Herald­ing her­itage

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Ev­ery year stu­dents and staff at this Trin­ity South school cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion grand­par­ents have made to their lives and to the prov­ince. This year’s event in­cluded nu­mer­ous per­form­ers and a sur­prise visit from a well-known group.

Collins was at the Dildo school as part of Grand­par­ents Day held June 10. The an­nual event, hosted in many schools through­out the East­ern School District, pro­vides stu­dents with an op­por­tu­nity to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to their grand­par­ents and cel­e­brate their her­itage.

Jump in and Swim, Just call my name, Long Gone are the Daysand the Lights of Home were just a few of the songs Collins per­formed to a crowd of cheer­ing stu­dents and grand­par­ents.

“I get many re­quests to at­tend events and be­cause my sched­ule is so tight, I can’t at­tend them all, but events like this one at Wood­land I don’t get to do of­ten enough,” said Collins. “I’ve re­ally en­joyed my­self and the stu­dents have been fan­tas­tic.”

Many times while per­form­ing Collins would pause for a mo­ment while stu­dents car­ried right on singing. tions like the Grand­par­ents Day at Wood­land.

“New­found­land is a place where hos­pi­tal­ity and friend­ship is not a busi­ness, but a way of life,” he said. “It’s part of who we are, our cul­ture, which is why it is so im­por­tant for stu­dents to learn about their her­itage in a man­ner like this, that is both ed­u­ca­tional and fun.

Collins feels stu­dents in the prov­ince are more in tuned with their New­found­land cul­ture than ever be­fore.

“Mu­sic and the power of ra­dio plays an im­por­tant part in en­cour­ag­ing and de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­est in our cul­ture, but teach­ers de­serve a lot of credit as well,” he said.“They’re be­ing very creative. They’re com­bin­ing New­found­land mu­sic and the fine arts with many cour­ses or parts of the school cur­ricu­lum. In do­ing it this way stu­dents are more in­ter- par­ents Day cel­e­bra­tion at Wood­land and this year was no ex­cep­tion. The re­tired teacher, along with Collins, per­formed sev­eral songs dur­ing the event.

Mu­sic teacher, Leila Brown organized this year’s Grand­par­ents Day. Brown along with An­gela Clarke, are the cur­rent Grade 5 teach­ers at the school.

The event is part of the Grade 5 So­cial Stud­ies pro­gram.

“There’s a unit in the So­cial Stud­ies book called Grand­par­ent Days where stu­dents learn about how their grand­par­ents lived, what life was like in New­found­land when they were young...foods they ate, what school was like, the songs they sang and much more,” said Brown.

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5 stu­dents Vanessa as Nanny Hynes

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YOUNG FAN - Well-known New­found­land singer/song writer/pro­ducer Kevin Collins of Pla­cen­tia poses for a photo with Tyler Clarke, Grade Six stu­dent at Wood­land Ele­men­tary in Dildo. Collins was this year’s spe­cial guest at the school’s an­nu­alGrand­par­ents

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