Both parents and students love the uniforms at Joan of Arc Academy. Parents say “In the mornings, it cuts down on the drama of picking out clothing”. Uniforms allow everyone to appear equal, without comparing clothing or appearance.
Science is important to girls because it opens up lots of doors for them. They can do anything they want with strength in both math and science.
At Joan of Arc Academy, the girls get to learn about math and science without being intimated by other students saying “it’s not for girls”. The students always perform very well here in both subjects.
On March 17, 2012, The NY Times published an article on the “Benefits of Bilingualism”.
The article starts by saying “scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.”
Read the full article for more in depth research and opinions on this topic. It’s a pretty interesting read. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-benefits-of-bilingualism.html?_r=1|
Despite the continuing commitment of the international community, global figures on girls’ education make it all too clear that many urgent challenges remain to be addressed:
- some 39 million girls are still out of school;
- women represent two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults;
- only one-third of countries have achieved gender parity at secondary level.
Join the discussion at an e-forum hosted by the International Institute for Educational Planning, March 6 to April 6. http://www.iiep.unesco.org/capacity-development/training/virtual-campus/e-discussion-forums.html|
If you are able to help with watering the trees over the summer, please let us know and we will put together a watering schedule.
Tuesday, January 24th the Joan of Arc Academy percussion group WHACK! had their television debut on Rogers’ Morning Show. Sophie, Cassidy, Laura, Claire, Emma, Annabelle and their conductor – Dr. Kelly-Marie Murphy performed splendidly. Joan of Arc Academy got a couple of plugs as well!
To see the performance, please visit Rogers TV|
We are pleased to announce that a new Smart Board has been installed in Ms. Forestell’s classroom, where she teaches Mathematics in grades 6, 7 and 8 and Science in grades 7 and 8.
This was made possible with the profits from the bake sale and generous donations in lieu of Christmas gifts to the teacher by the grade 5 parents. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this superb acquisition for our intermediate level students.|
In February every year, the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation or PGL French dictation of 200 words takes place in schools across Canada and at Joan of Arc Academy.
The Dictée PGL raises funds to support access to basic education in countries where the Foundation has been working for more than 30 years. Grade 8 students Rishika Aggarwal and Laura Song scored 100% in the 2010 Dictée PGL.|
Joan of Arc Academy graduate Kate Ashwood won “The Power of the Girl 2011” award from Free the Children – Children helping children through education for her exceptional fund-raising efforts.
“Girls in Kenya don’t necessarily have the opportunities me and my friends have in North America,” says Kate. “I…truly hope that by helping to give these girls an opportunity to get an education, they can show that they also have the power of a girl!”
Part of Kate’s award included a trip to Kenya where she met children from Kisaruni who had been helped by Free the Children.|
Great news! The grade 3 girls will be able to take advantage of a Smartboard in their classroom. A generous parent has donated funds to finance its purchase, as well as the acquisition of several French reading books. This parent wishes to remain anonymous.
We are most grateful for his donation that will benefit present and future Joan of Arc Academy students.|