Our Grade 8 Class is Runner Up in the Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Thirty-eight Grade 8 classes from across Canada entered the Parks Canada "Canada's Coolest School Trip" contest. The students researched Parks Canada and wrote about how it is important to the Canadian national identity. They chose the Bruce Peninsula National Park to research and then wrote a creative brief on how nature and history meet there. They also made a one-minute Claymation video about the Bruce Peninsula, the video so many of you voted for on our behalf. Our class received over 10,000 votes in only three weeks! Finally, each competing class had to choose another location in Canada and explain why they would nominate that location to become a national park.

The weeks of voting on the videos resulted in ten schools, those garnering the most votes, having their submissions judged. The video counted for 50% of the judges’ score and the written material 50%. Our efforts gave us the distinction of finishing in the top four. From the top four, one grand prize winner was chosen. We were runners up and will enjoy a day of activity in Rouge Park, organized and funded by Parks Canada. Here’s a list of the top nine finalists.

Our students did excellent research and writing and spent countless hours creating their Claymation figures, story, backdrop and music and finally putting it all together in the video. Their efforts have been recognized nationally; well done!

This project would not have been brought to fruition had it not been for the generosity, enthusiasm, and patience of parent Barb Chyzzy who had the group to her home over two weekends. Thank you, Barb!