Holy Saviour Students Sailing off to the Provincials

Holy Saviour Students Sailing off to the Provincials


On Wednesday, October 30th, 20 teams participated in the Cardboard Boat Race Regional Competition in Marathon. This competition was put on by Skills Canada, in an effort to promote Ontario's skilled trades & technology workforce. Students must bring their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4' by 8' corrugated cardboard and duct tape. Nick Nault, the grade 7/8 teacher at Holy Saviour, explains that “this opportunity is more than just seeing how fast these kids can get across a pool, it is about building relationships, being able to talk through problems, and using the skills learned in class toward something tangible and real.”

Students are judged based on the quality of their final product, their design concepts, their knowledge of essential skills and skilled trades, their implementation of safety processes, their ability to function within a team, as well as their results in the speed and weight challenge. According to Steven Stadey, “It is a lot of fun, but you also have to do a lot to get ready and you learn a lot!”

The winning team from Holy Saviour Catholic School– made up of Cora Ewen, Steven Stadey, Amy Malley, Liberty Benson and Owen Lass - qualified to represent the region at the Provincial Competition which will be held in Belleville in the Spring. It is an exciting opportunity for these students to continue working on developing these skills while preparing to be one of the 32 teams that compete for the Ontario Championship Title!

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this very exciting learning opportunity! Our area had great representation with two Holy Saviour Catholic School teams, 3 Margaret Twomey Public School teams and one Biigtigong team landing spots in the top 10.

A special thanks to Shawna Grouette, event organizer, to Skills Canada, to the event sponsor, Barrick, and to all of the educators who continue to invest in our future by providing students with unique and diverse learning opportunities!

"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."