Halton Catholic District School Board

Working With Community Partners to Explore Pathways


On Thursday, May 25th, 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?’

The students participated in 4 workshops throughout the day. In keeping with our Catholic social teaching of Stewardship, the day was framed around the theme of sustainabilty. Students took part in a Scavenger hint that led students to seek out examples of Ikea’s commitment to sustainable products. Also, students worked collaboratively to create and present ideas for innovative ways to care for and sustain the environment.

During each of the workshops, students learned about the myriad career opportunities within Ikea and discussed how those opportunities could be achieved. Students were also given the opportunity to express their own hopes for the future. Using a comic strip, the students depicted their optimal career pathway. This activity included both the how and why for each student’s chosen pathway.

The student’s enjoyed the day immensely. Pairing with Ikea as a community partner helped to reiterate the value of experiential learning as a means of exposing our students to tangible career opportunities.

The Student Success Team extends its gratitude to both Ikea and St. Joan of Arc staff and students for their effort and enthusiasm. Their contributions to the day made it a great success.