Halton Catholic District School Board

Experiential Learning

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, 62 grade 5 students from St. Joan of Arc School participated in an experiential learning opportunity at Ikea’s Burlington store. The event was created to help our students fulfill the requirements of the Ministry’s Creating Pathways to Success document. The focal point of the day being the inquiry questions in the document: ‘Who Am I?’, ‘What are my Opportunities?’, ‘Who Do I Want to Become?’, and ‘What is my Plan for Achieving My Goals?’

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On February 9th, grade six students from St. Michael, Lumen Christi and Holy Rosary (B) School took part in an Experiential Learning opportunity at Niagara College’s Niagara on the Lake campus. The purpose of the visit was to introduce our students to the opportunities provided by a college in close proximity to the Halton Region. As well, by making our students more aware of the post-secondary choices that exist for them, we increase the chances that they will make informed decisions when choosing their pathways.

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HCDSB Grade Six Students Engage in Experiential Learning Project

During the month of June 2015, the Student Success Team, in collaboration with the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC), has been engaging grade sixes in a Ministry pilot for experiential learning called ‘In Their Shoes’. The goal of the project was to offer students the opportunity to explore the career pathways that exist within varied work sectors throughout the Halton Region.

Grade six students from St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bernadette and Canadian Martyrs school took part in the three part project. Each school began their experiential learning journey with a classroom lesson that engaged the students in discussion regarding their knowledge and understanding of the world of work and the pathways that lead them to a variety of career opportunities.

The on-site portion of the project saw students visit Georgetown Hospital, Cogeco and Habitat for Humanity. Each location introduced students to the varied employment opportunities that exist within each workplace. Employees from each location spoke to the students about their roles and responsibilities and shared background information about their personal pathway. Students were given the chance to ask questions and learn about the importance of following your passion and recognizing your strengths, skills and interests when choosing a pathway.

A follow up activity back at their home school saw students provide feedback and create video testimonials and mock interviews as a means of communicating some of what they learned by taking part in the experience.

The Student Success Team extends its gratitude to the staff and students of each participating school, our partners at HIEC and all of the staff at Cogeco, Habitat for Humanity and Georgetown Hospital for helping to make the project an enriching experience for all involved.