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Gymnasium becomes art gallery at Frederick Banting open house John Curry

News - The gymnasium at the Frederick Banting Alternate Program became an art gallery on Thursday, May 29 for the school’s annual art show and open house. And what a display of art, all done by the students! It took on many shapes and forms such as a plaster mask painted by Megan Haluca with an acrylic paint, three paper sculptures by Mike Parks, a painting featuring geometric shapes done by Lucas Crocker, a revitalized shoe done by Michaela Dominico, Ben Freeman’s pencil on paper work called “Handscapes” featuring a hand with its fingers spread out like the branches on a tree and Erica Emery’s work featur-


Greeting visitors at the open house and art show at the Frederick Banting Alternate Program in Stittsville on Thursday afternoon, May 29 are students Samantha Millar, left, and Alana Rawlings, right.

ing nine frames called, quite appropriately “9 Squared.” There was Briar Carruthers’ pencil and chalk pastel on paper showing train tracks disappearing into the horizon. There were also longboards and skateboards that were on display with their unique shapes and custom artwork, all made by students. The art was set up around the gymnasium including across the front of the stage area and on all sides of display pillars set up in the gymnasium. There was more than art to see and enjoy at this open house. You had the opportunity to hear student Lillian Zhao playing the guitar in a hallway. Or you could see some of the dresses, headware and sock monkeys made by students in teacher Christine MacLennan’s room. In the co-op education room, which you could not miss thanks to a line of white arrows on the floor in the main hallway which showed the way, you could see a slide show of some of the co-op placements enjoyed by Banting students this year. You might also learn that there are not only the volunteer co-op placements which students undertake but also paid co-op placements in which the student receives some remuneration and also earns a course credit. One of the unique experiences at the open house was taking part in a taste testing experiment involving, of all things, popcorn. Visitors were asked to rate popcorn from three separate bowls – one made with maple syrup from a sugar maple tree, one made with maple syrup from a Norway maple tree and one with the popcorn made using olive oil and salt. The Frederick Banting Alternate Program is for those students who have experienced difficulty in the normal high school setting and

need the more relaxed and customized setting prevalent at Frederick Banting to flourish in their studies and in their lives. Nearly 400 students from grades 9 through 12 attend Frederick Banting each year. They have a flexible school schedule which allows them to work through their courses, culminating hopefully in graduation and a high school graduation diploma. About 60 students earn their diploma at Frederick Banting each year. This open house and art show was meant to be an opportunity to allow members of the public to visit the Frederick Banting Alternate

Program facility on Stittsville Main Street and see what the program is all about. So, as the motto related to this open house and art show event at the Frederick Banting Alternate Program proclaimed, “Come See What We’re All About!”, it was an opportunity where people could see for themselves the tailored high school experience which this program is offering to secondary school students from the area. The Frederick Banting Alternate Program is located in the former Stittsville Public School facility on Stittsville Main Street in Stittsville.


Looking after the popcorn comparison station at the open house at Frederick Banting Alternate Program in Stittsville on Thursday, May 29 are students Layne Harris, left, and Bryanne Markowski, right.




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