Fair cancelled; adjudication evening re-located

Notice has gone to all registered schools who are participating in this year’s Regional Fair that the April 30 Fair has been cancelled as a result of the labour dispute between the DDSB and OSSTF. We’d like to thank the community partners who had committed to presenting a workshop to the more than 100 students that were to participate in the Fair.

Although the Fair has been cancelled, the Adjudication Evening and Awards Night will continue. The Adjudication Evening on April 29 has been re-located to Glen Dhu Public School. Adjudication times for each school were sent our by email last week. There has been no change to those times. The Awards Ceremony will also continue as planned on May 13. Details on a venue change for the ceremony will be announced in the coming days.

Student registration is now open!

Student registration is now open for this year’s Fair. All the details, including school allocation went out in Friday’s email. You’ll need the password in that email to register students. Please remember that registration is due by April 15, 2015.

Other upcoming dates to remember include the deadline for lunch orders to be submitted through the Board courier (as known as the “red bag”) on April 21, the Adjudication evening on April 29, the Regional Fair on April 30 and the Awards Celebration Evening on May 13.

The Ontario Heritage Fairs Association has also confirmed the date for this year’s Provincial Fair to be held in Toronto on June 13-14.

Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge


Start writing your exciting Canadian History tale and you could be on your way to Ottawa for the 2015 Governor General’s History Awards. The award is open to Canadian kids between the ages of 7 and 14. Students are invited to create their own illustrated story based on any element of Canada’s past they find of interest. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2015!

Stories should be between 500–1200 words in length and should include 1–3 illustrations or archival photographs to accompany the story. Comic Strip formats are eligible; students should keep in mind a 5-page comic typically entails 500 words. Stories can be written in either English or French.

Stories will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the following basis:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Content and story composition
  • Grammar, spelling and quality of writing
  • Use of illustrations to support the story

The top two writers, one French and one English, will receive a $1000 RESP and a trip to Ottawa. The top twenty-five stories will be published on our website and awarded a complimentary subscription to Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids. All participants will receive a special certificate commending them on their participation.

 The contest deadline is May 1, 2015.

English lesson plan: http://www.canadashistory.ca/KayakAwardLessonPlan

French lesson plan: http://www.histoirecanada.ca/prixkayaklecon