On Monday we had a class picnic to celebrate a great year together!
On Tuesday we participated in a backstage tour at the Stratford Festival, ate lunch at Upper Queens Park, visited the Art Gallery, and got ice cream on the way back to school.
It’s been a great last week of school!
Last Friday we participated in many fun games at the Stratford Tennis Club and tried on lots of costumes at the Festival Warehouse. We also enjoyed a great time at Upper Queens Park.
Our class has been learning about various Human Organ Systems within our body. Students worked in small groups to create a life-size model of their system. They researched information about their system, chose which materials they wanted to represent various organs, muscles, bones, and veins in the body, and created their model. When finished, they presented their models to the class and taught us how their system works. Excellent job, everyone!
We have spent a few classes painting rocks for a community project. Last fall, I took my Dad out for a walk around the Listowel Park. He was in the hospital at this point and just wanted to get outside for some fresh air. As I was pushing him around the river in his wheelchair, I was feeling a little bit sad on the inside that his life had come to the point where I had to push him around in the wheelchair. Just as I was feeling this, I noticed a bright orange rock at the base of a tree just off the path. On the rock it said “Keep on going.” This little rock, with this small message, gave me so much strength in that moment and really made me smile. For the person who painted that rock and set it there, they probably didn’t think it would be a huge deal, but on that day, it was to me, so I wanted to hopefully do that for someone else. A few weeks ago we collected rocks and painted them with really bright colours. When they were dry, we wrote positive words or messages on the rocks. On Friday afternoon, we walked around the Avon neighbourhood and scattered these rocks in people’s gardens, at the mailboxes, and on front doorsteps. My hope is that these rocks either provide a smile, some peace, or some strength to those who find them. It’s the little things in life that matter the most.
To demonstrate our learning of Medieval Europe, we hosted a traditional Medieval Feast this week. We each came to the feast in character and in costume. During the feast, we had to stay true to our roles. Those of us who were considered “royalty” were treated to beautiful table cloths, candles, flowers, champagne glasses, and plates; while those of us who were considered peasants didn’t have much at our table, had to eat our meal on trenchers (“stale” bread), and were just lucky to be invited! The king welcomed us to his castle, the bishop said a prayer before the meal, and the baker and cook were busy preparing food in the kitchen. On the menu was poultry (chicken fingers), potatoes (fries), bread, cheese, grapes, carrots, tarts, and “red and white wine.” The peasants had to serve the others and the entertainers were asked to display their talents to everyone after the feast had ended. It was a wonderful afternoon. I’m so proud of these kids for taking this so seriously and doing such a great job with their characters.
*A huge thank you to all of you who brought in food items for our feast and to Linda and Shirley for helping to prepare the food!