Off-Campus Learning

At The Priory, field trips are an integral part of the learning experience. Field trips expand children's learning through hands-on experiences and add realism to the topic being studied. Read about all the wonderful field trips our students have participated in this year.

 

Circus School

Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Kindergarten and Grade 1 did just that for a day, when they attended the Verdun Circus School. Specially trained animators demonstrated their circus skills and conducted bilingual mini-workshops for small groups of eager participants. Throughout the day our Priory students were walking tightropes and balance beams, swinging from the trapeze, bouncing on the trampoline, practicing the art of tumbling and learning how to juggle and spin plates. The circus make-up area, with face painting artists and funny playhouse mirrors, transformed the children into butterflies, lions, puppy dogs and vampires. They enjoyed their bagged lunches inside the facility and then playtime in the outdoor park. At the end of the day they were treated to a little circus show to please and amaze. Both happy and tired from a very active yet satisfying trip, they returned home ready to share their adventures with their family and friends.

 

Adventures at Cap St. Jacques

On a beautifully sunny spring morning, the Grade 2 and 3 students and teachers embarked on a fun and pleasant two day trip. Excitement was building up the days prior to the trip and upon arrival everyone worked together to make this a most memorable and enjoyable trip. Both rainy and sunny weather allowed for maximum outdoor play even though so many children found tremendous joy in relaxing in their bunks. They all welcomed the freedom and safety they experience at Cap St. Jacques.The children were also treated to an early morning walk to the beach, a search for frogs and toads and the making of delicious and gooey smores. The Grade 2 and 3 children had an opportunity to make new friends and get to know each other better. The teachers were also able to appreciate how all the children collaborated in making this a very special and worthwhile event. Grade 2 looks forward to being the 'Cap St. Jacques Seniors' next year and Grade 3 only wishes that they could still attend.
 

CHAGALL : COULEUR ET MUSIQUE

Les élèves de 6e année se familiarisent avec l’importance de la musique dans l’œuvre de l’artiste Chagall et constatent la diversité des formes que prend son travail : costumes, décors, tableaux, sculptures, et dessins. Les élèves ont également participé à un atelier axé sur leur propre univers, représenté par la technique de Chagall. 

 

AN OUTING TO VISTA

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The Kindergarten class, along with the Priory Choir, participated in a community service outing to VISTA Seniors Residence in honour of Mother’s Day, where former Priory Principal Ms. McConnon is a resident. The students sang songs and shared cookies with their appreciative audience. Music teacher Mrs. Campbell prepared the children for this memorable event. The children were excited and ready to perform their favourite songs. 


Rock Climbing Adventure

Grade 3 has been exploring different types of forces this term. On April 26th, Grade 3 students attempted to defeat the force of gravity by rock climbing at Horizon Roc. As one classmate made his/her way to the summit, the others pulled ropes, held on tightly and called out words of encouragement. For some of the students this was their first time wearing a harness and climbing a wall, Spiderman style. The grade 3 students gave this activity a thumbs up. They wanted to try out the zip line and ‘big’ rock. Many have made plans to return with their family. Looks like many moms will be spending a day at Horizon Roc for Mother’s day, as the children can’t wait to  try out their rock climbing skills.

 

Jouvence 2017

Les élèves de 4ème, 5ème et 6ème années ont profité de la neige lors de leur voyage de 3 jours à Jouvence. Le séjour a été rempli d’activités extérieures. En plus d’avoir gravé des pentes en raquette et d’avoir fait du ski de fond, les élèves ont profité d’une  des journées ensoleillées pour faire du ski alpin à Bromont. Pour terminer chaque journée, rien de mieux que de se réchauffer devant un feu de camp en mangeant des guimauves! Ils sont revenus de leur aventure avec de grands sourires et de nombreux souvenirs qu’ils n’oublieront jamais. Ce voyage sera gravé dans les mémoires de chacun et chacune! Merci à tous les professeurs qui ont organisé cette aventure. 

 

A Visit to the Planetarium

Do you know when the next solar eclipse to be seen from Montreal will occur? Ask a Grade 3 student and they will tell you that it will be on April 8, 2024. Our visit to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium allowed students to broaden their knowledge about the solar system in a fun and meaningful way. Students had the opportunity to watch two highly captivating presentations, “We Are Stars” and “One Day on Mars” in enormous dome-shaped theatres. The visit finished with a tour of the amazing hands-on exhibit called “Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe”. This was the perfect way to end our Solar System unit in Science!

 

Winter Fun!

The Grade 4 students celebrated the winter season by enjoying an afternoon of snow fort building and snowman making on Mount Royal with friends, teachers and parents! This winter excursion was adored by both the young and young at heart!

 

Grade 2 Explores the Biodôme

Grade 2 spent an active day being scientists exploring the Biodôme! They observed many animals in their diverse habitats. They saw monkeys, macaws, piranhas, and bats in the hot and humid rainforest; playful river otters, adventurous beavers, and lynx in the cool Laurentian forest; fish, gulls, and eggs in the coastal room; and puffins and penguins in the cold snow of the polar regions. The students discovered how many of these animals have adapted to survive in their natural environments. The children also learned about the ecosystem of the Laurentian maple forest. What a fun and educational field trip to prepare Grade 2 for their own research projects back in the classroom!

 

Musée Pointe-à-Callière

Mardi 27 octobre, les élèves de 3ème année sont allés au musée Pointe-à-Callière situé au Vieux-Port de Montréal. Ils ont eu beaucoup de plaisir à étudier les Iroquoiens du Saint-Laurent. Les élèves ont pu solidifier et renforcer leurs connaissances déjà acquises en univers social en participant à des ateliers sur les activités quotidiennes des Iroquoiens. De plus, les élèves ont regardé un film captivant concernant l'histoire de la ville de Montréal. C'était sans aucun doute un voyage très agréable et informatif pour tous les participants.

 

Grade 1 Explores Trees

The Grade 1 students enjoyed their first field trip of the year last Thursday. They went to the Botanical Gardens and although heavy rainfall warnings were announced, the showers only started later in the day and luckily everyone was able to stay dry for all of the many planned activities. The children began their morning at the north end of the gardens at the "Tree House" where they participated in a very interesting tree workshop. They discovered three facts which prove that trees are alive. One of their classmates was even transformed into a tree right in front of their eyes! They also learned about the different parts of a tree and their functions as well as the importance of trees for animals and people. They obtained more information through a slide show that demonstrated the extent to which animals depend on trees for survival. Magnifying glasses and a huge assortment of tree parts were laid out for our little scientists to experience hands-on activities allowing them to get a very close look at trees. Everyone left the tree house with tons of knowledge and admiration for these amazing living things called trees. The trip continued with a picnic lunch followed by a French play in the auditorium about very talented  vegetables from the cucurbitaceous family who entertained the audience with their singing, dancing and comedy acts. The afternoon ended with a walk through the greenhouses. The children viewed trees from all over the world and enjoyed a visit to the pumpkin display where hundreds of decorated pumpkins delighted and inspired our Priory students. They also met a friendly witch who taught them how to make a magical potion and chant a magic spell. It was a fun-filled, action-packed, successful trip that won't soon be forgotten!

 

Une sortie scolaire au Parc-des-Rapides et à La Maison Nivard St-Dizier

En cette journée du 6 octobre, la classe de 4ème année a eu beaucoup de plaisir lors d’une sortie scolaire au Parc-des-Rapides et à La Maison Nivard St-Dizier à LaSalle. Les élèves, accompagnés d'un guide, ont observé et appris sur l'habitat naturel des animaux et des plantes du parc. L’après-midi, les élèves ont visité la Maison Nivard St-Dizier où ils ont appris sur le mode de vie des Iroquoiennes vers les années 1500. Les élèves ont même eu la chance de construire leurs propres wigwams en équipe. Ce fut un moment très agréable pour tous.

 

A Nature Walk Through The Ecomuseum

Did you know that a porcupine’s quills are hollow like a straw; that black bears are not always black; that caribou are the only members of the deer family where both males and females have antlers; and that raccoons are nocturnal? The Priory Kindergarten class does! On a sunny autumn morning, the Kindergarten class, teachers, and loving parent volunteers went on a nature walk through the Ecomuseum grounds in Ste-Anne-de- Bellevue.  Thanks to the expertise of an enthusiastic guide, the children learned all about the animals that share Quebec as their home, how they prepare for winter in their habitats, and how important animal conservation is. One of the highlights was an “up close and personal” encounter with a snapping turtle and a snake! After a snack the students returned to school excited to share their adventures with their families and friends. 

 

Adventures AT Owl's Head

A wonderful time was had by all at Owl's Head. During the very first week of school, Grade 5 & 6 students embarked on an exciting adventure to the Eastern Townships. From the beautiful view of majestic lac Memphremagog to the delightful accommodations located directly on the slopes, every facet of this trip was terrific. The children participated in a myriad of outdoor activities including, kayaking, canoeing, building sand castles on the beach, and several team relay races organized by their teachers. One of the highlights of the trip was the hike up Owl's Head Mountain. Not only did the students take in the magnificent view, but developed great leadership skills as they shared words of encouragement along the way. It was an extraordinary moment when everyone reached the top of Owl's Head mountain. The children worked cooperatively in groups to develop team cheers that they shared with everyone before hiking back down the mountain. In the evening, the students enjoyed a special barbecue dinner, followed by a campfire on the beach while roasting marshmallows. From the smiles on their faces, it was very clear that the children had a truly educational and memorable retreat!