Educational Field Trips

Academics

Inspiring critical thinking and global citizenship

Through our Community Connections, North Star Academy Laval seeks to create well-educated individuals who become active citizens of the world- starting with the communities around them. Bringing the world to our students and our students to the world is a key focus of the Academy. As part of this initiative to inspire critical thinking and global citizenship within our students, educational field trips - are an important part of our teaching practices. Through these outings, students experience real life applications of their in class pedagogy allowing them to make connections that make learning all that much more meaningful and long lasting.

Educational field trips - Grade 7

French Theater Outing

Each year, the French department organizes a day at the theater outing for the entire school. This past year, NSAL's annual A Day at the Theater outing took place at the Maison des Arts de Laval. Organized by the French department, each year students and staff get to hone their French skills by attending a local play.

Maison des Arts

Students are exposed to a local art gallery to see different types of art and get to experience the beauty that local artists can create.

Holocaust Memorial Centre

In ELA 1, we read The Boy In the Striped Pajamas and The Breadwinner. Both books explore what life is like for children in war situations.  As part of this unit, we visit the Montreal Holocaust Museum to look at the artifacts and listen to stories of survivors who experienced World War 2.  

Viva Vida Art

The owner of Viva Vida Art, comes to our school to conduct creative and meaningful art workshops with our students. The students get to explore different themes and activities with these local artists.

Educational field trips - Grade 8

French Theater Outing

Each year, the French department organizes a day at the theater outing for the entire school. This past year, NSAL's annual A Day at the Theater outing took place at the Maison des Arts de Laval. Organized by the French department, each year students and staff get to hone their French skills by attending a local play.

Maison des Arts

Students are exposed to a local art gallery to see different types of art and get to experience the beauty that local artists can create.

English Play

Each year, the students get the opportunity to attend a play. Last year, the Grade 8 and 9 English classes attended play Around The World in 80 Days. This theatrical adaptation of the book by Jules Verne tells the humorous tale of Phileas Fogg and his valet Passpartout as they attempt to circumvent the globe in 80 days in order to win a bet. The students were given the task of determining how and why the play was staged in the way that it was and how it differed from the book.

Educational field trips - Grade 9

French Theater Outing

Each year, the French department organizes a day at the theater outing for the entire school. This past year, NSAL's annual A Day at the Theater outing took place at the Maison des Arts de Laval. Organized by the French department, each year students and staff get to hone their French skills by attending a local play.

English Play

Each year, the students get the opportunity to attend a play. Last year, the Grade 8 and 9 English classes attended play Around The World in 80 Days. This theatrical adaptation of the book by Jules Verne tells the humorous tale of Phileas Fogg and his valet Passpartout as they attempt to circumvent the globe in 80 days in order to win a bet. The students were given the task of determining how and why the play was staged in the way that it was and how it differed from the book.

Jewish Rehab Center

Each year, a group of our students have the opportunity to attend a day long workshop at our local Jewish Rehab Center. The students hear from professionals in all disciplines and got to see firsthand what being in physical rehab is like and how people in this profession make a difference in peoples lives

Destination Quebec- LCC trip

Destination Quebec is an important annual event held at Lower Canada College. Our students take part in a number of workshops to discuss and contemplate the effect of globalization in various fields such as, technology, business, the environment, social justice and health. Our students leave with a renewed interest and understanding on how globalization shapes our world as well as their role in the process.

Vpixx

As part of the science curriculum, Grade 9 students had the pleasure of visiting Vpixx technologies, a private company that serves and supplies vision scientists with software tools and instruments in such fields as electrophysiology, fMRI, and psychophysics.   Students took part in a competitive game that measured their eye-hand response times, and also tried an eye-tracker recently developed by the company. 

Educational field trips - Grade 10

McGill Discovery days

McGill offers many initiatives to introduce students to different fields of studies. This includes women in engineering events and career exploration days of which our students always take part. At NSA we are always looking for ways to expose our students to as many opportunities as possible.

French Theater Outing

Each year, the French department organizes a day at the theater outing for the entire school. This past year, NSAL's annual A Day at the Theater outing took place at the Maison des Arts de Laval. Organized by the French department, each year students and staff get to hone their French skills by attending a local play.

Jewish Rehab Center

Each year, a group of our students have the opportunity to attend a day long workshop at our local Jewish Rehab Center. The students hear from professionals in all disciplines and got to see firsthand what being in physical rehab is like and how people in this profession make a difference in peoples lives

Destination Quebec- LCC trip

Destination Quebec is an important annual event held at Lower Canada College. Our students take part in a number of workshops to discuss and contemplate the effect of globalization in various fields such as, technology, business, the environment, social justice and health. Our students leave with a renewed interest and understanding on how globalization shapes our world as well as their role in the process.

Electrium at Hydro Quebec

As part of the Grade 10 curriculum, student have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at a local Hydro Quebec power plant. Students experience real life links between this important Quebec economic platform and their science curriculum.

Workshop and Factory visit (Dorel)

Dorel is a multi-million dollar company that takes polymers from china and make mattresses. The technology aspect of the Grade 10 ministry curriculum is new since the reform. As part of this chapter students learn about materials, textiles and their properties, constraints and deformations, linking, degrees of freedom, motion transmission and transformation systems. Students in Grade 10 got to see real-time application of class material and explore in a hands on way what they learned in class through the factory visit and in class workshop. Physics students interested in engineering got to attend as well!

Ottawa Museum of National History

In preparation for their June exam, the Grade 10 class, and a few select Grade 11 students, go to Gatineau to visit the Canadian Museum of History. In doing so, the students are able to revisit important events that we touched upon, not only in class, but for review for the end of the year exam. In addition to the field trip, the students have to complete an assignment to further help them identify the important information needed for the end of year exam. This year, the assignment had the students take pictures of ten events we examined during our course and write the causes and consequences of each event. This allowed the students to use their critical thinking skills to identify multiple aspects of Canadian history to form the narrative of the course.

Educational field trips - Grade 11

Afgan Lunch

In ELA 5, we read The Kite Runner which looks at the lives of two boys in Afghanistan who grow up with the Afghan conflict as the backdrop to their lives. We go to a lunch at an Afghani restaurant to get a taste of the food and culture described in the novel.

Community Connection class outing

Students in this Grade 11 class are given the chance to experience a real life workplace. They have to draft a profession email, coordinate with the enterprise of their choosing and spend the day experiencing life in the workplace.

Destination Quebec- LCC trip

Destination Quebec is an important annual event held at Lower Canada College. Our students take part in a number of workshops to discuss and contemplate the effect of globalization in various fields such as, technology, business, the environment, social justice and health. Our students leave with a renewed interest and understanding on how globalization shapes our world as well as their role in the process.

French Theater Outing

Each year, the French department organizes a day at the theater outing for the entire school. This past year, NSAL's annual A Day at the Theater outing took place at the Maison des Arts de Laval. Organized by the French department, each year students and staff get to hone their French skills by attending a local play.

Jewish Rehab Center

Each year, a group of our students have the opportunity to attend a day long workshop at our local Jewish Rehab Center. The students hear from professionals in all disciplines and got to see firsthand what being in physical rehab is like and how people in this profession make a difference in peoples lives

McGill Discovery days

McGill offers many initiatives to introduce students to different fields of studies. This includes women in engineering events and career exploration days of which our students always take part. At NSA we are always looking for ways to expose our students to as many opportunities as possible.

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