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HEROES HONOURED OVER A TWO-WEEK PERIOD ACROSS EMSB NETWORK

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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 15, 2011Over the course of a two week period, the English Montreal School Board commemorated Remembrance Day across its youth sector.
On Thursday, November 3:

  • St. Gabriel Elementary School and Vezina High School observed Remembrance Day with an assembly where World War II veteran Col. B.J.  Finestone spoke with the students and Jeff McCarthy, a Piper with the Black Watch regiment and father of two students at St. Monica Elementary School played the bagpipes.

On Friday, November 4:

  • At LaurenHill Academy Senior campus in St. Laurent students and staff joined together to remember those who lost their lives defending Canada and freedom. Select students and staff laid five wreaths representing the continents of the world as well principal Pela Nickoletopoulos joined another student to lay a “LaurenHill Academy” wreath. A PowerPoint presentation honouring the 157 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have been killed in action in Afghanistan was shown as well. Along with a piper, the “Last Post” was played during a minute of silence as well as the assembly featured a bilingual reading of “In Flanders Fields”.

  • Coronation Elementary School commemorated Remembrance Day by hosting a veteran.

On Monday, November 7:

  • St. Dorothy Elementary School in Cartierville observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.. 
  • Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly also marked the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan.
  • Royal Vale School in N.D.G. observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • St. Brendan Elementary School in  St. Leonard observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a veteran, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.
  • Venture High School and Elizabeth High School welcomed back Col. B.J.  Finestone, who spent the morning with students from Venture and participated in a short assembly. Following his engagement at Venture High School, he visited with the students of Elizabeth High and their children.

  • Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School observed Veterans Week with guest speaker Captain Robert Latreille. Captain Latreille joined the army in 1958 and served with NATO and the UN as a peacekeeper. With his help of Captain Latreille, students showed that we are working to keep the memory of those who have fallen alive.

On Tuesday, November 8:

  • John Grant School in Côte St. Luc observed Remembrance Day with an assembly.
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • East Hill School in Rivière des Prairies observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly also marked the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan.

  • At LaurenHill Academy Junior campus in St. Laurent students and staff joined together to remember those who lost their lives defending Canada and freedom. Select students and staff laid five wreaths representing the continents of the world as well principal Pela Nickoletopoulos joined another student to lay a “LaurenHill Academy” wreath. A PowerPoint presentation honouring the 157 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have been killed in action in Afghanistan was shown as well. Along with a piper, the “Last Post” was played during a minute of silence as well as the assembly featured a bilingual reading of “In Flanders Fields”.
  • Fraser Academy in St. Laurent observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.
  • Dunrae Gardens in Town of Mount Royal observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Joining students were veteran father and son Robert Latreille and his son Bob Latreille who helped the students reflect on the sacredness of life. Accompanying them was Piper Julie.
  • Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Parc Extension observed Piper Major Cameron Stevens performed a Lament song followed by a two minute of silence in the hallways of Sinclair Laird while all the students lined up against the walls. They were completely still in silence honoring the soldiers who died for us. This serious ceremony was followed by Major Stevens teaching individual classes his instrument, the Piper, and how it works. Piper Major Cameron Stevens has given 25 years of his service to the Black Watch and has travelled to Cypress, Germany, and Afghanistan to perform military songs. It was a meaningful and educational event for the students.
  • The Mackay Centre observed Remembrance Day with an assembly.
  • Honoré Mercier School in St. Leonard observed Veterans Week with guest speaker Captain Robert Latreille. Captain Latreille joined the army in 1958 and served with NATO and the UN as a peacekeeper. With his help of Captain Latreille, students kept the memory of those who have fallen alive.

On Wednesday, November 9:

  • John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • Mountainview School in Côte. St Luc observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly also marked the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan.

  • Bancroft Elementary School in the Plateau held their Spiritual Remembrance Assembly with Piper Sergeant Adam Wilson, Master Corporal Matthew Ramsey, both from the Black Watch Regiment, and Corporal Petrou from the Canadian Grenadier Guards in proud attendance. It began with the Piper performing the Soldier’s Lament, followed by 2 minutes of silence, and an emotional rendition of “Amazing Grace”. During the assembly, Corporal Petrou, explained the function and role of the Canadian Army in Afghanistan, their role as peacekeepers and helping in the reconstruction of this war torn country. Using a powerful Power-Point presentation, Master Corporal Ramsay brought to light the beauty of Afghanistan by sharing his time spent in service in Afghanistan in 2002. It was an enlightening experience for the students, it enhanced their understanding that the Canadian army has a multidimensional role, and for most students it was their first time hearing/seeing a Piper and finding out that dogs are also “veterans”.
  • Gardenview Elementary School in St. Laurent observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.
  • Edinburgh Elementary School in Montreal West observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. observed Remembrance Day with an assembly featuring World War II veteran Colonel Finestone and Jeff McCarthy, a Piper with the Black Watch regiment and father of two students at St. Monica Elementary School.

On Thursday, November 10:

  • John Paul I High School in St. Léonard observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker and a musical component, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and the recognition of honored guests from World War II and Afghanistan. The assembly also marked the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan.

  • Elizabeth Ballantyne School in Montreal West observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • Our Lady of Pompei School in Montreal North invited back former Commissioner Joseph Petraglia to speak to the students about his experience as a member of the United States Military during the Vietnam War.

On Friday, November 11:

  • John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel and John Caboto Elementary School in Ahunstic, St. Dorothy School in St. Michel,  Rosemount High School, James Lyng High School in St. Henri,  LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, Paul VI High School in Ahuntsic, Bancroft Elementary in the Plateau, Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension, Carlyle School in T.M.R., East Hill Elementary School in R.D.P and Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve participated in the Remembrance Day Parade, organized by the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. Students received a lesson in protocol before the march also spoke to the veterans about the importance of Veterans Week and Remembrance Day.
  • In what was a meaningful and emotional experience, 90 students from Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard travelled to Bialik High School in Côte Saint Luc to commemorate Remembrance Day. This was the first of two opportunities to spend time with and learn from Holocaust survivors, Canadian war veterans and Canadian peacekeepers. Throughout the morning, students engaged in intimate and candid conversations with the invited guests about their experiences and memories from the war. To officially mark Remembrance Day, remarks were delivered by Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, Saint-Léonard/Saint-Michel Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti, Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, World War II veterans Alex Hall and George Mann and Master Corporal Marco Mastantuno from the Canadian Armed Forces. A number of students from both schools also participated via Remembrance Day movie creation, power point, musical and other presentations. Students concluded the day with two interactive mini-sessions, ensuring that every individual has had the opportunity to hear the eyewitness accounts from the invited guests. Facilitating these sessions were Holocaust survivors Michael Siretsky, Batia Bettman, Sidney Zoltak and Leon Jedekin. The latter was a child survivor of the war in Shanghai, China, when the Japanese occupied the city on December 8, 1941, and which the U.S. Army subsequently liberated in the latter part of August 1945. This cross cultural connection marks the continuation of a relationship between Laurier Macdonald and Bialik, which began six years ago as part of a program involving the renaming of the former Wagar High School building in Côte Saint-Luc after Giovanni Palatucci, a righteous gentile who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. This event is being organized by EMSB Spiritual Animator Vince Lacroce, Bialik teacher Annie Abitbol and Diane Dupuis-Kallos, events coordinator at Bialik.
  • Westmount High School continued its Remembrance Day tradition, which began over 75 years ago. At its origins, their assembly was held in the Westmount Park Building, and then in what is currently Selwyn House. Since 1963, it has been held at the current location of Westmount High School. This engaging assembly took place in the morning, in the school lobby, surrounded by the World War I and memorial plaques of Westmount High School alumni who lost their lives in service of Canada and defending freedom.  A number of students participated in the service by reading the names of fallen soldiers, laid wreaths, sung Oh Canada and played The Last Post.  Westmount High School was honored to be joined by the members of WHOBA  and Lieutenant Robert Taylor.
  • More than 400 students from John Paul I High School in St. Leonard, East Hill Elementary School in R.D.P. and Edward Murphy School Hochelaga-Maisonneuve participated in a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Longue-Pointe Garrison. Students were fortunate to hear Afghanistan veteran Captain Popenko as well as Afghanistan and Haiti veteran Captain McClintock speak. After hearing from the two veterans, the students observed and participated in a wreath laying ceremony during the Garrison’s official Remembrance Day ceremony. At the conclusion of the morning, students from East Hill Elementary School and John Paul I High school had the opportunity to visit the on-site museum.

  • Marymount Academy observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Students observde two minutes of silence, which was be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount observed Remembrance Day by having veterans visit individual classes.

  • Students from Michelangelo School in R.D.P. observed Rememberance Day with the presence of Sergeant Benoit Caron, an active member of the Canadian Forces.

 

 

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca