Thank you to the PEI Rocket Hockey team members and
management who visited Birchwood to share their anti-bullying message with
students and staff. Team members told their own stories, shared what they had
learned from their experiences and what it takes to become a better person.
Emusoi School, Tanzania
Thank you to Kate Martin who recently presented to grade 9 (2012-2013) Birchwood students
about the life and culture for the Maasai girls of Tanzania. Ms. Martin, a
former high school teacher, is passionate about education and her work with the
girls at Emusoi School, Tanzania, Africa.
group of grade 9 (2012-2013) students visited the Reinventorium in Charlottetown to
learn the skills of letterpress printing. Students learned about the
Holocaust and one of the novels they read was about a Jewish teenager whose
first mission was to distribute leaflets that were printed by the resistance.
Birchwood students had an opportunity to design and print posters about human
rights. Thank you to Peter Rukavina for this opportunity.
Canadian Author Sylvia Gunnery
Students in Ms. Squire's grade 9 Language Arts class went to the Confederation
Centre Public Library recently to hear Canadian author Sylvia Gunnery. Students
also learned many tips and hints about the writing, editing, and publishing
process. The reading featured Sylvia’s most recent young adult novel,
Emily For Real (Pajama Press, 2012). It was quite an honor for Ms. Squire's
class to attend this event, which was sponsored by the Canada Council for the
Arts and the Writers’ Union of Canada. It was co-hosted by the Confederation
Centre Public Library and UPEI Department of English.
Students Meet Willow Dawson
Grade 7 students met with Willow Dawson at the Public Library in celebration
of National Book Week. Willow Dawson, who is an illustrator and cartoonist
working out of the RAID Comics Studio in downtown Toronto, shared her talents
and stories. It was a terrific morning! To read more about Willow and her
fabulous books, please visit
Writers in Schools Program
Grade 7 students received a rare treat when Mr. Patrick Ledwell came to visit
this week - because he is not only an Island author and comedian, but a filmmaker as well; and
he shared with Ms. Squire's Language Arts students the unique experience of
telling stories and communicating with an audience through the medium of film.
We are exceptionally pleased and excited to have provided this opportunity and
special presentation for students. They were engaged, enthralled, and
inspired! Thank you Patrick, the PEI Writers Guild, and the Cultural Development Program of the PEI Department of Community
and Cultural Affairs.
The Magic Within
“The Magic Within” was sponsored by the PEI Department of Health Youth
Addictions. The interactive “magic show”, presented by Mr. Gary Sommers, a
retired teacher from Newfoundland, delivered a powerful message to our students
about alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions. Thank you to Jennifer
Cairns-Burke, RCMP Corporal Reg Campbell, Vice-principal KJ White, and Mr.
Murray MacInnis, Birchwood Guidance Dept. who organized and coordinated this
special event for our students.
A very special thank you to Matt Rainnie from CBC, Island authors Larry
Retnitsky and Jane Ledwell, Island author and publisher Laurie Brinklow, the
Rocket players, and UPEI Panthers hockey players for coming to Birchwood
to celebrate their love for reading and promoting literacy while engaging
our students and staff in the Million Minute Challenge.
Throughout the year we have many special guests visit us at school and we
receive many positive emails from around the world with comments and suggestions
for our site. We would like to thank everyone who visits with us. A special
guest or guests will be featured on this page. See below.
Black History Month Celebrations
On February 19th from 1:00 - 2:30 Black History Month Celebrations were held at
Birchwood Intermediate School Library Resource Center. The film "Journey to
Justice" was shown followed by a terrific presentation by Sarah, who is a descendent of the Sheppard family from
Cardigan. Thank you to Amanda Campbell, Donna Casford, and Frances Connell for
organizing this event. Thank you to Jo-Anne White for her assistance as well.
Black History Month, which has been celebrated in Canada since the 1960s and
officially recognized by Canadian Parliament in 1995, provides an opportunity to
commemorate the many contributions which Canadians of African descent have made
to the growth and development of Canada. It is also a time to celebrate our
diversity and our respect for Canadians of all backgrounds.
Visit Canadian Heritage's "Black
History Month" for additional information.
The Tankard Trophy at Birchwood
The Tankard Trophy, which is the top prize of the Mens' National Curling
Championship, known as The Tim Hortons Brier, made a special appearance and
visited Ms. Reid's 7-4
classroom a number of years ago. We would like to thank Bill Tschirhart for his
informative and enthusiastic presentation to the students and David Kassner, who
is the the manager of the Charlottetown Curling Club, who organized this special
visit. Best of luck to PEI Team Gallant - Curl your way to the top!
Go Team Gallant from Birchwood!