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On Friday, February 3rd, grade 7 & 8 students from St.Mary, St. Andrew, St. Peter and Queen of Heaven School participated in the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Race and Video Challenge. Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the skilled trades and technologies. For over 20 years, Skills Ontario has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario.

The purpose of the competitions is to engage students in a project that helps them to recognize the importance of honing specific skills. As our students utilize and demonstrate these skills during the event, they are learning where their strengths and interests lay. The result is that the competitions help our students to develop an understanding of how to make career and life decisions that are best suited to their individual abilities.

The day’s events challenged our students to create cardboard boats that could outperform other teams in both speed and weight competitions when placed in the water. As well, the two video teams from Ascension were required to document the event, and then create and edit a video that showcases the event and the skills that students utilize during the creation of their boats.

With the support of their teachers, students worked collaboratively throughout the process, creating design plans, gathering materials and planning how to best utilize each individual’s skills to help achieve their end goal. Using math, creative thinking, problem solving and hands on building skills, the teams were able to create two unique and effective boats. All the while, our video teams filmed the action from strategic vantage points and incorporated various camera angles and setting to document the day.

The day was a great success and provided our students with the opportunity to showcase their skills and take part in a fun filled event.

Congratulations to our students and many thanks to Ms. Gilchrist, Ms. Terra-Allen, Ms. Boyko and Ms. Dover for their dedication and support.

                                                                                                                       

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Float your cardboard boat!

On Tuesday, January 26th, 12grade 8 students and 2 teachers from Ascension School in Burlington participated in the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Race and Video Challenge. ‘Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the skilled trades and technologies. For over 20 years, Skills Ontario has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario’.

The purpose of the competitions is to engage students in a project that helps them to recognize the importance of honing specific skills. As our students utilize and demonstrate these skills during the event, they are learning where their strengths and interests lay. The result is that the competitions help our students to develop an understanding of how to make career and life decisions that are best suited to their individual abilities.

The day’s events challenged our students to create cardboard boats that could outperform other teams in both speed and weight competitions when placed in the water. As well, the two video teams from Ascension were required to document the event, and then create and edit a video that showcases the event and the skills that students utilize during the creation of their boats.

With the support of Mrs. Giammarco (Gr. 8 Teacher), students worked collaboratively throughout the process, creating design plans, gathering materials and planning how to best utilize each individual’s skills to help achieve their end goal. Using math, creative thinking, problem solving and hands on building skills, the teams were able to create two unique and effective boats. All the while, our video teams filmed the action from strategic vantage points and incorporated various camera angles and setting to document the day.

The day was a great success and provided our students with the opportunity to showcase their skills and take part in a fun filled event.

Congratulations to our students and many thanks to Mrs. Giammarco for her support.

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2015-2016 Skills Ontario Events

Here is a list of exciting events affiliated with HCDSB schools that both staff and students can take part in for the 2015-2016 school year:

Skills Work!® What’s Out There? In School Presentations
Elementary and Secondary Cardboard Boat Races
Skills Work!® For Women Career Exploration Events and Conferences
Aboriginal Programs and In School Presentations
Elementary Career Awareness Workshops and Challenges
The Ontario Technological Skills Competition
 
For more information contact Samantha Grant at sgrant@skillsontario.com
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Holy Trinity Student Achieves Gold at Ontario Skills Competition

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Congratulations to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School​’s Grade 11 student, Kassandra Bot, who received a gold medal in Architectural Design at the Skills Ontario Competition, held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 4-6, 2015. Kassandra was able to move forward to Skills Ontario after winning gold at the Halton Skills Competition that took place at Craig Kielburger Secondary School on April 9, 2015.

The purpose of the Architectural Technology and Design contest is to assess the technical skills of each competitor, in performing design and drawing tasks, as well as their skills and knowledge in the core teachings of Architecture and Engineering, with an understanding of regulatory building codes and construction.

95% of the evaluation is practical, based on the competitors’ Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) skills, and their sketching techniques, as well as 5% of the evaluation is based on their resume and job interview skills.

As a result of the assessments, Kassandra won gold at Skills Ontario and was awarded with a $500 bursary for achieving the highest grade amongst all female participants. She also received a $1500 bursary for achieving the highest score amongst all participants in the entire competition.

Kassandra aspires to pursue a career path in Engineering, but has always appreciated the hands-on learning components of Architectural Design. She hopes that these skills will help her to one day design and build her own house. When asked if she intends on defending her gold medal at the competition next year, Kassandra replied, “Absolutely!”

Best wishes to Kassandra Bot as she moves forward to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, held in Saskatoon on May 27-30, 2015.

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Skills Ontario 2014-2015 Program Guide

Want to know more about Skills Ontario and the programs that are available to our students today?

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