Girls' Self-Defense Classes
The West Island Women's Centre (WIWC) has been offering free empowerment workshops for teenage girls in West Island High schools since 2007. The "Girls, Let's Talk" series on the three themes of Sexuality, Cyberbullying and Self-Defense has continued to grow.
This year, at Lindsay Place High School, grade 7 girls took part in sexual education workshops, grade 8 girls in Cyberbullying work shops and grade 9 and 10 have been able to take advantage of senei Meghan Greig's expertise and partake in self-defense classes. Meghan is a second degree blackbelt in Wado Karate and has been practicing and teaching Karate and Self Defense for 23 years. She is also the owner of Tsuyosa Martial Arts. Below are some pictures of the class in action.
|April 25. 2016|
At the April 25 Council of Commissioners meeting, the “Virtual Megaband Project” was presented. This is a collaborative multimedia composition created by the students of Lindsey Place High School and Westwood High School. Follow this YouTube link to see more about what this innovative digital music project is all about. We look forward to seeing how this project develops and evolves over the coming year.
Congratulations to our incredible music students and their outstanding teachers.
Inspirational Speaker Chris Koch at LPHS
Chris Koch, inspirational speaker, (if I can) came to Lindsay Place High School this week and the crowd of grade 7 – 11 students loved his presentation!
January 27, 2016
Lindsay Place High takes new, exciting approach to science, tech and math
Kathryn Greenaway, Montreal Gazette
|Matthew Saroop, left, and Dylan Manni dissect a squid during marine biology class at Lindsay High School in Pointe-Claire
on Monday January 25, 2016. (John Mahoney / MONTREAL GAZETTE)
Imagine your science project is to dissect a squid and then create a PowerPoint presentation of the process that incorporates graphic design, video, a soundtrack and a narrative explaining the procedure. The whole shebang would also be packaged as a marketing tool to promote the importance of hands-on science projects in the classroom.
Welcome to the world of STEAM².
Lindsay Place High School in Pointe-Claire began applying the STEAM approach to academics this year and will be holding an information session on the subject on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Lindsay Place introduced the ² sign after the M because it has added marketing to the mix.
“STEAM is really a philosophy,” Lindsay Place principal Dona Bianchi said. “We follow the government curriculum, but STEAM acts as a framework for that curriculum.”
STEAM was developed by American teacher and educational consultant Georgette Yakman in 2006. It is an approach that is already being used in elementary schools in the region, but Lindsay Place is one of the first high schools to take it on. The goal is to integrate subjects taught at school in a way that better reflects what students will experience in the real job world.
“We need to engage our students,” Bianchi said. “We’re competing with a lot out there is the real world. The basics will always be important, but we have to explore beyond the traditional teaching methods. Technology is in the classroom more and more.
“We use Chrome Books, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and interactive smart boards. We have a ‘green room’ with a green screen for students to use to create visual backdrops for their projects. We have the technology for teachers to be able to digitally look over the student’s shoulder and make suggestions and corrections as the student works on an assignment.”
The fact that the information session is being held the day before high-school registration for the 2016-2017 academic year is no accident. In this era of shrinking enrolment at English schools, Lindsay Place is doing everything in its power to attract new students.
“The information session is for parents and students from all over the island,” Bianchi said. “We want them to learn about STEAM² and to hear about our music program, the marine biology course and our forensic science course.”
The forensic course is particularly popular. Students learn how to analyze DNA, study hair samples and fingerprints — the sorts of skills a forensic scientist would employ when analyzing human remains or a crime scene.
Four guest speakers have been invited to address the information gathering about how the STEAM approach is applied in the work world.
Aeronautics expert Brian Ewenson, who works for both the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, will speaks via Skype. Isabel Deslauriers is the national coordinator for the Let’s Talk Science program. Mechanical engineer Brandon Robinson is head of R&D for Aquatico, a company that designs underwater cameras. And naturalist Scott Pemberton works in research and operations for the Morgan Arboretum.
There will also be demonstrations of the various technologies used by students as part of their regular school day.
Encouraging entrepreneurship is part of the STEAM² philosophy. The school has forged a partnership with the Enactus Group and its RISE program (raising interest in student entrepreneurship) at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. This year, two Lindsay Place students won first prize for a social-media project they entered into a competition organized by the Concordia group.
The STEAM² information session is at Lindsay Place High School, 111 Broadview Ave. in Pointe-Claire, Jan. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 514-694-2760 or visit http://lindsayplace.lbpsb.qc.ca
Julie Pigott was awarded the Dr. Graham Neil Excellence In Teaching Award at the Teachers' Convention