Community Building, Creating and Coding for Intersession
Our first intersession day of 2020 had students participating in a variety of activities such as community outreach, coding, ethical leadership, and a performing arts project. Intersession days are grounded in experiential programming that supports students in each grade and offers unique opportunities to reflect on, question, and engage in activities designed to complement and enrich their learning.
One activity took students from Grades 10-12 out into the community to work with some of our community partners: Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Kawartha Foodshare and Extendicare. Other students worked on-site to build prosthetics hands for the Helping Hands project. Community outreach helps students to connect with important organizations and their values, along with recognizing and understanding how they can contribute as citizens of their local community.
Music, dance and drama students participated in a 24-hour performing arts project. Students had Thursday night until the end of the day on Friday to write, direct, choreograph, compose and practice in preparation for a school-wide performance on Friday evening. Select drama students wrote plays and all drama students then spent Friday rehearsing their performance. Within the same time period, dance students learned a dance while music students learned a vocal or band piece. Collaborating as a team was essential to finishing in just 24 hours!
Another group of students had the chance to try bite-sized introductions to coding, such as creating physical artwork generated by code, author animations, or making a simple iPhone app. The focus was allowing participants to experience hands-on coding in a low-pressure environment. Students also heard from LCS graduates who went through Mr. Gordon’s Computer Studies classes and now work at software companies including Apple and Yelp. This demonstrated the wide range of possibilities and opportunities which students can explore as potential careers.