Fundraising comedy for Mae Sot Project
TheEastern Townships - Mae Sot Education Project is hosting a benefit performance of Yasmina Reza’s dry comedy on Fri. April 8th at 8:00 and on Sat. April 9th at 3:00 in Turner Theatre at Bishop’s. The production is the work of an energetic group of Bishop’s Drama students who have generously volunteered their time to help schools for Burmese migrant and refugee youth in Thailand. Please come out and give them your support. All proceeds will go to the project.
AlexanderHigh Model Parliament, which has been an annual, ‘handson’ learning experience for the students of the level 4 English/ History course for forty years, held its closing day, last Monday. The simulated Parliamentary sessions, which take place over four days, unfold in the Galt library while the students of other classes and some parents watch the proceedings.
“The students must choose a few contentious issues and then they do a lot of research and prepare bills to introduce to the Model Parliament,” explained History teacher Morgan Quinn who teaches the English/History course, which is part of the Enriched Program, along with English teacher Marie-Claude Marcotte. Dr. John Bertram,
former teacher at
a Alexander Galt, was this year’s Governor General for Model Parliament. “When he was a teacher here, he was well-loved by the students,” said Mr. Quinn. One of the invited guest speakers was a former English/History student, Anna Goldfinch. “She gave a rousing speech about her experiences,” said Mr. Quinn about Ms. Goldfinch who is now studying in the political sciences and attributed her interest there to her participation in Model Parliament when she was in high school.
Interestingly enough, the other guest speaker at this year’s Model Parliament was federal Liberal candidate, William Hogg, who spoke to the students about what it was like to try to get a seat in the House of Commons. “I think it’s the first time that an election was called or going on during Model Parliament,” said Mr. Quinn. “Unfortunately this means that when we take the class trip to Ottawa in April, the politicians won’t be there! For the last three years, the students were the guest . 9 went to Ottawa,” Mr. Quinn added.
History teacher Morgan Quinn (far left) and English teacher Marie-Claude Marcotte (far right) are seen with special guests (l. to r.) Anna Goldfinch, John Bertram and William Hogg at one of this year’s sessions of which ended last Monday.