Orange shirt day was on September 30th, this day was created through a national movement to honour residential school survivors in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. Please see the links below for more information. We have a number of excellent books in the Hodgins Library about residential schools ranging from picture books to novels.
The focus of our library lessons for Grades 2-5 the week of September 26th-30th were on the importance of 'every child matters. The books we read were When I was Eight by Margaret-Pokiak Fenton and Shi Shi Etko by Nicola Campbell..
This led to students taking action by tracing their hands on orange paper and writing caring messages.
Connections to our current PYP Units of Inquiry!
Kindergarten is learning about how schools are organized and the roles and responsibilities of our school community members.
The Grade 2 classes are focusing on a unit of inquiry on taking action and the importance of meaningful local and global action.
The Grade 4 classes are learning about personal identity and our rights and responsibilities.
The Grade 3’s unit of inquiry focuses on diversity and the importance of global-mindedness.
Last week, when I was reading Jane Goodall's book, 'A Prayer for World Peace', Bright in Grade 3 made wonderful connections to the lesson he had done in the classroom with Jenny about residential schools (and the importance of making sure every child has the right to a good education and being treated fairly and with respect as well as how we can learn from our mistakes.