This week, students worked really hard on their mandalas for the Art Cards. They are unique and beautiful (see below)!
We also spent a lot of time learning about government, elections and informed citizenship. We watched the debate and discussed some of the issues covered in the debate. Students are working in groups to prepare a presentation for the class about one of the local candidates and their party's platform (a few students are also covering the US presidential candidates). We will hold a student vote next week for the BC election, on October 22nd.
Today, we read a French book about La gentillesse (Kindness) and discussed ways to be kind to others. I am encouraging students to perform "Random Acts of Kindness" and to "pay it forward" when someone does something kind towards them. Students suggested to start a compliment sheet for each other, and we all received some heart-warming reminders of what other people appreciate about us.
Here are some pictures of some of the completed mandalas and the work in progress on our candidate's posters:
Next week: New Student, Try a Trade and Student Vote
We will spend most of Monday and Tuesday in the shop at Cowichan Secondary to try various trades. If you haven't returned the permission form for this field trip, please return it by Monday morning. Also, please ensure that students arrive on time on Monday morning so they don't miss the bus!
Following questions from a few parents, I asked the shop teacher about what precautions would be in place for COVID-19 for this field trip:
- We will enter the shop by the shop door and there is a sink and soap for hand-washing in the shop.
- Students will be required to wear a mask if going to the washroom (all students at Cowichan Secondary are required to wear a mask in the hallway and washroom) and to wash their hands before coming back to the shop.
- The general rule is that we don't have to wear a mask within our learning group. Shop teachers, who are outside our learning group, need to stay 2 m apart or wear a mask if it is not practical to maintain the physical distancing.
- However, as it is the case in class, any student who wants to take extra precautions can choose to wear a mask at any times in addition to the times where it is required).
In addition to our exciting Try-a-Trade hands-on experience, we will continue to focus on the elections and to prepare for Student Vote (October 22). This is a rich learning experience for students and they are very engaged. You can contribute to this learning by watching or reading the news with your child, and discussing various local or provincial issues as a family over the weekend and next week!
Please remember that Friday October 24th is a Pro-D and that school will not be in session.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!