Truth & Reconciliation Week/Orange Shirt Day

Prayer for Orange Shirt Day

On September 30th, we acknowledge and recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day, also known as Orange Shirt Day. On this day, we are invited to wear orange shirts to honour Indigenous people and to show a commitment to the idea that EVERY CHILD MATTERS. During this time, we recall Canada’s Residential Schools which is a tragic moment in our Canadian history.

Listen to The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Jack Webstad

Indigenous Teachings

Sacred Heart is Committed to Reconcili-ACTION

Lenten Season

On February 22, we began the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent and Easter are the most important season in the liturgical calendar. Lent is a time for fasting, almsgiving (i.e. charity), and prayer and lasts for 40 days.

Here are some resources about this important Liturgical season that calls us to reflect, pray, and become closer to Christ.

Bell Let’s Talk Day – January 25, 2023

Bell Let’s Talk Day is TODAY – January 25, 2023! Today Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every text, mobile and long distance call by Bell customers, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view, or use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. Today, let’s help make these actions count!!

Here is what you need to know:

  • More than 1 in 2 people struggling with their mental health aren’t getting the help they need.
  • 1 in 4 Canadians have been experiencing high levels of anxiety.
  • More than 200 Canadiens will attempt suicide everyday; twelve will die.
  • The number of opioid overdose deaths in Canada went up more than 90% during the pandemic. It’s now 20 per day.

Together, the students and staff of SACRED HEART can help create positive change for people living with mental illness. Because when it comes to mental health, every action counts.

Remember that if you need someone to talk to, your teachers, guidance counsellors, chaplains, vice-principals, and principal are here to listen.

To learn more about Bell Let’s Talk Day, visit their website.

Remember, your Mental Health is sacred!

Happy Lunar New Year!

This year, the Chinese culture celebrates the Year of the Rabbit and it is predicted to be a year of hope and peace.

Years of the Rabbit include 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963. 1951, 1939, 1927.

Those born in any of these years are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious.

What is your Chinese Zodiac symbol?

Visit the following website to learn more about the Chinese Zodiac and how it predicts your personality and character? How accurate is it?

Mrs. Loffredi is a GOAT. What are you?

Are You ready for exams?

Is this your initial reaction when you are told that it is time to prepare for exams? Does the thought of studying and writing exams make you super anxious?

Fear not!! Here are some exam preparation tips, tricks, and resources to help you succeed on your exams this month and succeed confidently.

Exam Prep Tips

SQ4R Study Strategy

Tips for Writing Your Exams

The Forgetting Curve

Research has shown that when you study or review material it is natural for us to forget over time. However, with spaced repetition and review, we will forget what we learned less and less.

Remember to Get Enough Sleep

In today’s busy world and as your schedules fill up with multiple activities, I feel that sleep isn’t overrated enough. We all seem to downplay the amount of sleep we get on a regular basis and brag about how little sleep we actually do get. However, when it comes down to exams, it is so important that you get enough sleep the night before and avoid cramming if you want to perform successfully. This is why it is so important to start studying for your exams earlier, so that you don’t have to pull ‘all-nighters’ the night before.

So, why is sleep so important?

Watch this TED Ed Talk about how sleep helps you to recall and remember information.

epic Puzzle Challenge

This year the Sacred Heart Library participated in the Epic Puzzle Challenge. This was an event that involved most participating YCDSB High School Libraries. The library to have students complete the puzzle first would obtain the Epic Puzzle Challenge trophy, and take it back from St. Max’s.

A group of our senior students were determined to complete the puzzle and finished it in 1 DAY!!! A special thank you goes out to the following grade 12 students: Eli, Sofia, Jewella, Vanessa, Ana, Katelyn, and Matteo. This group was very determined to win the trophy.

In spite of our students’ efficient and determined efforts, we were not the first school to finish this 5000 piece puzzle. The trophy remains at St. Max’s. We will get them next time.

Stay tuned for our next puzzle challenge!!

Truth & Reconciliation Week – orange shirt day

The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to Truth and Reconciliation we are forced to go the distance.

Words by Justice Murray Sinclair

September 30th is recognized as National Truth & Reconciliation Day (also known as Orange Shirt Day).

What do these words mean to you?

  • Relationship
  • Broken
  • Family
  • Government
  • Missing
  • Indigenous
  • Language
  • Churches
  • Reconciliation
  • Tradition
  • Trauma
  • Residential
  • School
  • Intergenerational
  • Culture

Words have the power to mean something either positive or negative for different people. These concepts and words help to describe the tragedy surrounding residential schools that is Canadian history.

More than 150,00 First Nations, metis and Inuit Children were forced to attend government-funded residential schools between 1870s and the late 1990s. There was reported abuse – emotional, physical, and sexual – in these schools.

More than 4000 children failed to return home. This annual day of commemoration is seen as a way to raise awareness of past wrongs and acts as an important step in the healing process.

Source: “Healing the Past: Canada’s First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” CBC News: News in Review, December 2021.

Why is it an Orange Shirt?

The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.

The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad

Truth and Reconciliation is Canada

Indigenous History through Art

The picture below was created by Kent Monkman and is titled Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience. What do you notice about this artwork and what does it say about Canada’s history?

Challenging Canada's history through art | TVO Today

“I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe

I lost my talk
The talk you took away
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school
You snatched it away:
I speak like you
I think like you
I create like you
The scrambled ballad, about my word.
Two ways I talk
Both ways I say,
Your way is more powerful.
So gently I offer my hand and ask,
Let me find my talk
so I can teach you about me.
1.  What does this poem mean by 'talk'?
2.  At the end of the third stanza, the speaker admits 'your way is more powerful.'  What might 'Power' mean in this poem?  Who is the 'You' she is talking to?  Does it include you?  In what way is your way more powerful?
3.  What does this poem express about language?
If you were to translate this poem in your own language, would it help you to understand what the poem expresses about language?
5.  Imagine if your first language was taken from you.  How would you feel?  How would you tell your children about your family?  How would you communicate with your ancestors from your home country?

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We all come from somewhere, and we all have stories to share. What is a story you’d like to share?

  • Before Orange Shirt Day, I knew…
  • Now I know…
  • Now I feel…
  • The action I will now take are…

Library Orientations

This week we have started with grade 9 Library Orientation Workshops in the library. These workshops are meant to introduce students to our library space and make them aware of the resources, services, and activities that we provide for all students.

We recognize that, over the past 2 years due to COVID, not all students have attended a library orientation, so it’s always a good idea to remind them about some key points.

Here is what you need to know (in a nutshell) about using our library:

Sacred Reads

Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, oh my!!

The Sacred Library has something to offer all reading preferences.

Last year, we weeded out both our fiction and non-fiction collections in the library to make room for newer and more relevant titles. Currently on display in our library are some of our newer fiction books that we’ve added, and which we are certain will provide students with their next GREAT read.

Check out some of the new titles below.

New Library Books by Lisa Loffredi

Sacred Reads Student Book Club

All all bookworms, book lovers, book enthusiasts, and lovers of reading!

The Sacred Heart Library Learning Commons also oversees our Sacred Reads Student Book Club. This club meets every 1-2 months to discuss and read books that either students recommend or those that are nominees on the Forest of Reading White Pines list.

Our first meeting this year will take place on Tuesday, September 27th after school in the library. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

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