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From: Monday, May 1, 2017 11:58 AM -0400
Subject:Education Week in Bluewater
Education Week takes place from May 1 – 5, 2017 with several activities planned in Bluewater District School Board schools recognizing this year’s theme, “Ontario150”.  Throughout the week, some examples are being highlighted below to demonstrate how Bluewater students and staff are participating in heritage themed learning.  Please check back often and feel free to share any Education Week related happenings from your school community on social media using the hashtag, #EdWeekBWDSB.   

Group photo image of OSDSS international students onboard the MS Chi-CheemaunOSDSS International Students Visit the Chi-Cheemaun
As part of Education Week, some students from abroad are discovering our local heritage.  The MS Chi-Cheemaun opened its doors for a pre-sailing open house on Tuesday, May 2, which included a visit by the international students attending Owen Sound District Secondary School.  "Chi-cheemaun" is the Ojibwe translation of "big canoe".  The ship is a symbol of our local and Indigenous cultural diversity, which always makes for an interesting history lesson for students.  For international students, learning English in and outside the classroom is an important part of their language acquisition.  The students were delighted to see such a colourful and fun ship in Owen Sound's harbour!  The visiting and permanent students are from Germany, Japan, China, and the Middle East, respectively.  This year, there are over 20 international students at OSDSS.  All of them have an adventurous spirit, and have enjoyed the sights and sounds of Owen Sound.  Keep your eye out for the afternoon group as you never know where they will end up next!

Image of David Bouchard speaking to students in the G.C. Huston gymnasiumStorytelling at G.C. Huston
In Bluewater, honouring the theme of “Ontario150” during Education Week also includes recognition of the rich history and culture of our Indigenous communities.  G.C. Huston Public School in Southampton continues to set a shining example through its pursuit of innovative ways to weave Indigenous teachings and tradition into classroom learning.  On Wednesday, May 3, students at the school were treated to a presentation by Canadian Métis author and storyteller David Bouchard.  In addition to sharing his love of literacy, David inspired the students through dynamic stories reflecting some of his personal experiences growing up with Indigenous roots.  An evening session for members of the public was also scheduled for later in the day.

 Group photo image of Hillcrest students, past and present, in the tree planting ceremony Hillcrest Central turns 50
It’s a milestone year for history and heritage at Hillcrest Central School in Teeswater.  Recently, the school hosted an open house and celebration of 50 years.  The event was well attended with over 200 former staff, students and families taking part in the festivities.  Classrooms were themed after different decades with memorabilia decorating each room.  A service was held, which included a reunion of the Hillcrest Band, with current and former students led by Mrs.  Diane Wall.  A few former principals, Mr. Ron Hill and Mr. Don Leatham, shared remarks on their memories and expressed their deep appreciation of the community.  The Ballaghs musical group, which contains five Hillcrest graduates, also performed.  The service ended with a tree planting by the Lamont and Martin families.  Mrs. Lenora Lamont is a former teacher.  Her son Brent is a graduate, and her granddaughter Rebecca is graduating this year.  Heather Martin graduated during the 25th year of Hillcrest, while her son Reece graduates this year as well.

Image of OSDSS electronic sign announcing "Education Week, May 1-5; #EdWeekBWDSB"