Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week 2018

It is Freedom to Read Week in Canada.  We take time this week to celebrate some of our fundamental rights and freedoms, including the freedom to read whatever we choose to read. As citizens of a liberal democracy, we require access to information and ideas, free from state interference or censorship. Take some time this week to reflect on your Freedom to Read.

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Freedom to Read Week

Women’s March

Women’s Marches took place this past weekend around the country and around the world. Hundreds of thousands of women joined in solidarity in cities like Vancouver and others around Canada, the United States and across the globe. The Women’s March of 2018 was the first anniversary of the Women’s March that took place last year, with much of the impetus coming from protests against the policies of the new U.S. President.  In the year that followed the news has been dominated by  issues related to the equality and rights of women, making this year’s march as important as ever.

source: CBC
source: CBC

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Banned Books Week

In the United States the American Library Association presents Banned Books Week, September 24 to 30. 

From the ALA: Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.

People in Canada and around the world stand with Americans who are celebrating and standing up for their right to read. As Canadians we can also celebrate our rights, and learn more about what we need to do to protect those rights.

Mohandas Gandhi

source: public domain / wikimedia commons

Mohandas Gandhi was born on in this day in India in 1869. Gandhi led India to independence from the British Empire, primarily through non-violent protest and peaceful resistance. His ideas would inspire future movements from such people as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

For more on the life of Gandhi, click here.

Latin Immersion Comes to Lord Tweedsmuir

Philo_medievThe Surrey School Board is pleased to announce that the District’s first ever Latin Immersion Program is starting this September at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. All incoming Grade 8 students will receive instruction in Latin for all classes.  All Grade 9 students will have Latin instruction in all the core academic classes.  Meanwhile students on the Graduation Program will have Latin instruction in subjects chosen at random. In the cases of Provincially examinable courses, the Provincial Exam will also be written in Latin. When interviewed, Lord Tweedsmuir Principal Buggie was very excited about the plan, exclaiming, “vero nihil verius.” Then he added, “quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur.”

 

 

Reading Buddies

The Reading Buddies program at the Surrey Public Library is looking for volunteer reading buddies. Reading Buddies is a great volunteer opportunity where you can develop your mentorship skills. Being a “big buddy” is a rewarding experience, and counts towards CAPP hours. For more information, check out surreylibraries.ca.  You can download an application form there. You can also contact the Youth Services Librarian at the Cloverdale Library to ask questions, and to apply.

The Orientation and Training Session at the Cloverdale Library takes place in March. Spots fill up fast, so get your application in right away!

The New Curriculum

source: CC/wikimedia commons
source: CC/wikimedia commons

Teachers spent the day on Thursday, November 12, planning for the implementation of BC’s new curriculum.  BC Teachers have been busy writing the curriculum to reflect the changes that have already been going on in education, and in anticipation of the needs of students moving forward. The K-9 Curriculum goes into full effect for the 2016-2017 School Year, while the 10-12 Curriculum, currently in draft form, is slated for full implementation for the 2017-2018 School Year.

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Rugby World Cup

Have you been watching the Rugby World Cup?  The tournament heads into the Quarter-Final “knockout” stage this weekend. The Rugby World Cup is the third largest sporting event in the world (after only the Olympics and the Soccer World Cup.)  The Rugby World Cup takes place every four years and brings together the top 20 international sides to battle for global rugby supremacy. Check out our display of materials related to Rugby Union Football.

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International Day of the Girl

source: UNICEF

The United Nations has declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl Child. The day was first celebrated in 2012, as an opportunity to recognize the rights of girls, to raise awareness about the challenges that they face around the world, and to celebrate our daughters, sisters, friends and students. Sadly, girls around the world daily face discrimination, violence and the violation of their human rights.

The theme for 2015 is:  The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.

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World Mental Health Day

From the World Health Organization:wmhd

“Thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. They are not only discriminated against, stigmatised and marginalised but are also subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community. Poor quality care due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities leads to further violations.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is “Dignity in mental health”. This year, WHO will be raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.”

Find out more:

World Mental Health Day 2015

WHO Information Sheet

Canadian Mental Health Association

Mohandas Gandhi

source: public domain / wikimedia commons

Mohandas Gandhi was born on in this day in India in 1869. Gandhi led India to independence from the British Empire, primarily through non-violent protest and peaceful resistance. His ideas would inspire future movements from such people as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

For more on the life of Gandhi, click here.