Canterbury High School

Canterbury High School is a hub for activity in our small but tightly knit community. A community which quickly rallies around to support and help one another. CHS students demonstrate their interest and compassion for others in many different ways.

 

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Students are making Valentine’s Cards with positive messages to cheer up seniors who are living in a local facility, Dow’s Special Care Home and the Women’s Institute Home. We will be delivering them on Valentines Day.  Our messages will create a connection and trigger conversation. There are many lessons to be learned from the elders in our community.

Students are making Valentine’s Cards with positive messages to cheer up seniors who are living in a local facility, Dow’s Special Care Home and the Women’s Institute Home. We will be delivering them on Valentines Day. 

Our messages will create a connection and trigger conversation. There are many lessons to be learned from the elders in our community.

Kindness Calendar: The students from K-3 have been following a kindness calendar. Each day a specific kindness is highlighted, discussed and put into practice. A copy of the calendar has also been sent home for students to encourage the action with their family. Committing to kindness and passing it on. It is easy to be kind. A smile, a thank-you, a helping hand or a just hug. The specific kindness of the day demonstrates just how easy kind acts are. Everyone benefits, the giver and the recipient. When we think about what a global citizen is, we think of a kind person who understands others, is curious and appreciative of other points of view and enjoys the world and its differences. This calendar is a step toward instilling global citizenship. The actions are doable, fun and encourage discussion. Students, teachers and family- members are now asking "What kindnesses did you do today?" Kindness should be expected, habitual.  Habits become habit when they are modelled and consistently practiced.

Kindness Calendar: The students from K-3 have been following a kindness calendar. Each day a specific kindness is highlighted, discussed and put into practice. A copy of the calendar has also been sent home for students to encourage the action with their family.

Committing to kindness and passing it on. It is easy to be kind. A smile, a thank-you, a helping hand or a just hug. The specific kindness of the day demonstrates just how easy kind acts are. Everyone benefits, the giver and the recipient. When we think about what a global citizen is, we think of a kind person who understands others, is curious and appreciative of other points of view and enjoys the world and its differences. This calendar is a step toward instilling global citizenship. The actions are doable, fun and encourage discussion. Students, teachers and family- members are now asking "What kindnesses did you do today?" Kindness should be expected, habitual.  Habits become habit when they are modelled and consistently practiced.

The grade 6/7 class are making a conscious effort sharing their thoughts of what kind of world they'd like to live in, bringing  awareness and sparking conversation.  An interactive display board was created and the school community invited to share their thoughts by finishing the statement "I want to live in a world that . . ." The focus being, what "WE" can do to make this a reality.  The statement was also posted on Facebook inviting the community into the discussion.  Challenging people to think and share how they can make a positive difference in the world! Developing an understanding that dialogue is the first step to change and everyone's voice is important. 

The grade 6/7 class are making a conscious effort sharing their thoughts of what kind of world they'd like to live in, bringing  awareness and sparking conversation.  An interactive display board was created and the school community invited to share their thoughts by finishing the statement "I want to live in a world that . . ." The focus being, what "WE" can do to make this a reality. 

The statement was also posted on Facebook inviting the community into the discussion. 

Challenging people to think and share how they can make a positive difference in the world! Developing an understanding that dialogue is the first step to change and everyone's voice is important. 

Your Secret Mission Assignment . . .  Secret Agent Charlie, Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to secretly serve others. For the next 16 days you will be performing random acts of kindness. You will pick a target (the person you will be kind to) and do something nice for them.  We can make our classroom a better place by serving each other and sharing kindness. Remember to use your spy pen and fill out the mission chart as you complete each assignment.  DON’T BLOW YOUR COVER.  GOOD LUCK AGENT!  Random Acts of Kindness - spreading kindness throughout the school, community and home. The power of kindness can change the way people see and experience the world.

Your Secret Mission Assignment . . . 
Secret Agent Charlie, Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to secretly serve others. For the next 16 days you will be performing random acts of kindness. You will pick a target (the person you will be kind to) and do something nice for them.  We can make our classroom a better place by serving each other and sharing kindness. Remember to use your spy pen and fill out the mission chart as you complete each assignment.  DON’T BLOW YOUR COVER.  GOOD LUCK AGENT! 

Random Acts of Kindness - spreading kindness throughout the school, community and home. The power of kindness can change the way people see and experience the world.

Pink Shirt Day Encourages conversation about the subject and issue of bullying in all areas of society. The day symbolizes that we do not tolerate bullying - An effort to practice kindness and acceptance towards both ourselves and others.

Pink Shirt Day
Encourages conversation about the subject and issue of bullying in all areas of society. The day symbolizes that we do not tolerate bullying - An effort to practice kindness and acceptance towards both ourselves and others.

Students in grades 2 and 3 watched the video "Kindness Pay It Forward". Without prompting students responded to the video's content. The major point of this video is that a single person can create a ripple effect of kindness. These actions do not need to be huge grand gestures. The simple thoughtful acts seen in the video are concrete forces for positive good.  Examples of student responses:  "It's like the circle of life."  "It sort of made me happy/sad."  Pay it Forward - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=  One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people.

Students in grades 2 and 3 watched the video "Kindness Pay It Forward". Without prompting students responded to the video's content. The major point of this video is that a single person can create a ripple effect of kindness. These actions do not need to be huge grand gestures. The simple thoughtful acts seen in the video are concrete forces for positive good. 
Examples of student responses:  "It's like the circle of life."  "It sort of made me happy/sad." 

Pay it Forward - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= 

One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people.

Taking Action For the Homeless:  Five grade 6 students realized a need and wanted to help. They created posters, made daily announcements and rallied up other students to help collect items and monetary donations. For two weeks they worked at stations within the school during their breaks. They arranged to deliver items and donations to the Fredericton Homeless Shelter. Nobody starts out homeless. However, during one’s lifetime, various circumstances turn necessities we all take for granted, like food and shelter, into scarce resources. Whether it be mental health issues, addiction or family circumstance, some people lose their way. Most of us are too busy to see the problem of homelessness dismissing it's existence.  But we can't dismiss the human being. Someone's brother, father, son, sister, mother and daughter

Taking Action For the Homeless:  Five grade 6 students realized a need and wanted to help. They created posters, made daily announcements and rallied up other students to help collect items and monetary donations. For two weeks they worked at stations within the school during their breaks. They arranged to deliver items and donations to the Fredericton Homeless Shelter.

Nobody starts out homeless. However, during one’s lifetime, various circumstances turn necessities we all take for granted, like food and shelter, into scarce resources. Whether it be mental health issues, addiction or family circumstance, some people lose their way. Most of us are too busy to see the problem of homelessness dismissing it's existence.  But we can't dismiss the human being. Someone's brother, father, son, sister, mother and daughter

The traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk was used to demonstrate how easily we judge others by their appearance and behavior. We are all guilty of making assumptions based on what we see and many times these assumptions are wrong. Students read the tale and responded to the question, “What do you think of the giant?” All responses were negative because the story is told from Jack’s point of view. Then we looked at the giant’s personal diary and students learned how they had misunderstood him. We never know for sure what motivates other people to behave the way they do.  Nor can we ever truly understand a person’s heart unless we take the time to know them.  Jerry the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk is a good example.

The traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk was used to demonstrate how easily we judge others by their appearance and behavior. We are all guilty of making assumptions based on what we see and many times these assumptions are wrong. Students read the tale and responded to the question, “What do you think of the giant?” All responses were negative because the story is told from Jack’s point of view. Then we looked at the giant’s personal diary and students learned how they had misunderstood him.

We never know for sure what motivates other people to behave the way they do.  Nor can we ever truly understand a person’s heart unless we take the time to know them.  Jerry the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk is a good example.

Students created a life size representation of themselves. Prompted with "I Will . . ." students considered how they would like to make a positive change. They then created a speech bubble for their finished, statement. The works are displayed on the back wall of the school's stage. Our actions are inspired by our thoughts. If we can change the way we think, we can begin to change the actions we take.

Students created a life size representation of themselves. Prompted with "I Will . . ." students considered how they would like to make a positive change. They then created a speech bubble for their finished, statement. The works are displayed on the back wall of the school's stage.

Our actions are inspired by our thoughts. If we can change the way we think, we can begin to change the actions we take.

We Acted and Made a Change: throughout the month of February the grade 2 students focused on three individuals whose life circumstances set them on a path that has positively impacted the world.  Each student chose one of the three and wrote a report which was presented and then displayed for others to read. Sometimes life disruptions cause us to create opportunities that inspire us to make global change possible.

We Acted and Made a Change: throughout the month of February the grade 2 students focused on three individuals whose life circumstances set them on a path that has positively impacted the world.  Each student chose one of the three and wrote a report which was presented and then displayed for others to read.

Sometimes life disruptions cause us to create opportunities that inspire us to make global change possible.

Our k-1 class took on the challenge of becoming “Kindness Superheroes”. It was their mission to be kind to others in how they spoke and acted.  They made a display of superheroes signifying the power they each have to spread kindness.  Everyone wins when we’re all kind to one another. We must never underestimate the power of kindness. We never know how much happiness our kindness can bring to someone’s life.

Our k-1 class took on the challenge of becoming “Kindness Superheroes”. It was their mission to be kind to others in how they spoke and acted.  They made a display of superheroes signifying the power they each have to spread kindness. 

Everyone wins when we’re all kind to one another. We must never underestimate the power of kindness. We never know how much happiness our kindness can bring to someone’s life.

Kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2/3 read and discussed a variety of books emphasizing how unique each one of us is. We celebrated our differences and similarities.  The kindergarten and grade one class created a crayon box display representing that we are all unique.    There are many different colors in a crayon box. Together they create beautiful pictures. Being unique offers us the same opportunity. To learn from and grow with each other, creating a much more interesting  and united world.

Kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2/3 read and discussed a variety of books emphasizing how unique each one of us is. We celebrated our differences and similarities.  The kindergarten and grade one class created a crayon box display representing that we are all unique.   

There are many different colors in a crayon box. Together they create beautiful pictures. Being unique offers us the same opportunity. To learn from and grow with each other, creating a much more interesting  and united world.

The k-1 class joined forces with the grade 2-3 class to talk about the importance of caring for the environment.  They discussed small acts that even little kids can do to make a difference for the environment. They reused old newspaper and scraps of paper to create a display, which encourages others in our school to take action for the environment. If we want a healthy and positive environment we must first have a blueprint in the imagination, a vision. Then that idea can be implemented and materialize. Destruction of natures resources results from ignorance, lack of respect and greed. Children need to know the truth about their responsibility toward the environment. 

The k-1 class joined forces with the grade 2-3 class to talk about the importance of caring for the environment.  They discussed small acts that even little kids can do to make a difference for the environment. They reused old newspaper and scraps of paper to create a display, which encourages others in our school to take action for the environment.

If we want a healthy and positive environment we must first have a blueprint in the imagination, a vision. Then that idea can be implemented and materialize. Destruction of natures resources results from ignorance, lack of respect and greed. Children need to know the truth about their responsibility toward the environment. 

The K-1 class sent thank you letters to a local church group thanking them for supporting our school with a donation of mittens. Students also posted a thank you letter to their bus drivers, thanking them for all that they do and getting them to school safely.  We do not have to do something earth shattering to make a difference. It's the little things that often have the greatest impact. A smile, a friendly word, a compliment, a helping hand, a sympathetic ear, these are the things that we can do every day. They cost nothing yet are the greatest gifts.

The K-1 class sent thank you letters to a local church group thanking them for supporting our school with a donation of mittens. Students also posted a thank you letter to their bus drivers, thanking them for all that they do and getting them to school safely. 

We do not have to do something earth shattering to make a difference. It's the little things that often have the greatest impact. A smile, a friendly word, a compliment, a helping hand, a sympathetic ear, these are the things that we can do every day. They cost nothing yet are the greatest gifts.

Making a Difference With Muffins: The grade 2 class read about and then discussed the work of animal and environmental activist Jane Goodall.  Out of these conversations and students learned more about the issues the Chimpanzees face.  Each year the grade 2s hold a, “Making a Difference With Muffins” sale.  They choose a specific cause to support. They then create posters and make morning announcements to inform the student body of their chosen cause and encourage them to support their fund raiser.  This year students wanted to raise money and donate the proceeds to Jane Goodall’s, Roots and Shoots program. Students and Staff supported the grade twos by purchasing muffins and lemonade.  Everywhere she goes, Jane urges audiences to recognize their personal power and responsibility to effect positive change through consumer action, lifestyle change and activism. Global citizenship at its best.

Making a Difference With Muffins: The grade 2 class read about and then discussed the work of animal and environmental activist Jane Goodall.  Out of these conversations and students learned more about the issues the Chimpanzees face.  Each year the grade 2s hold a, “Making a Difference With Muffins” sale.  They choose a specific cause to support. They then create posters and make morning announcements to inform the student body of their chosen cause and encourage them to support their fund raiser.  This year students wanted to raise money and donate the proceeds to Jane Goodall’s, Roots and Shoots program. Students and Staff supported the grade twos by purchasing muffins and lemonade. 

Everywhere she goes, Jane urges audiences to recognize their personal power and responsibility to effect positive change through consumer action, lifestyle change and activism. Global citizenship at its best.

Dun Roamin Animal Shelter: Students in Kindergarten to grade 6 collected much needed items for a local animal shelter. Students announced their intentions by making morning announcements. To be effective Global Citizens we must also look to our own communities. There is always a need somewhere and tapping into groups and organizations that work to fill those needs, allows us to see the what is possible in creating a sense of community.

Dun Roamin Animal Shelter: Students in Kindergarten to grade 6 collected much needed items for a local animal shelter. Students announced their intentions by making morning announcements.

To be effective Global Citizens we must also look to our own communities. There is always a need somewhere and tapping into groups and organizations that work to fill those needs, allows us to see the what is possible in creating a sense of community.

Grade 5 made hearts to post on a large tree to put on display. The hearts offered words of kindness and encouragement. Communication is vital to solving any problem and the words we use will either build a person up or take them down. We can choose whether our influence is positive or negative.

Grade 5 made hearts to post on a large tree to put on display. The hearts offered words of kindness and encouragement.

Communication is vital to solving any problem and the words we use will either build a person up or take them down. We can choose whether our influence is positive or negative.

Two students in grade 5 decided to cheer up senior citizens in retirement homes. For 2 recess breaks they invited students from all grade levels to meet and make some cheery cards. Even our vice principal dropped by. The cards were then delivered to the WI Home and the Manor in Woodstock. Global citizenship ideally starts at an early age. By encouraging our children to share their opinions and explore their own values, while respecting the values and opinions of others, we are creating a foundation for a contributing global citizen that lasts a lifetime.

Two students in grade 5 decided to cheer up senior citizens in retirement homes. For 2 recess breaks they invited students from all grade levels to meet and make some cheery cards. Even our vice principal dropped by. The cards were then delivered to the WI Home and the Manor in Woodstock.

Global citizenship ideally starts at an early age. By encouraging our children to share their opinions and explore their own values, while respecting the values and opinions of others, we are creating a foundation for a contributing global citizen that lasts a lifetime.

Each week in February, grade 5 began their day by viewing a video of an uplifting song. They listened to "Get Back Up Again" from the movie Trolls, "Imagine" by John Lennon and "Fireworks" by Katy Perry.  Music has always been an excellent source of inspiration. Particularly if you are stuck with some problem you can’t find a solution to, a beautiful song can give you a new perspective, let you see the problem from a different angle. 

Each week in February, grade 5 began their day by viewing a video of an uplifting song. They listened to "Get Back Up Again" from the movie Trolls, "Imagine" by John Lennon and "Fireworks" by Katy Perry. 

Music has always been an excellent source of inspiration. Particularly if you are stuck with some problem you can’t find a solution to, a beautiful song can give you a new perspective, let you see the problem from a different angle. 

Students were exposed to books that teach diversity. Each day for 3 weeks we gathered as a class and read aloud from one of these books. Questions arose and discussions occurred. Children’s books can act like both mirrors and windows on the world. Mirrors in that they can reflect on children’s own lives, and windows in that they can give children a chance to learn about someone else’s life. We can learn about people who initially seem different, and get closer to them through their stories.

Students were exposed to books that teach diversity. Each day for 3 weeks we gathered as a class and read aloud from one of these books. Questions arose and discussions occurred.

Children’s books can act like both mirrors and windows on the world. Mirrors in that they can reflect on children’s own lives, and windows in that they can give children a chance to learn about someone else’s life. We can learn about people who initially seem different, and get closer to them through their stories.

The grade two class began writing to a pen pal in Saint Lazare, Quebec Having a pen-pal is a wonderful way to help children learn more about the world around them. The ability to appreciate, understand and respect other cultures is an important quality. Children are more likely to be interested in what another child is telling them first hand, rather than by reading about a country in a book or watching a documentary.

The grade two class began writing to a pen pal in Saint Lazare, Quebec

Having a pen-pal is a wonderful way to help children learn more about the world around them. The ability to appreciate, understand and respect other cultures is an important quality. Children are more likely to be interested in what another child is telling them first hand, rather than by reading about a country in a book or watching a documentary.

This will be our second year participating in the challenge. During the 2015-16 school year, the challenge encouraged us get busy and act. Our activities brought life to the issues we talk about, such as bullying, self-esteem and diversity. We were busy but had a great time. We are now looking forward to sharing the many things we do and will do.