2022 Remembrance Day Challnge Kit at Tiger Jeet Singh Public School
In 2022 Tiger Jeet Singh Public School took part in our Remembrance Day Challenge Kit pilot tackling the question, How might we help Tiger Jeet Singh design Remembrance Day to be meaningful to our school community?
Grade 7 students in Michael Primerano’s class at at Tiger Jeet Singh Public School in the Halton DSB designed and facilitated 3 meaningful Remembrance Day ceremonies at grade-appropriate levels on November 11th, 2022.
Inspired by empathy building activities and tools embedded in I-Think’s Remembrance Day Challenge Kit, students had two insights as they designed this years’ ceremonies:
Remembrance Day, and themes of war, conflict and peace are complex. For Remembrance Day and its connected themes to be meaningful to students in their school community, knowledge building needs to be grade-appropriate.
The practice and traditions of Remembrance Day have been disrupted by the pandemic. This year, would be the first time students from kindergarten to grade 3 experience a Remembrance Day – and 3 years since other students in the school participated.
Michael Primerano, is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces but also a teacher at Tiger Jeet Singh Public School in the Halton DSB. The Remembrance Day Challenge Kit helped him do something he’s struggled with for over a decade: creating truly meaningful Remembrance Day connections for others so that we never forget.
Student Thinking and Innovations
From their real-world problem solving journey, 6 innovative recommendations for the school community emerged. Some were implemented and reflected in this years’ Remembrance Day ceremony designed by Primerano’s class, others will be implemented next year, and some challenge the notion that traditions of Remembrance Day should be confined to one day – they span a year-long commitment to knowledge and empathy building about Remembrance Day and themes of war, conflict and peace.
Check out 4 out of 6 recommendations below
Stakeholder Speaker Series
The school’s Remembrance Day ceremony needs to bring in speakers to represent the experiences of being: a Canadian veteran, a veteran from another place in the world, someone impacted by war and conflict.
Canada’s Past Using Artifact Kits
Students connect with those affected by war and conflict to learn about their stories and experiences. They would collect items people used and lived with during times of conflict, whether serving or affected, and create artifact kits to circulate across classrooms in the school to learn and connect to Canada’s history of war, conflict and peace.
“This recommendation helps TJS promote by showing the staff and students the importance of Remembrance day and helping them acknowledge why Remembrance day is important to them or how to make Remembrance day valuable for them. Using the yellow ribbons and putting them along the trees would be a great example of how to show awareness.” – Grade 7 student, Tiger Jeet Singh
Maintaining the Moment of Silence
A whole-school moment of silence that stretches beyond the traditionally observed 2 minutes. Extending the moment of silence will encourage students and staff into a deeper reflection and connection to veterans, those impacted by war and conflict and Remembrance Day.
Raising Awareness & Fundraisers
Acts of awareness throughout the school year, including: tying white ribbons around trees as a symbol of remembrance for veterans and a welcoming back home, poppy strings around trees, posters and educational resources around the school. They also recommended the school participate in fundraising for organizations like VETS Canada and Wounded Warriors.
Tiger Jeet Singh also took part in the Remembrance Day Challenge in 2023, story will be available in 2024.