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May 18, 2017

Palliser celebrates Canada 150

Students at Huntsville School created Canada 150 bracelets.

Students at Huntsville School created Canada 150 bracelets.

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Canada, Palliser Regional Schools designated May 18th as a Wear Red Day. The day was chosen because it's about the 150th day of the school year and it is just before the Victoria Day weekend, named for Queen Victoria, who was the sovereign at the time of Confederation.

Our schools took the Wear Red Day to the next level with a range of Canadian events and activities.

At Sunnyside School, near Lethbridge, the morning was spent celebrating 150 Canadian authors, with book talks and reading time devoted to books by Canadians.

Champion School students also used the day to celebrate books by Canadian authors, but they upped the ante with poutine and games of lacrosse.

At R.I. Baker Middle School, Coaldale, students enjoyed a pancake breakfast and an assembly of First Nations dancing and drumming.

At Calgary Christian School, staff who remember Canada's 1967 Centennial treated students to a rendition of Bobby Gimby's Canada Song over the morning announcements, and some students wrote haiku about Canada.

At Dorothy Dalgliesh School in Picture Butte, students created art displays about Canada. All the students then took a celebratory walk through the school to take in all the art. The event capped off with students each holding either a white or red sheet of paper overhead to create a very large Canadian flag.

At Vulcan Prairieview Elementary School, students enjoyed birthday cake for the nation and students and staff shared a slide presentation of photos of unique Canadian places they'd visited.

County Central High School in Vulcan also planned to celebrate with cake. Students had a chance to win park passes with their knowledge of Canada trivia, and junior high students watched some of Canada's best short films from the National Film Board of Canada.

At Calgary Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab campus, students participated in the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta Her Honour's Canada 150 Poetry Contest. Two Grade 6 students had their poems recognized. Certificates signed by Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell were presented to Maryam Ibrahim and Lamar Hamid at a morning assembly.

At Huntsville School in Iron Springs, students created Canadian flag bracelets.

At Milo Community School, students wore red as they planted a garden.

Students across Palliser received Canada 150 mementoes, either bookmarks with a removable maple leaf embedded with wildflower seeds ready for planting, or pens bearing a maple leaf symbol.

Here's a look at students at Dorothy Dalgliesh School joining together to create the Canadian flag:

Here's staff at Calgary Christian School Secondary Campus performing the Canada Song from 1967, the nation's centennial year.

Here are students from Calgary Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab campus starting their Canada 150 Day with the national anthem in sign language:

 

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