#KPRisAwesome Update, June 19-23, 2017
- Miigwech (thanks) go to Alderville First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation for their leadership in hosting the most recent Pow Wows at Roseneath Centennial PS and North Shore PS. The long-running Pow Wows and other year-round events across KPR help all students understand the rich culture, contributions and traditions of Indigenous peoples, and celebrate the unique strengths and perspectives of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students and families. The Pow Wow at Roseneath included a surprise, when Métis community representative Andy Dufrane presented Principal Troy MacKenzie with a Métis sash.
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- That’s one gorgeous podium, thanks to the hard word of Bowmanville HS students Will Krummenacher, Jacob Grant and Jamie Barrie. The three students in Thomas Siebenga’s Custom Woodworking class worked hard on the project, with communications technology teacher David Hoare providing support in creating the school logo on the school’s CNC (computer numerical control) machine. The podium was presented to the school at its Last Blast Assembly, where the trio of students was thanked for the high quality work. The podium will be used at all school events taking place in the auditorium as well as at graduation.
- Congratulations go to Kim Leger’s students at East Northumberland SS. The students recently won the gold medal for Bocce at the Special Olympics provincials in Niagara. Way to go
- ‘Tis the season for year-end class trips, plays, performances, school fairs...basically, all the fun things we anticipated excitedly when we were in elementary school. Whether taking nearby jaunts to Ganaraska Forest, the Black Oak Savanna or a KPR Outdoor Education Centre, or journeying to Toronto or Ottawa, KPR students are enjoying special activities that make learning exciting and memorable. Meanwhile, KPR wishes all the best to secondary students as they study for, and write, their final exams. Check out some tips for reducing test anxiety, posted on KPR’s home page at kprschools.ca
- Congratulations go to Warsaw PS, where every class has its own garden. Students, teachers and volunteers work hard in the spring to plant seeds that will grow throughout the summer. Students work the soil and plant the seeds with the help of two awesome parents and gardening experts, Dawn Dummitt and Cathy Hooper. One class plants popcorn and potatoes each spring, while other classes harvest – and happily eat – carrots. Principal Janice Mackenzie says the gardens result in “a ton of great learning” for students. Warsaw PS recently received recognition from Peterborough Public Health for its school gardens.
- Hats off to Courtice North PS student Logan Gamsby on his Canadian title in Muay Thai.
- Students in two Grade 9 Visual Arts classes at Courtice SS created relief self-portraits out of clay, fired them in a kiln, then glazed them to represent the turtle and medicine wheel. Their creation is part of month-long First Nation, Métis and Inuit celebrations at the school. It sits in the halls with a thank you note to all the staff and students who helped organize, and participate in, the celebration of Indigenous peoples.
- Laura Smith’s Grade 3 students at Edmison Heights PS successfully raised almost $4,200 in their yard sale last weekend, to help reunite a Syrian family displaced by war. Kudos go to the students, staff, parents and family members who helped out at the sale on Saturday.
- Students at Bowmanville HS once again are giving commuters to Toronto a cheerful ride on the GO Train and bus this Thursday, June 21. Rhonda Story’s Students On The Leading Edge (SOLE) Leadership class will perform random acts of kindness as they ride on the morning commute from Bowmanville to Union Station for Commute with Kindness Day. It will mark the second time BHS students have worked with Metrolinx, which will document the #CommuteWithKindness efforts. The students will be picked up in two groups at the Bowmanville GO Bus stop across from Metro, and return in early afternoon. For additional information, please contact Bowmanville HS Principal Jamie Patenall or teacher Rhonda Story at 905-623-4416.
- When the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation issued the Caring Kids Challenge to raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Highland Heights PS responded enthusiastically. PRHC representatives will visit Highland Heights June 28 at 9:15 a.m. to honour the school for raising the most support this year, a total of $1,779.15. For details, email the principal at firstname.lastname@example.org
- KPR is busily preparing for Summer School, which will run July 4–31 at Adam Scott CVI in Peterborough, Clarington Central SS in Bowmanville, and Northumberland CIS in Cobourg. Check out the details on our website.
Check out KPR’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar to see important dates coming up this month and beyond.
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