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W5’s Hour-Long Documentary Special Love and Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story Airing this Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. on CTV

 

W5’s Hour-Long Documentary Special Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story Airing this Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. on CTV.

As many of you in our Dearcroft/West Wind community are aware, we place a strong emphasis in our curriculum on the development of environmental awareness and stewardship opportunities for our students, both in and beyond the classroom. For nearly a decade we have been closely involved with the conservation work and remarkable legacy of Canadian environmental filmmaker Rob Stewart. Over the years we developed a great relationship with Rob as he produced the remarkably powerful and world renowned documentaries, Sharkwater and Revolution. His works highlighted the demise of shark populations, especially as a result of finning, a highly destructive and deplorable form of exploitation leading to an over 90% decline in global shark species. These films also documented increased threats to ocean health due to pollution, micro plastics, ocean-acidification and climate change. Although they tackled difficult and seemingly overwhelming problems, Rob’s message was always positive, inspiring and hopeful. Countless students around the world have been mobilized to pursue studies in marine science and conservation or become vocal advocates for conservation after seeing his breathtaking films. Having visited our campus and worked with our students, Rob became a great friend and mentor to all of us.

We were most privileged to have known him and been inspired by his incredible passion. Tragically, Rob died in a diving accident in the Florida Keys nearly two years ago while filming Sharkwater Extinction, a follow up to his first documentary Sharkwater, an incredible movie that captured over 30 international film awards, leading to tremendous global awareness and policy changes protecting sharks and marine ecosystems… inspiring countless people around the globe. Rob was a truly great Canadian and world renowned eco hero. A giant in his field. Since Rob’s loss and in memory of his incredible life and legacy, in cooperation with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we have initiated the Rob Stewart Award, a memorial scholarship in Rob’s name. Supporting grad students pursuing studies in ocean research, this award is given annually to a Dalhousie student exemplifying Rob’s vision, drive and attention to detail in their research and passion for preserving marine biodiversity.Additionally we are thrilled to be adopting elements of Dalhousie’s Ocean School, a remarkably exciting and ambitious program developed for Grade 6-9 students.  Featuring both virtual reality based and hands on laboratory/ field research, this amazing initiative is led by Dalhousie’s head of Marine Science, Dr. Boris Worm. As one of the world’s leading figures in marine research and ocean education, Boris worked closely with Rob on his films and is a true visionary in environmental advocacy and education. This week, two exciting developments are unfolding as both Sharkwater Extinction and Ocean School are getting set for wide release. Please consider watching the special CTV screening described below. Airing on Saturday it documents Rob Stewart’s incredible life and legacy.

https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/w5s-hour-long-documentary-special-love-legacy-the-rob-stewart-story-explores-the-life-and-final-work-of-the-canadian-filmmaker-and-conservationist-saturday-oct-6-on-ctv/

As the term progresses we will be updating you on additional developments related to a school sponsored screening of Sharkwater Extinction and our exciting association with Dalhousie’s Ocean School. Warm wishes to you and your family for a relaxing and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Gord & Lynda Phippen & the Dearcroft/West Wind staff

Dearcroft Montessori Directors, Gordon Phippen, Lynda Phippen

Joy Day!

On Monday December 18th the students were filled with spirit; they were dressed in their best holiday attire as they celebrated Joy Day!

 

With the holidays fast approaching, the teachers at Dearcroft wanted to plan a special morning for all of the children at the school to enjoy.

In keeping with the Montessori Pedagogy, each child was grouped based on mulit-ages, ranging from 18 months to 13 years.  Each student was put into a special group: Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph and they rotated throughout the morning, spending time at each station. The older children helped the younger children with crafts, they read stories, they danced, and they held their hands through each transition.

Joy day was filled with music, laughter, critters, creatures, stories, sparkles, stickers, glue, music, and lots of fun!

 

From our Dearcroft Family to yours, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Thank you for coming to The Fundraising Gifts From the Heart Shopping Event

Gifts from the Heart SHOPPING EVENT

On Friday, December 8th the students from the Senior Elementary class executed a plan they came up with after a visit to the downtown Oakville location of Ten Thousand Villages.  The students met the amazing energetic store manager Esther and learned that Ten Thousand Villages is largely a volunteer based, non-profit organization that works to empower artisans in developing countries through long term business relationships. Their fair – trade philosophy helps to empower marginalized populations by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income, enabling kids to spend their time in school instead of working.

 

From this initial visit and eventual follow up visits; ‘Gifts From the Heart’ – A Shopping Event was born.  The students wanted to put together an event to support Esther and the Ten Thousand Villages organization and learned they could fundraise for the Gift of Hope Fund. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Gift of Hope Funds, which has been established to help purchase equipment or for the emergency needs of artisans.

Students, teachers and Ten Thousand Villages’ volunteers worked hard to set-up the magical holiday shopping event in the West Wind Junior High Building.  Family and friends purchased hand-crafted items from Ten Thousand Villages, and books from Barefoot Books.  The creations made by Dearcroft students was exceptional! Everyone enjoyed the fair-trade, coffee, tea and hot chocolate and baked treats from the bake sale. Thank you to our Senior Elementary and Junior High students who handled the gift wrapping, managed the retail stations, and greeted all the visitors!

Following our event we heard from Esther and she expressed her thanks in the email written below.

“Dear all Dearcroft staff and students,

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for organizing the Gifts From The Heart event held on the 8th of December. I really admire your organizational skills, all the extra time you put into this event made it successful. Indeed, it was a successful day for Ten Thousand Villages. My team and I enjoyed our time at the event.

 

All your efforts you have put into the event will be going to help the needy artisans around the world.
I have not balanced the sales yet, but we will be sending you the total amount of sales made on that date.

Please forward our appreciation to the parents who came to support the event.

Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you!”

Esther Tchando

Manager, Ten Thousand Villages, Oakville

 

For more information about share the joy of giving please go to:

https://www.tenthousandvillages.ca/