Snapshots of Excellence November, December & January ​

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week was held during the week of November 18-22. With support from Safe Schools & Multi-Disciplinary Teams, schools participated in a variety of activities throughout the week. Left Pic – Bosanquet students in Thedford focused on "Be Kind" messaging posted throughout the school. Right Pic – Great Lakes Secondary School students designed and sold "Bully Free Zone" bullying prevention t shirt. The proceeds from the shirt sales were donated to support local families in need, as well as the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Dallas Sinopole is busy visiting classes across the LKDSB to teach students about treaties. He spent time at Hanna Memorial Public School in Sarnia to teach students about wampum belts and the relationships and obligations with the land that are included in treaties.

LCCVI in Petrolia showed off their library renovations, which included updated spaces for students to work and collaborate. The updates included elements such as the medicine wheel design on the table (see photo top right), to create a space that is welcoming and inclusive to all.

Maker Nights occur throughout the school year to engage students and parents through interactive activities. Left- Bosanquet Central Public School (Thedford) families enjoy making hot chocolate snow creatures. Right – Zone Township Public School (Bothwell) families participated in a STEM Maker Night.
Alex Hyndman, a former W.J. Baird Public School graduate spoke to students at his alma mater. He is hoping to compete in the 2020 hand cycling Toyko Games. Alex spoke with students about perseverance and overcoming obstacles with a goal in mind. He is pictured here with current W.J. Baird athletes.
Part of Director John Howitt's entry plan was to meet the goal of visiting each school in the district before the holiday break. Here the student welcome team from Harwich Raleigh Public School (Blenheim) welcomes Director Howitt to the school and provides a tour.
Indian Creek Road Public School (Chatham) and LCCVI (Petrolia) both participated in the CBC Music Class Challenge. Classes were encouraged to register and submit their songs / videos up on You Tube. Although neither school won the challenge, they represented the LKDSB well and highlighted the incredibly talented students we have throughout the system.
In November International Education students visited Toronto and Niagara Falls, participating in cultural activities and extra-curricular opportunities.
Visiting students from Tenerife in the Canary Islands posed for a photo before they began their journey back home. They spent four months attending LKDSB schools as part of an International Education experience.
December was a busy month for schools and included a flurry of holiday concerts and activities. Left – Chatham Kent Secondary School band performs at Tecumseh Ave Public School (Chatham) Right - (collage) – Students perform a holiday concert at Bosanquet Central Public School (Thedford) for friends and family.
Left – Riverview Central School (Port Lambton) students are ready to perform at their holiday concert. Right – Grade 7 students at Victor Lauriston Public School (Chatham) worked hard collecting and wrapping gifts to donate to children in need, to support all children have a bright and happy holiday.
Students from Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School designed, built, painted and etched the Noelle’s Gift Foundation logo for the Noelle’s Gift pedestals. This is a great example of how students are able to apply their skills from the classroom to help support local organizations. Pictured on the far right is Lynn Paquette. Noelle's Gift Foundation generously supports students in need throughout the LKDSB. As well, 10 members of LKDSB Senior Administration attended the Noelle's Gift Foundation Gala on Saturday, January 25. The theme of the evening was "A Night at the Oscar's"
Secondary schools across the LKDSB hosted Grade 8 to 9 transition events and activities to welcome Grade 8 students to visit their future secondary schools. Pic 1 – Harwich Raleigh Public School students listening to Blenheim District High School students talk about the transition. Pic 2 - Wallaceburg District Secondary School students talk with students at HW Burgess. Pic 3 – McNaughton Ave Public School students visit Chatham Kent Secondary School.
The Lambton Kent District School Board appreciates the support of many local organizations, community members and volunteers who dedicate their time and engage with students. Left – A community police officer visits P.E. McGibbon Public School (Sarnia). Right – A volunteer assists a student with a math activity at Errol Road Public School (Sarnia).
Selected artwork from Great Lakes Secondary School and Chatham Kent Secondary School are on display as part of the latest exhibition at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham. The exhibit is titled "Legends Are The Rivers That Take Us Home." Anishinaabe artist Chippewar supported students through providing inspiration and guidance.
In December, the John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham) cosmetology and drama students planned and prepared for their 2nd Annual Winter Gala fundraiser dinner and program. The theme this year was “Welcome Back to the 60’s.” In January, the students had the privilege of presenting donations totalling over $1800 to local charities. The 5 charities that received donations were selected by the students and were: Wulamaliswiikaan (Eelunaapeewi Lahkeewiit/Delaware Nation Health Centre, Outreach for Hunger, Chatham Kent Women’s Centre, United Way of Chatham Kent, and PAW Pet and Wildlife Rescue