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!

Innisdale student battling serious illness offers perspective on life

Guest post by Kieley Mackey, Grade 9 student, Innisdale Secondary School

Hi, my name is Kieley Mackey. I am 14-year-old Grade 9 student at Innisdale Secondary school (GO INVADERS!). When I say I’m a student at Innisdale, I really mean a part-time student. Not because I’m ditching or anything like that, but because no matter how much I want to go, I am unable to be a full-time student.

Why? Because I have a disease that stops me from going to class full time.

Kieley (left) with a SickKids staff member. 6A is the ward where Kieley stays when she needs hospitalization to manage her auto-immune pancreatitis.

I have auto-immune pancreatitis. It’s a very stubborn case that just won’t go away. I’m sure most of you are wondering what that means. Your pancreas is the small organ that helps digest the enzymes in your food. Pancreatitis is when the enzymes don’t leave your pancreas, but the pancreas ends up over producing the enzymes.

Auto-immune pancreatitis causes a lot of pain and nausea. My bouts of pancreatitis often last for long periods of time, and I usually have pain and nausea that lasts all the time for most of the bout. My pancreatitis is very rebellious, and nothing seems to quiet it down. We’ve tried many different medications but we’ve come to a dead end.

Right now I am in a bout, and in the mornings it’s really hard for me to wake up so I go to school for the last three periods of the day. I miss a lot of school, between appointments, hospitalizations, sick days and recently a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

In my last three years of being sick and going to school, I have never had a bad teacher. Actually, I’ve never had a good teacher either—I’ve had amazing ones! I know that sounds really sappy, but I mean it every way possible. If during the last three years any of my teachers hadn’t been as understanding, I probably wouldn’t have finished Grade 8 and I wouldn’t be at school now. I don’t think people realize just how much it helps to have a teacher that helps you through all of this. I owe the fact that I am in Grade 9 to my Grade 6, 7 and 8 teachers. Thank you!

Being sick is a full-time job for both me and my family. They spend a lot of time taking care of me and holding my hand through the tough parts. I’m often tired and very nauseous, I also don’t eat. I have a tube in my stomach that helps give me nutrition—I haven’t eaten anything by mouth since October 2014. Yet I wouldn’t change my life if someone offered me a crazy amount of money or a wish from a genie. I have made lifelong friends and met people who have become my inspiration. I have learned so much, have been able to put my life into perspective and have an even stronger bond with my parents.quoteI am a very, very lucky kid in so many ways. My family is able to be by my side without worrying too much about their jobs, I am not dying or unable to understand what is going on, I have an amazing group of friends that cheer me up along the way and also I have an amazing team of doctors who care about me and never give up on trying to help me overcome this. And I am thankful for the teachers and principals who have made it possible for me to have a semi-normal life. I am thankful for the people who have helped me become who I am today. I know that I always have them behind me through difficult times and that’s what keeps me going.

Thanks to everyone who helped organize the Innisdale Raise the Dough night for me on March 4 through Domino’s Pizza. We have already made one trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to see if the doctors there can help my team at SickKids, and we will be heading back there for more tests and possibly for surgery this spring or summer.

To learn more about Kieley’s journey, view a video by SickKids Hospital.


The classroom may be virtual, but the learning is real

Guest post by Julia Fleming, SCDSB eLearning teacher

elearningToday, Ontario colleges and universities offer over 10,000 courses online.  Employers are turning to online education for their training programs as well.  Online learning has arrived, and it is here to stay!

The SCDSB has embraced online learning and the integration of technology into the classroom.  Students are now blogging, using iPads, and tweeting all as part of their school work.  Teaching our students to be good digital citizens is a common thread through many courses, and blended learning – the incorporation of eLearning into the traditional learning environment – is becoming a regular part of the classroom.  Further, students can now take high school credits exclusively online in a virtual classroom that is fully created and supported by a certified teacher. Continue reading “The classroom may be virtual, but the learning is real”

4 schools, 6 teams and 1,800 fans made first ever Kempenfelt Cup a success

kcup girls 1What a great start to the holiday season! Both holiday and school spirit were rocking to the max at the Kempenfelt Cup on Wednesday. Throughout the day, four schools – six teams – played five games at the Barrie Molson Centre (BMC) to challenge for the inaugural Kempenfelt Cup!

Most schools started with a pre-game pep rally at their schools before boarding the buses to the BMC. This helped build the excitement and showcased the school spirit. The teams, along with hundreds of fans, headed out to the BMC to fill the arena for the 9:30 a.m. start. About 1,800 fans total from all schools cheered the teams on.

The schools were challenged to demonstrate the best – and loudest – school spirit. Students were geared up in their school colours to cheer on the Nantyr Tritons (black), Bear Creek Kodiaks (red), Barrie North Vikings (gold) and Eastview Wildcats (teal). The students were primed to cheer, sharing the knowledge that each school has the best fans! The bands warmed up the spirited students and each school’s dance group led their student section in a choreographed dance routine. To say the place was rockin’ was an understatement!

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