Mark Kyte’s Grade 6/7 students from Ecole
Catholique Cathedrale spent a full week learning at Bellevue House
National Historic Site starting on Nov. 28th.
The students participated in Beyond Classrooms Kingston’s first
programming week at Bellevue House National Historic Site. The National
Historic Site commemorates Canada's First Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald.
He lived at the house, with his family, in the late 1840's. It is the
only location in the country solely dedicated to sharing Macdonald's
legacy. Beyond Classrooms welcomed the site as its eighth community
Mark’s goal for the week was for students to learn how the events and the people
of the past shape who we are today. Students spent the week
exploring the site and hearing from speakers from the community who will share
their history and culture.
Each day students will learned about Kingston and Canada’s history from a
different perspective. They were visited by costumed members of the United
Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada who shared events from Kingston’s
history. Mid-week they met with representatives from L’ACFO Mille-Îles
and Centre Culturel Frontenac to learn more about Francophone settlers and
immigrants as well as hear how Francophone culture is celebrated in Kingston.
An Oji-Cree Elder told students more about Aboriginal history and lead
students in a drumming workshop. Students also heard about the fur trade
and voyageurs while speaking with an outdoor educator who completed a historic
5,000 km canoe route across Canada.
At the end of the week, students were able to use all they have learned to begin
writing their own story of their community and its history. Ultimately students
may share their stories with other students across Canada as part of a
collaborative project to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Beyond Classrooms Kingston is a charitable organization which moves teachers
and their classrooms into community sites for an entire week of inquiry.
Students slow down their learning, look closely, and reflect through journal
writing. For more information about teacher, site, volunteer and sponsorship
opportunities, please visit our website at www.beyondclassrooms.ca.