G. C. Huston School hosts New Brunswick exchange students

May 22, 2014


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Student Welcome Ceremony Assembly introduced New Brunswick exchange students

Grade 1 students displayed their traditional drumming skills

Some 23 exchange students from Listuguj arrived at G. C. Huston Public School in Southampton (Saugeen Shores) for a week-long exchange program.

The students, from Alaqsite'w Gitpu (Soaring Eagle) School, are from grades 5 to 8 and travelled with their teachers, arriving in Saugeen Shores on Tuesday, May 20th.

New Brunswick teachers Justin McRae (L), Suzie Isaac and Alice Moffatt

On day one, the students were introduced at a special Welcome Ceremony assembly held on Wednesday morning in the school, where they were also treated to traditional First Nation drumming.

Traditional First Nation drummers lead by Dan Kimewon (C) ...

... were joined by Principal Dan Russell (R)

The students and their teachers have a busy  schedule ahead of them that includes a visit to the Outdoor Education Centre (OEC), a trip to the Bruce Caves and Spirit Rock Conservation. 

On Friday, the group will leave for  Tobermory, where they will visit the Grotto, the Visitors Centre and tour of the Tobermory downtown area.

The weekend will begin with the students spending time with host families, followed with a visit to the Saugeen Aaron Roote Centre and Pot-luck and dance at G.C. Huston on Sunday.

While many of the activities are of a local flavour, the students will also be off to Wonderland and Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Toronto on Monday.

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"The exchange has two parts," says Principal Dan Russell.  "One, is when our visitors come to spend a whole week seeing our area and meeting a lot of people in our community. Then, two weeks later, G. C. Huston students will fly out to New Brunswick and this is something that our students earn because they have demonstrated that they have earned trust by doing the right thing, even when an adult is not present.  When that happens, we can provide them with unique experiences and you (students) start building that trust from a young age, even in Kindergarten."

The Listuguj students leave for home on Tuesday and, then on June 9th, G. C. Huston students will be off to New Brunswick for the second lap of the exchange program.

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