Banting Memorial HS shows its artistic talents in celebration of Canada 150

Over the next few weeks, as we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we’re highlighting some of the Canada 150 celebrations at schools across the SCDSB.

Students at Banting Memorial High School have been busy over the past two months using their artistic talents to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. Photography, digital media and visual arts students have created artwork that is on display throughout the school.

Art classes from Grades 9-12 also participated in the Town of New Tecumseth’s garbage can decorating contest. The contest, open to all students in the township, involved students painting Canadian-inspired artwork on garbage cans for local parks and communities.

The garbage cans will be displayed during the Canada Day festivities at Riverdale Park in Alliston on July 1st. At the celebration, residents are asked to donate a non-perishable food item and vote for their favourite can. The winning can/class will receive a $250 gift card to use toward supplies for their classroom. Following Canada Day, the garbage cans will be used in parks throughout New Tecumseth. Thanks to the spectacular work of our students, these garbage cans received quite a facelift!

“It’s been so nice to see the incredible work of our students throughout the halls in celebration of Canada’s 150th,” says Jo Shako, principal, Banting Memorial HS. “Their talent will now be present for the community to see in our local parks as well. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Additional projects that the students have completed include:

  • Banting’s Great Canadian Bake Sale – hospitality
  • Sewing Canada flags and performing ‘This Land is Your Land’- life skills
  • Canadian poets media display – Grade 9 English
  • Canada 150 posters – Grade 9 geography
  • Canada 150: Historical Voices – Grade 10 history
  • Media representations: Chanie Wenjack & Canada’s Residential Schools – Grade 11 English

What a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Keep your eyes peeled for our students’ talent on garbage cans in and around New Tecumseth this summer!

Tec Beeton ES marks Canada 150 with Neema Children’s Choir, back bacon and Alanis Morissette

Over the next few weeks, as we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we’re highlighting some of the Canada 150 celebrations at schools across the SCDSB.

On June 8, Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School held a community event to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. It was an evening of Canadian activities, music and food, with local firefighters on hand to help with the cooking.

The over 250 attendees took part in totem pole chalk drawings, bean bag toss games and hockey. A playlist of Canadian musicians could be heard in the background as local fire fighters flipped back bacon and hot dogs on the grill.

Canadian artwork, facts and history filled the walls and halls of the school, including a map of Canada showing where Tec Beeton families have visited in Canada and what places still need to be explored.

At the end of the evening, the Neema Children’s Choir from Uganda, Africa performed. The Neema Children’s Choir is a group of students, aged 8 to 17, who come to Canada to raise awareness and funds for children in their country. Tec Beeton staff and students presented personalized t-shirts to each member of the choir to welcome them to the school.

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“We’re so proud to have shared our school spirit through this fun event celebrating Canada 150,” said Paula Marengeur, Teacher-Librarian, Tecumseth Beeton ES. “We raised enough to continue to sponsor our two Ugandan students from last year, Henry and Shadia, and we are hopeful that we have raised enough to sponsor a third child as our fundraising totals trickle in. Thank you to our school community for their generosity!”

Seeing the local community come together with those from far away truly encompassed what being Canadian means – welcoming the world.

A special thank you goes to the Tec Beeton School Council, Foodland, WD Potatoes, Horodynsky Farms and RBC bank for their support of this event.

Stayner Collegiate Institute celebrates Canada 150

Over the next few weeks, as we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we’re highlighting some of the Canada 150 celebrations at schools across the SCDSB.

A sea of red and white could be seen everywhere you looked around Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI) on May 18 as they hosted A Canadian Celebration event for their students and Grade 7 and 8 students from Clearview Meadows E.S., Byng P.S., Nottawasaga Creemore P.S. and New Lowell P.S.

Students enjoyed a day filled with a wide variety of workshops, activities and games including crokinole and other Canadian board games, floor hockey, football, lawn bowling, maker spaces, butter tart baking, art activities and a Great Canadian Bake Sale.

The backdrop to the day’s events were the stunning gardens blooming with 2,150 red and white tulips offered to the school from Canada’s Garden Council in conjunction with Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI. SCI’s garden is one of 149 gardens planted across Canada linked to a flagship 150th Celebration Garden Promenade in Niagara Falls.

Take a peek into the day’s events in this video:

From the artwork on the walls, to the tulips blooming in the gardens and the smiling faces of students and staff enjoying the celebration, every detail of the event was truly special for all who attended and very Canadian, eh?

Bear Creek celebrates Canada 150

Over the next few weeks, as we approach Canada’s 150 birthday on July 1, we’re highlighting some of the Canada 150 celebrations at schools across the SCDSB.

If you walk through the halls of Bear Creek Secondary School, you’ll see a display case filled with 150 items representing Canada. From Tim Horton cups, Roots apparel, maple syrup and Inuit carvings, this display case capsules Canadian heritage.

Since the beginning of the year, Bear Creek has been celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with some impressive projects!

One of the most extraordinary things the school has done is arrange an “Eat Together” event. Inspired by a President’s Choice commercial, over 60 participants gathered to share a meal in the front foyer of the school. The event was so successful that the organizers are considering hosting another Eat Together event in the fall to welcome Grade 9 students and their families to Bear Creek.

Some of the other projects include:

  • 150+ pounds of food donated to the food bank
  • $150 in Canadian Tire money donated to Jump Start
  • 150 pints of blood donated to Canadian Blood services
  • $150 raised from the Winter Ball, all proceeds going to Life Skills
  • 150 books written by Canadian authors read by staff and students
  • 150 bowls of soups prepared by cooking classes donated
  • 150 minutes of spin class completed by staff
  • 150 pillow cases made by fashion classes to be donated to Sick Kids
  • 150 pounds staff weight loss challenge
  • 150 coats donated to Barrie Out of the Cold
  • $150 raised for FNMI Grade 7/8 trip to Toronto
  • 150 blankets/food items donated to Humane Society

Bear Creek will continue their celebrations into December until Canada’s 150th year comes to an end.

Go Canada!