We were on a mission this morning to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but to no avail! I was given news on Tuesday morning that our tour inside the parliament building was cancelled due to an important event that was taking place this morning. Instead of going inside, we opted to walk all around the outside of the building and enjoy the sunshine. I asked a security guard what the big function was inside today and he told me that it was a tribute ceremony to the outgoing Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. In a statement today from Justin Trudeau “As Canada’s 28th Governor General, His Excellency brought tenacity, drive, and deep compassion to the accomplishment of his duties as the representative of our Monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He proudly served as the 11th Governor General of Canada under her reign.” Hopefully you saw our group photos in front of the Canada 150 sign! That will be a great memory for these kids to have in years to come!
Our tours of the Supreme Court took place at 10:15 and 10:30. We split into two groups with each group having their own tour guide. We learned that the Supreme Court of Canada is Canada’s final court of appeal. It serves Canadians by deciding legal issues of public importance, thereby contributing to the development of all branches of law applicable within Canada. The two groups each simulated a Mock trial in the court rooms. The first mock trial was overseen by supreme court justice Navik. He was conducting a trial about a stolen Coach purse. The lawyers were Terry and Lola. The accused was Hannah and the victim was Nika. The final decision found that Hannah was guilty of theft and given a sentence of two years in jail.
The 2nd mock was officiated by Supreme Court Justice Kiana. She was conducting a trial about a stolen bag of gum worth $500.00. The lawyers were Audrey and Aveary. The accused was Frank and the victim was Jaden. The final decision proved Frank was innocent. Case closed. Our tour ended in the Supreme Court Room. Both tour guides were engaging and interesting. We all really enjoyed our visit.
Our boxed lunches were delivered to us at the Supreme Court. We distributed the lunches and boarded the buses. We ate our lunch on the way to Arbruska Outdoor adventure centre. What a place it was. We split into three groups. The first groups got suited up with their helmets and head lamps and went into the caves. You will hear all about it when they get home. A unique experience for all of us.
The second group strapped into their harnesses and their helmets and headed over to the outdoor adventure. The third group followed them 15 minutes later. It was an incredible obstacle course with slides, short zip lines, rope walks, and ladders. The guides taught the kids how to use their safety gear and they were then challenged to complete the loop. The course was designed to let students use the course independently. It was so much fun to watch them tackle the challenges and experience the thrills of each section. They could go at their own pace (slow or fast) and there was no need to stand around and wait, like so many other obstacle courses I have been to. The kids absolutely loved it. It was a highlight of the trip for many of the kids and the teachers too!
We had a buffet dinner tonight. These seem to be a big hit with this group as they can make their own choices and have as much as they like! We had a quick game of manhunt in the park across the street from the hotel and then Ms. Read told them a story. They are always better when they have a little run around after a meal. The team meetings went well tonight as we did a recap of the trip and they got a chance to come up with their highlights. There were so many.
The top 3 highlights for each group was:
Group 1: Zip lining, Cirque Eloize and the royal canadian mint
Group 2: Cirque Eloize, Canadian War museum, zip lining and caving
Group 3: The food, building friendships/spending time together on the bus, Cirque Eloize
Group 4: Zip lining/caving, Canadian War museum, Cirque Eloize and the sugar shack
Group 5: Zip lining/caving, Cirque Eloize, Mint
Group 6: Zip lining/caving, Plains of Abraham battle reenactment, Mint
Group 7: Cirque Eloize, Zip lining/caving, Canadian War museum
This trip has been an adventure in so many ways. I probably say this every year but this group has been one of the best. They were easy to be with, they were interested and engaged in every activity we were involved in and they were responsible and polite.
When I asked the kids tonight what skills they have learned on this trip, these were the answers I got:
- Personal Organization
- Using my manners
- Making new friends
- Keeping track of all my stuff
They are excited to share their stories and memories with you when they get home.
Thank you to everyone for your kind notes of thanks along the way. It’s been an exciting week for everyone. We have enjoyed our time with this group. We look forward to sharing some of the stories at the Grade 6 party on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Roseman’s home.
I will send a note to everyone on the status of our flight arrival time.
Karyn and the team!
Here are the team photos from tonight.