A Dear Friend of the Community!

Here is a wonderful picture of our Executive Director, Donna Mackay and lovely patron Carol Winters! Carol has been coming to our school for a number of years. She is truly a remarkable person who advocates a lot for our community and its people! Thank you Carol for brightening our lives with your visits to the Peterborough Native Learning Program!

This is an essay written by one of the students about International Woman’s Day!

International   Women’s  Day:

International Women’s Day is marked on March 8th every year. Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. One should be proud to be a woman and International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate being a woman. The day is used to express our respect, appreciation and love towards the most powerful gender: ‘woman’. ‘Woman’ is a word which brings a lot of images to our mind, such as selfless love, nurturing and caring attitude. A woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform understanding. A woman is a mystery, holding a lot of knowledge. A woman is the epicentre of love, sacrifice, care and ability to nurture life. Woman’s polite devotion is their greatest beauty.

The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909 to honour the 1908 garment women’s strike in New York. The women were protesting their horrific working conditions, long hours and inadequate wages. Today, we gather on International woman’s Day to acknowledge all women: those in small remote villages, mountains, deserts, and refugee camps; those living in mud and straw homes, large urban cities and rural country sides; those in the workplace, the poor, the rich, and the unemployed; those in our schools, colleges and universities; those who are mothers, working women, and those who do both; those who are single, married, divorced or widowed; those who are young, older or physically disabled; those women we know and those who are strangers. Give them strength, courage, wisdom, grace, vision and fortitude. Every day is our new beginning. Learn about women’s struggle for equality around the world. Help out a close female friend or family member. Thank the women in your life. Treat women with respect.

               Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Women are the real architects of society. However, it is still common for women to not receive higher education, not be allowed to make decisions, and only take care of their children. Domestic violence is the biggest cause of injury and death to women around the globe. Women empowerment claim their rights, such as the right to live their lives with a sense of self-worth, respect and dignity; have equal rights to participate in social, religious and public activities; have equal social status in the society, get equal opportunity for education; and have safe and comfortable working environments.                                                 

The International Women’s Day logo is in purple and white, features the symbol of Venus, which is also the symbol of being female. To create and keep this connection alive, let’s now spend some time connecting with one another with such events like seminars, conferences, dinners or breakfasts. We invite you to light your candles of solidarity to symbolize our connection with them and with each other. The best way to make this day special for women in your life, be it a mother, sister, wife, daughter or a friend is to bequeath her with lots of love, affection, respect and gifts in the form of flowers, jewellery, beautiful greetings cards, and lots of other goodies. We have to take a pledge that there will be total respect for women in our society and be sure to set an example of great respect, admiration and respect towards women. Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in history of their countries and communities.  Let’s praise womanhood for a happy neighbourhood.   

By Pradeep Patel


Happy  International  Women’s  Day!

10 Study Tips That Will Boost Your Results!

1. Set Study Goals

There is lots of credible research suggesting that goal setting can be used as part of a strategy to help people successfully effect positive changes in their lives, so never underestimate the power of identifying to yourself the things you want to achieve. Just make sure to ask yourself some key questions: Am I setting realistic goals? Will I need to work harder to achieve those goals? If you’re happy with the goals you’ve set then you should aim to develop your study plan for the year ahead with your goals in mind. Which, as it happens, leads us to Tip #2!

2. Make a Study Plan

Time is precious. Nobody is more aware of this than the poor student who hasn’t studied a thing until the night before an exam. By then, of course, it’s too late. The key to breaking the cycle of cramming for tests is to think ahead and create an effective study plan. Not only will this help you get organised and make the most of your time, it’ll also put your mind at ease and eliminate that nasty feeling you get when you walk into an exam knowing that you’re not at all prepared. As the old saying goes, fail to prepare and be prepared to fail.

3. Take Regular Study Breaks

None of us are superhuman, so it’s important to realize that you can’t maintain an optimum level of concentration without giving yourself some time to recover from the work you’ve put in. This can take the form of a ten-minute walk, a trip to the gym, having a chat with a friend or simply fixing yourself a hot drink. If it feels like procrastination, then rest assured that it’s not: taking regular short breaks not only help improve your focus, they can boost your productivity too.

4. Embrace New Technologies

Studying no longer means jotting things down with a pen on a scrap of paper. The old handwritten method still has its place of course, it’s just that now there are more options for personalizing study that ever before. Whether it’s through online tools, social media, blogs, videos or mobile apps, learning has become more fluid and user-centred. If you want to try a new learning technology,

5. Test Yourself

It’s a strange thing, but sometimes simply entering an exam environment is enough to make you forget some of the things you’ve learned. The solution is to mentally prepare for the pressure of having to remember key dates, facts, names, formulas and so on. Testing yourself with regular quizzes is a great way of doing this. And don’t worry of you don’t perform brilliantly at first – the more you practice, the better you’ll become.

6. Find a Healthy Balance

Take this opportunity to evaluate yourself both physically and mentally. Is your engine running on low? Instead of  complaining “I never get enough sleep” or “I’m eating too much convenience food” take control and do something about it! Make the change and see how it positively affects your attitude and study routine. This should motivate you to maintain a healthy balance in the future.

7. Be Positive

Your attitude has a big impact on the level of study that you get done and the effectiveness of your learning process. If you keep saying that you can’t do it and won’t commit to the idea of learning, attempting to study is only likely to become more difficult. Instead, focus your mind on positive outcomes and on how you can use your own individual strengths to achieve them. When you think positively, the reward centres in your brain show greater activity, thereby making you feel less anxious and more open to new ideas.

8. Collaborate with Study Partners

At this stage of the school year, you should know your classmates pretty well. This is a good point in time to select a couple of study partners who you know you work well with and are motivated to achieve good grades also. Don’t worry if you can’t meet up too often, you can use online tools such as GoConqr’s Groups tool to communicate and share study notes with one another.

9. Turn lessons into stories

Everybody likes to read or listen to a good story, and with good reason – not only do stories entertain us, they help us to understand and memorize key details too. You can apply this to your studies by weaving important details or facts into a story – the more outlandish and ridiculous you can make it, the better (since you’ll be more likely to remember a particularly crazy story).

10. Establish a Study Routine

Your study routine is comprised of more than planning what to learn and when. One of the main concerns is your study environment.  Find a place to study that is quiet and with few distractions. Alternatively, you could also try switching it up by sitting in a different place in your school library every day and seeing how this works for you.

There really aren’t any hard and fast rules to play by when it comes to best times for studying or how long you should work for. Everybody is different, so the best way to establish a routine is to try different things and see what works best for you, then modify your routine for maximum learning effectiveness.

Material taken from:  www.goconqr.com

10 Study Tips to Achieve your Goals in 2016