Fundrais­ing com­edy for Mae Sot Pro­ject

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Len­noxville

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.

photo Earl El­son

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.

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