Sir John A. MacDonald!

On January 11, 2012 the students at St. Philomena School celebrated the 197th birthday of the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. MacDonald, a very important figure in Canadian history and one of the key figures in the creation of our wonderful nation.

The students in Mr. Lukacs’ Grade 4/5 class did a great job making this special day in Canada’s history come alive. The class entered a nation-wide contest that challenged classes to send in pictures and a video, showing how they marked the day. After researching Sir John A’s background and discovering the importance of the railroad in MacDonald’s nation building, the class decided to stage their presentation at the Canadian Railroad Museum in Fort Erie.

Accompanied by George, the school mascot, and dressed in “Canadian red”, the students performed a choral reading about Sir John A’s achievements followed by an harmonica rendition of “Happy Birthday”. Day-time fireworks then launched 36 mini Canadian parachutes into the sky. The day concluded with the students enjoying a special Sir John A MacDonald birthday cake!

A video of the day’s celebrations.