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Centre Hastings SS student selected for provincial Model Parliament Program

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Sabeen Asif, Grade 12 at Centre Hastings Secondary School, has been selected as one of 124 students, to participate in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Model Parliament Program. 

December 3, 2018—Congratulations to Sabeen Asif, Grade 12 at Centre Hastings Secondary School, selected to participate in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Model Parliament Program. This educational program at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is for civic-minded high school students in Grades 10 to 12, who are interested in current events and provincial issues.

Asif will be one of 124 students, representing each of the province’s ridings. They will participate in a three-day event in Toronto to meet key figures in Ontario’s Parliament, as well as learn about the parliamentary history and the legislative process through workshops and presentations.

“To be accepted as a candidate in Ontario’s Legislative Assembly is truly an honour. With innovative ideas, solutions, and a fresh new perspective of our Canadian culture, I am proud to represent my home riding of Durham and the students of Centre Hastings Secondary School for the candidacy at the Model Parliament Program. I know that I can make a significant impact that will best fit Canadians, continuing our deep-rooted traditions while also adapting to modern change. Making our future so much more optimistic,” said Asif.

Interested students were required to submit an application consisting of a 450-500 word essay outlining why they think they are a suitable candidate for the program, including examples of leadership, responsibility, maturity and teamwork; their interest in current affairs, provincial issues and government; strong interpersonal and social skills (the ability to get along well with peers and adults); and involvement in a variety of community and extra-curricular activities. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, vice-principal or guidance counselor to support their application was also required.

Sabeen Asif will be in Toronto from February 27 – March 1, 2018, representing the riding of Durham.

Read more about the Model Parliament Program.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Centennial SS student wins science fair poster contest

November 26, 2018—Congratulations to Katarina Blind, Grade 10, Centennial Secondary School, winner of the poster contest for the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair.

Katarina was presented with her prize last week. Her design is pictured below. It will be the poster for the 2019 QRSTF scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Loyalist College.

Winners from the QRSTF are invited to the Canada-wide Science Fair which will be held in May 2019 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

student receiving award for poster contest
Congratulations to Katarina Blind, Grade 10, Centennial Secondary School, who won the poster contest for the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: An Evening of Drama, Music and Visual Art at Eastside Secondary School

November 21, 2018—Students at Eastside Secondary School are excited to showcase their learning and leadership by inviting the community to “All the World’s a Stage,” an evening of drama, music and visual art.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
TIME: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Attendees can expect to be doers or watchers at this community event:

  • Contribute to the Realm of Dreams mural, designed by senior Arts students, by painting parts of it
  • Listen to music performances
  • Watch the Improv team

Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students, $10 for families, available at the door. Bring a donation for Gleaners Food Bank for a chance to win a prize.

The mural will be on display in the Gym that evening then will be moved to another area in the school.

For information, please contact:
Lise Lindenberg, Arts Department Head, Eastside Secondary School, 613.962.8668, or llindenberg@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Parent seminar about online safety and digital well-being

November 15, 2018—A parent seminar about being safe online is being held at Queen Victoria School in Belleville.

EVENT DETAILS: Parenting in the Digital Age

DATES/TIMES: Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. or Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

Hosted by Matt Richardson, a local consultant about online safety and digital well-being, this seminar will provide parents/guardians with expert advice for safeguarding children and teens online, and for establishing healthy and respectful Internet habits.

Topics include: Tricky People, Online Safety, and Digital Well-Being. Richardson will provide practical advice for staying safe online and how to navigate the digital world in a responsible way.

This presentation is not appropriate for children under age 12.

Richardson has presented at other HPEDSB schools and is a popular facilitator with the Belleville Children’s Safety Village. His messages reflect the realities of what children and youth encounter online.

From Matt Richardson:

“Technology provides young people with new opportunities for learning and has limitless potential to have a positive impact on career prospects. It also presents a number of risks to their personal safety and emotional well-being, and can have negative impacts on their online image that can hinder their future goals. Parents will learn how to protect their children and instill healthy digital habits that will set them up for future success.”

For more information about the session, please contact:
Kevin MacLaurin, Principal, Queen Victoria School, 613.968.4547 or kmaclaurin@hpedsb.on.ca

For media inquires, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170, ext. 62354 or kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Students to explore human trafficking at the Model UN Conference

November 13, 2018—The annual Model United Nations conference for secondary school students is taking place in Belleville this week.

EVENT DETAILS
TOPIC: Human Trafficking
DATE: November 14 and 15, 2018 (Wednesday and Thursday)
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (see below for the agenda)
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The event will open with a keynote address by Kaitlyn Ouimette, Victim Services, who will speak about human trafficking through a local lens, on Wednesday, November 14 from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Fifty-five students from HPEDSB secondary schools will then engage in discussions and committee work as they prepare to present, debate and develop position papers on the topic.

What is a Model UN?

The Model UN is an event where secondary school students engage with one another about world issues. The topic this year is Human Trafficking with a focus on Women and Children in Labour.

Students will represent 21 different nations and two international groups*. They’ll explore, discuss and attempt to arrive at resolutions to address the following two questions:

  1. What measures are required for the United Nations to monitor those aspects of poverty and globalization that are responsible for the endemic exploitation of labour frequently described with the terms of forced labour and modern slavery?
  2. How can the United Nations address the global economic pressures that allow for the constant exploitation and coercion of women, children, and men around the world, contrary to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN’s Sustainable Goal 8?

Students will examine key issues from a variety of perspectives, including those that take into account economic, humanitarian, and cultural considerations.

*Nations and groups represented include: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, France, Germany, India, International Labour Organization, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, World Trade Organization.

Agenda, Day 1

8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

9:00 a.m. Land Acknowledgement, Opening & Welcome

9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker & Questions

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Part I: Presentation of Frameworks and Responding to Questions

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:15  p.m. Part II: Presentation of Frameworks and Responding to Questions

1:00 p.m. Follow-up Comments & Questions

1:15 p.m.  Committee Work

Agenda, Day 2

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Networking

9:00 a.m. Committee Work

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Meet in General Assembly, Preamble and Voting Procedure

10:45 a.m. Complete Committee Work

12:00 p.m. Working lunch

12:45 p.m. First Reading and Questions/Objections

1:00 p.m. Fine-tuning

1:45 p.m. Final Reading and Vote

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: International Baccalaureate & Foundations Information Session, November 12, 2018

October 24, 2018—Students and their parents/guardians are invited to an information session (Pdf) to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) & Foundations Programme.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Monday, November 12, 2018
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

The Foundations and International Baccalaureate Programme provides an enriching educational environment through enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry which fosters a spirit of discovery and an enjoyment of learning. We strive to provide excellent instruction within the classroom and through experiential learning.  Go to the website to learn more: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/

Applications for entry to the grade 9, 10 and 11 programs will be available at this session.

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: The Holly and the Ivy Artisan Show and Sale, November 24, 2018

event flyerOctober 22, 2018—If you enjoy going to craft shows, read on . . .

The community is invited to The Holly and the Ivy Artisan Show and Sale.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery (3rd floor), 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

In a lovely art gallery setting, artisans will be selling handmade products, such as soaps, jewellery, photography, baked goods and student-decorated bird houses.

Coffee, tea and water will be available.

This event is in support of education programs for the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School. Vendors wishing to participate are welcome to contact the school by Thursday, November 1, 2018.

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

Media advisory: Student Google Summit at Harmony PS

October 10, 2018—This media advisory is about a student event at Harmony Public School.

Event details

WHAT: Student Google Summit for students in Grades 4-8

WHEN: Thursday, October 11 for students in Grades 6-8; and Friday, October 12, 2018 for students in Grades 4-5

WHERE: Harmony Public School, 626 Harmony Road, Corbyville

A Google Summit is a high intensity event that focuses on teaching, learning and integrating Google applications, such as Google Docs, Slides and Classroom, as well as other Google tools, for student learning in K-12 education. Students will participate in four learning sessions. 

Student Google Summit Workshops

(students choose four)

Maps, Snaps and Chats: Be Safe, Savvy and Smart on those Apps

Get expert advice about being safe online and practical skills for being “social savvy.” Learn about practices used by governments and celebrities when using social networks to build and protect a positive online image, and defend against cyber bullying and online trolls. Students will be introduced to exciting cutting edge technologies through hands-on activities and examples.

Tech’n it to the Natural Environment

Do you like to explore and examine the natural world? Are you interested in joining researchers and nature enthusiasts from across Canada in tracking rapid changes in our natural environment? Come explore the outdoors with a tech twist.

Who Am I? Developing Your Digital Portfolio

Discover yourself, explore your opportunities and share what matters in an interactive portfolio that stays with you from grade to grade.

Bots, Bricks and Bits

Solve challenges and create your own computer program by selecting and snapping together bits of code.  These simple sequences of behaviour blocks will make bricks and bots move, spin, sing and blink.

Get Slides Savvy! 

You may be familiar with Google Slides, but do you know how to really impress your teacher? We will look at Google Slides as a way to share your thinking and creativity so you can present like a pro! Learn tips and tricks to up your Google Slides game.

Old School Technology: Building Our Future Through Play

Did you know that your hands are connected to 70-80% of your brain? We will use LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods to uncover solutions to challenges with technology. By using your hands and accessing your right and left brain, you will quickly learn how you know more than you think you know! Join us for music, Lego building, and hard fun!

Organization is a Thing! 

Having trouble finding your homework? Can’t remember where you saved that assignment? Time to get organized! Tips and tricks for organizing your files in Google Drive. You can do it!

CTRL, ALT, READ and WRITE

Goals of the session: Every student logged in with R&W+Permission Enabled, Introduction to Text Speech, Introduction to Speech to Text, Introduction to Voice Notes, All students leaving with STT TTS Log In Cards.

EVENT SCHEDULE

9:40 – 10:00 a.m. Welcome by Kim Myderwyk, Principal

Keynote speaker: Meera Moorthy, Student Trustee

Guest speakers:

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

Laina Andrews, Superintendent of Education

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. Session 1

11:05 – 11:55 a.m. Session 2

12:00 – 12:20 p.m. Recess

12:20 – 12:40 p.m. Lunch

12:50 – 1:50 p.m. Session 3

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Session 4

3:05 – 3:25 p.m. Closing Keynote

On-site contacts: Teachers Andrea Bird or Andrew Brown.

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

North Hastings High music students earn gold

Ezra and Natalie, NHHS students
Natalie Nicholson and Ezra Schell, Grade 10 students at North Hastings High School earned gold medals

September 19, 2018—Two North Hastings High School Music students earned gold medals in their respective disciplines during last season’s Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Medals are given to students for receiving the highest marks in the province.

Natalie Nicholson, French horn and Ezra Schell, percussion, Grade 10 students at North Hastings High School in Bancroft, completed their examinations in June 2018, and have been invited to the Convocation Gold Medals Ceremony at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in October 2018.

This is an amazing accomplishment for both students. We wish them the best of luck in October and in their future music studies.

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

Community Breakfast at North Trenton PS, September 12, 2018

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The North Trenton Public School community is invited to a community breakfast on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

September 11, 2018—Students and families of the North Trenton Public School community are invited to the Community Breakfast to welcome everyone back to school.

DATE: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

TIME: 8:30 a.m.

LOCATION: North Trenton Public School, 12 Briardale Boulevard, Trenton

A healthy and nutritious breakfast will be prepared by Chef Nicholas (of Batawa Ski Hill).

Visit with friends, school staff and find out about good food choices.

Thank you to Food for Learning for providing funding for this event.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Four schools receive Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification

June 21, 2018—Congratulations to four elementary schools, recipients of Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification.

Some highlights from the 2017-18 school year include the following:

Bayside Public School, Gold

  • Regular activities to promote physical activity: Wildcat Walk & Run, Active Play Days, Jump Rope, Celebration of Dance, Wheelchair Basketball, Hallway Body Break Stations, wellness learning opportunities
  • Student leadership through the Active Recess Leadership Team
  • Various outdoor learning activities in all seasons
  • Creation of the Healthy Kids Bayside Twitter account (@HealthyKidsBPS) to document the school journey

Deseronto Public School, Gold

  • Regular activities to promote physical activity: Dragon Dash and Running Club, Active Play Days  and recess leadership activities
  • Burp it on Challenges: a physical activity challenge created by hardworking and dedicated students in Grade 5/6; Twitter account (@burp_it_on); with international participation and recognized by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MP Mike Bossio
  • Community partnerships with the Belleville Senators and Napanee Heritage Run

Prince Charles School (Belleville), Gold

  • Implementation of classroom and school-based physical learning activities: cooperative games, dances, wellness learning opportunities, yoga, Friday Fun Runs
  • Involvement in community partnerships with a variety of organizations: City of Belleville (Mayor’s Bike Ride), Canadian Cancer Society, Goodlife Fitness, Public Health, The Belleville Senators

Maynooth Public School, Silver

  • Daily physical activities within the instructional day
  • Leadership from older students to lead active play during recess
  • Various outdoor learning activities in all seasons

Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community. Being involved is a demonstration of the school commitment to the goals in the HPEDSB strategic plan which include creating welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential; and involve students in developing leadership skills.

Participating schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource and the Well-Being Strategy for Education.

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

Ophea works in partnership with school boards, public health, government, non-government organizations, and private sector organizations to develop groundbreaking programs and services that support healthy, active schools 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

Seven schools ‘go green’ and certify as Ontario EcoSchools

June 21, 2018—Congratulations to seven elementary schools recognized as EcoSchools for their green initiatives.

Some highlights from the 2017-18 school year include the following:

Bayside Public School, awarded Gold (1st year participating)

  • Recognized for excellent energy conservation efforts
  • Recognized for excellent waste minimization efforts
  • Ran a successful battery recycling campaign called “Recycle Your Batteries”
  • Ran a successful single-use straws campaign called “Let’s Say No to Single-Use Straws!”

Harry J. Clarke Public School, awarded Bronze (1st year participating)

  • Students campaigned for wildflower and native species planter boxes in the school yard to “Bring Back the Bees” and wrote a letter to the principal and vice-principal with their request and reasoning
  • Students raised awareness about waste from lunches and campaigned for “Wasteless Wednesdays”

Hermon Public School, awarded Silver (1st year participating)

  • Students are in the process of creating a composting program
  • Students in Kindergarten and Grades 4, 5, and 6 created a food garden and planned a no-mow zone with help of the custodian; they plan to host a community dinner with any vegetables and produce grown
  • Students and staff started a recycling program (prior to, all waste was going to garbage) and reinforced its usage to the school with announcements, posters and presentations
  • Students ran a Clean Up Habitats campaign to clean their school yard of garbage

Kente Public School, awarded Gold (1st year participating)

  • Classrooms participate in composting, vermicomposting, and reducing waste around lunchtimes with Boomerang Wednesdays and the Golden Lunchbox Award initiatives
  • The school has built a new raised-bed food garden. Students wrote letters to local business asking for donations, and families will sign up for caring for the beds over the summer months. The school also worked with a local botanist to identify drought-resistant native species, the Food Security Network of Prince Edward County, Indigenous educators, and the Food Bank

Madoc Public School, awarded Silver

  • Recognized for a good variety of Curriculum lessons, from learning about the plight of polar bears in climate change, to creating models of watersheds and rivers, to learning about saving the bees
  • The school ran Lights-Off Lunches to raise awareness about energy consumption and conservation
  • The school investigated waste and money spent on plastic spoon, and banned them to combat these issues

Stirling Public School, awarded Silver

  • The school undertook four school ground greening projects which all resulted from classroom inquires and research:
    • Grade 1 students created a native pollinator garden
    • Grade 3 students worked in the greenhouse
    • the EcoTeam created multi-grade planter boxes
    • Learning Forest initiatives

York River Public School, awarded Silver

  • School hosted a clothing swap to highlight the impact of fashion and textile waste; families came in and donated/shopped for used goods
  • School participated in a school-wide Earth Hour, learning how the impacts of small acts can make a big difference
  • School coordinated a Sweater Day initiative, where everyone wore sweaters and turned the heat down a few degrees to raise awareness about energy conservation

EcoSchools is a provincial program that addresses environmental issues in the school system. Student leadership is nurtured to foster environmental learning and actions in the school community. All publicly-funded schools can apply for the annual certification program for free.

Four certification levels can be completed, helping schools work toward common environmental goals and student engagement. Certification is based on a provincial standard of excellence and reaches 1,000,000 students across Ontario.

Each school receives an EcoSchools plaque in recognition of the achievement.

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

Grade 8 Park Dale School students launch The Pink Project: Women Supporting Women

The Pink Project
The Pink Project team
(L to R): Ava, Mya, Olyvia, Jess

June 18, 2018—Grade 8 students at Park Dale School were are asked to complete a Dragon’s Den Project for a class assignment. This project involved students creating, designing and writing a business plan that was presented to community business leaders in a Dragon’s Den format similar to the popular TV show on CBC.

Ava, Mya, Olyvia and Jess researched statistics about how many women go without personal hygiene items and how it has impacted their lives. The students wrote a business plan and proposed the launch of a not-for-profit charity organization called “The Pink Project: Women Supporting Women.” This projects is about supporting women locally, nationally and internationally who don’t have access to basic feminine hygiene products.

The Pink Project is responsible for creating care boxes containing items such as tampons, pads, razors, deodorant, a hair brush, wipes and inspirational quotes, as well as setting up distribution to under-privileged communities. These four creative students will be making beaded bracelets and selling them to generate money to buy more products and keep production going.

These resourceful girls reached out locally to Proctor & Gamble and also to Moon Sisters, a local charity that supports community Indigenous communities in the far north for help. P&G donated 100 items for the care boxes and Moon Sisters agreed to help with distribution. As a result of this community and teacher support, 100 care boxes are scheduled to be shipped to Northern Ontario.

The Pink Project
The Pink Project care boxes contain feminine hygiene products that will be distribution to under privileged communities
The Pink Project
Handmade bracelets will be made and sold for money to purchase more products
The Pink Project
(L to R, back row): Mr. Fry, Olyvia, Ava, Mrs. Gariepy
(L to R, front row): Jess, Mya

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

EVENT: Frankford PS presents The Music Man Junior

June 11, 2018—Frankford Public School announces the upcoming musical performances of The Music Man Junior.

The Music Man Jr
The Music Man Junior June 12 & 13, 2018

DATES: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TIME:  7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

LOCATION: Frankford Public School, 36 Adelaide Street, Frankford

COST: $5.00, tickets available at the school

This musical adaptation is based on the Meredith Willson’s musical comedy. This story is full of wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.

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

Everyday Leadership & Well-Being Symposium for Grade 7 to 11 students

May 7, 2018—Approximately 160 students in Grades 7 to 11 will participate in the Everyday Leadership & Well-Being Symposium this week.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College

This event is planned and hosted by the Student Senate which consists of two students from each secondary school. The  purpose of the symposium is to redefine leadership with respect to well-being and living as an everyday leader. Students will participate in three workshops throughout the day (see below) to explore elements of leadership and well-being, supporting globally minded leaders and learners.

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, will bring greetings. Stu Saunders, the keynote speaker, will focus on the theme of Everyday Leadership.

Workshop presenters include students, HPEDSB staff, Dr. Julie Gowthorpe and Sean Kelly, and Loyalist College instructors who will share their experiences and highlight the importance and value of student voice, leadership, initiative and well-being.

Symposium schedule

9:00 a.m. Welcome, opening remarks, Student Senate and Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education
9:15 a.m. Stu Saunders, keynote speaker
10:10 to 10:40 a.m. Workshop 1 (30-minute workshops)
10:40 to 10:55 a.m. Abby Heffernan, student presenter from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
10:55 to 11:25 a.m. Lunch
11:25 to 11:40 a.m. Kristen Sutherland, student presenter from North Hastings High School
11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Workshop 2
12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Workshop 3

STUDENT PRESENTERS

  • Abby Heffernan from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. Abby Heffernan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2015 before starting high school. She will speak about staying positive through difficult situations and making the best of every situation. Finding and maintaining a positive perspective through challenges reinforces the overall theme of the conference; everyday leadership is about making small changes for personal or someone else’s well-being.
  • Kristen Sutherland from North Hastings High School. Kristen Sutherland is an amputee and her speech will have an underlying message of the importance of resiliency. She will speak about how she was able to remain positive and overcome the obstacles that she faced throughout her journey, and how some of the hardest decisions, may be some of the best decisions. Leadership can be expressed in the ability to make choices for oneself; everyday leadership can be personal and does not have to impact others.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS AND TOPICS

  • Keynote address: Stu Saunders. Stu will work with everyday  leaders to reflect and uncover their leadership potential and help them craft their next steps.
  • Dressing on a Dime and Feeling Great: Lucille Kyle. This workshop will be conducted in the form of an unorthodox fashion show. It will identify strategies for shopping to meet one’s own comfort level, as well as on a budget. Lucille and student senators will model the importance of dressing to feel confident in one’s own skin. Models in the workshop will have the opportunity to be styled in multiple innovative ways. The goal of the workshop is to show how trends can be limiting.  Students will be encouraged to question and push beyond these boundaries to explore the fun of fashion. An overall theme of positivity will be encouraged throughout the workshop, supporting mental health and well-being.
  • Art and Mindfulness: Andrea Kerr. This will be a hands-on workshop. Mindfulness boosts creativity and creativity boosts mindfulness. Learn how to get into creative flow anywhere and anytime you have a few moments of solitude. No drawing experience necessary! Create something of your very own to take home. Choose one project or complete all three!
  • Managing and Reducing Stress: Dr. Julie Gowthorpe and Sean Kelly. This workshop will be conducted in the form of a conversational presentation about mindful stress reduction. It will identify sources of stress in a student’s life through conversations facilitated by Dr. Gowthorpe and Sean Kelly. Staying mentally healthy while encountering a variety of barriers to self-esteem can be difficult in social environments (such as high school). The goal of this workshop is to reflect on effective self esteem management and to recognize vulnerability.
  • Sleep and Well-Being: Dr. Deanna Mayfield and Julie Pulman- Brogee. This workshop will be conducted in the form of a conversational presentation about the aspects of the brain that manage stress. Mental health specialists will guide the workshop and address the importance of sleep for maintaining mental health and well-being; high school students are within the age demographic that sleep the least and work the longest. They will also discuss how stress impacts memory and how to cope with pressure. Students will also be shown when and how to reach out for help; finding a personal limit with regards to mental health is important to staying healthy.
  • The Powers and Pitfalls of Social Media: Kerry Ramsay. This workshop will be conducted as a conversational presentation about the power and pitfalls of social media use. It will identify the positive aspects of social media for students as well as offer strategies to developing a positive online presence. Student voice will be facilitated by student senators and a well-being expert from Loyalist College through conversations about how social media is used and the overall effect on mental health; perceptions of other people on social media can lead to personal pressures and negativity.
  • Mindful Yoga: Tammy Kenzie. This will be a mindful workshop in which students participate in a 30-minute yoga session guided by a professional. The goal of the session is to introduce stress reduction techniques through yoga. Physical activity can increase dopamine levels and decrease stress; it is important to be mindful of mental and physical health.
  • Mission Impossible: Student Senators. This is an interactive workshop in which students will work in teams to complete the mission, which is comprised of several tasks, such as puzzles, an obstacle course, etc., under a given time constraint and with certain stipulations.  The first time that the teams attempt the mission, they will not be given any time to plan or organize themselves, which typically results in teams being unable to complete the mission. They will then be given five minutes to plan before their second attempt to complete the mission. Teams tend to be more successful in their second attempt, which ultimately demonstrates to students and will lead into a discussion about the importance of time management and organization, as well as effective collaboration.
  • Action Planning: What does the world need now?: Student Senators. This workshop will be conducted as a conversation translating into action plans. The workshop will take place throughout the day and each group of students will have a different responsibility. The students in the morning will generate ideas on how to improve their school, community, or world. The students in the afternoon will implement ideas into tangible action plans that can be taken back to schools and used. Action plans developed in this workshop can be brought to conversations with a school’s senator and can be supported by the student senate. The overall goal of this workshop is to transform student voice into tangible initiatives that provide leadership opportunities for students attending the conference.

Throughout the day, students will be encouraged to document their ideas and thoughts. They will keep the ‘Not  Exit Card’ and bring it to a follow-up meeting with their school student senators. The goal of the Not Exit Card is to make tangible connections between ideas (or notable thoughts) on paper (visible thinking).

At the end of the day, students will document one goal on a postcard and it will be placed in a draw with their name and school on it. The postcards will be given to the school student senator for immediate and future follow-up.

The event hashtag is #HPE_BeWell.

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

StEP UP enrichment event for Grade 7 and 8 students

StEP UP graphic, purple and greenMay 7, 2018—Students in Grade 7 and 8 are the first to be involved in a StEP UP day of learning. StEP UP stands for Student Empowered Pathways, Unlimited Possibilities.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Loyalist College

Students will participate in two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, taught by Loyalist College instructors. Topics include the following:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art & Design Foundations
  • Biosciences
  • Culinary
  • Esthetics & Spa Management
  • Film & TV Production
  • Fitness & Health Promotion
  • Justice Studies
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Skilled Trades

StEP UP is an enrichment event for students who have confidence learning in different environments, with new and unknown peers and who have expressed an interest learning more about in post-secondary opportunities.

Agenda

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and opening remarks
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 1
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session 2

This event is a partnership between HPEDSB and Loyalist College. Students will receive an event T-shirt for being involved.

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

Arts Extravaganza and Sale at Trenton High School

All are welcome to attend the Arts Extravaganza and Sale at Trenton High School, Tuesday, May 8 starting at 6:00 p.m. Music and drama performances will be part of the evening.

May 3, 2018—All are invited to an Arts Extravaganza and Sale Sale at Trenton High School.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

This a free event with snacks.

What to expect

The evening will start with a sale of art prints, ceramics, fused glass items and furniture from present artists and alumni. There is a lot to choose from.

Be part of an audience during the middle half hour for student vocal and instrumental music performances in the Music Room.

The last half hour will feature a student drama presentation  in the Auditorium.

All are welcome to attend.

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

 

18 students from four secondary schools to compete in Skills Ontario Competition

May 1, 2018—Eighteen students from four HPEDSB secondary schools are set to participate in the Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: May 7 – 9, 2018
Location: Toronto Congress Centre

Students will compete in events for gold, silver and bronze medals and monetary awards. Gold medalists in some competitions will be eligible to go on to represent Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition in June 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Competitors are judged on their skills in completing their contest project. Students qualified for this event by participating in local competitions held at Loyalist College, St. Lawrence College and at their schools.

HPEDSB schools participating in the Skills Ontario Competition
Bayside Secondary School 2-Person Carpentry

4-Person Robotics Team

Graphic Design

Individual Carpentry

Mechanical CADD

Photography

Precision Machining

Welding

Centennial Secondary School Auto Service Technology
Quinte Secondary School 4-Person Home & Team Building
Trenton High School Aesthetics

Winners will be announced at the Skills Ontario Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre (North Building).

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

EVENT: Prince Charles PS Trenton presents Treasure Island

May 1, 2018—Prince Charles Public School-Trenton announce upcoming performances of the musical Treasure Island (Pdf).

Moira Idol 2018
Treasure Island Musical May 9 & 10, 2018

DATES: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 and Thursday, May 10, 2018

TIME:  7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

LOCATION: Prince Charles Public School, 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton

COST: $5.00, tickets available at the school

This musical adaptation is based on the Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic that was written in 1881 about Jim Hawkin’s boyhood adventure to find buried treasure.

All are invited to come out and experience unique and exciting pirate adventures.

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

EVENT: Closing Weekend to Remember for Quinte Secondary School

April 30, 2018—Quinte Secondary School is closing at the end of June 2018.

To celebrate the past and present, students, families and community members are invited to take part in Closing Ceremony activities that have been planned for Thursday, May 31, 2018 through to and including Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Activities are free,  with the exception of the Saints Gala on Saturday, June 2, 2108. There will be a silent auction of special Saints memorabilia throughout the weekend.

QUINTE SECONDARY SCHOOL – REGISTER HERE

45 College Street West, Belleville

Thursday, May 31, 2018
4:00-7:00 p.m. Open House
Friday, June 1, 2018
9:30-11:00 a.m. Annual Harrier Run – Alumni Welcome
12:00-2:30 p.m. Saints Summer Carnival

Lunch provided to all students

12:00-7:00 p.m. Open House 

  • An opportunity to walk through the school and visit classrooms
  • Sale of Saints Memorabilia
7:00-8:30 p.m. Reflections

  • A celebration of Arts
  • Alumni and current student performances
9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Decades Pub Night

  • 1950 – 1969s Graduates at meet at The Dugout, 514 Dundas Street East, Belleville
  • 1970 – 1985s  Graduates to meet at The Beaufort Pub, 173 Dundas East, Belleville
  • 1985s – 1995s Graduates to meet at the Capers, 272 Front Street, Belleville
  • 1995s – 2005s Graduates to meet at the Red Lion Pub, 211 Coleman Street, Belleville
  • 2005s+ Graduates to meet at Legendz Pub, 5529 Highway 62 South, Rossmore
Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Open House and Family Fun

  • Bring your family for fun activities
10:30-11:45 a.m. Best All Round Student Celebration in the Gymnasium
12:00-1:15 p.m. Athlete of the Year Celebration in the Gymnasium
6:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Saints Gala at the Belleville Armouries, 187 Pinnacle Street

  • Tickets available at Quinte Secondary School for $60
  • DJ and former saint performances

Extra funds from ticket sales will go to the Learning Foundation

This weekend is a time to current and former students to come together to share stories and memories about Quinte Secondary School.

For more information, please contact:

Quinte Secondary School, 613-962-9295, qss@hpedsb.on.ca

or

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Closing Celebrations for Moira Secondary School

April 30, 2018—Moira Secondary School is closing at the end of June 2018.

To celebrate the past and present students, families and community members are invited to Closing Ceremony activities (Pdf) which have been planned for Friday, May 25, 2018 and Saturday, May 26, 2018.

MOIRA SECONDARY SCHOOL: 1959-2018

275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Friday, May 25, 2018
10:30 a.m. School Assembly

  • Mohawk Greeting
  • Invited Guests
  • Vignettes from the Past
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. School Celebration BBQ by the Mike Schad field
12:30-2:30 p.m. Sports Game on the Mike Schad field

Student/Staff Games in the Ken Smith Gymnasium

4:00-7:00 p.m. Open House for all Alumni and other Members of the Community

  • School Tours
  • Decade Rooms
7:00 p.m. Moira Murder Mystery Play “A Game’s Afoot”

  • Tickets at the door for $10. All are welcome.
8:00 p.m. Decades Social Event for all Alumni and other Members of the Community

  • 1960 – 1970s Graduates to meet at The Beaufort Pub, 173 Dundas East, Belleville
  • 1980 – 1990s  Graduates to meet at The Red Lion Pub, 211 Coleman Street, Belleville
  • 2000s+ Graduates to meet at The Dugout, 514 Dundas Street East, Belleville
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Open House for all Alumni and other Members of the Community

  • School Tours
  • Decade Rooms
  • Silent Auction
  • Memorabilia Table
  • Photo Booth

Proceeds and Donations will go to Food for Learning

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mohawk Spring Celebration

Traditional Dance, Music and Games

1:00-3:00 p.m. Activities for Children

Afternoon Tea Room

Donations will go to Food for Learning

7:00 p.m. Moira Murder Mystery Play “A Game’s Afoot”

  • Tickets at the door for $10. All are welcome.

This weekend is a time to celebrate the history of Moira Secondary School. All are welcome to attend the events, reconnect and share individual memories.

For more information, please contact:

Moira Secondary School, 613-962-8668, mss@hpedsb.on.ca

or

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

“Ignite the Fire” Indigenous Studies Student Symposium

April 26, 2018—Over 300 secondary school students from eight schools will participate in a student symposium related to Indigenous Studies.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Monday, April 30, 2018
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College, Belleville

Keynote speaker Michael Redhead Champagne (see below for more information) from Winnipeg, will talk about students being changemakers.

Ignite the Fire will provide students with a better understanding and sense of empowerment to make positive change as learners and leaders. The goal of this event is to provide a forum for students and educators to learn and discuss:

  • what Indigenous perspective is and means;
  • how everyone is a part of contemporary Indigenous issues;
  • teachings from multiple cultures and perspectives;
  • the importance of relationships as we move toward reconciliation; and
  • how they can become changemakers.

Students will participate in workshops led by Indigenous presenters from several different Indigenous communities across Canada.

Workshop topics 

  • Residential Schools: Our History, Our Story, Our Legacy by Tanya (Shoo-Shoo) King- Maracle
  • Pillars of Calm, Positivity and Perseverance, by Joe Brant (Thohtharatye)
  • Importance of Treating Each Other with Patience and with a Good Heart, by Christine Luckasavitch
  • DNA – Dedicated Native Awareness, by Nimkii Osawamick
  • Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge and World View, by Nancy Rowe (Giidaakunadaad)
  • Youth Empowerment and Indigenous Rights Awareness, by Gabrielle Fayant
  • Storytelling, by Daniel Richer
  • Art as Healing for Self-care and Self expression, by Aura
  • Re-connections, by Bill Montgomery
  • Conveying Cultural Values through Art, by Deron Douglas Ahsén:nase

Agenda

  • 8:55 to 9:00 a.m Welcome in the Link Lounge
  • 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Creating the Spark, Michael Champagne, Keynote Speaker
  • 10:10 to 11:10 a.m. Workshop sessions 1
  • 12:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Workshop sessions 2
  • 1:25 to 2:00 p.m. Closing Keynote

Background on Michael Redhead Champagne

Michael Redhead Champagne has spent nearly two decades speaking out and leading by example. He takes a hopeful and solution oriented approach to youth engagement, facilitation, community organizing and mobilization.

The list of accolades for his work is both lengthy and well deserved. He was recognized as the 2016 Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year and in TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader. In 2016, Michael served on the Bank of Canada’s bank note advisory committee with a task of creating a short list of women nominated by the public to appear on a new bank note. Michael has also received a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award as well as recognition as a CBC Manitoba Future 40 leader, a Manitoba Hero, and a Future Leader of Manitoba.

As the founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities), he is committed to a wide variety of important community initiatives including Meet Me at the Bell Tower, AYO Politix, ARROWS Youth Engagement Strategy, 13 Fires, Fearless R2W and Winnipeg Water Wednesday. Michael has served as president of North End Community Renewal Corporation, a board member for the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and is currently serving on the board for Marymound Inc. His committee work currently includes United Way of Winnipeg’s Council for Indigenous Relations and is an advisor to the Garden of Compassion initiative.

In January 2018 alone MC has helped announce a new texting service with Kids Help Phone and has been recognized with a Meritorious Service Decoration from the Governor General of Canada.

Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action.

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

“What’s Next?!” event for students entering the workforce

April 23, 2018—Students from eight secondary schools are looking forward to participating in the “What’s Next?!” conference. It is a hands-on learning day for students who are entering the workforce immediately upon graduation, or who are senior students in looking for assistance to secure a part-time job.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, Belleville

The keynote speaker is Robert Watt, President and Founder of RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons.

Students will participate in workshops hosted by community partners and hear from an employer panel. Information tables will be set-up during lunch for students to find out about employment service providers and community partners.

Workshop topics 

  • Tenant Rights
  • Financial Literacy Basics
  • Job Search Planning
  • Preparing for the Interview
  • Improving Soft Skills
  • Achieving Success in Your New Job
  • Consumer Law
  • Your Social Media Presence
  • Be Your Own Boss

Agenda

  • 9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Opening remarks
  • 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Keynote speaker
  • 10:10 to 11:00 a.m. Workshop session 1
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Workshop session 2
  • 12:25 to 1:10 p.m. Panel presentation

This event was piloted with three secondary schools in 2017. Students found it helpful which led to it being offered to all eight now. Last year students asked questions, made connections with each other and the presenters, developed an understanding of potential future paths and learned how to plan for success after high school.

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

EVENT: Moira Secondary School presents Moira Idol 2018

April 17, 2018—Moira Secondary School is excited to announce the upcoming Moira Idol event (Pdf).

Moira Idol 2018
Moira Idol, Thursday April 19, 2018

DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2018

TIME:  6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Ave, Belleville

COST: $5.00 charge at the door

Moira Idol is a spin off of the popular television show Canadian Idol, a competition where singers perform and are judged.

Brett McNaueal will be judging Moira Idol. Brett began writing and playing music at the age of 12. His expansive knowledge of music enabled him to work as a radio personality at a local radio station and as a musical in a number of bands.

All are welcome to come out and enjoy Moira Secondary School student performances.

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

Elementary school students prepare to celebrate music at BandFest 2018

event poster
Elementary school students are preparing to take to the stage for BandFest 2018. Each participating elementary band will receive a recording of its performance, a live adjudication, as well as a private workshop with a professional conductor.

April 13, 2018—Elementary school students are preparing to take to the stage for BandFest 2018.

Event details
DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

BandFest 2018 will include live music performed by students, multiple adjudicators, workshops and a formal warm-up room.  And new this year—the Quinte Symphony Masterclasses for specific instrument groups.

Each participating elementary band will receive a recording of its performance, a live adjudication, as well as a private workshop with a professional conductor. The bands may be either classroom-based or extracurricular and must include, but are not limited to, woodwind and/or brass instruments.

Background

In April 2016, HPEDSB held its first annual BandFest which hosted over 200 students from nine different bands across the region. This event was a non-competitive board wide festival for elementary school bands. With no trophies, ribbons or ranking systems, it was a chance for students who had practiced since September to perform for, and listen to an audience of their peers.

All parents/families are welcome to attend to see elementary school bands in action!

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

North Hastings High Music teacher delivers instruments in style

April 12, 2018—The Music program at North Hastings High School needed new instruments to thrive. Thanks to MusiCounts Canada and Volkswagen Canada, they were delivered in a VW Golf to surprise students!

“The French horns and oboes that we received from Volkswagen via MusiCounts are in full use in our instrument fleet. I actually have a French horn ensemble now, which is pretty much unheard of for a school our size,” said Dianne Winmill, recipient of the 2017 MusiCounts Canadian Teacher of the Year Award.

Related: National music award for North Hastings HS teacher

According to Winmill it’s amazing how many instruments you can fit in a Golf model.

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

 

Students raised $3,078 for a local charity

March 27, 2018—Students at seven elementary schools demonstrated care for their community through a fundraising activity. They participated in school-based dodgeball tournaments and raised money for the Child Bereavement Fund of the Belleville General Hospital Foundation.

The tournaments happened on March 8 and 9, 2018 during Random Acts of Kindness Week. They were connected to a local event called the Butterfly Run which raises funds to support families who have experienced loss during a pregnancy or the loss of a young child. The students raised $3,078 for the cause.

Canteens were set up at some schools, with music and teamwork making for an active, fun day.

Two founding members of the Butterfly Run, Loralee McInroy and Barb Matteucci, were at the Harmony Public School event and spoke with Intermediate students about the importance of the cause.

Thank you to students and staff from the participating schools:

  • Harmony Public School
  • Kente Public School
  • Park Dale School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Trent River Public School
  • Tyendinaga Public School
  • York River Public School

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

Queen Elizabeth School students to take over Glanmore House for a day, April 7, 2018

Glanmore National Historic Site
Grade 7/8 Student Leadership Program students take over the Glanmore House on April 7, 2018.

March 23, 2018 – Grade 7-8 Student Leadership Program students from Queen Elizabeth School are hosting a Takeover Day event at Glanmore National Historic Site.

Takeover Day is an educational event that allows us to learn about our past, learn more about the history of Canada and our great city while being creative, having fun and developing leadership skills.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Saturday, April 7, 2018

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Glanmore National Historic Site, 257 Bridge Street East, Belleville

ADMISSION: Free

Taking part in this event provides experiential learning and volunteering for the students in the Student Leadership class who learn, share and engage with others at the Glanmore National Historic Site. Some of their responsibilities will include greeting visitors, running activities and unveiling a temporary exhibit about the Munson shipwreck. Speeches from students and special guests will take place from 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The museum cares for an extensive collection of antique furniture, paintings and ceramics. Local history is highlighted in Glanmore’s lower level, and includes the Early Homestead exhibit and Maid of All Work: Domestic Service at Glanmore.

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

PARENT/COMMUNITY EVENT: Internet Safety seminar at V.P. Carswell Elementary School

PECI Presents The Original Musical 'The Trouble With Gingerbread: A Hansel & Gretel StoryMarch 8, 2018—Parents/guardians and community members are invited to attend an Internet Safety seminar (Pdf).

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
TIME:  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: V.P. Carswell Elementary School, 4 Seneca Drive, Trenton

Children are increasingly using internet technology, social media platforms, and apps that allow them to communicate with virtually anyone. As parents and guardians the rapid advances in technology present new and ever evolving challenges that can feel overwhelming as we strive to keep our children safe online.

Matt Richardson, Internet Safety Consultant will talk about reinforcing messages around healthy relationships and positive self-image and provide parents and guardians with practical, age appropriate advice for framing conversations on internet and personal safety in a positive and empowering way that will inspire rather than instill fear.

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

French Immersion registration at Madoc PS, Prince Charles PS, Trenton and Queen Elizabeth School, Picton has been extended to March 2, 2018

February 26 2018— French Immersion (Grades 4 – 8) is an elective program offered for students beginning in Grade 4, in various regions of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. The deadline to register for French Immersion at Madoc Public School, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) and Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) has been extended to Friday, March 2, 2018. The continuation of this program is dependent upon additional registrations.

A letter providing more information is being sent home to families:

The registration package can be found on the French Immersion program page. Completed registration packages must be submitted to your child’s school by Friday, March 2, 2018.

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

EVENT: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute presents The Original Musical ‘The Trouble With Gingerbread: A Hansel & Gretel Story’

PECI Presents The Original Musical 'The Trouble With Gingerbread: A Hansel & Gretel StoryFebruary 26 2018—Prince Edward Collegiate Institute presents The Original Musical ‘The Trouble With Gingerbread: A Hansel & Gretel Story’

EVENT DETAILS

DATES:
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, Gym A, 41 Barker Street, Picton

Admission is free and tickets are available at Books & Co., 289 Picton Main St, Picton

Come with us to the County of Prince Eddy and the town of Bloomington.  Here, twin brother and sister Hansel and Gretel need to overturn a curse placed upon their family by the evil witch, Grigella.  Aiding them are their parents Henrietta and Rupert, the County Jack of all Trades, Biff, a Golden Rooster named Bob, and a mystical Oracle.  Rock along with some familiar tunes as the twins and their parents set off on an adventure down Trail 49 to the Deep, Dark Woods, where a curse might be overturned, and some lessons might be learned along the way.

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

EVENT: Open House & Closing Ceremony for Earl Prentice Public School

February 26, 2018—Earl Prentice Public School will be hosting an Open House & Closing Ceremony to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

DATE: Saturday, March 3, 2018

TIME:  1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Earl Prentice Public School, 17 William Street, Marmora

The school is consolidating with Marmora Public School on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Background

The Ministry of Education announced funding in November 2015 to build an addition and renovations at Marmora Senior Public School. The funding was in response to a capital priority business case submitted to the Ministry of Education in the summer of 2015. The submission was for the construction of an addition to and renovation of the existing Marmora Senior Public School to create a JK to Grade 8 school to accommodate students from Earl Prentice Public School (presently JK to Grade 3) and  Marmora Senior Public School (presently Grade 4 to 8). The addition includes five new classrooms and a new double-size gym. The existing single-size gym was converted to a learning commons/library.

The overall project cost was estimated to be $3.7 million, with Ministry of Education funding of $3.2 million and the additional $500,000 coming from school board building renewal funds.

The new name, Marmora Public School, became effective January 8, 2018.

All are welcome to these community events to visit with current and former staff, students and community partners.

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

Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten RegistrationTeacher Heidi and Early Childhood Educator Christa invite you to register your child for Kindergarten Speaker (MP3)

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families.

All our elementary schools offer Kindergarten for Year 1 (JK) and Year 2 (SK).

New this year: online pre-registration


View the Kindergarten pre-registration help video for instructions on how to complete online registration.

If you are unable to register online, contact the public school in your community to arrange an appointment. Registration takes approximately 15 minutes.

You will need to take the following documentation to the school:

  1. Your child’s birth certificate or passport as official proof of the child’s date of birth and legal name*
  2. Your child’s immunization card
  3. Precise information about the residence location, including lot, concession, postal code and 911 address
  4. Legal custody orders, if applicable

For Junior Kindergarten, children must be four years old in 2018 (born in 2014). For Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years old in 2018 (born in 2013). If your child is currently in Year 1 (JK), you do not need to register again for Year 2 (SK).

*To apply for a birth certificate, follow these steps:

  1. If you have access to a computer and a major credit card, visit ServiceOntario to complete an online application. Submit the form and pay online using a credit card. The birth certificate will be delivered to you.
  2. If you do not have access to a computer, contact your local MPP’s office.

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

Students prepare for the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races

January 30, 2018—It’s been an exciting learning experience for students from three HPEDSB elementary schools. They’ve been researching, building and testing floating structures leading up to the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races.

During the competition tomorrow, January 31, 2018, these Grade 7 and 8 students will test their ability to build a floating structure that will outperform others in speed and weight challenges.

photo of a prototype cardboard boat
The unsinkable! The reinforced base provided the needed support.

students working together creating a design
The team plans its boat design.

group of students testing a small cardboard boat in a bucket of water
Calculating how much weight each boat will hold.

students cutting out cardboard on the floor
Starting to build their scaled boats.

Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must use their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4′ by 8′ corrugated cardboard and some duct tape.

Students will be judged on quality of construction, planning and design, safety and cleanliness, teamwork and team spirit, visual appeal, and essential skills knowledge. There will also be a speed and a weight challenge.

This competition involves students from four area school boards. HPEDSB schools involved include the following:

  • two teams from Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • two teams from Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • there is one team from Susanna Moodie Elementary School

The competition takes place at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Dates of French Immersion and Extended French information sessions

December 22, 2017—Students and families are invited to learn about French Immersion and Extended French programs, and find out how to register.

French Immersion Information Sessions
School  Date and time
Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Bayside Public School 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Harry J. Clarke Public School 6:00 p.m., Monday, February 5, 2018
Madoc Public School 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018  cancelled due to weather

New date: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Extended French Information Sessions
York River Public School 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2018
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR BOTH PROGRAMS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

PECI’s Venture Enrichment Program & Arts Plus Program Info Night: Thursday, February 15, 2018

January 29, 2018—Students and families are invited to attend an Information Session to find out more about the Venture Enrichment Program (Pdf) and the ACE Arts Plus Program (Pdf) being offered at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

ACE Arts Plus Program 

This program focuses on artistic skills, community connections and entrepreneurial opportunities. Students will access individualized programs in the senior grades to develop artistic passions.

Venture Enrichment Program

Through problem-solving and inquiry based learning, students in this program will rise to academic challenges. The Venture Enrichment Program offers unique learning opportunities for motivated scholastic students.

INFORMATION SESSION
DATE: Thursday, February 15, 2018

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

All are welcome to attend and learn more about these engaging Grade 9 programs being offered in September 2018.

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

Parent Info Sessions: Destinations Program, Monday, February 5, 2018 and Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Destinations Program for Grade 7 and 8 studentsDestinations Program
The Destinations Program (Pdf) is for Grade 7 and 8 students who are innately curious and passionate about learning.

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Monday, February 5, 2018
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 376 Avon Lough Road, Belleville

DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 135 MacDonald Avenue, Belleville

About the Destinations Program
Through active inquiries, students will explore their role in the world, and further their sense of social justice. They will be given the opportunity to become active and responsible citizens who are internationally-minded and technologically savvy.

In the Destinations classroom, students inspire and motivate each other to become life-long learners, and proficient digital navigators. The program develops students who take steps to create a better and more peaceful world.

The Destinations Program is aligned with the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum for Grades 7 and 8. It is built on five central themes that guide our approach to teaching and learning.

Learn more information about the Destinations Program online. Registration is required by Friday, February 23, 2018.

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

Dates of student and family open houses at secondary schools

December 22, 2017—Transitioning to secondary school is an exciting time for students and their families.

Secondary schools are now accepting registrations for September Speaker (MP3)

Our schools open their doors to showcase their learning environments, facilities and programs through orientation days for students and open houses for families.

DATES OF ORIENTATION DAYS FOR GRADE 8 STUDENTS AND OPEN HOUSES FOR FAMILIES

Bayside Secondary School

  • Grade 8 Parent Night, Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Centennial Secondary School

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Student visits 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Family Open House 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Centre Hastings Secondary School

  • Student visits Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Family Open House Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Moira Secondary School

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Student visits 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Family Open House 6:30 p.m.

North Hastings High School

  • Family Open House Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

  • Grade 8 Orientation Day Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Grade 8 Parent Night Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Grade 8 Venture & ACE Arts PLUS Parent Night Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Quinte Secondary School

  • Family Open House Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Trenton High School

  • Student visits November 30, 2017
  • Family Open Houses at elementary feeder schools on February 6, 7 and 8

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

Intermediate Student Leadership Program Information Night: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January 12, 2018—Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out more about the Intermediate Student Leadership Program that is offered to Grade 7 and 8 students at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Belleville.

The program is a hands on approach to learning that directly involves building relationships with community partners and organizations. Through inquiry and student driven action plans students experience real life connections and volunteer opportunities. Linking curriculum with leadership opportunities allow students to learn the value of their voice and ability to create change with their actions.

Intermediate Student Leadership brochure (Pdf)

Intermediate Student Leadership application pkg with application form (Pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 135 Macdonald Avenue, Belleville (in the Library)

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Elizabeth Public School office by Thursday, February 22, 2018. Interviews will be held March 20, 2018.

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

Adventure Class Information Night: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 15, 2018—Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about the primary and junior Adventure Classes at Queen Victoria School in the 2018-2019 school year.

The Adventure Class is a unique education program where students in grades 1-6 learn with the shared support of teachers, families and community. This information session will go over the program outline, process overview, answer questions and tour the classrooms.

Adventure Class brochure (Pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

*Please note that in the case of inclement weather the snow date will be Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Victoria School office by Monday, February 2, 2018.

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

“Retail Therapy” performance coming to Centennial Secondary School

December 11, 2017—Students at Centennial Secondary School are preparing for upcoming drama performances.

They’re rehearsing lines, practising roles, creating sets and designing costumes. The Centennial Drama League is almost ready to present “Retail Therapy,” which consists of three original one-act plays.

EVENT DETAILS: “Retail Therapy”
DATES/TIMES: January 18, 19 at 7:00 p.m., and January 20 at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Auditorium, Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 for January 18 and 20; $25 for January 19 which includes a dessert buffet. Tickets can be purchased at the school, Red Ball Radio, Sam the Record Man, or at the door.

If you have ever worked retail, you know that anything can happen in a day. Who are the people who walk through the doors? What are the looking for?

The three original plays, by local playwrights, look at different aspects of the retail experience—the humour, the staff, the customers, the mysteries and the potential drama. The evening will also feature a variety of talented singers and dancer as interludes.

Storylines

The first play is The Ice Cream Shop by Jacob Green. Themes such as friendship, trust, and questioning the value of “free advice” lead the audience on a ride that takes them into a new business venture being developed by best friends and very young entrepreneurs.  

 

In Terry’s TV Repair by Richard Lummiss, the main character greets us from his well-established TV repair shop. He’s been in business so long that he has seen a lot of  the changes in technology. He encounters a fresh-faced young man who is trying to understand his parents’ recent separation. Terry’s TV Repair examines of the dynamics of a family and the interconnectedness of people through the generations, and it rings true.  

 

The final play of the evening is Orchids on Main by Lise Lindenberg. It is set in a flower shop where a sister and brother get orders ready. An unexpected theft pulls them off the task and creates a stressful situation. When a customer recognizes another customer in the shop, the action amps up and we begin to wonder if they’ll ever meet their deadlines. In this mystery, we watch as the family tie is strained between siblings and we have to wait for the exciting conclusion.  

 

In some ways, all these plays about retail are tales of mending relationships. In the midst of the business of retail there was therapy. It may not be the usual form of therapy one gets from spending and buying, but a subtler form that will have long-lasting effects. Centennial is proud to assemble these plays with such a dynamic group of students working on stage and behind the scenes. It will be the best bargain in town!  

 

If Honest Ed had a sign for this entertainment, it would read “Honest Ed is for the theatre birds – Cheap Cheap Cheap.”

 

For more information, please call Centennial Secondary School at 613-962-9233.

 

Paul Pickard, Principal, Centre Hastings SS recipient of Canada 150 Commemorative Coin

December 6, 2017—Congratulations to Paul Pickard, Principal, Centre Hastings Secondary School on being recognized for his high level of individual excellence and achievement.

Pickard was one of 60 people presented with a Canada 150 Commemorative Coin by MP Neil Ellis at a ceremony earlier this month.

An article on countylive.ca describes more about the recipients and presentations.

According to the article, Pickard was recognized for his efforts during his time as principal at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Picton. He often went above and beyond his typical work duties. Playing key roles in the school’s breakfast program, student council, lunch club and coaching numerous sports teams. Pickard has also been an active member of the Quinte Blades Speed Skating Club acting as registrar, web master and coach.

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 Teacher David Reed recognized for excellence in music

December 1, 2017—Music teacher David Reed, Centennial Secondary School, has a love of music that he shares with students on a daily basis.

His efforts to engage students in authentic learning experiences were recently shared in an article in The Globe and Mail  https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/music-teacher-david-reed-brings-in-professionals-to-work-with-students/article37111006/

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

YMCA Peace Medal for Teacher Nicola Toomath

December 1, 2017—Congratulations to Teacher Nicola Toomath, a recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal.

Toomath, a teacher at V.P. Carswell Elementary School in Trenton, founded the charity Students for Africa. It is rooted in the volunteerism and friendship of youth and for the benefit of students in Tanzania. Their work focuses on nursery schools, teacher training, school lunches, repairs and construction, and supplies.

Her award was presented at a ceremony on November 23, 2017.

Read more online at:

InQuinte.ca http://inquinte.ca/story/local-teacher-receives-peace-medal-for-helping-students-in-africa

Quinte News: http://www.quintenews.com/2017/11/ymca-peace-medal-awarded-local-teacher/162748/

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

EVENT: International Baccalaureate & Foundations Information Session

Students and their parents/guardians are invited to an information session (Pdf) to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) & Foundations Programme.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
REGISTER: online –  https://goo.gl/rLe5r4

The Foundations and International Baccalaureate Programme provides an enriching educational environment through enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry which fosters a spirit of discovery and an enjoyment of learning. We strive to provide excellent instruction within the classroom and through experiential learning.  Go to the website to learn more: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/

Applications for entry to the grade 9, 10 and 11 programs will be available at this session.

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Social Networking and Online Safety at Tweed Elementary School

November 8, 2017—Tweed Elementary School is hosting a social media/online safety event parents/guardians and community members.

The presenter Paul Davis, is a social network and online safety expert.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tweed Elementary School, 52 McClellan Street, Tweed

Topics to be covered include the following:

  • Snapchat
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Smartphones and digital trails
  • Cyberbullying, texting and sexting
  • Online gaming
  • Online security

Davis has a vast amount of expertise in social media and online safety having presented throughout Canada and the United States for many years. Participants will leave this presentation knowing more about social media safety than they do now and may even convince some to change how they’re using using social media themselves.

Students in Grade 4 to 8 will attend a presentation during the day.

This event was made possible through a Parent Involvement Grant.

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

Maynooth PS students learn Indigenous history, learn drumming

October 31, 2017—Students at Maynooth Public School care about their community.

They celebrated that every child matters on September 28, 2017 in partnership with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation.

The students role played what it might have been like to be in a residential school and specifically feeling segregated. Elder Ada and three other drummers spoke with students about about the importance of community, of looking at the whole and of connecting with earth.

During a drumming circle that followed, the drummers reminded the students about the etiquette of handling drums and shakers, and the importance of paying attention to the lead drummer to ensure that the music stays in sync. Each student had a turn playing an instrument along with a drummer.

“This was a very impactful  experience for both staff and students,” said Lisa Resmer, Principal. “We are so lucky to have a continued presence in our school with Ada Elder and a strong connection with Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation. Their drumming of the heartbeat of Mother Earth brings us all to one common place where every child matters,” she added.

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

 

Moira SS celebrates the fall harvest, new mural and commemorative plaques

October 17, 2017—It started as a request from a student to paint a mural at Moira Secondary School and evolved to the vision of school staff recognizing the deep cultural backgrounds of the school community.

In the written proposal, the student conveyed that an Indigenous mural would bring excitement to the school community and show school spirit.

The colourful, new mural certainly accomplished that at Moira Secondary School!

A celebration on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 was the culmination of six months of learning and work on the project tetewatate:ken: we are connected as one. The celebration involved a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mural ; unveiling two  plaques (one written in English, one written in Mohawk) commemorating the lands on which the school is located; and the annual Harvest Festival, which is an autumn Mohawk tradition to celebrate bringing in the crops.

Students and staff participated in various experiential trips as part of this Ministry of Education-funded project. They travelled to areas of local indigenous interest to learn about the culture and history of Indigenous education. One excursion was to the Kanhiote library on the Tyendinaga territory. While there they met with Amy Cowie, research assistant for the Mohawks Bay of Quinte.

Students were actively  involved in designing and painting the mural with artist Maureen Walton. Four students were influential members of our initiative committee and more than forty painted the mural under Walton’s coaching.

The mural creation was documented through augmented reality interactive technology, which provided students with another learning opportunity.

ribbon cutting ceremony

centre section of the mural

commemorative plaque in Englishcommemorative plaque in Mohawk

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Tony Melendez equity and inclusivity presentations engage students

October 16, 2017—The concept of learning to reflect on perspectives about equity and inclusivity are at the core of presentations happening at area schools.

Schools throughout the district are hosting Tony Melendez, an author and musician who was born without arms.

Melendez has learned to play the guitar with his feet. His presentation is about overcoming obstacles and persevering through tough times. His messages are about breaking down stereotypes and stigma for people with disabilities. The presentation has inspirational theme, using music and personal stories to challenge youth to consider their perspectives on equity and inclusivity.

Schools were invited to host presentations on a first-come, first-served basis, with the following hosting  presentations:

  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • Trenton High School
  • York River Public School

Melendez presented to North Hastings High School students during the last school year and was well-received by students and adults alike.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Students learned about living in poverty at Poverty Challenge Quinte

October 12, 2017—Students from secondary schools experienced what it’s like to live in poverty at the Poverty Challenge Quinte.

During this one-day event they participated in a simulation where they explored what it is like to access social services, such as applying for social assistance, getting a birth certificate for their children or registering for school as a teenager who has no parent/guardian connection. They gained an understanding of poverty issues, contexts and barriers within the local and provincial areas.

Debriefing sessions supported the exploration of concepts of equity.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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Students participated in a simulation at Poverty Challenge Quinte. Here they have assumed the identity of someone who is applying for social assistance benefits.
student at food bank simulation
A students is engaging in a simulation activity of applying for food at the local food bank.

 

 

post card with written actions
At the end of the day, students participated in a debriefing session where they filled out a post cards with actions to take back to their school. This student committed to ‘make everyone feel welcome and not discriminate.’
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