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Grade 7-8 French Immersion students at St. Charles College opened this week by celebrating St. Jean Baptiste Day with a vanilla ice cream and maple syrup party to emulate “la tire d’érable” a French Canadian tradition of pouring maple syrup on snow. The festivities will continue with bubble soccer, swimming, French movies and music.
St. Jean Baptiste Day is celebrated annually on June 24th. It is the feast of St. John the Baptist who is known as the patron saint of French Canada. Sudbury Catholic Schools honours this day annually with “Franco-fun” days celebrated in a multitude of ways in a variety of their schools. St. Charles College students are proud of the vast cultures that flourish within their school and are pleased to celebrate Canada’s second official language.
Photographed are: Grade 7 & 8 French Immersion Students at St. Charles College: (left to right) Jonas, Michael, Jacob, Alex, Mackenzie
The French Immersion students visited the New Sudbury branch of the Sudbury Public Library for a French tour of the library recently.
The students, along with their teacher Sabrina Rocca took the Sudbury Transit and spent the morning reading French books and having French conversations with the Sudbury Public Library staff.
It’s just one of the ways French Immersion students can keep the learning authentic while outside the classroom.
The FI students integrated multiple subjects in the foods class at St. Charles College recently. They used French procedural writing to write and explain recipes as well as the particle theory for Science.
The grade seven students recorded baking recipes on the Ipads. They had to explain their work as they added and mixed ingredients. They were responsible for preheating the oven, preparing the recipe, timing the cooking, doing the dishes and cleaning up. They also had to explain the particle theory through the baking process.
The grade eight students then took the cakes, and had twenty minutes to create a cell. They were recorded and had to explain the parts of the cell they created.
Their teacher, Sabrina Rocca says it was a fun-filled afternoon with all kinds of learning – through written, kinaesthetic and oral language.
On November 25th teacher Sabrina Rocca’s grade 7/8 French Immersion class at St. Charles College celebrated a cultural event known as “La Sainte-Catherine. Saint Catherine is the patron saint of young, unmarried women. She lived in the 4th century, and was executed for refusing to marry the emperor. Making tire became a French-Canadian tradition when Sister Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame made sweet candy to attract young students to her school. The “candy” became so popular that young maidens started making them on the feast of Ste. Catherine.
Students learned about mixing various ingredients and boiling at exact temperatures to get the perfect tire. They also discovered how pulling this dark taffy-like mixture transformed it into a golden yellow colour, making it a wonderful treat. The class made 2 different traditional recipes, which both turned out to be a wonderful treat.
The students shared their tire while taking about where it came from and saying a special prayer to both Ste. Catherine and Ste. Marguerite Marguerite Bourgeoys.
Grade 7-8 French Immersion students at St. Charles College take French, social studies, science, inclusive education and art outdoors. Students collected parts of nature, brought them inside and co-constructed success criteria around how everything that was collected can come together to form one. They were only allowed to pick up items that were not attached to the ground, hence that had already fallen on their own. Students decided to make an animal with everything that they had collected and together determined what that would look like and feel like. Each student had the chance to place one object at a time on the giant paper. One at a time, without moving the piece that the previous student placed on the page, the animal began to take shape. Students quickly saw how a variety of objects from different parts of nature came together to form one, just like our world. Students were then asked to sketch what they saw on the giant page. Even though, everyone was looking at the same thing, each picture was different as beauty and perception are in the eyes of the beholder. This lesson was based on the play Spirit Horse and was conducted in the French Language led by teacher Sabrina Rocca at St. Charles College.
Pictured are Colby (grade 8) and Kennedy (grade 7) from the French Immersion class at St. Charles College.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Franco Ontarian flag, on September 25th, 2015 at 11:00am, over 1500 Franco- Ontarian flags were raised across Ontario to recognize the francophone community and their contribution to culture and history. It’s also a way to recognize the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s arrival in Ontario – marking the birth of Francophone culture.
SCC teacher Jessica Demore’s high school Immersion students were able to participate in the celebration and create their own flag raising ceremony. The students were also featured on the CBC/Radio Canada “carte de drapeau” or “map of the flag” and can be seen on one of the three Sudbury points on the map located at:http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/ontario/2015/09/25/002-drapeau-franco-ontarien-25-septembre.shtml
The students in the 7/8 Immersion program did the same under the direction of teacher Sabrina Rocca. Students were given the opportunity to experience their francophone culture, by learning about the meaning, and background history of the flag.
It also happened to be country/western day to wrap-up a very successful Spirit week at S.C.C.
VIVE LA FRANCOPHONIE!!
Francofun Day really did get fun and competitive with the help of board games at St. Charles College on March 20, 2014. The students celebrated their French language and culture by playing The Game of Life/Destins, French Pictionary and Tic Tac Boom in teacher Anthony Malafarina’s Immersion class.
“This forced the students to converse and have fun while thinking about French language studies” said Malafarina.
The Franco Fun day was celebrated today by all Sudbury Catholic Schools in either Core French or Immersion classes.
Students in St. Charles College teacher Rick Emond’s Grade 12 French Immersion Canadian and World Politics class got very frustrated when the class’ discussion focused on Malāla Yūsafzay, the young Pakistani student who was recently shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. Malālah is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley and most especially her outspoken views on promoting education for girls. When they began discussing this outrageous act of violence againstt a girl who was simply standing up for what she believed in for herself and others experiencing similar discrimination, the class felt compelled to do something. Cassandra Schlosser, a student in the class described her frustration. “What good would it do to just sit around in class and complain? We all felt that we needed to do more than just talk about it.” The rest of her classmates agreed. After discussing several ideas, the class landed on a letter. The decided to write a letter to the Pakistani High Commissioner expressing their concern and voicing their beliefs.
An excerpt from the letter reads:
“As proud Canadians, we understand the importance of a good education and we value equal rights. We decided to reach out to you because we want to express our concern for the young girl who took a stand for what she believed in.
Malala Yousafzai was simply defending her rights and the rights of females everywhere to an education. We admire her bravery and commitment, and commend her actions. Without education, we would not be able to move forward as a civilization. Equal access to that education should be easily accessible to anyone who desires it. Furthermore, one should not feel threatened or harmed, be it physically or emotionally while attending school.
We commend the Pakistani government for their efforts so far in dealing with the matter, and encourage them to continue their search in bringing those responsible to justice. We believe the message should be sent to those who try to curtail human rights, that their deed will not go unpunished and will not be tolerated by governments that value their children.”
The students then urge the High Commisioner to share this letter with all those who may be encouraged by it, most especially Malāla. It is their hope that this letter will reach her so that she knows she is not alone. The last line in their letter reads “Please pass on our message to Malala, her family and friends and relay that our thoughts and well wishes are with them during this difficult time. She is not alone in this battle.”
Knowing that the situation in their own community is very different, the students feel blessed to live in a country that believes in human rights and equality for all. “As a class, I am proud that my students have decided to use their voice,” teacher Rick Emond stated. “They have realized that they too can make a difference in their own way as well, and this letter voices their beliefs and shows support from across the globe for a girl who is very courageous and brave. They want her to know that they believe in her and are proud of her strength.” Emond hopes that they receive a response from the High Commissioner, and ultimately that their letter reaches Malāla.