Miss Walter's grade 5/6 class from Captain John Palliser School came to 2School to further their inquiry of Collaboration within our community. Throughout the week they explored public art, the Field of Flame, and a variety of public parks and spaces ALL to gather evidence of community collaboration.
An opportunity arose for students to collaborate through music with the staff at
the CBE during the Board of Trustees and Chief Superintendent’s annual
Christmas gathering on Wednesday, December 9.
Ms. Sarah Walters and her grade 5/6 students sang tunes which delighted
staff. Under the guidance of their
music teacher Ms. Neufeld, students learned traditional songs with new
"Canadian" lyrics. A favourite story teller is Troy Towsin who wrote "The Original All-Canadian 12 Days of
Christmas" called "A Moose in a Maple Tree". Students
joined adults as they sang their part. There were many smiling faces as we all
sang this new, updated version of the 12 Days of Christmas - Canadian style!
does an idea come alive? A Grade 6 class
at St Pius School attending 2School discovered this for themselves when they decided
to dig deeper into the “big idea” of Citizenship.
the concept of Active Citizenship in their classroom, and led by their teacher
Melissa Ross, the students invited their Chief Superintendent to their
classroom. Gary Strother shared how Calgary
Catholic School District’s Faith Theme of Do
Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly with God gained momentum and inspired
a multitude of projects over a three year period. The Grade 6 class asked many questions that
day, and in the following days during their custom-designed Campus
week. Immersed in the idea of Citizenship as it connects to CCSD’s Faith Theme,
their time at Central Office was valuable as they also interviewed school
district personnel and their trustee.
Site provided opportunities for teachers, parents and students to uncover
curriculum through the unique lens of public education and the role it plays in
our democratic society. The historical classroom served as a base for students
as they explored and gathered evidence of citizenship in this dynamic downtown
such as ‘By Your Actions’ and ‘Less of Me, More of You’ took on meaning during
a day at CUPS, the Calgary Urban ProjectSociety. Students had the opportunity to wrap Christmas gifts for those in need
and to learn more about the organization and the role it plays in the heart of Calgary. St
Pius students are challenged and empowered by their Chief Superintendent to
take this unique experience, their own understandings and to lend their ideas
and voices towards CCSD’s next Faith Theme!
With St. Patrick’s Island being reopened to
the public after major restoration and redevelopment in the summer of 2015 we
knew that we wanted to take advantage of the park’s proximity to our school and
utilize the space for field study with our grade six students this year.
visited the island in September to give students time to explore the space to
see and experience what the park had to offer visitors. We have since started
visiting the island monthly and students are engaging in two activities:
spending time in a “Special Spot” and conducting a longitudinal research study.
Students were asked to locate one special area on the island that they would
like to return to each visit.
During this time, they make careful observations and
record their experiences in their field study journals as they sit quietly in
nature. Throughout our visits to the island, students have developed a variety
of ways they will record the changes and their experiences in their field study
journals. For their longitudinal research studies, students have identified an
individual research question related to the island to explore how different
phenomena change over the course of the school year and what impact this may
have on our city.
Our first visit to collect data was in November and it was so
inspiring to watch and work with students as they engaged in this independent
work all over the island. They brought any tools and materials required for
measuring and collecting data and lived as scientists and researchers as their
knowledge of and connection to the island grew. Since this visit, students have
been asking insightful questions, and continually modifying their research
questions and approach. We can’t wait to see how our time at City Hall School
enhances our understanding of the island and to see where this learning takes
us over the course of the school year.
Submitted by K. Logan and B. O’Sullivan,
Grade 7 Campus Calgary/Open MindsZoo School group recently returned
from a week of studying at the Calgary Zoo. Our main goal was to explore what
it means to be a global citizen. The group had many once in a lifetime
adventures as we answered this question.
began our week exploring the idea of sustainable fishing. We learned the
importance of being an informed consumer. We now know how to find out where our
fish come from and how they have been caught. The Calgary
purchases fish that have been sustainably sourced. As we discussed sustainable
fishing, we created fish popsicle enrichment for the penguins. We were able to
categorize the fish based on their unique characteristics as well.
discussions about exotic pets traded in the black market, we met Regis the
snake. We learned the questions to ask when adopting or purchasing a pet. Dispelling many myths about snakes, we
learned that snakes are not cold and slimy!
School group used our imaginations and became Prairie Dog Researchers. We set
the traps, caught our soft and cuddly Prairie Dogs and took many measurements
to record during our observations of them. Did you know that Prairie Dogs are
key components of grassland ecosystems?
also fed 3 quirky Bactrian camels that are critically endangered. These gentle
giants were mesmerizing! Through each of these experiences we learned that the
most valuable way to be a global citizen, is to share what we learn with others.
We can educate people in a way that continues the circle of learning.