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A New Human and Planetary Health Concentration for Students at the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys High School Pavilion in Kemptville

March 1, 2017, OTTAWA - For the 2017 school year, students at the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys high school pavilion in Kemptville will have the option of enrolling in the preconcentration and concentration in Human and Planetary Health with a focus on climate change. This specialized, comprehensive program will be available to all students in grades 7 to 10 in 2017 and will be expanded to grade 11 in 2018 and grade 12 in 2019.

“This new specialized program at the Kemptville pavilion is excellent news for students because it will give them an opportunity to engage in immersive learning about Human and Planetary Health with a focus on climate change. Students will hone their critical thinking around major societal challenges involving the environment, health, and sustainable development. While in the program, they will develop eco-responsible attitudes and behaviours,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).  Ms. Lacombe wishes to thank the parents and staff on the ad hoc committee that validated the parameters of the new program.

Students in the Human and Planetary Health concentration will focus on specific themes in each grade:

  • Grade 7: healthy body, healthy mind (investigating the impact of nutrition, mental health and school-life balance on health), nature’s shifting balance (examining the repercussions of natural phenomena and climate change)
  • Grade 8: high on health, high on life, environmental safety measures
  • Grade 9: voluntary simplicity (food and housing)
  • Grade 10: the legacy of black gold (my ecological footprint, the fossil fuel economy)
  • Grade 11: the changing nature of nature (climate change and tourism, health and climate change)
  • Grade 12: biotechnology

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois is excited about this new program, whose content is an ideal fit with where 21st-century schools are heading. “The impacts of climate change on the environment, health, and sustainable development will be issues of major concern to future generations. The Human and Planetary Health program will raise students’ awareness of these realities and offer them academic training focused on developing citizenship values and eco-responsibility to help them become engaged and ethical citizens. Offered in collaboration with various community partners, this new program will give students access to career exploration opportunities, co-op placements, special training, and certifications.”

The CECCE is offering this concentration following public consultations with the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys community to ascertain the needs and interests of families and students. During the consultations, it soon became clear that participants were very interested in a program focused on various aspects of health and the environment.

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