional strategies, such as co-planning and teaching, where teachers plan, teach and examine student work together, show enhanced and sustained gains in student achievement. In addition, the use of technology, learning manipulatives and solving real-world problems have enhanced student engagement in their learning. Refinements will be made to the 2012-2013 board and school improvement plans to support a continued focus on student achievement in literacy and numeracy.

“Our results continue to show steady growth over time, which is what we want to see. We are committed to all students and helping them to reach their full potential,” said Trish FitzGibbon, Superintendent of Education – Curriculum Services.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Accommodation Review Meeting for Trenton schools, Wed., Sept. 12, 2012

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be hosting an information meeting to provide details on the formation of an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) for Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School, North Trenton Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School. newspaper ad (pdf)

The purpose of the ARC will be to study, report and make recommendations on the accommodation options for the four schools. Please see below for the dates of upcoming meetings, and the process for community, municipal and business representatives to apply to become ARC members.

INFORMATION MEETING

  • Purpose: To provide information about the ARC purpose and how to become a member
  • Who: Parents/guardians, school staff, and community, municipal and business representatives
  • Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton

MEETING #1: ACCOMMODATION REVIEW COMMITTEE

  • Purpose: Select a chairperson and begin ARC business
  • Who: Accommodation Review Committee; members of the public are welcome to attend
  • Date:Wednesday, October 17, 2012
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimli Road, Trenton

APPLICATIONS FROM COMMUNITY, MUNICIPAL AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES

  • Purpose: Community, municipal and business representatives are invited to apply in writing to become part of the ARC. Letters must be received by Friday, September 28, 2012, at 156 Ann Street, Belleville, K8N 1N9, or by email to ssmith@hpedsb.on.ca.
  • Individuals will be selected based on their qualifications,knowledge of issues related to public education, knowledge of the community, and expressed interest in serving on the ARC.
  • Those selected will be notified by Friday, October 5, 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #85

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Thursday, August 30, 2012, http://bit.ly/SYC38G

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

School registration for September 2012

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Register your child with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to ensure success in school!

Schools will be open for new registrations during the week of August 27, 2012.

To register at an elementary school (pdf, list of schools), please call ahead to make an appointment.

  • How to register children for JK and SK

To register at a secondary school, please refer to the specific dates and times listed at the following link.

  • How to register children for Grades 1 to 12

Education at HPEDSB is about success for each student, through:

  • Literacy development in all subject areas
  • Strong focus on character development
  • Digital learning through collaboration, critical thinking and creativity
  • Safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board offers alternate day, half-day or full-day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten.

School registration newspaper ad (pdf, 64 kb)

 

$25,000 awarded to THS TrackQuest by the Kraft Celebration Tour

The diligent efforts of Duncan Armstrong and the THS TrackQuest organizers have paid off. Their project was selected as the 10th and final stop in the Kraft Celebration Tour. Even better, the project to replace the track and field complex at Trenton High School will receive $25,000.

Armstrong was a teacher at THS who retired in June. He has been leading the charge for the track and field replacement for more than a year. His enthusiasm and determination have garnered several hundred thousand dollars in donations.

As part of the award, the August 26 TSN broadcast of SportsCentre, featuring Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, will be live from Trenton. All are invited to be part of the community celebration.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients

Congratulations to eight secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Governor General’s Academic Medal Recipients

Ashley Solmes
Bayside
Secondary
School

Rami Saab
Centennial
Secondary
School

Matthew Maynes
Centre Hastings
Secondary
School

Jenny Xue
Moira
Secondary
School

Emily Welsh
North Hastings
High
School

Quinn
Harrison Abram

Prince Edward
Collegiate Institute

Christine Cyr
Quinte
Secondary
School

Adam Searle
Trenton
High
School

For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Employment fact sheets for young workers

With summer break here, many students are seeking employment. The Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Education have prepared fact sheets to increase health and safety awareness for students entering the workforce, and address employment rights and responsibilities.

Young workers: STAY SAFE!
Your rights @ work
Parenting young workers

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Students were thrilled to host the Manufacturing Open House at Quinte SS

Quinte Secondary School recently hosted a Manufacturing Open House. The event showcased the school’s manufacturing facility and programs offered.

Quinte SS offers nine different manufacturing courses, including a two-credit Manufacturing Focus program with a Dual Credit college course, and a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).

The SHSM is part of the Ministry of Education’s Student Success initiative, which focuses on expanding quality learning opportunities and supporting success for all students in all areas. The SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Each successful student will receive a red Specialized High Skills Major seal on his or her diploma indicating his or her focus of study. The SHSM enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments. It also helps them to focus on graduation and pursuing their chosen post-secondary goals.

Manufacturing shop at Quinte Secondary School

Manufacturing shop at Quinte Secondary School

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Registration is now open for summer school

Summer school will run from Tuesday, July 3 to Monday, July 30, 2012. Registration is now open.

Registrations will be accepted up to Thursday, July 5, 2012.

Summer school information

  • Classes will take place at Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
  • The school day will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., Monday to Friday, with a daily break
  • Specific classrooms will be posted outside the auditorium in the main lobby
  • Transportation is not provided. It is the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian

Summer school office

  • The summer school office hours will be Monday to Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • (613) 962-1941

CREDIT RECOVERY

  • Credit Recovery classes are available for for Grades 9 & 10 Applied
  • Credit Recovery classes will be offered in the first two weeks of summer school, from Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 13, 2012
  • Credit Recovery courses offered:
    • Math (MFM1P1, MFM2P1)
    • English (ENG1P1, ENG2P1)
    • Geography (CGC1P1)
    • History (CHC2P1)
    • Civics (CHV205)
    • Careers (GLC205)
    • Science (SNC1P1, SNC2P1)
  • Credit Recovery classes will also be offered at the following satellite locations from Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 13, 2012
    • Bayside Secondary School
    • Centre Hastings Secondary School
    • Centennial Secondary School
    • Moira Secondary School
    • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
    • Quinte Secondary School
    • Trenton High School
  • A variety of courses will be offered based on the instructors’ qualifications and the schools’ student success programs
  • All summer school credits are granted subject to confirmation of eligibility by the home school
  • Students must ensure that all admission requirements have been met

For more information, please contact:
Roger Ramsay, Summer School Coordinator
613.962.1941
rramsay@hpedsb.on.ca
 

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Stirling school

Students and staff in Stirling are excited about construction starting on their new school. They are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, June 28, 2012
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Special guests will include:

  • Rodney Cooney, Mayor, Stirling-Rawdon
  • Bonnie Danes, Trustee for Centre Hastings
  • Rob McGall, Director of Education
  • Representatives from +VG Architects
  • Representatives from Jasper Construction Corporation

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Vote for CHSS students to win $5,000 for their duct tape clothes

couple in duct tape prom wearTwo Centre Hastings Secondary School students are finalists in the Stuck at Prom competition. Helen Loghrin and Brad Lott are the only Canadian finalists in this unique North American contest. Vote for them now! 

Stuck at Prom contestants create prom attire using duct tape. About 275 entries from Canada and the United States were narrowed down to 10 finalists, with Loghrin and Lott among them.

Together, Loghrin and Lott created a flaming summer version of ballroom attire.

Loghrin’s dress is constructed entirely out of duct tape, three wire hoops for volume and recycled motor wire in the lilies. The lilies were time-consuming to create, as each petal was made individually and no two petals are identical. Each flower consists of six petals and two stamens. The dress is held up by a corset style back with orange tie-dyed strings. The shoes and hat were decorated in matching fashion to the suit. The hat is also enforced with high tensile wire to hold its shape.

Lott’s suit consists of a black undershirt, yellow bow tie, yellow vest with multiple coloured flames, a suit jacket outlined in black, accented with flames on the top pocket and lower back of the jacket, shoes and pants, both accented with the flame work.

Contest rules stipulate basic construction methods: 48 roles of duct tape and 165 hours of time. Once the clothing is made, competitors upload photos to the Stuck at Prom website. The top 10 were announced on June 18, 2012 and are now featured online.

Voting is open until Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The winning couple will receive $5,000 and their school will also receive $5,000.

According to Loghrin, she was inspired by a former CHSS student.

"I was actually inspired by a past Centre Hastings artist named Tess Reid. A few years ago, Tess made a wire sculpture of a group of lilies. I have followed this idea in collaboration with this project to create the dress attached. I hope to someday become a large scale environmental architect. This project is just one example of my many three dimensional works. It was a great opportunity to put my creative skills to work. I had tons of fun, and I hope to continue on in the art field for the remainder of my life," remarked Loghrin.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca
 

 

Celebrating Aboriginal Peoples and culture at HPEDSB

Raven Murphy medicine wheel teachingsAcross Canada, National Aboriginal Day is recognized annually on June 21. This date was chosen because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice—the first day of summer and longest day of the year—and because many Aboriginal communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day to acknowledge National Aboriginal Day is part of the wider recognition of the founding place of Aboriginal People within the fabric of Canada.

Pictured: Raven Murphy did medicine wheel teachings with students.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, several schools have courses related to Aboriginal culture and awareness. We highlight Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, which hosted Aboriginal Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

Aboriginal Awareness Day at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
Students from Erin McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class organized and hosted this event for all PECI Grade 9 and 10 students, as well as senior students from neighbouring elementary schools. The day began with guest speaker Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Family and Child Caring Society of Canada. Ms. Blackstock spoke about current inequities of funding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. She made the students more aware of current issues facing First Nations children, as well as offering suggestions for ways that all Canadians can get involved.

A variety of workshops were offered throughout the day, specifically the following:

  • Mohawk Traditions and Culture
  • The Impact of Residential Schools
  • Medicine Wheel Teachings
  • Mohawk Languages
  • Traditional Drumming and Dancing
  • Traditional Medicines
  • Land Claims and History of Tyendinaga

Students of Ms. McFaul’s class also presented a panel of projects called "Did You Know?" These course culminating activities focused on current issues facing Aboriginal Peoples which the students felt the whole school should be aware of.

Pictured: Teacher Erin McFaul (left), student in the Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class, and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Elder Tom Porter.

"The purpose of this event was for students and staff to meet Aboriginal community members and Elders to develop a deeper understanding of our neighbouring First Nation communities and the issues that affect many Aboriginal communities throughout Canada," remarked McFaul.

In addition to the workshops, students tasted traditional foods prepared by students. They also viewed artwork created by the Grade 9 Aboriginal Art classes.

All workshops were well-attended. Students were engaged and it was obvious they had lots of fun.

"It was a day of positive experiences which promoted awareness of Aboriginal cultures while showing the importance of positive community relationships," added McFaul.

This event was possible through the support of a Project Enhancement Grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. 

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: December 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm