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Posted on 11/26/2018

Global Studies News – Nov 2018

The Global Studies Department continues to offer many experiential opportunities.  We are excited to have a dedicated team and we are also pleased to have teacher candidate: Alex Wight in the department with Associate Teacher: Greg Cusson.

The Grade 11 History class went on their archeological dig in October.  Unearthing artifacts was a real highlight to the students.  Beautiful weather also contributed to the day’s success.

On Nov 20th, two grade 9 geography classes went to Little Cataraqui Conservation Area to learn about reintroducing us to nature.  Reflecting on our ecological footprint and our impact on the environment established students’ understanding of their role in nature.  Even though it was a bit chilly, it was a wonderful day to spend outdoors experiencing geography!

The grade 11/12 Fashion Design class is visiting Talize thrift store later this semester and learning about the second-hand fashion industry.  Students will be touring the facility and discovering how thrift stores are helping divert clothing from landfills and, as a result, reducing Canada’s fashion footprint.

Finally, the grade 10 Civics classes have been extremely dedicated to the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).  This is the 12th year that Bayridge has been accepted into this program and thus at the end of this year, $55,000 will be donated to local social service charities in Kingston.  All groups have finished researching their chosen charities and are now vying for a finalist spot to win their charity the $5000 donation.  The long-awaited class presentations are occurring within the next few weeks.  Thank you to Mrs. French, and Ms Allmendinger and the students for being involved in this program.   We look forward to hearing the results soon.

Besides local citizenship projects, the grade 9 geography classes have been learning about the Sustainable Development Goals and want to their part in achieving these goals by 2030.  They will be embarking upon raising awareness of possible development projects within Canada and in India.  The classes are excited about helping communities help themselves.

Guest speakers have been in the Grade 9 Geography class, Queen’s Project on International Development, Q.P.I.D. delivered a water workshop on Fri November 2nd.  The workshop looked at case studies of water security within Canada and highlighted the issue of water sanitation in indigenous communities as well as in various regions in the world.  Well received by all students.  Another workshop will occur in December.

Finally, mapping skills within Geography will be occurring with “feets on” activities as Bayridge has Canada’s National Parks CanGeo Giant Map visiting in the last week of November.

If you have any questions, would like to become involved in some of our initiatives, or be a guest speaker please contact Brenda Scarlett at 613 389–8932 or at