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Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022

Education is what got us into this mess, and education will get us out.
— Hon. Murray Sinclair

September 26th-30th marks Truth and Reconciliation Week, a time to memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors and their families. Learning and commemorating the truth of our history from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge keepers is an important first step in reconciliation.

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day to confront the legacy of residential schools and generational trauma, to have honest conversations and meaningful discussions, and to reaffirm that every child matters.

We will have orange shirts available for any staff or students who want them, and we encourage everyone to take this opportunity to have these important and difficult discussions, both inside and outside of the classroom.

To learn more about Orange Shirt Day, visit the Orange Shirt Day website, and watch the video below where its founder, Phyllis Webstad, tells her story.

Photo Day

Monday, Sept. 19 is Photo Day!

Photos are taken for school ID, which also functions as TTC ID so that you can get your student discount. If you absolutely can’t make it in, retake day is Oct. 17.

You can also order a photo package.

Photos will be taken in the MPC cafeteria. SOLE students: Your time slot is 1:55-2:05. Classes will be called down, but make sure you’re in your class for that time. If you have a spare, make sure you’re around so that we can find you when we go down to the cafeteria.

Staff, you can have your picture taken from 8-8:50 or at lunch.

First day schedule

Welcome back! The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 7th. It will be a special day schedule designed to help you get to know the school and your classmates.

9:00 – 11:20 am: Welcome assembly in the Student Lounge

11:20 am – 12:20 pm: Lunch Break

12:20 pm – Debbie will distribute timetables

Classes (attendance will be taken)

Per 1 – 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Per 2 – 1:05 – 1:35 pm

Per 3 – 1:40 – 2:10 pm

Per 4 – 2:15 – 2:45 pm

Q&A / Timetable Issues – 2:45 – 3:15 pm

We can’t wait to see you!

Interview: Michael & Huxley

The Literacy Course students are pleased to present a series of interviews with SOLE students about their cool projects, experiences, and adventures outside of school.

Click the audio player to hear Michael interview Huxley about his experience in the Dual Credit flight attendant course.

Social science fair

A group of students in a classroom participating in a social science fair

Caitlin’s Grades 11 and 12 Social Science classes hosted a Social Science Fair on June 22. Students from other classes came by to learn about landmark experiments, case studies, and key concepts in the Social Sciences, and did a bit of peer evaluation! Thanks to everyone for your participation. The following awards were handed out at the end of the day:

Cleanest and Most Minimalist Display: Miku, Brown Eyes/ Blue Eyes

Best Researched Display: Charlotte, Cognitive Dissonance

Most Stimulating Display: Echo, The Clark Doll Experiment

Most Creative Display: Calen, The Stanford Prison Experiment

Most Enthusiastic Presenter: Georgia, McDonaldization

ROM Walk

Caitlin and Rachel’s classes spent the afternoon exploring the history of the Danforth with a guided ROM tour. We learned about the architecture and the influential families in this vibrant, changing neighbourhood—all while enjoying the beautiful sunshine!