Students in Grade 11 biology headed to the Royal Ontario Museum for a very interesting experiential learning trip. Expanding on their current unit of study, students focused on the diversity of living organisms and biodiversity through interactive activities and workshops.
Grade 8 MacLachlan College student Jennifer shares her thoughts on the recent ESL experiential learning trip to the Loft Cooking School, “The students made pasta, tomato sauce and garlic bread from scratch. Cooking together encouraged students to collaborate and communicate with each other in English and allowed them to improve their teamwork skills. The ESL students also made and decorated delicious cupcakes by using their creativity and concentration. They ate their excellent products and gave positive feedback. The cooking trip was lots of fun and students developed a deeper understanding of their current unit of study – Healthy Eating and Lifestyle.”
Lisa Duranleau, Executive Director | MacLachlan College
In last month’s post I mentioned how our MacLachlan team has embraced Stanford University’s Design Thinking program. This month I am going to share a little more about how design thinking informs our approach to learning at MacLachlan.
Pioneered at Stanford University, Design Thinking (DT) is a methodology for innovation that promotes the development of non-linear, creative, real world problem solving. DT is a human-centered approach to future ready competencies and learning skills.
We make it our mission to prepare MAC students for what goes on in the real world and what happens in that world is very seldom clean and linear.
MacLachlan students had a lovely day at Heart Lake Conservation Area for the cross country tournament. The students displayed excellent sportsmanship and did a wonderful job cheering on their team members. We had many students place in the top ten and a special congratulations go to Adrianna for coming in first for U11 girls!
Today marks the first day of our week-long focus on wellness and mindfulness at MacLachlan College! During our Wellness Week, we will be hosting fun and engaging wellness activities, with all donations going to WeeBraveHeart. Students Had a chance to learn more about the foundation from guest speaker Lisa Stark, President of the Wee Braveheart Foundation, conceived by MacLachlan College teacher Joanne Mitchell.
Joanne was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer in the summer of 2013. While undergoing treatment, Joanne realized that there were not many charities designed to give directly to people going through treatment first hand. Through her own experiences on her journey as well as communication with others undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, she compiled a list of helpful everyday items that would benefit those in similar situations. These items were then placed into “Care Packs” and dispersed at random to those dealing with their cancer treatment.
Today we start the week with Physical Health Day. Grab a healthy snack at morning recess, join us for a Just Dance Party during lunch recess and grab your sneakers and join our MAC Running Club after school!
Grade 3 students went on an experiential learning trip to the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto to attend a workshop on the textile arts. Students explored contemporary and traditional textile works that encourage collaboration, social change, and awareness, experimented with recycled fabrics, collage and fibre arts techniques and produced a collaborative, two-dimensional work based on their vision of a hopeful, healthy and inclusive world!