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Year: 2001 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: West Carleton Secondary School
3088 Dunrobin Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1T0
Principal: Suzanne Patry
School Telephone: 613-832-2773
School Fax: 613-832-0412
School Website: www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca/wcarweb/home.htm
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10 to OAC, civics, law, peer helping
- Challenge encourages growth. Every student regardless of ability or learning disability can succeed, often exceeding all expectations!
- To be truly effective as a teacher, become both a team player and a leader.
Utilizes many teaching styles to accommodate learning needs of students, and achieves a high success rate for her students.
- Lectures, mock trials and debates develop critical thinking and communication skills.
- Practical assignments encourage research skills and creative thinking.
- Legal research and field trips to regional and Supreme courts to follow cases broaden understanding of the wide scope of law.
- Guest speakers share experiences of law, which captures students' interest and allows them to practise listening skills.
- PowerPoint presentations, Internet research, student-led seminars and statistical analysis teach use of new technology while putting students in charge of learning.
Revitalized Peer Helpers program, with significant increase in student interest and participation:
- changed focus of course to be more practical and hands-on
- each student implements a major aid project at school or in the community, and performs 70 hours of community service on top of this
- student planning and execution of projects require planning, organization, communication, leadership, team skills and other employability skills
- changes to course encourage general level students to stay with course, stay in school and involve themselves with school and community.
Ms. Collins created a unique atmosphere which was wide open for thought but regulated around the type of critical questions allowed so that each student, myself included, felt secure in reasoning aloud. Student
Wende is an incredibly positive person who energizes others with her vision and commitment. She is a true leader who finds the way to share her vision with others and thus make it a combined vision. Principal