As an extension activity to our Aboriginal Peoples Unit of Inquiry, the Grade five classes welcomed guest speaker, Emilie Corbiere from the Walpole Island First Nation into our class. Our guest speaker shared very interesting stories about how her family have lived as part of the Walpole Island First Nation clan. The shoes they wore were moccasins which were made from deer skin and for coats they used beaver fur and skin. Also, she taught us that the beaver was a great resource because the skin is very thick and the fur didn't absorb any water, so it was great in all types of weather. For example, if you were caught walking in a rainstorm while hunting you wouldn't feel one drop of rain on your body. Emilie also told us how the people from her tribe respect and use every part of an animal and never throw anything away. We learned a lot about the values and lifestyles of Canada's Aboriginal people, particularly the Walpole Island First Nation tribe.
Last Sunday, April 24, a Mac team of enthusiastic Upper School runners set out to claim the Mercedes Benz 5K High School Challenge trophy. With an overall third place finish, it wasn't enough to win the event, but was still an excellent showing. Our three fastest runners were Micheal, Thomas and Irfan and Micheal had the second fastest time of all the 5K high school runners clocking a phenomenal19:21. Our other runners who gave their best were Griffin, Yasmin and Molly. While this concludes our racing season for this school year, any students interested in training over the summer for the high school Cross Country meet in the fall of 2016, should speak to Ms. Woodward directly.
Vendredi le 15 avril, les élèves de 9 ième année sont allés au restaurant. “The Crêpe Kitchen” au centre ville d’’Oakville pour manger les crêpes délicieux. On a marché ensemble et on était excité pour l’excursion. Au restaurant, on a attendu pour les crêpes avec enthousiasme et on a parlé français avec les amis et les professeurs. On a mangé les crêpes sucrés et savoureux. Dans les crêpes sucrés il y avait des fruits, du chocolate et de la crème glacee! Elles étaient super bons! Dans les crépes savoureux, il y avait des épinards, des oeufs, du fromâge, des oignons et des poivrons rouges. Cette excursion était fantastique pour goûter la nourriture typiquement française! On adore les crêpes et on veut y aller encore bientôt!!
On Tuesday, April 26th the grade 5's traveled to the Green Venture Ecohouse in Hamilton. We were impressed by the many ways the house is using renewable energy and reducing the impact on the environment. We examined household items that included simple changes we can make to produce less waste, use less water and energy, and produce less air pollution. The house is powered by a solar panel and wind turbine and we did trivia questions while we looked at them. It was a little cold but we did jumping jacks to stay warm. The hybrid car and worm composter were interesting to examine and we learned about energy use around the world by playing a game using white and red beans. We came back to school with a lot of new knowledge and a cloth patch we printed ourselves. This trip was a great way to see some of the topics we learned about in our unit on Energy. We recommend visiting the Ecohouse because there is a lot more to see and do.