For the past 7 years a team of teachers and students from St. Patrick’s Secondary Sarnia accompany the staff and Grade 7 students from our elementary schools to @muskokawoods on Lake Rosseau in Rosseau, Ontario.
Over 4 days, students are involved in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities led by the secondary school teachers and student leaders. The program can enhance the culture of every school community as well as benefit each and every participant on a personal level. These activities are tailored for each group and reinforce core values: creativity, friendship, and confidence. Activities include: Indoor Climbing Room, High Ropes, Music, Dance, Giant Swing, Drama, Inside Out, Zip Line, Kinball, Cooperative Games, Fencing, Skateboarding, Art, Mountain Biking, Pyramids, and Archery.
The Muskoka Woods Experience is supportive, encouraging and challenges students and staff to do their best. As our students move on to St. Patrick’s High School they will have the opportunity to “Pay it Forward” and return as a secondary student leader.
This is my 9th Muskoka Woods experience and the amount of work and effort that it takes to get this off the ground is countless. It is hard to put an actual # of people that are involved with fundraising efforts, payment plans, and personal information forms collected. However, I would not trade away this experience as the building of personal qualities that can not be measured by tests is endless.
Indeed, being away from family for 4 days can stretch your limits. I would like to personally thank my own teachers Peter Wright 6/7, Amanda Saunders 5/6, and Teresa Thompson EA, for their commitment to our Grade 7 students on this trip. Kudos to Principal @RobCicchelli1 for his support and Jay Stewart who organizes the entire event. The commitment by all involved makes this a memorable and meaningful experience:
Elementary Students 279
Secondary Leaders 128
ILIT Grade 9 leaders 20
Elementary Staff 47
Secondary Staff 45