Our Grade 7 girls recently returned from their week-long adventure in Ottawa with lots of mementos, fun memories, and even motivation to pursue politics!
The adventure began with an incredible interactive tour through the Canadian Museum of History where they learned all about the story of our country from Early European settlements to present-day stories of our growing legacy. They followed that experiential learning tour with a fun boat tour of the Ottawa River, taking in all the sights off-shore. Soon after, the girls ventured to the National Gallery and Parliament Hill where they met Halifax MP, Andy Fillmore. Acting as their personal tour guide, he lead the girls around Parliament and Rideau Hall, answering all of their government-related questions before they took part in a mock trial at the Supreme Court of Canada. After learning more about law enforcement, the girls visited some equine friends at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables. They learned all about the musical showcase that is performed by 32 calvary members and their horses, also regular members of the force.
Throughout the trip, the girls were searching for specific monuments and sculptures in downtown Ottawa that they had researched before leaving Halifax. Whenever a monument was located, the girls would share the information they had learned with their classmates, creating an ongoing immersive experience, with the entire class acting as impromptu guides. Who knew experiential learning could be this fun?
Thank you to our summer adventure chaperones Patricia McMullen, Kathryn Bjornson, Janne Tamblyn-Lee, and Sarah McGuire for making this trip possible, and ensuring our girls had lots of fun in the Ottawa sun!