Scott unveils Angels Corner

Scott unveils Angels Corner

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Scott Collegiate unveiled a new feature on the school property. Students at Scott Collegiate, including the Grade 10 Construction Project Group, undertook an important project: to build an “Angels Corner” , a space to raise awareness about violence and abuse against women and memorialize victims of this issue in their community. This unveiling coincided with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Read more about the background of the project.

 

At Scott, we emphasize learning through project-based, cross-curricular education projects and initiatives that benefit the community in and around the school, while striving to ensure that our students obtain their required credits for graduation.  This semester, we are offering a course that integrates Math 10, English 10 and Construction 10.  The goal is to have students gain and develop Math and English skills and meet required curricular outcomes, while participating in hands-on projects that foster the development of construction skills and prepare students to participate as effective and engaged family members, citizens, community members, consumers and producers in Canadian society.

The students in this project built an Angels Corner on school property, a space intended to raise awareness about violence and abuse against women and memorialize victims of this issue in our community.  Angels Corner is a nationwide movement that began in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2007.  There are now Angels Corners, Squares, Streets, and Crescents all over Canada.  This space is located in front of Scott Collegiate, along 7th Avenue.  The Scott Angels Corner includes two plaques (explaining what the space represents), four benches decorated with students art, and garden boxes.  Sadly, violence against women is a prevalent issue in Canada and in our community.  We hope that students have learned that their voices matter and that they can help create positive change in the culture of violence against women in our society. 

We wish to express our gratitude to those who have supported us along our journey, from learning about this issue to unveiling the benches for the Angels Corner.  Elder Noel Starblanket helped us ensure that we completed this project in a good way.  He provided guidance and traditional teachings about honouring women and how to be an honourable man.  We are thankful for the sponsorship of SaskTel (our education partner), who donated money towards the purchasing of the plaques.  PLS Sign and Graphic generously donated their design services and covered a portion of the cost of the plaques.  Our Scott Collegiate School Community Council also donated money towards the purchase of the plaques.  Finally, Winroc Regina donated the paint for the benches.  Also, we owe huge thank you to Brenda Dubois for being a special guest speaker at our unveiling; she gave a great talk with a powerful message.  We could not have completed this project without this support and we are extremely grateful!    

We hosted an official unveiling of the Angels Corner at 2:00 p.m. at Scott Collegiate on November 25, 2014, which coincided with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.   Our students provided a short, informative program, handed out white ribbons (in participation with the white ribbon campaign:  http://www.whiteribbon.ca/), and encouraged all in attendance to sign a pledge similar to the one below. 

We want to thank all of the many special guests and community members, including the grade 7/8s from Kitchener school, for coming to our unveiling assembly, signing our oath, and for supporting Scott students.  Several media outlets, including The Leader Post, CJME News Talk, and Global News, were here to cover the story and share the success of our students.  Our students and staff are so grateful for the amazing community support of this project and very proud of what the Construction 10 Project students were able to accomplish!