Teamwork in Trading-Up

Students in the Trading Up program show excellent teamwork this week glueing up components for 2 new benches. The benches will replace the worn ones in gym A. See Mr. Ronan or Mrs. Phoenix-Renz in guidance for details of this great program where students learn essential trade skills and receive on- the-job work experience.

 

Loyalist Skills Competition

 Once again PECI showed their talent at the Skills Canada Competition held at Loyalist College on Thursday Feb 20. PECI students, Cynara Lewis and Brooke Morrow took home 1st and 3rd place respectively in Photography Skills. Students were instructed to photograph architecture and people at Loyalist College. The competition was based on several components including a portfolio, a matted print and then photos taken on the day of the event. They were judged on the aesthetics, technical skills and professionalism of their work. Our congratulations goes to Cynara and Brooke for their achievements. Cynara now has the opportunity to go on to compete at the Provincial Skills Canada Competition in May.

Making Baby Food

In December our foods class learned about making their own baby food! They found out that is easy and often tasted better than the store bought jarred food. 

They did blind taste testing then learned to make our own and compared. We doubt they will ever ever do that again!

2014 Grad Wear

Guidance will be selling “Class of 2014” Grad Wear again this year.  Students will be able to purchase Grad Wear at lunch in the senior cafeteria or before or after school. All orders must be in by November 29th for the students and delivery should occur before the Holidays. 

Fall Newsletter

The Semester One Mid-Term Newsletter is now available online by clicking here:  http://goo.gl/lK8rU1 .

Daryl Kramp Visit

The grade 10 Civics classes had the opportunity to have a Member of Parliament speak to them on a personal level.  Daryl Kramp the MP for Hastings and Prince Edward riding spent a morning answering very candid questions from the Civics students. Mr. Kramp answered questions that ranged from personal questions about his family and hobbies to questions about Parliament and his relationship with the Prime Minister.

Mr. Kramp spoke emphatically about the importance of young people getting involved in the future of Canada and taking an active part in shaping the future they want.  He spoke of the lack of voter turn-out in the 18-24 year old age group and how they represent a group larger than the group that actually elected the current government.

Mr. Kramp left the group with the important message that despite being in different political parties, there must be cooperation among politicians for good things to happen.

In the end the students were left with the impression that Daryl was just "ordinary people".

History Comes Alive

Tanya Blundell, speaking to Miss Moon's grade 10 Canadian history class, helps bring history alive through the use of primary documents, genealogical research and the telling of personal stories.

Rain Barrel Sale

The County Sustainability Group ( CSG ) provides up to 6 graduation bursaries for PECI students to further their education in an Environmental field of study..  Please help continue this support by participating in their upcoming rain barrel sale. Orders are now being taken online and by phone for a Saturday, April 20th, 2013 pickup date. Distribution will be from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Cattle Barn area of the Picton Fairgrounds behind the Prince Edward Community Centre/ Arena. Call Don at 613-476-8016 or visit http://rainbarrel.ca/csgpicton/

Click here for more information about the GSG: http://www.countysustainability.ca/

What My Grandma Means to Say

Six PECI studentstoured Prince Edward County performing playwright JC Sulzenko’s play, exploring the impact of Alzheimer’s on those involved, What My Grandma Means to Say. The play featured Ben See as the grandson Jake, Alison Stenhouse as Grandma, Olivia Calver as the Nurse, and Sydnee Mulridge as the mother. Other PECI students who were involved were Cassidy Allison on video and multimedia design and Lachlan MacDonald on sound.

Click here to watch the performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsaHth8bm0s

PECI Student Meets the Prime Minister

PECI student and Wellington Pumpkinfest’s top local pumpkin was grown by 16-year-old Glen Huffman, as a 4H project. He finished seventh with his 1,048-pound entry. It was delivered to the Prime Minister’s residence by Glen’s parents Alvin and Sheila Huffman.  John notes this is the second year they have taken pumpkins to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but said this year’s specimens “are pretty ugly so it might be the last time we’re invited.”

Click here to read the whole story from CountyLive.ca

PECI is Stopping the Hate!

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On Friday, April 15, 2011, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute held their very first Anti-Hate Day. The original idea of an anti-hate day began in 2007. A grade 9 boy wore a pink shirt on his first day at a high school in Nova Scotia. He was bullied and called a homosexual by a group of students. Two grade 12 boys saw what was happening and decided to take action. They went to a discount store and bought a bunch of pink shirts and brought them to school the next day and gave them to students to wear to create a “sea of pink”. The gesture that the two grade 12 boys made can show people all over the world that it only takes a few people to stand up against something to make a difference.

In our school board, the first anti-hate event was held by Trenton High in 2009. Pink t-shirts were sold that said SO STOP THE HATE to coincide with International pink shirt day. A huge thanks goes out to  Ms. McErlean and Ms. Wilson for bringing the idea forward and making this day possible for our school.

With much  help from Ms. McErlean’s grade 12 Challenge and Changes  in Society class and the Diversity Club, this day was a huge success at PECI. They prepared awesome videos to show different types of hate, from sexual abuse, racism, sexism, bullying, extremism, jealousy, and homophobia. At the assembly, our school had a video conference with Trenton High to show them how involved PECI had been in this day.  Our school sold t-shirts and wrist bands to raise awareness and show their support for stopping the hate. The students in PECI bought 236 t shirts and should be very proud that they helped support this day.

Cleaning Up Our Looks With The Spring Fashion Show

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Keeping with tradition, PECI’s annual fashion show was a big success. On April 20th, the theme "Spring Cleaning" inspired many fashion lovers to "clean up their look" for the upcoming warmer season. The student-filled matinee raised $400 for prom, while the proceeds from the evening show helped fund-raise for Relay for Life.

A special thank you to the many models who were brave enough to strut their stuff, and the many Picton and Belleville stores who provided the stylish fashions featured on the catwalk. However, the show would not have been complete without the incredible support of City Revival, our generous anchor store who helped promote local and recycled fashions.

This long-awaited event was made possible by Entrepreneurship students Christian Kristalyn, Marcy Mattinson, Alyssa Parks, Rachel Harrison, Nicole White, Carling Fraser, Sarah Stanton, Nicole Bush, Natalie Lockyer and Krystyna Houston, as well as their helpful mentor, Ms. McFaul.

 

Little Shop Of Horrors: A Tremendous Success!

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In the month of May, PECI mounted its annual theatrical production and bi-annual musical in Little Shop of Horrors.  The show ran from Tuesday to Saturday, May 3-7, with two matinee performances and three evening performances.  Over 800 people came out to support this seven month project.  

Students from grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 collaborated on stage, behind the scenes and in the class room.  Students were involved in the marketing, technical and set construction aspects of this production.  This event proved once again how talented and dedicated PECI students are, when given a chance to shine.  

The dedicated and stellar cast included students from grade 9 to 12, with Scott Kuipers as Seymour, Naomi Garrett as Audrey, Christian Krystalyn as Orin, Sydnee Mulridge as Mrs. Mushnik, Chelsea Cromwell as Crystal, Claire Stenhouse as Ronnette, Sofia Arnekull as Chiffon, Ryan Vincent as Audrey 2 (with Alison Stenhouse working as our puppeteer), and a supporting cast of Miranda Boultbee, Keelan Hill, Patricia Keleman, Duncan MacDonald, Debbie MacNevin and Ben See.

Behind the scenes we had several students helping in many different capacities, but most notably were Cassandra Buckley as the Stage Manager, Cassidy Allison designing posters, Nicole White designing the tickets, Lachlan MacDonald running sound, and Paris Kaczor helping backstage.  Several other students and staff helped in so many ways to make this production a success.  

First and foremost, the community support in Prince Edward County is amazing, and these ventures would not be possible without it.  We look forward to giving you something else to experience in the future.

 

W.A.I.T. Symposium: Promoting Healthy Relationships

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On Thursday, May 12, 2011, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute hosted Prince Edward County’s first W.A.I.T. Symposium (What Am I Thinking).

This full day event impacted all P.E.C.I. staff and students, plus a select group from every other high school in the board, and provided our communities with a deeper understanding of domestic violence.

This event included key-note speaker, Wambui Bahati, and interactive workshops facilitated by community members, which focused on defining domestic violence, and promoting healthy relationships amongst teens. After this event we hope that students will take the time to identify unhealthy situations and ask themselves: What Am I Thinking?

Our goal through this event was to teach students valuable lessons about healthy relationships that will help them make good decisions when choosing friends and romantic interests.