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Flying Bob Turns School into a Circus

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Kindergarten to Grade 5 students from St. Martin de Porres School spent the week of March 18-22 immersed in learning the special talents of circus performers.  “Flying Bob,” a local circus performer and his assistant Aton spent the week teaching students an assortment of activities related to circus performances.

Students learned how to juggle, walk a tight line, walk on stilts, diablo, peacock feather balances, spinning plates, etc. Flying Bob and Anton helped encourage students develop a growth mindset through taking chances and performing in front of each other. Students understand that the circus is a process and a place where they can always learn new skills.

“As a Catholic Fine Arts School we are passionate about providing a variety of unique fine arts experiences for our students. The circus residency has allowed our students to reflect humanness and sacramentality as they have journeyed through this new learning experience and have been given the opportunity to share their newfound God-given gifts and talents. What has been most poignant throughout the residency has been that students and staff have actively supported and celebrated the arts with each other throughout this whole week,” said Kristie McCullough, Assistant Principal at St. Martin de Porres School.

The culminating performance today was thrilling for parents and special guests to watch. Each grade performed at separate times throughout the day on March 22.

 

St. Martin de Porres School serves over 250 Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in Red Deer with a fine-arts focus. As a learning institution, the St. Martin de Porres School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

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Notre Dame Grad Service Project donates $50,000 to Child Advocacy Centre

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As of June, this year’s grad service project “Be the Voice” at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School has raised a total of $50,000 for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. 

Over the past seven months, students in conjunction with St. Francis of Assisi Middle School have been fundraising through different activities and events, such as bake sales, school challenges, food trucks, etc. From April 1-6, École Secondaire Notre Dame High School hosted their Grad Service Project week, where teams of six students and their team teacher worked together to raise money, compete in ridiculous challenges and earn points. On the final day of that week, student teams, along with a parent completed a 22-hour extreme scavenger hunt throughout Red Deer without a vehicle.

“The service project is a Notre Dame tradition. It is fantastic to watch students connect with the charity they chose. They work so hard to raise funds and make a difference. The student’s passion for success of this project extends to their families. It’s great to see everyone getting involved, have fun and truly make a difference in our community. They realize they can contribute and make our community even better. It’s a life lesson,” said Grad Service Project Coordinator, Shannon Nivens at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School.

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre was the charity of choice this year because students liked the idea of supporting children in their local community. Each year the graduating class from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School chooses a charity to raise funds for through their Grad Service Project. For the past 11 years, students have raised more than $600,000 for student chosen charities.
For more information about the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School grad service project, please visit notredamehigh.ca

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High school students to unveil their sea-can house next week

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The Design Studies, Building Opportunities and Landscape Design classes have been working together to design and construct a 40 foot sea-can house. On Tuesday, June 11 from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. École Secondaire Notre Dame High School will host an open house in the learning commons to showcase the Design Studies 20/30 student work of the semester.

Working with professionals in the industry, the Design Studies students have been drafting layouts and building models of the sea-can house, while learning the requirements of residential construction. The Building Opportunities students had and continue to receive hands-on training working on the construction of the sea-can house, alongside a ticketed tradesman. The Landscape Design students are working with professionals in the areas of architecture, skills and project management to create a living roof for the sea-can house.

This project is in its second year. The project will continue for another school year until completion. 
The sea-can conversion brings an innovative project-based learning opportunity. It facilitates cross-curricular and inquiry-based learning by encouraging students in the pursuit of design and trade skills. 

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