2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. This particular war is not so famous for the Americans, but has been of great importance to Canadians, who see it as a pivotal event in history. It was during this only war fought on Canadian soil–and the only war between Canada and United States–that we claimed our identity and defended our boarders against a much more powerful foe. In honour of this important event the Senior Class learned about this period in history. As part of our work, the students researched particular aspects of the war, then wrote short skits of that event. With the help of videographer and editor, Michael Rendulic, we then filmed these skits. The results were four wonderful History Minutes.
Press Release for the Coquitlam NOW News:
Students launch their year with global compassion
Inspired by McCloud’s book Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids, families at Children of Integrity Montessori Academy in Coquitlam are gearing up this month to provide hundreds of filled bags for the yearly Ten Thousand Villages’ School Kit Program, where school supplies are shipped to countries in need.
The hand-sewn multi-use fabric bags, supplied by the non-profit store locations, are being taken home by the families passionate about giving the gift of education. By filling each one with the school supplies necessary for what seems like pennies by Canadian standards, the outcome is priceless in the eyes of a less fortunate child. “We were touched by the story of how excited children in many parts of the world get for school supplies to arrive,” says Adrienne and Brad, parents at the school. “The idea that someone could have access to education and a brighter future for less than $10 seemed inspiring. With education comes understanding.”
Children of Integrity, a Montessori academy committed to the core belief that every child is born with creative potential, the drive to learn, and the right to be treated as an individual, is working to extend their vision and commitment beyond the walls of their school community, and reach out in a global way.
“We take so much for granted,” says Lauren Plaviak, teacher and advocate for the children. “Our students come dressed in their full uniforms each day, excited to get into the classroom to start working. They are so passionate to learn. Everything is there for them to become independent, self-confident and heart-centered leaders. In other countries, children as young as six risk being beaten or caned showing up to school without simple school supplies or the proper fees, regardless if their families can afford them. Their one burning desire, a globally-shared one for sure, is the right to learn and belong. School supplies help bring that sense of comfort and belonging back into children’s lives. Those of us living in affluence can so easily forget.”
Inherent in the Montessori classroom is a revolutionary method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. It helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, care of the environment and each other, and prepares them to contribute to society and to become fulfilled persons.
Anita Anand, Principal and Professional Co-Active Coach, holds the highest of intentions for the children and their families under her care. “As Montessori guides, our goal is always to nurture the qualities in children that make them want to live their lives as socially-responsible global citizens. We want our children to understand that they are not just our future, they are our ‘right now.’ This is where our ‘Me to We’ theme germinated from for this year. It’s about becoming a community of world-changers, and believing that we can make a difference…one bucket at a time. In the poignant words of Mahatma Gandhi, we need to be the change we wish to see in the world.”
To get involved with the School Kit Project, please contact any of the Ten Thousand Villages locations across Greater Vancouver or visit their website at www.tenthousandvillages.ca. The deadline to support this project is September 30th.
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The first part of September is flying by in a flurry of activity. It has been heartwarming to welcome our returning and new students to a bright and exciting new school year! We are looking forward to a year of renewed growth and service as we all work together to build a vibrant school community that honours the children in our care.
A warm thank you to all parents who attended our Parent Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, September 4. It is always wonderful to gather together as our larger school community. Thank you for your participation in the classroom discussions regarding our guiding Montessori principles at each level and how home and school can collaborate to provide the best learning experience for your child/ren this year.