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Guelph elementary schools take gold and bronze in the elementary Skills Canada Competition


For Immediate Release
May 5, 2009

GUELPH, Ontario — Ken Danby Public School, Guelph, and Primrose Elementary School in Shelburne won gold and bronze medals in the Construction Technology and Video Production Technology respectively at the Elementary Skills Canada competition at Kitchener’s RIM Park on Monday May 4.

Their road to the top started on March 12 at the board-level elementary Skills Canada competition in Elora. At that event, 292 Upper Grand grade 7 and 8 students from 28 different schools competed in seven separate events: Character Animation, Workplace Health and Safety, Construction Technology, Design and Build, Video Production, Lego Robotics, and Lego Mechanics.

These competitions were a great success and the winning teams from each of the 7 events went on to represent the Upper Grand District School Board at the May event. The schools were Rockwood PS, Ken Danby PS, Waverley Drive PS, Kortright Hills PS, Willow Road PS, and Primrose ES.

After an 8 hour day of competition against students from schools across Ontario, Ken Danby PS won the gold in the Construction Technology Competition and Primrose ES won the bronze in the Video Production Competition. All the competitors demonstrated a high level of hard work, creative problem solving, and excellent teamwork.

The Skills Canada competitions provide students with an opportunity to work as a member of a team to solve authentic “hands-on” problems. This initiative is sponsored through the Student Success-Pathways initiative and helps to make students aware of future career opportunities.

For more information: Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer, 519-822-4420, ext. 725
[email protected]


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