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Nunavut Arctic College students in Sanikiluaq jumped in to help prepare for the Paatsaali High School Grand Opening, working in the library. We had our work cut out for us.

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It is hard to believe that we have just passed the halfway point of the Fall 2011 school semester. Zillah Piallaq and the Pre-Employment students in Hall Beach marked the occasion with Spirit Week.

Members of the student council have planned many extracurricular activities, such as weekend movies and field trips, but last week the emphasis was to create experiences that all could participate in while attending class. One challenge was for staff and students to dress in accordance with a different theme for each day of spirit week.

The best dressed earned the most points, which were added to the scores of other events and counted towards a set of prizes awarded at the end of Spirit Week.

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Happy Haunted Halloween! Students and staff in Hall Beach were happy to spend the daylight hours of Halloween in costume.

Pre-Employment and NTEP Foundations students spent the day in classes as the community set about preparing for the evening festivities. As the school day drew to a close, the two classes joined at the Community Learning Center. Once there, they shared ghost stories and candy, as well as bobbing for apples in buckets of water, all generously provided by the Pre-Employment class.

After a long school day in costume and eating too much junk food, all were pleased to join the greater community for town-wide activities.

 

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It wasn't just the kids running around in costumes last night!

Staff at Arctic College's Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit, Nunavut dressed their best for a spooktacular Halloween celebration on Monday. As if by magic, a strange and wonderful troupe of princesses, witches, construction workers and judo kung fu masters appeared out of nowhere! Thanks to Brian Manning from the Nunavut Teacher Education Program for capturing these elusive spirits on film.

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At the end of the fifth week of studies for the Pre-Employment and NTEP Foundations Programs running in Hall Beach, students from both classes spent a cheery Saturday evening participating in a town Table Sale.

The students put their kitchens and bodies to work, donating a banquet of baked foods, but also selling their services towards household chores. Community members were happy to ‘employ’ Pre-Employment students for services such as meal preparation, cleaning, doing laundry, and other such jobs in exchange for a $10 donation towards student activities. It was a great night that was enjoyed by all who participated, guests and students alike.

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Kivalliq Hall held a Thanksgiving luncheon for students, their families and staff on Friday Oct 07, 2011.  In all, more than 86 people attended for the turkey dinner, complete with all the fixings. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

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Far too often, the effects of climate change and climate injustice are felt by those who have been systematically sidelined from the discussions and decisions which affect them the most.

For too long, the voices of the populations most impacted have been marginalized, dismissed and disregarded by those in power.

It is for this reason that the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition will be holding a Climate Justice Tribunal in late November, 2011. The aim of this tribunal is to bring to the forefront the experiences of frontline communities, such as First Nations communities, migrants, workers, youth, farmers, and women, and to hold those responsible to account for their actions. Politicians from across the party lines, community members and media will be invited to witness the live testimonials and video footage collected from people and communities spanning the country.

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During my fourth year of teaching, I had the great privilege of working with an amazing educator by the name of Miss Bezanson. She taught a grade four class to whom I taught Physical Education. Therefore, I had the opportunity to communicate with her on a daily basis. About six months into the school year, Miss Bezanson gave me something that would forever change my teaching techniques and my life, although I did not realize it at the time.

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I once read an article of a 55 year old man who began to realize that his years were passing by. He figured the average person lived to be 75, which gave him another twenty years. With fifty two weeks in a year that gave him one thousand weekends left to enjoy.

He called it the theory of a thousand marbles. He bought one thousand marbles, put them in a clear container, and placed the container in his office. Every Monday, he would take out one marble and throw it away.

He discovered that as his marbles disappeared, he focused more on the important elements in his life. I'm sure you've heard this before, but it deserves repeating. Every day could be our last. "The greatest danger in life is in permitting the urgent things to crowd out the important." (Charles E. Hummel) So life, laugh and love your friends and family.

Written by Mike Pickles
NTEP Instructor
Nunavut Teacher Education Program
Rankin Inlet

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