The Caring for Others Focus Program

Dear Parents,

I am very pleased to have your son or daughter in my ‘Caring for Others’ Focus Program. Let me tell you a bit more about it.

‘Caring for Others’ is a new experiential, project-based program for a group of 18 Grade 10 students which runs all afternoon throughout both semesters of the 2017-2018 school year. It will allow students to learn about and explore various ways of caring for others in their community while earning four Grade 10 credits: English (at the applied or academic level) and Health Care in the first semester and Careers and Civics and Religion in the second semester.

The students will be presented with numerous opportunities to learn while helping others including work experience placements at St. Patrick’s Home with seniors (Sept.- January) and Corpus Christi elementary school with young children (Feb.- June). We will also be working on many school-based projects including helping the high needs students with the school garden, assisting with Terry Fox walk and fund-raiser and welcoming new students to Mac. Field trips will also be arranged to relevant locations (ie: clinics, hospitals and non-profit organizations in the community) and guest speakers from various helping professions will be invited into the classroom to speak to the students. In September, students will receive First Aid, CPR and AED training and participate in an off-site team building activity at Escape Manor. In May, we hope to plan an overnight trip to St. Brigid’s Camp.

Students will be either walking or travelling on OC Transpo to all off-site locations (except St. Brigid’s Camp). Should your son or daughter not have a Presto pass, bus tickets will be provided. As this program is funded by the Ottawa Catholic School Board, there will be no fees requested. We are very fortunate to have a comfortable classroom with new furniture and a set of 6 new Chromebooks facilitating the numerous group projects the students will be working on.

As the group will be together for the entire year, we will be creating a strong bond. This program is meant to give students a chance to learn while doing and get a good taste of many professions in the helping field. By the end of the school year, they should have a strong resume which could lead them toward part-time work and possibly further studies in this growing field.

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