Climate Reality Project – Environment Week 2014

climate reality (9)Sadie Lacoste, member of the NWSS Environment Club, invited Dr. David Tindall to speak about global warming and The Climate Reality Project.  The Climate Reality Project is an educational and advocacy initiative founded by Al Gore. Dr. Tindall’s presentation highlighted the urgency of taking individual and political action against global warming, emphasizing the dire consequences for our environment, economy, human rights, and quality of life.  In particular, Dr. Tindall presented us with the idea of climate justice, which asks how climate change is affecting the quality of life and human rights of vulnerable communities, including youth.climate reality (3)


Global Issues Week 2014

The fifth annual Global Issues Week occurred during April 7 – 11 2014.  Thanks to all of the presenters and students and teachers who attended and participated in the workshops.

Blanket Exercise. Betha Lansdowne led students through a participatory activity that questioned  the historic relationship between Europeans and the Indigenous nations, and in the history of colonization in the lands we now call Canada.

REEL Canada is a travelling film festival that showcases Canadian film and identity.

Out in Schools engages youth through film in the promotion of safer and more diverse learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying.

Linda Gray read from her book, First Nations 101 is an easy to read primer that provides readers with a broad overview of the diverse and complex lives of First Nations people.

Justice Theatre is a six-member troupe who staged a scripted dramatizations of an actual hate crime.  12 students participated as members of the jury.

Don Wright, regional coordinator for Amnesty International,  gave an overview of AI’s campaigns to protect and promote human rights.

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Get Drawn Into Graphic Novels and Picturebooks

The library has a great selection of new graphic novels and picturebooks.

Ms. Jones’ Top 10 List of Reasons to Get Drawn In

10. Improve your art skills by copying the work of great illustrators.

9. Gain a new cultural perspective on  Japanese humour by reading mangas

8. Appreciate how complex images tell a storywithout words. (ie. wordless narratives).

7. Admire the ability of artists to convey image in only two colors (shades) : black and white.

6. Understand history or politics in accessible language and images.

5. Practice a foreign language with the aid of pictures – we have picturebooks and graphic novels in French.

4. Preview a novel by reading the graphic version first.

3. Have the satisfaction of reading a book from start to finish without a big time commitment.

2. If you love long storylines, One Piece and Naruto have more than 60 volumes !

1. Life is beautiful – open up a picturebook to find out.

February 14 – Love your Library Day !

Show your love of life and books by coming to library and borrowing some great books.  Share the Love : Fill out one of our pink hearts and write down the name of a book you love.  Your opinions will be entered as book reviews in our catalog. This will help your fellow classmates find a book they will also feel good about  !valentines displayvalentines display 2

Youth Initiative in the library: Say No to Coal

saynotocoalThe Youth Initiative club held an information session on November 19 in the library about the shipping of coal through Fraser Surrey Docks.   Youth Initiative leaders,  Fiana Liu and Grace Ji , informed us of a  Port Metro Vancouver proposal to handle up to 8 million metric tonnes of coal per year as it moves from the US to China. The Youth Initiative had a visual presentation illustrating the scale of 8 millon tonnes of coal and the consequences of allowing such amounts  to pass through New Westminster and the Fraser River. Key concerns are noise pollution, air quality, health hazards, jobs, and global dependency on coal and other non-renewable  energy sources.  The Youth Initiative enlisted the support of
the NWSS Environment Club as well as encouraged the school community to become more informed, sign petitions, and engage in actions to demonstrate their views
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Environment Club Lecture Series : Tar Sands

tar sands walkMembers of the NWSS Environment Club and interested students filled the Reference section of the library to hear Science teacher, Ms. Nathan talk about her participation last summer in the Tar Sands Healing Walk, an event that raises awareness about the social and environmental impacts of the Alberta Tar Sands.  Ms. Nathan shared her photographs, scientific information, and her impressions of the various speakers and workshops that occurred at the weekend-long event. Ms. Nathan described her fellow Healing Walk participants, showed photographs of the Oil Sands Discover Centre, as well as explained the problems with the reclamation areas and tailings ponds created by corporations such as Syncrude. Finally, we saw images from the 14 km walk through the tar sands behind a banner proclaiming “stop the destruction, start the healing.”  The presentation concluded with members of the Youth Initiative social justice club inviting members to the library the following week for a presentation on the risks of coal exports coming through Vancouver ports.tar sands walk 2

Day of the Dead at the library

Nov 1 and 2 are Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations in Mexico and other Hispanic countries. Ms Jones and Mr. O’Rourke’s Spanish classes participated in traditional Day of the Dead activities to honour their ancestors and famous celebrities who have passed away. Students made paper flowers, decorated skulls, and constructed altares for family members and celebrities. The altares were decorated with ofrendas such as cookies for Bob Marley and pan de muertos, a bread shaped into skulls and bones. day of dead2