Presenting the 29th Annual Secondary School Art Show

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The promotional poster for Reality, the 28th Annual Secondary Art Show, created by Marika Tamura, Centennial Secondary School.

March 10, 2017—Students are looking forward to participating in the 29th Annual Secondary School Art Show.

Art Exhibition
DATE: April 6 – 26, 2017
LOCATION: John M. Parrot Art Gallery, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

This event continues to be a spectacular way to showcase the creativity and personal expression of secondary Visual Arts students in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Under the guidance and expertise of Art teachers, students have learned to explore and apply a variety of media, materials, technologies, tools and techniques using the application of elements and principles of design.

Additional learning has been to prepare the art works for presentation to a broad community audience and to understand the effect of the Arts in everyday lives. These pieces demonstrate student learning of Ontario curriculum requirements.

Works/techniques on exhibit include the following:

  • Drawing: pencil, pencil crayon and ink
  • Printmaking: dry point prints, mono-prints, collagraphs and colour reduction lino block prints
  • Acrylic painting and mixed media
  • Sculpture
  • Photography

Visitors will be impressed with the creativity and high calibre of works on display. This is an event to pen into your schedule!

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

Presenting the Trenton High School Spring Arts Extravaganza

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Trenton High School is hosing a Spring Arts Extravaganza to launch their art gallery and celebrate the Arts.

April 13, 2017—Trenton High School is hosting an Spring Arts Extravaganza to launch their new art gallery and celebrate the Arts.

DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

Trenton High School students are proud to showcase their artistic talents in various forms.

This event will include the following:

  • Student artwork
  • Music performances
  • Drama presentations
  • Student crafts


Student crafts will be on sale: ceramic bowls, refinished furniture, fused glass jewellery, unique batik pillows and various prints. All proceeds go toward art supplies for Trenton High School.

This free event is open to the community and Arts lovers of all ages.

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

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute welcomes Grade 9 Panthers into the PECI family

September 26, 2017—Prince Edward Collegiate Institute celebrated Grade 9 Day on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. It was a day filled with fun, team building activities to welcome and inspire Grade 9 students.

Take a look at the article on The 10 different team-building events were captured on this remarkable day.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354,

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.


DATE: Saturday, April 7, 2018

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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


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,

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,

Sophiasburgh students to participate in Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room opening

June 9, 2017—Students at Sophiasburgh Central School are excited to be part of the launch and dedication of the first Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room in Canada. It will be located in Books & Company’s café, Miss Lily’s, in Picton.


DATE: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Upstairs, Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton

In May, Sophiasburgh students participated in a transformative arts-education project to write and record songs in response to Canada’s colonial history. Students took part in The Four Directions Project, led by local not-for-profit Darkspark, an arts education organization that uses songwriting, recording and pop culture as engagement tools in schools across Canada. The Four Directions Project was conceptualized in collaboration with a Grade 8 class from the Quinte Mohawk School in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Participating youth discover how colonial prejudices and stereotypes are created and maintained – and may be broken. It also encourages youth to believe their voices can create change in their communities and world. It appears their work may have done just that by inspiring the creation of the first permanent Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room.

Summary of the student involvement from Rob McFadden, Principal

Our students in Mr. O’Brien’s Grade 7/8 class have recently been involved in an unique experiential learning opportunity. They have engaged in considering Canadian colonial history from an Indigenous perspective, including exploring the impacts of residential schools on indigenous peoples. We have done this work with a non-profit community partner, Darkspark, through the support of a Ministry of Education Community-Connected Experiential Learning grant, and a Prince Edward County Community Foundation Canada 150 Grant, the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and school funds.

Darkspark is a transformative, experiential arts education organization that uses songwriting, storytelling, and recording technologies to engage, educate and inspire youth in schools across Canada. One of Darkspark’s main goals is to contribute to the process of recovery and reconciliation by facilitating cross-cultural education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.

The project included two full days of immersive, creative ice-breakers, curriculum-based lesson plans, discussions and interaction with an Indigenous elder and artists in addition to interactive, multi-media rich presentations on the history of songwriting as a medium to create impact and change in local, national and global communities. Following this for five days, students were broken into groups of seven, and each group had the opportunity to write a song of their own, reflecting on the powerful information they have learned alongside professional songwriters, musicians and producers. After writing their song, each group took part in recording their song in a professional mobile studio.

Students’ songs are now being mixed and produced and we are ready to engage in Phase II of our project that includes outreach to our community to share our learning through presentation of the students’ work. Mr. O’Brien, Darkspark members D’Ari and Mel, and students have been working on this presentation, which will be shared with students from other Prince Edward County schools at 10:00 a.m. on June 13 at Sophiasburgh Central School, and then again with our broader community on the evening of June 13 at 7:00 in the Lipson Room at Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton. Parents and community members are welcome to join us for these events. Students are working with Mr. O’Brien to divide up responsibilities for presenting at either one of these two events or during a school-based assembly where we will present to our own students.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer,
613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354

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.

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.


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,

Students learn about life after high school at What’s Next?! event

April 27, 2017—On April 26, students from Centennial Secondary, Moira Secondary and Quinte Secondary, participated in an event hosted at Quinte that explored skills needed to transition from high school into the workforce.


What’s Next?! began with a inspiring presentation by Ryan Porter @lunch_buddy. the founder of Ruutly, an online tool that matches best candidates to posted jobs and the author of Make Your Own Lunch, a book about helping young people find their path to a successful future.

Porter talked about his journey after high school and provided three tips to “Make Your Own Lunch And Love It!”

  1. Main Ingredients – make good choices that you believe in and stand behind them.
  2. Your Recommended Daily Intake – see your vision and make sure it is achievable.
  3. Don’t Skip Lunch – stop procrastinating, the time is now!

Students attended community partner workshops following the presentation. The purpose of the sessions was to let them know about jobs and skills employers are looking for.

Workshop topics

  • Be your own boss
  • Consumer laws
  • Budgeting basics
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Tenant rights
  • Financial literacy
  • Social media presence
  • Planning your job search
  • Success in your new job
  • Improving soft skills

The What’s Next?! event was a huge success. Students asked questions and made connections, as well as developed an understanding of potential future paths and how to be successful after high school

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

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,

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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.



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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.’
Join the Movement
Join the Movement – What can you do to alleviate poverty in your community, your neighbourhood, your school?

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.

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The unsinkable! The reinforced base provided the needed support.

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The team plans its boat design.

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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,

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,

Successful Read 150 Challenge at Tweed Elementary School

Pictured are some students from each division at Tweed Elementary School. The whole school participated in Read 150 where they read 150 books by Canadian authors during the month of June 2017.
Pictured are some students from each division at Tweed Elementary School. The whole school participated in Read 150 where they read 150 books by Canadian authors during the month of June 2017.

June 28, 2017—Congratulations to students at Tweed Elementary School who were successful in the Read 150 reading challenge.

During the month of June students read 150 different books by Canadian authors. They excitedly watched as the wall of book covers was built on the wall of the Learning Commons. It was a school-wide challenge with all classes participating through read aloud and shared reading.

Each replica book cover on the wall features the name of the class that read it.

Watch a brief video of their reading journey

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

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,

Trent River PS opens to students Tuesday, February 7, 2017

January 25, 2017—The new Trent River Public School will open to students on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

As finish work continues at the site, we are now focusing all our efforts on planning a welcoming, safe and smooth transition for all students and staff.

Families of students from Breadner Elementary and College Street Public received a letter on January 24, 2017 (pdf) describing the planning for the first day of school and busing arrangements.

In order to prepare the school for students, there will be no classroom instruction on Monday, February 6, 2017. The school will be closed to students that day. Families will need to make childcare arrangements for Monday, February 6, 2017. We appreciate their understanding.

The new Trent River Public School is a vibrant facility with a modern learning environment. It has spacious classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, a learning commons and a large gymnasium.

An Opening Ceremony will take place in the coming months.

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

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:

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

Last updated: March 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm