Student registration is open!

Student registration for the 2015-2016 Durham Regional Heritage Fair is now open. An email has been sent to registered schools with details, as well as the password required to access the form.

Please know that the all student registrations must be received via the online registration form by the end of the day on April 11. Thanks for your co-operation!

Stories of Canada’s History earn national award for 26 students, including Kirsten Rowe of Ajax

Ajax student Kirsten Rowe, from Southwood Park Public School, is the recipient of the 2015 Young Citizens Award. Kirsten and twenty-five other young Canadians are recipient of this year’s award which is presented annually by Canada’s History Society. The students, aged 10 to 15, have won a trip to Ottawa to participate in the Canada’s History Youth Forum.

During the last school year, more than 55,000 students researched stories of Canadian heroes, legends and key events, and presented the results at heritage fairs across the country. Canada’s History identified students with the best projects and encouraged them to record a short video showcasing the research in Canada’s past.

“The Young Citizens program encourages Canadian youth to explore the stories of Canada’s history from the perspectives of their own hometown, province and country,” says Janet Walker, Canada’s History President & CEO. “The 26 student winners exemplify the passion of Canada’s youth who are actively discovering their past and its significance to their lives today.”

Some 170 videos were posted online and reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend Canada’s History Youth Forum. The judges decided half of the students’ scores, while online voting made up the other half. Two winners were selected from each province and territory.

Topics of the winning videos included Chinese immigration to Canada, the music of New France, and a Nova Scotia privateer.

The Young Citizens program is generously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Youth Take Charge Program, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, and the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Table on Culture and Heritage.

Click here to view Kirsten’s award winning video on the James Bay Treaty.

Information Session for Teachers

The Durham Regional Heritage Fair will be hosting an Information Session for teachers that are anticipating running the Fair program at their school this year. The sessions will emphasis ways to connect the Heritage Fair to the new social studies & History curriculum and how it links to the Inquiry expectations. Support material for linking Heritage Fair to the inquiry process will be provided. Details and suggestions on how to run the Fair at the school level will also be presented, as well as ways to integrate technology into the process.

Teachers who have previously participated in the Fair are also encouraged to attend to share their experience, and to discuss ways to modify their previous experience with the Fair to fit with the inquiry process outlined in the new social studies/History curriculum.

The Information Session will be held at Southwood Park PS in Ajax on December 2 from 4:15-6:15. Light refreshments will be provided.

DDSB teachers can sign up for the session via PD Place (pdplace.ddsb.ca). Non-DDSB teachers should RSVP to info@durhamheritagefair.ca.