July was a month of learning for more than 400 students enrolled in the RCCDSB’s summer programs.
The elementary Summer School program for Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 students ran each morning from July 2–25. Two hundred and seventy students participated in the program across seven sites, which included St. John Bosco, Barry’s Bay, St. James, Eganville, St. Anthony’s Chalk River, Our Lady of Sorrows, Petawawa, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pembroke, Our Lady of Fatima, Renfrew and St. John XXIII, Arnprior.
“Our summer school program offers students a fun and exciting way to continue their learning, close gaps and reach ahead,” said T.J. O’Grady, Principal of the elementary Summer School program. “Our highly qualified teachers approach learning through inquiry and hands-on tasks, often using an overarching theme for a week at a time to afford students the opportunity to truly see their learning through,” continued O’Grady.
Many of the summer school sites went on excursions or had visits from community services.
Thanks to community partners, unique learning opportunities included the County of Renfrew Paramedics bringing an ambulance to St. Anthony’s for students to learn about first responders, and the Town of Petawawa sharing its recreation programs with students at Our Lady of Sorrows.
“We were also very fortunate and blessed to have our very own Rebecca Paulsen come into each classroom and work with staff and students and guide them in some Christian Meditation,” noted O’Grady.
The Summer School programs at Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Lourdes sites benefitted from a Summer CODE program that offered students full-day learning for one week with excursions centred around wellness and a catered lunch each day.
“Our Summer School program is truly robust in content and places a large emphasis on engaging students in active and meaningful literacy and numeracy tasks. Learning is fun and the sea of smiles at our summer school sites would definitely confirm this,” stated O’Grady.
The summer learning program also included two week-long camps for Grade 4 students at both RCCDSB high schools.
This year’s participation was the largest ever and represented a cross-section of RCCDSB’s elementary schools, noted Rory Donohue, Principal of the summer camps. “We capped registration for the Jag Camp at St. Joseph’s High School in Renfrew at 82 students, and we had 73 students at the Crusader Camp at Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke.”
The camps offered students a chance to do some coding work, outdoor education and team building, indoor health, fitness and leadership and, once again this year, offered an art program where students painted a copy of the painting ‘The Eagles’ by Canadian artist Ted Harrison.
“The camps are a great way for kids to meet students from other schools who will also be attending St. Joseph’s or Bishop Smith,” said Kip Mulvihill, one of the lead instructors of Jag Camp.
In addition to the summer school courses and camps, about 100 students completed courses online. Eighty-three of those students took courses offered by the RCCDSB which included three sections of Grade 10 Civics/Careers and one section of Grade 11 World Religions, reported Donohue.
August 26, 2019
For further information, please contact:
Jaimie Perry, Director of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
Phone: 613-735-1031 or 1-800-267-0191