During Grade 7 Orientation on Friday the 11th, the Grade 6 and 7 classes were brought together for some fun activities. The games in which we were tasked included throwing marshmallows into a cone held by another group member and the group with the most marshmallows would win. Another game which students played involved throwing a ball in the other teams basket while other teams were charged with stopping balls falling in their basket with a pool noodle. The team with fewest balls in their basket would win. The Grade 6s were also taught about the new responsibilities and rules that will come when we enter Grade 7. We also learned about the AP program and how to cope and adapt to these changes as well as all the fun activities we will take part in the Intermediate Division such as the Bark Lake trip and Spirit Assemblies.
It is early, before the national anthem, when the workshop lady comes in and quickly turns our classroom into a totally different place. The anthem ends in a few minutes and the lady starts to introduce herself to the class. “My name is Erin,” and she starts to talk about what we are going to do and asks us some questions like, “What lives in soil?” We do say some things that live in the soil but not all of them, so one of our missions is to find out what else lives in the soil.
After Erin finishes talking it is time to go to the different stations. For each station you do something different. For example, you might need to do some kind of experiment and fill out a sheet. For every station we learn something new: what kind of nutrients plants need, what the horizons of soil look like and how big the soil molecules are, how worms help soil (which includes touching worms!) and how erosion happens and how to prevent it.
As the stations are all completed, we meet again to discuss the answers to the questions she asked at the beginning of her presentation. Then she demonstrates with an apple how little good soil there is left on our planet. Sadly, the workshop has to end and Erin leaves. This workshop might have been the best thing we did in our soil unit!
The Evening ESL students recently visited the Oakville Lakeshore branch of the TD Bank. The students were met by Alex who took them on a tour. They met some of the advisors and tellers, saw inside the vault where the safety deposit boxes are held and went upstairs to the boardroom. Everyone was given a toonie and Alex explained the process required to open a bank account in Canada. The opportunity to ask questions came next and many were interested in discovering how investments and interest work in their new country. Alex provided everyone with a pen and a screen cloth on the way out and the Evening ESL Class thanked Alex for guiding them through the bank and answering their questions.
On Friday, May 4th, two of our grade five students headed to Oakville Town Hall for the annual 'Bring it to Council' competition. Sophia and Ryan had the opportunity to sit in as a town councillor and present their idea on how to make Oakville more livable. In addition, they debated and voted with other local students on a livable Oakville topic. Later in the day, Ryan and Sophia were able to have a meet-and-greet with the Mayor of Oakville, Rob Burton. Through this experience our students learned that they too can have a voice and in order to make changes for the good of our community.