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Year: 2008 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
School: Holy Heart High School
55 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Principal: Edward van Nostrand
School Telephone: 709-754-1600
School Fax: 709-754-0855
School Website: www.hhm.k12.nf.ca
Subjects and Grades Taught: English and Novel Cinema in Grades 7 to 11
- Use music, film, popular culture, photography and art to develop student interest in the study of literature.
- Develop tools to allow students to evaluate their learning as well as the merits and shortcomings of courses anonymously.
- Developed and introduced Newfoundland and Labrador's first film studies course, Novel Cinema, that takes advantage of intersections between film and literature. Five other schools in the province now use this course.
- Is leading students in a project to develop a documentary film for the 50th anniversary of Holy Heart High School. This project will involve students in all aspects of filmmaking: funding, writing, researching, filming, editing and promotion.
"In over twenty years of teaching, I can name no other educator whose teaching, example, and generous spirit have contributed so positively to the lives of young people." Colleague
"Through her mentorship, students have acquired a landscape upon which to transmit their own learning and knowledge." Principal
"Ms. O'Brien's students are consistently exposed to a much broader sample of literature than is "normal". Her classroom is an experience in internationalism." Former student