A long time ago, the Inuits built inuksuks in the arctic and northern territories. The Inuits used large stone or sometimes snow to create the inuksuks, which served as markers to help them find their way. The grade 3 students in Ms. Cowan’s class also learned that inuksuks helped the Inuits find food by steering the cariboo to the hunter and also marked places where they stored their food. The inuksuk is also on the Nunavut flag, showing how important it was to their way of living. The students use small stones to make models of inuksuks for their Mother’s Day gifts because our mothers show us the way and help guide us in our lives.
Spring Concert has been an annual tradition at Sinclair for many years. It takes a tremendous amount of time and effort on part of the staff and students; however, when we see the children shine on stage, we know it has all been worth the effort!
The theme of the Spring Concert this year was celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday as well as the school’s 60 years of excellent public education. For the stage’s backdrop, the students and staff created a large collage of the students’ photos to form a large Canadian flag. It was stunning!
I love the school-wide production, which brings the students and school community together, providing opportunities for students to excel in areas other than the academics. “As backstage manager, I see the look of our kids’ faces just before they go on stage. It is MAGICAL!” (Mr. Baker).
Grade 7 Book Club and First Nations Art Enlargements
The grade 7 students in division 2 were engaged in literature circles with an aboriginal theme. where they looked at cultures such as Haida, Cree, Inuit, Tlingit, and Interior Salish. One group of students read Farley Mowat’s classic Lost in the Barrons, an adventure story that deals with intercultural friendships between two boys. Awasin, a Cree boy, and Jamie, a city boy from Toronto learn to work together and trust one another.
Another group of students looked at Shirley Sterling’s book My Name is Sepeetza, a year long diary of a girl in a residential school. Julie of the Wolves by Jean George dealing with the importance of identity and sense of belonging in a changing world was enjoyed by a third group of students.
A group of boys thoroughly enjoyed Ben Mikaelsen’s Touching Spirit Bear. Ankit, one of the grade seven boys, said the book changed his way of thinking in regards to punishment and to consider different ways to heal individuals. How does one help someone become a better person?
After their different novel studies, the students researched the aboriginal cultures in their books and recreated an art poster in order to help them enrich their understanding of the novel. It also helped provide more context to what they read.