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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Take O​ur Kids To Work Day

The Grade Nines Get a Glanc​e at Wha​t it’s Like to Work.

By: Christina C., Student Reporter

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On November 1, grade nine students got to experience what it is like to be working full-time at a job that takes effort and dedication. Accompanied by parents, family members, or friends, Loretto Abbey’s grade nine students went to workplaces all across Toronto to learn about a wide variety of professions.

 

“I went to a post office with my aunt and I got to learn about putting the names of packages into the computer,” said grade nine student Patricia Mingala. “I was tired at the end of the day, but it gave me the opportunity to experience the hard work that is put into the job.” By shadowing professionals, students were inspired by the commitment of those who are passionate about what they do.

 

Through the kind invitation of Mrs. Emily Fernandez and His Honour, Justice Shandler, some ​Loretto students were invited to the Ontario Court of Justice located at 1000 Finch Avenue West. Students took part in many activities throughout the day, including a mock trial in which they were introduced to and participated in the many different judicial roles within the court system. They also had presentations from a Crown Attorney, emergency task force team, a forensic police detective, and a question and answer session in the Judicial library with His Honour, Justice Shandler. Thank you to Mr. Furfaro, Mrs. Emily Fernandez, and Justice Shandler for their help in planning this learning opportunity for our students. A special thank you also goes out to Ms. Bartolini, for her support in this venture.

           

Being in grade nine myself, I went to Holy Name of Mary College School with my dad who teaches art and handles the school’s communications. I had an insightful day learning more about the school and what skills you need to teach high school students. I helped out by taking photographs of student art, editing the pictures in Photoshop, finishing the Christmas set design, and much more! I met other teachers who work at the school, including the guidance counsellor who gave me valuable information on post-secondary pathways that I am interested in. I found that it was a great way to gain exposure to the working environment.

 

Overall, grade nine students learned so much about working in different fields. Take Our Kids to Work Day is an amazing event that gives students the opportunity to learn how jobs and careers are like and how they work. As Mr. Furfaro said, “Take Our Kids to Work Day is the first stepping stone to initiating a career pathway to a student’s future.”