(Pictured above: Lyn Public School students hold together a jigsaw map
of Canada at the Unity and Diversity event.)
Upper Canada District School Board Kicks Off
Canada 150 Celebration at
Lyn Public School
150 Days of Fun Planned to Celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial
Relive the Moment through the Lyn Public School Facebook Video:
Unity and Diversity
By Mark Calder
(Lyn) The Upper Canada District School Board kicked off Canada 150 celebrations Wednesday at Lyn Public School (LPS), treating the community to an engaging lesson in Canadian history through re-enactments, recitation and song.
The school hosted Unity and Diversity, the inaugural event of the Board’s Canada 150 Celebration, which will include 150 days of fun over the course of the school year. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6, acting in various roles, told their audience about the history of our nation and how it evolved from just four provinces in 1867 to 10 provinces and three territories with the introduction of Nunavut in 1999.
Under a tent set up on the school’s front lawn, students dressed in period costume entertained dozens of guests by reading famous quotes about Canada. Others presented flags of the provinces and territories and explained when they entered Confederation, or carried wooden cut-outs of each province, and later joined them in a large jigsaw puzzle to form a map of Canada.
And in a special twist, Brockville re-enactor Brian Porter appeared as Sir John A. Macdonald himself, sitting at a table to sign key Confederation documents with students dressed as Founding Fathers such as Sir Charles Tupper and Thomas D’Arcy McGee.
LPS Principal Jennifer Moore said helping students understand the history of Canada, and then demonstrating what they learned, made the sesquicentennial more meaningful for students and was a perfect way to launch the board wide celebration.
“It was very important to our students because of the history of it,” said Moore of Wednesday’s celebration. “A lot of the time history is just a page in a book to kids. Today they got to see, feel and experience the history of Canada from the start of Confederation to the country we have today. It really helped them understand how our country was built.”
Guests also experienced a native blessing, and enjoyed performances of This Land is Your Land and Canada Is, sung by primary students, and a cheering session by Kindergarteners who held up placards to spell out “Canada 150.”
Preparing for the performance gave students a greater appreciation for the struggles earlier generations made to create the nation we have today.
“It causes you to think about all you have and how sometimes you believe it’s not good enough,” said Caitlyn Marshall, a Grade 6 student at Lyn. “But then you realize that before, they really had to work hard for everything they got.”
The event was part of a larger celebration in which the board will recognize the 150th anniversary of Confederation over 150 days throughout the 2016-2017 school year. From September 2016 to June 2017, each of the district’s 85 schools will be hosting one or more school-wide celebrations to commemorate this special moment in our country’s history.
Planning for these days is underway and more information is to follow. A calendar of days in which schools will mark the anniversary can be found at the following link: The UCDSB Celebrates Canada 150.
Published September 15, 2016