Grade 4-6 Camping

Good morning from camp,

Yesterday was amazing, from swimming, to hiking, to pizza by the evening camp fire.   The students had a wonderful first day.    

Although the weatherman says today is going to super hot and muggy, the day has started grey and a little moist.   Breakfast was French toast, eggs, yogurt and cereal.   Our fingers are crossed that the sun makes an appearance later today in time for our swimming. 

 

All the staff have been taking pictures and videos and we look forward to sharing them all with you when we get back.   The cell reception is very poor to non-existent.  Just remember that we may not be able to post any updates and certainly no pictures.   I keep in touch with the school when possible.  Take care and know ALL the students have been having a great time.

 

Zone Trip to Casa Loma

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Today the Zoners ventured to Casa Loma for an unbelievable lesson of history of the home itself, Toronto, and well as the World Wars (Casa Loma contains an intriguing collection of World War relics and artifacts on the third floor).  

 From the social history of a working class family at the turn of the 20th Century, to the outbreak of the war and beyond (and how it effected Canadians all across the country), the students were totally engaged in their guided tour - particularly during the ghost stories! 

Although there are battlements atop the walls, Casa Loma is not an actual castle, as it was not built with the fortifications to withstand a military assault.  

Although there are battlements atop the walls, Casa Loma is not an actual castle, as it was not built with the fortifications to withstand a military assault.  

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This room is very much haunted.  

This room is very much haunted.  

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Quebec Day Four - The Ghost Walk

Yeah, those stairs are tough... To go from Lower Town to Upper Town is approximately 1200 steps (according to the pedometer...not 1200 stair steps, only a few hundred of them, but so much steep uphill walking). 

Like these stairs

Like these stairs

Anyway, on to the Ghost Walk:

They were scary, hilarious, and quite informative. Do not believe it when your child says they weren't frightened. When a "ghost" suddenly appeared, students scattered for their lives!  And THAT was hilarious. 

In fairness, who wouldn't run from this guy?  

In fairness, who wouldn't run from this guy?  

Our tour started with the ghost of the executioner of Quebec during the French colonial era. He took the group on a tour throughout Upper and Lower Towns, with his "victims" - people he had executed popping out of no where looking for revenge.

They all had gruesome tales about their crimes. 

 

She killed two of her husbands, one with a pitch fork. And she's looking for a third, even from beyond the grave! 

She killed two of her husbands, one with a pitch fork. And she's looking for a third, even from beyond the grave! 

The students were totally engaged. Yes, there was laughter, but it was a lot of nervous laughter in attempts to lighten the scary atmosphere. The ongoing lightning and thunder in the background only enhanced the experience, and fortunately for us, the storm passed us by. 

For an executioner, he was quite receptive to the students' questions. 

For an executioner, he was quite receptive to the students' questions. 

I think we're leaving around 9am tomorrow to make for English Canada. See you all later today. 

Quebec Day Five: Return trip

Breakfast was had. Bags were packed. The bus was loaded. Like Frodo, who vanquished the Dark Lord Sauron by taking the One Ring to Mount Doom, we now get to start our return journey home. 

Though we likely had a more enjoyable time in Quebec than this poor hobbit had in Mordor

Though we likely had a more enjoyable time in Quebec than this poor hobbit had in Mordor

I imagine we'll be pulling into the school between 6:30 and 7:00 pm tonight. A more exact ETA will be posted once we get closer to the school. I'll report on any lunch stops we make or anything of the like.  

Quebec Day Four - Hot

It was sweltering today in Quebec. But that didn't stop us, nor did it even slow us down. Actually, it did slow us down a little, but only a little. It was a day of military history today, starting with the Plains of Abraham and continuing onwards. 

This afternoon started with some free time in Upper Town, where the students had some lunch and did some last chance shopping. Next we headed along the wall towards artillery park.  

When I say wall, I mean the wall surrounding the Old City. Quebec is the only city in North America that was walled (because it's so old) and we were able to walk along the top. A really cool experience indeed. 

Next we had a workshop at Artillery Park where the students participated in a discussion on the difference in lives between a French and British soldier.  There were definitely similarities - three soliders to a lice-riden bed and the other such horrid living conditions. 

 

Emmy the French Soldier  

Emmy the French Soldier  

Afterwards, the students participated in a scavenger hunt through Upper and Lower town and Mr. Gill had his first Tim Hortons coffee in two days. Maybe not the best choice of drink considering the heat, but sometimes you gotta do whacha gotta do! 

We are back at the hotel now for a few hours of well earned rest and relaxation in beautiful air conditioned conditions before returning to the Old City for dinner and then, the last event of the trip - the Haunted Walk! It could be a bit of fun, hearing stories of Old Quebec ghosts. Will it be scary? Maybe? But I think the students might be a little more scared of all the up hill walking....it seems like every direction in Quebec is like the incline has been set to 9 on a treadmill! 

 

Group shot on the inside of the wall (behind the students)... It looks like much more of a fortification from the outside looking in.  

Group shot on the inside of the wall (behind the students)... It looks like much more of a fortification from the outside looking in.  

Quebec Day Four - Morning

Breakfast - the food was the same, but the location was different within the hotel. No worries though, we all ate.  

Afterwards, we embarked into Old Town again to participate in a multifaceted Plains to Abraham workshop. Please feel free to quiz your students about the battle, they should be experts by now! 

 

We might lack the discipline for an eighteenth century British Army. Or we might not. 

We might lack the discipline for an eighteenth century British Army. Or we might not. 

All Jessica did was steal our hearts.  

All Jessica did was steal our hearts.  

Time for the amputation - and 1750s Britain had really really bad health coverage.  

Time for the amputation - and 1750s Britain had really really bad health coverage.  

Quebec Day Three: Dance Cruise

These kids can dance! How do they know the words of every single song?? Tonight, the TPS crew OWNED that dancefloor and they brought their A Game.  They must have smuggled their A Game on to the bus, because I didn't see it on bus nor at dinner, but it was out in full force on that boat cruise! There just be some footage of that coming later.  A certian student may have even rocked the dance floor with some back flips. Any guesses on who that is? 

Quebec skyline from the boat

Quebec skyline from the boat

We have just arrived back at the hotel and the students are in the process of retiring to their rooms for the evening. We have a super early day tomorrow - breakfast is at 7am!  We're on the road by 8 for the Plains of Abraham reenactment.  

Quebec Day Three - Morning

So, bowling last night - eight lanes of pure bowling excitement. The atmosphere - loud. The lighting - club like. The skill level of the students - way better than old man Gill! 

The top eight scores were awarded Quebec themed prizes... The top bowler, with a score of 115 was Jessica!

The competition was steep where the eighth place score (around 85) beat my personal score by approximately 50 points. 

Um, kinda trying to bowl here Mr. Gill... Can you stand anywhere else that isn't right down the lane? 

Um, kinda trying to bowl here Mr. Gill... Can you stand anywhere else that isn't right down the lane? 

 

Breakfast was the same as yesterday, but I think there were sausages as opposed to yesterday's ham option.  

This morning we are on our way to the St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica - a remarkable cathedral on the Beaupre coast outside of the city. The bus is very quiet this morning. The students had a huge day yesterday. It might have had something to do with the total step count. 

That's 240% over the goal of 10,000

That's 240% over the goal of 10,000

Today probably won't have as high a step count as yesterday, but I'm sure we'll hit 10,000 no problem.