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Blessed John students make history a party

Congratulations go to the Grade 8’s from Blessed John Paul II Catholic Elementary School, who recently won the ‘Sir John A. Day’ contest, organized by the Historica-Dominion Institute.

The Historica-Dominion Institute is Canada’s largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.

The contest invited classrooms from across the country to throw a birthday party for Canada’s, first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Schools were provided with a link to the Sir John A. Day website, which features short videos about Sir John A. and his role in confederation; an interactive timeline of his life, and links to classroom-ready learning tools and tips for planning a ‘Sir John A. Day’ party.

Dressed as the Fathers of Confederation, the Blessed John Paul II CES Grade 8’s not only threw a 197th birthday party for our inaugural prime minister, but also submitted a creative video featuring Sir John A. Macdonald attending his surprise birthday party, where he interacts with his party guests, which included historical figures: Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Sir Charles Tupper and George Brown, among others.

As winners, each student received a Sir John A. Day T-shirt and bth volumes of a new biography about Macdonald. They also won an iPad for the school.

Congratulations to the Grade 8 students and their teacher, Ms. Lindsay, for ‘making history!’