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La résilience face à l’adversité – 28 novembre 2018

Aiesha Robinson, mannequin, conférencière et influenceuse, a rendu visite au Collège de l’Ouest de l’île le jeudi 28 novembre 2019 pour parler de résilience face à l’adversité. Fondatrice de Born to Rise, elle a parlé aux élèves de moyens de reconnaître leur vraie valeur et de réduire l’intimidation dans et à l’extérieur de l’école. Ayant été persécutrice et victime d’intimidation, Aiesha connaît bien les deux côtés de cet enjeu. Elle crée des liens avec les élèves en racontant ses propres expériences de vie et les amène à constater qu’ils peuvent surmonter leurs défis. L’objectif des présentations d’Aiesha est de raconter sa propre histoire pour montrer que si elle peut surmonter l’adversité, alors les autres peuvent le faire aussi. Merci à Mme Kristen Morse, notre conseillère en orientation, d’avoir organisé cette conférence sur la résilience et sur des messages positifs pour aider nos jeunes! 

Resilience in the Face of Adversity – November 28, 2019

Born to Rise founder, Aiesha Robinson, visited West Island College on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Model, speaker and influencer, Aiesha Robinson, is on a mission to help as many youths as possible, by helping them recognize their true worth and decreasing bullying on and off school grounds. Having been both the bully and the bullied, Robinson relates well to both sides of the spectrum. In talking to the students, she used her real life experience to connect with them and help them realize that they can RISE above their own challenges. Aiesha’s goal in these presentations is to use her story as an example to show that if she can stand and rise above adversity then so can others. Aiesha is making great strides to share her positive message and help our youth!

New Sec. 5 Biology Outing a Success – November 22, 2019

Twenty-five lucky senior science students had the chance to pursue their interest in Biology on Friday, November 22nd, at the McGill Campus. They started by visiting the beautiful Redpath Museum where they learned about Animal Biodiversity and Hominid Evolution. They then visited the exclusive and unique Maude Abbott Medical Museum in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building where over 250 items such as diseased and healthy preserved organs, medical instruments and anatomy models are displayed. Dr. Fraser, museum director and senior pathologist, was a fascinating and knowledgeable host. Dr. Fraser had actually just performed an autopsy that very morning. Students were able to ask him all kinds of questions gaining an understanding of the work pathologists do as well as a greater understanding of the human body. Mme Vien (organizer) and Mrs. Fasanella (accompanying science teacher) were impressed with the students’ level of interest. Indeed, the outing was a huge success and one they hope to repeat next year.

 

All School Assembly Celebrates Accomplishments This School Year – November 18, 2019

We have been back at school for only a couple of months, but WIC had a lot to be proud of on Monday, November 18, 2019!  The student body, teachers, staff and invited parents gathered to celebrate. After a brief introduction by our headmaster Mr. Lafrance and Mme Simard, they then proceeded to thank the teachers who went out on outdoor education trips with students this past fall, those who coached our fall sport teams, teachers responsible for school clubs and committees and our yearbook advisors Mrs. Krespil and Ms. Hadef for an amazing yearbook.

Jessica Carter and Cindy Merritt from JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) were also introduced and the final total from our walkathon which took place on October 8th was announced. We raised a total of      $51, 358.86 this year! That makes our total raised over 19 years to be        502 877.86 $. Amazing! Seven students were recognized for raising over $1000 each! Great effort by Giada Di Schiavi, Siena Di Schiavi, Dante Di Schiavi, Emy Banas, Aaron Miller, Juliana Sangregorio and Ethan Pennee. We had a signed Max Domi jersey for our top fundraiser Giada Di Schiavi and a signed puck for the 2nd and 3rd top fundraisers Juliana Sangregorio and Siena Di Schiavi. Students who raised $100 or more for JDRF enjoyed a free dress day on Wednesday, November 20th.

We have been back at school for only a couple of months, but WIC had a lot to be proud of on Monday, November 18, 2019!  The student body, teachers, staff and invited parents gathered to celebrate. After a brief introduction by our headmaster Mr. Lafrance and Mme Simard, they then proceeded to thank the teachers who went out on outdoor education trips with students this past fall, those who coached our fall sport teams, teachers responsible for school clubs and committees and our yearbook advisors Mrs. Krespil and Ms. Hadef for an amazing yearbook.

Jessica Carter and Cindy Merritt from JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) were also introduced and the final total from our walkathon which took place on October 8th was announced. We raised a total of      $51, 358.86 this year! That makes our total raised over 19 years to be        502 877.86 $. Amazing! Seven students were recognized for raising over $1000 each! Great effort by Giada Di Schiavi, Siena Di Schiavi, Dante Di Schiavi, Emy Banas, Aaron Miller, Juliana Sangregorio and Ethan Pennee. We had a signed Max Domi jersey for our top fundraiser Giada Di Schiavi and a signed puck for the 2nd and 3rd top fundraisers Juliana Sangregorio and Siena Di Schiavi. Students who raised $100 or more for JDRF enjoyed a free dress day on Wednesday, November 20th.

    

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

WIC Hosts Debate Tournament – November 20, 2019

On Wednesday, November 20th, WIC hosted a debate tournament attended by junior debaters from five schools from both the public and private sectors. Participants engaged in three rounds of vigorous debate on topics related to veganism and animal cruelty. WIC students showcased their debate skills, winning several prizes in the individual speaker and team categories. Congratulations to all participants, but special recognition goes out to Alexandra B. (Individual Speaker, 2nd place), Serena K.(Individual Speaker, 4th place) and top teams, Cozette L. and Lilah G. (2nd place); and Alexandra B. and Serena K. (3rd place). A big thank you to the timers, moderator and runners who helped the tournament run so smoothly.  A very special mention goes to Mrs. Hastings.

WIC Interact Club Participates in Light the Night Walk Fundraiser for Cancer – October 19, 2019

In honour of this year’s theme of RESILIENCE and of our past students who fought and beat leukemia and lymphoma, members of the WIC Interact Club, the WIC Student Council and interested participants from the student body recently walked to support the community of all those affected by cancer at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s fundraiser of The Light the Night Walk which took place on October 19th, 2019, at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

It was an extraordinary event to be a part of and witness. Click here to get a sense of the event’s beauty and meaning. 

The WIC team raised over $1100 for this amazing cause.   Congratulations to all participants and Mrs. Segal for her inspiration with the students.

All School Spirit Day – October 22, 2019

The Sports Leadership secondary 5 option course students and the WIC Student Leadership team were proud to launch their first all school Spirit Day on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. This new activity, spearheaded by Mr. Fequet was all about boosting school spirit before the arrival of cold weather.

“We are planning to run 8 stations where the grades are split into their Houses and can earn house championship points. It will also be a day to allow everyone to wear their House T-shirts. We thought that some fresh air before the end of term would help relieve some stress for all of us”, said Mr. Fequet.

The variety of outdoor activities included handball, frisbee, relay race and flag tag. The Grade 7 and 8 classes participated in the activities from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the seniors started at 12:45 p.m. and wrapped it up at 2:00 p.m. That meant no classes for all juniors (period 3) and all seniors (period 6). A fun break for all in the name of school spirit!

Thank you to Mr. Fequet for initiating this event and all the teachers that volunteered to help as well.

Other upcoming activities will include a free dress day for Halloween with a costume contest in which the top three students from the juniors and the seniors will earn house points, and a sports jersey day on Tuesday, November 5th.

WIC Recently Received a Carbone Boréal Certificate from UQAC in Recognition of its Efforts to Become Carbon Neutral – 2019

WIC recently received (August 27, 2019) a Carbone Boréal certificate from UQAC in recognition of its efforts to become carbon neutral. Originally spearheaded by Mr. Marsolais to embark on a legitimate initiative that provides carbon compensation credits to offset his personal emissions and become carbon neutral, WIC and the administration team has committed to do the same for its international trips since 2018.   Mr. Fequet is now internalizing part or all of the carbon footprint of WIC’s student flight into the price of the trips.  Furthermore, Mrs. Lauzière and Mr. Lisogurski decided that the Coffee House benefits of last year’s performance would also go into carbon compensation for the school.  Carbone Boréal qualifies as a very legitimate initiative to create and provide carbon credits on the voluntary market.  They respect strict norms, such as planting trees in areas deemed as “non-forest” (which means that without human intervention, no trees would grow there naturally), planting in double in distant areas to secure redundancy in case of a natural disaster and they monitor planted trees in the long term to assure that the carbon absorbed will not be released (sustainable long term forest management).  They also work on permanent carbon sequestration research.  According to Mr. Marsolais, “Carbon compensation and buying carbon credits are a good thing, but one has to understand that it cannot serve as a tool to buy our way out of climate actions. While planting trees and buying carbon credit is “better than nothing”, carbon compensation credits work hand in hand with efforts to reduce our carbon footprint!”  

For more details, click here

     

Police Officer Daniel Tétrault, a 2001 WIC Alumnus, Talks to Secondary 5 Law Class Students – October 18, 2019

Police Officer Daniel Tétrault, a 2001 WIC Alumnus, talked to Mr. Fequet’s Secondary 5 law class students on Friday, October 18, about his role as crime scene officer with the Ottawa Police Service. Students learned first-hand about real life in law enforcement and the types of things officers deal with daily. Looking for fingerprints, feeling what’s it’s like to be handcuffed and learning about breathalyzer tests. It was an engaging talk by police officer Tétrault and the personal knowledge he shared was very much appreciated by all. Thank you to Mrs. Richter for keeping in contact with our alumni so we can offer these great first-hand experiences!

   

 

 

 

  

Students Learn First Hand About the Challenges Facing Indigenous People – October 11, 2019

On Friday, October 11th, Secondary 4 English students had the privilege of participating in a question and answer session with three speakers from Kahnawake who shared their vast expertise on topics pertaining to past and present issues facing Indigenous people in Canada. Their credentials are as follows:

Iehente Foote is an Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula. She is also a part of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (Culture, Art & Land Based Research, Learning & Teaching), the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (Chair, National Indigenous Youth Council on Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS) and she also is involved with the performing arts as a Stage Manager, Costumier & Actor (Theatre, Film & TV; Kahnawake, Montreal, Toronto, New York).

Taylor Goodleaf (Mohawk, Kahnawake) is a Queen of Angels Academy 09 Alumni. Taylor has D.E.C. in Youth & Adult Correctional Intervention from John Abbott College, a B.A. in Human Relations, Applied Human Sciences from Concordia University and has recently completed her Master of Social Work degree in Indigenous Trauma & Resiliency from the University of Toronto. She has worked as a frontline intervention worker in shelters in Montreal specifically for First Nations, Inuit and Metis men, women and children. She has also worked as a Case Aide within the foster care system and as an Intake worker at Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services where she will soon be transitioning into the role of a Youth Protection Social Worker. 

Tom Dearhouse (Mohawk & Ojibway) Tom was born in Detroit, Michigan to a Mohawk father, and an Ojibway mother. Tom left the city for the reservation life at the age of 21. Tom has a background in Aboriginal Social Work from Carleton University and has diverse work experience working as a journalist, firefighter, ambulance technician, and band council chief. Since 2001, Tom has been an employee at Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services as a Youth Protection Case Worker and a Support Counselor. Since 2017, Tom has taken on the role as a Traditional Support Counselor with a focus on supporting former Federal Indian Residential School survivors and their families get through the claims process based on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. The community members he works with in Kahnawake includes those with mental health issues and developmental delays, besides those wanting to access Traditional Support Services. 

 

Annual Grandparents Day – October 10, 2019

WIC hosted its 4th annual Grandparents / Special Adult Day with Secondary 1 students on Thursday, October 10, 2019. This event continues to be our school tradition and one of the most anticipated events for staff, students and grandparents alike. The special moments shared between young and old sets this day apart from all others in the calendar year. Refreshments were served, family pictures were taken and tours were offered by the students. It was a memorable morning and all beamed with pride as they enjoyed their time together.

Choosing a High School

The journey begins long before your child crosses the school’s threshold on the first day of grade 7. Get the tips you need to successfully navigate the admissions process and find the perfect fit. Attend one of the 2 Free Information Sessions that are taking place at the Holiday Inn, Pointe Claire, 6700 Trans Canada.  English session is on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, and the French session takes place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Click here to register.

Alumni at Rugby FISU Games

WIC alumnus (2014 graduate) and current McGill University student, Andrew Knopp, recently played Rugby 7s (July 5th to 7th) for Canada at the 2019 FISU games (International University Sports Federation) and the World University Championships in Napoli.

Knopp’s team played against Japan, France and Italy in the round robin tournament. Five athletes and one coach were selected from McGill based on previous tournament results and more specifically, the National University 7s tournament.

Andrew who plays wing was the only Quebec native selected.

Presently studying physical and health education at McGill, Andrew got his real start playing the game in high school through WIC’s rugby program, driven by devoted coaches Mme. Simard and Headmaster Martin Bailly.

As a token of his gratitude and appreciation to WIC, and more importantly the coaches for the launch of his sports career, Andrew will be giving one of the jerseys to the school to encourage future rugby players to pursue the sport after high school.

 

WIC Convocations – June 18, 2019

On Tuesday, June 18th, faculty, staff, board members, parents, friends and family witnessed 80 WIC students receive their high school diplomas.  

Heather Camlot, Class of 1989,  was the keynote speaker, delivering the message to consider what you love when determining what you want to pursue in life.

In the valedictorian address by Mackenzie  Lawson and Devon Levi, students were reminded of a very memorable chapter of their adolescence at WIC. 

The ceremony was followed by the traditional hat toss. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served in the beautiful setting at Le Crystal in Ville St-Laurent.   

Congratulations to the students who were recognized during the ceremony as recipients of the school’s plaques and scholarships prizes during the Honours and Distinctions segment of the ceremony!

Congratulations to all of our 2019 graduates!

WIC at G.M.A.A. HALO Race on Mount Royal – May 16, 2019

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, twenty-nine runners were part of WIC’s team this year at the G.M.A.A. HALO Race on Mount Royal spreading through all categories. Bantams ran 2km, Midgets 4km & Juveniles 5km. Congrats to our top finishers: Edwin J. (3rd), Mackenzie L. (4th), James G. (5th), Samantha G. (5th), Jenna C. (8th), Billy K. (10th) & Alison M. (11th). Also congratulations to our midget boys, the fierce WIC army (15 runners strong), who impressed the crowd with their almost perfect consecutive finishes between 22nd to 31st place. It was one WIC runner after another!  Many thanks to Mme Vien for her athletic support.

WIC Outreach Program – May 7 and 15, 2019

On May 7, 2019, Juliana S., a grade 10 WIC outreach student, organized, paid for and attended a field trip to McDonald’s with the students of École John F. Kennedy (Pierrefonds branch)―a school that participates in WIC’s Outreach Program. Most of the students have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other forms of intellectual disabilities. Joining her on this outing as well was Sierra D. On May 15, WIC Outreach welcomed these same students and their supervisors. As a sign of their gratitude, they presented Juliana with a beautiful thank you card. Our guests and WIC students Juliana S., Nicole T., Jaimie L., and Sierra D., ate lunch and played on the field during senior lunch. A wonderful time was had by all. Many thanks to Mrs. Segal for her outreach efforts and ongoing coordination of these meaningful and invaluable community events.