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PYP Exhibition update

Dear families,

Year 5 classes have launched the PYP Exhibition process. Student grouping has formed based on interest and passion about specific local or global issues. The initial stage of research has begun at school. Groups have created a mind map to indicate possible lines of inquiry. They will determine their own line of inquiry under the group’s broad topic and begin with the key concept of  Form – what is it like? to build foundational knowledge. During their time at Norval, they will be making group agreements for problem-solving and will be involved in team-building exercises to set the stage for successful collaboration. A staff mentor has been assigned to each group and mentor meetings begin following March Break.

Parents can support rich conversations at home and can provide support by helping make connections to expertise that you, family members or friends may have in relation to an exhibition issue. Even if it’s not your son’s exhibition topic, we welcome contacts that may enrich research and connections to our community. Please contact your son’s form adviser or Ms. Jojic if you have a contact who might be willing to speak to an exhibition group.

Some issues emerging from the boy’s interests and concerns include:

  • Human rights, access & equity (health care, education, employment)
  • Poverty
  • Memory and the brain
  • Mental wellbeing – stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, pressure
  • Climate – habitat loss, deforestation, energy, natural disasters
  • Animal rights – poaching
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Smoking/vaping and alcoholism
  • Bullying
  • Technology – screen time, addiction, safety, hacking, cybercrime, cyberbullying
  • Life underwater – plastics, whaling, shark-finning
  • Life on land – pollution, pipeline, sustainability

The PYP Exhibition is a collaborative, in school, process. Your son is not required to do any work over the March Break. 

Attendance between the end of March break and Friday, May 8 is very important. Please keep non-essential absences to a minimum during this time.  

Exhibition day is May 8, 1-3 p.m. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this celebration of your son’s learning and action. Watch for updates in Heads Up and enjoy your rich conversations at home.

Dianne Jojic
PYP Coordinator