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Manachaban students to get a taste of history when they visit Quebec

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Monday, May 06, 2013 12:38 pm

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More than 60 Grade 8 students from Manachaban Middle School in Cochrane will be packing their bags and heading to Quebec from May 12 to 18.

“The kids are really looking forward to it,” said French Immersion teacher Micheline Butterwick.

“It’s a good way of ending their middle school years,” she added.

Students will spend their first two nights in Montreal where they will visit the Bell Centre and have the opportunity to give a mock interview on the podium in the pressroom, the Basilique Nortre-Dame where they will experience the beauty of architecture and stain glass and the Parc du Mont-Royal where they will see some of old Quebec.

Next the students will travel to Quebec City where they will reenact the Battle of Quebec on the Plains of Abraham. The site marks the 1756 battle between English Major-General James Wolfe and French Lieutenant-General the Marquis de Montcalm.

Both men were mortally wounded in the battle that had both sides equally matched in number of men, about 4,500 for each side, but not in skill, as the French army was ill-trained and ultimately retreated. Quebec surrendered on Sept. 18, 1756.

The students will also enjoy breakfast at the Quebec Parliament building, which will be a first for the long-running school trip.

“A lot of what (students visit) is social studies related with information on Canadian history,” Butterwick said.

The students will also go on a dance riverboat cruise down the St. Lawrence River where they will see a wall of Quebec fortifications complete with artillery cannons that light up to look like they are firing at the boat.

“It is so different from when you see it in a book,” she said. “Their eyes go wide open.”

Butterwick has been participating in this trip for several years and said students on the trip notice things they are learning about like oxidation on the roofs of old buildings and they see the paradigm theory in spiral staircases.

Students will complete daily journal entries and write a report on what they did and learned when they return home.

“It’s awesome,” Butterwick said. “I just love it.”


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