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 ( Non-DDSB teachers should RSVP to

Creating a Great Heritage Fair Project

Carol White and Allan Hux have developed a great new resource showing how the Heritage Fairs projects can be used to implement the new Ontario Social Studies, History and Geography Curriculum. That resource is now posted on the RESOURCES page of the OHFA website and there is also a link to it on the right side of the home page of the site at .

You can go directly to the file and download it here.

School registration is open for the 2014 Regional Fair

The Durham Regional Heritage Fair committee is pleased to report that the interest indicated by our pre-registration has been big enough to make returning from last year’s hiatus a go!

We presently have more than a dozen schools who have expressed interest in participating in the 2014 Regional Fair and have opened up the School Registration form for the Fair.

Interested schools will need to complete the School Registration by December 20, 2013. Even if you missed the completing the pre-registration, it’s definitely not too late! Registering by December 20 will guarantee your school’s participation in this year’s Regional Fair.

As per usual, at this point in the school year, we ask for schools to provide a best-guess in terms of which grades will be participating in your school fair, and how many students you anticipate will be completing Heritage Fair inquiry projects. As it’s still early, nothing is set in stone. We will ask for firm numbers further into the new year (by early March).

Please also note that the DRHF cannot provide supply coverage for teachers attending the Regional Fair with students on April 22. This will be an expense that will have to be covered by the school and should be discussed with your school’s administrator as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Students cannot attend the Regional Fair without being supervised by a teacher (or administrator if necessary).

If you have any questions about the School Registration process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email You may also contact Jill Bishop through DDSB Lotus Notes email.