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.”

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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.

 

Aboriginal Awareness Day: An Event to Remember

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On Tuesday, May 31st, students from Ms McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class organized and hosted an Aboriginal Awareness Day for all Grade 9 and 10 students. There were a variety of speakers and workshops offered throughout the day which included: Mohawk Traditions and Culture, the Impact of Residential Schools, Medicine Wheel Teachings, Lacrosse Skills, Traditional Drumming and Dancing, Traditional Medicines, Land Claims, and the History of Tyendinaga.

The purpose of this day was to encourage students to become more aware of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, especially the people from our neighbouring community of Tyendinaga. In addition to the workshops, students were able to taste traditional foods which were prepared by our Venture grade nine students as well as enjoy the artwork of the grade nine Aboriginal Art classes. All of the workshops were well attended and students were having fun. It was a day of positive experiences which promoted awareness of Aboriginal cultures while showing the importance of positive community relationships. The day was a great success and we hope that this is an event that we can offer again next year!

 

Soccer Boys Play Strong at OFSAA

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On June 1st our boys soccer team boarded a bus at 6:30am bound for Windsor  and the OFSAA AA soccer championship.  Out team consisted of 21 players, 5 of whom were junior players.  We were fortunate enough to have Head Coach Dave Mather and his wife Linda, Assistant Coaches Doug Peever and Jack Mather and a number of parents and family members traveling with us.

Our first day of play was on Thursday.  The boys came out strong in the first game and beat St. Francis with a score of 1-0.  In the second game we played really well but lost 1-2 to Holy Trinity.  We went back to the hotel tired and a bit sunburnt to prepare for the banquet that evening. Our team attended the banquet looking great in their dress shirts and ties.

Friday brought our second day of play.  The boys were eager to play well and get a spot in the quarter-finals.  We played Richview in our first game and beat them 1-0.  Our second game we played against St. Michael and beat them as well with a score of 1-0.  This assured us a spot in the quarter finals and the boys were thrilled.  In our pool we had tied in points with Holy Trinity. Even though they had twice the number of points scored against them, we lost to them in head to head play and therefore they were ranked first and we were ranked second.

At 5:15 we faced off against St. Christopher’s, a team from Sarnia that had 5 Provincial players and a number of Club players on their team.  This was one fantastic team and we found we had met our match.  We lost to them 3-0; a respectable score considering they had beaten other teams by more than that.  St. Christopher’s went on to become the OFSAA champions but we held our heads high knowing we had given it our best and were tied for 5th place in all of Ontario!

Our soccer team was fantastic.  They played as well as they possibly could, they worked well as individuals and as a team.  They were great sportsmen and all-around gentlemen both on and off the field. We look forward to returning to OFSAA and wish all our graduating players the best of luck next year!

 

Film Studies Video

For Kyle Gill and Jordan Courtney, both from Ms. Lockyer’s ENG4EC and OSSLC classes, exposure in the two English courses to over eight Canadian films has led to a video interview of the students on REEL CANADA’s website.

The film unit exposed students to a variety of Canadian film with analytical activities focusing on genres and themes such as “The Angry Young Man/Woman”, “The Murder Mystery”, “The Rebel With A Cause”, “Growing Up Gay” and the documentary. The unit culminated in a one day festival brought to PECI from Toronto.

“The REEL CANADA team interviewed us about our views on Canadian film, which is really about Canadian identity”, said Kyle Gill. Jordan Courtney added that “U.S. films are better marketed because they have bigger budgets, but Canadian films are just as good or better”. “This video interview is just another example of PECI Panther Pride in action”, said Ms. Lockyer, “I hope to bring the REEL CANADA team back next year.”

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Shelby Terpstra Leaves For Equador

By Bruce Bell, County Weekly News

"The gateway to the world outside of Prince Edward County is about to open for Bloomfield teen Shelby Terpstra."

"The 17-year-old PECI student departs next week for South America to begin 10-month odyssey in Ecuador as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program."

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New Nurse Practicioner for PECI

"Marie-Elaine Delvin is the newest nurse practitioner to join the Prince Edward County Family Health Team."
"Delvin will practice two days a week at the Upper County Clinic in Rossmore and the Harbourview Clinic in Picton with a fifth day spent running the primary care clinic at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute high school in Picton."

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