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3D Printing in an Elementary School Setting
By Carl Bull, Vice-Principal, L.A. Desmarais
Imagine a geometry assignment that you literally have to pull students away from, one that targets multiple curriculum objectives as well as connects them to a myriad of well-paying career opportunities. I have been involved in one such activity, the increasingly ubiquitous technology of 3D printing. This process has been employed by a diverse array of North American companies utilizing it to produce houses, cakes, artificial limbs, car parts and a multitude of other objects.
Interestingly, this process is leading a resurgence of the manufacturing industry in North America, particularly for small businesses due to its affordability, reliance on creativity and scalability. This quality, and many others, makes it a perfect STEM-based activity to engage our pupils.
Creating a play structure for all students at Thomas D’Arcy McGee
By Jacob Chouinard
Communications and Technology Officer
Recreational activity in elementary school is an important part of the day and it normally takes place at recess with other students. For many years Thomas D’Arcy McGee students have been playing on a large green field on school property at recess.
However, some students in the Developmental Education (DE) program use the assistance of wheelchairs or walkers and it is more difficult for them to play with other students in the school yard.
Former Thomas D’Arcy McGee Principal, Deborah Langdon and the school community decided that their school was in dire need of a play structure that would allow for all the students to play and socialize together on school premises. As a result, Thomas D’Arcy McGee Catholic school started to develop a plan to build an inclusive play structure on school property.
St. Charles College reduces suspensions from 300 to 10 in just two years
By Stephanie Zakhem
Based in Sudbury, St. Charles College serves students in the Catholic faith-based community, offering both regular and French Immersion programs.
In 2015, St. Charles developed a program for disengaged students, called Open Doors. It was created with the intention to reduce suspension rates at the school. Staff at St. Charles “believed that sending students home was not the answer and rather was simply rewarding them,” said Principal Patty Mardero, adding that parents of the students wholeheartedly agreed with that.
Ontario student helps her team win an Olympic medal
By Stephanie Zakhem
Photos courtesy of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
Deanne Rose is a student at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in New Tecumseth, ON, and a soccer player who plays for Canada women’s national soccer team. In August 2016, she aided Canada to win their second Olympic bronze medal after scoring the game-opening goal during the third-place match against Brazil.
Deanne has been a student at St. Thomas since September 2013 when she enrolled in Grade 9. She is known throughout the school as a quiet, humble and very kind young lady with a contagious laugh.
LDCSB has the trip of a lifetime
by Linda Staudt
Linda Staudt, Director of Education at the London District Catholic School Board, recently returned from an unforgettable trip to China.
Below is a letter written by Linda, following her trip:
I, along with Principal Ana Fernandes, returned from an experience unparalleled to anything I’ve witnessed in my 31 years as an educator. Through We Are Young II, east met west.
We Are Young is in its second season and is produced for CCTV2, part of the CCTV Group, which is China’s largest broadcaster. The series promotes cross-cultural understanding, personal growth and experiencing life in a whole new way. Five Grade 11 students from Mother Teresa swapped countries, schools and lives with students from China for the popular reality TV series.
It was with great pride that I along with Ana, Aaron, Christina, Emmanuel, Diana and Natalia represented Canada, LDCSB and Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School.