Grades 7 and 8 students at St. Charles College met with the officers from Greater Sudbury Police Services to learn about the dangers of social media. School Liason Officer Hally Wilmott and Sergeant Marc Guerin talked to the students about being cautious when using the Internet.
One activity forced the students to come up with rules about the school playground and they discussed how those same rules apply to the Internet playground.
Another activity focused on bullying and the scars it leaves. Officer Guerin crushed a can and asked the students to consider how that can cannot ever be wrinkle free again.
Mrs. Sarah Bock says the presentation was “eye opening in many ways and forced students to think about social media in a new way attributing it to the school playground and what goes on there.”
For the last few years, Holy Redeemer church has relied on the leadership students at St. Charles College to deliver baskets to those who need help at Christmas. The students load and deliver baskets of canned food items, fresh food and gifts for the children.
This past week, the students delivered those baskets. Their teacher, Mrs. Bev Belanger says “each year at this time the students ask about this initiative. They say there is nothing that brings greater joy to them than seeing the faces of those on the receiving end of these care packages.”
The parishioners create the baskets to support one hundred fifty families in the Sudbury region. Some of the canned food items in the baskets comes from the St. Charles College fall drive which saw 121 thousand cans raised for the Sudbury Food Bank this year.
Former graduate from St. Charles College Brock McGillis recently wrote an article for Yahoo Sports Canada about being secretly gay in a highly hyper masculine culture of hockey. The article went viral and this week he was invited to St. Charles College to share his message of hope and inclusivity.
Brock McGillis graduated from St. Charles College roughly fifteen years ago. He spoke about playing hockey in the OHL, CIS and dealing with comments that were homophobic all the while he was questioning his own sexuality.
Brock also spoke about keeping his sexuality a secret from family and friends and only recently revealed his sexual orientation to the hockey community.
Brock says the reason he has come out is to educate people. He believes that it important for people to not be bystanders but instead break the habit of using homophobic language in the halls, as a joke or in the locker room.
Brock now works mentoring minor hockey and junior aged players.
The students were very receptive to his message. They were active participants in the presentation.
Principal Patty Mardero says “the conversation solidifies what we are teaching our students about respecting diversity.”
Grade 11 and 12 Chemistry students were treated to a full day of scientific inquiry and experiments this week. The students visited Laurentian University alongside their teachers, Mr. Fritz and Mrs. Kingshott.
The focus of the visit was to show students what the future has in store for them if they choose to study chemistry at the university level. The visit also included a tour of the university itself.
Mrs. Kingshott says “The students really enjoyed the part of the day when they were able to use the modern laboratory equipment at the University. The students felt very independent and excited to understand how a laboratory at University runs and what was expected of them. It really made them excited about Chemistry.”
Mr. Fritz says “The visit included lots of experiments that were new to the students but there were lots of interesting links between what was being studied in the lab there and what the students are studying at St. Charles College.”
After this great learning experience our Chemistry students at St. Charles College will be able to create their own solutions using accurate calculations and using proper scientific technique.
More than forty grade 9 religion and ESL students from St. Charles College visited the Dare 2 Dream Alpaca Farm in McKerrow.
While there, the students learned about Catholic essential themes such as stewardship of the environment, global citizenship, common good and the community.
Ms. Teale and Mrs. Barry say the students cannot stop talking about the full day excursion.
Did you know you can domesticate an alpaca and keep one at home?
Three St. Charles College students were presented with 1st place awards in an Action Sudbury poster contest to bring awareness to driving impaired. The students will soon see their posters on the back of city buses. The students each received a $250 gift card to the New Sudbury Shopping Center.
Their Arts teacher, Ms. Christina Thompson says “the poster contest was tied to the media arts unit studied in the grades 9 and 10 visual arts classes.”