by Jamie Wilson
NDDHS Minister of Communications
Last week Taryn Cooper and I, along with our staff supporter, Mrs. Durant, attended the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Youth Climate Summit. It was a two-day virtual event filled with engaging guest speakers and a presentation on creating a climate action plan for your school. We discussed everything from Climate 101 to the effect of climate change on Canada’s north.
We are very excited to bring our new knowledge back to the school, continue improving the school’s ecological footprint, and increase awareness of climate issues among students and the community. During the rest of the school year, we plan to have environmental-themed challenges for students to participate in, so stay tuned! We hope this will encourage students to be mindful of climate change’s effects on our lives, learn about what we can do, and get outside to appreciate nature. If any students are interested in participating in climate action within the school, potentially getting involved with a team or club next year, please contact Jamie Wilson or Taryn Cooper, or send a message on the Student Council Instagram.
This week (just completed) is National Nursing Week. Nurses have a critical role in patients’ healthcare journeys. The pandemic has brought to light how much these people do for our communities. Since the beginning, they have been on the frontline, working long hours to combat the virus and care for those suffering from it. We want to thank all the nurses, especially those in our community and at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, for all they do. We would not be able to fight this virus without their hard work and dedication.
First Virtual Spirit Day (May 5, 2021)
Last Friday, April 30th, we had our first virtual spirit day of the year. We chose pyjama day as the theme, as we figured that would not be too difficult with everyone likely already in their pyjamas while studying at home. Students and teachers sent in photos to the Student Council of them in their favourite pyjamas to participate. We hope to see more participation in virtual spirit days as we continue with online learning. There are plans for some online challenges as well!
This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We want to thank the teachers at North Dundas for everything they do. This year has undoubtedly been difficult for students, but many may overlook the difficulties teachers have faced. They have had to adapt to many changes this year, including the entirely new quadmester system. They have had to learn how to effectively teach online and deal with technical difficulties and interruptions at home during online classes. Not to mention switching back and forth between in-person and online learning throughout the year. We thank them all so much for doing their best to continue to provide the students with the support they need and making this year the best that it could be!