An emergency meeting was called by St. Charles College Native Studies Student President Natasha Cooper Lewis when she heard about the housing crisis in Attawapiskat. “I really wanted to help the Cree people in their time of need and I turned to the students for help,” said Natasha. The students decided to have wristband bracelets made that say “Gada Gawek’seg” and “Quay Ska Tiss See” which is Ojibway and Cree for “Be the Change”. The wristbands are being sold for $2 each at the school and by students in the community with all proceeds going to the Red Cross, earmarked for Attawapiskat. Grade 9 student, Beth Baxter from Moose Factory, ON, was grateful her classmates were willing to help be the change in a community her family is connected to on the James Bay coast. “I’m happy that my school wants to help out the people of Attawapiskat and that they liked our Cree translation so much that they put it on a bracelet. It’s a very powerful statement to make,” believes Beth.
St. Charles College student, Jamie Rieux and Grade 1 student Mia Woodbury at St. Bernadette Catholic School are working together to complete a very special project: a reproduction of the manager where Baby Jesus was born. This is a yearly tradition between the two schools in which older student is paired off with a younger partner to create a beautiful replica manger which students are so proud to bring home and share with their families.
Students from the St. Charles College mock trial team had the opportunity on December 14 to work with Honourable Patirica C. Hennessy, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice. SCC teacher Jaime Sauve was contacted by Hennessy’s office to see if her students wanted the chance to work with Hennessy. Sauve immediately said yes as she knew that this was an amazing opportunity for her students to build on their law experience. Honourable Hennessy then visited the students to help facilitate a discussion on careers in law, as well as coach the students on how to conduct themselves professionally and courteously in court. These students were the City’s Mock Trial Champions at last year’s competition.
The boy’s Senior Hockey team won the Nippissing District Association tournament in North Bay on the weekend of December 2-4th.
The boys had a round robin record of 2-0-1 which gave them a birth in the quarter finals versus the Scollard Hall Bears. The boys won the game 6-4 which lead to a semi-final game versus the Franco Cite Patriotes. S.C.C. won the game 4-1 which gave the team a feeling of retribution over a finals loss to the Patriotes in the recent Lively tournament. The win gave the team a birth in the finals versus St. Mary’s Eagles from Kitchener. This was the team that the Cards had tied in round robin play.
The Cards were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two periods. Zach Belanger scored with just over 5 minutes to play to win the game and bring home the championship!
Belanger lead the team with 13 points in the tournament, earning MVP honours. Trevor Bedard also had twelve points to help seal the victory.
The Student Council at St. Charles College hosted a North Pole day December 8th. The students were invited to get into the holiday spirit with a North Pole inspired dress down day. The student body was a sea of red, green and white.
Dante Falcioni, a grade 9 student at St. Charles College will be taking centre stage next week. Dante is the lead role in Cambrian Theatre’s Kid’s Curtain production of Footloose which gets underway December 8th.
Dante will play main character Ren. The high school student must move from Chicago to a small farming town and re-adjust to life at a new school. Dante says he can relate in some ways to the character as he is just entering his first year of high school and had to transition to a new school himself.
Dante has been involved in Cambrian Theatre productions for a number of years. His good friend and school mate Jenna Daypuk will also be joining him on stage as Rusty. Jenna says the two get involved in local theatre because “they learn a lot and have fun while doing it.”
The Footloose production goes until December 17th.