#KPRisAwesome Updates

#KPRisAwesome Update, May 8-12, 2017

More on mental health

Student leaders across KPR are championing a movement to break the stigma of mental illness, and they challenge all of us to help.  Student leaders who attended the recent Be You leadership conference made two videos challenging their peers across the Board to help break the stigma. For details, see the two videos at https://youtu.be/Jcwwwsg-N2Y and https://youtu.be/jkhM3dCkpYo .

At the same time, individual elementary and secondary schools are continuing to focus on mental health and well-being.  Here are a few examples:

  • At Armour Heights PS, Grades 7-8 students held their first Chill Fair, demonstrating positive ways to manage stress and develop resiliency. Parents also visited the booths, learning about a variety of ways to “chill”, from listening to favourite tunes and relaxing in a hot bath, to participating in physical activity.
  • Meanwhile, classes at Otonabee Valley PS and Charles Bowman PS created trees showing things they wish they could “let go of” or things they do to support their mental health.  Terry Fox PS students showed their superpowers of kindness, friendship and laughter; East Northumberland SS wrapped up a full week of mindfulness and wellness activities with a visit from therapy dogs; and Port Hope HS students and staff wore green to finish off their week of events.

More reasons why #KPRisAwesome

  • Prince of Wales PS has been busy, welcoming a large turnout at its first Primary Math & Literacy Night for parents. Students and staff also welcomed new garden boxes built by construction technology students at Thomas A. Stewart SS.

  • The Crestwood SS Wind Ensemble and Drumline recently returned from the Chicago Music Festival where both groups achieved Excellence ratings. Crestwood students also received the Esprit d'corps award, as outstanding ambassadors for KPR and their school community. Congratulations go to teachers Paul van der Bank and Jeff Mackay for their leadership.


  • The Director’s Indigenous Student Advisory Group met for the second time this school year.  Discussions focused on student well-being and ways to support the wellness of students with First Nation, Métis and Inuit ancestry.

  • With leadership from teacher Nade Nixon and the support of Thin City Skateboard Shop, students from the Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education (PACE) program at Peterborough CVS have been designing, painting and building their own skateboards and long boards. Along the way, they have learned valuable business and entrepreneurship skills. 

  • The girls’ and boys’ rugby teams from Cobourg CI travelled to Rothesay, New Brunswick, to participate in Rugbyfest 2017.  The girls’ team returned with a first place finish and the boy’s team in second place. The tournament involved 40 teams.

  • Bowmanville HS students are becoming seasoned speakers and positive advocates for the school and for protecting the environment.  Recently, BHS students asked their municipal council to consider using water stations at events to avoid waste from plastic bottles.  In addition, students and staff who recently visited Tanzania with Me to We spoke to the Rotary Club of Clarington on water conservation and saying no to water bottles.

  • Meanwhile, the Bowmanville HS Talons Ultimate team traveled to Montreal for the Canadian Championships in Ultimate Disc. Pouring rain, intense winds and misty conditions didn’t keep them from winning a bronze medal.  Congratulations go to proud coaches Kevin MacLeod, Chris Beatty and Rebecca Mohindra.

  • Roseneath PS student Drew Rogers has stepped forward to champion an important cause: helping the Neskantaga community obtain safe, clean drinking water.  For details on his fundraising efforts, call the school at 905-352-2161.

  • Grades 7-8 student representatives from schools throughout KPR are enjoying participating in the 4th annual KPRts and Leadership Camp at Camp White Pine. The students are gaining skills in leadership and inclusion while pursuing their passion for the arts, through participation in music, dance, drama and the visual arts. 

  • Dr. G.J. MacGillivray PS’s Junior Choir took first place among all Durham schools at a recent Choirs Festivals Canada event.  The group has been asked to perform at the Canada Day Celebrations in Courtice this year, according to proud teachers Julie Gilbert and Tara McAslan.

  • Heather Robertson, special education resource teacher at Kawartha Heights PS, was presented with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 20 years of service with Scouts Canada. Hats off, Heather! 


  • Sending a shout-out to North Shore PS teacher Karen Kempt, who recently received the Dean Hewitt Memorial Award  from Otonabee South Monaghan Township.  The Community Spirit award recognizes Karen’s many volunteer efforts on behalf of the community, including running the junior curling program in Keene.

  • Congratulations go to all students and staff who participated in Peterborough Public Health’s Water Does Wonders campaign for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.  Water bottle design contest winners came from Highland Heights PS and Norwood District PS, and three classes from Adam Scott Intermediate and Norwood District PS received class participation prizes.

Awesome opportunities:

  • Watch for details on summer school offerings to be posted on our website over the coming days. Summer school will take place at Adam Scott CVI in Peterborough, Clarington Central SS in Bowmanville, and the Northumberland Centre for Individual Studies in Cobourg (changed from Cobourg CI). Summer school classes will run July 4-31, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  A link to summer school information will be placed on our home page in the near future.

  • Vanessa Woodacre’s fashion students are putting the finishing touches to more than 150 costumes for Thomas A. Stewart SS Musical Theatre’s production of Curtains!  The musical will run May 31-June 2.  For additional information and tickets, visit http://www.tasmusical.weebly.com/ or contact sarah_tye@kprdsb.ca 

  • Kenner CVI Drama and Culinary Arts classes present an evening of dinner theatre, May 25 at 6 p.m.  The drama students have written A Tale of Two Kingdoms, a medieval-themed show that explores how teenagers understand their own identity, as well as issues and concerns of the LGBTQ community.  The play takes place as a royal wedding is about to take place, and audience members are guests at the wedding.  For tickets, call the school at 705-743-2181 or email randy_thompson@kprdsb.ca  

  • Clarington Central SS’s 2nd annual #OwnYourEd Conference will take place May 24, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.  Students will be able to attend their choice of talks, exhibits, workshops, clinics and performances to learn about topics of interest to them.  The presentations will be offered by current and past CCSS students, staff, and community members.  For details, email brock_baker@kprdsb.ca 

Check out KPR’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar to see important dates coming up this month and beyond.

Share your #KPRisAwesome news!  Email judy_malfara@kprdsb.ca

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