Classroom Without Walls Round-Up

Classroom Without Walls (CWOW) is a program which is aptly named: quite literally, we are extending the classroom beyond the normal confines of four walls and a strict timetable. Students delve into extended inquiry, real world application, and deeper exploration of curricular topics.

Grade 6 Cinematheque Workshop
Mr. Kevin Kennedy

The Grade 6 classes welcomed Michael Fontana from Cinematheque, who lead a workshop on Civic Engagement. In my class we typically embark on a "Making a Different Campaign," and this workshop serves as a launching point. Kids decode the language of civic engagement brainstorm issues in their community and around the world they are concerned about, and consider different media messaging as a means of communication their ideas.

Grade 8 Comparative Religions Tour
Miss Marie Payne

We went to the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir temple of the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society in the morning, and we went to the Gurdwara Sahib Brookside (Sikh temple) in the afternoon. Both places fed us vegetarian meals and gave us engaging and informative tours. We do this to find out more about Canadian and World religions, which is part of the Grade 8 Individuals and Societies curriculum. It also connects to our Language and Literature study of Life of Pi, as the main character in the novel identifies with many different religions. This brings him a lot of trouble in his early years, but brings him peace during the extraordinary hardship of his ocean adventure.

Student Reflections: How Was the Trip?

"I loved Friday's trip. We did things that we don't usually do, and went to places that were new for lots of people in the grade. The smell of both places reminded me of home. I learned a lot about Hindu gods and how they started off as humans, and also why some of them are blue. I wanted to ask about Mahabarath, a war between ancient Hindus, but we ran out of time." Isha D.

"What I liked about Friday's trip to the Hindu temple and Sikh temple was how the two buildings were designed because they looked really nice, and also how they greeted us. More importantly, I liked the food. Both places has a lot of information, like who they worshipped and how many gods they had. I also learned at the Hindu temple that there were specifically orange and red decorations because of a celebration in their religion." Ali W.

French CWOW Day
Mme. Katerina Pogrebinsky

Concours d'art Oratoire Last Friday a great day for our French-speaking students, filled with excitement, competition, and collaboration. As part of our Classroom Without Wall program, the day allowed students to experience events and presentation that normally would not take place in a regular school day.

We began the day with our annual Concours d'art Oratoire, a provincial public speaking competition. Every year, most school organise this even to select the best speakers of the year. This year, we had nine students competing: Annie, Bella, Pawel, Denise, Emily, Nancy, Juliana, Catherina and Rosy. These students had already won their grade competitions, and were now delivering their speeches to the jury, made of Ms. Boyd, Mr. Graveson, Ms. Stanley and Mrs. White.

After counting all the points, the judges selected Pawel, Nancy and Catherine as our Meadowridge winners. These brave students will represent our school at the Provincials at the beginning of May.

Well done everybody, and thank you, dear judges!

African Stages The second part of CWOW was a presentation by African Stages, who introduced the phenomena of story-telling typical for people in west-Africa. They used stories as a vehicle for education, collaboration and teaching moral values. This is what they say about their program:

Storytelling is a narrative framework within which we make our experience meaningful. Not only is it entertaining, it also helps children learn about good values and how to make good choices.

Students ended the day by creating their own stories, using the technics and allegories presented by African stages.

Grade 9 & 10 Career Fair
Mrs. Brianna Just

Grade 9 and 10 students experienced Meadowridge School's first Career Roundtable Series. This involved twenty-one professionals from the Meadowridge community – including alumni, parents, alumni parents, and staff – who volunteered their time to aid students with their career exploration. A variety of sectors were represented, including law, medicine, engineering, business, education, information technology, design, and public service. Students spent the morning rotating through different stations, allowing the opportunity to learn about five different professions in small groups. The goal was to create an intimate setting to encourage discussion, where students would feel comfortable asking questions. And ask questions they did! Grade 9 and 10 students weren't just interested in the details like job duties and salary ranges, but they were inquisitive about how each of our speakers landed in their chosen pursuit and generally curious about what "work life" looks like. Beyond exploring different careers, students also left with an understanding of some broader messages like it's okay to change your mind, success isn't instant, and the importance of spending time to figure out what it is that you really enjoy. It's safe to say that all of our students left the morning's session feeling inspired!

Learn more about the Meadowridge Experiential & Outdoor Education Program