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A Visit to L’Arche Daybreak Centre

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Grade 10 Enriched Religion had the amazing opportunity to visit L’Arche Daybreak centre in Toronto.

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This world renowned centre is the first and largest L’Arche community in North America. It has been the home to inspirational giants, such as, Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen.

L’Arche says this about itself: “L’Arche is built on the recognition of the ability of individuals with intellectual disabilities to welcome and accept others as they are. We believe that this gift has an important and transformative effect, helping each one of us to become more fully human and thus helping to humanize our entire society.” What stood out for us was that although our culture places much emphasis on achievement and intellectual ability, there is a deeper way to be human – being from the heart. We saw how language shapes our reality. The people, whom we would normally call “residents” are “core members of the community” and those we would call “staff” are “assistants”. Our visit to L’Arche gave us insights into how to live not as “us and them” but how to see everyone as “us”.

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One story that stands out is from a conversation between a core member and Jean Vanier. The core member was expressing how difficult it was when assistants left after being part of the community for a year or two. Jean understood this but said, “They are not leaving us. We are sending them out. They are not the same as they were when they came to us. They have been changed and now we can celebrate that we are sending them out to change the world.”

Mr. Butler


ENG2DN takes a trip to the University of Waterloo

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Mrs. Wittmann’s Grade 10 Enriched English students began the day with a student-led tour of the campus, including stops at EIT (Centre for Environmental and Information Technology) where they were shown, among other things, the mineral and dinosaur collections, the Student Life Centre, and the Physical Activities Complex.

They were also given a tour of the Dana Porter Library. The Dana Porter Library is referred to as “Porter” in TRELLIS, the online catalogue. Located in the centre of campus, this 10-storey building houses library administration as well as materials in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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As well, they sat in on two lectures:

Associate professor Jennifer Harris’s class, “Introduction to Literary Studies”

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Assistant professor Beth Coleman’s class, “Introduction to Digital Media Studies”

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University of Waterloo Math Contests

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All Grade 12 students who have registered for the Euclid Math Contest are to report to the Lecture Hall at the morning bell on Tuesday, April 15th. Please bring a pencil, eraser, and non-programmable scientific calculator along with you. Your $5 deposit will be returned to you at this time.

All Grade 9, 10 and 11 students registered for the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Math Contests will be writing in the Lecture Hall on Wednesday, April 16th during periods 1 and 2. Please come before O Canada – and be sure to come prepared.

GOOD LUCK to all of our student Mathletes on this difficult challenge!!!!

Miss C. Stockie


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TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talks videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

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Enrichment at Saint Benedict Catholic Secondary School

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Students in enriched courses will be evaluated based on the same expectations as students in the regular academic course, but will be challenged with more critical and creative thought, and the underlying concepts of each course will be explored more deeply and broadly.  Students opting for these courses must demonstrate a strong and consistent work ethic. These programs will include both structured classes, as well as opportunities for extra-curricular experiences (including field trips and guest-speakers).