One of the many benefits we have as a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school is the amazing relationships that are made across the grades. This past month has been rich with opportunities for different grades to share knowledge, expertise, and make connections to each other.
At the end of May, our Grade 11 PE students led our primary students in games and activities on the field, an event that has become an annual tradition that both groups look forward to: Right to Play
Last week, a group of students who had participated in the 2010-2011 Experiential Program, formally presented four beautiful picnic tables to the Junior School. Colton spoke on behalf of the group at the Junior School assembly to give them the background on the tables. The tables were built during the third term and was one of the options for students to learn a new skill, hands on. Fifteen students, under Mr. Peter Leggett’s guidance, built the tables and chose to donate them to the Junior School. Several attended the Junior School and have many great memories of playing on the field and playground.
This week, despite being in the midst of exam preparation, fourteen Grade 11 and 12 students responded to a request to lead and facilitate a discussion with students from the Middle School. After an introduction where students heard statistics from the United States that the average teen will spend up to 10 hours a day with some form of media, Grade 6, 7 and 8 students watched excerpts from the acclaimed and thought-provoking documentary Miss Representation.
In the lecture theatre, students discussed, with different partners, their thoughts and comments from the clips of the film focusing on how media can influence our thinking about ourselves, others, leaders and may impact our own behaviour. After the screening, students broke out into groups and the Grade 11 and 12 students led discussions about media literacy, women and leadership, and stereotypes in the media. The older students found themselves learning as much as the younger students and were very impressed by the thoughts and contributions of the people in their group.
There are so many mutual benefits from these connections occurring across our campuses.