Byrne Creek teachers recall their first impressions of being in grade eight and pass on advice for getting the most out of high school.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
You can learn more about the legacy of residential schools here:
Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute: The story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, whose death sparked the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools.
This year’s Bulldogs Read winner is RULE of THREE by Eric Walters
A person can last 3 minutes without air,
3 days without water,
3 weeks without food.
…After 3 days in the dark, nobody can survive on their own.
When a virus disables every computer in the world, nothing from cars to cell phones works any more. Chaos descends, but a neighbourhood bands together to survive in a world without modern technology.
This is the first book in the Rule of 3 trilogy and you can find all three books in the library!
Thanks to everyone who participated!!!
Hip hop artist, actor, author and activist Emmanuel Jal is coming to Byrne Creek Monday May 9th! He will be speaking about social justice and overcoming personal adversity. From the age of seven, Emmanuel was a child soldier in South Sudan. He survived civil war to eventually become an internationally acclaimed artist and passionate activist for peace. His life story is the subject of the feature film documentary War Child and he has published an autobiography War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story.
Check out Emmanuel’s organizations We Want Peace and Gua Africa
Watch his videos here on YouTube
Download We Want Peace teaching resources
Find Byrne Creek Library resources on child soldiers and civil war in Africa here
Today Byrne Creek students attended an operatic performance of the novel Stickboy at the Michael J Fox Theatre. Based on the book by Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan, Stickboy describes Koyczan’s own childhood experiences of being bullied and then ultimately becoming a bully himself. Read an interview with Koyczan here.
Stickboy is one of this year’s Bulldogs Reads. Come to the library to borrow a copy!